|Greg, from Pinellas Park, Florida, sent me these photos|
of his telescope and cleaning the primary mirror.
This telescope is an 8" F6 with ETT option.
|Removing the mirror is easy with a serrated|
cutting knife. Just "cut through the silicone"
using a "sawing motion".
|Just rinse the surface with water. I don't worry about using|
distilled water -- the water isn't on the surface long enough
to make any difference.
|Stand the mirror on edge to let the water drain. I use the corner of a paper|
towel to remove any drop that stay on the surface.
|In my telescopes, many of the mirrors are held in place with silicone.|
Don't forget some sort of "spacer" so the silicone will cure. I like
to use 1/4" "bumperons" -- but cardboard from a shoe-box works well.
Thanks for the photos Gary.