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#1 Chuck Hards

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 09:45 AM

I can't seem to find an existing thread on Star-Liners, though I haven't checked the archives yet.

Aside from Cave, the Star-Liner was one of the brands we drooled-over in S&T every month, back in the day.

Are there any nice examples in the hands of CN members? Or could someone point me to an archived thread on them?

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 11:56 AM

There is very little on C/N but some. and the same can be said about the web. But here are some pictures of my "Baby". #1

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 11:58 AM

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 11:59 AM

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 12:01 PM

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 12:02 PM

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 12:03 PM

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 12:04 PM

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 12:04 PM

Gosh, Tom, that's a first-rate restoration!

That driveway must drive you nuts! :grin:

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 12:05 PM

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 12:06 PM

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 12:09 PM

I'd like to hear more about that focuser. I've never seen one like it.

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 12:12 PM

Very nice!! I have the same focuser without the dial thing.. Going on a 4.25 F-6 thrown together as a parts bin special ATM project.

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 12:23 PM

Homebrew Tim, Ken did that ,1 to 1 on the ball knob side, and reduced to a slo-mo fine focus that was powered with a DC motor and two batt's. Motor and brackets were in such disrepair, I just keep the reduction fine focus manual..

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 12:34 PM

very nice....F/9 must give great views.

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 12:39 PM

That is indeed a beautiful scope, and first-class restoration. Thank you so much for posting the photos!

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 01:06 PM

Some of Ken's sketches of Saturn done with this scope are in Tom Dobbin's book "Introduction To Observing And Photographing The Solar Sytem" pg.106 Fig.10-5..Ken and Mr. Dobbins were great friends. Mr. Dobbins said that Ken hand ground that mirror in 1959 and that Ken bought everything from Starliner at a later date to fit his mirror spec's

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 01:16 PM

Gosh, Tom, that's a first-rate restoration!

That driveway must drive you nuts! :grin:

-Tim.

Thanks Tim , do you like my sled ? the HEAVY'S get a sled ride out and in, and the tripod 's are no sweat,,, :sweat:

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 01:50 PM

Lol! I didn't realize that was a sled!

Definitely keep the correspondence with the scope. It will hold its value!

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 03:02 PM

...my "Baby". #1


This particular Star-Liner and the Criterions were my big-drooler scopes.

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 03:16 PM

That is a beautiful instrument and splendid restoration, Tom!

Does everyone see the human touch, the soul, which these old scopes have? This one has it in spades... nothing currently made can touch it. In addition to having this indefinable quality, the very nature of these instruments presupposed that the owner had a brain and knew how to use it to read charts and locate objects, as well as keep the beast in good working order.

After looking at that scope, I feel like running out and finding the nearest college student, handing him a slide rule and watching him squirm... :grin:

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 03:41 PM

Tom, Beautiful scope, Top Notch restoration.. :bow:

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 09:51 PM

She's a stunner :bow:

Congratulations on a gorgeous resto!

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 09:57 PM

Yes you can own one too http://www.cloudynig...ct=82769&sor...

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 02:02 PM

Damn, that's just about what I paid for my 10" Custom Deluxe Astrola. And my wife would absolutely kill me.

But We wants it, doesn't We, Precious! ;)






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