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#101 starman876

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 10:28 AM

If you need something PM me. I am always willing to help out.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 07:39 PM

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That is a beauty for sure. :bow: I thought you would be hard pressed to get a deluxe focuser. And such nice condition too. Congrats to you. :jump:

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:48 PM

So here it is – My Last Classic Scope. The bucket list is complete for me. No other telescopes need apply.


OK--I lived for several years in Las Vegas. My money is on the line. The only question is -- when and what is the next telescope that will show up on your bucket list. I have found that it is quite easy to add items. :grin:

PS--what other classic telescopes that were on your bucket list do you own?

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:42 AM

Thanks Gerald. I didn't have much hope for finding a Deluxe focuser either. Sometimes you get lucky.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:45 AM

Hi Gene,

The bucket list was:

Sears 6344
Celestron C8 Orange tube
Criterion RV-6
10" Cave
8" Cave
Unitron 145C
Unitron 155 or 166

Oh geeez, did I just add another one? :roflmao:

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 04:59 PM

I finally got around to finishing the reproduction guide scope box. The one for this scope was missing and the chances of finding one were probably slim and none.

So a friend of Steve's, who had also made him a EQ mount box, dupicated one from an original that Steve had. Here it is next to Steve's and still un-stained.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 05:04 PM

I'm not a wood worker at all. I haven't stained anything in 35-40 years. So I headed to Lowes and picked up the supplies I needed. I picked out what I thought would be a close stain match, a Cabot stain called Brown Mahogany. Unitron stain colors seem to be a bit different on various cabinets I've seen. This color looked like it would match well but turned out a bit too red for my taste. It is fairly close to my original EQ mount box though.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 05:07 PM

The hardware on this box is all original restored Unitron from a dilapidated 114 OTA box.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 05:08 PM

Original hinges replated.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 05:11 PM

The inside with the grey felt I applied. The woodworker even undercut the area where the felt lies flat, just like an original box. One of the mounting rings is shown on its storage disk.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 05:12 PM

The guide scope in place in its new home.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 05:13 PM

Better view of the mounting ring storage.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 05:41 PM

I'm not a wood worker at all. I haven't stained anything in 35-40 years. So I headed to Lowes and picked up the supplies I needed. I picked out what I thought would be a close stain match, a Cabot stain called Brown Mahogany. Unitron stain colors seem to be a bit different on various cabinets I've seen. This color looked like it would match well but turned out a bit too red for my taste. It is fairly close to my original EQ mount box though.

Very nice box Jon. I probably have a dozen little cans of stain in my search for a match. :tonofbricks: About as close as i have yet is golden oak from Zar. Still a little too dark and too golden. Even tried straight shellac and amber shellac. Still not too close to an original.
Box on the left is refinished (was in bad shape). The others are original. I stained, stripped, restained a tripod section once many times to try and match. Still isn't quite right. :lol: Do you know what kind of wood he used? Looks great.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:43 PM

Thanks Gerald. I believe it is African Mahogany. The stain company's samples are usually shown for pine and oak and I'm sure the shades are different for other kinds of wood, how long you leave it on before wiping it off, etc., etc. I probably should have had him send a scrap piece of wood I could practice / test on.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:47 PM

Accessories! You gotta love 'em.

Here are the two lens caps along with aperture reducers for both the 75mm and 60mm.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:47 PM

Looks good Jon. You could re-stain the original boxes to match your new one :bow: .

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:48 PM

Two different versions of the reversible 0.965" / 1.25" EP adapter.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:51 PM

Filters. On the left a 0.965" Sun filter, in the middle a 1.25" Sun filter and on the right a 0.965" Moon filter.

I didn't even know until recently that the 1.25" version of the Sun filter existed.

Standard Disclaimer: Do not use the Sun filters. For collectable use only.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 10:40 PM

Unitron Herschel wedge.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 03:15 AM

:)one on the right is older one cause of the slits..

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:46 PM

I'm not a wood worker at all. I haven't stained anything in 35-40 years.


Beautifully made wooden box. My father was a wonderful wood worker. Master class. I wish I had learned from him. Too bad when we're young, we just don't realize some of the important things in life.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:20 PM

Thats what I tell my two boys who are now 24 AND 26. However, they still know everything so I cannot teach them anything yet. :tonofbricks:

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 09:10 PM

Here are some updates on a few things I’ve been working on for the 145C.

This 145C came with the Styrofoam lined cardboard box for the Unihex. I obtained a wooden box for the Unihex that was in nice shape. Here it is after clean up and some Guardsman polish.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 09:11 PM

A previous owner had replaced the bottom wood panel but didn’t get it quite square when gluing it together. I carefully detached it, squared it up, and re-glued it back on. Then I finished it with two coats of Cabot Satin polyurethane.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 09:11 PM

Here it is with the Unihex in place.

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