Last look at a classic in original condition.
Posted 24 March 2007 - 06:10 PM
I've put up a quick web page to provide a last look at a classic scope in original condition.
I intend to refurbish the mount and OTA for now. I am doing a bit of research into building an adjustable height pier for this thing to make it transportable. I'm also searching for an original Cave observatory pier for it. If one cannot be located I'll build one based on pictures and drawings.
Posted 24 March 2007 - 06:31 PM
Posted 24 March 2007 - 06:41 PM
Posted 24 March 2007 - 07:02 PM
Posted 24 March 2007 - 08:27 PM
I agree that the tripod induces a sickening feeling in the stomach. A good stiff breeze might send the whole thing toppling over! Or one of those toothpick legs could buckle and snap!
Amazing scope though. What is the objective like, quality wise?
Regards and clear skies,
Posted 25 March 2007 - 12:38 AM
Posted 25 March 2007 - 01:10 AM
Posted 25 March 2007 - 04:27 PM
As for where I got the setup, check out Astromart ad #451851. This thing was up for sale for two months. Plenty of people wanted the OTA while others wanted the mount and some wanted other bits and pieces or the original eyepieces that came with it. The seller refused to break it up and required "pick up only". I contacted a friend who could pick it up for me and closed the deal. I've been in the hobby since 1996 and this is the only Cave refractor I've ever seen for sale.
Optically the scope is great. It was slightly out of collimation as there is no provision for collimating it. During my efforts at refurbishing the OTA I'll elongate the focuser and objective mounting holes to provide a means to collimate it properly.
I have only used the scope in moderately light polluted skies. I can see all stars in the Little Dipper naked eye with some effort. I have easily observed stars E & F in the Trapezium and I can easily make out Rhea, Thethys and Dione. I believe I also saw Enceladus one night during moments of exceptional seeing but I never checked a chart to confirm it. The objective is dated 11-75 and was made by A. Jaegers. So far I am very happy with it. Once properly collimated I will begin working on the AL Double Star observing program.
Now I just need an observatory so I can leave it set up permanently. Removing and storing the OTA is fairly easy but I have to stand on a ladder to do it because the top of the pier is taller than I am.