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#1 clintwhitman

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Posted 17 June 2007 - 04:09 PM

Well we got three invites to go star shooting this weekend. First Mr. Provin invited us to go meet up with him and Scott Losmandy in up on the mountain. Then our club Antelope Valley Astronomy club called and asked us to go up to Pinos and setup. I wish we had more days or time to do every thing but we only had one night. So we had to do the club thing. The sky was awesome after 12:30 in the parking lot at mount Pinos The most incredible view of the lagoon I have ever seen!! Maybe 90 scopes set up Steve Kennedy had his 32" set up OOOO my god The giant blue Bagel in Lyra almost knocked me off the 15' ladder!! We took The 4" Unitron and had a Every avid astronomer there come over and look at it and say I had one just like this in the 60s I should have never sold it!! They loved it and it was nice to have people recognize it this time. We had a blast! :jump:

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Posted 17 June 2007 - 04:17 PM

I found Debbies passion in Astronomy Binocs She loves them I found a Soon to be classic paralelagram A Charlie Funk!! For sale and picked it up friday for the old japan glass Celestron 11X80s I found at a garage sale for $40 we have had them for a while, the mount made them worth having. Talk about swiming around in the stars!!!

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Posted 17 June 2007 - 07:45 PM

Hi Clint and Debbie!

First off Clint, You have a very lovely wife! You are a lucky man to have a wife that also loves this hobby!

Hey, that star party you guys went to sounded like an awesome place! I too spent a couple of days at the Buck-Eye-On-The-Sky Star Party! I was from Friday June 15th thru 17th. The weather wasn't good at all during the night on Friday night but was much better on Saturday night-Sunday morning. My son Scott joined me on the first night to camp out and see what star parties are all about. He did this as my Father's Day present. Now ain't that sweet? Here's my pride and joy setup!

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Posted 17 June 2007 - 07:53 PM

Sounds like a nice party, Clint...90 scopes!

Lenny, I presume the Jaegers is the stubby white one behind the Vernonscope?

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Posted 17 June 2007 - 08:22 PM

Lenny,

What are those tall plant looking things in the back ground?

-JWW:

#6 Robert Provin

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Posted 17 June 2007 - 08:48 PM

Hey Clint!
Glad to hear you had such a great time up at Mt Pinos (love the photos)! Scott Losmandy and I missed you (and Debbie), but the Obsession 18" and some awesome skies more than made up for it! Maybe next time, but in the mean time I'll be off to Bryce National Park to participate in their astronomy program during the month of July. :jump:

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Posted 17 June 2007 - 09:08 PM

Robert it pained me not to come over, but the club needed support! You know I am in for the next one! The skies were great I dont even want to look up in the valley again!!!

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Posted 17 June 2007 - 09:14 PM

Lenny what a great bunch of scopes! And what a great service you are doing the hobby! Wow... I have your part on hold and will get it tomarrow. I wish we were all closer. If we all got together it would be the coolest star party on earth!!!! :bow:

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Posted 17 June 2007 - 10:07 PM

Nothing else like those great 4" Unitrons!

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Posted 17 June 2007 - 11:23 PM

Except a 5" ! :)

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Posted 17 June 2007 - 11:44 PM

Never observed through a 5" Uni, but in college I got to use a 6" Unitron at Penn State. It was great of course. Long time ago, wonder if they still use it.

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 12:04 AM

I have a 4" guider off a 6" unitron I could not resist the purchase. Also I didnt know Unitron made a 5"

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 12:49 AM

They even made an 8-incher. Woowee! :jump: :jump:Mike

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 07:47 AM

There's a picture of John Siple's 5" in the Feb. '06 RCA Gazette.

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 08:03 AM

Yes that is the Jaegers. It was a fine performer with a tremendous light gathering ability with its f/4 focal ratio!

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 08:05 AM

It was a patch of cattails and pampass grass. The star party was held at Scott & Diane Horstman's back yard. They have like 7 or 8 acres there in Lodi Ohio.

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 09:51 AM

Lenny ole' pal..did Jaegers make an f/4?? :question: :question: Mike

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 10:21 AM

Yes they supplied them. Jaegers didn't make any of the lens. Jaegers was a war surplus supply store. They were known for selling high quality optics that were manufactured during WWII for various optical devices used at the time. The 6 inch f/4's were pretty good. Now granted, there's chromatic abberation but to use this as a low power wide field rft. or for imaging in hydrogen-alpha in wide angle star fields, this is superb! At present, I have mine mounted on a pair of Parallax rings on a LXD650 mount. Sweet!

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 11:14 AM

I have a 4" guider off a 6" unitron I could not resist the purchase. Also I didnt know Unitron made a 5"

Hey Caveman,
Yes there is a 5" Unitron. Here's a shot of the one Scott Losmandy has taken during one of our outings last summer.

Robert

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 11:48 AM

Sweet sweet holy white yard cannons....!. Wow.

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 12:01 PM

Ya' gotta' love that pendullum! :roflmao:Mike

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 02:36 PM

They even made an 8-incher. Woowee! :jump: :jump:Mike


When did Unitron have an 8" available? I have catalogs which date from the early 60's to the 80's and the 6" was the largest I'd seen. I know they had scopes in the 50's, but I never saw their listings for that time frame. :question:

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 03:17 PM

Ya' gotta' love that pendullum! :roflmao:Mike

Those are the weights that power the weight driven clock drive...and the drive works very well! :D

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 04:39 PM

You guys need to come to NorthEast Pa. I will show you a star party you will never forget!
Bill :yay: :jump: :twitch:

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 09:14 PM

Cherry Springs State Park...right???


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