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PiSigma
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 10/14/09

Loc: North Carolina
Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5418089 - 09/12/12 08:56 PM

Holy Cow! Fantastic haul (and hauler!).

I've been keeping my eye out for a Model A Deluxe, I'd really like to add one to my collection someday. The Model D is a monster.

I've got the 6" added to the registry. Pics of both when you get a chance!


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sgorton99
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Reged: 04/30/08

Loc: Wisconsin, Madison
Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: PiSigma]
      #5418097 - 09/12/12 09:03 PM

Wonder how many classic eyepieces you can fit on that truck...

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Bob Myler
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Reged: 05/18/06

Loc: St Louis, MO
Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: sgorton99]
      #5418211 - 09/12/12 10:06 PM

What a wonderful find. Congratulations!

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albert1
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Loc: Southern New Jersey
Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: Bob Myler]
      #5418405 - 09/13/12 12:13 AM

Tim, your ride sure beats my Honda for picking up giant Caves - what a truck!

Those legs on the 12.5 are my favorite of the Cave designs. Man, a 2-1/2" shaft mount that rolls. It's time for an addition on the garage. Great buy - enjoy!


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tim53
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: albert1]
      #5420197 - 09/13/12 11:14 PM Attachment (17 downloads)

So here's the pix of the 6" mirror that I had trouble uploading the other night:

Mirror in cell, before cleaning


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tim53
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5420198 - 09/13/12 11:15 PM Attachment (15 downloads)

And here it is, cleaned and held up to the light!

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tim53
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5420205 - 09/13/12 11:18 PM Attachment (22 downloads)

I also got the 12.5" out of the truck and put together. I've made room in the garage by moving my thickness planer and turning the band saw by 90 degrees so the Model A would to forward about another 2 feet in the garage. I haven't put the scope in yet, but I think it will fit!

I worked alone, so I wasn't going to futz around trying to lift anything heavy by myself. I waited until just before sunset, which was probably unnecessary because it's still hot and I still wound up a mass of sweat. Plus it got dark really quick once the sun went down!

Here I am getting ready to unload the mount:


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tim53
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5420208 - 09/13/12 11:19 PM Attachment (20 downloads)

Mount head hanging over pier

Edited by tim53 (09/13/12 11:26 PM)


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Datapanic
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Reged: 10/17/09

Loc: Tucson, Arizona
Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5420209 - 09/13/12 11:21 PM

Nice use of an engine lift!

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tim53
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: Datapanic]
      #5420216 - 09/13/12 11:28 PM Attachment (17 downloads)

Yep! works great!

Here's the head lowered onto the pier


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tim53
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5420217 - 09/13/12 11:29 PM Attachment (14 downloads)

Mount all ready to go

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tim53
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5420219 - 09/13/12 11:30 PM Attachment (13 downloads)

Next, I had to line the saddle hole sup with the studs on the tube rings. This was a little tricky since it was starting to get dark.

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tim53
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5420221 - 09/13/12 11:31 PM Attachment (16 downloads)

attaching the tube with the knurled nuts

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tim53
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5420222 - 09/13/12 11:32 PM Attachment (11 downloads)

Then, it was just a matter of putting the counterwieght on, followed by the safety collar. Not hard since I could hold it comfortably at just about chest height with my arms braced against my torso.

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tim53
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5420225 - 09/13/12 11:35 PM

In the dark, the mirror doesn't look all that dirty, but I think I'll take it out and clean it anyway. Still don't know the date it was made, and would like to.

There's no date on either of the RA Bristol motors or the Hurst dec motor.

Does anybody know when they put the RA circle south of the clock cover on the Observatory mount? The 1974 manual shows it north of the north RA bearing between the RA and Dec castings. Was this earlier than that, or later?

-Tim.


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tim53
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5420245 - 09/13/12 11:50 PM Attachment (21 downloads)

Anybody ever try this before? For some big newts, this will work for planets near the celestial equator. I thought it might be nice if I could get at Jupiter later on without needing a ladder. But I think the saddle will hit the pier cap at higher elevations. Oh well, it was worth a try!

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tim53
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5420246 - 09/13/12 11:51 PM Attachment (18 downloads)

Final think I had to check before I do anything else. So now it's all together and it's pretty obviously a big white-tube telescope. I needed to make sure I could put it away without taking it apart again! And it fits!

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tim53
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5420249 - 09/13/12 11:53 PM

So maybe now I'll see about taking that mirror out for a cleaning...

Or... Do I dare plug it in and try an eyepiece in it?

Nah, clean the mirror and find out when it was made!

-Tim.


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Datapanic
Carpal Tunnel
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Loc: Tucson, Arizona
Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5420259 - 09/14/12 12:00 AM

Looks like my garage! When taking the mirror out, I have some shelves on the side of the garage that are just the right height where I can lay the eyepiece end of the tube on it with the tube horizontal and then take the mirror and cell out while the tube rests on the shelf.

The 12.5" is kinda hurky, but really fun to use


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Datapanic
Carpal Tunnel
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Loc: Tucson, Arizona
Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: Datapanic]
      #5420263 - 09/14/12 12:04 AM

You will definitely need to rig up a cooling fan for it, btw

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