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Post a Picture of You and Your Classic Scope Pt.2

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#476 SpaceNetworks

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 08:16 PM

Nice little scope Eric. Looking at the focuser/finderscope and the way the finder is attached that sure looks like a Vixen to me.

Thanks, Gary.  I've heard Mizar mentioned as a possibility, too, but I'm no authority.


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Posted 08 February 2015 - 04:37 PM

Here is a picture of me with some classic scopes used by Galileo.

This was taken at the Museo Galileo in Florence last year.

 

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#478 G.Richard

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Posted 08 February 2015 - 06:38 PM

Wow!!!! That's one of the most interesting pictures I've seen on here Andy. Lucky you to be that close to that much history.

"1609 A.D. Italy Galileo uses telescope for astronomical purposes. He discovers 4 Jovian moons, the Moon's craters and the Milky Way galaxy."



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Posted 08 February 2015 - 06:55 PM

With less than 40mm aperture!

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Posted 08 February 2015 - 07:16 PM

Here is a picture of me with some classic scopes used by Galileo.

This was taken at the Museo Galileo in Florence last year.

 

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Andy,

 

Priceless photo of you and Galileo's refractors.  Did you also admire "the finger"?

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Posted 08 February 2015 - 07:18 PM

It amazes me how much was learned in the early days of telescopes when the equipment gave very narrow views that today's cheapest binoculars rival for detail. I've sometimes fantasized about showing Galileo or Isaac Newton a view through a big dob. Galileo observed that Saturn had "teacup handles" that varied in size over the years. Can you imagine having been able to show him Cassini's gap?!!


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Posted 09 February 2015 - 12:08 AM

 Hi Glen ! Your Orion 4.5-inch

 

I just found this pic about a week ago and scanned it.  The Orion 4.5 was one exciting scope.  I remember well the day it came, in October.....  about the time this pic was taken.  It was an excellent scope and I used it enough that I wore the mount out.  I observed all sorts of galaxies with it, in addition to hundreds of observations of Jupiter and Saturn.  And the Moon looked awesome.  I had an AC drive and did lots of piggyback photography, and also observed several Levy comets with it.  The mount is gone and the scope is retired, but I still use the .965 9mm Kellner eyepiece on planets.

 

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Hi Glen !! Your  scope looked like Tasco's 11TE-5 on a TOWA EQ-2  mount. You mentioned observations made with it. Have you recorded some of them ? Thanks for posting!  Gary

 

 

I never really kept a log, but I can still remember most of what I saw very well, since I was new to this, having started with a 50mm refractor.

 

Today I actually saved the scope from being thrown out, in a couple of months, as it was in storage elsewhere and beyond my control.

 

I wound up with three of these tubes over the years.  The black one on right is a C4.5 I got about 1990, but I had shortened the tube to bring a camera to focus.  I have an SCT adapter ring for the focuser and even had an OAG stuck on there.  No kidding....

 

The grey one is a 90s Meade from Taiwan which, honestly, may have had the best mirror of all.  I remember seeing awesome, apo-like views of Saturn with it.

 

The Circle-T has a tarnished mirror so I'll probably take the Meade or Vixen mirror and put it in there.  I note the Circle-T has black felt inside, which the other two lack.  Although I have heard the C4.5 was a very good scope, I never thought the optics were as good as the T, but I'l find out.  The Vixen mount was a million times better, though.

 

I still have the RA 30mm finder for the T, which takes .965 eyepieces, while the focuser on there is a bolt-on replacement they sold which takes 1.25 and looks like something from Jaegers.  I intend to make this my "classic" scope.

 

Glen

 

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 06:20 AM

We did see the finger. The kids were a bit freaked out by that but later in the trip we saw mummies at the Egypt museum in Torino and then Oetzi the copper age man at Bolzano so after all that they had quite a cultural experience!

If you are ever near Florence then I highly recommend the Museo Galileo. Lots of incredible historic telescopes and other astronomical instruments. There is good interactive section towards the end that the kids really enjoyed.

 

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 11:18 AM

Hi Andy. 

 

I I visited that museum while we stayed in Florence for a few days after I attended the Mars Conference in Ischia in  2004. Florence has to be my favorite city I've ever been to. 

 

I I made the mistake of asking the museum staff if it would be okay for me to take pics of the telescopes, because she said "no."  



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Posted 09 February 2015 - 04:28 PM

Hi Tim

 

That's a shame about no photos. We had a great time in Italy. We found the few places that prohibited photos were the sites of religious significance. Some places would allow photos but no flash.



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Posted 13 February 2015 - 08:48 PM

Hey Andy, thanks for the great photos.  I was there in 2007 and Galileo's scope was in such a position that by sitting on the floor I was able to take an afocal image through it.

The guard/guide was rather amused by me sitting on the floor and trying to get the camera lined up so he did not object at all.


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Posted 19 February 2015 - 03:26 PM

I'm going through my photos and sending the bloopers to the circular file.

This is a Edmund Extra Heavy Duty mount, R.E.Brandt 6" lens scope I built that I'm dancing with.

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Posted 19 February 2015 - 03:30 PM

Me with a 4 inch Edmund and I don't know who that is in the bottom photo

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Posted 19 February 2015 - 03:33 PM

4 inch Edmund and I'm rematerializing

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Posted 19 February 2015 - 05:01 PM

Me and the early Swift #839 that I picked up in South Carolina late last Auutumn. It makes a nice companion to my 1962 Monolux #4380 (RAO).

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Posted 19 February 2015 - 07:03 PM

Robert don't wear out your welcome!!   :p   Mike



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Posted 20 February 2015 - 08:19 AM

Here is an image with my Parks 8in f/7 ATM reflector ... 

 

Edit: And my observing buddy Chris !!

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Posted 20 February 2015 - 10:13 AM

Great image, photiost !  :waytogo: !!   Thanks for posting! Nice scope .  Bob, :lol: :lol: doin' the cha cha cha !! Watch out  fella, I can see a future lord klutz moment though !!  A foot getting caught under that edmund mount during the dance and POW!!! Telescope and/or man goin' down!! I can see it now... :lol: :lol:



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Posted 20 February 2015 - 12:23 PM

4 inch Edmund and I'm rematerializing

 

Hey actionhac!

 

Be careful! You are certainly looking a bit "clam-destine". :shocked: Watch out!!!!! :lol: ;)


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Posted 20 February 2015 - 05:47 PM

Thank you Terra for posting again ! Cool scopes :waytogo: ! You , the scopes and  your surroundings are perfect for these picctures. Excellent! I love these well built instruments!


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Posted 21 February 2015 - 11:30 PM

Well this is me in the present day, but still with a refractor, a 1985 vintage AP 5" F6 with the famous "NASA Glass".  The tube had been modified with a new back plate and updated AP 2.7" focuser.

 

Nice little scope with surprisingly good correction.

 

Jeff

 

 

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Posted 21 February 2015 - 11:33 PM

Another picture of the little critter.

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#498 Rich (RLTYS)

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Posted 22 February 2015 - 07:51 AM

Nice looking scope.  :waytogo:

 

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Posted 22 February 2015 - 11:45 AM

Thanks, these older APs made fantastic telephoto lenses as well.  These were take with an older, pre-Starfire AP 5" F8 using eyepiece projection and a simple early digital camers.  The view through the eyepiece, especially with the bino-viewer was just incredible, showing vastly more detail and color saturation.  

 

Oil spaced triplets are extremely efficient lenses for terrestrial photography. Back in the 80's attaching them to my Olympus OM-1 with the T ring showed them to be almost a full stop brighter than a similar F stop telephoto at full aperture.  AP also made a .7x focal reducer for these early scopes.

 

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