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Status: Active  Advert Category: Telescope-Reflector  Advert # 128801
TAL 1 - Incomplete Restoration Project
TAL 1 Reflector - Incomplete Restoration Project - Sold as spares, parts, restoration project only.

I picked this up some years ago and was planning to restore it and hand it out free of charge to some worthy cause but sadly time has not been on my side. It had been owned by a complete idiot and was in very poor shape when I acquired it.

Its being sold here but you should be aware its a chunk of work because so much of it was in poor shape when I acquired it.

I have attached some pics and a description of the state of them below.......

The Tube - The tube has been sanded don to bare metal as most of the paint was flaking and it stank of cigarette smoke which has yellowed the paint badly. The focuser aperture has been redialled top allow an alternate focuser to be fitted (this didn't work out as anyone who knows TAL knows the focal length is critical and to get a normal focuser to work you need to move the primary up the tube which is a hard one to do - no one said it was easy !!!) but this has meant extra holes in the tube. There is a tube cap in good condition.

The Focuser(s) - There are two of them - neither work and both will need some TLC to get them running plus some spare parts. There is also a cheap plastic focuser that came from a broken Skywatcher scope which could be adapted to work.

The Finder - Like the main tube this was ingrained with tobacco smoke and required complete stripping and cleaning and repainting. Its been refinished and its as good as its going to get. Its the standard TAL 6x30 and it works adequately. Its nothing like new so don't moan if you buy this later. Its ben resprayed with a good quality enamel paint.

The Primary Mirror - The primary has been cleaned up (and by me so its done properly) and centre spotted. The mirror cell was rusty and corroded but has been cleaned up, repainted and is now clean as the day it left the factory. Its been edge blackened up with a matt paint. The mirror looks good apart from a. very fine hairline scratch around 1" long around halfway - its radial away from the centre and to be honest I doubt it would much affect the optical performance by much.

The Secondary Mirror - Was covered in nicotine like the primary but has been cleaned up and is in good shape. There is a small chink in the base which was probably a manufacturing defect (I have seen this in other scopes so its unlikely to be a problem. The secondary like the primary has been cleaned up by me and edge blackened and the spider vanes and holder have been painted with a matt paint.

The Mount - The legs were covered in some kind of mould when I got this which had wrecked the paint. One leg has been partly sanded the others still to do. The original TAL rubber feet were missing so I bounded on some hard wearing but soft rubber pads as replacement - these will need final sanding to shape. The pillar is pretty much as it left the factory.
The mount head is a mess - the scope rings were broken just after a refinished the mount so these are a write off. This is one of the TAL mounts where the rings are an integral part of the mount BUT anyone with nous enough to take this one will find a way round this. The head has been repainted with a decent enamel.

Counterweights - These were missing when I acquired it and this model has a threaded weight bar making counterweights tough to find but I managed to track down a pair - a small one and a big one and no I have no idea what they weigh. Enough to balance the scope and thats all you need to know.

The bits - Somewhere around I have a collection of odd bits. The Prpf Brainstorm like camera adapter, collection of ancient TAL EPs and Playskool like colour filters. Buy the scope and I will rouse myself and try and dig them out.


FAQs
Whats the postage ? - don't make me laugh it weighs a ton so you will just have to come out, burn some carbon and collect it.

Will you take an offer ? - No - the Council dump is about 1/4 mile away and its not worth me engaging in a ton of whiney emails so it will just go to landfill. I might take an offer IF you are restoring it for a charity project but you had better post up on a board and show happy children/orphans with the finished project or I will be back on the board to tell everyone you are chancer and not to be trusted.

Can I buy just the bit I want ? - See above. No its not worth Mme spending a lot of time on this so if you only want one bit of it stop being tight and cough up.

How do I know any of it really works well - Have you tested the optics ? Nope - that would be tough to do without serious optical gear which I don't have OR a second TAL 1 to put the mirrors into which I also don't have or finishing the project which I don't have time for. So its bought as seen.

PLEASE BE AWARE THIS IS BOUGHT AS SEEN I MAKE NO GUARANTEES OR CLAIMS AGAINST ANY OF IT.


There you go - now thats honest advertising for you.






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