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#76 Dave Mitsky

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 02:24 PM

I still have my Celestron C4.5, a great, if overpriced at the time, little scope.

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 03:35 PM

Look thru your telescope.....Not at them!!!


This one may not be the prettiest to look at but is sure is pretty to look through.

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 05:44 PM

here's a really cool steampunk telescope

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 05:48 PM

and I'm still waiting for footbag to finish his steampunk scope...

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#80 Markovich

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:43 PM

I've always thought the 3.5" Questars were very pretty scopes. Ron Ravneberg had a beautiful Questar, among his own scopes that were works of art in their own right. I'm also quite partial to my Obsession...

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#81 Darenwh

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 01:56 PM

Here's one that can stand with these scopes....
Captain Nemo's Telescope

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 06:06 PM

I'm partial to woodwork:

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 06:08 PM

And it's going to be hard to beat this one:
http://normandfullum...p?album=2&pos=3

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 06:24 PM

I like the spare minimalistic beauty of the TV NP-101. The aesthetics have a sort of Scandanavian-like sensibility that harmonizes user-friendly utility with beautiful, yet uncluttered lines and design.


The Ikea scopes!

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 06:28 AM

I'm partial to woodwork:


Here's a couple of scopes that are favorites of mine:

Father Joe's 4 inch F/5

Father Joe's 10 inch Dob

Father Joe is a catholic priest who teaches at a school in Kenya. His astronomy budget is $10/month... His scopes are the most creative use materials I have seen in a long time..

Those scopes remind me just how spoiled I am..

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 12:23 AM

I think the TOA-130 is a gorgeous scope. It has really nice proportions. Something about that red accent on the dew shield makes it stand out. The scope just begs you to look through it.

The FSQ-106 also -- looks like fine jewelery or something. :)

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:17 AM

Jon, thanks for the links to Father Joe's telescopes. Fine examples of wabi-sabi. You have the gift of being multi-aesthetic.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:57 PM

I have to agree with Don about the woodwork. I've seen some Newts that look like some of the finest craftsmanship a pro woodworker could produce.

And, I also like the understated elegance of a fine refractor like an AP, TMB, TEC or Tak. No specific model, though.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:33 AM

I've gotta go with this one, and in this finish. No bling, just understated elegance in fine proportions. My heart has not wandered since she's been mine - as for my eyes..... well, that might be a different story.

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#90 Bill Cowles

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:07 PM

It's not a Clark, but it is a big refractor! One of our clubs, SLAS, scopes.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 05:09 PM

Hmm. I originally voted for the Skylight black and brass tubes, but now they're even prettier!

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More info here: AR101/15 thread

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 02:09 AM

Zeiss Telementor on Zeiss 'T' Mount .
Beautiful .
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Posted 23 February 2013 - 02:42 AM

Oh that's gorgeous Brian! :bow:

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 02:55 AM

Purple and Pink should be reserved for the females...just not right for a MAN's scope.....PERIOD!!

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 04:28 AM

Jon, thanks for the links to Father Joe's telescopes. Fine examples of wabi-sabi. You have the gift of being multi-aesthetic.

Geoff


I'm no expert, but I feel like this concept is often misunderstood in the West. Wabi sabi is nuanced, and, as was once noted about obscenity, is easier to recognize than to explain. Moreover, one should not be too rigid regarding language, recognizing that it lives and evolves.

But I think the term doesn't apply readily here. Although rusticity, function, and often hand-manufacture are at the core of wabi sabi, it is crucial that the rusticity be organic. Also, scientific instruments like telescopes are, by their nature, displays of "left brain" striving and doing, rather than the stillness and serenity of simply being. A combination of organic physicality and, shall we say, atemporal consciousness, is requisite for the term to apply.

This is not to detract an iota from the philosophical and technical respect these scopes deserve. But intentionality/consciousness aside, the term wabi sabi is somewhat specific, and sawn plywood and shiny threaded bolts are its diametric opposite. Anything shiny, like a mirror or glass, is also out, IMO.

The Harry Potter and LOTR aesthetics, which at first glance might seem chock full of wabi sabi with their gnarled wooden staffs and wands, are a bit more complicated. In my mind, it comes down to intentionality. Our brain waves differ when applying intentionality, as opposed to simply being. So I think the Hobbit house, a place of dwelling, is drenched in WS, as are chairs, tables, etc. But a looking glass, or Gandalf's staff (shiny crystal) are not. Even a plain wooden magic wand is disqualified due to its association with temporal power.

Wait, but isn't a tea ceremony doing, rather than being? No, the reason they practice it so much is to achieve a state where one is physically doing, but without temporal intentionality.

I know this has nothing to do with astronomy, but it is a thread on aesthetics. Besides, I can't sleep. :)
This concludes my insomniac rant.

Clear skies,
David

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 04:40 AM

Purple and Pink should be reserved for the females...just not right for a MAN's scope.....PERIOD!!


I think your monitor calibration is a bit off. I see a weird shade of orange and a darker shade of pastel blue (unless we are not referring to the same scope)

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:19 AM

Being a mechanical engineer I would have to say a Questar. Gorgeous mechanics that are very useful.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:43 AM

Wood is pretty...

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...for furniture, but for telescopes I like 'em tubed...

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Though not all tubes are so lovely...

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:lol:

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#99 EddWen

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 03:23 PM

Pretty scopes look better when it is dark.....

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 06:51 PM

I thought I would add my vote: Questar 7

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