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#1 Astrojensen

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 04:31 PM

I have found an old abandoned telescope, in the most unlikely of places: Google images.

OK, nothing new, you say, but wait! This image was a Panoramio image from Google Earth. And it showed what is unquestionably a British-made newtonian on a cast-iron german equatorial mount, sitting outside in the wilderness in South Lanarkshire, Scotland.

http://www.panoramio.../photo/58922337

Compare with:

http://www.brayebroo...GE/HISTORY.html

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Sorry if this is all old news and the scope has been rescued years ago, but I think there's a real chance it hasn't. Someone please help it out of its misery, before the local scrap metal dealer finds it.


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Thomas, Denmark

PS. If someone says this belongs in the "eBay" thread, I'm gonna wack them with a tripod leg from my Zenith 114mm newtonian...

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 05:50 PM

Okay, there has to be more to this story of how you " found" it? Was this purely by chance?

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 05:57 PM

Amazing, it just seems to have been left to rust quietly in a field! :bawling:

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 06:00 PM

Never mind! Who's nearby who can save it??

Or at least find out what the story is behind it.

That's far too cool to let rust away!!

I'd give my right arm and up to all but one of my other appendages for a Newtonian of that vintage!

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 06:12 PM

When the world ends, the surviving creatures of the distant future will marvel at the mysterious creations of the unmarked past.

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 06:20 PM

Okay, there has to be more to this story of how you " found" it? Was this purely by chance?


Amazingly, yes. I was just Googling "old telescopes" and looking at random pictures of just that, to pass some idle time, when I happened on this one.


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Posted 15 December 2012 - 06:23 PM

Never mind! Who's nearby who can save it??


I immediately contacted Neil English, who lives in Scotland. He'll probably reply tomorrow. He knows a bunch of folks over there. There must be someone who wants to save it.


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Posted 15 December 2012 - 06:38 PM

WOW!!!! What serendipity. Can`t wait to see how this story unfolds.
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Posted 15 December 2012 - 07:13 PM

Um. I google mapped it. Is it not in Australia?

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 07:45 PM

Another photo:

http://hillandglen.p...0000lDxB_Ap94Tg

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 07:46 PM

Um. I google mapped it. Is it not in Australia?




Using your iPhone again? :lol:

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 07:54 PM

LOL!

Yep, that was the problem!

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 07:57 PM

I sent an email

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 07:58 PM

While I'm thinking about it...

You should post the links to the pictures on the Antique Telescope Society's yahoo group. Maybe someone knowledgeable and local can look into it.

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 09:51 PM

Very cool thread! I actually think that would be a very cool Oil Painting! I may get my Oils and canvas out again...
thanks for sharing it with us.
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Posted 15 December 2012 - 11:00 PM

It's interesting to see that when the Google map location of this scope is expanded ... there is a large private home near it.

http://www.panoramio...43&z=-2&k=2&...

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 01:06 AM

They are likely using it as a garden statue it would seem.
Too bad the scope isnt being preserved.

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 03:15 AM

I tried to upload a large version of the photo of this telescope, but when I finally found where the "Gallery" was hidden, it would not accept it -- it says "size limit 0k" in red, and when I tried anyway, it said it exceeded the 200k limit. It says there is no limit for the "Gallery".
It's a shame -- it is a really nice detailed picture.

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 03:25 AM

Looking at the 3 meg version, that telescope may not be dead. If it were in my back yard I'd drag to the shop and start cleaning and painting.

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:07 AM

That scope has one massive mount. :ooo:

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 10:29 AM

A lot of love went into that telescope one time. It would be a shame to see it rust away in a field like that. I wonder if the mirrors are still present.

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 11:09 AM

Wouldn't it be easy to contact the homeowner?

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 11:13 AM

Isn't that wild! if it could only talk.
I wonder if it belongs to the estate close by.
Tax records of the house and land may be available from another online source in Scotland possibly, and then past owners and dates may be public information.
It more than likely was in a observatory at one time, long since gone.
The mirror end of the tube is up, I don't see a primary mirror but part of the cell remains.

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 12:50 PM

I got a reply from the photographer (or the person who posted the images, at least). He says he has no idea of who owns it. Says that it's just out in a field in the countryside with no obvious owner.

Is there anyone here on CN who could look into it for preservation's sake? I'm not saying that *I* want it (well, I'd love to try to restore it, but getting it across the pond and then the country would probably be prohibitively expensive enough). It would make far more sense for someone in the UK to restore it.

-Tim.

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 01:05 PM

I sent an email to the contact at the Brayebrook Observatory as well.

I hope this scope can be saved.

-Tim.






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