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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.

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

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

BEFORE

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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.

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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.

Dean

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