Main instrument: homemade 16" f/4.5 secondary instruments: Homemade 8" f/8 & Meade 2045 4" Garrett 15X70 binos Jaegers 5" refractor Astro 6" f/5.9 refractor In the works: Homemade 8" f/4 (still!)
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Quote:I just asked Dennis di Cicco (Senior Editor, Sky & Telescope), who knows everyone and everything.Sam Brown lived in Ohio, also contributed many articles to Popular Machanics, and was famously reclusive. His house is still standing, and recognizable from some of the photos in his Popular Mechanics articles.Dennis has a whole file on Sam Brown at home, but that's enough for now.Tony FlandersAssociate Editor, Sky & Telescope
Quote:The compilation is titled "All about Telescopes". But, not all of the stuff is in there that is in all of the smaller 40 page books. You can often find his books on ebay, usually going for too much, but patience on your part will get you them fairly cheap.
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"The four points of the compass be logic, knowledge, wisdom, and the unknown. Some do bow in that final direction. Others advance upon it. To bow before the one is to lose sight of the three."
Quote:Since we are talking about Sam Brown, I thought you would like to see how his pipe fitting mounts influenced me. This is a picture of such a mount I made in the mid 60's after reading his booklets. It is an equatorial mount. I made the wood base in shop class to make a wedge that would allow that 45 degree elbow to become 36 degrees, my latitude. It still works great today.So while I am at it, let me say thank you to S&T in the school library (they sparked the intrest). Thank you to Edmund Scientific for the telescope parts that allowed me to build the telescope and a BIG thanks to Sam Brown for the knowledge to make it all happen.This is the 4.25" reflector that started it all for me.
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Quote:I have an old Edmund Mag 5 Star Atlas. It doesn't say Sam Brown on it, but did he have a hand in it?
Quote:For a real hoot, those who have a collection of the Sam Brown booklets should check out the evolution of hair styles. Many of the drawings that appeared in booklets from the 1950s and early 60s were used again when All About Telescopes was compiled in the 1970s. The equipment and labeling in these drawings remained identical, but the men acquired more hair on the tops of their heads, as well as sideburns!
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Quote:Quote:For a real hoot, those who have a collection of the Sam Brown booklets should check out the evolution of hair styles.....! The hipster haircuts those guys gained in the 70s are amusing. I wish my copies were pre-sideburns to retain the full retro flavor of those booklets. I like to look at them and think about the vastly simpler days of amateur astronomy when a guy could geek out at the thought of having actual slow motion controls or a clock drive on his mighty 3" refractor.
Quote:For a real hoot, those who have a collection of the Sam Brown booklets should check out the evolution of hair styles.....!
George N Obsession 20 Optical Guidance Systems 10" F/9 R-C Cass 6" F/5 & 8" F/8 home-made Newts Explore Scientific 127mm ED MI-250 mount Denk II bino-viewer, with PowerX and Newt reducer, Member, International Dark-Sky Association