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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? 


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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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Posted 21 May 2015 - 04:24 PM

Wow! I just read this entire thread for the first time this afternoon. All I can say is that I was enthralled in reading of the Goto's procurement in Japan and its journey to Beverly Hills to be basically the educational amusement of the young son of an old California dynasty. Then there was the initial 'find' some fifty years later, after the family's stately home had become a dilapidated shadow of its former self, almost like Norma Desmond's decaying mansion in Sunset Boulevard- simply amazing. And then I was a little astonished at the now reclaimed Goto's first change of hands when it left John Pons to become the property of Mr. Miller. Finally I was utterly astonished when, by a curious turn of events, the scope left California entirely and wound up sequesterd in the high Rocky Mountains!

What a whirlwind! Oh well! I have learned in life that all things have their reasons and also that things generally work out for the best, so I will just trust in that and admire the parts the principal players had in this interesting astronomical drama. I feel almost as if I had spent the last two hours watching a really good movie. I had the house to myself this afternoon, and I made myself a fresh pot of coffee, sat down on the couch with iPad in hand, and had myself a really good read. This is definitely the best thread that I have ever read here on CN. Lew, your pictures and yours and Clint's narrative really made it. My hat is off to you both, along with John Pons, Steve Miller and every one else who participated in this amazing adventure and added their own words and pictures to the story. This was just so darned interesting. Thank you all.

Edited by terraclarke, 21 May 2015 - 04:26 PM.

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