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#1 Shannon s

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 07:25 PM

I love to see every ones pics of their family heirlooms. I would love to see some pictures of your most chopped up ugly refractors. Not in pieces but functioning loved and working telescopes. No nice pictures allowed. :shameonyou:

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:40 PM

I love to see every ones pics of their family heirlooms. I would love to see some pictures of your most chopped up ugly refractors. Not in pieces but functioning loved and working telescopes. No nice pictures allowed. :shameonyou:


The most creative scope I have seen is this 4 inch F/5 built by Father Joseph Babendrier in Narobi, Kenya.

Father Joe's scope

It's a testament to what can be done when resources are slim.

Father Joe's scope on Astromart

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:40 PM

Ugliest telescopes? Wrong forum. You're looking for "Reflectors" next door.

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#4 mikey cee

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:47 PM

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#5 azure1961p

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 11:56 PM

Ugliest telescopes? Wrong forum. You're looking for "Reflectors" next door.

:grin:

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Yeah Id agree with that much as I live my reflector. But you know what's butt-ugly? I mean this'd be the girl who'd be 40 and still not kissed - my Televue Ranger. It's great to look through but it hasn't a gram of sex appeal I mean its positively... I don't know ... Dorky! It needs a sign taped to its back that sais "kick me". But - I love it. It's so darned sharp in focus I can forgive its ugliness for its wonderful IQ.

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#6 jrbarnett

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 11:59 PM

Hmm. I think the Ranger looks pretty good. Now the TV60? That's f'ugly!

:lol:

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#7 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 05:33 AM

Ugliest telescopes? Wrong forum. You're looking for "Reflectors" next door.

:grin:

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Did you look at Father Joe's scope?

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:07 AM

I love to see every ones pics of their family heirlooms. I would love to see some pictures of your most chopped up ugly refractors. Not in pieces but functioning loved and working telescopes. No nice pictures allowed. :shameonyou:


The most creative scope I have seen is this 4 inch F/5 built by Father Joseph Babendrier in Narobi, Kenya.

Father Joe's scope

It's a testament to what can be done when resources are slim.

Father Joe's scope on Astromart

Jon



I'd say this qualifies!

#9 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:42 AM

I'd say this qualifies!



It's beautiful in it's own way and it certainly challenges me and hopefully everyone else to realize how spoiled we are.. Father Joe taught me something.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 01:01 PM

I will get flamed for this.. Most Dobs are not too pretty. The truss ones do look ok.. But...
Coulter Odyssey? Ugly.. Makes a shipping crate look ravishing.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 01:16 PM

That's easy, it is a reflector.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 06:05 PM

Gotta admit, I love my dob, but it's just a butt ugly cow looks wise to the 102XLT (which is a nice looking scope).

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 06:06 PM

Heck, I even find "pretty" reflectors to be crude, ungainly and, dare I say, ugly.

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Imagine my aesthetic reaction to less comely boxes-with-poles-stuck-on-them reflectors.

And yes, I did learn something invaluable from Father Joe - no matter how hard up you are, there's no reason to settle for a reflector. Refractors are within reach of us all. :whistle:

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 06:12 PM

1. Dob's
2. Reflectors
3. SCT's

My ugly list....

#15 Shannon s

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 07:10 PM

Father Joe's scope- :bow:Rat rod.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 07:34 PM

Remember the old adage that says one person's eye for beauty can be anothers eyesore.

I'd much rather look through a telescope that at one. :ubetcha:

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 07:45 PM

Father Joe's scope- :bow:Rat rod.


Great analogy!

I had one of those butt ugly Coulters but it had a great mirror. While low on the beauty scale it was high on the fun scale.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 07:47 PM

What the heck is wrong with you, Kenny??? :confused:

:lol:

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 07:58 PM

I'd say this qualifies!



It's beautiful in it's own way and it certainly challenges me and hopefully everyone else to realize how spoiled we are.. Father Joe taught me something.

Jon


Same here. :bow:

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:07 PM

Truss dobs have a certain elegance to them - sort of an engineering appreciation aspect I suppose.

Sonotube based dobs, however, are indeed - very ugly.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:36 PM

What the heck is wrong with you, Kenny??? :confused:

:lol:

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I'm just a certified reflector freek,Jim. :shocked: :grin:

In all sincerity,whatever floats anyone's boat as to what type scope design is easier on their eye,well I'm all for that! :bow: :waytogo:

#22 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:50 PM

Truss dobs have a certain elegance to them - sort of an engineering appreciation aspect I suppose.

Sonotube based dobs, however, are indeed - very ugly.

-Pete


There are very few telescopes that are more than simply well executed engineering designs with nice cosmetics. In generally they are products of the machine shop or a cabinet shop.

However, there are individuals like Stellafane winner Normand Fullum who his scopes to another level when it comes to art and craftsmanship.

Normand Fullum: 12.5 inch F/5 Tube Dob

Normand Fullum Galley

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#23 Dan Finnerty

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 12:33 AM

Nice carpet though! :cool:






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