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Shannon s
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Uglist telescopes
      #5653058 - 01/30/13 07:25 PM

I love to see every ones pics of their family heirlooms. I would love to see some pictures of your most chopped up ugly refractors. Not in pieces but functioning loved and working telescopes. No nice pictures allowed.

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Jon Isaacs
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Re: Uglist telescopes new [Re: Shannon s]
      #5653173 - 01/30/13 08:40 PM

Quote:

I love to see every ones pics of their family heirlooms. I would love to see some pictures of your most chopped up ugly refractors. Not in pieces but functioning loved and working telescopes. No nice pictures allowed.




The most creative scope I have seen is this 4 inch F/5 built by Father Joseph Babendrier in Narobi, Kenya.

Father Joe's scope

It's a testament to what can be done when resources are slim.

Father Joe's scope on Astromart

Jon


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jrbarnett
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Re: Uglist telescopes new [Re: Shannon s]
      #5653363 - 01/30/13 10:40 PM

Ugliest telescopes? Wrong forum. You're looking for "Reflectors" next door.



- Jim


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mikey cee
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Re: Uglist telescopes new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5653375 - 01/30/13 10:47 PM Attachment (82 downloads)



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azure1961p
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Re: Uglist telescopes new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5653447 - 01/30/13 11:56 PM

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Ugliest telescopes? Wrong forum. You're looking for "Reflectors" next door.



- Jim




Yeah Id agree with that much as I live my reflector. But you know what's butt-ugly? I mean this'd be the girl who'd be 40 and still not kissed - my Televue Ranger. It's great to look through but it hasn't a gram of sex appeal I mean its positively... I don't know ... Dorky! It needs a sign taped to its back that sais "kick me". But - I love it. It's so darned sharp in focus I can forgive its ugliness for its wonderful IQ.

Pete


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jrbarnett
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Re: Uglist telescopes new [Re: azure1961p]
      #5653449 - 01/30/13 11:59 PM

Hmm. I think the Ranger looks pretty good. Now the TV60? That's f'ugly!



- Jim


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Jon Isaacs
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Re: Uglist telescopes new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5653624 - 01/31/13 05:33 AM

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Ugliest telescopes? Wrong forum. You're looking for "Reflectors" next door.



- Jim




Did you look at Father Joe's scope?

Jon


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Goodchild
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Re: Uglist telescopes new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5653771 - 01/31/13 08:07 AM

Quote:

Quote:

I love to see every ones pics of their family heirlooms. I would love to see some pictures of your most chopped up ugly refractors. Not in pieces but functioning loved and working telescopes. No nice pictures allowed.




The most creative scope I have seen is this 4 inch F/5 built by Father Joseph Babendrier in Narobi, Kenya.

Father Joe's scope

It's a testament to what can be done when resources are slim.

Father Joe's scope on Astromart

Jon





I'd say this qualifies!


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Jon Isaacs
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Re: Uglist telescopes new [Re: Goodchild]
      #5653815 - 01/31/13 08:42 AM

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I'd say this qualifies!





It's beautiful in it's own way and it certainly challenges me and hopefully everyone else to realize how spoiled we are.. Father Joe taught me something.

Jon


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bremms
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Re: Uglist telescopes new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5654287 - 01/31/13 01:01 PM

I will get flamed for this.. Most Dobs are not too pretty. The truss ones do look ok.. But...
Coulter Odyssey? Ugly.. Makes a shipping crate look ravishing.


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sg6
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Re: Uglist telescopes new [Re: bremms]
      #5654308 - 01/31/13 01:16 PM

That's easy, it is a reflector.

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csrlice12
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Re: Uglist telescopes new [Re: sg6]
      #5654804 - 01/31/13 06:05 PM

Gotta admit, I love my dob, but it's just a butt ugly cow looks wise to the 102XLT (which is a nice looking scope).

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jrbarnett
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Re: Uglist telescopes new [Re: bremms]
      #5654806 - 01/31/13 06:06 PM

Heck, I even find "pretty" reflectors to be crude, ungainly and, dare I say, ugly.



Imagine my aesthetic reaction to less comely boxes-with-poles-stuck-on-them reflectors.

And yes, I did learn something invaluable from Father Joe - no matter how hard up you are, there's no reason to settle for a reflector. Refractors are within reach of us all.

- Jim


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SteveG
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Re: Uglist telescopes new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5654822 - 01/31/13 06:12 PM

1. Dob's
2. Reflectors
3. SCT's

My ugly list....


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Shannon s
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Re: Uglist telescopes new [Re: SteveG]
      #5654909 - 01/31/13 07:10 PM

Father Joe's scope- Rat rod.

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KWB
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Re: Uglist telescopes new [Re: Shannon s]
      #5654932 - 01/31/13 07:34 PM

Remember the old adage that says one person's eye for beauty can be anothers eyesore.

I'd much rather look through a telescope that at one.


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Chris G
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Re: Uglist telescopes new [Re: Shannon s]
      #5654949 - 01/31/13 07:45 PM

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Father Joe's scope- Rat rod.




Great analogy!

I had one of those butt ugly Coulters but it had a great mirror. While low on the beauty scale it was high on the fun scale.


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jrbarnett
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Re: Uglist telescopes new [Re: KWB]
      #5654952 - 01/31/13 07:47 PM

What the heck is wrong with you, Kenny???



- Jim


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Scott BeithAdministrator
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Re: Uglist telescopes new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5654965 - 01/31/13 07:58 PM

Quote:

Quote:

I'd say this qualifies!





It's beautiful in it's own way and it certainly challenges me and hopefully everyone else to realize how spoiled we are.. Father Joe taught me something.

Jon




Same here.


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DCS
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Re: Uglist telescopes new [Re: Scott Beith]
      #5654973 - 01/31/13 08:07 PM

Truss dobs have a certain elegance to them - sort of an engineering appreciation aspect I suppose.

Sonotube based dobs, however, are indeed - very ugly.

-Pete


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KWB
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Re: Uglist telescopes new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5655025 - 01/31/13 08:36 PM

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What the heck is wrong with you, Kenny???



- Jim



I'm just a certified reflector freek,Jim.

In all sincerity,whatever floats anyone's boat as to what type scope design is easier on their eye,well I'm all for that!


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Jon Isaacs
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Re: Uglist telescopes new [Re: DCS]
      #5655054 - 01/31/13 08:50 PM

Quote:

Truss dobs have a certain elegance to them - sort of an engineering appreciation aspect I suppose.

Sonotube based dobs, however, are indeed - very ugly.

-Pete




There are very few telescopes that are more than simply well executed engineering designs with nice cosmetics. In generally they are products of the machine shop or a cabinet shop.

However, there are individuals like Stellafane winner Normand Fullum who his scopes to another level when it comes to art and craftsmanship.

Normand Fullum: 12.5 inch F/5 Tube Dob

Normand Fullum Galley

Jon Isaacs


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Dan Finnerty
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Loc: Pasadena, CA
Re: Uglist telescopes new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5655396 - 02/01/13 12:33 AM

Nice carpet though!

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