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starman876
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Re: Why do we like classics?? new [Re: Joe Cepleur]
      #6343008 - 01/29/14 12:24 PM

Not all Go to scopes work like that Joe. Just those one arm bandits that Celestron and Meade sell. Most decent go to mounts have cluthces that allow one to push the scope if needed. There are many nights I do not use the Go TO feature of the CGE or the Losamandy and I just push the scope where I want to look. However, it sure is nice to have those motors on both axis when you want to keep an object centered when that polar alignement was not done when you set the mount up. The GO TO feature of these mounts have allowed me to see more of the universe in one night then I have ever done before in many nights of star hopping.It is simply amazing. If you have never tried it you are in for a real treat.

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turk123
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Re: Why do we like classics?? new [Re: starman876]
      #6343347 - 01/29/14 03:08 PM Attachment (8 downloads)

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Not all Go to scopes work like that Joe. Just those one arm bandits that Celestron and Meade sell. Most decent go to mounts have cluthces that allow one to push the scope if needed. There are many nights I do not use the Go TO feature of the CGE or the Losamandy and I just push the scope where I want to look. However, it sure is nice to have those motors on both axis when you want to keep an object centered when that polar alignement was not done when you set the mount up. The GO TO feature of these mounts have allowed me to see more of the universe in one night then I have ever done before in many nights of star hopping.It is simply amazing. If you have never tried it you are in for a real treat.




I somewhat agree, but here is an example of my modern rig (i've added more to it since this picture was taken). It takes about 2 1/2 hours to setup and align. It's for astrophotography and it's pretty state of the art. If I had an observatory, I guess I would enjoy it more. I do love just rolling out the Cave and start observing in 2 minutes. And the biggest kick I get, is actually seeing the image in the eyepiece not on the screen of my laptop.


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starman876
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Re: Why do we like classics?? new [Re: turk123]
      #6343438 - 01/29/14 03:38 PM

I see you labeled everything so you would not forget what it is. An important thing at our age

that is a beautiful set up

that is a very large wave runner board behind the scope


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Re: Why do we like classics?? new [Re: turk123]
      #6343463 - 01/29/14 03:47 PM

Nice setup, I'm saving that Image in my Celestron section.

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Bomber Bob
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Re: Why do we like classics?? new [Re: turk123]
      #6343476 - 01/29/14 03:51 PM

"the biggest kick I get, is actually seeing the image in the eyepiece not on the screen of my laptop"

Same here, which is why I don't spend much time on astrophotograhy. I'd rather be looking than pointing & clicking.


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Re: Why do we like classics?? new [Re: Bomber Bob]
      #6343592 - 01/29/14 04:33 PM

Cause we're old?

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Bomber Bob
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Re: Why do we like classics?? new [Re: bierbelly]
      #6343604 - 01/29/14 04:38 PM

"Cause we're old?"

I prefer to say, "experienced."


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Re: Why do we like classics?? new [Re: Bomber Bob]
      #6343638 - 01/29/14 04:48 PM

I don't know a whole lot about all of the excellent classic scopes out there. I am fairly new to astronomy and still getting started. I bought a new scope for and enjoyed it, but I had problems with all the plastic on it, and it seemed to hinder the performance. While I was getting pretty great views, I wasn't happy with the way I interacted with the scope. It felt nice but cheap. I sent that back and ended up getting an old Tasco 6TE-5. I halved my aperture, but I really love that little scope. Everything is metal, including the focuser knobs. The tabletop stand is all metal. It is in excellent condition, even 50 years or so after it came out.

I guess the reason I like classic scopes is like my car. I had a 97 Saturn which I sold to buy a 91 Volvo 240 wagon. Most people don't get it.


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Re: Why do we like classics?? new [Re: vismundcygnus]
      #6343668 - 01/29/14 04:59 PM

oh oh back to cars again

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Bomber Bob
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Re: Meade 4" f/15 new [Re: starman876]
      #6343696 - 01/29/14 05:11 PM Attachment (3 downloads)

Here's Bomber Bob's potential 3rd (and final - I mean it!) vintage refractor, a Meade 4" f/15 from the 1970's:

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Bomber Bob
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Re: Meade 4" f/15 new [Re: Bomber Bob]
      #6343701 - 01/29/14 05:13 PM

I understand that Tom Colwell had one --> http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbarchive/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/1840944/page...

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Re: Meade 4" f/15 new [Re: Bomber Bob]
      #6343724 - 01/29/14 05:25 PM

Well,I think you all have answered my questions, and I too share many of these motivators to buy classics..

Thank you all


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Re: Cave 10" f/16 Classical Cassegrain new [Re: mooNSpy250]
      #6343830 - 01/29/14 06:09 PM Attachment (8 downloads)

With all the Cave threads on the forum, here's one that could tempt me:

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Re: Why do we like classics?? new [Re: starman876]
      #6343992 - 01/29/14 07:57 PM

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oh oh back to cars again




Did someone mention CARS...beep beep


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Bomber Bob
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Re: Meade 447 Circa 1978 new [Re: akman1955]
      #6344168 - 01/29/14 09:50 PM Attachment (5 downloads)

CN to the rescue! Didn't know the model number, but with a bit of help & searching, I found the 1978 Meade 447 - a Towa version of a Unitron original --> http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbarchive/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/1318629/page...

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Re: Meade 447 Circa 1978 new [Re: Bomber Bob]
      #6344204 - 01/29/14 10:17 PM

Wow.....awesome.....
Here's my 2 cents on why we like the classics.....for some of us it is because we can finally afford what we only dreamed of as a youth.....for some it is because they are just plain cool.....for some it is because we recognize the quality per dollar value.......for me, it's all the above!!
Newbie bob


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Re: Meade 447 Circa 1978 new [Re: Bomber Bob]
      #6344227 - 01/29/14 10:31 PM

that is an awesome scope.

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Re: Meade 447 Circa 1978 new [Re: starman876]
      #6344751 - 01/30/14 09:24 AM

One reason I like the classics is that I can read the instruction manual without my eyes glazing over and dropping into a digital-jargon-induced coma.

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Re: Meade 447 Circa 1978 new [Re: Chuck Hards]
      #6344991 - 01/30/14 11:53 AM

I know what you mean Chuck. I used to think I could handle anything until I tried to turn on my Meade LX200 GPS UHTC 7"Mak Smartfart 2.0V.
I just want to unwind under the stars.


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Re: Meade 447 Circa 1978 new [Re: actionhac]
      #6345635 - 01/30/14 05:15 PM

I agree with you Newbie bob, I guess there are several factors that drive us to the classics.. I think they are a great bargain if selective of condition, although some really like the restoration aspect of the classics I see..

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