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philjay
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Reged: 12/02/09

Loc: UK Derby
A UK Classic
      #5546910 - 11/30/12 10:17 AM Attachment (51 downloads)

Now Im a refractor man usually but whilst at auction the other day I couldnt resist this little beauty - an Orion Optics UK 8" F6 Newt from late 80s early 90s I think. OO are checking the serial numbers for me to get the exact date.

The mirror needs re aluminising, images are a little milky, so taking it to OO next week they are only up the road from me.But what I saw of Jupitert the other night its a good performer. The mount is the Orion Optics basic EQ with a lovely great Beacon Hill wormwheel for the RA drive.

This has been a well treated and much loved scope and came complete with 2 volcano top circle T 1.25" eyepieces.

The RA drive ticks away happily and keeps the objects in view really well.

Cant wait to get the mirrors sorted and get viewing

Philjay


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Ed Holland
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 06/16/10

Loc: San Jose, CA and Oxford, UK
Re: A UK Classic new [Re: philjay]
      #5547174 - 11/30/12 01:00 PM

Lovely! Its nice to see some Brit stuff and members on the forum

I hope you get some great use out of the OO scope


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tim53
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Reged: 12/17/04

Loc: Highland Park, CA
Re: A UK Classic new [Re: Ed Holland]
      #5547178 - 11/30/12 01:02 PM

That looks like a nice, get-to-work kind of scope!

Tim


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desertrefugee
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 08/06/07

Loc: Arizona
Re: A UK Classic new [Re: tim53]
      #5547343 - 11/30/12 02:45 PM

Nice instrument!

But, being a southern US kind of fellow, I still can't get used to seeing the azimuth kicked up so high.

Enjoy it!


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philjay
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Reged: 12/02/09

Loc: UK Derby
Re: A UK Classic new [Re: desertrefugee]
      #5547494 - 11/30/12 04:40 PM Attachment (26 downloads)

Cheers guys,
Its a basic no nonsense scope, very little luxury and almost agricultural engineering, but they work superbly.

It has a rolled steel tube, a curved vane secondary holder and a very basic R&P focuser which I know I will have to fight the urge to change because it has no feel and tons of slack.

Once the mirrors have been recoated I shall be giving it a go on Jupiter for imaging I reckon.

The previous owner loved it as can be seen by the fitted boxes he made for it, tube in one mount in the other.

Heres a couple more shots

Edited by philjay (11/30/12 04:42 PM)


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philjay
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Reged: 12/02/09

Loc: UK Derby
Re: A UK Classic new [Re: desertrefugee]
      #5547498 - 11/30/12 04:43 PM Attachment (18 downloads)

Heres the RA drive

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philjay
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Reged: 12/02/09

Loc: UK Derby
Re: A UK Classic new [Re: philjay]
      #5547502 - 11/30/12 04:44 PM Attachment (19 downloads)

Heres the secondary holder, flat is missing because I have removed it for aluminising

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Spyke
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Reged: 07/22/03

Loc: Scotland
Re: A UK Classic new [Re: philjay]
      #5547603 - 11/30/12 06:08 PM

Interesting find. In the day those were much drooled over scopes!

Ant


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Rich (RLTYS)Moderator
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Reged: 12/18/04

Loc: New York (Long Island)
Re: A UK Classic new [Re: philjay]
      #5548376 - 12/01/12 07:49 AM

Good looking scope. LOL.

Rich (RLTYS)


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Andy Howie
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Reged: 09/10/05

Loc: Paisley, Scotland
Re: A UK Classic new [Re: Rich (RLTYS)]
      #5556811 - 12/06/12 02:24 AM

Now that takes me back to my youth !!
Lovely scope. Mount looks solid and a smashing big worm n gear. Trying to guesstimate the diameter of the gear........ 6"?? What does the motor run off. AC or DC ?

Andy.

Edited by Andy Howie (12/06/12 02:26 AM)


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philjay
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Reged: 12/02/09

Loc: UK Derby
Re: A UK Classic new [Re: Andy Howie]
      #5559169 - 12/07/12 11:59 AM

Hi Andy
The RA wheel is 6.5" diameter and the motor is 240 ac

I just got the mirrors back from recoating at Orion and had a word with John and BArry about its age, they reckon the serial number is from September 1996.


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