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#1 JoeinWV

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 05:54 PM

Has anyone ever noticed the the smell of a new reflector?
Call me weird (which many have done, lol)
But they seem to have a particular scent to them...
Sort of like the new car smell.

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 05:59 PM

Mmmmmm.... :grin:

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 06:28 PM

Do they sell it on cans?


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Posted 15 December 2012 - 07:07 PM

The smell of a Tal is unmistakable...mmmmm TALLLLL!

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 07:27 PM

Has anyone ever noticed the the smell of a new reflector?
Call me weird (which many have done, lol)
But they seem to have a particular scent to them...
Sort of like the new car smell.


Don't know, never owned a new reflector. :(

But both my 12.5 Meade Research Grade and my Criterion RV-6 are more than 30 years old and the tubes both still smell strongly of phenolic.

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 07:49 PM

The last new refector I bought was 7 or 8 years ago and I dont really recall a particular smell.I do however remember very well the smell of my 4" dynascope from the mid sixties.Bakelite will always be a fond memory to me,BTW,great to see the pics of your scopes,old friends of mine from the past as well.

#7 Jim7728

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 07:53 PM

Always liked the smell of sono-tube from my old Starfinder dob. Smells like the outdoors.

:thankyou: :dob:

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 09:48 PM

A friend of mine had a new 10" Meade Research Series newt and he would often take off the dust cover and take several deep sniffs of the fresh telescope. I got off on it too but my wife thought we were both crazy. They do have that certain eu du scope.

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 10:09 PM

A friend of mine had a new 10" Meade Research Series newt and he would often take off the dust cover and take several deep sniffs of the fresh telescope. I got off on it too but my wife thought we were both crazy. They do have that certain eu du scope.


That's hilarious. Your wife caught you sniffing telescope. :grin:

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 09:56 AM

Always liked the smell of sono-tube from my old Starfinder dob. Smells like the outdoors.

:thankyou: :dob:


Yep. My Coulter had a very distinct smell that I always associate with observing.

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 11:05 AM

Always liked the smell of sono-tube from my old Starfinder dob. Smells like the outdoors.

:thankyou: :dob:


Yep. My Coulter had a very distinct smell that I always associate with observing.

Sonotube sniffers rejoice! :whee: Twenty five year old Sonotube still smells like new. :drool5:

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 11:47 AM

Wish one of those "fresh scope" air fresheners could hang form my rear view mirror. You know, pick em up in a gas station.

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 01:56 PM

Agree with the bakelite comment. I miss it so.

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 02:22 PM

After washing my shroud I get a nice Tide scent for a few nights. :grin:

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 03:59 PM

Not the scope but I do notice the smell of my eyepieces. Televue's have a combo smell of machined metal and rubber, and XW's have that rubber armored smell. My stripped down Meade series 5k have a heavy smell of machined aluminum.

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 04:40 PM

Don't know, never owned a new reflector. :(

But both my 12.5 Meade Research Grade and my Criterion RV-6 are more than 30 years old and the tubes both still smell strongly of phenolic.


Here too!
51 years old and still has the unmistakable fragrance of bakelite

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 05:19 PM

Yes--but like with a new car, it fades, then disappears. :grin:

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 06:03 PM

I had a bakelite experience. My RV-6, purchased new in 1968, of course had the wonderful bakelite aroma.

When I restored the scope a few years ago, I sniffed the tube and it still had the smell! I thought "Wow, that is amazing". But some time later I couldn't detect the bakelite aroma any more. I think it was all in my head!

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:26 PM

I had a bakelite experience. My RV-6, purchased new in 1968, of course had the wonderful bakelite aroma.

When I restored the scope a few years ago, I sniffed the tube and it still had the smell! I thought "Wow, that is amazing". But some time later I couldn't detect the bakelite aroma any more. I think it was all in my head!

JimC


Jim:

My RV-6 seems to have a motor date of 4-12-71. The tube still smells like a burnt electrical circuit.

Jon

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:17 AM

I recall how my Hardin 10" Dob smelled. Kind of like moth balls. I liked it, though. GW

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 11:54 AM

Do they have a scope sniffers anonymous?? :question: :lol:

#22 Glen A W

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 11:56 AM

There is something vaguely perverse about this thread. GW

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 02:09 PM

There ain't nothin' more powerful than the odor of mendacity.

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 08:17 PM

I like the smell of my sonotube scopes. Smell is a powerful jogger of memory. Many fun nights and that smell seem to go together. Astronomy isn't just visual in the end. Can't wait for the scratch and sniff eyepieces!Hertzsprung-Russel--- Grape to strawberry or maybe even chocolate if you have an observatory size scope!

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:29 AM

"XW's have that rubber armored smell"

You are right Steve and i like it a lot! funny how things works in the human mind.






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