Time Required: 20-30 Minutes
Description: Replaced the 60mm lens of a Monolux Refractor with one from Apogee
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: http://www.apogeeinc.com/ by the way, they also have f/15 60 mm objectives and a few others.
Submitted by Dennis Rowley - DARowley@mar.med.navy.mil - Norfolk, Virginia