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Equipment Discussions >> Refractors

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Kunama
professor emeritus


Reged: 10/22/12

Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: The Ardent]
      #5729135 - 03/12/13 10:04 PM

Berry & Mackay ( Aberdeen) 3" f15 This c1880 telescope had been previously painted, then stripped with possibly steelwool, then acid? washed, then waxed, the focuser was stiff to operate, the stand corroded.

I decided that I would use this scope regularly therefore it needed to be recommissioned. Although the surface finish is at the moment too "new" it was necessary to clean the scope to get her back into service. A large dent in to tube was straightened but all of many other little nicks and dents were preserved as testament to 133 years of use.

The brass will now be left untouched and uncoated to age in peace.
Only 'artificial ageing' that will be applied will be the contact of human hands ( which actually accelerates the tarnishing of brass without causing damage)



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mgwhittle
Pooh-Bah
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Reged: 08/24/11

Loc: Chattanooga, TN
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: Kunama]
      #5729222 - 03/12/13 10:37 PM

Matt, that is absolutely beautiful!

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Kunama
professor emeritus


Reged: 10/22/12

Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: mgwhittle]
      #5729236 - 03/12/13 10:42 PM

Thanks Mark, I was luck to able to buy it from a friend for a song!
I have replaced the eyepiece elements so that my tired eyes can use the scope.
It is amazingly sharp and shows very little false colour being f15.
The OTA / Focuser is actually made up of 36 separate components, all handmade.


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jbalsam
sage
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Reged: 07/06/12

Loc: Darnestown, MD
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: Kunama]
      #5732342 - 03/14/13 02:29 PM

My ES AR152 right after I got it and my CGE. No, the sling is not from trying to lift the scope It's from hitting a deer on a motorcycle at 65mph



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rockethead26
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 10/21/09

Loc: Arizona, USA
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: jbalsam]
      #5732519 - 03/14/13 04:27 PM

Nice looking rig! Love the B&W photo and the look on your face! Hope the arm has healed.

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jbalsam
sage
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Reged: 07/06/12

Loc: Darnestown, MD
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: rockethead26]
      #5732691 - 03/14/13 06:29 PM

Thanks! The rig now has an 80mm guidescope on top, and I removed the compression ring and added a direct threading attachment to connect my filter wheel so I'm not concerned with it slipping out.

My collarbone was snapped in that picture, arm was fine. It's healed now, but I'll always have a lump there the two ends of the bone are overlapped. For a while there I needed help to get this thing outside, and a few times I stubbornly set it up myself when no one was around. Not a great patient I guess...


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Pinbout
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Reged: 02/22/10

Loc: nj
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: jbalsam]
      #5732725 - 03/14/13 06:52 PM Attachment (60 downloads)

my homebrew 127 f5.5

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stevew
Now I've done it


Reged: 03/03/06

Loc: British Columbia Canada
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: Pinbout]
      #5733012 - 03/14/13 09:13 PM

Nice rig Danny.
Look like a fun scope to use.

Steve


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mblack
Throw me a bone here
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Reged: 10/31/05

Loc: Florida, USA.
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: jbalsam]
      #5733066 - 03/14/13 09:45 PM

Quote:

My ES AR152 right after I got it and my CGE. No, the sling is not from trying to lift the scope It's from hitting a deer on a motorcycle at 65mph










Did you ever locate your left shoe, post crash?

Benchmark pic sir. Really well done.


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JJK
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 04/28/08

Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: jbalsam]
      #5733106 - 03/14/13 10:07 PM

Quote:

My ES AR152 right after I got it and my CGE. No, the sling is not from trying to lift the scope It's from hitting a deer on a motorcycle at 65mph





Josh, at least the scope only cost you an arm, but not a leg.


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jrbarnett
Eyepiece Hooligan
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Reged: 02/28/06

Loc: Petaluma, CA
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: jbalsam]
      #5733878 - 03/15/13 10:58 AM

If I set something like that up in our living room, something other than my arm would be in a sling.

Nice scope and I admire your domestic courage (or is that temerity?).

- Jim


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jrbarnett
Eyepiece Hooligan
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Reged: 02/28/06

Loc: Petaluma, CA
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: Kunama]
      #5733882 - 03/15/13 11:00 AM

Now *that* is a scope I might be get away with having on the coffee table.

Lovely.

- Jim


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jrbarnett
Eyepiece Hooligan
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Reged: 02/28/06

Loc: Petaluma, CA
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: Pinbout]
      #5733886 - 03/15/13 11:01 AM

Very cool I especially like the clever carry handle bridging the rings. Where'd you get the optics or did you grind them?

Regards,

Jim


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jbalsam
sage
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Reged: 07/06/12

Loc: Darnestown, MD
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) [Re: mblack]
      #5733916 - 03/15/13 11:16 AM

Haha... Lucky for me, my soon-to-be wife is very supportive of my telescope addiction. Markedly less so of my motorcycle one, though that has been waning as of late.

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Pinbout
Postmaster
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Reged: 02/22/10

Loc: nj
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5734221 - 03/15/13 02:17 PM Attachment (45 downloads)

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Where'd you get the optics or did you grind them?





Never ground a achromat yet, tolerances too precise to hit those numbers for me.

I got the glass on sale from surplus shed. it tests pretty decently on a double pass test, not 1/10~ but better than 1/4~.


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andysea
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Reged: 09/03/10

Loc: Seattle, WA
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) [Re: Pinbout]
      #5735129 - 03/15/13 10:21 PM Attachment (56 downloads)

I thought I would post my little collection.....The TOA is a repost but I thought they looked cool together

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Kunama
professor emeritus


Reged: 10/22/12

Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) [Re: andysea]
      #5735279 - 03/15/13 11:28 PM

Quote:

I thought I would post my little collection.....The TOA is a repost but I thought they looked cool together




I don't see the attraction of the Takahashi scopes !





Just kidding, they are beautiful!


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t.r.
Post Laureate
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Reged: 02/14/08

Loc: Upstate NY
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: Kunama]
      #5735634 - 03/16/13 08:06 AM

If you put that gray-green on a car...it would NEVER sell. Put it on the trim and accessories of a TAK scope...and it sets it off into a visual stunner!

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Scott BeithAdministrator
SRF
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Reged: 11/26/03

Loc: Frederick, MD
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: andysea]
      #5736152 - 03/16/13 12:17 PM

Quote:

I thought I would post my little collection.....The TOA is a repost but I thought they looked cool together




Beautiful!


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clintwhitman
Caveman
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Reged: 01/01/07

Loc: CALI SoEasyACavemanCanSlewIt
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) [Re: Scott Beith]
      #5737942 - 03/17/13 02:30 AM Attachment (48 downloads)

Man I love all the 80mm WO refractors. Great bunch of scopes. Here is my GNG (Grab and Go) 80mm Fluorite on Top of one of my TAK imaging rigs. I have always been impressed with the mags this 80mm scope will hold, Great Scope they used to make.

Edited by clintwhitman (03/17/13 02:32 AM)


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