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Mirzam
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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5576113 - 12/17/12 05:48 PM

See first picture in this thread:

http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=0&Board=atm&N...

JimC


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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: Mirzam]
      #5576133 - 12/17/12 05:59 PM Attachment (31 downloads)

i found mine and powdercoated it mystic purple

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tim53
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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: starman876]
      #5576171 - 12/17/12 06:19 PM

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As Mr. Spock said, “After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true.”






I have found this to be true for most women. Except one. The one I am now dating.




Ah, but even women can be fun to collect (Parker runs and ducks).

-Tim.


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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: tim53]
      #5576212 - 12/17/12 06:35 PM

They are more expensive than telescopes. Can only afford so many.

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John Higbee
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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5576510 - 12/17/12 10:09 PM Attachment (30 downloads)

I second dgreyson...finished my Grail quest three months ago with my Cave Astrola 12.5"!

John


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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: rmollise]
      #5576543 - 12/17/12 10:26 PM Attachment (28 downloads)

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Holy Grail, eh? I am not much of a refractor dude, but I would still have to say a big Unitron or a Tasco 20TE (which I would rather have than a 4-inch Unitron Photo Equatorial). I guess it's a good thing I'm not in the position to afford or buy one. As Mr. Spock said, “After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true.”




Yeah I'd have to agree with you Rod. It does seem that Unitrons especially 4" ones are about a dime a dozen anymore. But these Tasco 20TE's are rarer than hen's teeth. Mike

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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: mikey cee]
      #5577616 - 12/18/12 05:23 PM

As a strict traditionalist I never thought I would approve of a purple Unitron but that 131 you have Mr. Akman sir, is mighty pretty

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droid
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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5577646 - 12/18/12 05:51 PM

A Cave 12 or 12.5 inch reflector ,see johns photo above, in working order, fully restored and ready to rock the Universe.
And did I mention I want it willed or donated to me, hehehehehehehehe


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Joe Bergeron
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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5578026 - 12/18/12 10:23 PM

If I were only looking for something to collect and admire I think I'd like a nice clean and complete 3" equatorial Unitron. Luckily my pretty 3" Eikow is a fair substitute.

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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: Joe Bergeron]
      #5578120 - 12/18/12 11:16 PM

just an Alvan clark, Any Alvan Clark

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bob midiri
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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: starman876]
      #5578370 - 12/19/12 04:09 AM Attachment (19 downloads)

Well my Holy Grail was the Orange Classic C14 I have, but it wont fit under the tree, so I would be more then willing to have a sears 6345 90mm refractor adorned with bows and ribbon under my tree

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StarWrangler
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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5578740 - 12/19/12 11:12 AM

Orange Classic C14
Now that is what I am talking about.

Big Size yet Compact!

Alan O

Edited by StarWrangler (12/19/12 11:14 AM)


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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: StarWrangler]
      #5578745 - 12/19/12 11:15 AM

Me? it's got to be an early tri-color!

-Tim.


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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: tim53]
      #5578808 - 12/19/12 11:53 AM

let me get out the spray paint

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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: starman876]
      #5580088 - 12/20/12 05:09 AM

Me?

I see lots of neat ideas and lots of neat scopes... Alvan Clark, any 19th Century scope... It would be wonderful to just look at one closely and even look through it for a while...

But when push comes to shove, a telescope, new or old, needs to work for me under the night sky and long focal length achromats are not well suited for doing the things I like to do... If I had a Clark, it would be more of a museum piece and I am not much of a curator.

I like larger Newtonians, my 12.5 inch F/6 Meade RG covers that area. In refractor land, it would have to be a Astro-Physics Traveler. Not an old classic but certainly a classic from many standpoints...

Jon


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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5580119 - 12/20/12 06:16 AM

My two top picks would be a 5" Unitron or a Cave 16" F/8 on the Observatory mount.

Chas


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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: CHASLX200]
      #5580137 - 12/20/12 06:48 AM

My pick would be a 4" Unitron on its pier mount and clock drive. It would be just like the one I used in high school thanks to a person I met by chance and he said that I could use it any time I wanted to since he didn't use it that much anymore. It was in its own observatory on his property.

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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: Ham Radio]
      #5580452 - 12/20/12 11:13 AM

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My pick would be a 4" Unitron on its pier mount and clock drive. It would be just like the one I used in high school thanks to a person I met by chance and he said that I could use it any time I wanted to since he didn't use it that much anymore. It was in its own observatory on his property.


And.........?? Mike

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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: mikey cee]
      #5580545 - 12/20/12 12:03 PM

Used to schedule observing time at Space Telescope, got to pick many public release shots.. I would consider ST a classic. The OTA and mirror are from the 70's.. If ST isn't a holy grail, what is? Used to use a 6" Brashear in college that was a really nice scope.

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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: bremms]
      #5580553 - 12/20/12 12:08 PM

I really like long focus Newts. say a 12.5" F8.. wait I already have a mirror. Just need to start a design. Probably a homemade alt-az with tracking at least. Driven with servo motors. Love to make a stout equatorial.. We'll see.

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