Jump to content

  •  

CNers have asked about a donation box for Cloudy Nights over the years, so here you go. Donation is not required by any means, so please enjoy your stay.

Photo

How many classic scopes do you own?

This topic has been archived. This means that you cannot reply to this topic.
16 replies to this topic

Poll: How many classic scopes do you own? (74 member(s) have cast votes)

How many classic scopes do you own?

You cannot see the results of the poll until you have voted. Please login and cast your vote to see the results of this poll.
Vote

#1 Glassthrower

Glassthrower

    Vendor - Galactic Stone & Ironworks

  • *****
  • Vendors
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 18459
  • Joined: 07 Apr 2005

Posted 23 May 2007 - 11:59 AM

Right now, as you sit here reading this, how many classic telescopes do you own?

(this includes scopes in your closet, attic, basement, garage, barn, storage unit, etc.)
 

#2 mikey cee

mikey cee

    Cosmos

  • *****
  • Posts: 9589
  • Joined: 18 Jan 2007

Posted 23 May 2007 - 12:07 PM

Mike....I own at least seven(7) that I consider classics. I guess I don't know if homebuilt with "classic" components count or not? :question: I'd include handhelds! :grin: Mike
 

#3 Glassthrower

Glassthrower

    Vendor - Galactic Stone & Ironworks

  • *****
  • Vendors
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 18459
  • Joined: 07 Apr 2005

Posted 23 May 2007 - 12:29 PM

10 is an option in the 4th and 5th choice.

The last poll option should read "More than 10", or "11 or more"
 

#4 twhite

twhite

    Vanguard

  • *****
  • Posts: 2461
  • Joined: 28 Jan 2006

Posted 23 May 2007 - 12:30 PM

Whichever. I qualify either way. :)
 

#5 Jon Isaacs

Jon Isaacs

    ISS

  • *****
  • Posts: 76160
  • Joined: 16 Jun 2004

Posted 23 May 2007 - 04:19 PM

Mike:

Good idea but I have to ask...

Do I own those scopes or do they own me?? :foreheadslap: :foreheadslap:

Also, I think everyone has a somewhat different idea of what is a classic. For example I have three Japanese Meade 80mm F/11's from the early 80's, a 310 (alt-az), a 312 (GEM) and the 314 (Brass)... sort of a triplet of refractors... :)

I consider these classics but in many ways they are quite modern with their 1.25 inch focusers and relatively short focal lengths. And indeed, those modern features are a good part of the reason I enjoy them. The viewing experience is quite different than trying to observe with a 3 inch F/16 with a 22mm Kellner.

I might add that I have a rather flexible definition of a classic: "A classic telescope is any telescope someone thinks is a classic."

Jon

Attached Thumbnails

  • 1621809-Meade 314-2.jpg

 

#6 Glassthrower

Glassthrower

    Vendor - Galactic Stone & Ironworks

  • *****
  • Vendors
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 18459
  • Joined: 07 Apr 2005

Posted 23 May 2007 - 04:24 PM

I guess one can safely deem any scope a "classic" if you are not heckled by the regulars in here when you try... If you have to withstand a withering fusillade of graemlins and sarcastic jabs, then you do *not* have a classic! ;)

Personally, I think early 80's Japan scopes can be safely considered a classic.

Another thing I consider when trying to decipher classic status is : where would the scope get the best response? If the answer is the Classics forum, then it's a classic. If the answer is Refractors or Reflectors then it's not a classic! ;)

Seriously though, it's a wide-open term with many valid interpetations.

Regards and clear skies,

MikeG
 

#7 Jae

Jae

    Apollo

  • *****
  • Posts: 1083
  • Joined: 13 Apr 2006

Posted 23 May 2007 - 06:18 PM

Nice scope Jon, Those were made by Towa. I think of them as shorter Towa 339's on Alt-az mounts. Nearly as good as the f15's even though they are f11 or f12. The brass is a beauty !

Jae
 

#8 KWB

KWB

    Hubble

  • *****
  • Posts: 16312
  • Joined: 30 Sep 2006

Posted 24 May 2007 - 12:57 AM

I think Jon's definition of classic closely models what
the state of Colorado defines as a classic automobile-
if it's 25 years old it's a classic.
 

#9 Preston Smith

Preston Smith

    The Travel Scope Guy

  • *****
  • Posts: 6059
  • Joined: 24 Apr 2005

Posted 24 May 2007 - 10:12 AM

I think Jon's definition of classic closely models what
the state of Colorado defines as a classic automobile-
if it's 25 years old it's a classic.


Hi Kenny!

I like simple and that would work for me. However, there will always be fringe issues. For example: applying this rule would mean that the 40mm Halleyscope should be considered a classic. :bangbangbang:
 

#10 KWB

KWB

    Hubble

  • *****
  • Posts: 16312
  • Joined: 30 Sep 2006

Posted 24 May 2007 - 07:38 PM

Hello again Preston

I agree this won't wash in the telescope market,but to bad
it can't.

Believe it or not in the state of Colorado,if you have an
82 Oldsmobile station wagon-it's a classic car eligible
for special plates good for 5 years and after an initial
emissions test,emission exempt as long as the plates are
renued every 5 years.

Too bad it ain't all this simple.
:grin:
 

#11 Larry Geary

Larry Geary

    Vanguard

  • *****
  • Posts: 2400
  • Joined: 24 Sep 2006

Posted 24 May 2007 - 09:47 PM

I think Jon's definition of classic closely models what the state of Colorado defines as a classic automobile - if it's 25 years old it's a classic.


I would also qualify with "no longer in production". My Questar will be 25 in three more years, but they still make them today. Technically not a classic. But I think my 27 year old Quantum 6 counts.
 

#12 Jon Isaacs

Jon Isaacs

    ISS

  • *****
  • Posts: 76160
  • Joined: 16 Jun 2004

Posted 25 May 2007 - 11:29 AM

Hi guys...

I also think there are some scopes 25 years old that don't count as classics. I have a C-5 Telephoto/Spotter with a serial number like 669 that is clearly 25 years old but I don't consider it a classic...

Of course someone might think it's a classic so to them it would be.

Jon
 

#13 John rombi

John rombi

    Viking 1

  • -----
  • Posts: 926
  • Joined: 14 Aug 2005

Posted 28 May 2007 - 04:47 PM

I bought my Unitron 114, 2.4" new in 1970.
I was given a Polarex 132, 4" in 1999 (1970 model), with some T.L.C.it's like new.
I don't use them very much any more (I have a 12"LB)but they still take pride of place in my house.
I'll have to take a photo of them all together, soon. :lol:
 

#14 Glassthrower

Glassthrower

    Vendor - Galactic Stone & Ironworks

  • *****
  • Vendors
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 18459
  • Joined: 07 Apr 2005

Posted 28 May 2007 - 05:32 PM

I'll have to take a photo of them all together, soon.


Very soon, please! :poke:

We can never get enough Unitron photos!

:)
 

#15 Preston Smith

Preston Smith

    The Travel Scope Guy

  • *****
  • Posts: 6059
  • Joined: 24 Apr 2005

Posted 30 May 2007 - 01:23 PM

Mike,

I just crossed over to the next higher level. :jump:

How do I change my answer? :question:

How do I contact Classic Scopes anonymous for help?
:tonofbricks:
 

#16 twhite

twhite

    Vanguard

  • *****
  • Posts: 2461
  • Joined: 28 Jan 2006

Posted 30 May 2007 - 03:05 PM

Call 1-800-OLD-GLASS. We offer counseling and support, day or night.
 

#17 Preston Smith

Preston Smith

    The Travel Scope Guy

  • *****
  • Posts: 6059
  • Joined: 24 Apr 2005

Posted 30 May 2007 - 03:17 PM

Call 1-800-OLD-GLASS. We offer counseling and support, day or night.


...With only a simple administrative fee so our counselors can continue to research the market to better support you (aka buy more scopes). :foreheadslap:
 


CNers have asked about a donation box for Cloudy Nights over the years, so here you go. Donation is not required by any means, so please enjoy your stay.


Recent Topics






Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics