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jwaldo
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5434927 - 09/22/12 06:58 PM

Man, I was all psyched up for PATS until I realized that I'm going to be eating nothing but top ramen all month if I don't go, and not even that if I do.

The things I do for science...


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tim53
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Loc: Highland Park, CA
Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5434955 - 09/22/12 07:14 PM

Neither opt or woodland hills has the adapter

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Bill Griffith
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5435004 - 09/22/12 07:52 PM

Yeah,I've had one ordered through OPT for a month now.

I'll machine one someday but my old lathes only do USS or SAE threading. I'm able to single point thread a theoretical metric, but by the time I purchase stock and machine I could buy 2 or 3 for the same cost.

I checked with Vixen on Thurs. and they assured me that they would be in stock by that time and would bring them to PATS. Sorry!


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tim53
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: Bill Griffith]
      #5646526 - 01/27/13 05:42 PM Attachment (25 downloads)

This is sad, but not too sad!

The 12.5", packed irretrievably behind a bunch of movie equipment in my garage... I didn't think ANYTHING could make that scope look "small"!


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PiSigma
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5646770 - 01/27/13 07:34 PM

Whatcha makin' a movie about Tim?

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tim53
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: PiSigma]
      #5646925 - 01/27/13 08:55 PM

Hi Jon:

It's not me. We're renting our house to a movie crew. We're in our guest house for 4 more weeks! I could use my other scopes from my shop on the weekends (we can't make noise during the week), but my wife and I have been going out of town to unwind on the weekends.

-Tim.


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Ducky62
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Reged: 10/31/10

Loc: The ATL
Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5646989 - 01/27/13 09:32 PM

Will this be the third picture filmed at your house?

To keep this "classic telescope"-related are they using any of yours as props?


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Steve_M_M
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: Ducky62]
      #5647036 - 01/27/13 10:01 PM

Quote:

Will this be the third picture filmed at your house?

To keep this "classic telescope"-related are they using any of yours as props?




How did you find that? Very cool.


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tim53
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: Steve_M_M]
      #5647178 - 01/27/13 11:31 PM Attachment (20 downloads)

No, there were others:

"H.O.T.S.", 1979 or 1980
"Coyote Ugly", 2000 (no filming at the house or pics of the house)
"Thecampushouse.com", 2001
"Dark Reel", 2008

We moved here in 1997. All the stuff since we moved in were single-day thingys, with the CE being a single photograph in the garden.

They moved most of our stuff out, but they did ask me to leave a bunch of my binoculars that I've been collecting from swap meets over the past few years. My wife just told me they're still in there, and filming starts tomorrow. They also wanted to leave my moon globe and a small Mars globe on the shelf.

Don't know if I'll be able to find them in the movie when it comes out. Here's one of the pairs of binoculars that ought to be recognizable if it's used:


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tim53
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5647182 - 01/27/13 11:33 PM

Those are B&L 10x45s from about 1914 or 1917, can't remember off hand.

-Tim.


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Ducky62
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! [Re: tim53]
      #5647220 - 01/28/13 12:09 AM

Tim:

H.O.T.S. was filmed there? That makes 3 that I've seen. Spider Baby is a good flick and The Silent Scream has the incomparable Barbara Steele in it even if it is one of her lesser works.

I'll look for the binos and the globes if I see whatever the new movie is.


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GeneT
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5648637 - 01/28/13 04:31 PM

Quote:

What with the Bardou last week and the 2 Caves this, I'm averaging 1.5 telescope purchases a week! "hopefully" the trend will not be maintained, though!




Thanks for helping the economy!


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tim53
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: GeneT]
      #5648774 - 01/28/13 05:27 PM

I'm slackin'!

Haven't bought another telescope since at least Septober!

-Tim.


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dgreyson
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5649328 - 01/28/13 09:49 PM

Quote:

I'm slackin'!

Haven't bought another telescope since at least Septober!

-Tim.




There is a movie that covers this situation Tim: "Cheaper by the Dozen"


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Mike W
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5650930 - 01/29/13 06:49 PM Attachment (12 downloads)

Anybody know where I can get missing parts for my 12.5" mount? (1.5" shafts and Obs. base) It's missing the motor assemby though the back plate is there,R/A setting circle and tangent arm & clamp?

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Mike W
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Loc: Upstate NY
Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: Mike W]
      #5650934 - 01/29/13 06:50 PM Attachment (11 downloads)

Quote:

Anybody know where I can get missing parts for my 12.5" mount? (1.5" shafts and Obs. base) It's missing the motor assemby though the back plate is there,R/A setting circle and tangent arm & clamp?




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tim53
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: Mike W]
      #5898440 - 06/02/13 08:25 PM Attachment (13 downloads)

Wow, it's been a while since I posted to this thread. Poor 12.5" has been in the back of my garage since the movie people were here. Well, today I got it out and cleaned the tube some.

I needed to measure the swing of the OTA to see if it would fit in a 10x12 rolloff roof observatory. Well, it will, but only if that 10' is the inside dimension. That would probably give about 6" of clearance, which is probably plenty. But if I do put this scope in the observatory, I probably ought to make it 11x11 instead of 10x12, though that's a square foot bigger than the shed limit of 120 sq ft.

I might elect to keep this scope here and use it for planetary imaging/observing. It IS "portable", after all! And maybe instead put my 10" f/6 on the EM-500 mount in the observatory. Or something.

Anyway, I turtle waxed the tube on the 12.5". Came out pretty good, though there are a number of scratches in the gel coat that won't come out. Good enough that I don't think I'll do anything else to it. It's even pretty white still, whereas some of my old fiberglass tubes have faded to yellowish after all this time.

I still have repaints to do, like the focuser for sure. But the rest of the mount is in pretty decent shape paint-wise, though it's still somewhat dirty - especially the legs.


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tim53
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5898442 - 06/02/13 08:26 PM Attachment (10 downloads)

Doesn't really look much different, does it!?

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gelkin
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5898502 - 06/02/13 09:04 PM Attachment (9 downloads)

Boy Tim, what a gem. Would love to have a big Cave project right now. After seeing yours it just has to be a 12" on an observatory mount. Already have the roll off, just need a beast to put in it. Nice one you grabbed ahold of there.

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John Higbee
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5898628 - 06/02/13 10:27 PM

Beautiful job on the tube, Tim!

It'll be interesting to hear about how you'll get this to Cosmic Acres...

John


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