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amicus sidera
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Re: "Classic" Scope or "Mutt"? new [Re: Rich (RLTYS)]
      #6044914 - 08/25/13 10:21 AM

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Since the scope is all classic parts it's truly a classic.

Rich (RLTYS)




I agree; if the parts are all from the same general era, it's a classic.

Fred


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Re: "Classic" Scope or "Mutt"? new [Re: amicus sidera]
      #6044951 - 08/25/13 10:44 AM

Best telescope is one that gets used. A classic made better? easier to use, better eyepieces. I like classics, but I'm an ATM and engineer at heart. How can I make this better? Some scopes I do like to keep more original. It is fun to use a telescope as it was. Peering through a 6mm Huygens in a 200 plus year old refractor is pretty cool.

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Re: "Classic" Scope or "Mutt"? new [Re: AllanDystrup]
      #6044975 - 08/25/13 11:01 AM Attachment (4 downloads)

Btw. interesting active regions at the western rim on the sun this weekend ...

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Re: "Classic" Scope or "Mutt"? new [Re: AllanDystrup]
      #6045258 - 08/25/13 01:57 PM

Nice Unitron, Barry and definitely not a mutt.

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Re: "Classic" Scope or "Mutt"? new [Re: BarabinoSr]
      #6045296 - 08/25/13 02:25 PM

Well, they might be mutts, but they're purebred mutts!

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Re: "Classic" Scope or "Mutt"? new [Re: tim53]
      #6045895 - 08/25/13 08:28 PM Attachment (8 downloads)

What do we call this type of scope?
It never was a production scope. It was assembled entirely from off the shelf parts back in the late 60's early 70's.
Its not a Frankenstein because the parts are not from corpses or donorscopes. Its not a mutt or purebred because it never had parents.
Not really a ATM scope because nothing is handmade.
Its just assembled from finished parts from makers who made parts and no finished telescopes.
Its like when you go out for dinner to a buffet, you are building your own dinner, it is not on the menu, it has no name. What should we call this type of telescope?


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Re: "Classic" Scope or "Mutt"? new [Re: actionhac]
      #6045959 - 08/25/13 08:57 PM

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What do we call this type of scope?
It never was a production scope. It was assembled entirely from off the shelf parts back in the late 60's early 70's.
Its not a Frankenstein because the parts are not from corpses or donorscopes. Its not a mutt or purebred because it never had parents.
Not really a ATM scope because nothing is handmade.
Its just assembled from finished parts from makers who made parts and no finished telescopes.
Its like when you go out for dinner to a buffet, you are building your own dinner, it is not on the menu, it has no name. What should we call this type of telescope?



I call it Sweet!


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Re: "Classic" Scope or "Mutt"? new [Re: actionhac]
      #6045974 - 08/25/13 09:04 PM

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What should we call this type of telescope?




An ATM project.


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Re: "Classic" Scope or "Mutt"? new [Re: labmand]
      #6045991 - 08/25/13 09:11 PM

I agree, it is sweet

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Re: "Classic" Scope or "Mutt"? new [Re: madeline]
      #6046006 - 08/25/13 09:18 PM

I call my mutt The Kludgescope!

Here it is - a 6" f/10.3 Newtonian with a lumicon helical focuser, Optical Craftsmen finder and rings, and Losmandy rings holding a Mayflower 76 x 1200 guidescope. I made the rotating rings myself on a Harbor Freight mill, and the end rings on my Champion Blower and Forge 9L lathe. The dovetail "plates" are wood and 3/4" aluminum channel. Best 6" scope I've ever used. Here, the whole enchilada is sitting on my Tak NJP mount on a Nexstar tripod (since broken!). Usually, it lives on my Tak EM-10 mount, but without the guidescope.



-Tim.


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Re: "Classic" Scope or "Mutt"? new [Re: actionhac]
      #6046180 - 08/25/13 11:21 PM

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What do we call this type of scope?
It never was a production scope. It was assembled entirely from off the shelf parts back in the late 60's early 70's.
Its not a Frankenstein because the parts are not from corpses or donorscopes. Its not a mutt or purebred because it never had parents.
Not really a ATM scope because nothing is handmade.
Its just assembled from finished parts from makers who made parts and no finished telescopes.
Its like when you go out for dinner to a buffet, you are building your own dinner, it is not on the menu, it has no name. What should we call this type of telescope?




I'd call it if it would come to me. a Most excellent home made classic newtonian scope you have there. And Like Tims scope, thats how you get exactly what kind of scope you want. A scope you made yourself, assembled, did yourself is always the better scope no matter what the Coiners say they paid for theirs. It might have looser optics sure, but it's yours.


Edited by dgreyson (08/25/13 11:25 PM)


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Re: "Classic" Scope or "Mutt"? new [Re: AllanDystrup]
      #6046192 - 08/25/13 11:32 PM

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Btw. interesting active regions at the western rim on the sun this weekend ...


I've been fussing so much about the overcast skys at night I'd clean forgotten I can still look at the sun. Thanks for the heads up.

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Re: "Classic" Scope or "Mutt"? new [Re: dgreyson]
      #6046842 - 08/26/13 11:44 AM

The sky has been overcast or high clouds here in SC for a long time. My scopes are all sadly collecting dust. I could make 3x the scope rolling my own way back when. Love making my own parts. Back in the 40's 50's and 60's that's what you did. Those are classics.

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Re: "Classic" Scope or "Mutt"? new [Re: bremms]
      #6047465 - 08/26/13 06:11 PM

I will save you a seat on the Ark

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Re: "Classic" Scope or "Mutt"? new [Re: tim53]
      #6047639 - 08/26/13 08:17 PM

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I call my mutt The Kludgescope!



-Tim.




Your guidescope rings are dangerously on the small side.

Beautiful scope. In the Good Old Days, most Newts were parts mish-mashes. I'm getting all misty-eyed...


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Re: "Classic" Scope or "Mutt"? new [Re: Chuck Hards]
      #6047747 - 08/26/13 09:27 PM

MUTT =

My Unique Treasured Telescope .....at least that is the best I could do to turn "MUTT" into an acronym.

Barry Simon


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Re: "Classic" Scope or "Mutt"? new [Re: BarrySimon615]
      #6047767 - 08/26/13 09:36 PM

I *like*!

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Re: "Classic" Scope or "Mutt"? new [Re: tim53]
      #6048442 - 08/27/13 09:23 AM

Just think of the time you would have saved and not to mention cutting up a nice tube if you would have only asked me nicely for a replacement 142 lens. You would not be asking the question what is it now. You would have been showing us that very nice original 145 Uitron worth about $3000 or more. Cannot say what the value is now.

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Re: "Classic" Scope or "Mutt"? new [Re: starman876]
      #6049101 - 08/27/13 03:31 PM Attachment (3 downloads)

Here's my mutt: Unitron 140 tube and focuser, Unitron diagonal, Jaegers 78mmx1218mm objective, my aluminum cell, 9x50 Antares finder, Royal Astro solar projection kit, Orion rings, Agena dust cap, Vixen Polaris mount, Orion EQ-3 (modded) RA drive, Hands On Optics legs, Vixen accessory tray, Pep Boys Auto tray light.

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Re: "Classic" Scope or "Mutt"? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6049108 - 08/27/13 03:33 PM Attachment (3 downloads)

And here's the purebred 140 (sans wooden accessory tray- I know, I know, "Drill the holes Terra!"):

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