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Old 10-07-2019, 12:36 PM
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Powder coating in Melbourne?

Hi folks,
Stripping down my Takahashi NJP mount & 10" newt tuberings etc to powder coat them all black to match my new black & white ioptron tripier.
Any recommendations as to where I can take it to have the coating done well?
preferably south eastern suburbs.
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Old 10-07-2019, 01:50 PM
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Hi Andy,

It's been a few years since I had anything powder coated, but I used to take my things to this place in Moorabbin: http://aclasspowdercoating.com/page1/page1.html

Charlotte at the front office had an interest in astronomy back then so you may want to mention that your thing are for a telescope.

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Old 10-07-2019, 06:18 PM
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Hi Andy,

It's been a few years since I had anything powder coated, but I used to take my things to this place in Moorabbin: http://aclasspowdercoating.com/page1/page1.html

Charlotte at the front office had an interest in astronomy back then so you may want to mention that your thing are for a telescope.

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Thanks heaps Stefan, I’ll get in touch with them!
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I would be powder coating the Tri-pier in a nice Takahashi Green instead ......

I am going to strip my AZ-EQ6 and paint it green....
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Old 11-07-2019, 07:30 AM
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I would be powder coating the Tri-pier in a nice Takahashi Green instead ......
I can’t stand Tak baby bathtub green, looks like undercoat!
Besides, what’s wrong with a Blackahashi
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Old 12-07-2019, 04:03 PM
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Dulux Duracoat Satin Black rattle can - go at it after disassembling and masking off things. Cost FAR less, looks pretty much the same, and requires no heating of anything.
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Old 12-07-2019, 04:53 PM
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Dulux Duracoat Satin Black rattle can - go at it after disassembling and masking off things. Cost FAR less, looks pretty much the same, and requires no heating of anything.
Thanks Lewis - I'll have a look once it's dissassembled - Diego's helping me pull the 'scope apart this weekend and I'm taking the mount to Clive for open heart surgery next week.

Here's a (very) rough mockup of what it could all look like when done
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I reckon it'd look better white than black honestly.
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Somewhere in the cosmos a million voices cried out briefly ...... a black Tak NJP, surely such a travesty was never perpetrated......
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Somewhere in the cosmos a million voices cried out briefly ...... a black Tak NJP, surely such a travesty was never perpetrated......
I know, I know, but no point fighting it.

It's Andy's...it's wrong, it's sacrilege, but...it's still Andy's. At least painting it in solvent-soluble paint lets someone in the future remove the blasphemy easily compared to powder coating.

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I know, I know, but no point fighting it.

It's Andy's...it's wrong, it's sacrilege, but...it's still Andy's. At least painting it in solvent-soluble paint lets someone in the future remove the blasphemy easily compared to powder coating.

Aaah Lewis - it's a 4th hand mount but has already gained it's pedigree from several serious astrophotographers prior to it's earning two Malin gongs this year. Check out the guiding graph attached - less than 1 arc second and great value for money at $3k - It's likely that I'll keep it for a very long time

That said, with the black & white scope and Celestron tripod it's an incredibly efficient but retina searingly ugly beast - I call it B.U.F.F. (Big Ugly Fast F...) kinda like a Nascar vs. F1 - all grunt..

Once this ugly duckling has been pimped, I'll take true pride of ownership in it! Won't affect it's performance, and it'll look cool

I think in white it would resemble an overgrown EQ6

PS: What was Mr. Taka thinking when he chose pusilanimous baby bathtub green as a branding statement for his products?
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Old 14-07-2019, 12:46 PM
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Lol

You could strip it down and anodise it like those chintzy yank mounts

All good fun - have at it Andy. I wanted to paint an AZ-EQ6 Tak green once
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No turning back now, ‘scope is disassembled (thanks Diego!) & the mount is now in Clive’s capable hands for disassembly....
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