Quote:Thank you Robert. I wanted one of these when I was a kid and kind of forgot about it. Then when I saw your thread a year or two ago, I started hankering for one again. This one was Brian's (Mustgobigger). Its the one that had been at a government missile firing range and he got it in auction last year, cleaned it up and repainted it. Do you know if regular 100mm Orion tube rings will fit. I measured the tube and its 103mm in dia.Here's another pic:
Clear Skies, Forever! The Vega Sky Center
254mm F/5.65 Homebuilt Fork Mounted Newtonian Reflector
152mm F/10 Jaegers Homebuilt ACHRO Refractor
152mm F/15 Fecker "Prototype" Homebuilt APO Refractor (to be constructed)
130mm F/9 LZOS Homebuilt APO Refractor (to be constructed)
127mm F/9.4 SS Homebuilt ACHRO Refractor
114mm F/8 Tasco 11te-5 Newtonian (to be restored)
102mm F/9 Meade 102ED Semi-APO Refractor
100mm F/13 Carton Homebuilt ACHRO Refractor
76mm F/15.7 Sears Discoverer 6339-A ACHRO Refractor
60mm F/16.7 Tasco 7te-5 ACHRO Refractor
60mm F/15 Jason Discoverer 313 ACHRO Refractor
The original Astronomical Neanderthal
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.?
Refractors Reflectors Two Cats A few eyepieces
Classic refractors incl. Unitrons, Zeiss, Goto Optical, Royal Astro, Edmund; visual observer.
"Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore!"
Homemade 'scopes 8"f/7,6" f/5", 6"f/4, 4.25" Schiefspiegler,60mm Coronagraph,60mm H-alpha system, 4.25" White-light Solar Newtonian,solar spectroscope, 4" f/12, 4.5" f/16 & 6" f/12 Schupmann Medial refractors, 4" Celestar, 19 Stellafane awards 9 in optics Engineering = Taking what you have and making what you need.
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Konus Super 120, Moonlite focus & Vixen GP2; Unitron 128 60mm eq; Atco 60mm f/11 eq
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Meade 628 Celestron C 4.5 Tasco 7T (Royal Astro) Tasco 7TE (Royal Astro) Tower 6335 76mm, 1200mm (Royal Astro) Eikow 77mm, 1000mm Carton 60mm Unitron 60mm Bushnell Sky Chief III (SLR) Edmund 3001 1970 Cave 8" f/7 Lightweight Deluxe Meade 300, (T)
Quote:Thanks Mel. I have access to CNC milling machines and CNC lathes and spot welder's along with the older analog equipment at the college where I thought for the last few years as a visiting professor. They have a manufacturing technology program there and my best friend in the faculty runs it. We were both in the same division ( physical sciences, mathematics and engineering) and worked together on several projects. That's where I have made,objective cells, eyepiece adapters, counter-weights, etc.
Albert RV6's Celestron Ultima 2000 Royal Astro's Lafayette's 1950's 8" f/9 Edmund/Parks Newt 6" 1950's Edmund WF Newt Tasco 8V Coulter Odyssey 10
Quote:Baffles back in place for the time being.
Quote:The baffles are back in place. Did a couple of tests on an antenna light several miles from my house as well as a very distant street light from my deck just before the ice came and it all looks fine. I will leave the original ones in place as they seem to be fine until when and if issues dictate. I did get rings and a rail for it and built a counter-balance weight/rod system. Now all I need is for the weather to cooperate.We are in the midst of the February thaw today and hopefully, all the ice and snow will be gone by tomorrow. I've been unable to set either this, the Goto, or the 4" Unitron for any serious viewing as of yet. It has either been too cold, too overcast, or the ground governed in snow and ice (my backyard observing square is unnavigable still by anyone but the dogs). Spring is coming though.