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Low Cost Equipment Upgrades



Monolux 60mm Lens Upgrade

Project Cost:  $20.00

Time Required:  ?

I made many upgrades to this scope that my dad got for me in 1963 - the one that I want to mention is the new 60 mm objective lens.  I certainly misused and manhandled the old one over the last few decades.  Cleaning it without keeping the orientation of the two glass elements, etc. etc.   I ran across a 60 mm objective, with 700mm f.l. at the Apogee internet site.  It was a whopping $20.00 for a new objective, and I went for it!   I have a few good eyepieces, a 12.5 mm Ortho for planets, a new Orion 2X Shorty Barlow. Let me list a few things that I can see now, but never could before:  Cassini's division in Saturn's rings, Jovian moon shadow transits, clean separation of castor A and B (separation 2.2 arc-sec), M1.   If you want to try this upgrade, I would heartily recommend it.  Apogee's site is:  by the way, they also have f/15 60 mm objectives and a few others.

Submitted by Dennis Rowley - - Norfolk, Virginia




Lens Cap for Orion Sirius Plossl Eyepieces

Project Cost:  $1.40

Time Required:  1 minute

This suggestion may sound trashy at first but it really works.  One of my pet peeves about the 40mm Sirius Plossl I have sitting in my case is that it did not come with a lens cover for the top portion.  Even though it sits in my closed case I have noticed over the year that it collects a disproportionately high amount of dust.  A few days ago I was sitting around drinking a Diet Pepsi (1 Liter) and I noticed that the cap was about the same size as an eyepiece.  I gave it a shot.  The cap to a wide mouth Pepsi One liter fits perfectly as a cap to the Sirius eyepieces.  Make sure that you clean and dry the cap before using it on your eyepiece.  This has saved me time and a little bit of money and overall I am happy that my eyepiece finally has a cap.

Submitted by Curt Irwin - - Grand Rapids, Michigan




1 1/4 Inch Mirror Diagonal

Project Cost:  $30.00

Time Required:  

A quick upgrade for those department store telescopes that come with the .96 Lenses.  Picked up a Meade 917 used from Astonomics.  Price about $30.  The views of Saturn and Jupiter were muchd improved on my Meade 60mm after making this upgrade.  Made a Christmas present usable.

submitted by Michael Polan