This will be an ongoing thread to provide a central location for the most useful information in this forum. Although this thread will be locked and "read only" to reduce chatter, I am open to all suggestions regarding what should be linked here. Feel free to post in the forum or PM me with links, suggestions, corrections, etc.
(Many of the links in the threads below may point to posts in the Archives.
Change the word ubbthreads to ubbarchive in the URL to get to the appropriate post if it says it cannot find it. Brian)
Cloudy Nights Image Posting Rules - PLEASE READ -
CN Image Posting Guidelines
Helpful tips for re-sizing photos to meet CN requirements -
Helpful Image Resizing Info
What to do about telescope-purchase scams -
Restoring and Repainting Classic Scopes -
Restoring and Repainting Classic Scopes
Comprehensive List of Japanese Symbols -
Comprehensive List of Japanese Symbols (Maker's Marks)
How to buy a telescope on Craigslist or eBay -
How to Buy a Telescope on Craigslist or eBay
The Cloudy Nights Classic Scopes Photo Gallery -
Post photos of your classic scopes here and view photos posted by others. Comments are welcomed and encouraged.
CN Classic Scopes Photo Gallery
Home-built Classic Scopes -
Homebuilt Classic Scopes
An informative discussion about classic home-built scopes complete with photos.
Classic Scopes Discussion Archive List -
Classic Scopes discussion archive list
A listing of all "major" discussions in this forum about various classic scopes - sorted alphabetically by manufacturer/brand. (has not been updated in some time, so all of the threads are quite old, but still very useful)
Classic Scope Photos -
Classic Scope Photos from CN members
Some members share photos of their favorite classic scopes.
Which Classic Scope for you? -
Which Classic Scope for you?
Some helpful tips and advice about choosing a classic scope.
10 Most Revolutionary Scopes ever made -
The 10 Most Revolutionary scopes ever made.
A thought-provoking discussion about revolutionary scope designs and their evolution.
Vintage Sears Tower and Discoverer telescopes -
Vintage Sears Tower and Discoverer telescopes.
A long discussion about various Sears scopes complete with lots of photos.
Post a Photo of You and Your Classic Scope -
Post a Photo of You and your Classic Scope
"The Great Full Moon Star Party"
"The Great Full Moon Star Party"
An interesting and photo-filled discussion that showcases some unique vintage refractors, including John Pon's mammoth observatory-class Goto Kogaku, Clint Whitman's superb scopes, and more - not to be missed!
Goto Kogaku, Goto Optical on CN
A collection of Cloudy Nights threads related to Goto, their history, and products, as well as some relevant You Tube videos.
Celestron C5 Registry
A place for C5 owners to add their serial number to the registry and discuss all things related to the C5.
Celestron C8 Registry
A place for C8 owners to add their serial number to the registry and discuss all things related to the C8
Swift Registry (Reboot)
A thread for owners of the Takahashi-made Swifts (838, 839, 831) to add their serial numbers to the registry and discuss all things Swift.
Bomber Bob's Vintage Japanese Telescope Registry
A catch-all place to register your serial number for any classic Japanese scope, especially those without a dedicated registry already.
Cave Telescope Mirror Registry
For owners of Cave Astrola telescopes.
Telescope Classics Wiki
A growing collection of vintage telescope catalogs, brochures, and "how to's". This is a time capsule of scopes from days gone by - useful and entertaining. This is the material formerly archived at Robert Provin's Classic Telescope Catalog site.
Some discussions about the definition of a "Classic Scope" :
What is a Classic?
My definition of a classic scope
Ranking optical quality in vintage scopes
What is a good "sleeper" vintage refractor?
What are the Rarest Telescopes you know of?