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#1 RobertMiller

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:40 PM

So I recently picked-up an old orange tube C8, and the woman who sold it to me gave me this odd piece along with it.
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I have no idea what it is, but it looks like it was expensive to put together.
Any help with identifying it would be awesome.
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#2 glennnnnnn

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 11:05 PM

It would be nice if you had included a scale in your photos, but it looks like another telescope with all the optics except the focuser.
Did you try it with an eyepiece?

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 07:49 AM

A miniature SCT finder scope?

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 08:38 AM

i think it is a mirror tele.

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 09:43 AM

Yes, looks like some type of catadioptric telephoto lens. No other markings except the 9423 on the side?

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 09:49 AM

I have a "somewhat" similar catadioptric telephoto camera lens with adaptors to fit some of my cameras. Mine is a 500mm 1:8 Seikanon.

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 01:02 PM

AstroRoy's got it. A catadiotic telephoto camera lens that has had what looks like most of the lens body removed. You could probably put a 'T' ring adapter on it & have a fast 500mm fixed focus lens. You might want to check & see if it'll focus by twisting or push/pull.

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 06:41 PM

this is the first time i've heard of an f/8 lens being fast :D

that said i believe there were some f/5.6 mirror teles made. none of them were of particularly high quality.

might make a good spotting scope though.

#9 RobertMiller

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 06:42 PM

Thanks for the help, guys.

I was kinda thinking it might be a telephoto of some variety, but the housing is completely solid. The other thing that made me question whether it was a camera lens, was its size; it is 8" long and 6" in diameter

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 02:41 PM

As opposed to the 14.5" f32 Shiefspeigler binoculars I have planned, f8 IS fast. LOL

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 03:14 PM

Robert,
It might also be a disassembled C8 maybe? Hard to tell with no scale.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 09:00 PM

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It might also be a disassembled C8 maybe? Hard to tell with no scale.

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"it is 8" long and 6" in diameter"

Definitely not a C8 then.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 02:59 AM

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 02:17 AM

what about an ETX 125

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 10:26 AM

Did Max Bray make SCTs? It reminds me of a 5" Mak he used to sell around 30 years or so ago.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 10:53 AM

Well, I have to fess up,
I purchased this from Robert, and it seems to be an incomplete camera lens of some sort!
The optical layout is, Corrector-Mencius lens-Mencius with mirror spot- Primary mirror-and a achromat in the baffle tube.
I haven't had a lot of time to play with this, But if I remove the achromat and slide a 30mm EP inside the baffle tube I can get it to focus at about 7 ft.
There is no adjustment of any of the elements as they are all held with fixed spacers. So for now it is sitting in the Que for when I have a little more time to take the care and do some sort of ray-trace and see if flipping some of the elements will bring the focus outside of the tube.

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 08:06 PM

I know what that is, because I have one too. It looks like an objective for the crew served night vision scope, AN/TVS-1. Diameter ~150mm
f:1.4

The one I have has a spot for a cross hair reticle which gets projected back to the eyepiece. I really want to do something with it, but the focus doesn't adjust and the image plane is about 2-3mm from the back glass.

Might I ask how you got that one apart? Mine is glues together.

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Posted 03 August 2013 - 08:50 AM

Yep, this one was glued together as well with some sort of black silicone adhesive. But only the mirror cell, it is just threaded into the end of the tube.
I put a couple bolts in the what appear to be mounting holes leaving them stick out long enough to catch a board laying on the floor, stood on the board and persuaded it to unscrew.
All the other elements come out the other end after unscrewing the ring above the corrector, the rest are just slip ring spacers.
Good luck with getting yours apart. It's not to bad once you get the first quarter turn to get the glue to release!






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