SAO 127MM F/9.4 'BRIGADIER GENERAL RICHARD PIERCE' REFRACTOR OTA PREPARATION

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The boxed 127mm f/9.4 SurpluShed Objective. The unboxed 127mm f/9.4 SurpluShed Objective wrapped in bubble wrap. The unwrapped mounted 127mm f/9.4 SurpluShed Objective (front). The unwrapped mounted 127mm f/9.4 SurpluShed Objective (back). The unwrapped mounted 127mm f/9.4 SurpluShed Objective (side). The 127mm f/9.4 SurpluShed Objective removed from its cell and edge-blackened.
The 127mm f/9.4 SurpluShed Objective cell is just shy of fitting the main tube, where sanding was needed to fix the issue. The 127mm f/9.4 SurpluShed Objective cell retaining ring being sanded in preparation for primer and flat black paint. The 127mm f/9.4 SurpluShed Objective cell's transition rim is painted gloss black. The 127mm f/9.4 SurpluShed Objective cell's lens retainer ring primed and painted. The 127mm f/9.4 SurpluShed Objective cell painted and being test fitted to the main tube. The Ray Trace for the 127mm f/9.4 "BGRP" Refractor.
127mm f/9.4 Ray Trace (objective end). 127mm f/9.4 Ray Trace (focuser end). Main Tube - 5" OD x 48" L x .073" Wall (uncut). Main Tube Cutting 1. Main Tube Cutting 2. Main Tube Cutting 3.
Main Tube Cutting 4. Main Tube Cutting 5. Main Tube Cutting 6. Main Tube Cutting 7. Main Tube Cutting 8. Main Tube Cutting 9.
Main Tube Cutting 10. Main Tube Cutting 11.
                                                             

he above assemblage of thumbnails depict the step-by-step build process of the Vega Sky Centers 'SAO 127mm f/9.4 'Brigadier General Richard Pierce' Refractor optical tube assembly preparation. In a series of four parts, I will provide a detailed overview of the telescopes construction. Part 1 of 4 will focuser mostly on main tube preparation, with notes on the objective and ray trace diagram. It is my sincere wish that each individual seeking information in the pursuit of building their own telescopes will find all, or part of this chronicle beneficial. To start the tour, please click on the first image (upper-left.) Each thumbnail accessed will provide a larger photo including a caption note. If you have any questions or comments, please email us at: 

vsc-astronomers@vega-sky-center.com

 

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