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Celestron C14 focus rod unscrews rather thhan moving mirror up an

Celestron recently did a cleaning on my c.1980 C14 but someone forgot to put any padding in the trunk when they shipped it back. It bounced around roughly in the trunk. The focuser now unscrews outward rather than moving the mirror and collar up and down the central baffle. What do I do to free it and get the scope working again? I do not want to take the corrector lens off...

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Hi starHome: Looks like someone will have to remove the corrector plate and the rear cell to get to the focus bar on the primary mirror.once apart, then we will have more information to work with.

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Focus knob turns but nothing moves

The Celestron manual for this scope has nothing to say, but on the underside of the focuser assembly, between the 2 focus knobs, you may see 2 screws.
They might be thumbscrews or some other screwhead type. One is the adjustment for the focuser internal clearance, or looseness, and the other is a focus travel lock.
If present, try backing both off 1/2 turn from tightness, and then experiment to see which is which. The focus lock will have no effect until tight, when the focuser will cease moving, as is now. The other screw will gradually remove looseness and rattle from the focuser until it just moves smoothly, with no back and forth loose feeling at the knob.
If neither of these screws is visible you will have to take it to a binocular and telescope shop, where they should not charge much.

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The focus knob turns on a threaded rod which passes through a focus lever, which is secured to the back of the primary mirror. The end of the rod where it passes through this lever is secured by 2 jam nuts, one of which has probably fallen off.

To fix this you will have to take the front corrector plate off, find the nut rattling around in there, and tighten it back onto the end of the focuser rod, as shown in the diagram. I'd use a little Loctite as well.
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I think the threaded shaft of the focuser has come right out of the hole in the focusing lever which attaches to the back of the mirror assembly. It should have a stop nut and jam nut at the end of the screw shaft which can be seen in this diagram

In my C8 these became loose, leading to excessive focuser slop. One of these has fallen off in yours. Unfortunately you will have to disassemble the scope to fix this, but it isn't difficult if you mark the alignment of the front corrector first.

You will be able to clean the inside of the corrector plate too. Follow up on this post with a comment if you have trouble.

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