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33 year old telescope back in action

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Hi Just thought I would share some pictures of the telescope I have been reconditioning over the last few months ready for jupiter. It has an 8" mirror focal length 1700mm f/8.3.

The telescope tube was built by my father 33 years ago to coincide with the viking landing on mars.


The tube was made using 10"drainage pipe and copper tube.

The primary and secondary mirror was in bad condition so they needed aluminising.



I fixed the scope to the base using a square to round tile vent adapters which were filled with disks of MDF. I then drilled out the MDF and inserted studding connecters for the T-Grips to screw into.



I was able to try it on jupiter last weekend and was very pleased with the views.

Am looking forward to the next clear night so that i can compare its views with my other scopes.






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