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JoeinWV
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Telescope smell
      #5572928 - 12/15/12 05:54 PM

Has anyone ever noticed the the smell of a new reflector?
Call me weird (which many have done, lol)
But they seem to have a particular scent to them...
Sort of like the new car smell.


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Scott in NC
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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: JoeinWV]
      #5572939 - 12/15/12 05:59 PM

Mmmmmm....

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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: Scott in NC]
      #5572975 - 12/15/12 06:28 PM

Do they sell it on cans?


Thomas, Denmark


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paul mc c
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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: Astrojensen]
      #5573020 - 12/15/12 07:07 PM

The smell of a Tal is unmistakable...mmmmm TALLLLL!

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Jon Isaacs
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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: JoeinWV]
      #5573051 - 12/15/12 07:27 PM

Quote:

Has anyone ever noticed the the smell of a new reflector?
Call me weird (which many have done, lol)
But they seem to have a particular scent to them...
Sort of like the new car smell.




Don't know, never owned a new reflector.

But both my 12.5 Meade Research Grade and my Criterion RV-6 are more than 30 years old and the tubes both still smell strongly of phenolic.

Jon



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mdowns
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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5573076 - 12/15/12 07:49 PM

The last new refector I bought was 7 or 8 years ago and I dont really recall a particular smell.I do however remember very well the smell of my 4" dynascope from the mid sixties.Bakelite will always be a fond memory to me,BTW,great to see the pics of your scopes,old friends of mine from the past as well.

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Jim7728
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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: JoeinWV]
      #5573084 - 12/15/12 07:53 PM

Always liked the smell of sono-tube from my old Starfinder dob. Smells like the outdoors.



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Dwight J
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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: Jim7728]
      #5573290 - 12/15/12 09:48 PM

A friend of mine had a new 10" Meade Research Series newt and he would often take off the dust cover and take several deep sniffs of the fresh telescope. I got off on it too but my wife thought we were both crazy. They do have that certain eu du scope.

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nirvanix
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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: Dwight J]
      #5573311 - 12/15/12 10:09 PM

Quote:

A friend of mine had a new 10" Meade Research Series newt and he would often take off the dust cover and take several deep sniffs of the fresh telescope. I got off on it too but my wife thought we were both crazy. They do have that certain eu du scope.




That's hilarious. Your wife caught you sniffing telescope.


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KidOrion
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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: Jim7728]
      #5573838 - 12/16/12 09:56 AM

Quote:

Always liked the smell of sono-tube from my old Starfinder dob. Smells like the outdoors.






Yep. My Coulter had a very distinct smell that I always associate with observing.


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star drop
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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: KidOrion]
      #5573955 - 12/16/12 11:05 AM

Quote:

Quote:

Always liked the smell of sono-tube from my old Starfinder dob. Smells like the outdoors.






Yep. My Coulter had a very distinct smell that I always associate with observing.



Sonotube sniffers rejoice! Twenty five year old Sonotube still smells like new.


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Asbytec
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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: star drop]
      #5574034 - 12/16/12 11:47 AM

Wish one of those "fresh scope" air fresheners could hang form my rear view mirror. You know, pick em up in a gas station.

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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: Asbytec]
      #5574210 - 12/16/12 01:56 PM

Agree with the bakelite comment. I miss it so.

Ed


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jeff heck
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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: ed_turco]
      #5574243 - 12/16/12 02:22 PM

After washing my shroud I get a nice Tide scent for a few nights.

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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: JoeinWV]
      #5574395 - 12/16/12 03:59 PM

Not the scope but I do notice the smell of my eyepieces. Televue's have a combo smell of machined metal and rubber, and XW's have that rubber armored smell. My stripped down Meade series 5k have a heavy smell of machined aluminum.

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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5574460 - 12/16/12 04:40 PM

Quote:

Don't know, never owned a new reflector.

But both my 12.5 Meade Research Grade and my Criterion RV-6 are more than 30 years old and the tubes both still smell strongly of phenolic.




Here too!
51 years old and still has the unmistakable fragrance of bakelite


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GeneT
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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: JoeinWV]
      #5574516 - 12/16/12 05:19 PM

Yes--but like with a new car, it fades, then disappears.

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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: ed_turco]
      #5574572 - 12/16/12 06:03 PM

I had a bakelite experience. My RV-6, purchased new in 1968, of course had the wonderful bakelite aroma.

When I restored the scope a few years ago, I sniffed the tube and it still had the smell! I thought "Wow, that is amazing". But some time later I couldn't detect the bakelite aroma any more. I think it was all in my head!

JimC


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Jon Isaacs
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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: Mirzam]
      #5574726 - 12/16/12 08:26 PM

Quote:

I had a bakelite experience. My RV-6, purchased new in 1968, of course had the wonderful bakelite aroma.

When I restored the scope a few years ago, I sniffed the tube and it still had the smell! I thought "Wow, that is amazing". But some time later I couldn't detect the bakelite aroma any more. I think it was all in my head!

JimC




Jim:

My RV-6 seems to have a motor date of 4-12-71. The tube still smells like a burnt electrical circuit.

Jon


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Glen A W
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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5577049 - 12/18/12 10:17 AM

I recall how my Hardin 10" Dob smelled. Kind of like moth balls. I liked it, though. GW

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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5577189 - 12/18/12 11:54 AM

Do they have a scope sniffers anonymous??

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Glen A W
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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: droid]
      #5577192 - 12/18/12 11:56 AM

There is something vaguely perverse about this thread. GW

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dpwoos
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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: Glen A W]
      #5577381 - 12/18/12 02:09 PM

There ain't nothin' more powerful than the odor of mendacity.

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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: dpwoos]
      #5579543 - 12/19/12 08:17 PM

I like the smell of my sonotube scopes. Smell is a powerful jogger of memory. Many fun nights and that smell seem to go together. Astronomy isn't just visual in the end. Can't wait for the scratch and sniff eyepieces!Hertzsprung-Russel--- Grape to strawberry or maybe even chocolate if you have an observatory size scope!

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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: SteveG]
      #5580124 - 12/20/12 06:29 AM

"XW's have that rubber armored smell"

You are right Steve and i like it a lot! funny how things works in the human mind.


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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: Glen A W]
      #5581401 - 12/20/12 08:28 PM

I had an Orion XT8 in 2000 and I loved the smell of the tube! My XT8i doesn't smell quite the same but my Star blast 4.5 does and I love reliving the memories of my first dob.

I also like the smell of the XW's and the Baader Zoom though I don't know how much of it is coming from the eyepiece or the pluck foam they reside in most of the time.


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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: Starman81]
      #5581737 - 12/21/12 12:21 AM

My old mid-60's 6" f/4 reflector also bakelite smell.

Jim


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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: JIMZ7]
      #5582505 - 12/21/12 01:20 PM

Eau de Dob Parfum, a new fragrance by Explore Scientific, coming Black Friday 2013.

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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: aa5te]
      #5582641 - 12/21/12 03:02 PM

at this rate, it'll be out before all those ES68* backorders.......

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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5583351 - 12/21/12 11:03 PM

Binocular smell is great!

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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: aa5te]
      #5583448 - 12/22/12 12:32 AM

Quote:

Eau de Dob Parfum, a new fragrance by Explore Scientific, coming Black Friday 2013.




Some enterprising astronomer should come out with a line of bakelite and sonotube air fresheners for vehicles and such.


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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: KidOrion]
      #5584085 - 12/22/12 01:19 PM

+1 for the Meade Research Grades. Their OTA's have a distinctive smell which I've always associated with observing. That smell puts me in a happy state...

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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: siriusandthepup]
      #5584255 - 12/22/12 03:14 PM

Baader Clicklocks always smell kinda funky.

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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: johnnyha]
      #5585000 - 12/23/12 01:33 AM

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Baader Clicklocks always smell kinda funky.




The 2" Clicklock does, but not the 1.25". I guess it must be the rubber grip, which the smaller version lacks.

The 2" smell really is quite bad - I wonder if one could get rid of it be removing the rubber gip, and throughly claning it with water and detergent?


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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: Patrik Iver]
      #5603976 - 01/04/13 01:06 AM

Mmmm, New scope smell.
My XT8 is losing it


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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: WordUpJackson]
      #5604946 - 01/04/13 02:45 PM

My 8 year old 12" Harden Optical Newt still smells like Chinese Old Spice.
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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: David Castillo]
      #5607308 - 01/05/13 09:14 PM

Scope smells are nothing compared to accordions.....

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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: WordUpJackson]
      #5631948 - 01/19/13 05:53 PM

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Mmmm, New scope smell.
My XT8 is losing it




Same problem here with my 3 year old Z10

But good news!...That new smell can be brought back by flocking your scope with new velvet. Plus you help the OTA. Flocking my scope cut down on the spider vane spikes by about 70%...and it smelled fabulous.

Smell ya later!


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Re: Telescope smell new [Re: Glen A W]
      #5632515 - 01/20/13 12:46 AM

Quote:

There is something vaguely perverse about this thread. GW




Quoted for truth.

I have synasthesia, so reading this thread smells purple to me.


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