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Telescope Dangers and Fixes

Discussion in 'Telescopes and Mounts' started by Seer, Jan 18, 2019.

Telescope Dangers and Fixes

Started by Seer on Jan 18, 2019 at 7:07 AM

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  1. Seer

    Seer Well-Known Member

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    I have not only heard but have experienced firsthand what is said to be the biggest danger for telescopes and that is STRIPPED SCREWS. When I was a kid I destroyed my first telescope by stripping one of its major screws :(
    I know the major danger but not any of the ways to fix it. This kind of thing must happen a lot. How do you people fix it?
    I am considering buying a used telescope and this might be something that I ran into.
     
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    If the hole is easily accessed you can drill and tap to the next size up.
     
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    If the shaft of the screw/ bolt is exposed you can carefully use a hacksaw or dremel to put a groove in the screw/ bolt and then use an appropriate sized slotted screwdriver.
    If it is a larger diameter bolt, drilling through and then an eazy out may work and preserve the original threads.
    Run a tap through afterwards to clean up the threads.
     
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    There is more then one way to strip a screw. You can strip the head or you can strip the threads. With telescopes I think it is much more likely to strip threads because of knob heads.
     

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