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Datapanic
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Re: A Mystery Scope! new [Re: tim53]
      #3838120 - 05/31/10 01:09 AM

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Dan that will make any Harley owner jealous,that really looks great,they did a fantastic job, cant wait to see her put back together




Nah, the Harley guys can just put more lights on their bikes! I once saw a Harley with 18 taillights on it! No kidding, I counted them! When he hit the brakes, the engine quit! (actually, I am kidding about that part)




Well, I did set up 4 old-tech 120v AC indicator lights. Does that count? Incidentally, my classic Variable Frequency Dual Axis Drive Controller, featured somewhere here in the Classics CN forum can't handle all those lights on 12VDC, it will still drive the motors, but just can't handle the extra amps of the lights

Putting the mount back together a second time over the weekend. Should be finished up by tomorrow.

Edited by Datapanic (05/31/10 01:11 AM)


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reddog15
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Re: A Mystery Scope! new [Re: Datapanic]
      #3838446 - 05/31/10 10:02 AM

Nice Ya know we are all in limbo here Dan

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Datapanic
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Re: A Mystery Scope! new [Re: reddog15]
      #3839201 - 05/31/10 04:41 PM Attachment (87 downloads)

The mount is done!

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Datapanic
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Re: A Mystery Scope! new [Re: Datapanic]
      #3839204 - 05/31/10 04:42 PM Attachment (66 downloads)

Another view.

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Datapanic
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Re: A Mystery Scope! new [Re: Datapanic]
      #3839206 - 05/31/10 04:43 PM Attachment (68 downloads)

Two more...

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Datapanic
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Re: A Mystery Scope! new [Re: Datapanic]
      #3839208 - 05/31/10 04:43 PM Attachment (79 downloads)

Last one!

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PiSigma
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Re: A Mystery Scope! new [Re: Datapanic]
      #3839226 - 05/31/10 04:55 PM

Boy, that went back together quick! It's beautiful.

Now I'm going to have to tear the Cave mount apart again and get the aluminum parts professionally polished....JK.


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clintwhitman
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Re: A Mystery Scope! new [Re: Datapanic]
      #3839238 - 05/31/10 05:00 PM

AWSOME DAN. That is one in a million. cant wait to see it working.

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Datapanic
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Re: A Mystery Scope! new [Re: clintwhitman]
      #3839884 - 05/31/10 10:57 PM

It was a lot easier putting it back together the second time around from knowing when I assembled it all the first time.

Jon - fully polished Cave Legs look awesome - let me know if you need a connection. It was $35 a leg which I think is reasonable.

Clint - I can't wait either! This has been a long project that started the end of January and now it's just short of June! If the mount is any indication of the quality of the mirror, this thing should be one heck of a a humdinger!

The project is at a stop now until the spider reinforcement ring and focuser base are made. After that, it's one more batch to Don Jose Polishing for the focuser, end rings and rotating rings parts - about 16 parts all together! I also need to have the tube painted. My best estimate is that this scope should be done in about 4 or 5 weeks Can't Wait!

I lost track on how much this restore has cost, but I think it's worth it all the way, because as Clint said, it's one in a million, or maybe even higher.


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Rich (RLTYS)Moderator
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Re: A Mystery Scope! new [Re: Datapanic]
      #3840243 - 06/01/10 06:28 AM

Wow!!!!

Rich (RLTYS)


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reddog15
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Re: A Mystery Scope! new [Re: Datapanic]
      #3840427 - 06/01/10 09:16 AM

Dan,thats outstanding,a true work of art I cant believe it was Jan. when you started it,how time flies when we are having fun

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Datapanic
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Re: A Mystery Scope! new [Re: reddog15]
      #3930439 - 07/18/10 11:36 PM Attachment (69 downloads)

It's been a month and a half since I provided any updates on this restore. Things are still going very slow. Last week, I rounded up the rotating rings and spacer bars and dropped them off at Don Jose's for polishing. Picked them up on Friday.

There's one more batch of parts to be polished after this to include the focuser base, spider mount ring reinforcement and the inner rotating rings!

Here's a teaser shot, will post a daytime shot of the mount with the outer ring supports and spacers tomorrow.


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EricP
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Re: A Mystery Scope! new [Re: Datapanic]
      #3931399 - 07/19/10 02:07 PM

Dan,

I'm happy to see updates on the Maynard Clark scope again! Mr. Clark was obviously a premium ATMer, but I doubt his scope looked this good after he finished its construction.


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Datapanic
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Re: A Mystery Scope! new [Re: EricP]
      #3932297 - 07/19/10 10:43 PM Attachment (66 downloads)

It's coming together very fast! As soon as Bob finishes the remaining parts it will be no time at all to complete it.

I can't wait for the Sky & Telescope DVD to come out because I am still sure I have seen this telescope in there in one of the issues somewhere between 1965 and 1978. Hopefully the search engine will bring it out right away!

Mr. Clark's design is simply awesome and I feel very privileged to both own this telescope and bring it to its full beauty. It's just amazing!


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Brian RisleyModerator
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Re: A Mystery Scope! new [Re: Datapanic]
      #3932315 - 07/19/10 10:51 PM

Who needs a mirror, that will reflect all the light you need!


(Gotta wear shades to work with that!)
Brian


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Aircoffee
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Re: A Mystery Scope! new [Re: Brian Risley]
      #3999669 - 08/22/10 05:05 PM

Dan, I just sat and read through this whole thread.
******WOW***** doesn't even come close to scratching the surface of how awesome this scope looks. Thanks for an amazing read.
Paul


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GeneT
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Re: A Mystery Scope! new [Re: Datapanic]
      #3999994 - 08/22/10 07:57 PM

I bet it will do great on the planets. Almost all telescopes of this era had an optical finder.

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Datapanic
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Re: A Mystery Scope! new [Re: GeneT]
      #4000083 - 08/22/10 08:40 PM

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I bet it will do great on the planets. Almost all telescopes of this era had an optical finder.




Apparently, Mr. Clark never installed one on this scope, he was just good and could point it, or maybe use the circles to find what he wanted to look at!

I am planning on installing a finder, got the rings, but still looking around for a finder from that time period.


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Frank2
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Re: A Mystery Scope! new [Re: Datapanic]
      #4000537 - 08/23/10 12:56 AM

Dan, I too started reading and got hooked! Read entire thread from beginning to present. I must say, you know how to tell a story. Thoroughly documenting your effort photographically surely adds to your workload but, it also helps compensate for the lack of concrete information surrounding the genesis of this worthy instrument and firmly establishes its heritage going forward.

As a teenager I built telescopes in the early 70's, not too long after Mr. Clark worked his magic. It is hard to relate to now but, back then telescopes (especially homemade) were almost expected to look a certain way - white tubes, black mount, and satin/brushed aluminum touches here and there. If Mr. Clark were building his scope today it would probably look more like your restoration than his original vision. I have no doubt he would approve.

Frank


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Datapanic
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Re: A Mystery Scope! new [Re: Frank2]
      #4119024 - 10/15/10 10:34 PM

Okay, where's the light switch to this thread!?

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