After 80 years of use, the original mirror had lost most of its reflectivity and the view available in the viewing hood was greatly diminished.
I ordered a replacement mirror from hugostudio.com and I couldn’t be happier with the service and the quality of the product.
There are only 4 screws to remove to be able to access the mirror chamber. The mirror essentially slides out from the 4 tabs that hold it in.
I highly recommend that you change out the original reflex mirror in your TLR if it shows signs of significant deterioration – the view in the focusing hood will be made much brighter and that will lead to more accurate focusing on your part. Most mirrors can be had for around $10 and there are a few sellers on eBay to choose from. The key is the accuracy of the cut as there’s little room for error. If in doubt trace the outline of the mirror that you are replacing and send that (or just the measurements) to the seller.
Thanks for stopping by and good luck with your project! – Chris
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