|I always assemble my telescopes completely so as to check|
for fit, finish and motion. In this case -- it's right on!!
|The partially assembled OTA and ready to place in the rocker box.|
|It's easy to grab the top ring of the mirror box and lift the assembly|
into the rocker. A little leverage makes the job a snap.
|Add the "intermediate" ring. Note the washers are "up:|
This keeps the top-half of the struts from digging
into the wood ring.
|Add the top half of the struts, strings,|
sliding counterweight and finder(s).
|Finally, add the top ring. I make the struts a bit "off center".|
this puts stress on the assembly as it lines up and
creates a more rigid OTA. Note the strings as well.
|The mirror box, strings and mirror cover. I like to|
use Lemon Oil Pledge on the bearings surfaces to
clean and lubricate the Ebonystar and Teflon.