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highertheflyer
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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: mattyfatz]
      #5584034 - 12/22/12 12:39 PM

Hi Mike and Matty.
It's the Unitron 510 on a field tripod with a 110 volt geared drive mounted on the yoke between the legs.
The nickle plating has worn from the control arm surfaces, but kinda nice since its patina reminds me of her age.
I once had dark bushy hair myself!
Was hoping to take it to NEAF last spring but realized the cost of transporting this 7 foot case, round trip, was pretty expensive.
And a new owner would need to move it to its new destination, and so would require lots of thought.
It does need a comfortable observatory tho, as it sits in an upper room, and I cannot muster a delivery profile towards convincing my wife that we need a roll off roof opening to the sky, in the ceiling, above it...
Was gonna move it downstairs to pose for photos with the Xmas tree, but decided it would be easier to move the tree upstairs for a brief photo shoot.
Alas, she wouldn't go for that either.
Jim


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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: highertheflyer]
      #5584366 - 12/22/12 05:02 PM

And a good choice it is Mr. Highflyer. I'd be mighty proud of that scope as I am sure you are. I never thought there was a more superb telescope as the Unitron 4 inch photo equatorial. It is a beauty. It would me my grail too.

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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: starman876]
      #5584539 - 12/22/12 07:08 PM

John Denvers Meade would be cool, Remember Rocky Mountain High? I've seen it raning fire from the sky.....
He wrote that song the morning after viewing a meteor shower
Not many know he was a major Astronomy fan


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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: kfiscus]
      #5584592 - 12/22/12 07:43 PM Attachment (30 downloads)

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I popped in after seeing the "ALERT! Abandonded Scope Found" thread started. I would imagine it would be finding a Garden Scope. Am I right? I'm always hoping one turns up on "Antique Roadshow" or "American Pickers"...




Garden telescopes do turn up. Here is a picture of my friends on the left which is #3 and the one I take care of which is #47. Number 47 is fully complete and one of only 3 or 4 that still have the optics and storage box. Another one, #54 was discovered just awhile back in a barn at Longwood Gardens in Chadsford PA. So keep looking !

Happy Holidays,
- Dave


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StarWrangler
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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: DAVIDG]
      #5584699 - 12/22/12 09:01 PM

Wow Dave,

Garden telescopes!,

Now those are truly Classic super finds,


Alan O.

Edited by StarWrangler (12/22/12 09:02 PM)


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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: DAVIDG]
      #5589387 - 12/26/12 09:59 AM

Quote:

Quote:

I popped in after seeing the "ALERT! Abandonded Scope Found" thread started. I would imagine it would be finding a Garden Scope. Am I right? I'm always hoping one turns up on "Antique Roadshow" or "American Pickers"...




Garden telescopes do turn up. Here is a picture of my friends on the left which is #3 and the one I take care of which is #47. Number 47 is fully complete and one of only 3 or 4 that still have the optics and storage box. Another one, #54 was discovered just awhile back in a barn at Longwood Gardens in Chadsford PA. So keep looking !

Happy Holidays,
- Dave




Uncle DuPie didn't skimp.


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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: bierbelly]
      #5589593 - 12/26/12 12:00 PM

I remember someone selling reproduction garden scopes in their catalog some years ago- back when catalog sales were the big deal before the internet got big. I think they were 4 inchers. It may have been Orion or Nature Company? Anyone else remember those? Maybe 12-15 yrs ago?

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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5589819 - 12/26/12 02:12 PM

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I remember someone selling reproduction garden scopes in their catalog some years ago- back when catalog sales were the big deal before the internet got big. I think they were 4 inchers. It may have been Orion or Nature Company? Anyone else remember those? Maybe 12-15 yrs ago?




Not even that old yet.


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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: droid]
      #5590112 - 12/26/12 06:35 PM

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Ziggy is this yours?????

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mC6MRDQGms




WOW, how did you ever find that? Yes, that's me and my son setting it up. My brother did a lot of watching. First the mount early in the day and then later the scope. Thanks for finding that. I think that was 2010. It was in Bryce Canyon. I doubt very much I'll be bringing it there again.


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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: Ziggy943]
      #5590251 - 12/26/12 08:21 PM

Just luck, I went to watch a video called " setting up the monster scope" ok, its a four inch, lol.
But off to the side was your video, so I clicked on it, watched it and thought " no way theres another blue scope that big" lol


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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5590275 - 12/26/12 08:40 PM

That was an outfit called Telescopes of Vermont. I think the reproductions were priced at $59K.

Here's a link: http://gardentelescopes.com/


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will808
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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: jjbird]
      #5591757 - 12/27/12 08:21 PM

There are many fine instruments here and a pleasure to look at too...May i offer my buy of a lifetime...a pier mounted 5" Unitron that was on display for decades & is pristene.

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will808
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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: highertheflyer]
      #5591766 - 12/27/12 08:27 PM Attachment (29 downloads)

Let's try this again...

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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: will808]
      #5591978 - 12/27/12 11:37 PM

some people just really enjoy showing off

Beuatiful scope


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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: starman876]
      #5592402 - 12/28/12 10:26 AM

That is gorgeous! Have you ever had it out under the stars? The field tripod must be massive.

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will808
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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5593165 - 12/28/12 07:10 PM Attachment (21 downloads)

Alas Terra i'll likely never look through this one as it weighs 300 lbs..my goal was to keep it preserved as it has been for 40+ years..it's never been outside in its life!..

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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: will808]
      #5593348 - 12/28/12 09:03 PM

Maybe you could remodle the house so you can use it. That way it will stay safely inside.

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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: starman876]
      #5594355 - 12/29/12 12:59 PM

Will808, That seems a shame. That telescope should see planet light.

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mikey cee
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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: Ziggy943]
      #5594426 - 12/29/12 01:31 PM

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Will808, That seems a shame. That telescope should see planet light.


And double star light too I might add. Mike

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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: will808]
      #5594610 - 12/29/12 03:21 PM

IMHO, you owe it to yourself to use it at least once. Carpe diem!

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