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#376 AstroPhys

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Posted 14 October 2014 - 09:17 PM

No arguments, just drool....

 

She's a beauty alright!



#377 Hal Jandorf

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Posted 04 November 2014 - 02:08 AM

As I posted a nice Swift 50mm Equatorial refractor (model 838 pictured here), I also found the OTA of a Swift 818 60mm Alt-az refractor.

This one is special because THIS SAME TELESCOPE MODEL that I used when I started in amateur astronomy in 1961 (53 years ago)!

 

I set up the old scope a few nights ago. This model has no finder, fixed magnification at 40x and 25 degree apparent field of view! :shocked:

All you've got is a draw tube to focus, straight through with no diagonal. At 12 years old, I have no clue how I survived with this abysmal scope!

But I did see the moon craters, Jupiter's moons and the amazing rings of Saturn.

The next scope was a Tasco 60mm with the luxuries of a finder, star diagonal and several eyepieces!

50 years ago, amateur astronomy was more than challenging with the equipment at that time.

 

Now, I look at my brand new Sky-Watcher 100mm ED Pro refractor on the new fangled iOptron ZEQ25 GoTo mount. We are spoiled!

 

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Posted 07 November 2014 - 12:07 PM

I love that Swift!



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Posted 07 November 2014 - 07:32 PM

(Minutes before  shot taken got a hit in the forehead by the 6 inch auxiliary refractor.) I sure do hope that the 6" is OK!  :grin: Mike

 

Good one Mike ! :lol:



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Posted 15 November 2014 - 06:49 PM

Bausch & Lomb 80mm f/15 made in the 1920's and me with 3 stocking caps on. I'll probably bake some rocks in the oven for tonight its been in the 20's. Beautiful crystal clear but cold.

Robert

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Posted 15 November 2014 - 08:36 PM

My currently used scopes

all tabletop refractors

 

Meade Comet Catcher 60mm F6

Bushnell Sky Rover 50mm F10

Asahi Pentax 50mm F12

 

 

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Posted 15 November 2014 - 09:08 PM

My currently used scopes

all tabletop refractors

 

Meade Comet Catcher 60mm F6

Bushnell Sky Rover 50mm F10

Asahi Pentax 50mm F12

Very nice collection.  What more does one need?  I still have many targets to find with a 50mm scope.  That SkyRover is a killer scope with a 1.25" visual back and a 30mm eyepiece. I don't have an Asahi 50mm, but I do have a 9VR.  Sure would like to find a Swift 838.



#383 Vesper818

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Posted 15 November 2014 - 09:43 PM

"  Sure would like to find a Swift 838."
Me too , Charlie. Maybe one of these could tide you over...

http://www.bhphotovi..._telescope.html

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Posted 16 November 2014 - 10:00 AM

"  Sure would like to find a Swift 838."
Me too , Charlie. Maybe one of these could tide you over...

http://www.bhphotovi..._telescope.html

That's an odd little scope.  Probably not too bad, except for that awful mount and steep price.

If you haven't seen this one, it's a great scope despite a serious looking clam - a Mirador rebranded 50/750 RAO R-51.  The mount is very nice - much like using a small Unitron.

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Posted 16 November 2014 - 10:54 AM

Very nice!

Thats the bigger cousin, and only other eq mounted 50mm,non Swift, that I have seen to my Micronta 50mm F10

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Posted 16 November 2014 - 11:18 AM

Celestron 8 blue tube I got to own a short time while I was a  potato farming consultant. Its a copy of our old orange tube, they also still make the Volkswagen bug out here on Blithe.

I really wanted to bring back the glow-in-the-dark jacket but not possible

Robert

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Posted 16 November 2014 - 11:56 AM

Robert I think we've had enough negative posts out of you.....alright?? :smirk:  Mike



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Posted 16 November 2014 - 12:09 PM

Very nice!

Thats the bigger cousin, and only other eq mounted 50mm,non Swift, that I have seen to my Micronta 50mm F10

Beautiful scope.  That's the brother (or is it sister?) to Preston's Astro Optical scope.  Forgive the flurry of photos, but here's another one of those great 50/500 scopes - an old (#7237) HyScore 457. 

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Posted 16 November 2014 - 12:10 PM

Celestron 8 blue tube I got to own a short time while I was a  potato farming consultant. Its a copy of our old orange tube, they also still make the Volkswagen bug out here on Blithe.

I really wanted to bring back the glow-in-the-dark jacket but not possible

Robert

That's one way of turning a Celestron into a Meade.


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Posted 16 November 2014 - 03:45 PM

.....I also found the OTA of a Swift 818 60mm Alt-az refractor.

This one is special because THIS SAME TELESCOPE MODEL that I used when I started in amateur astronomy in 1961 (53 years ago)!

 

I set up the old scope a few nights ago. This model has no finder, fixed magnification at 40x and 25 degree apparent field of view! :shocked:

All you've got is a draw tube to focus, straight through with no diagonal. At 12 years old, I have no clue how I survived with this abysmal scope!

Hal, that 818 is definitley worth redeeming!!!! Get a new focuser, measure and cut it down. The objective on it makes a very enjoyable F9.5 Refractor.

Yes, thats my username. My most used scope ever, till it got tanked and ruined all but the objective :foreheadslap: ...



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Posted 25 November 2014 - 03:36 AM

Hi,

this is a small and unique scope, found in trash depot during my Air Force days (I am reserve officer of the Hellenic Air Force).

It is a small wide field refractor with very sharp optics, used for the RADAR antenna alignment of the NIKE AJAX/HERCULES missile system.

Looks like a miniature Unitron. Made by Keuffel & Esser.

 

Regards

Dimitris

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Posted 25 November 2014 - 11:05 AM

I could have sworn the OP said post a pic of YOU and your scope. Maybe I need new glasses.  :smirk:


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Posted Yesterday, 07:41 AM

The center-focus and level suspended below on that Air Force scope makes it look a lot like surveyors' transits, which commonly were set up that way....and K&E made many, many survey instruments.

Is it erect-image?








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