Quote: More specifically, did Cave sell mirrors to Edmund Scientific for factory installation in Edmund scopes?
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Quote:First questions: Did Cave make sets of mirrors specifically for other scope manufacturers? If so, might it be possible to identify such a mirror in another scope? More specifically, did Cave sell mirrors to Edmund Scientific for factory installation in Edmund scopes?
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Quote:Cave had a somewhat improvised operation. The scope you got might not look like the photo in the catalogue. A friend of mine bought a new 10-inch Deluxe from Cave in 1970, and he had to insist on better components when Cave tried to pass on a cheaper focuser and finder. Paint was bought from a neighboring paint store, and the "standard colors" might depend upon what was available. Restoring a specific scope to exactly the condition it was in when it rolled out of Cave's shop might be difficult, but substitutions of suitable contemporary components would be entirely within the spirit of Cave's operation. WRT Edmund, I know for a fact that many (maybe all) of Edmund's current catalogued parabolic telescope mirrors are made by outside suppliers.
Quote:Cave also branded eyepieces...
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Quote:Quote:Cave also branded eyepieces...
I have never found an "astrola" in a cave catalog. Are you sure that that came originally from Cave? Hardin made the "Astrola" eyepieces and most were considered so-so. Brandon and Gayland eyepieces are in the Cave catalogs. Could I be wrong?
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1971 Cave 10" f/6 Custom Super Deluxe
1958 Cave 10" f/7 Model C De Luxe
1974 Cave 8" f/8 Model B Deluxe
1970 Cave 8" f/6 Lightweight Deluxe
1971 Unitron 145C
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Quote:"That is very interesting. I did not realize cave actually branded those items. All of the caves I own do not have that finder or eyepieces."Hi Tom,I can confirm that Cave sold eyepieces with "Astrola" on them. Pictured is a 12mm Kel1ner eyepiece that I purchased directly from Cave (mail order), probably around 1960-1962 (back when I was young ) Still had the box it came with in my old eyepiece case.Steve,New Mexico
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Quote:Did Cave make sets of mirrors specifically for other scope manufacturers? If so, might it be possible to identify such a mirror in another scope?
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Quote:I have the Sky Micro Giant on the 12.5" Cave. I rebuilt it along with a 1 1/4" Sky Micro that I'm planning on using with one of my OC OTAs at some point. The Sky Micro on the OC Connoisseur is sweet! I love the adjustability of these focusers. They can be dialed in so smooth!Here's the big one on the big Cave:
Quote:The Carle focuser is photo-visual - obviously meaning that it has enough in/out focus travel for prime focus photography and visual. It is a pretty cool focuser and the helical focus method allows very fine focus plus will not roll out of focus if there's a lot of weight on it from a camera.
Quote:Quote:The Carle focuser is photo-visual - obviously meaning that it has enough in/out focus travel for prime focus photography and visual. It is a pretty cool focuser and the helical focus method allows very fine focus plus will not roll out of focus if there's a lot of weight on it from a camera.Holy capeevy dust! Is that what the screw on the side of the base of the Carle is for?? I thought the outside was machined so you could clamp a camera adapter to it! I had no idea it moved!-Tim.