Clear skies, Scott my scopes: a few refractors (50-102mm), 2 Newts (4.5-12"), and an 8" SCT
"You're not afraid of the dark, are you?" - Riddick "The best scientists are humble. They seek to understand, not to ensure their legacy, but merely to understand." - Mori
Quote:Has anyone ever noticed the the smell of a new reflector?Call me weird (which many have done, lol)But they seem to have a particular scent to them...Sort of like the new car smell.
CG-11 5"mak,CR6&4,c60(vixen)ST120,MK67 1939 B&L 7x50,1943 AO M28 Past Friends 32 rfrs including 6" petzel,antares 6" 1529, Antares 4"f15,Jaegers 5" f5,76mm Mayflower,etc 19 Newt 4"-16" including Meade 1266 RG,DS16,SN10,RV6,SPC6,6"SS conqueror,5.5"CC,10" homemade,4" dynascope.etc 16 sct/mct 90mm-10" including Meade 2010,Super C8,180mm Orion mak,meade 2045,c90 etc 250 binos My Gallery
15x70-Ultra~TV-85/SM-60~MN-66~12.5"dobsonian Unistar Deluxe~Unimount Light~DM-6/Planet tripod
Quote:A friend of mine had a new 10" Meade Research Series newt and he would often take off the dust cover and take several deep sniffs of the fresh telescope. I got off on it too but my wife thought we were both crazy. They do have that certain eu du scope.
Scopes: 10" dob Antares Optics 1/30 wave secondary/Moonlite CR2, 13.1" home made truss dob Discovery optics, 4" achro (the banger)
Quote:Always liked the smell of sono-tube from my old Starfinder dob. Smells like the outdoors.
Quote:Quote:Always liked the smell of sono-tube from my old Starfinder dob. Smells like the outdoors. Yep. My Coulter had a very distinct smell that I always associate with observing.
Norme 150mm MCT f/13, 31% CO Yellow Zone "People say I'm in denial. I disagree."
Quote:Don't know, never owned a new reflector. But both my 12.5 Meade Research Grade and my Criterion RV-6 are more than 30 years old and the tubes both still smell strongly of phenolic.
Happy owner of-- A Mag 1, 12.5 inch Porta Ball A Dual Axis Equatorial Platform A PST Double Stack
Quote:I had a bakelite experience. My RV-6, purchased new in 1968, of course had the wonderful bakelite aroma.When I restored the scope a few years ago, I sniffed the tube and it still had the smell! I thought "Wow, that is amazing". But some time later I couldn't detect the bakelite aroma any more. I think it was all in my head!JimC
Andy Miller 12 Skywatcher Collapsible Dobsonian (coming soon) Celestron C102 HD " Carl" Scope brand 60mmx 700mm " widger scope" Celestron Comet catcher(orange tube)"Scott" 60mm Telescope Club
Teeter STS 11 f/4.3 Zambuto | XT8i | XT8g | XLT 150 | C90 | EON 80mmAT Voyager and Nexstar SLT mountsEyepieces: Mostly TeleVue and PentaxDenk II BV'er, Earthwin PFS-SE, Pentax 10x50 PCF WP II
Garrett/Apogee/Pentax/Minolta/JCPenney/Tasco/Focal binos: 28x110/30x100/25x100/20x60/16x60/10x50/7x50/8x40/7x35 Orion 120mm f/8.3; Sears 80mm f/15; Jason 60mm f/15.2 Hardin Optical 10" f/5 Orion BV TAL 24mm; Meade 5K 24/18/14/4.7mm UWA & 40mm SWA; Celestron Axiom LX 31/Luminos 10mm; Agena UWA 30mm; EWA 6/9/15/20mm; 10-40mm Plössls; GSO 1.25/2" 2x barlows Sunpak 7500TM/Quickset Samson/Manfrotto 679/UA Millennium Unimount/HD Surveyor's tripod
My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars. 10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser) XW: All; XO: 2.58 Televue: Naglers-T1 Smoothside-full set, 17T4,12T4,Ethos 17,4.7; plossels-40,32,20,17,&7.4mm; Pans-22,24mm; Delos-6,8,12,17.3mm ES100: 5.5,9*,14,20 ES82: full set ES68: 16,20,24,34 NLV: 5,9,10,15 Ortho: HD-7,9; OPS-9,12 Meade RG 7mm Other: Pentax 12.5K(.965), 10mm Parks Zoom: Nag3-6 *=on b/o DAS Dark Site
Two eyeballsAP 5.1" f/6 on a GM-8 -- The Instrument10" f/4.8 Newt on a Dob -- Marcia!! Marcia! Marcia!!!12.5" f/4.5 Portaball -- The CojoneLunt LS100FHaBinotron 27Fujinon FMT-SX BinosBlack & Green Glass
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Quote:Eau de Dob Parfum, a new fragrance by Explore Scientific, coming Black Friday 2013.
Ed "You have to grow old, you don't have to grow up."
Quote:Baader Clicklocks always smell kinda funky.
Best regards, Patrik Iver 60°N, 22°E
Nexstar 6SE OTA
Jason Spaceranger 155
Pentax binos (Thanks Ruby)
and assorted EPs
12" Harden Optical "Bubba"
16" Meade Lightbridge "Beached Whale"
70mm ETX-AT "Peashooter"
& a slew of EPs
...It is better to know the value of your equipment than the price of your equipment.
Quote:Mmmm, New scope smell.My XT8 is losing it
Quote:There is something vaguely perverse about this thread. GW
-Tristan Schwartz- Former Resident Astro-Guru, Arizona Museum of Natural History
Member of Colorado Springs Astronomical Society Look for my article "Making the Case for Structured Observing," coming to Sky & Telescope in 2014!
6" Orion DSE Dob, Coronado PST