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Gordon E Reade
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Arthur C. Clarke's Questar
      #504078 - 07/05/05 05:54 PM

The other day I found a book from the early 1960’s called “The Treasure of the Great Reef” by Arthur C. Clarke. It contains the following quote by Clarke.


“I had brought with me, for just such a purpose, the finest small telescope ever built-the 3 1/2-inch Questar, a jewel of precision optics which has produced close-ups of the moon that could easily be mistaken for Mount Wilson photographs. although the barrel is only eight inches long (this book would hide it completely), a combination of lens and mirror makes the light traverse the tube three times, with the result that the instrument is equivalent to one yard in length. Various eyepieces give magnifications of up to 180, though it is easy to go higher than this on those rare occasions when the clarity of the atmosphere permits. There is an electric drive in the base that will keep the field of view centered on a star all night-no, I am not getting a penny from the Questar Corporation, but perhaps I had better stop here.”


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