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#501 Masvingo

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Posted 04 March 2015 - 12:50 PM

Great photo Dimitris, nice to see some of the rarer Celestron items.  

 

I see from your signature that you have both the 8 and 5.5 inch cameras.  Do you still use them?  It would be great to some pics taken with them.

 

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Posted 04 March 2015 - 01:15 PM

Hi,

thats me (pic taken on my wedding day) with my C11 riding the modern EQ-8. On the C11 OTA a classic Celestron Pacific Schmidt camera enjoys the hi tec ride.

 

Regards

Dimitris

Athens Greece.

 

You two make a lovely couple!


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Posted 24 March 2015 - 12:12 AM

A little over two weeks ago I was auctioneer at the 35th SJAA astronomical auction in San Jose, Ca.  I started making my first telescope in 1967, (a six inch F/8 ) and completed it in 1968 in time to be used as my 8th grade science fair project.  The mirror kit came from Optica B/C in Oakland Ca.  I remember well the visits to the store and seeing the telescopes they had for sale. Priced WAAAAAYYY beyond my reach.  Flash forward to two weeks ago.  At this auction was a very dusty (about 1/4 inch layer on the mirror) Optica six inch reflector.  I was the successful bidder and have spent my time since cleaning and restoring this object of a 13 year old desire!  The mirror cleaned up and is in perfect condition.  The back is inscribed Sept 10, 69  . Attached File  LN6-E.jpg   35.3KB   11 downloads


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Posted 24 March 2015 - 12:15 AM

I believe this is also a Royal Astro LN6-E and Optica was the importer.Attached File  Optica Label.jpg   28.36KB   12 downloads



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Posted 24 March 2015 - 12:20 AM

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 05:13 AM

Superb scope! Yes, an Royal Astro LN6-E.  I have the LN4-E and LN3-E.  I had the chance to get a LN6-E and I stupidly passed it up.  There was a thread a while back on a magnificent LN10-E.  Nice to see you even have the clock drive.


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Posted 24 March 2015 - 07:06 AM

Here's my most recent find a 1975 Carton T-630. This is a 60mm F15 Carton in mint condition, even the Styrofoam trays, and it was complete except for the owners manual. I found that my Vixen 1.25" visual back fit it perfectly so it is converted to the bigger ep's. I've had it out and have been able to push it to 150x which works out to 64x / in of aperture.

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 07:13 AM

Here's my other recent find. A 1985 Carton Mini 6 60mm F6 scope complete with the travel case, all acc. and the catalog and owners manual in Japanese. This one also accepted the 1.25" visual back.

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 01:20 PM

Niiiiiiiice!!    :waytogo:   Mike


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Posted 06 April 2015 - 06:44 AM

Gary I have been cruising your thread... Some great selfies, And fantastic old telescopes. As for me I was taught to post pictures. SOOOOOO....

 

Clint (aveman Whitman with the Whitman/Christan "Pearl" 228mm X F10.6 Astro Physics Refractor.

 

Thanks to Classic Telescope Group for providing me with the following equipment. Well at least the help with the re-build / restoration.

 

 

Bob Burns from our group with the PEARL (checking mount heights)

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Bob extremely HAPPY!!!! with the eyepiece height at zenith!!!!

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Clint Whitman With my Home constructed Aluminum Pier and the brand new Byers series II Mount

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Clint with The Pearl for the first time on it new Mount /Pier Man I am glad I lost 40pounds!!!!  (:

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Great thread Gary!

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Posted 06 April 2015 - 08:10 AM

Hi (aveman,

That's just a thing of beauty and compared to my scopes almost surreal. I bet the images are just as stunning as it is. Congratulations on your extra fine pier and the new Beyers gem also. Thanks for posting all the pic's so we all can enjoy it.

I have to add that this is not my thread. BarabinoSr is the one that started it in 2013.


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Posted 06 April 2015 - 09:36 AM

Hello friends,

 

here I'm at the controls of my KOSMOS LW 90 refractor ( 90/1300 mm ) on KOSMOS ORION 60 GEM with the ultrastable WACHTER steel-pyramide tripod.

Many decades ago......... ;)  ( no no , this is a photo from today, only altered with a vintage filter by the software Photoscape :lol: :lol: )

 

Kind regards, Michael

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Posted 07 April 2015 - 08:37 PM

   One more shotattachicon.gifOptica Mount.jpg

 

Cool!

 

A Losmandy Titan before it grew up.

 

Jeff 



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Posted 07 April 2015 - 09:19 PM

This is the real classic scope I always wanted....and I still want for that matter.  This Unitron 6 is at the UNT Rafes Urban Astronomy Center in Denton, Texas.

I can't own it but I can go look through it from time to time. (o:

 

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Posted 07 April 2015 - 11:19 PM

Caveman Clint

Pearl's a thing of beauty.  With Pearl, do you observe Jupiter or just reach out and touch it?  :cool:

 

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Posted 08 April 2015 - 07:53 PM

 Here's a 12½" from about 20 years back, still have it, still for sale...

 

Clear Skies,

  Mike

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 08:27 AM

Hi (aveman,

That's just a thing of beauty and compared to my scopes almost surreal. I bet the images are just as stunning as it is. Congratulations on your extra fine pier and the new Beyers gem also. Thanks for posting all the pic's so we all can enjoy it.

I have to add that this is not my thread. BarabinoSr is the one that started it in 2013.

Hi Gary R!

The thread cruising comment was directed to Gary Barabino....  That's what you get for having the same first name. :grin:

I have come into possession of a 1952 Carroll 8" F20 Refractor. When assembled the two piece OTA is definitely surreal.  Holy Molly the thing is messing with my plans. I have been trying to figure out how to properly restore, house, secure and mount this thing? Due to its size it may end up as a seasonal scope that get setup for a month or two at a time. It is reminding me of my EX-wife...  

 

Michael,

I have had the AP for what, like 5 years? So far on several occasions, while planetary viewing the seeing has allowed the telescope to hold powers of 700x with razor sharp surface details. The rest of the time it just delivers the most outstanding 3D views of things. In bad seeing it still shows 5 stars in the Trapezium E sticks out like a sore thumb, The focal length is great being F10, right in the middle. Really fun telescope to own and she has been a labor of love.

 

In any event, thank you for the kudos and I hope some "clear tens" are headed your way!

 

(aveman



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Posted 12 April 2015 - 07:50 AM

Here is a recent image taken at the Earth Hour 2015 celebration with my Tasco 10TE 

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Posted 13 April 2015 - 08:45 AM

Man! Clint your instrumentation is spectacular! The Pearl is one of the most beautiful scopes around. I'd love to come out west one year to attend CSPAMP,as Mel Dawson and I have been thinking about it for a couple of years now, so as to get a chance  to  meet everyone, enjoy the sessions and most important-look through the Pearl. It looks as if you guys have a great time out there every year!! That feller sitting at the focuser looks to be very happy !!!!  I also enjoy reading the reports coming out of the CSPAMP ! I know I've might've missed it but what is the history surrounding the Pearl ? How was the color chosen ? When I see Clint doing things with the Pearl like this I know he is doing great.

  Mike , That is a nice shot of you and  your Cave ! Wow !  Aaron , that's a cool  90 with the interesting mount, and Photiost I love that  10TE. Is it black or dark blue ? I love this stuff ! Thank you guys for posting.  GaryB



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Posted 13 April 2015 - 10:52 AM

My initial jump into classics scopes - love the two-tone late 60's color scheme on my 60mm Sears 4-6333.  Have all the parts (except the original finder) and everything works.  Great views of Jupiter this month!!

 

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Posted 16 April 2015 - 07:01 AM

I believe this is also a Royal Astro LN6-E and Optica was the importer.attachicon.gifOptica Label.jpg

 

 The first major purchase I made after starting work 43 years ago was one of those ($NZ585 in 1973) but here in New Zealand they were Sportmaster. The LN6 rings a bell though. One of the local Astro Soc. members has one that I believe may be the one I owned. Has Sportmaster engraved on the drive housing btw.

 

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