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Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür!
      #5691008 - 02/20/13 02:23 PM

(Attention! There is knocking at my door!)


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5691014 - 02/20/13 02:25 PM

Was könnte es sein?
(What could it be?)


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5691016 - 02/20/13 02:28 PM

Something beginning with Z?

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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5691017 - 02/20/13 02:29 PM

please.

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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5691021 - 02/20/13 02:31 PM Attachment (61 downloads)

Ein Mann ließ gerade zwei Kästen!
(A man just left two boxes)



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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5691171 - 02/20/13 03:39 PM

From your signature, I would presume a Telementor. The box proportions don't appear right for a Telementor kit though ?

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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: Mike E.]
      #5691183 - 02/20/13 03:45 PM

Allus looken-peepers vant tu zsee das skope. Hopt tuit!

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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: Joe Cepleur]
      #5691194 - 02/20/13 03:51 PM

Looks to me like one would fit in those boxes just right.

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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: starman876]
      #5691310 - 02/20/13 04:45 PM Attachment (77 downloads)

Hmmmm, I think someone here might just be right. Voila

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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5691344 - 02/20/13 05:07 PM

Ausgezeichnet!!!

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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5691352 - 02/20/13 05:09 PM

Looking forward to a review... :-)

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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5691360 - 02/20/13 05:15 PM

Exquisite scope. You won't be needing those lowly Unitrons and Royal Astros any longer.

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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: CharlieB]
      #5691371 - 02/20/13 05:24 PM

beautiful scope Terra
congratulations.


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5691376 - 02/20/13 05:26 PM

Wunderbar, Superb.

Looking forward to hearing about first light.


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: Masvingo]
      #5691417 - 02/20/13 05:49 PM

Thank you all. I love it. Just been cleaning and lubricating the mount. It was a little stiff. Figuring out its eccentricities, etc. It's a beautiful scope. It's very different from anything I have ever had. It is built like a tank and in beautiful condition. It's amazing to think that this scope is 40 years old. There is scarcely a mark on it. It is very heavy. The tube is identical in diameter to a 3 inch Unitron tube. It didn't have a dustcap on the end so a little looking around in the pantry and I came up with a quick fix. A white Styrofoam coffee cup fits exactly in the end and the objective is recessed a good inch beyond the bottom of the cup. The rim of the cup butts up perfectly against the end of the tube and the cup is comfortably snug, not tight, yet not smooth enough to fall out. And you never have to worry about loosing the dust cap because there is an endless supply. I have a very nice vintage Unitron 0.965 diagonal that I put into the 0.965 visual back and I have a nice selection of really good 0.965 eyepieces to use with it. I am wondering if (please don't cringe) if I should order another telrad base to use with it. No it will not be stuck on, I use zip ties. Anyone use a telrad with one of these? The peep sight is cool looking but I have not had alot of luck with the equivalent one on my Lomo Astele (hence the telrad).

But don't worry. I am still and will always be a Unitron girl. I shall never forsake the Uni's as they were and will forever be my first love


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5691431 - 02/20/13 05:58 PM


Achtung Idiot
That was German :-)
That peep sight works really well. I use mine all the time. Always lines me up on what I want to look at. Never seen a Zeiss with a telrad on it. Just would wreck the looks. If you really want a finder scope then find the Zeiss one that fits the scope. Only about $400 when you can find them.


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: starman876]
      #5691472 - 02/20/13 06:20 PM

Zehr Schön

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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: Masvingo]
      #5691482 - 02/20/13 06:26 PM

Magnificent scope! Communism had its problems, but it's interesting to see what those societies got right. Children pretty much universally attended summer camp, which was good for their growth, despite the "Young Pioneers" programming. East German schools taught astronomy with these beautiful Telementors, although it must be said that these scopes were made by a company scavenged from the pre-War West. The country was an economic disaster, yet look at these good things they tried to do for their children. Their hearts were at least partly in the right place.

Terra, that scope is in the right place now, in your living room and under your skies.


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5691497 - 02/20/13 06:36 PM

Fantastic! Congratulations on the new scope. It looks to be in top condition. I narrowly missed one on EvilBay last year and I will regret it forever even though they are more common here in Europe. Enjoy it!

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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: R Botero]
      #5691533 - 02/20/13 06:52 PM

My hunch was right when I saw the post. Yes, they are well made like a BMW telescope. One of the few scopes I would really like to own. Enjoy that scope. A guy from my home town had one, used it a few times. Looked just like yours!

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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: bremms]
      #5691586 - 02/20/13 07:33 PM

Where does the optical tube end - and the dew shield begin? Or is that objective recess "built-in"?

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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: starman876]
      #5691591 - 02/20/13 07:34 PM

Ruled out the Telrad. It just wouldn't look right. Also the Zeiss finder is ruled out. No 400 dollar finders for me either. I think the peep site used in conjunction with a 40 mm eyepiece will be sufficient to find what I want to see. I do think I might machine an adapter that would thread to the T2 thread on the Zeiss visual back and to the Unitron Unihex on the other. That would be cool.

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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: Bob Myler]
      #5691605 - 02/20/13 07:42 PM

No dew shield. That's part of the design. The objective cell slides into the tube a distance of about 6 inches and is held in with set screws.

Terra


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: bremms]
      #5691707 - 02/20/13 08:29 PM

A wonderful addition to your collection.
My Wife and I are very happy with the T2 model.


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: Mike E.]
      #5691754 - 02/20/13 08:58 PM

Congratulations on your find. I' sure you will enjoy it.

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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: bogg]
      #5691930 - 02/20/13 11:01 PM

Thank you, I am very much looking forward to using it. She's a beaut!

Terra


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5691973 - 02/20/13 11:26 PM

Beautiful scope! Looking at the boxes, it's amazing what you can get from Home Depot these days...

Dave


Edited by davebl (02/20/13 11:26 PM)


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5691978 - 02/20/13 11:27 PM

You could mount a telrad with velcro for quick on/off just don't ever post a pic on this site :>)

Jim


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5692047 - 02/21/13 12:21 AM

Hallo,

ein sehr schönes , kleines Gerät mit dem Du trotz der kleinen Öffnung viel Freude haben wirst !
Glückwunsch !

MfG Michael


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5692199 - 02/21/13 05:20 AM

Wow Terra..I am jealous

Beautiful Scope. Enjoy !


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: stevenk]
      #5692206 - 02/21/13 05:32 AM

very nice terra....weather been so bad here still have not looked through mine...soon
congrats, looks in great condition sitting there in good weather...


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: mustgobigger]
      #5692280 - 02/21/13 07:22 AM

Nice scope Terra. Congrats!

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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: Joe Cepleur]
      #5692449 - 02/21/13 10:06 AM

Magnificent scope.

Their political experiments were disasters but they certainly crafted fine machinery of all types.

Now my poor Sears classic will have an inferority complex!


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: Grava T]
      #5692464 - 02/21/13 10:15 AM

Congrats with the new baby Terra !

I bought my T2 in November last year, and have been very happy with the quality and performance of the telescope.

I found it difficult to use the gunsights for faint objects, so I did at first strip on a Telrad -- which worked fine, but was a sharp pain in the lower back to look at...

I've since invested in a 7.5x42 Zeiss rotating finder plus a Zeiss H-40mm eyepiece (for my eyepiece turret), and that's a very good combination for zooming in on any object. Recommended, yes - but not cheap.

Like you, I have been contemplating a solution for attaching a unihex to the Telementor; My starting point would be to use some adapters from the Baader T-2 system, but there's no "out of the box" solution, it will require some tweaking.

On the other hand, I think I've found a straight forward solution for putting my 3" Uni OTA on the T-Mount, and using my Zeiss visual backends (EP revolver, bino and more) on the Uni-Mator. I'm working on that these days -- need to order some adapters though, to get first light.

Allan


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: BigC]
      #5692470 - 02/21/13 10:19 AM

I awakened this morning to the image in my mind's eye of Terra's photograph of her new scope. Like the Apollo lunar lander or a C8, the Telementor takes on an odd, industrial beauty by being crafted for a special purpose. One can see in its design and construction how it was meant to be reliable and durable despite handling by generations of school children. Interesting problem in engineering: Protect fine optics from the well-intended fury of so many young hands! Ten-ton tube, beefy mount, big knobs... love it! It will serve well for ages, and outlive us all. Did you see the thread about the antique Ramsden telescope from hundreds of years ago? Terra's scope will be seen similarly here on Cloudy Nights in two-hundred years!

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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5692572 - 02/21/13 11:40 AM

Very nice. I have a T1 that continues to surprise me with it's views and simple, elegant engineering. As folks have said, built like a tank.

Any added goodies in those boxes?

Bob


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: Joe Cepleur]
      #5692935 - 02/21/13 03:22 PM

Quote:

Magnificent scope! Communism had its problems, but it's interesting to see what those societies got right. Children pretty much universally attended summer camp, which was good for their growth, despite the "Young Pioneers" programming. East German schools taught astronomy with these beautiful Telementors, although it must be said that these scopes were made by a company scavenged from the pre-War West. The country was an economic disaster, yet look at these good things they tried to do for their children. Their hearts were at least partly in the right place.

Terra, that scope is in the right place now, in your living room and under your skies.




Wars are fought by govenments; children are educated by people......that is the difference....


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: AllanDystrup]
      #5692941 - 02/21/13 03:25 PM Attachment (17 downloads)

Hi Allan,

I haven't solved the problem of using the Unihex with the Telementor yet, that will tale some time on the lathe to make an adapter ring with the T-2 thread on one side and the Unitron thread on the other, however I did a simple little project today to make a fully rotatable finder. here is a finder ring I made from a 90mm tube ring, and some heavy adhesive backed furniture felt. I replaced the felt in the hinged tube ring with thicker self stick felt and now the ring fits the Telementor tube perfectly. Then I took a standard finder shoe, drilled and countersunk a center hole and attached the finder shoe to the tube ring. Now any of my finders, optical or red-dot can be easily attached to the Telementor.


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: bremms]
      #5692943 - 02/21/13 03:25 PM

Quote:

My hunch was right when I saw the post. Yes, they are well made like a BMW telescope. One of the few scopes I would really like to own. Enjoy that scope. A guy from my home town had one, used it a few times. Looked just like yours!




You mean it has to go into the shop every month, and costs $1000 to fix?


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: bierbelly]
      #5693063 - 02/21/13 04:26 PM

Maybe if poorly taken care of.. You own one? I have a 1999 M3 the previous owner abused this car and its still a great car.
I take it to the track, drive it VERY hard and at 104k it uses no oil and dynos 212hp at the wheels. That's more than new. Rather have to work on it a bit(do my own work.) and walk over hot coals than drive a Camry or the like.


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: Joe Cepleur]
      #5693075 - 02/21/13 04:30 PM

Hi Joe,
I was a kid of the cold war for sure. I remember the "missles of October" and all that scary stuff that went on back then. So yes, this is an interesting acquisition for my collection, along with my Russian Lomo. The Lomo was made a few years after the USSR dissolved, but this Zeiss was made "behind the Iron Curtain" during the height of all of that crazy stuff. But it was made to educate as you say, not to eradicate and that is neat. That and all the fine German engineering and old world craftsmanship make this scope wonderful. Its totally different from everything else in my collection, has a whole different look, industrial and utilitarian, but at the same time sort of pop art and whimsical with the pretty red and blue accents.

The weather hasn't improved to the degree that I have been able to look through it at anything but the trees down the street. Shortly after I took the picture of the scope set up outside yesterday afternoon, the temperature dropped from the low 30s (0Cs) down into the upper 20s (~ -3C) and it clouded over. Hopefully the new telescope curse will end soon, I have to get this scope set up on Jupiter!

Terra


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: bremms]
      #5693090 - 02/21/13 04:35 PM

Thank you all for all of your nice complements on my new/old Zeiss Telementor.

Danke jeder für alle feinen complimente auf meinem Zeiss fernrohr.

Terra


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5693295 - 02/21/13 06:26 PM

I know my Telementor does a wonderfully viewing Jupiter. Hope your Telementor performs the same way. I have even been thinking of mounting two of them as a binocular Telementor. I once tried that with two AR6 refractors and two Meade SN6 but soon realized I needed a stronger structure to hold such scopes. However two telementors should work just fine on a Losmandy dual saddle and a few diagonals. Will not be true binocular vission, but close enough.

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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: starman876]
      #5693626 - 02/21/13 09:47 PM

Hope you had clear skies tonight Terra. The rest of the week does not look so good.

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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5693828 - 02/22/13 12:10 AM Attachment (18 downloads)

I am mostly attracted to Japanese technology... but German engineering has its place Three Lakes campsite 6,500' across from the South Sister, above Sisters Oregon.

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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5693972 - 02/22/13 03:15 AM Attachment (14 downloads)

Hi Terra,

That's a very neat solution to "the rotating finder problem" ! I've used the same design to put a small MR reflex-finder on my Uni 114 -- looks and works great, without irreversible change to the OTA.

I'll show you another solution, that the previous (first) owner of my T2 came up with; The principle is basically the same as used in mounting a Zeiss 7½x42 finder to the tube, that is "clamping" the finder mount between the telecsope tube and the thread-on focuser/backend. As finder mount he used a simple off the shelf angle iron, cut out a hole with a diameter of the focuser thread on one side, and mounted a dovetail shoe on the other side, Et voilá! (see pic. -- one of the Zeiss finder too, for comparison).

The mount is roughly made by hand, but nicely finished, with felt on the tip of the screw holding the finder shoe, so it slides smothely above the tube. It actually works great.

If by chance you should decide to start a series production of Terra [T-2|Unitron] (R) adapter, write me up as a customer; I realize though that there's probably enough work on the lathe to make just one of those.

Allan

Edited by AllanDystrup (02/22/13 09:19 AM)


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: bremms]
      #5694112 - 02/22/13 07:28 AM

Das ist der beste 63mm fernrohr!

A Perfect achromat, all Zeiss were made to perfection as close as they possibly could get.



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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: Napersky]
      #5694174 - 02/22/13 08:27 AM

Love the Westie!! Actually I love Italian cars. In 34 years, had 3 Alfas, 4 Fiats, 2 Lancias, sadly no Ferraris or Lambos. Alfas are getting scarce here in the states so I defected to a BMW... Have a fondness for Swedish cars too.
I do drive a Lotus Seven replica with the heart of a Volvo 240.
I think the Zeiss T gives you insight into German engineering. Striving for perfection. Frustrated rocket scientists..


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: bremms]
      #5694581 - 02/22/13 12:15 PM

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Maybe if poorly taken care of.. You own one? I have a 1999 M3 the previous owner abused this car and its still a great car.
I take it to the track, drive it VERY hard and at 104k it uses no oil and dynos 212hp at the wheels. That's more than new. Rather have to work on it a bit(do my own work.) and walk over hot coals than drive a Camry or the like.




Had a 2003 330i, dealer maintained. Would NEVER own another. Got rid of it when it blew two, count them TWO, oil seals in the same trip, with less than 60K on the clock. That was the last straw.

We return you now to our regularly scheduled thread, already in progress...


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: bremms]
      #5694582 - 02/22/13 12:16 PM

Congrats on a superb classic !
Shiny " New Old Stock " refractor or what ?


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5694968 - 02/22/13 03:19 PM

Terra, congratulation for a nice little beauty. Just couple of weeks ago I completed mine:



Telementor with Zeiss terrestrial prism

I got a lens from my friend last summer. Already the first night was wonderful, definitely one of top 3 of all my observing sessions: here. Not only DSO, also planets and Moon are fun. Here are couple of my sketches (sorry, the web page is in czech only): C63/840.

Unfortunately, due to extremely cloudy winter, I observed only one night with complete Telementor set and it was for less than one hour before another clouds came. I spent all the time on M13. Combination with TMB monocentric 16mm almost brought me to extasy. The purity and sharpness of the image was exceptional(btw, this combo gives probably the smallest practical number of glass-to-air surfaces). Then, in combination with ATC1.5x barlow (about 80x), I could glimpse first cluster members with averted vision. No sign of galaxy NGC6207 though (probably due to slight haze which is in combination with city light galaxy killer).


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: starman876]
      #5695155 - 02/22/13 04:55 PM

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Hope you had clear skies tonight Terra. The rest of the week does not look so good.




Nope, we had an ice storm last night, though not a bad one, and it has rained on and off and been totally cloudy and gray all day today. Nearly sunset and still no change. Maybe this weekend, however,I fear the new telescope curse has taken hold.

Terra


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: AllanDystrup]
      #5695162 - 02/22/13 04:59 PM

Hi Allen,

The rotating ring works great. I can position it however I want given the scope position and I can support any of my finders. I like that. I prefer my 9x50 straight through. Your plan B is really cool too. I'll stick with this setup though because I already have it and it works very well. Thanks for the suggestions.

Terra


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5695166 - 02/22/13 05:01 PM

Looks like a great way to mount a finder on a Zeiss.
the germans will be envious.


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: strdst]
      #5695168 - 02/22/13 05:02 PM

Hi Keith,

I see you have your Telementor mount set up as an alt-az. Do you like it that way? Does it work well? I too was contemplating that for an option.

Terra


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: Sasa]
      #5695613 - 02/22/13 08:49 PM

Thank you Sasa. You have done a beautiful job putting your Telementor together. I can't wait to catch up with you in getting some time under clear and stable skies with mine. The weather thus far has not been cooperative however. Hopefully tomorrow night.

Terra


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5697661 - 02/24/13 12:54 AM

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Hi Keith,

I see you have your Telementor mount set up as an alt-az. Do you like it that way? Does it work well? I too was contemplating that for an option.
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Terra




Yes, I do. I guess I was pretty good with my Etch-A-Sketch when I was kid. Adjusting altitude and azimuth is only difficult because I have many different scopes and mounts which leads to a bit of fumbling in the dark. With too many trees in my yard I need to move about to see all parts of the sky. Alt/az works. I've considered clear cutting around my house but I have a dream of moving somewhere well to the southwest of here in a few years. Having trees is said to contribute to real estate value. Better keep 'em for now.

I agree that the Telementor just feels entirely different than most of the Japanese refractors. I like the stability of the mount and tripod, leather and all.


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: strdst]
      #5697716 - 02/24/13 02:22 AM Attachment (7 downloads)

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... Telementor mount set up as an alt-az. Do you like it that way ?




Very easy to switch the T-mount between AZ and EQ - takes ~5.sec with the right Allen/hex wrench. I find AZ handy for casual astro - and of course terrestrial - observing.

Allan


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: AllanDystrup]
      #5697722 - 02/24/13 02:38 AM

Sehr gut!

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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: herrointment]
      #5698952 - 02/24/13 09:28 PM

Terra
Nice night tonight, a little cold & nearly full moon kinda spoils it. I hope your out giving that new pup a workout!
Larry


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: Larrythebrewer]
      #5699535 - 02/25/13 09:57 AM

It was nice and clear but we had to go out and run some errands and when we got home it was 28 ugh! I just can't take it when it's below freezing. It won't be long tho. Lots of shoots of tulips and daffodils coming up in the garden. I can't wait for March!

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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: AllanDystrup]
      #5699841 - 02/25/13 01:20 PM

Hi Allan,

I got out the set of Allan wrenches and made the adjustment in 5 seconds like you said. Now I have a silky smooth alt-az mount with slow motions. Way better than a disk mount and seems much easier to pick up and move as well when the scope is not attached. So I can go from a three step set-up down to two. (1) carry out tripod and mount and level; (2) carry out scope and attach it to the dovetail. I'm gonna love this.

Thanks, Terra


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5700914 - 02/26/13 02:01 AM

Yes Terra, that's actually the way I do it too, when using the T-mount :-). The hex nut is an obvious and yet ingenious way to swap between AZ and EQ -- can't help wondering why other firms haven't invented / adopted that ...

I've subsequently bought a TM-mount to get a drive option for longer observation sessions at the telescope (I couldn't find a motor unit for sale, so I bought a full mount); When switching to TM, I use the 3-step algorithm...

CS,
Allan

Edited by AllanDystrup (02/26/13 02:13 AM)


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: AllanDystrup]
      #5700990 - 02/26/13 03:57 AM

Never really liked altaz mounts myself. I prefer equatorials. Oddly enough, I love my dobsonian, despite this contradiction.

But Terra, why aren't you a member of the 60mm club? http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/60mmtelescopeclub/

Both Allan and I are members. Lots of nice people there, who like to observe with small telescopes. Quite a few Unitron and Zeiss Telementor owners.


Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark


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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: Astrojensen]
      #5701228 - 02/26/13 09:21 AM

Thanks Thomas. Actually, I am a member of that group and have been for some time but I haven't spent much time there or posted in the group. That will have to change now that I know I have two friends there.

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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5701297 - 02/26/13 10:00 AM

Sounds great! Actually, there are quite a few CN classic scope forum members in that group. Right now I can think of at least eight, plus some CN members that are active in the CN observer forums.


Clear skies!
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Re: Achtung! Klopft an meiner Tür! new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5701544 - 02/26/13 12:14 PM

Very nice. Love those scopes.

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