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1 year 10 months ago #104554 by JohnONeill
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Hi,

I wonder has anybody any advice of where to get a telescope objective mirror re-aluminised.
I presume its not done in Ireland. I have a 15 year old 38 cm (15 inch) mirror that needs to be done.

John

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1 year 10 months ago #104555 by Seanie_Morris
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Orion Optics in the UK I have used, and others in MAC, over the years - orionoptics.co.uk

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1 year 10 months ago - 1 year 10 months ago #104574 by dave_lillis
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yea, orion optics are good, see
www.orionoptics.co.uk/OPTICS/mirrorrecoating.html

There are some in the US that do it, but shipping will be more and customs might be an issue, best to keep it in the EU if you can.

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1 year 10 months ago #104597 by Seanie_Morris
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Dave is right, John. Shipping will be a big factor. If it is a large mirror (like, 8" and bigger), you need to really, properly pack and protect it. You need a good, stiff outer shell maybe made up of 2 or 3 layers of cardboard, or a single crate-like layer. Inside, plenty of foam/styrofoam insulation, and the mirror wrapped in a lint-free cloth surrounded by bubblewrap. All this adds to the weight, and you will need to go by courier for tracking and signing purposes.

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1 year 10 months ago #104598 by NeilP
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Hi John

A guy in our club sent his to Galvoptics in England, it took a couple of weeks and was £125 all in, his was a 10" mirror. Their website gives a price of £145 plus p&p for upto 16".

The job they did was great and the packaging was 1st class.
www. galvoptics.fsnet.co.uk

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1 year 10 months ago #104624 by JohnONeill
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Hi,

Thanks for the ideas (was at Skellig S.P. :) )

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