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Posted 20 August 2013 - 03:12 PM

serial number 643003

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 05:25 PM

thats a pretty scope....looks very well made.
Very nice. :bow:

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 05:45 PM

Wow, that's in superb shape! How in the world did you find one in such like-new condition. Makes one wonder how many more of these are hidden away. Could you possibly post some close ups of the mount?

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 05:58 PM

just took a test pic through the 40mm eyepiece using my iPhone.. beware unprocessed!

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 06:05 PM

Gee, you must be in Europe. The Moon hasn't risen here in NH yet. Nice shot. Was there a 22mm Swift eyepiece in your kit? I don't recall ever seeing one.

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 06:19 PM

Oops my bad, that was using the 40mm!

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 06:23 PM

Wow, that's in superb shape! How in the world did you find one in such like-new condition. Makes one wonder how many more of these are hidden away. Could you possibly post some close ups of the mount?


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how is that?

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 06:28 PM

That's great. I want to do some comparisons between your 1966 and my 1960 mount. Much is the same, but I see a few differences at first glance. There aren't many of these to get some good comparisons.

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 06:45 PM

From the documentation and manual with the scope this was purchased in 1965 it seems so I guessed it was 1965, how do you know its a 1966?

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 09:33 PM

Oops, my mistake - 1964. The first two digits seem to give the year of mfg. I can't type for beans.

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 03:27 PM

I wonder what the parts of the serial number mean?

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 03:57 PM

It seems, after looking at the small number of Swift scopes in the registry, there was a change in serial numbering. In 1960, it looks as though the first two numbers were 60 regardless of aperture size, and the last three digits were the sequence numbers. Starting sometime in 1961, the first two digits are still the year of manufacture, but from then on, all 77mm (3") scopes had 3 for the third digit, followed by a three digit sequence number. All 50mm scopes had a 5 as the third digit and most 60mm scopes had a 6. Of course, I could be dead wrong.

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 04:06 PM

So if you buy into that reasoning, your scope was the third 3" made in 1964.

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 04:40 PM

fascinating! thanks for the info Charlie :)

Do you have a link to the registry?

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 04:44 PM

This scope does have some issues though, the paint on the main tube seems to be suffering from chicken pox, small blisters that reveal a black undercoat or possibly anodizing?

Could possibly use a respray but finding a colour match for the peachy colour is going to be difficult! :question:

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 04:57 PM

Do you have a link to the registry?


Here it is.

See message #4825052 to download the file.

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 05:40 PM

Do you have a link to the registry?


Here it is.

See message #4825052 to download the file.


Hmm.. im getting:

Access Denied.

If the post you are trying to find is an old post... you may be able to access it here: Archive Link

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Archive link seems dead as well :question:

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 05:56 PM

Here's a direct link:

http://ccdastro.net/...FT REGISTRY.htm

Use Internet Explorer or the last column gets scrambled.

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 06:04 PM

Strange, works for me :question:

@$€¥%# computers!

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 06:14 PM

Well if I login i get permission denied but if I log out I can see it.. but not post to it.. or edit anything...

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 06:23 PM

I think it's closed to posting as it's been archived but I don't need to log out to see it. Will need to try a different computer tomorrow and see how that goes.

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 07:59 PM

That is an absolutely gorgeous telescope. And it looks brand new. Simply amazing.

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 02:05 PM

That is an absolutely gorgeous telescope. And it looks brand new. Simply amazing.


Thank you, yes I was quite chuffed with this one :)

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 09:20 AM

Added to the swift register, also replicated it here:

http://swift-telescopes.blogspot.com

Removed some of the tables to keep it easy to update if needed.

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 09:52 AM

Very nice moon!

Someday, I'll come across one of these. I did pick up one Swift eyepiece (4mm, I think) at the RTMC swap meet this past may. So now I need a scope to put it in!

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