I noticed the above scope for sale on UK astrobuyandsell going fairly cheap due to its tatty state. It has small dents at the end of the tube where the owner had flocked too far down the tube reducing its diameter for the cell to go back in place. The owner tried forcing the cell back in before realising he needed to remove the excess flock, but by then the damage was already done. Apart from the dents there are a few scuffs on the tube from use but importantly the optics look good!
I've started this thread to document this scopes restoration and improvement. I will try my best to remove the dents but I might only be able to improve upon them so carbon effect laminate wrap might be an option. I've used this before on a restoration project and its given a very nice result. The scope is already flocked as said and has the sides of the secondary and the focuser draw tube blackened so there might be a limit to what mods I can do, therefore if anyone has any suggestions please fire away, this is partly what this thread is about
Cheaper F/4 scopes are notorious for collimation issues so I will also be looking at how to improve the mirror cell maybe upgrade the springs and re- silicon seal the mirror in place to reduce flop etc. The tube really needs to be carbon with these fast Newts but I will do the best with what I've got by trying to stiffen up the structure if needed, I can't do anythink about the thermal stability without buying a carbon tube which I'll get a price for incase its feasable.
Here are some before pics the guy has sent me, the scope should arrive at the weekend