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#1 Deven Matlick

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 04:27 PM

I picked up the beast over the weekend! :jump: :jump:

Check out the pics...

https://plus.google....798176025894049

Enjoy!
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Posted 23 July 2014 - 04:30 PM

:jawdrop: :jawdrop: :jawdrop:
:bugeyes: :bugeyes: :bugeyes:

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 04:34 PM

Oh my! She looks like she's gonna be a beaut!

This restoration is going to be great to follow. You are gonna keep us up to date, right? :)

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 04:35 PM


What's the aperture on it??

#5 Deven Matlick

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 04:36 PM

It was a 10" but sadly no glass for me. :bawling: :bawling: :bawling: :bawling:

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 04:38 PM

Wow!! Beautiful. You got it installed already?

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 04:38 PM

Your Fecker is 'flector-less? Inconceivable!!

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 04:45 PM

The mount would be great for a 16"-20" Cassegrain or a 18"-24" Newtonian but I haven't found anything yet to fit my nonexistent budget... Anything over 16" would be the largest permanently mounted optical scope in the state of WV! :bow:

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 05:01 PM

The mount would be great for a 16"-20" Cassegrain or a 18"-24" Newtonian but I haven't found anything yet to fit my nonexistent budget... Anything over 16" would be the largest permanently mounted optical scope in the state of WV! :bow:


Deven could you email me? You have your PM 's turned off in your setting.

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 05:01 PM

Gee, I think it's been at least a year since our last Fecker pun thread.

Be careful... these don't generally end well.

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 05:06 PM

Turk I emailed you via the Cave site.

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 05:10 PM

As Chuck said, this brand posts can be a real hazard.
Remember, posts have to be family safe. Any that aren't or go too far will be deleted. Thread title has been changed. Do not use the old title.
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Posted 23 July 2014 - 05:13 PM

Which reminds me, look for my tent at Stellafane sporting this bad-boy!

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 05:14 PM

I've been lucky enough to have used that mount and the 10" rfr that was orginally on it.It was involved in important asteriod work through the 40s and 50s I believe. A real work of art.Of course its a real grab and go compared to the 200+ ton mount of the 36". These pics are of the I.A.S. site(thanks to IU) south of Indy.So glad that someone here on the site was able to rescue the mount.
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Posted 23 July 2014 - 06:33 PM

I've been lucky enough to have used that mount and the 10" rfr that was orginally on it.It was involved in important asteriod work through the 40s and 50s I believe. A real work of art.Of course its a real grab and go compared to the 200+ ton mount of the 36". These pics are of the I.A.S. site(thanks to IU) south of Indy.So glad that someone here on the site was able to rescue the mount.


IU Asteroid Program "records" final chapter

http://newsinfo.iu.e...ormal/7881.html

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 07:11 PM

Glad it worked out for you. I would have liked to have been there to see it removed, but no one told me it was happening.

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 07:20 PM

Glad it worked out for you. I would have liked to have been there to see it removed, but no one told me it was happening.


It was all very last minute and I don't know who Shep notified. I know Borlik was away.

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 08:48 PM

I'm delighted you're saving it!

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 09:15 PM

These are the most difficult saves. It requires a lot of investment in work, time and money. But you are saving something that has a place in history. Good for you!

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 05:20 PM

Here are photos of the RA drive system.

https://plus.google....720483912446177

Note the burnt wires... :tonofbricks:

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 05:33 PM

I've got to know,once restored,what do you intend to mount on this?

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 05:55 PM

I'm glad someone saved that old mount! You have a lot of choices as to how to restore it. If it was up to me I'd consider making it identical to the day it was made.

obin :)

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 06:35 PM

I've got to know,once restored,what do you intend to mount on this?


We don't have anything to put on it yet and the Optics budget is virtually nonexistent so I can't answer that yet. I would like a big Cassegrain in the 16"-24" range but a Newtonian would be fine too. I've been sniffing around for for some dusty mirrors either very cheep or donations but no luck yet. Anything over 16" would be the largest observatory mounted optical telescope in the state! Anything under 16" would be too light for the mount!

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 08:01 AM

wow!



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Posted 05 August 2014 - 09:52 PM

What a great score Deven!








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