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#1 philjay

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:17 AM

Now Im a refractor man usually but whilst at auction the other day I couldnt resist this little beauty - an Orion Optics UK 8" F6 Newt from late 80s early 90s I think. OO are checking the serial numbers for me to get the exact date.

The mirror needs re aluminising, images are a little milky, so taking it to OO next week they are only up the road from me.But what I saw of Jupitert the other night its a good performer. The mount is the Orion Optics basic EQ with a lovely great Beacon Hill wormwheel for the RA drive.

This has been a well treated and much loved scope and came complete with 2 volcano top circle T 1.25" eyepieces.

The RA drive ticks away happily and keeps the objects in view really well.

Cant wait to get the mirrors sorted and get viewing

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#2 Ed Holland

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 01:00 PM

Lovely! Its nice to see some Brit stuff and members on the forum :)

I hope you get some great use out of the OO scope

#3 tim53

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 01:02 PM

That looks like a nice, get-to-work kind of scope!

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#4 desertrefugee

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 02:45 PM

Nice instrument!

But, being a southern US kind of fellow, I still can't get used to seeing the azimuth kicked up so high.

Enjoy it!

#5 philjay

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 04:40 PM

Cheers guys,
Its a basic no nonsense scope, very little luxury and almost agricultural engineering, but they work superbly.

It has a rolled steel tube, a curved vane secondary holder and a very basic R&P focuser which I know I will have to fight the urge to change because it has no feel and tons of slack.

Once the mirrors have been recoated I shall be giving it a go on Jupiter for imaging I reckon.

The previous owner loved it as can be seen by the fitted boxes he made for it, tube in one mount in the other.

Heres a couple more shots

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#6 philjay

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 04:43 PM

Heres the RA drive

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#7 philjay

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 04:44 PM

Heres the secondary holder, flat is missing because I have removed it for aluminising

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#8 Spyke

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:08 PM

Interesting find. In the day those were much drooled over scopes!

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#9 Rich (RLTYS)

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 07:49 AM

Good looking scope. LOL.

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#10 Andy Howie

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 02:24 AM

Now that takes me back to my youth !!
Lovely scope. Mount looks solid and a smashing big worm n gear. Trying to guesstimate the diameter of the gear........ 6"?? What does the motor run off. AC or DC ?

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#11 philjay

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 11:59 AM

Hi Andy
The RA wheel is 6.5" diameter and the motor is 240 ac

I just got the mirrors back from recoating at Orion and had a word with John and BArry about its age, they reckon the serial number is from September 1996.






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