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#26 CHASLX200

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Posted 20 December 2009 - 07:00 PM

An AP 1200 will hold it just fine. I've seen an AP 1200 with Both a TMB 10" F/9 and a TEC 200 F/8 on it!

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I agree the 1200 or the AP 3600 if needed.

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#27 Alan French

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Posted 20 December 2009 - 07:06 PM

An AP 1200 will hold it just fine. I've seen an AP 1200 with Both a TMB 10" F/9 and a TEC 200 F/8 on it!

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I agree the 1200 or the AP 3600 if needed.

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I think the 3600 would be overkill, and you can just call and order an AP1200 GTO tomorrow morning. The 1200 is also portable.

Clear skies, Alan

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Posted 20 December 2009 - 08:52 PM

Sheesh Clint,

1965 Cave, 1950 5 CM mint&free Nippon Kogaku, Debbie, 1947 Tinsley, and now yet another "find of a lifetime". Dude, are you a cat? It's fantastic, yet not so surprising, that you were there to find what was behind door number 3! Apparently while you've been looking into the heavens, the heavens have been looking back! Way cool!

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Posted 20 December 2009 - 09:16 PM

:jump:Rich and Evonne have did us classic scope guys a real treat...HeHe gotta love it..hope they are watching because i appreciate it and so doe's caveman,brian...and others..caveman you out there?? please send more pictures...john :jump:

#30 Steve_M_M

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Posted 20 December 2009 - 09:32 PM

Clint, I have changed my signature for the first time in a long time to reflect the Fantastic find you have made. As I tell the people I work with, it takes initiative and creativity to be successful. You bought the 4" Uni with BIN and that opened the door to what you were really looking for, the opportunity to see what else he might have.

The best part is you basically NEVER sell anything, so I am sure this scope will be around for all to look through.

Now, how is that back plate coming along???Just make one out of wood, stick a focuser on it and let's look through that lens.

Congrats,

Steve

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Posted 20 December 2009 - 09:45 PM

I'm going to start buying lottery tickets, and have Clint pick the numbers for me!

-Tim.

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Posted 20 December 2009 - 09:49 PM

... sick ...

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 05:48 AM

Congratulations on an amazing find, that sure is a fantastic Xmas present, all the best, Mark

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 06:03 AM

It's a festivus miracle!!!

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 06:24 AM

Steve and Clint i too have changed my signature.

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 09:25 AM

Mr. Whitman
CONGRATULATIONS :bow: :bow: :bow:!!!!
I am in shock and awe mode! A true find of a lifetime!
Will this beast go to Pinos star party this summer?
Can I get an invitation?
This forum is the best!

Thanks
Bill

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 11:01 AM

It's official. I am now insanely jealous.
:crazy: :bangbangbang:
Congratulations anyways...
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Posted 21 December 2009 - 11:22 AM

Bill There you are!! Man where did you go??
Sorry for not posting more but have been running all over..
The scope is already getting its other parts, designing a tail piece to machine and A 4" AP focuser 10" Parlax rings!! It will be under weight for the Byers 812 for now, the Byers will push 150 pounds of scope around and this 9.5 will be in the 70 pound range. On close examination the lens has A few sleeks and one surface edge chip that is on the very surface 1/32 deep of the center lens, it is very small, may have been done at the factory? I am not a perfectionist and to me these are war wounds from 28 years of peering into infinity... The lens is actualy a 9.5inch F10.
All marks pened by Roland. No serial number, Signed & marked, MAR. 84, has an arrow pointing towards the OTA next to that it says Focus

The seller :bow: is very honest as I purchased it without looking at it and had no idea what it was at the time, it could have been a paper weight or ?. After that he looked at the lens (as we were trying to read the 6" at his shop) He went home and could read Roland Christen on the 9.5". He then looked it up on the web found refrences to Rolando and he stuck with the paid purchase price and deal anyway. A true man of his word to this point is one in a million,,, Kudos to him he is a great and very upstanding guy,, :bow:
I did say if ever i sold the scope i would look him up.

The scope is not up for sale and will be used in the kids observatory and at other outreach events (because they need to see more!! stuff). It will be set up to be portable as I cant leave it in the observatory at the School, to hot during the day!! 130 degrees.. And we need to be at Dark sites to really use it!! It will, one way or another be at the Mnt. Pinos Classic Star Party next August!! So be there and bring your dream scope!!! I feel like this scope had been looking for me and I it, somehow we crashed into each other.. Thanks for all your support and friendship, Kudos to all of you. I will keep you posted. If any one sees a photo of and 1984 AP close to this let me know I need to see the secondary tail pieces that are missing... Thanks Caveman....
Clint & Debbie the Teach!!

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 11:37 AM

The scope is not up for sale and will be used in the kids observatory and at other outreach events


Hi Clint,

I personally think this is a *very* wise decision. That scope is a sort of gift from Heaven, and a "gift" should remain.
Well done, man!

Max


PS/ This being said, the day you wanna trade it for an authentic giant Neapolitan pizza and a good barrel of genuine wine you know where to find me... :roflmao:

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 11:43 AM

If any one sees a photo of and 1984 AP close to this let me know I need to see the secondary tail pieces that are missing...


You know this, right...?!

http://www.astrosurf...strophysics.jpg

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 12:11 PM

The scope is not up for sale and will be used in the kids observatory and at other outreach events


This is by far the coolest part of the whole story!

Good man, Clint!

-Tim

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 01:33 PM

Astromart add #650527 8"f10 super planetary. Looks like close vintage to yours Clint with good photos of the tailpiece/focuser.

Robert

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 01:34 PM

Wow... all of this, just wow... very cool!

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 08:11 PM

I have nothing to add but "Merry Christmas", Clint. It couldn't have found a better home.

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 08:16 PM

Hey Caveman!
WOW, what a find, congratulations! :bow: :bow: :bow:
I think my 180EDT would make a great guidescope on that beast!!! :roflmao: :roflmao: :roflmao:

Robert

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 08:29 PM

sure do appreciate rich selling all those goodies.
i talked with him today on the phone and he seems like
a real nice guy. he IS watching the CN classic forum
and i just wanted to thank him.:bow: :bow:
clint i hope you are outside setting up that mount.
we need more pictures and updates.
Brian

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Posted 22 December 2009 - 12:48 AM

Hey Robert I miss your posts and you being around!! Are things settling down at School? Deb wants to get together with you guys for dinner some time!! Your scope will never make a good guide scope. It is another giant objective. If this one is half the performer yours is I will be happy!

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Posted 22 December 2009 - 01:18 AM

Wow pretty cool find clint. Congrats. Glad the Astro Gods are shining down on you.

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Posted 22 December 2009 - 01:35 AM

Brian, I am giving him back the rare 60x500 uni guide scope because he had a very good (large) offer on it and he is a great guy. I have my hands full for the next year or two!!

Another great guy from this forum has offered to help me with a loan to be paid back, to the buy parts for this 9" scope and get it going sooner rather than later. I want to do it right!! Roland told me this scope would have had a Jaegers Focuser on it from 1984 and due to the lack of a serial number it was a "Onesy" Only one made. He said that back then he made these special order for pirvate clients. I have to shoot him photos of the side of the lens when I take it out of its cell. he told me what cork padding to use and some of the ins and outs of any restoration of the 6" would take...
Back to the remounting of a Focuser. This friend said get the part a 4" format, feather touch, AP focuser due to the fact I need it to design the needed tail piece parts, get it machined and anodized will take time, Plus just the darn 10" rings I bought are $235?? I got them from Herb. So they are all in the mail!! With this direction and some thoughts from Roland, the scope is going to be better than ever very soon.

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Posted 22 December 2009 - 02:11 AM

caveman,
a one of a kind deserves it.
its great you are getting help from the one who made it.
what about the 6"...are you going to get it first light
soon.
what are you going to use for guide scope on the 9 1/2".
i was telling my brother about your find and he did a google
search for "find of a lifetime" and you were right at the top.
cool.
keep everyone updated.
Brian


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