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

Mmmmmm....

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Astrojensen
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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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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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ed_turco
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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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rguasto
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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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