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#1 Mr Magoo

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Posted 07 April 2007 - 02:51 AM

There's a 1950" 12.5" f/8 mirror up on eBay, 12.5" Mirror . Would make an interesting restoration project if someone has an old instrument to put it in.

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Posted 07 April 2007 - 05:11 AM

A 12.5 inch F/6 is big enough... I have seen that 12.5 inch F/8 Cave at OPT, no thanks... :-)

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Posted 07 April 2007 - 06:25 AM

my friend has a Meade 12.5 inch f 6 from the 80's and it is in a rolloff roof observastory way to big for anything else :foreheadslap:

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Posted 07 April 2007 - 06:49 AM

my friend has a Meade 12.5 inch f 6 from the 80's and it is in a rolloff roof observastory way to big for anything else :foreheadslap:


I have one of the Meade 12.5 inch F/6's from that era... It gives great views but mostly it sits in the garage.

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Posted 07 April 2007 - 07:55 AM

Pics?

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Posted 07 April 2007 - 01:53 PM

Pics?

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Here's one of my favorite photos... Someone here modified it a bit and I like the results...

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Posted 07 April 2007 - 02:14 PM

Jon you have probably been asked this a few times. Could you tell me more about the large scope in the picture. My God I bet that mount gotta be a couple hundred pounds.
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Posted 07 April 2007 - 03:30 PM

Where do you think this mirror came from or out of what telescope? Was it sold for ATM'ers?

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Posted 07 April 2007 - 03:36 PM

Ken,
I dont know where this guy comes up with these items. But he is no short supply of all kinds of classic item, parts, eyepieces scopes whatever. Check out his other auctions you will see what I mean. Thats Keiths buddy. He buys off him often!
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Posted 07 April 2007 - 04:17 PM

Wayyyyyyy too often! :lol:

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Posted 07 April 2007 - 04:28 PM

Jon you have probably been asked this a few times. Could you tell me more about the large scope in the picture. My God I bet that mount gotta be a couple hundred pounds.
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Bill:

It's just a stock 12.5 inch F/6 Meade "Research Grade" model 1266. Pretty similar the Cave scopes of the 70's. Somewhere I have seen a catalog page or something that says the whole shebang weighs 285lbs, I suspect it might be a tad bit more. It's on casters so I just roll it out the garage door. I know the OTA is around 100lbs, I put it up there by myself.. Never again. The counterweights are right at 85 lbs. The story I have read is that when Cave went under, Meade snagged their opticians. When I bought it I was told it was bought in 1978 but I suspect it is a couple of years newer. I have only had it about 2 years...

It's the only scope that my wife considers "ours", the rest of em are mine...

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Posted 07 April 2007 - 04:33 PM

I'm a former customer of his also. My vintage 6" f/10 Jaegers mirror came from him.

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Posted 07 April 2007 - 05:38 PM

Thats something else Jon, do you view with a scaffold or ladder?
He has lots of classic stuff in his auctions this week Ken
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Posted 07 April 2007 - 07:12 PM

Those are incredible. I would need a roll-off for something like that and possibly a new house to live in because my wife would probably throw me out of this one. That being said in jest of course. She is very understanding of my astronomy habit. It's something that the whole family can participate in. She was very excited that I won the last auction for the vintage Sears scope. ATM'ing is very addictive. I've always got another build project in mind, but this collecting of vintage astro gear is just as bad! I have been assimilated. Resitance is futile. :borg:

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Posted 07 April 2007 - 07:47 PM

Jon,
When you aquired this scope did it also come with the research grade eyepieces and if so how do you like them.
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Posted 07 April 2007 - 10:01 PM

Jon,
When you aquired this scope did it also come with the research grade eyepieces and if so how do you like them.
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Bill: No RG eyepieces, it came with a set of standard Meade Orthos which I use with my slower scopes like the 80mm F/11 Meades as well as my RV-6...

Jon


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