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Posted 15 April 2007 - 04:38 PM

This will be an ongoing thread to provide a central location for the most useful information in this forum. Although this thread will be locked and "read only" to reduce chatter, I am open to all suggestions regarding what should be linked here. Feel free to post in the forum or PM me with links, suggestions, corrections, etc.

(Many of the links in the threads below may point to posts in the Archives.
Change the word ubbthreads to ubbarchive in the URL to get to the appropriate post if it says it cannot find it. Brian)

Cloudy Nights Image Posting Rules - PLEASE READ -

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Helpful tips for re-sizing photos to meet CN requirements -

Helpful Image Resizing Info

What to do about telescope-purchase scams -


Restoring and Repainting Classic Scopes -

Restoring and Repainting Classic Scopes

Comprehensive List of Japanese Symbols -

Comprehensive List of Japanese Symbols (Maker's Marks)

How to buy a telescope on Craigslist or eBay -

How to Buy a Telescope on Craigslist or eBay

The Cloudy Nights Classic Scopes Photo Gallery -

Post photos of your classic scopes here and view photos posted by others. Comments are welcomed and encouraged.

CN Classic Scopes Photo Gallery

Home-built Classic Scopes -

Homebuilt Classic Scopes

An informative discussion about classic home-built scopes complete with photos.

Classic Scopes Discussion Archive List -

Classic Scopes discussion archive list

A listing of all "major" discussions in this forum about various classic scopes - sorted alphabetically by manufacturer/brand. (has not been updated in some time, so all of the threads are quite old, but still very useful)

Classic Scope Photos -

Classic Scope Photos from CN members

Some members share photos of their favorite classic scopes.

Which Classic Scope for you? -

Which Classic Scope for you?

Some helpful tips and advice about choosing a classic scope.

10 Most Revolutionary Scopes ever made -

The 10 Most Revolutionary scopes ever made.

A thought-provoking discussion about revolutionary scope designs and their evolution.

Vintage Sears Tower and Discoverer telescopes -

Vintage Sears Tower and Discoverer telescopes.

A long discussion about various Sears scopes complete with lots of photos.

Post a Photo of You and Your Classic Scope -

Post a Photo of You and your Classic Scope

"The Great Full Moon Star Party"

"The Great Full Moon Star Party"

An interesting and photo-filled discussion that showcases some unique vintage refractors, including John Pon's mammoth observatory-class Goto Kogaku, Clint Whitman's superb scopes, and more - not to be missed!

Robert Provin's Classic Telescope Catalog Site.

Robert Provin's Classic Telescope Catalog and Brochure site.

CN'er Robert Provin has assembled a growing collection of vintage telescope catalogs and brochures. This is a time capsule of scopes from days gone by - useful and entertaining.

Some discussions about the definition of a "Classic Scope" :

What is a Classic?
My definition of a classic scope
Ranking optical quality in vintage scopes
What is a good "sleeper" vintage refractor?
What are the Rarest Telescopes you know of?



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