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    The arms are now permanently attached to the hub...

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/140554...posted-public/

    The lock-nuts allow for just the right amount of tension, and to prevent side-to-side slop when the arms are moved. The yokes being of wood helps in that, too. The motion of the arms is smooth and fluid, and with no binding whatsoever.

    Stainless-steel, brass, and nylon washers were also installed...

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/140554...posted-public/

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    "Look, son! Up there!" His son shouted back, "I see it! What is it?" The father regaled, "The galaxy! Andromeda! Our origin, our destiny!" And so the boy was hooked, and for the rest of his natural life.

    Alan - Refractors: Takahashi FS-102 f/8, Meade 90mm f/10, Antares 80mm f/6, Celestron 70mm f/13, Sears 50mm f/12; Newtonians: Orion 6" f/5, Meade 114mm f/8, Zhumell 100mm f/4; Mounts: "Deluxe" CG-2, EQ-2, AT Voyager I; eyepieces, barlows, and diagonals

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    The tripod is completed...

    (yet another attempt)

    Oh dear, I couldn't upload the image. My goodness gracious, whatever shall I do?
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    Alan - Refractors: Takahashi FS-102 f/8, Meade 90mm f/10, Antares 80mm f/6, Celestron 70mm f/13, Sears 50mm f/12; Newtonians: Orion 6" f/5, Meade 114mm f/8, Zhumell 100mm f/4; Mounts: "Deluxe" CG-2, EQ-2, AT Voyager I; eyepieces, barlows, and diagonals

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    I don't know if I had mentioned this previously, but I found, of all things, six, and only six at the time, bronze(!) lock-washers at my local hardware(not Home Depot or Lowe's), and for locking down the black-oxide bolts when permanently attaching the oaken yokes to the metal braces...

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/140554...posted-public/

    The leg-spreader was then completed...

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/140554...posted-public/

    Closer and closer still; did anyone ever figure out the purpose of the black-nylon rod...

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/140554...posted-public/

    ...???

    The rod is solid, not tubular. It's also difficult to cut. In the end, I used a scroll-saw at low-speed, and rotated the rod as I went along. After three 1.75"-long pieces were cut, I then placed each into the drill-press vise and drilled them out with a 3/8" bit, although not all the way through of course, oh no...

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/140554...posted-public/

    I then tapered the ends with an old, derelict, Chinese-made belt-sander...

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/140554...posted-public/

    ...sanded the metal tips of the legs with 80-grit paper, along with the surrounding wood that had previously been sealed with clear epoxy...

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/140554...posted-public/

    ...and used J-B Weld epoxy(opaque/dark grey) to adhere the nylon sleeves onto the metal tips...

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/140554...posted-public/

    Can't have those common-steel tips rusting all over again. The tips of the legs are now impervious to the elements.
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    Alan - Refractors: Takahashi FS-102 f/8, Meade 90mm f/10, Antares 80mm f/6, Celestron 70mm f/13, Sears 50mm f/12; Newtonians: Orion 6" f/5, Meade 114mm f/8, Zhumell 100mm f/4; Mounts: "Deluxe" CG-2, EQ-2, AT Voyager I; eyepieces, barlows, and diagonals

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    One of the very last things to do before assembling the tripod was to shorten and blunt the stainless-steel threaded shaft of the tray's clamping-knob...

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/140554...posted-public/

    Sawing stainless-steel is gruelling, but the rest was kind of fun. I didn't want to cut too much off, but I also didn't want to spend half a day screwing the knob in, or unscrewing it out, and each and every time when setting the mount up or taking it down. I'll always have option to shorten it further, if needed.

    I did not use the small, wood screws, nor the spiral-type nails shown here. I replaced them with those of stainless-steel, and brass, respectively...

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/140554...posted-public/

    It's difficult to see the spiral nails in that, but all six are there. I used brass escutcheon-pins instead, and for these decorative plates; washers of a sort...

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/140554...posted-public/
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    Alan - Refractors: Takahashi FS-102 f/8, Meade 90mm f/10, Antares 80mm f/6, Celestron 70mm f/13, Sears 50mm f/12; Newtonians: Orion 6" f/5, Meade 114mm f/8, Zhumell 100mm f/4; Mounts: "Deluxe" CG-2, EQ-2, AT Voyager I; eyepieces, barlows, and diagonals

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    If you want to know how a thing, or even a person, truly appears, you take them out beneath the Sun...

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/140554...posted-public/

    The legs fully extended...

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/140554...posted-public/

    The legs fold up nigh perfectly; the hub can rest either high or low, depending on whether the arms are folded up or down. I have a choice in that, albeit not one worth mentioning...

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/140554...posted-public/
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    For the time being, the tripod will host my hyper-tuned EQ-2 mount-head...

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/140554...posted-public/

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/140554...posted-public/

    Yes, perhaps a bit overkill for the mount-head, I know.

    Hmm, which telescopes shall I mount upon it...

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/140554...posted-public/
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    Very nice Alan!
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    Beautifully done, Alan! I have really enjoyed following along as you’ve progressed with the restoration. Amazing work, sir!
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    Default Re: From the ashes...

    Thanks all. Here are images of three of my telescopes mounted upon the EQ-2 and its new home...

    The telescope that came with the EQ-2 within a kit, a 114mm f/8 Newtonian...

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/140554...posted-public/

    Here, my very recently acquired "Bird Jones", a 127mm f/8 catadioptric...

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/140554...posted-public/

    That's from a Celestron kit, which came with a basic EQ-1. I'm looking forward to enhancing that telescope, and to its full potential.

    Lastly, my Takahashi FS-102, and back again upon that tripod, if not the original mount-head...

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/140554...posted-public/
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/140554...posted-public/

    ...although the refractor is way under-mounted upon that. It even dwarfs my CG-4(EQ-3). For a 4", the FS-102 is a porker. I will need another EQ5-class head for it.

    With that, this thread is at an end.
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    A great refurbish, very classy looking
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