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The Repair Shop

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Martin Mobberley's picture
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Joined: 05/03/2014 - 09:02
The Repair Shop

A new series of The Repair Shop starts on Monday on BBC1 (4.30pm). No telescopes being repaired (sadly!) BUT there is an astronomical connection. Mark Stuckey, who has fully restored Horace Dall's famous 15.5-inch Dall-Kirkham and his 1930s observatory is also an expert at repairing antique radios. He is called upon to restore a vintage 1960s GEC radio for a widower for whom the radio has precious memories. Only the slightest BAA connection but the programme may be of interest. It will also be on iplayer after the programme has been broadcast.


David Arditti's picture
Last seen: 6 days 23 hours ago
Joined: 22/07/2013 - 19:47
He's restored many a telescope

Of course Mark also collected and restored a large collection of instruments manufactured by the Hysom brothers' firm AE between the 1960s and 80s. This included a 10" Relay-lens Dall-Kirkham Cassegrain that I used to use (I described this instrument in JBAA 2007 April) that was also reputedly part-made by Dall. I don't know if he still has this curious collection.