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#76 t.r.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 08:46 AM

A few grails in here...

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 11:01 AM

Here's my choice and gosh, still have it after all these years!

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#78 mikey cee

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 11:13 AM

Lens

Hi Charen. As you can see the 20TE lens cell is an older version. I know for a fact that these lenses will easily support 400x on doubles like Castor and the Double Double. I've taken your viewpoint and also will never take the lens apart. ;) Mike

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 11:22 AM

Hi Jim. What a piece of work that scope is. What is the current status on your scope? I thought a year back or so you were going to sell it. If not any plans to permanently mount it in a personal back yard observatory. Would make a good partner with a larger newt maybe or maybe not. What's your take? ;) Mike

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 11:30 AM

Jim,
That's a great looking Unitron. I always liked that turret. What sort of mount is that? I can't tell if its stock.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 12:39 PM

Hi Mike and Matty.
It's the Unitron 510 on a field tripod with a 110 volt geared drive mounted on the yoke between the legs.
The nickle plating has worn from the control arm surfaces, but kinda nice since its patina reminds me of her age.
I once had dark bushy hair myself!
Was hoping to take it to NEAF last spring but realized the cost of transporting this 7 foot case, round trip, was pretty expensive.
And a new owner would need to move it to its new destination, and so would require lots of thought.
It does need a comfortable observatory tho, as it sits in an upper room, and I cannot muster a delivery profile towards convincing my wife that we need a roll off roof opening to the sky, in the ceiling, above it...
Was gonna move it downstairs to pose for photos with the Xmas tree, but decided it would be easier to move the tree upstairs for a brief photo shoot.
Alas, she wouldn't go for that either.
Jim

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 05:02 PM

And a good choice it is Mr. Highflyer. I'd be mighty proud of that scope as I am sure you are. I never thought there was a more superb telescope as the Unitron 4 inch photo equatorial. It is a beauty. It would me my grail too.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:08 PM

John Denvers Meade would be cool, Remember Rocky Mountain High? I've seen it raning fire from the sky.....
He wrote that song the morning after viewing a meteor shower
Not many know he was a major Astronomy fan

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:43 PM

I popped in after seeing the "ALERT! Abandonded Scope Found" thread started. I would imagine it would be finding a Garden Scope. Am I right? I'm always hoping one turns up on "Antique Roadshow" or "American Pickers"...


Garden telescopes do turn up. Here is a picture of my friends on the left which is #3 and the one I take care of which is #47. Number 47 is fully complete and one of only 3 or 4 that still have the optics and storage box. Another one, #54 was discovered just awhile back in a barn at Longwood Gardens in Chadsford PA. So keep looking !

Happy Holidays,
- Dave

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 09:01 PM

Wow Dave,

Garden telescopes!,

Now those are truly Classic super finds,


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Posted 26 December 2012 - 09:59 AM

I popped in after seeing the "ALERT! Abandonded Scope Found" thread started. I would imagine it would be finding a Garden Scope. Am I right? I'm always hoping one turns up on "Antique Roadshow" or "American Pickers"...


Garden telescopes do turn up. Here is a picture of my friends on the left which is #3 and the one I take care of which is #47. Number 47 is fully complete and one of only 3 or 4 that still have the optics and storage box. Another one, #54 was discovered just awhile back in a barn at Longwood Gardens in Chadsford PA. So keep looking !

Happy Holidays,
- Dave


Uncle DuPie didn't skimp.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 12:00 PM

I remember someone selling reproduction garden scopes in their catalog some years ago- back when catalog sales were the big deal before the internet got big. I think they were 4 inchers. It may have been Orion or Nature Company? Anyone else remember those? Maybe 12-15 yrs ago?

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 02:12 PM

I remember someone selling reproduction garden scopes in their catalog some years ago- back when catalog sales were the big deal before the internet got big. I think they were 4 inchers. It may have been Orion or Nature Company? Anyone else remember those? Maybe 12-15 yrs ago?


Not even that old yet.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:35 PM

Ziggy is this yours?????

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=6mC6MRDQGms


WOW, how did you ever find that? Yes, that's me and my son setting it up. My brother did a lot of watching. First the mount early in the day and then later the scope. Thanks for finding that. I think that was 2010. It was in Bryce Canyon. I doubt very much I'll be bringing it there again.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:21 PM

Just luck, I went to watch a video called " setting up the monster scope" ok, its a four inch, lol.
But off to the side was your video, so I clicked on it, watched it and thought " no way theres another blue scope that big" lol

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:40 PM

That was an outfit called Telescopes of Vermont. I think the reproductions were priced at $59K.

Here's a link: http://gardentelescopes.com/

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:21 PM

There are many fine instruments here and a pleasure to look at too...May i offer my buy of a lifetime...a pier mounted 5" Unitron that was on display for decades & is pristene.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:27 PM

Let's try this again...

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 11:37 PM

some people just really enjoy showing off :bow: :bow:

Beuatiful scope

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 10:26 AM

That is gorgeous! Have you ever had it out under the stars? The field tripod must be massive.

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 07:10 PM

Alas Terra i'll likely never look through this one as it weighs 300 lbs..my goal was to keep it preserved as it has been for 40+ years..it's never been outside in its life!..

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 09:03 PM

Maybe you could remodle the house so you can use it. That way it will stay safely inside.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 12:59 PM

Will808, That seems a shame. That telescope should see planet light.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:31 PM

Will808, That seems a shame. That telescope should see planet light.

And double star light too I might add. :p Mike

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:21 PM

IMHO, you owe it to yourself to use it at least once. Carpe diem!






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