Telescopes Gallery

 

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

 

The telescope in the display cabinet was done for a school.  The telescope was made by Ken Beames, who built the Linden Observatory in the Blue Mountains.  It took many hours to bring back to its original condition so that it would no longer deteriorate whilst on display.

 

What do I dislike the most when it comes to being asked to repair or clean a telescope?  Dew damage!  If you are going to spend $1,500 or more on a telescope, be sensible, include an amount in your budget for a dew removal system to go with it.  Case in point, I had a Takahashi brought in for a front lens clean, the dew spots had been on for a long time and so had the mould.  At more than just a couple of thousand dollars for the telescope, another $300 for a heat strap and controller would have saved the $200 cost of removing the objective lens, cleaning them, putting them back in the cell and collimating.  Be sensible, prevention is easier than the cure!

 

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.

Restored telescope in display cabinet

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