Classic refractors; visual observer, old school.
"Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."
Quote:Every time I look at this little pretty. This morning for instance when I was sitting in the dining room having breakfast. My eyes glanced toward the corner of the room and WOW
"The White Zone is for loading or unloading of passengers only. No Astrophotography." Cosmic Acres! Greatest restoration challenge: Tulley and Sons 3" achromat on Altazimuth mount, circa ~late 1820s
Refractors Reflectors Two Cats A few eyepieces
Orange Tube C8, Tasco 7te-5, 4" Criterion Dynascope, 60mm Towa Jason 313 Nikon Action Extreme & Pentax WPii Binoculars iPod Touch loaded with astronomy software At my club, everything one could want up to 18"
Quote:Quote:Model 128 What's the silver pipe? A sight tube used as a finder?
Quote:its a rod for solar projection screens
Celestron 8SE Dobstuff 13.1": Swayze refigured Coulter mirror, 6 pt mirror cell (2 pt edge support) and CF focuser board made by me StarBlast 4.5 ST80/PortaMount II Zhumell 20x80/Oberwerk 15x70 on a Seronik-style tripod boom mount Hubble Optics 18 inch F/4 mirror.
Carton 60/1000 Edmund Sci. 63.5 f/8 tech spec build Celestron 102/1000 refractor Nikon 8x32 SE Obie 15x70 LW Previous: TV Pronto/Ranger TAK FC60, FS60, FS78 Celeston C8, SPC-80 Meade MTS-SN6, ETX-90 RA 8" Dob (ATM)
Quote:By the late 60s, early 70s the solar projection kit was offered as an optional accessory and the brackets were on tube rings on the 128 (eq). Early to mid1960s used brackets (two) that were similar to those on the 140/142 that were fit into pre-drilled holes in the ota. Prior to that there was a single bracket to hold the rod. This bracket was similar to a finder bracket in that it had two rings at either end of a single bar-foot that attached to the tube. Rods also varied over time solid bar type rods to hollow aluminum pipe and eventually to what was 1/2 inch aluminum electrical conduit stock near the end. The Unihex was also an option, you could either have that or a star diagonal and a porro prism. Another variable over time was a aperture stop to be used with the sun filter. That was not part of earlier offerings. The objective cell has also differed over the years from being identical in 114 and 128 to the 128 as in Bill's picture being made along the same lines as the 3 inch photo equatorial with the provision for a counter balance. That is not often seen as a counter balance is really not necessary on a scope of that length/weight due to the fact that heavier accessories, namely the camera would rarely be used with a 60 mm scope. Two wheel vs one wheel focusers are also seen on different iterations of the 128. The one distinguishing feature is that the 114 was always alt-az and the 128 was always eq., everything else at times was the same (other than variations in eyepieces provided). Even the equatorial mount evolved over time. The earliest 128 eps have no setting circles, which distinguished the 128 eq mount from all others, but this also changed by the late 60s. Size was also a distinguishing factor, but the 128 and the 142 were much closer in size (the mounts) than the 142 and the 152 which was much larger.
Clint & Debbie Whitman (aveman JOIN US AT CSPAMP VII 8/1,2,3/14 Classic Telescopes, 9" AP ThePEARL, 1946 4" Tinsley Saturn Telescope. 1970 4" Unitron 155c,1954 100mm Unitron Brass 152. 1950s Nippon Kogaku refractors 5 CM, 6.5 CM. 1965 10" F8 Cave Astrola, G-11 ST2000xm
4.5" f/10 A Jaegers Homebuilt Refractor,12"GSO f/5.3"Reflector,10"Meade LX-50 SCT, 8" Hardin f/6 reflector Yulin 5"f/9 refractor, 4.5"TASCOS Luminova,11TE-5 & 11TR Lunagrosso reflectors,Cel.100mm Reflector.3" Tasco 3TER 700mm 76mm reflector, Tasco 10TE 76mm 1200mm f/l Refractor 60mm TASCO 7TE-5 1000mm f/16.7 Refractor 60mm TASCO 9TE 700mm f/l refractor 60mm TASCO 9TE-0 710mm f/l Refractor www.vega-sky-center.com
Cave - 1976 10" Custom Deluxe, 1977 8" Light Weight Deluxe, 1955 6" f/4 RFT
Unitron - 155C, 1960 142, 70's 128, 1954 128, 1960 114
Swift 1962 831
Monolux 60mm altz
1st Caveman Award!Maynard Clark 8" f/8The Horsetrail Cave 12.5" f/7.51975 Cave 8" f/7 Lightweight Deluxe1972 Cave 8" f/4.5 RFT DeluxeCriterion RV-6Logitech HD C615 Webcam for Imaging
I want to do more then just look.