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My new toy a Fullerscope IV mount.


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Some do tinker.

Others, like you, are productive and create beautiful engineering solutions. :thumbsup:

I just cobble and bumble and produce workable bodges from scrap. :icon_clown:

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  • 4 weeks later...

Done some more to the Fullerscope mount last week. I tried to blend the old paint with the new paint and to be honest it was a difficult job. In the end I mainly just painted most of the mount, to get a good finish on wrinkle paint I found you had to warm up the mount with a heat gun first and then apply two heavy coats. Then gently warm the paint until it cures and leaves a wrinkle finish.

I replace the wood riser with metal columns as the wood began to bow. 

All that is left is a polar bracket/scope which I have designed but needs building and to get a control box to run the motors from via CduC.

The mount is rock steady with the 120ED Esprit on board there is no dampning down time at all.

Here is some photos.

 

Fullerscope IV Mount - Michael Bird

 

Fullerscope IV Mount - Michael Bird

 

Fullerscope IV Mount - Michael Bird

 

Fullerscope IV Mount - Michael Bird

 

Fullerscope IV Mount - Michael Bird

 

Fullerscope IV Mount - Michael Bird

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Doc said:

to get a good finish on wrinkle paint I found you had to warm up the mount with a heat gun first and then apply two heavy coats. Then gently warm the paint until it cures and leaves a wrinkle finish.

Looks beautiful Doc! Is it a special paint to get the vintage wrinkle finish?

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4 hours ago, Roy Challen said:

Beautiful work indeed, I particularly like what you replaced the wood with.

Thanks Roy. And I agree it looks so much better this way.

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A little late to the party~ but I love what you've done Doc.

A very sympathetic renovation & update that looks fabulous.👍

Very impressed, I hope you enjoy using the mount as much as it would appear you've enjoyed breathing new life into it.

(From  another then teenager who wandered round No 63  in the 80's gazing with awe @ the big refractors on the Mk IV)

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