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#51 terraclarke

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 02:00 PM

But Johann, I made it myself :o

It would be like trading my first child :question:

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 02:02 PM

Thanks Brian. I am very happy to have it back. I had all but given up on it. :)

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 02:11 PM

I know some that would be happy to get rid of their first child :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 02:54 PM


You're a telescope collector of sorts?

OK.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 03:39 PM

That is great you got it back after such a long time. You can take it out with the Jaegertron tonight and have an old meets new party!

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 03:42 PM

Condition looks really good. I'd be super psyched. I'm a little excited and it's not even my scope!

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 04:19 PM

Its about stinkin time, i been patiently waiting for you to
get it home :lol:
Congrats! Terra :cool:

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 04:48 PM

Yup, Baby's back in Mamma's arms, just in time for Mother's Day ;)

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 05:15 PM

Sweet! Sweet! What a special moment for you, Terra ! Not many of us are fortunate enough to get our first instrument back like that. I love the pictures of you cradling the scope, your creation -and you got it back in time for Mother's Day to boot!!! Cool. :bow: :bow: Gary

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 05:15 PM

Terra ! The workmanship is great! I hope you can get the mount for it as well. should be interesting ! I agree with Robert that the mirror cell is A Jaegers!! Cool. :bow: :bow: Gary

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 05:24 PM

Amazing story with a great ending! You'll have a lot of fun with it!

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 06:10 PM

Great pic. Mom with her long lost creation.

Really nice reunion. Now for the first light report.

:waytogo: :waytogo:

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 07:01 PM

Congratulations Terra!!

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 07:16 PM

Very cool, does this make 20 telescopes?
Congratulations-

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 07:30 PM

Awesome Terra, We're all so happy for you. How does the saying go......If you truely love something set it free, if it comes back to you it was yours all along and will be with you forever. Here's to forever!!! :waytogo:

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 08:15 PM

Wow, thisgives me hope my 4.25" f/10 newtonian I ground out a million years ago makes it back to me someday. Congrats, that's a sharp looking rig. Of course, we are all expecting your new "first light" report soon!

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 10:15 PM

Hi Terra

Wow, it turns up after all these years. My mom past away exactly one year ago and I was amazed at the things she saved. As we get older we seem to look back. That's OK, it usually is all good. Going through my Mom's house was like going back in time. I was very lucky to have a Mom that knew one day, we would be looking threw the things she saved. I brought many memories home from her house. Remember, it's all about the experiences, not the toys or the things we buy. What a special telescope to have again. And this one does not have to be counted, it was yours.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 10:23 PM

I want to thank all of you for the wonderful well wishes and comments that you have contributed in this thread. I have read all of your words several times and I appreciate them so much. Thanks for making the special homecoming of this telescope from my childhood all the more special.

Terra :flower:

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 10:30 PM

PS- when I counted 19 I included this one as I knew it was on the way :)

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 12:55 AM

Terra,
Awesome tale of a scope and her mom re-united!! Equally awesome that, as a young lass, you actually built it!

Do my eyes deceive me, or are those erector set parts holding your secondary in place?

Russ

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 05:31 AM

Terra, that is one beautiful scope. LOL with your reunion. :waytogo:

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 06:06 AM

AWESOME STORY TERRA!!
Sweet.. WFT

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 08:40 AM

Terra,

Do my eyes deceive me, or are those erector set parts holding your secondary in place?

Russ


No Russ, but they do look like the erector set beams that I remember, except, didn't those also have a little raised ridge running along the edge of each side so that they could interlock? I remember Erector Sets, I always thought they were way cool. Anyway, this was the adjustable "spider" diagonal holder that either Jaeger or Edmund sold. I will have to check through the old catalogs on line. The 4 vanes were very malleable copper alloy that could be moulded to the circumference of your tube. They were also pre drilled with a close succession of holes throughout most of their length. You could cut and mold it to fit tubes of various diameters for both 6 and 8 inch telescopes.

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 09:27 AM

Sounds a lot like the spider I made out of plumber's tape for my 3" f/6 (Edmund optics).

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 09:50 AM

I'm 98% sure your spider came from Edmund since I have the same one that I used on my first scope which was 6" f5.8 made from an Edmund mirror kit as well. My parents and I drove from Delaware to the Edmund store in Barrington NJ one Saturday and I bought a piece of 6' section 7" diameter cardboard tube that had a slightly damaged end and the spider that was in the "Surplus Room". I think the spider cost under $2.00. Mine is made of brass.

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