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#201 strdst

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 05:40 PM

Lew,

Thank you so much for creating this thread and preserving the history of this wonderful scope, (as well as the wonderful owners of it). I hope the new owners will use this venue, this thread, to continue posting.

Steve,

I knew it was coming, the changing of the guard. Sorry. Are YOU staying in SoCal? There are at least two Goto Kogaku scopes in Oregon, My 3" and your old 2.4" now owned by that other, other Keith north of me. :) That almost adds up to 6", you know, if you have to relocate...

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#202 Steve_M_M

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 06:14 PM

I still have a 60mm, so there, now we are over 6". Oregon here I come!

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 07:37 AM

That is one BEAUTIFUL scope. :bow: :bow:

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Posted 08 November 2014 - 12:28 PM

Those are simply beautiful.

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 02:01 PM

Here's the business-end of the amazing 6-inch Goto refractor owned by John Pons. Originally built in 1954, acquired by Joe Choate of Los Angeles, CA in 1956, it was destined for the landfill when John acquired it some years ago. It was a basket case until John's magic brought it back to its former glory. Today, it appears exactly as it looked in mid-1950s Sky & Telescope advertisements.

I'll let you in on a little secret. The objective lens presently installed in the Goto is actually a prototype 6-1/4 inch clear aperture Unitron lens. The Goto objective is carefully wrapped and stored elsewhere, but can be reinstalled at any time. Both objectives are superb examples of the opticians art.

 

Great pictures and a fantastic story behind them.

 

Those wheels give it a magical effect to the eye.

 

It's the stuff of all kids' dreams.



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Posted 09 March 2015 - 02:47 PM

Fantastic story! Absolutely amzazing!

 

What astounds me is the thought that an instrument like the Choate Goto or the Wilmington Cave can just effectively be abandoned.  Makes you wonder what else is out there?    :watching:



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Posted 10 March 2015 - 03:30 PM

There was also so much great history behind the Choate telescope to make it an even better story.  It actually appears as though the telescope was abandoned within 5 years after delivery.  Crazy, huh? 


Edited by Steve_M_M, 10 March 2015 - 03:31 PM.


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Posted 10 March 2015 - 05:14 PM

Steve is there a current link to a site currently having possession of the Choate?? :confused:   Mike



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Posted 10 March 2015 - 05:41 PM

There was also so much great history behind the Choate telescope to make it an even better story.  It actually appears as though the telescope was abandoned within 5 years after delivery.  Crazy, huh?


Good grief! 5 years! I can't imagine how anyone could abandon a setup like that, let alone in 5 years! And to think how close it came to being scrap!

#210 Steve_M_M

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Posted 10 March 2015 - 07:59 PM

Steve is there a current link to a site currently having possession of the Choate?? :confused:   Mike

Mike, the awakening of this thread prompted me to contact the owner.  I will post what I hear.



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Posted 13 March 2015 - 06:30 PM

Did not hear back yet.  John Briggs bought it if anyone knows him personally to check on the scope.



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Posted 25 March 2015 - 12:43 PM

Sent a message off to the Wheelers about the other 6" GOTO,,,,, WAITING ....


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