Astro-Physics 5" f6 ca.1986
The Jordan Levinson Refractor 4" f15 ca.60s or 70s (work in progress)
Orion Apex 102 102mm f12.7 ca.2013
Tasco 10TE 76mm f15.7 ca.1965
Tasco 7TE-5 60mm f16.7 ca.1967 "Focus on far-out stars with professional ease." -Tasco catalog
Tasco 66TE-5 50mm f12 ca.1966-1972, Tower 6314 50mm f12 ca.?
Quote:I am curious to see how members are using their classics.
I am not taking a survey, or giving an exam (1.a, 2.c, 3.d). My questions are only guidelines for where my curiosity lies. The "answers" are also only meant to serve as examples. I only used this format for the sake of clarity. Feel free to answer any, all, or none of the questions. Even make up your own. Also, if you have many classics, just adapt your comments as you wish. For those with a lot of spare words in your heads: I encourage you flesh out your replies to your hearts content. Hope you have fun!
1. How often do you use your classic; compared to newer scopes?
a. exclusively, I don't have any newer scopes
b. mostly, it is just more fun, works better, or is easier to use
c. about the same, it depends on what I want to look at
d. occasionally, I just take it out once in a while for fun my newer scope works better/is easier to use/etc
e. I think it's in the attic somewhere
2. How do you use your classic?
a. mainly for planetary, lunar, and/or double stars
b. mostly for deep sky
e. no real one category over another
f. it keeps the wind from blowing the door shut (I finally went in the attic and found it)
3. How did you get started with your classic?
a. I bought/was given a new telescope long ago, now it's a classic
b. I always wanted one as a child, now I can afford it
c. I couldn't find a modern scope that performed/looked/functioned the way I wanted
d. I collect a lot of things, old telescopes are cool
e. Well... you see, it's like this. I was unloading my car after a weekend fishing trip. My net accidentally strayed over the fence into Clint (Caveman) Whitmans yard when a mint Unitron 114 just fell from the sky; right into it. I've been "hooked" ever since!
Thanks for participating.
Homemade 16"F6.5 dob(Stellafane optical winner 1996) and 22.6" F4.9 homemade mirrors, 10"F7 dob (Stellafane 2nd opt 2009)Celestron Ultima 9.25 dynascope RV6 1973, Orange C14 1975,orangeSupC8,c11/C5orangetube CGEM, CGE, Meade 30 UWA5K,34&28mmSWA 5k,14mmUWA4K 4K/ES9mm&14mm100degree/panoptic 22mm/nagler11mmT6/7mmT1/3.5mmT6/T.V.WF 19mm and 15mm, Cel AXIOM LX 23mm/15mm Sears 80F15 3#4454/sears4-6344 76mmf16
Classic refractors incl. Unitrons, Zeiss, Goto Optical, Royal Astro, Edmund; visual observer.
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Roberto Botero, Kent, UK
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
Astrophoto: Intes Micro ALTER-M606 (6" f/6 MCT), Astrotech AT6RC (6" f/9 RC), 2x Tair-3 lenses (300mm f/4.5)
Visual: Celestron 8 SCT ('77 Orange Tube, 8" f/10), Selsi #247 Refractor (aka Towa #339, 80mm f/15), Tasco 11TE-5 Newtonian (4.5" f/7.9), Galileoscope (50mm f/10)
Mounts: Celestron CI-700, iOptron ZEQ25GT, Celestron CG5-ASGT, plus a couple old EQ2s
My Astrophotography Site: http://ap.x-wing.ca/
Quote:1 - very often, but mostly after lunch or at least a couple cups of coffee.2 - not always, but when she asks I usually do so because she's the boss.3 - it depends if there's any benefit involved. I really didn't have a choice in the matter.Oh Wait! You mean classic telescope?Nevermind!
Quote: How often do you use your classic; compared to newer scopes?d. occasionally, I just take it out once in a while for fun my newer scope works better/is easier to use/etc
Quote: 2. How do you use your classic?a. mainly for planetary, lunar, and/or double stars
Quote:3. How did you get started with your classic? c. I couldn't find a modern scope that performed/looked/functioned the way I wantedd. I collect a lot of things, old telescopes are cool
ALL my posts should be considered as opinions shaped by MY experiences and understanding of the facts.
1961 8" F8 Criterion Dynascope Deluxe (dob mount) C6, Celestron GT102 ,PST Vixen Ascot 10x50,12x50 Pentax PCF WP II Denk big easy pairs of TV 32mm,11mm plossls, celestron 25mm plossl, 17mm sterling, 9mm X-cel LX, 20mm superviews AT 17mm 70 AF, 8mm AT Paradigm, AT 12mm plossl ES 82* 6.7mm,11mm,14mm,ES 68* 24mm 2.25x Ultima Barlow VT 25mm Ortho, BCO 10mm,18mm, TV Plossl 15mm,26mm, GSO 40mm plossl, 20mm sterling 1 dog, 3 cats, 2 sons and a beautiful wife
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