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#151 Ducky62

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 12:09 AM

Tim:

H.O.T.S. was filmed there? :bow: That makes 3 that I've seen. Spider Baby is a good flick and The Silent Scream has the incomparable Barbara Steele in it even if it is one of her lesser works.

I'll look for the binos and the globes if I see whatever the new movie is.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 04:31 PM

What with the Bardou last week and the 2 Caves this, I'm averaging 1.5 telescope purchases a week! "hopefully" the trend will not be maintained, though!


Thanks for helping the economy! :grin:

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 05:27 PM

I'm slackin'!

Haven't bought another telescope since at least Septober!

-Tim.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:49 PM

I'm slackin'!

Haven't bought another telescope since at least Septober!

-Tim.


There is a movie that covers this situation Tim: "Cheaper by the Dozen" :lol:

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:49 PM

Anybody know where I can get missing parts for my 12.5" mount? (1.5" shafts and Obs. base) It's missing the motor assemby though the back plate is there,R/A setting circle and tangent arm & clamp?

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:50 PM

Anybody know where I can get missing parts for my 12.5" mount? (1.5" shafts and Obs. base) It's missing the motor assemby though the back plate is there,R/A setting circle and tangent arm & clamp?

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#157 tim53

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 07:25 PM

Wow, it's been a while since I posted to this thread. Poor 12.5" has been in the back of my garage since the movie people were here. Well, today I got it out and cleaned the tube some.

I needed to measure the swing of the OTA to see if it would fit in a 10x12 rolloff roof observatory. Well, it will, but only if that 10' is the inside dimension. That would probably give about 6" of clearance, which is probably plenty. But if I do put this scope in the observatory, I probably ought to make it 11x11 instead of 10x12, though that's a square foot bigger than the shed limit of 120 sq ft.

I might elect to keep this scope here and use it for planetary imaging/observing. It IS "portable", after all! And maybe instead put my 10" f/6 on the EM-500 mount in the observatory. Or something.

Anyway, I turtle waxed the tube on the 12.5". Came out pretty good, though there are a number of scratches in the gel coat that won't come out. Good enough that I don't think I'll do anything else to it. It's even pretty white still, whereas some of my old fiberglass tubes have faded to yellowish after all this time.

I still have repaints to do, like the focuser for sure. But the rest of the mount is in pretty decent shape paint-wise, though it's still somewhat dirty - especially the legs.

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 07:26 PM

Doesn't really look much different, does it!?

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 08:04 PM

Boy Tim, what a gem. :bow: :bow: Would love to have a big Cave project right now. After seeing yours it just has to be a 12" on an observatory mount. Already have the roll off, just need a beast to put in it. Nice one you grabbed ahold of there. :bow: :bow:

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 09:27 PM

Beautiful job on the tube, Tim! :waytogo:

It'll be interesting to hear about how you'll get this to Cosmic Acres...

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 06:09 PM

Elegant!
As a youngster many many moons ago I had a six inch f/8 Cave Astrola, basic model (no tube-rotating rings, wheels, etc., just two large screw knobs...worked just fine). I had to sell it during college years stress and financial difficulty, but boy did I love it.

In particular, I loved the pier assembly. Why the heck aren't those still used? It was efficient, out of the way, and easily storable with the removal legs.

I lived in Long Beach where Cave was located, as well as Treckerscope (great cosmetics) and I used to visit both by bike all the time.

With my Cave, my junior high school allowed me to help create the Tycho Astronomical Society, and we went on observation field trips with Mr. Hughes, our science teacher, to Mt. Wilson's parking lot. Mr. Hughes would bring his Edmund 4.25 reflector and I my 6" Astrola.

Heaven!

Congratulations!
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Posted 03 June 2013 - 07:32 PM

Great story!!

-Tim.

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 01:08 AM

Tim, when you clean the mirror let us know what year it was made. I thought that my mirror was dirty. It had dark spots on it. When I took the mirror out and cleaned I realized that the dark spots were cause by coating that had come off. I had to re-coat it.

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 05:55 PM

Tim:

H.O.T.S. was filmed there? :bow: That makes 3 that I've seen. Spider Baby is a good flick and The Silent Scream has the incomparable Barbara Steele in it even if it is one of her lesser works.

I'll look for the binos and the globes if I see whatever the new movie is.


Got a link to the trailer today: "Insidious 2" trailer

The house is prominently featured! I still don't know whether my binocular collection will turn up in the movie, though.

-Tim.

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 09:49 PM

That movie scared the heck out of me. Great thread, so many memories of the Cave. I used to own the 6" model many moons ago.

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 05:05 PM

Anyone know where I can get these? Lights for the setting circles. The RA light is complete, but the bulb is loose in its own socket, and doesn't work. Dec light is missing the bulb and the cover.

RA light:

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 05:06 PM

It mounts here

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 05:07 PM

Focus pulls a good vacuum on those two pics, sorry!

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 12:11 AM

Rats, I'm having a connectivity problem with the RA drive. Will troubleshoot in daylight, but in the meantime I took a couple vids of Saturn with it.

This one was with a 2x barlow and color Flea2 camera. Best 500 out of 1000 frames, 133ms/frame. Acquired and processed with Astro IIDC.

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 12:14 AM

If that's a bit too big (for the seeing, it pretty much is), here we go without the barlow.

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 07:32 AM

Nice image. Thanks for the view.

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 07:52 AM

Great images Tim. :bow: As usual you set the bar!

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 08:46 AM

So the first one was huge because I forgot to turn off the 2x scale stacking I used for the smaller one. Here's the same video processed without increasing the scale:

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 09:10 AM

The lamp should be easier to find than a spilhaus one. Try Newark electronics or MCM electronics. If the spring in the base has rotted you can rebuild the socket from another one. Those light fixtures are used on mixers and pro audio equipment. The newer ones have a chrome top.

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 11:10 AM

Gregg:

I may take a run over to Marvac (or whatever they're called these days, if they're still around and open on Sunday) and see what they have in stock. Last time I went there, they had all kinds of interesting and obscure items.

-Tim.






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