ALERT! Old abandoned scope found
Posted 15 December 2012 - 04:31 PM
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.
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.
PS. If someone says this belongs in the "eBay" thread, I'm gonna wack them with a tripod leg from my Zenith 114mm newtonian...
Posted 15 December 2012 - 05:50 PM
Posted 15 December 2012 - 05:57 PM
Posted 15 December 2012 - 06:00 PM
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!
Posted 15 December 2012 - 06:12 PM
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.
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.
Posted 15 December 2012 - 06:38 PM
Posted 15 December 2012 - 07:46 PM
Um. I google mapped it. Is it not in Australia?
Using your iPhone again?
Posted 15 December 2012 - 07:58 PM
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.
Posted 15 December 2012 - 09:51 PM
thanks for sharing it with us.
Posted 16 December 2012 - 01:06 AM
Too bad the scope isnt being preserved.
Posted 16 December 2012 - 03:15 AM
It's a shame -- it is a really nice detailed picture.
Posted 16 December 2012 - 03:25 AM
Posted 16 December 2012 - 10:29 AM
Posted 16 December 2012 - 11:13 AM
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.
Posted 16 December 2012 - 12:50 PM
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.
Posted 16 December 2012 - 01:05 PM
I hope this scope can be saved.