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#6356976 The Vintage Better Paradigm

Posted by terraclarke on 21 December 2014 - 10:11 PM

Robert (actionhac) said it all in my book when he mentioned the "warm and fuzzy" feeling. How do you put a price on the intangible quality of nostalga? It's so personal. The old scopes are embued with an essense that can't be manufactured into something modern. They have acquired it through time and use. All telescopes look back in time when you look through them and take in the expanse of space, but old telescopes from the 1950s and 60s let me look back into my own past as well. They are a talisman. Beyond my own past an even older telescope can take me back to an earlier gemeration.

 

A while back, I wrote this post about appreciaing older telescopes in another thread:

 

"There is a certain genteel beauty in the wear and use patterns that comes with age. I can only think of it as an aspect of what the Japanese call 'shibui', a certain, subtle aesthetic seasoning that grows with time. It's is almost as if the inanimate, through interaction with the animate acquires something of a soul."

 

Chuck mentioned the love for old telescopes even being "esoteric". I could take that to mean then, that in a way, they put us in touch with ghosts. I love that!


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#6160156 Show me a Selfie with your gear

Posted by jrbarnett on 12 August 2014 - 09:46 PM

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#6424787 Refractors that Make You Smile...

Posted by Astrojensen on 31 January 2015 - 05:10 PM

Oh, I have several, but one in particular stands out, not only because it makes me smile, but also because it sometimes makes me cry a little (such as right now).

 

 

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It's my 85/1600mm Zeiss A apochromat from 1903. It was given to me in 1995 by the best amateur astronomer friend I've ever had. He passed away in 2007, the day after his 89th year birthday. I can't ever use this scope without remembering him and recall the lazy, wonderful hours spend in his tiny living room, surrounded by telescopes, eyepieces and books in every corner, eating sandwiches and sipping tea, while reading old Zeiss catalogues and hearing my friend recall his younger days, observing with his homemade scopes during the war, and visiting famous astronomers. In my mind, I can still, in every detail, recall his home, its smells and sounds, the magazines on the table, the books on the many shelfs. I can still recall the places of many of them. Sometimes, when I'm alone, I close my eyes and walk around his house again. 

 

Sadly, it's just a memory now, but those memories are precious to me like nothing else. He's the only living person I've ever met in real life, who truly understood my passion for the art of observing, optics, telescopes and their shared history. 

 

I've got other telescopes, also some that are pretty special to me, such as my Zeiss Telemator, but they're replaceable. I can get another, if I want to. I can't get another refractor from my best friend.

 

I hope you understand why it also makes me cry a little now and then. 

 

 

Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark

 

PS: I only have the OTA, the mount in the picture is a common EQ-6


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#6411387 Triple Shadow Transit!

Posted by AstroEthan on 24 January 2015 - 10:48 AM

I was very fortunate to have clear skies within hours of the event starting. I thought I would post a single image out of all 238 images before I go to PAX South. It is one of the better ones that did not have dew on the front of the scope.

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#6456699 Saturn with ASI174MM...

Posted by Kokatha man on 19 February 2015 - 08:03 PM

Hi all - spent a couple of nights down in the Mallee trying to find a bit of clear air.....the forecasts looked good but being brutally honest the seeing was nowhere near as good as BoM or SkippySky suggested - not that we place terribly much credence in any forecasts anytime tbh..! :(

And just to be clear about things like "great air" etc that might get bandied around here ;) let me be frank herein - naturally all these appraisals are "relative" to each & every one of us...but there was no way whatsoever that the last 2 mornings qualified for anything more than "barely passable" seeing - I think we've been around long enough to know our own situations to a reasonable degree! ;)

Ok - with that "off my chest" :lol: we were pleasantly surprised with the outcome on Saturn: Jove is a bit of a dog down here at only 38-39° & requires quite extra-ordinary seeing to deliver decent outcomes - love to shoot up North for a week or 2 but we're broke & I can't keep on using Pat's lappy constantly so pennies are sort here..!

So to get a decent Saturn with plenty of surface detail in very pedestrian seeing is quite an accomplishment & suggests this camera is a "go-er"...we've managed said with the 120MM-S but without nearly as much histogram control that the software gain gives us with the 174MM. :)

I have a lot more experimenting/investigation & queries re this camera, plus the new FireCapture beta program used, but I think the preceding paragraph is a good valid observation for starters...

Of note is the fact that Pat's Dell is only a standard duo-core (with hyper-threading, thus acts like a 4-core to a certain degree) with a standard HD - we switched off the Wi-Fi & disabled Norton AV, cleared all surplus data of the drive & had no trouble keeping up the FPS...even at 200fps using 512X440 ROI on Ol' Jove.

As said the Jupiter caps weren't worthwhile but the fps with Pat's lappy showed that this machine could take it...I want a super-fast replacement to my old dead lappy but this works in the meantime! :)

If we opened WinJupos etc during captures the FPS saved did lag behind the capture rate but caught up again pretty quickly before the avi finished its' set time-span.....so it looks like you don't necessarily need the fastest machines out there. ;)

We had only a couple of spots on the camera window which were most likely the result of me having the covers off for a lot of time trying to get an optimum imaging train set-up at short notice: seems like ZWO have done some work there over time :waytogo: ...I certainly don't think the (almost) 10 metres f/l was ideal in the conditions but that must count as another plus for the specific image...

I'm making up a new imaging train & still want variability in the arrangement but think I might have an answer...

Anyway, here's a Saturn with promise, plenty of bright spots visible on the disk & whilst I'd "love" some Jovian opportunities further North atm that's not going to happen...and in many ways surface detail on Saturn is much more demanding than great Jovian resolution so we're pretty satisfied with our first efforts - but a whole lot more trialling & also investigations/queries to be done! :)

A big "thank you" to Sam at ZWO - without his generosity this would not be possible..! :waytogo:

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#6340548 Cloudynights spirit is alive and well !

Posted by midnitexplorer on 10 December 2014 - 06:27 PM

So heres a little story about two strangers.  Way back in August ( techno time that is ) I saw an ad on Kijiji for a Tasco 7TE-5.  I emailed the seller in Toronto wanting to know whether she would be willing to ship.  Now its ALWAYS a bonus when a local ad ships, especially from thousands of miles away, especially when the seller is really hoping to sell locally.  The seller politely answered the email - No.  Ok I thought, move on.  Besides, judging by the ad pictures, she was a real beauty.  Those shiny tripod legs reflecting the light, that thousand millimetre unscathed tube, and the pristine interior of the case told me this one wasn't going to be around long, but, the no shipping clause really eliminated a few prospective purchasers, me included.  Collecting only domestically, I know over the last 3 years or so how many TE5's have come up for sale across Canada.  I got one in Vancouver, lets see, that leaves about 4 !  Maybe I missed a few, but I mentally keep track of the frequency I see model numbers listed here, which is probably 1 - 100 compared to the U.S. , so I knew this one was pretty rare  ( for here ) .  ...oh well, ...

 

Three weeks ago, guess what, the same 7TE-5 appeared again for sale .  Alright I thought ,  she'll ship now !   NOT !   

 

I couldn't turn away, I'd been watching a Carton 76mm x 1400 for sale in Kelowna.  The 10 hour return drive I could handle but not the $200 return ferry fare !  I looked to connect with someone, I actually placed a help wanted ad here and at work.  And I did get a few gracious offers, but the logistics where too complicated and I still had to deal with the ferry.  Good bye Carton !  Besides, that Royal Astro 7TE-5 was such a beaut and I couldn't take my mind off it.

 

TORONTO !  Does nobody in a city of 4 million want that Tasco ?  Maybe I could hook up with somebody there ?  I know nobody there !  But I did !  I just didn't know it !

 

I decided to search Cloudynights with Toronto.  I found a few posts with reference to Toronto but only one indicated they lived there.  Shot in the dark.  Literallly, I shot off a quick pm to the lucky CN recipient, explaining my quest.  Had no clue who I was contacting, and while waiting for a reply ( I wasn't to excited because I hadnt seen any of his posts since past june ) I decided to research who I was contacting.  Found a little here and there, hmm, seems like an ok guy.  Hey ... he's only a few miles away in downtown, how good is that.  What did I have to loose ?  

 

FIFTEEN minutes later, I received a CN PM email !!!   Hi Greg,  Sure, I can have a  look at it this weekend and it looks as good as the images I can get it for you.  Jim

 

I thought this was just amazing !   Really, such little effort.  On the weekend, Jim went and looked at the Tasco, bought it, then went home and emailed me his report ... "It's as good as the images in Kijiji imply. I didn't dicker with her price because she warned me that $200 was more or less firm and I would say you still got a deal.  The scope has been properly stored in a dry attic and there is zero corrosion anywhere, looks very sparingly used since no marks anywhere to be found. "

 

Jim packed the telescope, took it to the Post Office, mailed, THEN emailed me to say, ok, how do you want to pay me ?  I online Interac-ed the payment and a few minutes later we where done.

 

So, I have many success stories about obtaining telescopes for my collection, but none exemplify the true spirit of our hobby as much as this one.  Considering I cant drive the 15 miles to work each day without being bullied by someones horn, or high beams in my rear view mirror or cut off, this is the type of thing that gets me home and on with life.

 

And much consideration to Astronomics for providing this accessible online community for all us to hang out in.  It REALLY makes for a small universe !

 

Somewhere, between Toronto and Ladysmith ... there is a truck ... a truck with a telescope ... a telescope that has a story.  ( this line should be read in the voice of Rod Stirling !! )

 

MX


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#6147222 Yeah, it's slow. Yeah, we're missing stuff... Please read...

Posted by Tom T on 04 August 2014 - 05:25 PM

Just an FYI - yup, you may have noticed (by the fact that you are reading this post), that we've reopened the forums.
 
Well, we have. 
 
BUT.....
 
We aren't done with the conversion yet.  Until we do finish, please expect very slow performance, missing and/or broken links, and missing content on all portions of the site.  Please rest assured that our faithful programmer is hard at work trying to get all this fixed.  Be patient with him (and us) and this place will (hopefully) be humming right along in a few days.
 
Thank you!
 
Tom T

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#6412815 Triple Shadow Transit! (Again, But as an Animation)

Posted by AstroEthan on 25 January 2015 - 01:06 AM

Just finished processing all of my images from last night. Just about every seeing condition imaginable is in there at least once. All 216 frames are stacked from 90 second AVIs that take up about 62 GB of storage.


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#6354402 What started it all

Posted by Carol L on 20 December 2014 - 04:34 AM

The night sky has been a source of wonderment since I was a small child - my Dad introduced me to it on our yearly vacations to my Great-Uncle's farm, located about an hour east of where I now live. I was born and raised in Chicago and never saw the Milky Way until Dad began our 'starwalks' on the gravel road in front of the rural Wisconsin farm. His feet echoed a slow 'crunch-crunch' as we walked - slowly enough for my childlegs to keep up. His huge, warm hand enclosed mine as he answered his little tomboy's never-ending questions.

 

The sky was absolutely stunning. My tiny eyes saw bright and dark islands in a Milky river flowing over our heads. Some of the stars looked orange, and others were a brilliant blue-white. I'd never seen anything so lovely - it was as though someone had strewn the contents of a jewelbox across a piece of black velvet.

 

During one of our starwalks, the crunching sound under Dad's feet suddenly stopped, and he reached down to pick me up. The droning of the crickets was making me sleepy, so I laid my head on his shoulder - happy to sleep the rest of the way back to the farmhouse. But Dad didn't walk - he just stood there, holding me in the silence and said "Shhhh.. the starlight's falling on us... can you hear it?" I listened and listened, but couldn't hear anything except the sleepy crickets. 

 

We stood in the middle of the silent gravel road for what seemed like hours. I lifted my head from his shoulder and turned my face towards his to ask yet another question - but stopped when I saw tears streaming down his weathered cheeks. My tiny hands instinctively reached out to brush them away, and the spell was broken. He looked at me in the tender way only a Father can, and smiled. He carried me back to the farmhouse in a companiable silence as a mild Aurora began to send up delicate green needles from the northern horizon.

 

Yep, I was hooked. :)

 

Fast forward many decades....
A grown woman receives a beneficiary check from her Dad's estate. A telescope is purchased, and a new adventure is embarked upon - he would have liked that. The telescope enabled me to get a close-up view of the bright and dark islands Dad and I used to love - the orange and blue stars, too. There were galaxies, too - and star clusters. And nebulosities so stunning that they literally make me weep.

 

Sometimes a feeling of unimaginable peace flows through me while observing, and I hear Dad say "Shhhh ... can you hear it?" So I step aside and let him see the beautiful things we used to marvel at. As he looks, my eyes are drawn upwards - filled with the starlight I struggled to hear so many years ago. :flowerred:


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#6462497 FS-128 has Arrived

Posted by Campbellag on 22 February 2015 - 11:08 PM

The FS-128 has arrived.  The packaging was fantastic, triple boxed with a great amount of padding.  I'll skip the unpacking photos and cut to the chase.  Here I am holding my new cannon.  Of course it is raining this evening and I have to go out of town this week on business, and more rain is predicted next weekend.  I'm personally trying to solve the drought in Southern California.   :lol:  

 

 

 

 

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#6459385 Jupiter Feb.20th from Bangkok

Posted by Tizianobkk on 21 February 2015 - 10:28 AM

Hi,

attached on of my best image of Jupiter, last night seeing was excellent in spite of fast moving low clouds and moderate wind. I was impressed by the level of details visible through the green and blue filters.

I hope you like it

Regards

Tiziano

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#6437874 Jupiter - 08Feb2015 - C14HD - Arizona

Posted by djhanson on 08 February 2015 - 04:46 PM

Jupiter 08.02.2015 06:53UT

 

C14HD/G11

TV 2x Barlow/ZWO RGB/ZWO ASI120MM/Moonlite

4 RGB sets (AS!2/WinJUPOS/Reg6/CS6)

5 hr cool down, TEMPest fans.  Imaging temp of 55F (13C) and only minor dew at 1AM.  Decent seeing with a 10 min stretch of very good seeing (best Blue channel I've seen so far).

 

cheers, dj

 

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#6432410 I bought a little telescope...

Posted by exmedia on 05 February 2015 - 01:23 AM

I bought a little telescope.  It was terrific.  I could see lots of little stars and sometimes some little planets.  It had little knobs I could turn so I could look at everything longer.  I loved my little telescope!   I showed my little telescope to my friend.  When he saw it he said, "That's a really little telescope," I said, I know, right?"  I was very proud of my little telescope!  When he saw the little stars he said, "What's that one's name?  What's that one called?  Why are they moving?  How come they're so small?"  He had lots of questions.  I didn't have any answers, but that's OK because I knew where to look. 

 

I went online to find the answers and wow! there were a lot of answers.  There were answers to questions I hadn't even heard of yet.  There were questions about stars, planets, asteroids, meteors, constellations, asterisms, nebulae, galaxies, clusters, deep space, photons, protons, neutrons, electrons, atoms, red stars, yellow stars, blue stars, dead stars, insanely spinning stars, white dwarf stars, pulsars, quasars, gamma rays, cosmic rays, coherent beams, exoplanets, scary aliens, space travel, orbits, gravitation, equatorial bulge, and brainiacs like Copernecus, Newton, Cassegrain, Maksutov and Einstein.  Whew!  I learned so much.  I learned the names of some of my little stars, and of course the little planets.   But the most important thing I learned was that my telescope was too little!  What a dumbbell!  How I could have thought my little telescope was even close to big enough?  Way too little!

 

So I bought a bigger telescope, and it was cool!  I knew it was big enough this time because it was way heavier and harder to use.  I had to know a lot more to use it, too.  Instead of little knobs to turn so I could watch the little stars there were motors that moved the telescope that they called tracking.  Only now I had to line it up with one special star or it wouldn't track right.  But that's OK because it came with another little telescope (two telescopes, cool!) built right in to point to that star.  That star's name is Polaris, but you don't actually point right at it because, well, I'm not quite sure.  But I know where to look to find out!

 

I went online to find answers and there were even more answers to even more questions!  Questions about equatorial, alt-azimuth, precession, galactic equator, vernal equinox, summer solstice, prime meridian, UHT, counterweights, balancing, latitude, longitude, declination, right ascension, finder scope, unity finder, laser finder, mirror diagonal, prism diagonal, right-angle diagonal(?), aperture, focal length, focal ratio, eyepiece, entry pupil, exit pupil, Newtonian, Dobsonian, achromatic, apochromatic, doublet, triplet, Schmidt-Cass, Mak-Cass, Schmidt-Newt, corrector plate, magnification, chromatic aberration, spherical aberration, primary, secondary, focal plane, eye relief, TFOV, AFOV and peanuts.  Just kidding, there wasn't anything about peanuts.  But whew!  My brain was exploding from all the new stuff I'd learned!  I hadn't learned anything new about my little planets and stars, but I was sure I would soon.  The most important thing I learned was that my telescope was still too little!  It was obvious!  What a dumb-head I'd been.  How could I have possibly thought my telescope was big enough?  Way too little!

 

So, I bought a bigger telescope, and it was so much cooler than the last one it was stupid!  This one was definitely big enough.  I knew it was because now it was so heavy I had to take it all apart and move the pieces then put it all back together again to use it.  Very serious stuff!  I showed my new telescope to my friend and he said, "Wow, that's a big telescope!"  I said, "You better believe it!"  He looked at the little stars again and said, "Wow! There are lots more stars!  How come they still look so little?  Wow! The planets are lots bigger!  You know what you should do?  You should take pictures of them to show everybody!"  Wow!  What a great idea!  I didn't know how to take pictures through my big telescope, but that's OK because I knew where to look to find out!  I didn't have much money left after buying three telescopes but I wasn't worried, after all...

 

 

 

 

...how much could a little camera cost? :foreheadslap:

 


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#6411077 Triple Shadow Transit of Jupiter

Posted by dr.planet on 24 January 2015 - 04:32 AM

The clouds blocked my view for all but the last few minutes of the triple transit, but I managed to get one decent set of images.  I used a Skywatcher 100ED with a 3x barlow and an ASI120MM camera with Astronomik RGB filters.  Processing was done with Autostakkert2 and GIMP.  I was kind of surprised that Callisto stood out as a dark spot just above Europa's shadow.

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#6340126 This Classic back Under the Stars

Posted by orion61 on 10 December 2014 - 01:55 PM

Well I finally was able to make a major step forward after my 2nd heart Attack, It was only for about 10 or 12 minutes before I

ran out of gas, But last night with the help of a member here I was able to view the Gibbous Moon and a look at the Double Cluster.

The Member (who does not want to be named) Helped me by sending a Short tube Little Classic and Med. Duty Tripod and head,

to me on long term loan! I tried but ran out of gas before being able to lug out any of my other scopes. Even the Mayflower was beyond

my tolerance and enegery level.

Plus a couple accys to help use my Classic C-90 which was set up for Terrestrial viewing.

You cannot imagine the feeling being able to view again, even tho it was a short session. I might have tried to push it a bit but the clouds had other

ideas.

Thanks again for helping, you know who you are... and as you said, when it comes time, I will pay this forward....

My love and respect to all..

your Brother,

Duane


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#6330600 Jupiter from Kiev 02/12/14 good seeing

Posted by S.Fire on 03 December 2014 - 07:50 PM

Hi all,
It was cold night with medium transparensy and good seeing conditions. Io and Europa transit.
Thanks for viewing.

 

WS-180 + EQDrive + newt 350 mm + Powermate 5x + Astronomik filters + Basler aca640.

 

Animation of Red channel.

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#6269676 Abbe vs Plossl

Posted by BillP on 24 October 2014 - 11:16 AM

Tak is on the left :grin:

 

Some preliminary observations...

 

Went out this morning and was treated to some really trnasparent skies and good (not great) seeing.  So took the opportunity for some observations with the 4 eyepieces.  These are preliminary so will see how well they hold over time and other targets, but here's what I saw:

 

1) All eyepieces portrayed M42 in the Lunt 152 (48x) fairly consistently.  At this low magnification there was very little difference.  The TV, UO, and Tak all showed the nebula at the same brightness and the same extent.  There was a nuance-level difference that the TV may have been showing the mottled structure a hair better, but it was very slight if there at all.  The Sterling was the only one of the group that had what I consider a more than nuance difference at showing the nebula as brighter and with the wings extending further and M43 nicely brighter and larger.  All the faintest stars in the nebula's cloud were visible equally well by all EPs.

 

2) Barlowing the EPs with an APM 2.7x ED (130x) and things changed.  The nebula cloud looked about the same when Barlowed, but Trap-F was not.  Barlowed, the star points were a little tighter with both the Abbes.  With both the Plossls there was an immediate impression to my eye that the star points were just a little bloated in comparison to the Abbes.  The other obvious difference was that I could only catch Trap-F with the Barlowed Abbes (UO and Tak).  It was consistent and easy each time I tried.  And with the Plossls it was consistent that I could not get it with numerous tries.  I've commented many time in other threads how I do not like the Sterlings Barlowed for planetary...this experience is making me wonder if it a chanracteristic of Plossls in general now as the Sterling and TV both were behaving this way.

 

3) On the Double Cluster, I just made some brief observations so not the detail time I wanted.  Again, little difference IMO between the TV, UO, and Tak.  They all showed these clusters wonderfully.  However, next to how the Sterling showed them, in the TV, UO, and Tak the clusters lacked the Pop/Presence/Liveliness that the Sterling was conveying.  So the clusters looked flat in the other EPs compared to the Sterling.  That's all I noticed this morning in the breif time I had with the Double Cluster.

 

4) Jupiter Unbarlowed -- This was showing nicely this morning with steady enough seeing to get 4 good belts and lots of polar region details (best seeing usually gets me 6-7 belts).  All eyepieces showed similar levels of distortion of the planet's orb when placed at the field stop.  So distortion was enough in the TV, UO, and Tak to bring Jupiter from its oblate shape to perfect round.  I did not test the Sterling but am sure it is worse since it has notable AMD at the far off-axis.  Other than this all the eyepieces showed Jupiter similarly.

 

5) Jupiter Barlowed -- OK, at 130x was nice to see good structure within the two main belts and wonderful amounts of border edge details...plus the polar regions exploded with striations and hue changes.  The interesting difference between them here, was in the Abbe vs Plossl category.  The Abbes Barlowed were showing a crisper view!  It was quite obvious to my eye when switching between either Plossl to either Abbe.  Both the TV and Sterling showed good details, but in comparison these details were softer showing less distinction, particularly at the borders of the SEB and NEB.  The Abbes showed the entire orb like I was going from normal television to HD television.  Everything just had a crisper and more defined look to it.  The polar regions also showed more discrete and discernable boundaries to the hue changes so they had a great striated texture to them.  NTeB and STeB also extended all the way to the edge of the planet, whereas in the Barlowed Plossls they faded out prior to reaching the edge.  This was a surprising result for me and totally unexpected.  Anyway, appears that the Abbe design plain does better Barlowed.

 

6) Abbe AFOV - Yes...the AFOV is slightly larger in the Tak than in the UO.  Not much but an easy tell observing and confirmed when holding them both up and merging the FOVs.

 

That's it.  Again...I am telling you things as they go so don't take them as conclusions as things may change as I repeat observations and change scopes.  But for now, quite interesting.


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#6447574 Restoring a c.1877-84 8-inch Cooke complete observatory

Posted by WeltevredenKaroo on 14 February 2015 - 12:29 PM

I would appreciate comments on the difficulties faced in restoring an 8-inch Thos Cooke & Sons 3048mm efl refractor and the complete set of observatory equipment with it, not including the building. The equipment has been neglected for years, but not abused. The OTA optics are a bit dusty with a few pollen stains (& of course uncoated) but not chipped or sleeked. All other equip't has been stored inside wood boxes inside a sealed cabinet, & have little dust or corrosion. The scope throws excellent planetary images, but no better than an 11" C'stron Edge. Attached is an overall view of the OTA & mount only. To view the full set of 57 images, click on this shared Google Drive link:

 

https://drive.google...b0JyMG13aS1xelE

 

At this point, restoration only is contemplated, not sale. Thank you for your comments.

 

=Dana

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#6441490 Classic Scope Friends

Posted by Bomber Bob on 10 February 2015 - 07:45 PM

My wife knows y'all as my Classic Scope Friends.  Some of you have asked why I haven't been on CN much.  I generally refrain from getting too personal on Internet forums, but I do want y'all to know that the past few months have been a time of loss for Debbie and me.  We lost my Dad first - he was going on 91.  Then, my Mustang got wrecked, and though I fought my insurance company for over a month, she was totalled, and I had to scramble to get another car.  Worse than that, I'm currently being treated for serious neck injuries.  Then, we found out that my beloved father-in-law has incurable lung cancer.  He's going to fight for as long and hard as he can, but the doctors are not optimistic about his chances.  There's been a lot of heartache & stress, and we're never at peace - waiting for another shoe to drop...

 

But thanks to y'all, not only have I caught the classic bug, but my love for this hobby has resurfaced.  And, sitting out under the stars with one or more of the old scopes has given me some much-needed quiet and contemplative time in the midst of the turmoil.

 

Y'all are a great group of folks - the finest I've found on the web - and I appreciate all that you do here and in the real world to keep this hobby going.


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#6414198 Recent TEC 140 Jupiter

Posted by BKBrown on 25 January 2015 - 07:47 PM

I have not shared one of these pix in a while so I just wanted to present this to the forum as we close in on opposition. For some time now I have been running a guerrilla campaign on various sites promoting what I call small bore imaging - planetary AP with 6" or less of aperture. This effort is to show folks that they don't have to have a huge SCT or Newt to get nice planetary images, and the results have been very gratifying, particularly here on CN in the Solar System Imaging forum. Man we have some talented folks put there! While I was hoping to share some cool images of the recent multiple transit event most of us east of the Mississippi got weathered out :ohgeeze: , so I offer this shot from 17 January taken from my red sky backyard west of Washington D.C.  It was acquired with my TEC 140, a Siebert 4x Barlow, and my trusty TIS DBK21AU618 color camera. Yes Virginia, you can image Jupiter with modest size refractors...thanks for dropping by :)

 

Clear Skies,

Brian :snoopy:

 

 

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