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#1 terraclarke

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 04:43 PM

The telescope that I built nearly 50 years ago and that I thought had been lost in storage has turned up. A friend of mine from out of town called and said that she found it in her basement with a bunch of moving boxes from her move. Wow. I hope to be going and getting it next week. Its a 6 inch F4.5 reflector. I ground the mirror and Cave optical did the final parabolic figure as I could never get it right. They also aluminized it. It has an Edmund rack and pinion focuser, a rolled sheet-metal powder coated tube (did that much later), Jaegers elliptical flat on an edmund spider, and best of all, a Unitron 40mm finder. She said she looked in the box and it looked perfect. She is now in the process of looking for an Edmund equatorial mount that I also had stored with her before her divorce. How weird! It will be like a time capsule. I haven't seen that telescope in over 10 years! Pictures will follow as soon as I get it.

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 05:10 PM

"Cave optical did the final parabolic figure as I could never get it right. They also aluminized it."

Wow! I bet you are excited!! A mirror alumunized by Cave, that has got to be one in a million. Most of the Cave mirrors I have seen used Pancro. ;)

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 05:25 PM

They may have sent it there, all I know is that I sent it to Cave for figuring and aluminizing and Cave sent it back to me figured and aluminized.

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 06:23 PM

The telescope that I built nearly 50 years ago and that I thought had been lost in storage has turned up.


What a great story!

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 07:37 PM

awesone tale of a lost telescope.

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 07:43 PM

Can't wait for pics :)

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 07:49 PM

That is a great day. My dad threw away two mounts of mine years ago. My RV 6 mount and a 1" shaft Edmund mount. That was 15+years ago and I still get a little miffed. Really nice you are getting that scope back Terra.

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 08:00 PM

Wow, Terra; a miracle! Ask your friend to be on the lookout for the 6" Newt I built from my mother's shaving mirror when I was in 5th grade!

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 08:10 PM

I'm pretty stoked. I was sure I'd never see it again. I'm going to try and get it Sunday. :jump:

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 08:15 PM

Awesome news !!! Congratulations on that family member being returned to the fold

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 08:33 PM

That is fantastic Terra!
Could you have a camera ready for your first sight? It would be sweet to see it before and after.

What Edmund mount are you looking for? The early grey or the later beige? The early grey is stronger and nicer. The 'red tube' beige ones had issues in their original condition. I've just finished (today) a major restoration on two of the 6" red tube beige ones, and worked out all the bugs with major other improvements, and suggestions.

I redid everything down to the OTA focuser. My keeper is on the right with the red RA and DEC clamps. I replaced a lot of parts with stainless steel, and just replaced period. The baggie has all the original parts for posterity. There was no need for any irreversible mods except for the adding of one micro sized set screw to hold a bushing for the worm shaft.

I also have a couple of the earlier Edmund 6" on grey mounts with drives. If you have any questions about a 6" Ed mount for your sweety, let me know.

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 08:47 PM

Cool!

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 11:05 PM

I built a telescope 36 years ago, and the story of the mirror is the same. My scope was a 6" f/4, and I couldn't get the final figure right. So off to Cave went the mirror for finishing, and aluminizing. I put the mirror in a Novak mirror mount, used a Novak spider, and holder. I think the secondary I bought from Cave but I am not sure. The focuser was a small helical from a maker that is now long gone. Another scope I should have kept!! :shrug:

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 11:51 PM

the prodigal telescope returns, ahh, the wonders of the universe!
to cool, Terra that's something that makes us all smile!

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 06:20 AM

I will definitely take pictures when I bring her home, open the box for the first time, all of it. We'll share this cool experience together. Neil, the mount was the gray crinkle finish eq that went with the 4 1/4 except it has wooden legs. Wow Mike, what a coincidence!

Well, I'm off to the machine shop this morning to hopefully finish the Jaegertron.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 06:43 AM

Neil ; those red tube reflectors are awesome, never owned one, but its still on my bucket list, lol.

Terra; hope all goes well on your retrieval.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 06:50 AM

Looking forward to seeing the pics Terra. :cool:

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 11:24 AM

Looking forward to seeing the pics Terra. :cool:


It will be especially interesting to see what is inscribed on the mirror! :jump:

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 11:32 AM

Be sure to add your mirror to the Cave mirror registry when you get it back! Did it have a serial number engraved on it? Refigures are cool, especially since you're the original owner.

-Tim.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 04:38 PM

I don't remember what is inscribed on the mirror, I never paid any attention before, just mounted it in the cell. It has only been out of the cell a couple of times. The last time was around 15 years ago when I shipped it back east from my parents house in SoCal. I took the mirror out and packed it separately. I do remember that it looked perfect and was very shiny still, no pits or rust. It had a zirconium? Coating.

I will take the mirror out and examine it for any numbers or marks on the side or back. It has a nice cast aluminum cell. It will be like a time capsule. I'm hoping to get it tomorrow but won't get home until very late. If I can get it then, I will post pics Monday.

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 04:48 AM

Any news? Im really curious how this story ends, lol

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 06:55 AM

I was wondering about the reunion also :D

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 07:33 AM

Yeah, what is going on here. You got plenty of time to play with other scopes :lol: :lol:

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 07:38 AM

I am going down there this Wednesday and will hopefully get pick it up then. I had originally intended to get it when I went to the Bob Dylan concert last Sunday but my friend who has it and I couldn't get our schedules straight. So hopefully, pictures this Thursday.

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 07:50 AM

I can appreciate your excitement ! That was quite an accomplishment making a F4.5 . My first mirror was a 6" F8 that I made over 30 years ago and the coating is still nice and bright also, wish I could say the same for my 12 1/2 .
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