Telescopes Gallery

 

A few examples of telescopes and their restoration. Some images are just of the finished telescope.

 

The latest project was the Balvenie telescope. It is owned by a Scottish whisky company and is made from parts from an old whisky still.  The protective coatings had failed after only three years so the telescope needed to be stripped down, polished and resealed.  The photos appear at the bottom of the page. 

A Celestron C-8 which was destined for a hard rubbish collection, but was recued for repair and restoration.

The Celestron C-8 after repair and restoration.

A 2" (50mm) Dollond refractor.

A Kowa spottingscope repaired. The prisms had been jolted loose in a fall from the tripod.

A small 1" (25.4mm) refractor after restoration, closed.

A small 1" (25.4mm) refractor after restoration, open.

A Dollond telescope that I had restored once before which went through the bush fires and had to be re-restored.

This is Howard Grubb's signature on the edge of the 4th surface of a 6" telescope objective that was brought in for cleaning and restoration.

6" Howard Grubb lens brought in for cleaning and restoration.

6" Howard Grubb objective after cleaning.

Yerkes Observatory where the largest refractor in the world can be found, a 40" monster! The small dome belongs to one of the assistants, a great contrast!

Yours truly standing next to the Yerkes 40" refractor.

A big hole in the ground. Meteor Crater in Arizona.

Focuser for the Balvenie telescope before cleaning and polishing

Condition of Balvenie telescope before cleaning and polishing

Counterweight & brackets for the Balvenie telescope after cleaning

The Balvenie telescope after cleaning and sealing

The Balvenie telescope on its tripod after cleaning and sealing

A close up of the Balvenie telescope after cleaning and sealing