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    James L. Lewis's Avatar
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    Default PST came crashing down to the floor- suggestions?



    I was changing my bed shirt last night as I've been sick with the flu and
    forgot that my PST sticks out slightly on a shelf above me. When I put my
    arm in the air to put a dry shirt, to my horror my PST, which I just bought
    in December, came crashing down to the floor. This is about a 6' drop from
    the shelf. Some books I had on the floor cushioned the impact slightly, but
    the tube was left with some scuff marks, presumably because it hit a lower
    shelf first before hitting the floor. The tuner still turns freely and
    there doesn't appear to be other damage, but I am now afraid to try it on
    the sun. Of course I'll have to. How is Coronado about such accidents?
    Since the unit is so new and I did send in the warranty card, is there any
    chance they might give me a break on repair costs or is this going to cost
    me a lot of $? Or, should I even send in in to Coronado at all, assuming it
    still works on the sun?

    Geez, I can't believe I did this!

    Thanks,
    Jim Lewis



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    Default PST came crashing down to the floor- suggestions?

    James L. Lewis wrote:

    Wise to not try it on the Sun!

    Sending it to Coronado would be the prudent thing to do. Why not call
    them tomorrow and get their take on it?

    Phil

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    Default PST came crashing down to the floor- suggestions?

    I can't see how it would be dangerous unless you broke the H-alpha
    filter. You may have knocked it out of collimation though ... you
    should say 3 Hail Marys plus an Our Father and you will be absolved.


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    "Phil Wheeler" <w6tuh-ng7@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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    I agree with Phil. Call Coronado, and see what THEY have to say...

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    Jan Owen

    To reach me directly, remove the Z, if one appears in my e-mail address...
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    Default PST came crashing down to the floor- suggestions?

    "James L. Lewis" <> wrote
    ....

    Jim,

    On the Yahoo PST group there was a guy who had to have his scope fixed
    after the etalon got moved. I'm not sure if he dropped it. He found out that
    it is only held into the tube with foam rubber rings. There was no danger
    with using the PST, but all h-alpha views were gone. He just saw a red disk.

    George Normandin



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    Default PST came crashing down to the floor- suggestions?

    James L. Lewis wrote:
    <snip> [My PST] came crashing down to the floor. . . . I am now

    I donot know the answer, but if presented with the situation, this is
    what I would do. After pointing at the Sun, hold your white-light solar
    filter in front of the eyepiece tube (without an eyepiece in place) to
    do an initial inspection to see if there is any obvious leakage of
    unfiltered white light (???). In a normal PST, you can see the Sun as
    a dot in small hole at the bottom of the focuser. If there is no
    apparent damage, then repeat with a low-mag and then a high mag
    eyepiece in place - again first putting the solar filter over the e.p.
    to look for micro-cracks that might leak white light.

    Another test would be to hold a piece of tracing paper over the focuser
    and then an eyepiece, while covering your head and focuser with a dark,
    opaque cloth or blanket. Leaks would show as bright spots or lines on
    the white paper.

    Then make a mature decision as to whether you want to risk a retina.
    And as others have noted, call Coronado and see what they say.

    - Canopus56

    P.S. - Thanks for the heads up. Think I'll move mine down off the
    bookcase.


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    Default PST came crashing down to the floor- suggestions?

    Start saving for a replacement etalon?


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    "James L. Lewis" <.@..net> wrote in message
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    Bad luck Jim. My worthless advice ? Call Coronado and dig out your contents insurance policy :-(
    --
    John Carruthers
    http://mysite.freeserve.com/jc_atm/



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    "James L. Lewis" <.@..net> wrote in message
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    1. Check with your insurance agent -- you do have homeowner's/renter's
    insurance that covers contents??? Your insurance probably covers the
    damage, less your deductible.
    2. Call Coronado and send it back -- let them fix it. Remember, if
    something is wrong with it, we're talking about losing the sight in one eye.



 

 

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