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azure1961p
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Prettiest scope ever?
      #5655015 - 01/31/13 08:28 PM

I'd opt for the classic 90mm Questar next would be a Tak refractor.

Pete


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: azure1961p]
      #5655066 - 01/31/13 08:57 PM

It's hard to top those rare but beautiful Alvan Clark brass finished big refractors.

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genethethird
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #5655080 - 01/31/13 09:08 PM

Takahashi Green and classic brass - my sentiments exactly guys.

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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: azure1961p]
      #5655137 - 01/31/13 09:39 PM

Any one of a number of telescopes produced by Officina Stellare. Just as with many other Italian products, form is as important as function.

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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: maknewtnut]
      #5655365 - 02/01/13 12:00 AM

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Any one of a number of telescopes produced by Officina Stellare.




+1

HiPer 180 . . . la piu Bella!!!


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Lane
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: zippeee]
      #5655524 - 02/01/13 03:09 AM

3.5" Questar

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Mike E.
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Lane]
      #5655582 - 02/01/13 04:41 AM Attachment (84 downloads)

7" Questar

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Spyke
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Mike E.]
      #5655605 - 02/01/13 05:32 AM

The current Skylight long tube achros are very pretty in gloss black and brass.

Ant


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dawziecat
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Spyke]
      #5655755 - 02/01/13 08:19 AM

Unitrons!

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hottr6
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: azure1961p]
      #5655772 - 02/01/13 08:25 AM

Many pretty 'scopes mentioned so far, and everyone of them costing $1,000+++++ (except the smaller Unis)

I'll suggest the David H. Levy Comet Hunter.


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Jon Isaacs
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: hottr6]
      #5655835 - 02/01/13 08:50 AM Attachment (89 downloads)

The prettiest, most beautiful scope is one sitting out at sunset where the skies are dark and clear. Those are the things memories are made of...

Jon

Edited by Jon Isaacs (02/01/13 08:51 AM)


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BarrySimon615
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5655893 - 02/01/13 09:25 AM Attachment (72 downloads)

Several have said a Questar. I have to agree.

Barry Simon


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Thomas Karpf
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: BarrySimon615]
      #5656024 - 02/01/13 10:22 AM

Nearly anything on here: http://normandfullumtelescope.com/Gallery/index.php

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DrOxygen
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Thomas Karpf]
      #5656036 - 02/01/13 10:24 AM

I'd have to agree with many that the Questar 3.5 is a thing of beauty. I have one proudly on display in my living room, and yes it is also my grab and go scope.

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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Thomas Karpf]
      #5656053 - 02/01/13 10:29 AM

Quote:

Nearly anything on here: http://normandfullumtelescope.com/Gallery/index.php




I've seen these scopes in person at NEAF and they are truly works of art.

-Dan


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BarrySimon615
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #5656075 - 02/01/13 10:37 AM Attachment (54 downloads)

The AT66 refractors available in many colors are also attractive scopes. Almost small enough to hang from a Christmas tree as ornaments. The red, green and blue with a purple hue would look especially nice as ornaments.

Barry Simon


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Jon Isaacs
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Thomas Karpf]
      #5656237 - 02/01/13 12:09 PM

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Nearly anything on here: http://normandfullumtelescope.com/Gallery/index.php




Indeed. Amazing stuff, creative works of art rather than quality machining and paint work.

Jon


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Heitman
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Mike E.]
      #5656258 - 02/01/13 12:21 PM

Now that's nice! Looks like it just landed.
Tim


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Sarkikos
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Heitman]
      #5656411 - 02/01/13 01:52 PM

Do those stars on the Questar glow in the dark? Now, that would be purdy ... completely useless and bad for dark adaptation ... but purdy!


Mike


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: BarrySimon615]
      #5656429 - 02/01/13 02:03 PM

I agree with the red AT66. I bought one just because it is red. It has never been outside. It is beautiful. My white AT66 that I also love, gave me my first ever view of Jupiter.

Best, Linda B.


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Heitman]
      #5656520 - 02/01/13 02:53 PM

Maybe not the best scopes going, but the Celestron OMNI XLT series are just great looking scopes, nice color scheme and the scope/mount are both good quality.

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Mike E.
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Thomas Karpf]
      #5656535 - 02/01/13 02:57 PM

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Nearly anything on here: http://normandfullumtelescope.com/Gallery/index.php




I agree, WOW !!


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Mike E.]
      #5656615 - 02/01/13 03:46 PM Attachment (47 downloads)

Unitron's

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csrlice12
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Bonco]
      #5656629 - 02/01/13 03:54 PM

I saw one of those the other day at the scope shop, with the turrent. Think it was about $500.

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starrancher
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5656647 - 02/01/13 04:05 PM

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Maybe not the best scopes going, but the Celestron OMNI XLT series are just great looking scopes, nice color scheme and the scope/mount are both good quality.




I'll go along with that .


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: starrancher]
      #5656972 - 02/01/13 07:03 PM

I would have to agree that the 3 1/2 inch Questar with its star map dew shield would at the top of my list. I was lucky enough to observe with one of these quite a few times when I was in my teens. I also like the looks of my EON 120 with its black and chrome tube and understated badging a lot.

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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: azure1961p]
      #5656979 - 02/01/13 07:07 PM

Unitron 3-inch Photo Equatorial. Followed closely by the Celestron Pacific C10 and the Orange Tube C8.

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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: BarrySimon615]
      #5656996 - 02/01/13 07:16 PM Attachment (47 downloads)

The ATs are right purty, but I prefer my pretty little WO Patriot...

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Re: Prettiest scope ever? *DELETED* new [Re: rmollise]
      #5657001 - 02/01/13 07:19 PM

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rmollise
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: rguasto]
      #5657004 - 02/01/13 07:22 PM

Never liked that funky aperture cover.

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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: rmollise]
      #5657071 - 02/01/13 08:16 PM

i like russel porters garden scope.

classic telescopes neaf '12


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PaulEK
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Pinbout]
      #5657402 - 02/01/13 11:45 PM Attachment (42 downloads)

I like my AT 72ED. I was amazed at the price, especially after I actually got to see and use it: great views, and a fantastically smooth focuser! I opted for the admittedly boring white and gray tube, but it comes in blue, black, green, red, and even pink.

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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: PaulEK]
      #5657420 - 02/01/13 11:57 PM

I forgot about the Garden Scope. Wow!

Jaimo!


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FirstSight
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Jaimo!]
      #5657443 - 02/02/13 12:25 AM

I like the spare minimalistic beauty of the TV NP-101. The aesthetics have a sort of Scandanavian-like sensibility that harmonizes user-friendly utility with beautiful, yet uncluttered lines and design.

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Agatha
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: PaulEK]
      #5657446 - 02/02/13 12:28 AM

I have the same one. The AT 72 in the white/silver. It is a beauty.

Best, Linda B.


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Agatha]
      #5657506 - 02/02/13 01:55 AM Attachment (46 downloads)



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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5657559 - 02/02/13 03:44 AM

Quote:

The prettiest, most beautiful scope is one sitting out at sunset where the skies are dark and clear. Those are the things memories are made of...

Jon




Beautiful picture, couldn't imagine better place to look at the universe even in my dreams.

For me the USA Meade ED APO refractors


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: meade4ever]
      #5657576 - 02/02/13 04:21 AM

We have saying in arabic that roughly translates to: "a monkey in his mothers eyes is a gazelle"

In my eyes my scope is a sleek elegant gazelle even though it is a Meade SCT


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Hilmi]
      #5657665 - 02/02/13 07:53 AM

Quote:

We have saying in arabic that roughly translates to: "a monkey in his mothers eyes is a gazelle"

In my eyes my scope is a sleek elegant gazelle even though it is a Meade SCT




Fully agree Hilmi,

My old 12"LX200 Classic is the apple of my eye.

Mark


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Jon Isaacs
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Hilmi]
      #5657678 - 02/02/13 08:07 AM

Quote:

We have saying in arabic that roughly translates to: "a monkey in his mothers eyes is a gazelle"

In my eyes my scope is a sleek elegant gazelle even though it is a Meade SCT






Well said...

Jon


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5657695 - 02/02/13 08:41 AM Attachment (40 downloads)

maybe this one...

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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Scott Beith]
      #5657728 - 02/02/13 09:06 AM



http://platypusart.com/wetherell/sculpture_greatwetherellrefractor.html


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Sarkikos
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: bouffetout]
      #5657764 - 02/02/13 09:26 AM

I think we are speechless!

Mike


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Don Taylor
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Hilmi]
      #5657774 - 02/02/13 09:32 AM

Yes Hilmi!! Very true. My old Meade DS10 was my first scope to show me deep sky objects. Far from the prettiest scope - but it opened up my eyes to thousands of beautiful sights in the night sky. Made a lot of friends with it too.

I still have it but seldom use it now as I've moved on to more modern and "pretty" scopes.

More or less the opposite of the subject of this thread.

Pretty? No. Great mechanicals? Nope. Good optics? No, not really. But lots of great memories.

Edited by Don Taylor (02/02/13 09:36 AM)


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5657775 - 02/02/13 09:33 AM

It's a mix of fine technology and Art...It's awesome !

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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: bouffetout]
      #5657819 - 02/02/13 09:58 AM

To bouffetout: UNCLE!!!!!!!

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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: cloudmagnet]
      #5657827 - 02/02/13 10:03 AM Attachment (41 downloads)

I am partial to my "Classic Black Celestrons" -- half the reason I collected them was because I've always liked the looks of them (the other half was how well they work)

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Re: Prettiest scope ever? *DELETED* new [Re: cloudmagnet]
      #5657845 - 02/02/13 10:11 AM

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BarrySimon615
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: PaulEK]
      #5657856 - 02/02/13 10:19 AM

Quote:

I like my AT 72ED. I was amazed at the price, especially after I actually got to see and use it: great views, and a fantastically smooth focuser! I opted for the admittedly boring white and gray tube, but it comes in blue, black, green, red, and even pink.




I am interested in seeing more of the scope that you have the AT72ED mounted on. Curious too about the handles/mounting rails on that larger red scope. Picture please!

Barry Simon


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BarrySimon615
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: BarrySimon615]
      #5657863 - 02/02/13 10:27 AM Attachment (44 downloads)

Even Marvin says.....

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BarrySimon615
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: BarrySimon615]
      #5657868 - 02/02/13 10:30 AM Attachment (36 downloads)

.....he is partial to the "Purple Planet Eater". Maybe not the best telescope in my stable, but it sure is the prettiest!

Barry Simon


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rockethead26
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: bouffetout]
      #5657881 - 02/02/13 10:42 AM

Quote:

Quote:

To bouffetout: UNCLE!!!!!!!



English is not my first language and I don't understand some subtilities . To me an uncle is the brother of my mother and he's very cool and intelligent ! Could you explain what YOU mean by that ???




When someone cries out "Uncle", it means they concede a contest to the other person.

Stunning telescope and mount, by the way.

Edited by rockethead26 (02/02/13 10:43 AM)


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: rockethead26]
      #5657913 - 02/02/13 11:03 AM

That's cool ,I will remember it...

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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: bouffetout]
      #5657942 - 02/02/13 11:19 AM Attachment (24 downloads)

Yes, all of those scopes are very pretty. Tie ribbons and bows on them and take them to the fair. I like what Jon said.

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Mike E.
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: bouffetout]
      #5657983 - 02/02/13 11:47 AM

Quote:



http://platypusart.com/wetherell/sculpture_greatwetherellrefractor.html




Winner !


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Scott BeithAdministrator
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Mike E.]
      #5658022 - 02/02/13 12:10 PM

I agree. That is stuning!
I read about it a while back and I have been drooling ever since.


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FirstSight
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: bouffetout]
      #5658047 - 02/02/13 12:29 PM

Quote:



http://platypusart.com/wetherell/sculpture_greatwetherellrefractor.html




Rather steampunk in its aesthetic approach. I'll concede it's interesting and very beautiful in its own way, even though my own tastes run far more toward the sparse, clean-lined approach of Scandanavian aesthetics.


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Mike E.
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Scott Beith]
      #5658057 - 02/02/13 12:36 PM

I would say... " Magnificent "

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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #5658058 - 02/02/13 12:37 PM

Quote:

It's hard to top those rare but beautiful Alvan Clark brass finished big refractors.





Amen to that, Mike!!!!


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Astrosetz]
      #5658114 - 02/02/13 01:02 PM

Quote:

I am partial to my "Classic Black Celestrons" -- half the reason I collected them was because I've always liked the looks of them (the other half was how well they work)




Until recently, I owned two from your Classic Black lineup. Now, only one.

Mike


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: BarrySimon615]
      #5658327 - 02/02/13 03:12 PM Attachment (46 downloads)

Thanks! Here's the whole thread describing the making of the scope. I'll include a shot of it here, too.

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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: PaulEK]
      #5658334 - 02/02/13 03:16 PM

The post above was in response to:

"I am interested in seeing more of the scope that you have the AT72ED mounted on. Curious too about the handles/mounting rails on that larger red scope. Picture please!

Barry Simon"

(I guess I have to learn to embed quotes; I thought I had.)


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: PaulEK]
      #5658349 - 02/02/13 03:23 PM

Since a professional telescope has been depicted (in violation of the TOS, unfortunately), how about this one?

http://www.astro.caltech.edu/palomar/images/halefull.jpg

Dave Mitsky


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5658374 - 02/02/13 03:37 PM

I don't know how to put links or pictures in a post...I'm somewhat computer illiterate. Files, folders, Mb, Kb, Gb, But I'm really good at surfing and clicking "add to cart".

I still think of Ron Ravneberg who passed away in 2009. Go to the ATM forum and in a sticky can be found the memorial gallery of Ron's work. Absolutely beautiful telescopes.

Best, Linda B.


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Agatha]
      #5658475 - 02/02/13 04:44 PM

this guy has some great ideas for artistic scopes.

Heinrich Eder

and his parabolic marble


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Pinbout]
      #5658612 - 02/02/13 05:56 PM

Quote:

this guy has some great ideas for artistic scopes.

Heinrich Eder

and his [url=http://www.youtube.com
/watch?v=vMCJEugu6HE]parabolic marble[/url]



Awesome scopes ,and the music on that video is awesome too...I wonder who plays that song ???


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: bouffetout]
      #5658656 - 02/02/13 06:15 PM

Surely the Questar 7 was intentionally made to look like a lander!

The black Celestrons - I have owned three of the four. I wish I still had them! GW


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: bouffetout]
      #5658662 - 02/02/13 06:17 PM Attachment (35 downloads)

ANY TAKAHASHI. Here's my CN 212, just because of the outstanding, unequaled optical quality.

Look thru your telescope.....Not at them!!!


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Agatha]
      #5658673 - 02/02/13 06:21 PM

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....................I still think of Ron Ravneberg who passed away in 2009. Go to the ATM forum and in a sticky can be found the memorial gallery of Ron's work. Absolutely beautiful telescopes.

Best, Linda B.




Mr. Ravneberg had some very nice scopes.
Sometime in the future, I would like to replicate his version of portable observatory screens; which if I recall correctly, can be found in the photo gallery on the Yahoo Questar forum.


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: bouffetout]
      #5658676 - 02/02/13 06:22 PM

I'm not much of a refractor guy, but I always have been drawn to the 94mm Brandon Vernonscopes.

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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: omahaastro]
      #5658682 - 02/02/13 06:26 PM

My 1957 3" f/10 alt-az newt, because it was mine.

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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Glen A W]
      #5658700 - 02/02/13 06:31 PM

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Surely the Questar 7 was intentionally made to look like a lander!




Not really, The portable pier was a separate entity made by Particle Wave Technologies.

Just for giggles, it might be interesting to make a video with some dry ice fog coming out of the base,
simulating pre lift off.


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Mike E.]
      #5659246 - 02/03/13 01:26 AM

In my personal opinion, the Hale telescope on Mt Palomar is the pretiest telescope on the planet.

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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5660034 - 02/03/13 01:53 PM Attachment (30 downloads)

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The prettiest, most beautiful scope is one sitting out at sunset where the skies are dark and clear. Those are the things memories are made of...

Jon



I can't agree more. When the skies were right, even this clunker was beautiful. Gone but not forgotten.


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Pinbout]
      #5660077 - 02/03/13 02:20 PM

Quote:

this guy has some great ideas for artistic scopes.

Heinrich Eder

and his parabolic marble




A great video with some amazing ATM telescopes!

Dave Mitsky


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Astrosetz]
      #5660090 - 02/03/13 02:24 PM

I still have my Celestron C4.5, a great, if overpriced at the time, little scope.

Dave Mitsky


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: tomharri]
      #5660211 - 02/03/13 03:35 PM Attachment (34 downloads)

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Look thru your telescope.....Not at them!!!




This one may not be the prettiest to look at but is sure is pretty to look through.


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Lorence]
      #5660444 - 02/03/13 05:44 PM

here's a really cool steampunk telescope

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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Pinbout]
      #5660457 - 02/03/13 05:48 PM Attachment (32 downloads)

and I'm still waiting for footbag to finish his steampunk scope...

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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Pinbout]
      #5660690 - 02/03/13 08:43 PM Attachment (36 downloads)

I've always thought the 3.5" Questars were very pretty scopes. Ron Ravneberg had a beautiful Questar, among his own scopes that were works of art in their own right. I'm also quite partial to my Obsession...

Edited by Markovich (02/03/13 08:47 PM)


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Markovich]
      #5661841 - 02/04/13 01:56 PM

Here's one that can stand with these scopes....
Captain Nemo's Telescope


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: azure1961p]
      #5662228 - 02/04/13 06:06 PM Attachment (42 downloads)

I'm partial to woodwork:

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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Starman1]
      #5662233 - 02/04/13 06:08 PM

And it's going to be hard to beat this one:
http://normandfullumtelescope.com/Gallery/displayimage.php?album=2&pos=3


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: FirstSight]
      #5662256 - 02/04/13 06:24 PM

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I like the spare minimalistic beauty of the TV NP-101. The aesthetics have a sort of Scandanavian-like sensibility that harmonizes user-friendly utility with beautiful, yet uncluttered lines and design.




The Ikea scopes!


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Starman1]
      #5662955 - 02/05/13 06:28 AM

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I'm partial to woodwork:




Here's a couple of scopes that are favorites of mine:

Father Joe's 4 inch F/5

Father Joe's 10 inch Dob

Father Joe is a catholic priest who teaches at a school in Kenya. His astronomy budget is $10/month... His scopes are the most creative use materials I have seen in a long time..

Those scopes remind me just how spoiled I am..

Jon


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5666309 - 02/07/13 12:23 AM

I think the TOA-130 is a gorgeous scope. It has really nice proportions. Something about that red accent on the dew shield makes it stand out. The scope just begs you to look through it.

The FSQ-106 also -- looks like fine jewelery or something.


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5666357 - 02/07/13 01:17 AM

Jon, thanks for the links to Father Joe's telescopes. Fine examples of wabi-sabi. You have the gift of being multi-aesthetic.

Geoff


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Starman1]
      #5668046 - 02/07/13 10:57 PM

I have to agree with Don about the woodwork. I've seen some Newts that look like some of the finest craftsmanship a pro woodworker could produce.

And, I also like the understated elegance of a fine refractor like an AP, TMB, TEC or Tak. No specific model, though.


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #5668791 - 02/08/13 11:33 AM Attachment (47 downloads)

I've gotta go with this one, and in this finish. No bling, just understated elegance in fine proportions. My heart has not wandered since she's been mine - as for my eyes..... well, that might be a different story.

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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #5672609 - 02/10/13 04:07 PM Attachment (33 downloads)

It's not a Clark, but it is a big refractor! One of our clubs, SLAS, scopes.

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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Bill Cowles]
      #5672707 - 02/10/13 05:09 PM

Hmm. I originally voted for the Skylight black and brass tubes, but now they're even prettier!



More info here: AR101/15 thread

Ant

Edited by Spyke (02/10/13 05:35 PM)


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Agatha]
      #5695980 - 02/23/13 02:09 AM Attachment (29 downloads)

Zeiss Telementor on Zeiss 'T' Mount .
Beautiful .
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: beanerds]
      #5695998 - 02/23/13 02:42 AM

Oh that's gorgeous Brian!

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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: R Botero]
      #5696005 - 02/23/13 02:55 AM

Purple and Pink should be reserved for the females...just not right for a MAN's scope.....PERIOD!!

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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: barasits]
      #5696049 - 02/23/13 04:28 AM

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Jon, thanks for the links to Father Joe's telescopes. Fine examples of wabi-sabi. You have the gift of being multi-aesthetic.

Geoff




I'm no expert, but I feel like this concept is often misunderstood in the West. Wabi sabi is nuanced, and, as was once noted about obscenity, is easier to recognize than to explain. Moreover, one should not be too rigid regarding language, recognizing that it lives and evolves.

But I think the term doesn't apply readily here. Although rusticity, function, and often hand-manufacture are at the core of wabi sabi, it is crucial that the rusticity be organic. Also, scientific instruments like telescopes are, by their nature, displays of "left brain" striving and doing, rather than the stillness and serenity of simply being. A combination of organic physicality and, shall we say, atemporal consciousness, is requisite for the term to apply.

This is not to detract an iota from the philosophical and technical respect these scopes deserve. But intentionality/consciousness aside, the term wabi sabi is somewhat specific, and sawn plywood and shiny threaded bolts are its diametric opposite. Anything shiny, like a mirror or glass, is also out, IMO.

The Harry Potter and LOTR aesthetics, which at first glance might seem chock full of wabi sabi with their gnarled wooden staffs and wands, are a bit more complicated. In my mind, it comes down to intentionality. Our brain waves differ when applying intentionality, as opposed to simply being. So I think the Hobbit house, a place of dwelling, is drenched in WS, as are chairs, tables, etc. But a looking glass, or Gandalf's staff (shiny crystal) are not. Even a plain wooden magic wand is disqualified due to its association with temporal power.

Wait, but isn't a tea ceremony doing, rather than being? No, the reason they practice it so much is to achieve a state where one is physically doing, but without temporal intentionality.

I know this has nothing to do with astronomy, but it is a thread on aesthetics. Besides, I can't sleep.
This concludes my insomniac rant.

Clear skies,
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: SKYGZR]
      #5696055 - 02/23/13 04:40 AM

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Purple and Pink should be reserved for the females...just not right for a MAN's scope.....PERIOD!!




I think your monitor calibration is a bit off. I see a weird shade of orange and a darker shade of pastel blue (unless we are not referring to the same scope)


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Hilmi]
      #5696396 - 02/23/13 11:19 AM

Being a mechanical engineer I would have to say a Questar. Gorgeous mechanics that are very useful.

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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Starman1]
      #5696438 - 02/23/13 11:43 AM

Wood is pretty...



...for furniture, but for telescopes I like 'em tubed...





Though not all tubes are so lovely...





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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: jrbarnett]
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Pretty scopes look better when it is dark.....

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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: EddWen]
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I thought I would add my vote: Questar 7

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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Dwight J]
      #5700030 - 02/25/13 03:15 PM

I am not really a purple lover but I think that Barry Simon's "purple planet eater" is just beautiful. I love the originality and the workmanship. I also love red telescopes. The red ones that have been shown are stunning.

Best, Linda B.


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Agatha]
      #5700048 - 02/25/13 03:26 PM

Many years ago (1980s?) John Gregory brought a folded 8-inch refractor on a Springfield mount to the Texas Star Party. The 8-inch scope had a 4-inch refractor "piggybacked" that could be selected with a flip mirror so you didn't have to move from the eyepiece. John had even configured beam splitter optics that could be switched on or off to reveal the RA and Dec circle positions directly in the field of view!

The OTA was one-piece, 8-inch and 4-inch refractors in one assembly, and with a fixed eyepiece Springfield mount, it was a true work of art. I'm sure I still have some old pictures (no images), and from what I've been able to find out online, the scope was donated to the McDonald Observatory visitor's center.

Does someone have an image to post?


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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Agatha]
      #5700049 - 02/25/13 03:26 PM

Check this out from astromart:
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: csrlice12]
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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5701938 - 02/26/13 04:00 PM

Very cool scopes Jon.

What is it they say about "necessity" & "invention"?

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Re: Prettiest scope ever? new [Re: Pinbout]
      #5701973 - 02/26/13 04:13 PM

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and I'm still waiting for footbag to finish his steampunk scope...




It's coming. Grinding the mirror is taking a lot longer then I expected. I am afraid to build the tube until I figure out he exact specs of my finished mirror. I don't want to build the base until I finish the tube.

In the meantime, Tucker is learning his planets, but still has sticky fingers. Literally.


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