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#1 Kolenka

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Posted 12 August 2008 - 11:35 AM

I ran across the most bizarre find while on vacation. I didn't have the urge to pick it up, since it seemed pretty ridiculous. What I saw was a 40-80 power kid's telescope from the 1960s or so, which was a reflector that had a tube no more than 2" wide, and 2 feet long. It boggled my mind that you could see anything with this.

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#2 Clive Gibbons

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Posted 12 August 2008 - 12:42 PM

Looks like a "micro-Newtonian".
Maybe 2" or 2.5" aperture?
I've got a similar one made by Gilbert.
It's a toy. Not great and more of a curio than anything.

#3 Lew Chilton

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Posted 12 August 2008 - 02:37 PM

This little toy telescope looks like a throwback to the kind of instruments that 17th century astronomers had access to. Of course the reflector wasn't invented until the 18th century, but the optical quality of this toy scope is probably on a par with what those early astronomers and stargazers experienced in the better scopes of their day.

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Posted 12 August 2008 - 03:06 PM

I actually found one of those in my town dump one day back in the mid-1970s (a perfect place for it). But I took it home, painted all sorts of "groovy psychedelic colors" (:rainbow:), and exhibited it at Stellafane back in 1973 or '74.

Those crazy high school kids!

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Posted 12 August 2008 - 03:29 PM

This little toy telescope looks like a throwback to the kind of instruments that 17th century astronomers had access to. Of course the reflector wasn't invented until the 18th century, but the optical quality of this toy scope is probably on a par with what those early astronomers and stargazers experienced in the better scopes of their day.


Well, the reason why it boggles the mind is because a 2" Newt would have a ginormous obstruction compared to aperture. A 2" refractor at least doesn't have the obstruction destroying most of your contrast.

A 2" 17th century refractor should be able to beat this thing. :roflmao:

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Posted 13 August 2008 - 07:03 AM

Looks like a "micro-Newtonian".
Maybe 2" or 2.5" aperture?
I've got a similar one made by Gilbert.
It's a toy. Not great and more of a curio than anything.


I don't know about this one (it looks very similar to the Gilbert), but I can't bring myself to call the Gilbert "a toy." It provided decent images (Rings of Saturn! Lunar Craters! Jupiter's Moons!) all things considered, and opened many youngsters' eyes to the Great Out There.

Including mine: http://skywatch.brai...spage/index.htm

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Posted 13 August 2008 - 12:29 PM

Educational toy.

Howz that? :lol:

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Posted 13 August 2008 - 12:42 PM

Hey Rod!

Nice Piano! What is it?

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Posted 13 August 2008 - 03:40 PM

Hey Rod!

Nice Piano! What is it?


Wurlitzer baby grand. She's a goodun.

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Posted 13 August 2008 - 03:49 PM

Nice!

Do you play?

Reason I ask is that I do play. It's my "other hobby".

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Posted 13 August 2008 - 04:29 PM

:bigshock: OMG


I had one of those!!! :roflmao:

Haven't thought of all those Skil Craft science toys I was given in the '60s since, well, the '60s!

#12 Lew Chilton

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Posted 13 August 2008 - 05:12 PM

Rod,

This is a bit off topic but my wife has a "portable" Wurlitzer electric piano - all vacuum tubes from the 1950s. Probably weights 100+ lbs. and sits in the garage. Hasn't been played in probably 45 years. That's another project I haven't started yet!

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Posted 13 August 2008 - 05:25 PM

Nice!

Do you play?

Reason I ask is that I do play. It's my "other hobby".


Ha! I might be able to pick out "Ramblin' Man." :lol:

Our daughter was classically trained, however.

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Posted 13 August 2008 - 05:42 PM

Sweet. My daughter and I are classically trained.

I also play around with other styles from time to time.

Music and Astronomy make great companions.

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Posted 15 August 2008 - 08:36 AM

I think this telescope have made in japan.
I have this.

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Posted 15 August 2008 - 08:58 AM

Great pics, Galakuma! :bow:


Re. the "Skil Craft" scope, I guess they weren't trying very hard to spell "Satellite" correctly... :rolling:

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Posted 15 August 2008 - 05:57 PM

Good catch, I thought Satelite MIGHT be an acceptable alternative spelling till I googled it ... er, no.

Not that educational a toy in the English dept.

Of course Skil is spelled wrong too....

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Posted 16 August 2008 - 11:01 AM

I have a similar 3" "toy" from Gilbert. It suffers from the most incredible tunnel vision I've ever experienced and the focuser has only 25 different settings! All I've seen through that little scope is Jupiter and its moons and the Moon.


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