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16 years 2 months ago #68053 by fguihen
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I'd think twice about using Brasso

I found that out the hard way. A few days ago i did use it on the sun and now its slightly tarnished.

I wont be making the same mistake with the rest of it. A quick rub with a soft cloth.


im not sure about this, but i believe Tcut, the car polish is much finer than brasso and may clean off the sun nicely. ive used tcut to polish off the edges of a block of perspex and it came up almost as clear as the factory polished sides.

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16 years 2 months ago #68059 by brownlow
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I'd think twice about using Brasso

I found that out the hard way. A few days ago i did use it on the sun and now its slightly tarnished.

I wont be making the same mistake with the rest of it. A quick rub with a soft cloth.


im not sure about this, but i believe Tcut, the car polish is much finer than brasso and may clean off the sun nicely. ive used tcut to polish off the edges of a block of perspex and it came up almost as clear as the factory polished sides.

I agree. I am sure that Tcut has a much smaller particle size.

However, the Sun along with many of the other non-moving parts is brass plated and I would think that a very thin coat has been applied.

It would be extremely easy to penetrate the plating to expose the metal beneath. Proceed with caution as they say. :)

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16 years 2 months ago #68247 by pj30something
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OK i will give Tcut a go. Thanks for the help.

Paul C
My next scope is going to be a Vixen VMC200L Catadioptric OTA

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16 years 2 months ago #68256 by dave_lillis
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Has anyone received their binders yet, I received "half" a binder in a "an post" bag saying it was damaged, it must have been a genius who worked that one out. :lol:

Dave L. on facebook , See my images in flickr
Chairman. Shannonside Astronomy Club (Limerick)

Carrying around my 20" obsession is going to kill me,
but what a way to go. :)
+ 12"LX200, MK67, Meade2045, 4"refractor

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16 years 2 months ago #68270 by Johnm
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I received editions 8, 9 and 10 yesterday - including a binder.
Unfortunately I didn't get any parts with the magazines. Rang them and was told the partes should be with me in 21 days

Here's hoping !

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16 years 2 months ago #68283 by jmcc5
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Hopefully not jinking myself, I've had no problems with the gears or any part of the model (well, no problems that weren't self inflicted - had to use a bit of superglue on the arm of the Moon for Earth and put the grub for Mercury in at an angle).

The model is starting to put on a bit of weight as the gears build up. It is annoying though that you have to loosen the central coloum every time and then reset it.

Joanna
Cork Astronomy Club

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