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droid
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Re: OMG! Guess what turned up today!!! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5837675 - 05/03/13 05:48 AM

Any news? Im really curious how this story ends, lol

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Dave M
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Re: OMG! Guess what turned up today!!! new [Re: droid]
      #5837758 - 05/03/13 07:55 AM

I was wondering about the reunion also

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starman876
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Re: OMG! Guess what turned up today!!! new [Re: Dave M]
      #5837800 - 05/03/13 08:33 AM

Yeah, what is going on here. You got plenty of time to play with other scopes

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terraclarke
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Re: OMG! Guess what turned up today!!! new [Re: starman876]
      #5837809 - 05/03/13 08:38 AM

I am going down there this Wednesday and will hopefully get pick it up then. I had originally intended to get it when I went to the Bob Dylan concert last Sunday but my friend who has it and I couldn't get our schedules straight. So hopefully, pictures this Thursday.

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stmguy
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Reged: 10/11/12

Loc: Western NH
Re: OMG! Guess what turned up today!!! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5837827 - 05/03/13 08:50 AM

I can appreciate your excitement ! That was quite an accomplishment making a F4.5 . My first mirror was a 6" F8 that I made over 30 years ago and the coating is still nice and bright also, wish I could say the same for my 12 1/2 .
Norm


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teddyk1
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Loc: Wisconsin
Re: OMG! Guess what turned up today!!! new [Re: stmguy]
      #5837878 - 05/03/13 09:23 AM

What a great story
I just had a email from a fellow here that was looking for a 152C he sold to a good friend 20 years ago and has been trying to find his friend and that particular scope for many years .
We had a great conversation and I hope he finds it
Good luck in your trip


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terraclarke
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Re: OMG! Guess what turned up today!!! new [Re: stmguy]
      #5837881 - 05/03/13 09:25 AM

Hi Norm, I haven't laid eyes on it in a few years, but last time I looked, the coatings were still nice and bright. Hopefully they still are. Yes, at F4.5 there was a lot of pyrex to grind out. I worked on it after school for months. At that depth it required a good parabola and that's where I ran into trouble and had to get the folks at Cave to help out.

Thanks Teddy, hopefully it won't be long now.

Terra


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Da Bear
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Re: OMG! Guess what turned up today!!! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5839859 - 05/04/13 10:31 AM

Wow, we want the video of the reunion. Great story. What a thrill!

My folks sold my hand ground, from a John Dobson kit, mirror
when I was in college...

Da Bear

Edited by Da Bear (05/04/13 10:34 AM)


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tomchris
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Reged: 12/22/10

Loc: Connecticut, U.S.A.
Re: OMG! Guess what turned up today!!! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5840441 - 05/04/13 05:06 PM

: This is too good to be missed!!!

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terraclarke
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Re: OMG! Guess what turned up today!!! new [Re: tomchris]
      #5845943 - 05/07/13 03:29 PM

Looks like tomorrow is a go for getting the scope back. I won't be home until late so pictures Thursday.

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turk123
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Reged: 07/09/10

Loc: N.E. Ohio
Re: OMG! Guess what turned up today!!! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5845996 - 05/07/13 04:00 PM

Quote:

Looks like tomorrow is a go for getting the scope back. I won't be home until late so pictures Thursday.




We will be waiting!


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terraclarke
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Re: OMG! Guess what turned up today!!! new [Re: turk123]
      #5849568 - 05/09/13 09:19 AM

Well I went by my friend s place last night and picked up the telescope (OTA only, still haven't found the mount and tripod tho she's confident it's there somewhere in all the boxes in her basement). Drove a hundred miles home and got in very late and in the rain so its still out in the backseat of my truck. I haven't opened the box yet. She had opened it up just enough to peek in one corner. It's there. I'll go out and get it in a bit and post some pictures.

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terraclarke
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Re: OMG! Guess what turned up today!!! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5850009 - 05/09/13 01:06 PM Attachment (25 downloads)

I just brought the box in and began cutting the tape to open it. It had been hiding in plain site in a vacuum cleaner box with no visible markings saying telescope. I had forgot to label it when I stored it and had been thinking I had put it in an old Celestron OTA box marked "Celestron." That's what she had been looking for.

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terraclarke
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Re: OMG! Guess what turned up today!!! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5850011 - 05/09/13 01:07 PM Attachment (22 downloads)

Flaps open:

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terraclarke
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Re: OMG! Guess what turned up today!!! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5850012 - 05/09/13 01:08 PM Attachment (18 downloads)

Packing pulled back. Holding my breath! My first sight of this telescope in 12? years.

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terraclarke
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Re: OMG! Guess what turned up today!!! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5850013 - 05/09/13 01:09 PM Attachment (29 downloads)

Here she is. My long lost creation. Made over 40 years ago. And just as I remember her. (The tube is powder-coated, rolled and seamed galvanized steel.)

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terraclarke
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Re: OMG! Guess what turned up today!!! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5850015 - 05/09/13 01:10 PM Attachment (25 downloads)

The mirror looks pristine! Note the seam in the tube. That's the way we made them in the old days (47 years ago!).

I did the grinding, polishing, and rough figure. Cave finished the parabola, aluminized it and put their proprietary protective coating on it. 47 years later, it looks like the protective coating worked!


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terraclarke
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Re: OMG! Guess what turned up today!!! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5850020 - 05/09/13 01:14 PM Attachment (20 downloads)

Here's the cast aluminum rear cell. From Edmund I think? I know I bought the mirror grinding kit, blank, etc. from Edmund and the spider, focuser, and cell also, but I know that some of it came from Jaegers too? The elliptical flat is from Cave (1/10 wave).

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terraclarke
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Re: OMG! Guess what turned up today!!! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5850025 - 05/09/13 01:16 PM Attachment (18 downloads)

Unitron 10x40 finder, with the original dust cap.

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terraclarke
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Re: OMG! Guess what turned up today!!! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5850029 - 05/09/13 01:19 PM Attachment (16 downloads)

Note the finder still has the 'Passed Sticker" from the Japanese Telescope Institute! How cool is that. Purchased in 1966? Right out of a time capsule!

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