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Hummmmm, what could this be?
      #6343056 - 01/29/14 12:45 PM Attachment (56 downloads)

A big box just came via FedEx/ What could it be?

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6343060 - 01/29/14 12:47 PM

Looks like a vacuum cleaner.

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: rdandrea]
      #6343076 - 01/29/14 12:53 PM

The box is around five feet tall, so it would be a big vacuum cleaner.

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6343084 - 01/29/14 12:59 PM

Next time include a rock pick for scale

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: rdandrea]
      #6343089 - 01/29/14 01:01 PM

THAT is a big box!!

I thought you already got your Christmas present!!??


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: AstroPhys]
      #6343118 - 01/29/14 01:12 PM

If I were to guess... its a new mount !!
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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: photiost]
      #6343149 - 01/29/14 01:32 PM

It's a MAJOR AWARD!


Probably a leg lamp.


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rdandrea
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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: Chuck Hards]
      #6343175 - 01/29/14 01:41 PM

It's Italian. See? "Fragile"

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: rdandrea]
      #6343181 - 01/29/14 01:43 PM

"If I were to guess... its a new mount !!"

Maybe for that sooper-dooper Goto??


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: Bomber Bob]
      #6343195 - 01/29/14 01:47 PM

Quote:

"If I were to guess... its a new mount !!"

Maybe for that sooper-dooper Goto??




Yup .. that's what I was thinking ..

Probably another Unitron mount !!




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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: photiost]
      #6343224 - 01/29/14 01:59 PM

I do not think it is a Unitron mount

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: starman876]
      #6343226 - 01/29/14 02:01 PM

I would never put a Unitron mount in a Uhaul box. That is just wrong

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turk123
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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: starman876]
      #6343266 - 01/29/14 02:32 PM

It's a Unitron mount and a Vacuum cleaner.

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? *DELETED* new [Re: turk123]
      #6343296 - 01/29/14 02:49 PM

Post deleted by fjs Chuck already guessed a lamp

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Chuck Hards
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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: fjs]
      #6343304 - 01/29/14 02:52 PM

Garden Gnome assortment?

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: Chuck Hards]
      #6343363 - 01/29/14 03:13 PM

Didn't you mention something about a 6" F10 reflector?

Here's the quote "I'm building a 6 inch F10 this summer and I plan on having a rolled and riveted seamed sheet metal tube made for it"

-Rob


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: rguasto]
      #6343372 - 01/29/14 03:15 PM

I think it's a used water heater...

Jon


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: Chuck Hards]
      #6343385 - 01/29/14 03:19 PM

She's such a tease. It is a big box! and it is FRAH-GEE-LAY.

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: bremms]
      #6343393 - 01/29/14 03:24 PM

Awwww come on Terra!!!!! Quit yer teasin'!!!

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: bremms]
      #6343398 - 01/29/14 03:25 PM

could be just a big box she mailed to herself to get attention

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: starman876]
      #6343410 - 01/29/14 03:29 PM

It's a brass harbor master with a zoom eyepiece. Has to be.

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CharlieB
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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: dgreyson]
      #6343432 - 01/29/14 03:36 PM

I know - it's a UNIVAC.

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AstroPhys
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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: CharlieB]
      #6343451 - 01/29/14 03:43 PM

Hah, that's funny Charlie. I happen to have a UNISYS A-1 mainframe computer I'm wondering what to do with. It has lost it's novelty as a coffe table.

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: AstroPhys]
      #6343528 - 01/29/14 04:07 PM

No sooner did FedEx come that I had to go run out and help a friend move a bunch of stuff in my pick-up. I just got home and am half-frozen but plan to get right too it. Pictures will be posted.

And no, its not a Unitron Mount. That is "coming soon to a theater near you."

This on the other hand is the long awaited...................................................................................................................................................Leg Lamp!


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6343538 - 01/29/14 04:12 PM Attachment (25 downloads)

See. Its definitely Italian.

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: CharlieB]
      #6343544 - 01/29/14 04:14 PM

Quote:

I know - it's a UNIVAC.




Actually the Brainiac is coming next week.


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6343559 - 01/29/14 04:22 PM

Quote:

A big box just came via FedEx/ What could it be?


Trailer hitch from U-Haul?!

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Chuck Hards
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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: dgreyson]
      #6343565 - 01/29/14 04:24 PM

Quote:

It's a brass harbor master with a zoom eyepiece. Has to be.




Now THAT'S funny!!


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: rdandrea]
      #6343762 - 01/29/14 05:38 PM

Quote:

Looks like a vacuum cleaner.




Can't be a vacuum cleaner because I'm sure it doesn't suck.


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: Geo31]
      #6343806 - 01/29/14 05:59 PM Attachment (27 downloads)

A bit closer look:

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terraclarke
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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6343811 - 01/29/14 06:01 PM Attachment (22 downloads)

Okay, bigger clue:

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6343815 - 01/29/14 06:04 PM Attachment (30 downloads)

Look familiar?

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6343817 - 01/29/14 06:04 PM

Thats an Edmund Scientific 4"f15 and welcome to the Edmund family Terra!

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6343823 - 01/29/14 06:06 PM

Could it be a Jaegers or Edmund refractor? Or is it the smokestack for a cool bar-b-q grill?

Mel


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: actionhac]
      #6343824 - 01/29/14 06:06 PM

Nice!!

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6343825 - 01/29/14 06:06 PM Attachment (26 downloads)

Here's another:

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6343834 - 01/29/14 06:11 PM Attachment (24 downloads)

Thank you Robert. I wanted one of these when I was a kid and kind of forgot about it. Then when I saw your thread a year or two ago, I started hankering for one again. This one was Brian's (Mustgobigger). Its the one that had been at a government missile firing range and he got it in auction last year, cleaned it up and repainted it. Do you know if regular 100mm Orion tube rings will fit. I measured the tube and its 103mm in dia.

Here's another pic:


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: dawsonian2000]
      #6343837 - 01/29/14 06:13 PM

Quote:

Could it be a Jaegers or Edmund refractor? Or is it the smokestack for a cool bar-b-q grill?

Mel




I was guessing at the same time Terra was posting images! That's not fair!

All jokes aside... Congratulations on the acquisition of your Edmund, Terra! What an awesome instrument! I will be building a Jaegers 4" f/15 soon. I currently have a Carton 100mm f/13. I love it!

Love those long-throw refractors!


Mel


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6343839 - 01/29/14 06:13 PM

"Its the one that had been at a government missile firing range"

COOL!! Do you know which company made the objective?


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6343852 - 01/29/14 06:23 PM

Quote:

Look familiar?


J Is that the surplus military test equipment one?

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6343853 - 01/29/14 06:23 PM

The Orion rings are very tight. I removed the felt and the rings fit.
I then thought I would stretch the rings by squeezing them in a vice and broke one but I repaired the brake and can now use felt. Its odd I could squeeze one and not the other but I don't recommend doing that.
I was going to look at Stellarvue rings if I remember correctly they have a 106 or 104mm.

You will love your new Edmund its a superb lens and a perfect size. Mine is my most used scope and my favorite telescope.

Robert


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6343860 - 01/29/14 06:26 PM

Quote:

Thank you Robert. I wanted one of these when I was a kid and kind of forgot about it. Then when I saw your thread a year or two ago, I started hankering for one again. This one was Brian's (Mustgobigger). Its the one that had been at a government missile firing range and he got it in auction last year, cleaned it up and repainted it. Do you know if regular 100mm Orion tube rings will fit. I measured the tube and its 103mm in dia.

Here's another pic:




I would surmise that the 100mm Orion tube rings would be too small by a pinch. Robert may have a better suggestion.

Mel


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: actionhac]
      #6343862 - 01/29/14 06:28 PM

awesome scope terra..
mike h


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: dawsonian2000]
      #6343865 - 01/29/14 06:30 PM

The 116mm Orion rings may work with some additional felt. But, I am sure there are better alternatives; some more expensive.

Mel


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: fjs]
      #6343881 - 01/29/14 06:33 PM

Posting by phone makes me look even more an idiot.

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: fjs]
      #6343917 - 01/29/14 06:47 PM

Nice scope !

One of our members here has one with ( I think) the original mount - he is not planning on letting this beauty go any time soon.

Is that the original focuser ?



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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: photiost]
      #6344017 - 01/29/14 08:15 PM

Red Edmund, Sweet. That should be the really good Rank lens. Wanted one of the white tubes way back.

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: bremms]
      #6344028 - 01/29/14 08:20 PM

Terra I think I was going to look into these 105's:
http://www.stellarvue.com/rings.html
I haven't had a chance to do that yet.

Terra in the lens photo it looks like the aperture is stopped down with a cardboard diaphragm?

Robert


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: actionhac]
      #6344070 - 01/29/14 08:40 PM

Hi Robert. I had the lens out today and cleaned it. I believe that is just the back of the cell but I will recheck it. I thought the Orion ones would be to tight. I will either get the SV rings (thanks for the link) or a set of Parallax rings (they are actually 4 bucks cheaper and made for 4 inches/102mm. I will call both places before I order.i am very much looking forward to giving the scope a good workout. Its F15 but doesn't seem all that long and the tube is fairly light.

Thanks Mel, Robert, Mike, Bob, Marc, and Frank. I will post more about the scope in the next day or so.


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6344081 - 01/29/14 08:46 PM

Here is Brian's original thread on the scope from last August. It has a very interesting history.

http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/6037012/page...

Marc, it's not a Rank objective as it's an early Edmund for inch from around 1960 or so. It was an original Edmund white tube 4 inch like the ones I remember from the catalogs as a kid. It's been repainted Edmund red.

Terra


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6344088 - 01/29/14 08:51 PM

Did someone put an aperture stop just behind the objective or is that the way the cell is designed ? It looks like it as been stopped down by almost an inch in aperture.

- Dave


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: DAVIDG]
      #6344094 - 01/29/14 08:54 PM

After looking at the original thread by Brian, the cardbaord tube baffles may have slid forward in shipping.

- Dave


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: DAVIDG]
      #6344114 - 01/29/14 09:06 PM Attachment (17 downloads)

OK I dug up some images of the 4in Edmund that a member brought to our outings last summer.

As I said previously I "believe" this is the original mount that came with the scope.

Also note the Cell and focuser color

I remember this scope gave some very impressive images of Saturn.

Nice classic long f/l instruments !
.


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: photiost]
      #6344118 - 01/29/14 09:07 PM Attachment (13 downloads)

#2

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: dawsonian2000]
      #6344126 - 01/29/14 09:10 PM

Terra why don't you check out Scope Stuff. Scope Stuff has a pretty good assortment of ring sizes.

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: DAVIDG]
      #6344130 - 01/29/14 09:14 PM

Noticed the same thing. Baffle must have slid in shipping. Every refractor I build, I seem to fret about the baffles.

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: bremms]
      #6344205 - 01/29/14 10:19 PM

Very nice. Congratulations!
So what do snowflakes look like through it?
Above zero F tonight for the first time in a week.
I've been watching crows and treetop squirrel nests today about a half mile away. At least I was able to play with eyepieces and other stuff. That was nice.


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: AstroPhys]
      #6344221 - 01/29/14 10:28 PM

Terra

Is that black plastic dew shield original. I have a red tasco like that with that black dewshield. I almost tossed it.


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: AstroPhys]
      #6344233 - 01/29/14 10:35 PM

Now, I could swear I remember you posting just a few weeks ago that you were done collecting for a while, that you had the classics you wanted, and were indeed downsizing........

"I was a scopeaholic, I am a scopeaholic, I will always be a scopeaholic....there is indeed no hope for me......"

Nice one, though.....and it matches the tablecloth, too!
R


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: roscoe]
      #6344249 - 01/29/14 10:44 PM

Oh this is only the beginning for Terra

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: starman876]
      #6344295 - 01/29/14 11:20 PM

The baffle is attached to a cylinder that fits inside the tube. It had indeed slipped forward. It is now back in place, however my plan all along has been to rebaffle after I do a ray tracing. The new baffles will be made from thin aluminum plate cut on a CNC milling machine and their will be more in number. The dew shield is the one that was shipped to Brian when he received the scope but I don't know if it's original. It is not plastic, it's aluminum. However I plan on making a longer classic one out of brass.

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6344341 - 01/29/14 11:47 PM

Wow, Terra! Access to a CNC milling machine is indeed a blessing! The most recent baffles were made from Lexan and cut using a router with a V-groove bit, attached to a Jasper jig. Worked great. But, using a CNC machine to make yours! ...that's AWESOME! Super precise !!!

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: dawsonian2000]
      #6344395 - 01/30/14 12:37 AM Attachment (25 downloads)

Its the original dew shield. Its looks all original.
I don't know of a way to pin down a date though because Edmund never changed the OTA. Except the very earliest telescopes used a single finder mount stalk rather than 2 rings.

The cardboard baffle tubes are held in place by the mounting studs that normally are used to bolt the tube to the saddle of a Edmund mount. Without the 2 bolts the baffle tubes can slide around in there.
I prefer using rings so the tube can be moved to balance. You can use short screws to hold the baffle tubes as shown here:


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: actionhac]
      #6344663 - 01/30/14 08:19 AM

Thanks for the info on the baffles Robert. I plan on getting them back in place today until I can re baffle the tube and your tip is quite helpful. Actually, those dew shields are quite nice also. On more inspection, I rather like mine. They are quite sturdy and slip fit quite well. Very nice aluminum construction. I think I will maybe just have mine re-anodized as the paint is a bit rough.

Thanks Mel. I have access to CNC milling machines and CNC lathes and spot welder's along with the older analog equipment at the college where I thought for the last few years as a visiting professor. They have a manufacturing technology program there and my best friend in the faculty runs it. We were both in the same division ( physical sciences, mathematics and engineering) and worked together on several projects. That's where I have made,objective cells, eyepiece adapters, counter-weights, etc.


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6344702 - 01/30/14 08:52 AM

Are you thinking of going with more brass trim over-all, not just the focuser?

Our club has an 8" Brandt at our observatory that the builder/donor did in red with all brass trim. It is a stunning telescope.

Nice addition to your collection, Terra!


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: Chuck Hards]
      #6344768 - 01/30/14 09:36 AM

I haven't decided Chuck. I do have a section of brass that slips perfectly over the finder's dew shield. I want to paint the finder red to match the OTA. And I have the brass drawtube you see in the photos. I may make knurled brass wheels for the original focuser (keeping the original wheels of course). If i do a brass dew shield it will be slip fit like the original. I may also make a counter-weight assembly with brass counterweights. I would like to be able to make this look like a red/black/ and brass Victorian telescope that I can convert directly back into the original in the matter of a few minutes. I see lots of possibilities for this telescope and intend to have a lot of fun with it.

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6344786 - 01/30/14 09:46 AM Attachment (20 downloads)

Here is the description from the 1968 Edmund catalog. Sweet acquisition, Terra!

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6345532 - 01/30/14 04:29 PM

Great find Terra!!!

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: madeline]
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Baffles back in place for the time being.

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6345620 - 01/30/14 05:08 PM

Thanks MacP and Madeline.

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6346449 - 01/31/14 01:44 AM

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Thanks Mel. I have access to CNC milling machines and CNC lathes and spot welder's along with the older analog equipment at the college where I thought for the last few years as a visiting professor. They have a manufacturing technology program there and my best friend in the faculty runs it. We were both in the same division ( physical sciences, mathematics and engineering) and worked together on several projects. That's where I have made,objective cells, eyepiece adapters, counter-weights, etc.




Wow! If you don't mind... With resources, credentials and skill sets like that, the significant other in your life must be feeling mighty special and fortunate; let alone lucky. Hope I am not pushing the TOA limits.


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: dawsonian2000]
      #6346462 - 01/31/14 02:03 AM

Very nice, Terra - congratulations on the newest member of the family.

I know you had your heart set on one. I'm glad it didn't take long at all.

Enjoy!!!


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6347510 - 01/31/14 04:09 PM

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Baffles back in place for the time being.




Looks nice !



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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6383957 - 02/19/14 01:34 AM

Hey Terra!

Any updates on the scope to report of late? Been a while since your last update regarding the baffles.

Mel


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: dawsonian2000]
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The baffles are back in place. Did a couple of tests on an antenna light several miles from my house as well as a very distant street light from my deck just before the ice came and it all looks fine. I will leave the original ones in place as they seem to be fine until when and if issues dictate. I did get rings and a rail for it and built a counter-balance weight/rod system. Now all I need is for the weather to cooperate.

We are in the midst of the February thaw today and hopefully, all the ice and snow will be gone by tomorrow. I've been unable to set either this, the Goto, or the 4" Unitron for any serious viewing as of yet. It has either been too cold, too overcast, or the ground governed in snow and ice (my backyard observing square is unnavigable still by anyone but the dogs). Spring is coming though.


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6384735 - 02/19/14 01:16 PM

I'm guessing the Edmund and Unitron 152 will be very similar optically.

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: bremms]
      #6384862 - 02/19/14 02:18 PM

I don't know. Haven't had a chance to give them a fair comparison. I suspect that the Edmund is very good. However, this particular Unitron 152 is a fairly early model (mid to late 1950s) and I have heard that it's objective is absolutely magnificent. I can't wait to get it outside and under the stars.

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6397557 - 02/26/14 02:04 AM

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The baffles are back in place. Did a couple of tests on an antenna light several miles from my house as well as a very distant street light from my deck just before the ice came and it all looks fine. I will leave the original ones in place as they seem to be fine until when and if issues dictate. I did get rings and a rail for it and built a counter-balance weight/rod system. Now all I need is for the weather to cooperate.

We are in the midst of the February thaw today and hopefully, all the ice and snow will be gone by tomorrow. I've been unable to set either this, the Goto, or the 4" Unitron for any serious viewing as of yet. It has either been too cold, too overcast, or the ground governed in snow and ice (my backyard observing square is unnavigable still by anyone but the dogs). Spring is coming though.




Despite your weather woes, it appears that you are making good progress on the Edmund. Sometime, bad weather renders benefits, which allow you to perform maintenance to your telescopic instruments. From looking at the work you have done, you are most definitely off to get it ready well before spring thaw. ...I hope!

I see that you spared no expense on the rings! Though I have built my own in the past, I love the construction of the one's you have. That is why I have (of late) purchased several pair for future builds I have planned.

Thanks for the update!

Mel


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: dawsonian2000]
      #6397915 - 02/26/14 09:32 AM

Thanks Mel. I figured that a long, heavy scope like this deserved a heavy-duty set of rings. Particularly since I have incorporated a rear counter-balance system so as to be able to push the tube up higher in the mount. I will place it on the Unistar Deluxe alt-az mount on a heavy-duty, extra tall steel surveyor's tripod for field use.

Yes, the one thing this winter has afforded me is time in my little workshop to do various telescope projects in order to get ready for spring. I am very much looking forward to warmer weather and it is coming. Thus far, it has only been warm enough to do solar observations with my 60 to 80 mm scopes.


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6398733 - 02/26/14 05:08 PM

"it has only been warm enough to do solar observations"

But on the bright side (pun intended), you'll be all set for Mars!


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6399527 - 02/27/14 02:34 AM

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I will place it on the Unistar Deluxe alt-az mount on a heavy-duty, extra tall steel surveyor's tripod for field use.




The Unistar is indeed a truly sweet unit! But, I bet it would also look great atop my home-built North Star II field tripod, too! VSC North Star II Field Tripod

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: dawsonian2000]
      #6399737 - 02/27/14 08:45 AM

Your North Star tripods are real beauties Mel. I have admired them for some time.

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: roscoe]
      #6399798 - 02/27/14 09:21 AM

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Now, I could swear I remember you posting just a few weeks ago that you were done collecting for a while, that you had the classics you wanted, and were indeed downsizing........

"I was a scopeaholic, I am a scopeaholic, I will always be a scopeaholic....there is indeed no hope for me......"

Nice one, though.....and it matches the tablecloth, too!
R



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Quarantine will ever help, There is no known cure for Classicolectosis !
The worst part is IT IS CONTAGIOUS !!
I see several others that have consumed with the affliction!
First symptoms are random visits by a person in a Brown Uniform, followed by a shrinking of the Bankus Accountus..
so sad...


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: orion61]
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Funny post!!

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: orion61]
      #6399915 - 02/27/14 10:34 AM

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There is no known cure for Classicolectosis !



Marriage?


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: Masvingo]
      #6400095 - 02/27/14 12:18 PM

Yeah but she probably runs the finances!

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: orion61]
      #6400479 - 02/27/14 05:09 PM

Yes, me and Cindy are each captains of our own ship so to speak.

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6400507 - 02/27/14 05:26 PM

hi terra,
nice refractor,although mine is not as old of a classic i have the skylight 4'' f15 ( 007 ) serial number, james bond, the one and only of richard days first run,tube is black with brass dewcap and brass 10x 40 right angle finder, and brass fittings with a baader dual speed focuser,although modernized it is in the image of the old cooke refractors,kevin ,(georgian bay/ontario )


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: kcb]
      #6400512 - 02/27/14 05:30 PM

Sounds like you have a lovely scope indeed Kevin. I think Skylight telescopes are wonderful.

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6401296 - 02/28/14 05:03 AM

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Your North Star tripods are real beauties Mel. I have admired them for some time.




Hey Terra! ...I am blushing all over! You just do not know how much that means to me to have credible amateurs (like you) give me props on my builds. I am very appreciative. I will be bringing it out to Stellafane 2014 along with my 10" fork mounted Newt and 100/ 1300 Carton refractor. It has been a lifelong dream for Gary Barabino and I.

Mel


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: dawsonian2000]
      #6401452 - 02/28/14 08:31 AM

Hi Mel, I have never been to Stellafane and I would love to get back up to New England. I haven't been up that way in 10 years. That would make a nice little summer vacation. I'll talk to Cindy about us going. We girls will have recuperated from our Borneo trip by then. That would be fun. And yes, your North Star is a beauty! I would love to see it in person. I have read about in in depth on your web pages.

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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6419131 - 03/21/14 12:17 PM

Hi Terra,

Sorry for the delay in responding to your reply, but the new format that CN came up with caused me to nearly loose interest in the site. Especially with all of my favorite threads (like this one ) no longer available. I am so happy they returned to the old format. But, I will make some simple suggestions that may help to reduce the data flow on their site.

Thanks again for checking out the North Star, and for the kind worlds! I wish you could make it to Stellafane, if only to meet you in person; let only to checkout the North Star and 10" fork mounted Newt. I know that Breezy Hill, VT could not hold a candle to Borneo, but it would be great to meet you and Cindy there. Just let me know if you do plan to attend.

Mel


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: dawsonian2000]
      #6419223 - 03/21/14 01:04 PM

Hi Mel,

We are definitely gonna try to do Stellafane this summer.


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Re: Hummmmm, what could this be? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6420073 - 03/21/14 09:20 PM

Awesome!

Mel


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