The Spirit of 76
Remember my earlier posts of my 6 inch f 8 dob that I was resurrecting? Well she is almost finished! I was out at a customers place a few weeks back and I noticed a stack of blue 8" plastic water pipe and I said, "Hey, can I buy a foot long piece of that?" he said, "No, but you can have a piece". Long story short, it fits like a glove over the tube. So I taped from the inside of the tube, the piece that I had cut off back in June, and slipped the foot long chunk of quarter wall 8" tubing that I had painted white by this time and presto! Instant fix. Epoxy it into place and 3 screws on each end to hold it just because... Did my measuring by seat of the pants for the primary mirrors new location (actually I wrapped the mount in black tape and slipped it back and forth up the tube with the focuser at 50% extended with a 32mm lens mounted.) when it was crystal clear, I marked the location and drilled the mounting holes. Mounted my recycled plastic fence lens rack and installed my Telrad finder and collimated it best I could and put her on the deck for a look see.. Nice... I have christened her Spirit of 76 after the color scheme I chose.
Just need to put the teflon tape in a few places, install the straps and springs for the hold downs and its off to dark skies.