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MarkS

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Re: Restoration of Dollond refractor
« Reply #15 on: Oct 11, 2020, 18:38:02 »
Wow that's looking fantastic  8)

It's great to see the pictures of the finished restoration.

Well done for all that hard work!

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Re: Restoration of Dollond refractor
« Reply #16 on: Oct 11, 2020, 20:35:06 »
Thank you Mark!  I'm glad to have finished this project (for now).  Still have to machine an adapter to use modern eyepieces and test it under the stars.

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Re: Restoration of Dollond refractor
« Reply #17 on: Oct 11, 2020, 21:46:41 »
You've done a fantastic job Roberto

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Re: Restoration of Dollond refractor
« Reply #18 on: Oct 11, 2020, 22:29:34 »
Thank you Carole!  Hopefully sometime we all get to use it!

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Re: Restoration of Dollond refractor
« Reply #19 on: Oct 12, 2020, 11:08:40 »
Well done Roberto
For a non-woodworker - not to shabby at all!
The whole thing looks really smart.  Will the brass retain it's shine, or tarnish - looks so good at present.
Did you say you painted the eyepieces- was that just the black, or have you been lettering under a microscope?

I hope you'll bring it to the next meeting at Petts Wood too.

Noel
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Re: Restoration of Dollond refractor
« Reply #20 on: Oct 12, 2020, 11:56:29 »
Hi Noel

Thank you!  The brass will tarnish if I don't apply lacquer to it.  I am reluctant to do so as my paint spraying skills are not great and as it gets cold, I cannot do this outdoors with good results.  For the time being I have put the scope away in its box after applying a good dose of Renaissance Wax to it.  Hopefully that will help to slow down the oxidation process.

As for the eyepieces, I only had to paint some nicks and scratches in black with a fine brush and polish the brass somehow - not to the extent of the scope or its major parts.

I do hope I can bring it over either to Otford or across the street to the regular meetings when they resume.

Roberto