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#1 starman876

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:34 PM

Been working on this to make it work again. Works fine now.

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#2 John Carruthers

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:38 AM

old film/plate holder ?? :question:

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:41 AM

Close. This is not the part that holds the film plate

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 09:51 AM

Subwoofer box for the back of your hip Scion IQ?

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 09:53 AM

:funny: :funny:

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:21 AM

Shutter/Iris box of some kind?

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:43 AM

Early prototype for a Sony Walkman?

#8 starman876

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:47 AM

Shutter/Iris box of some kind?

that is correct. Now, who knows for what camera?

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:43 AM

CW Keyer

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:48 AM

Looks like I need to take a better picture if you think this is a CW keyer. :tonofbricks:

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 12:02 PM

Polaroid?

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 12:54 PM

Nope. Hint
it is an antique part of astronomy history

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 01:15 PM

Looks like I need to take a better picture if you think this is a CW keyer. :tonofbricks:


CW keyer was my first thought too. The second thought was "he needs a better picture"

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 01:40 PM

Hey I'm a beginner! What did you expect?

A CW keyer is probably a better guess than a ETX125 in a box with a speaker.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 01:56 PM

Now why would anyone put up a picture of a CW keyer under classic telescopes? :lalalala:

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 02:30 PM

Now why would anyone put up a picture of a CW keyer under classic telescopes?


That was my third thought.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 02:43 PM

Tonight I will post a better picture. Sorry for the confusion. I will give a hint that it is part of an assembly. Maybe no one else has ever had one of these apart. I was surprised to find this beautiful laquered box.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 02:49 PM

It's a very beautiful focal plaine curtain shutter. It was used on older large format cameras and also on astro cameras.
See the Polarex/Unitron cameras

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 03:22 PM

My, we have a bunch of hams here, huh? I'm K4CMD!

Funny, I got into ham radio because a (now-deceased) member of our local astronomy club was a ham. He used to bring mobile rigs out to observing sessions in the late 70s (when mobile rigs looked like today's base rigs, lol). The bug bit me hard and he actually administered my novice license exam to me in 1979. Here's to ya, Jean-Paul!

73 to whom it concerns above, and yes, my initial thought was also CW key/keyer of some sort, but I kept my mouth shut because of the subject of the thread ... :tounge:

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 03:43 PM

Very good. I knew a Unitron collector would figure this out.
I will take a picture of the whole camera. The one I have is on of the nicest ones I have seen. I am sctually thinking of cutting up some 120 film and trying it out. from what I have gathered even the best digital camera is still nowhere close to the pixel count of film. Film is around 380 mega pixels.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 04:24 PM

That looks like a much older version than mine. The plates are also wood. How old is that unit? does the the curtain still work?

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 05:32 PM

That"s what I thought the minute I saw it this morning. But Then I thought :question: this is too easy must be a trick or something. Honest Injun I'm not *BLEEP* you. :smirk: Mike

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 05:37 PM

The camera is from 1958. The film size is 5x7"

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 05:42 PM

I'm a ham too. KE4OQ. I rather enjoyed the puzzle even if I my guess was in the wrong forum. How about another one?

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 09:10 PM

I'm a ham too. KE4OQ.


Not to hijack the thread (I won't), but what's a 4-call doin' way over in Iowa?

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