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#1 nightstalker

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Posted 24 April 2007 - 06:36 PM

Hi
I found and old scope at an antique store some time back and was curious as to a little of its history.

Stamped ross of london its about a 70 mm f8 refractor on a very sturdy large wooden tripod and has a smooth helicoil focuser.I have found ross is a pretty common name in ships optics of the victorian era but nothing on
mounted scopes such as this one.?

Any input much appreaciated :).. its been in this store for quite some time and is getting a little cheaper as time goes by (under $400 ) last time i was there .

regards graham

#2 Bob W6PU

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Posted 24 April 2007 - 07:12 PM

Ross was a very famous UK maker of telescopes in the late 18th and 19th century. They also made many fine telescopes for the Royal Navy during WW2!

They were to British optics, what Bardou and Sons were to French Optics of this time period!

I believe that they also made superb military binoculars!

Nice to read of a real classic on this board, for a change, rather than the seemingly endless ebay Dept Store specials :lol:

If you could post a photo of this treasure, I'm sure that it would be most appreciated!

Cheers
Bob
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#3 brentwood

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Posted 24 April 2007 - 09:21 PM

I would think that the quality would be really good. I have some WW2 Ross 10x80 binoculars and they are incredible. Ross did continue to make binoculars well after the war, but I don't know if the quality remained as high.

#4 nightstalker

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 04:13 AM

thanks what you mention fits .I had a feeling it was
younger than the info I could find .

The tripod would stand up well agaist some of the pricey
offerings around today as its just really that well made , as are the mounting points .

thanks again.. I'll have a look next time I'm passing and
grab a pic if I can .

#5 highertheflyer

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 10:26 AM

Hi Night Stalker.
Is there a way I can turn off that flashing spider thingy of yours.
Gives me flicker vertigo.
Thanks, Jim

#6 clintwhitman

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 11:42 AM

I agree it is cool but not while your reading text next to it

#7 brentwood

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 01:03 PM

I'll third the request to squish the spider, Please!

#8 mikey cee

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 02:47 PM

AAAHHHH!!.....c'mon guys I didn't get to see it!! :confused: :confused: :smirk: Mike

#9 Bob W6PU

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 03:39 PM

Graham, I've seen a number of the typical four section "spyglass" type Ross scopes, but no tripod mounted astronomy type telescopes.

It'd be fun to make the guy a "bored" $200 offer and see what he says! :lol:

Bob

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 05:35 PM

Is there a way I can turn off that flashing spider thingy of yours.


If you hit your {esc} key, it will "freeze" any animation in anyone's avatar.

#11 Mr. Bill

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 06:06 PM


Is there a way I can turn off that flashing spider thingy of yours.


If you hit your {esc} key, it will "freeze" any animation in anyone's avatar.


Great...thanks for the "hint."

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#12 nightstalker

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Posted 30 April 2007 - 05:46 AM

Did a month back bob ;) told him the mount looked good for some binos and walked away .. the optics are dusty old by the look .. buy or not this scope probably has a lot of history buried in its past.


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