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kfiscus
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What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types?
      #5575069 - 12/17/12 01:04 AM

I popped in after seeing the "ALERT! Abandonded Scope Found" thread started. I would imagine it would be finding a Garden Scope. Am I right? I'm always hoping one turns up on "Antique Roadshow" or "American Pickers"...

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clintwhitman
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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: kfiscus]
      #5575112 - 12/17/12 02:22 AM Attachment (75 downloads)

Holy Grail? I have found a couple of MY holy grails. This one fell out of the sky & I will never top. The Pearl 228mm F10.6 Nasa Glass AP one of one Roland built in the 1980s. Thanks to all my friends here that helped me in its restoration and completion efforts.
(aveman


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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: clintwhitman]
      #5575113 - 12/17/12 02:24 AM Attachment (63 downloads)

After many hours of machining and design work the hands on end is nearing completion.

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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: clintwhitman]
      #5575235 - 12/17/12 06:28 AM Attachment (53 downloads)

hmmm Porter Garden scope or a treasure like the pearl? Neither are realistic finds here in Oz. I think it would have to be a large Fullerscopes or Broadhurst Clarkson long focus achromat. In the meantime I have my un-named victorian brass parlour telescope.

Edited by JonH (12/17/12 06:30 AM)


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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: JonH]
      #5575257 - 12/17/12 07:09 AM

For me, it was/is my 4" Unitron. Something obtainable, but not all that easy to find a nice complete example of. I also like the older ones (circa 1960), and was lucky to find a 155 (w/2.4mm guidescope, sliding weight) about 300 miles from me. As an added bonus, my son lived about 60 miles from the scope so he was able to go with me to pick it up and then I stayed at his place overnight.

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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: sgorton99]
      #5575396 - 12/17/12 09:09 AM

One of our members on CN (sorry, can't remember his name) had a Porter Garden Scope at our NEAF classic telescope exhibit. It was impressive, as art. He said its great to look at, but not a great telescope.

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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: bierbelly]
      #5575434 - 12/17/12 09:34 AM

I would love to have the C14 that Johhny Carson owned, how cool would that be?

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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: Zoomster]
      #5575715 - 12/17/12 01:17 PM

Quote:

I would love to have the C14 that Johhny Carson owned, how cool would that be?






For me, a C22 but the chances of (1) finding one over here and (2) having the cash to but it if I did and (3) getting it past the CFO means this will stay a pipe dream.

James


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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: Masvingo]
      #5575721 - 12/17/12 01:22 PM

The Hale telescope on Mt. Palomar would be good.

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StarWrangler
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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: Masvingo]
      #5575730 - 12/17/12 01:31 PM

Quote:

Quote:

I would love to have the C14 that Johhny Carson owned, how cool would that be?






For me, a C22 but the chances of (1) finding one over here and (2) having the cash to but it if I did and (3) getting it past the CFO means this will stay a pipe dream.

James




"I would love to have the C14 that Johhny Carson owned, how cool would that be?"

Johhny Carson was once asked if he wasn't in show bisness what he would do, he said he would do somsthing in Astronomy.

Alan O
PS: not sure how to post quotes.


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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: Masvingo]
      #5575732 - 12/17/12 01:32 PM

For me, a Victorian reflector for our Victorian house... Like the one in Scotland. Except I doubt I could afford to get that here, assuming it were for sale and nobody there wanted it. (If any of these impressions are wrong, by all means let me know!)

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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: tim53]
      #5575790 - 12/17/12 02:17 PM

a 6" unitron complete with 4" guidescope, metal pier. wieght drive and in mint condition.

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StarWrangler
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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: Masvingo]
      #5575804 - 12/17/12 02:26 PM

Johnny Carsons 14 inch

http://loron91423.tripod.com/

Alan O.


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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: StarWrangler]
      #5575880 - 12/17/12 03:19 PM

I already have that, my Cave 12.5" Astrola. But a questar would fit into the overhead bin on a plane a lot easier I guess.

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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: dgreyson]
      #5575889 - 12/17/12 03:26 PM

Holy Grail, eh? I am not much of a refractor dude, but I would still have to say a big Unitron or a Tasco 20TE (which I would rather have than a 4-inch Unitron Photo Equatorial). I guess it's a good thing I'm not in the position to afford or buy one. As Mr. Spock said, “After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true.”



Edited by rmollise (12/17/12 03:27 PM)


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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: rmollise]
      #5575915 - 12/17/12 03:44 PM

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As Mr. Spock said, “After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true.”






I have found this to be true for most women. Except one. The one I am now dating.


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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: starman876]
      #5575929 - 12/17/12 03:55 PM

This:



A Barry Crist miniature 10" Cave would go nice in front of my miniature Christmas tree.


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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: rmollise]
      #5575945 - 12/17/12 04:04 PM

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..... As Mr. Spock said, “After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true.”






I wouldn't agree with Mr. Spock, for me, the wanting to the acquiring period took 26 years from my first view through a Q7.
I am very pleased, except for the ensuing horrible weather we've experienced all year. Seems like a telescope here in the UK, gets about as much use as a surfboard in the desert.


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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: Mike E.]
      #5575962 - 12/17/12 04:15 PM



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Re: What's the Holy Grail for you Classic Forum types? new [Re: Mike E.]
      #5575973 - 12/17/12 04:21 PM

A 4 inch Unitron Photo Equatorial on the Unitron pier with the falling weight drive and 3 inch guide scope, beneath an Ash Dome in my own home's rooftop observatory entered by a spiral staircase.

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