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#76 Copernicus1473

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 07:25 AM

NeilR,

The two "thumb screws" have O-rings around the wide end and do fit into the two leg holes. The silver cylinder coupler and black adapter have the same thread size and thread into the optical tube rear port. I still have to take the pictures of the 3 legs and hope to post the pictures later today. I contacted the "Mother Ship" again about the service records and Jim stated that "I do not have any way to excess the old files." Also I asked about the serial number and Jim said that the number should have always been the same except of the "R" was added later.

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 07:32 AM

NeilR,
...I contacted the "Mother Ship" again about the service records and Jim stated that "I do not have any way to excess the old files."


Hmmm... the end of an era?

NeilR,
Also I asked about the serial number and Jim said that the number should have always been the same except of the "R" was added later.


Strange, that is at odds with the image I have of #114 and what I have read otherwise over the years.

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 08:52 AM

I don't think a single negative result from an enquiry marks the end of an era. In the single instance that I've dealt with Jim R. at Questar he was very helpful. The posts in this forum imply that he has been so helpful for so long that it is almost taken for granted that he will do the running around, gratis, when asked to do so. However, the Q records go back 60 years, and some of those for the older models might be archived offsite or otherwise require extra time to dig up. It is a great courtesy of Jim to supply the information he does, but I don't think he should be expected to automatically research the service records of every used Q that gets sold. Can you imagine what your local car dealer would say if you asked him to find and give you, for free, the service records of a car that you just bought from someone else?

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 09:01 AM

The socket head screws on our O-ring plugs looked unfinished, so it was simple enough squeeze on some plastic caps such as bobs knobs uses to make the plugs easier to grip, and add a nicer appearance. :)

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 10:05 AM

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 10:06 AM

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 10:07 AM

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 10:17 AM

Jack, the tubing on your tripod legs appears to have a much heavier wall thickness compared to our 1971 model.

Edit: Ahh, that appears to be a camera issue, my camera seems to enhance the actual size also; please disregard this post.

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 10:21 AM

Thanks, Jack. It cleared up some confusion I had as to the design.

Somewhere on the Yahoo group there is a discussion about the assembly of the push fit legs. Supposedly someone had a pile of legs in front of them. For each mount different legs were picked from the pile to see which fit the best.

If that is true, then each leg would have to go in a specific leg hole, since the tolerance would vary by leg hole? I'd have to go back and find that thread to see if that was addressed. Just a factoid from a long ago discussion.

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Posted 20 December 2013 - 09:43 PM

That is a BEAUTIFUL scope you found. I know nothing of Questar, other than seeing pictures as a kid. I bet you're feeling happy learning it's history!

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 06:55 AM

Hi Robert,

Thank you. I didn't know very much about Q's until getting this one. I have enjoyed looking into the night sky for most of my life (naked eye or cheap pair of binoculars). I showed my children most of the major constellations and even convinced one of my daughter's to take an astronomy class in high school. Unfortunately, she didn't enjoy the class too much. Most of the class focused on "theory or book knowledge" instead of taking them outside to learn the constellations and how to use a telescope. To redeem myself (when she comes to visit), I have taken out my Dob and shown her Jupiter and Saturn.

Yes, learning the history of the scope and the previous owner has been very fascinating and educational. I haven't had the chance to use it yet. Either work has gotten in the way or the weather has been very uncooperative. I must say that I am looking forward to using it. Have a great day and clear skies to you. Merry Christmas!

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 10:02 AM

Lol.... that's how it is with kids. When Jupiter was visible in the morning, my daughters would want to look before school. It was nice. Our youngest is 11 TODAY! She's having a party.
Yes, I was imagining what it would be like to buy something and then find out it and the owners history. It would be quite interesting.
Good luck and Merry Christmas!

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 07:32 AM

Kids...they certainly know how to make us laught! I hope that your youngest had a great birthday party! Once I get a chance to use it I will post my first impressions on the scope. I will also take the advice of some of the posters and use it during the day to get my feet wet. Learning to do the polar alignment might prove to be an interesting exercise :shocked:

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 12:13 AM

Bill,

I just ordered one of the adapters from Questar. They are indeed $85, as you said. I forgot to ask when I ordered the adapter, will I be able to use the Brandon screw in eyepieces with the adapter(circa 1978)?

Thanks, Tim

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 04:53 PM

Tim,

You will be able to use any EP with your new adapter.

Bill

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 10:20 PM

It literally takes minutes to set up and break down. Not to mention if you're using the supplied legs on a table top (I use a hefty picnic table) you can do it all comfortably sitting down. Atlases, iPad, etc. all within easy reach on the table! The viewing experience is so seamless and effortless.

Wonderfully crisp views. Only 3.5 in, yes, but I can count on one hand the number of times seeing provided me with optimal 8 in views with my C8.

Of course the C8 beats it on clusters and galaxies but once again my city skies are so light polluted that lunar, planetary, and double star viewing is what I do anyway. Q rocks here.

I must say I have never yet taken the little Q to a really, really dark site. I'm curious how it performs there.


One of the darker sites I've experienced was at the edge of the Everglades in an undeveloped real estate development, formerly used by the SW Florida Astronomical Society for their star parties. Observing M46 one night, I spotted the planetary nebula NGC 2438 (confirmed by other observers at the site). This planetary is rated at magnitude 10.8.






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