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#1 BarabinoSr

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 09:19 AM

Hey guys!There are some outstanding classic scope owners on this Forum and this could be a great opportunity to learn more about each other.How about posting a pic of you with your classic along with a little history?I'll begin with myself.Gary Barabino Sr,father of six(four sons,two daughters)lives in Slidell,LA, astronomy enthusiast since 1965 co founder(along with Mel Dawson) of the Vega Sky Center(1970-present)member Pontchartrain Astronomy Society, and obtained the classic scopes pictured in 2007.The scopes shown from left to right:Tascos 9TE-5,7TE-5 and 9TE-0.

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#2 Preston Smith

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 09:26 AM

Gary,

A truly great gicture of four classics! The three scopes and you! I like your idea of the picture having both the owner and the scope(s) being taken together! Also a good idea about providing some info about who the owner is.

I'm traveling this weekend but will try to get the wife to take some pics with me and my scopes next week.

#3 BarabinoSr

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 09:30 AM

Thanks Preston !Looking forward to your post!G :cool:

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 10:32 AM

Here are a couple of my Better Halfs...Debbie is easier on the eyes than me.. Besides you all know what a (aveman looks like!! :lol:

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#5 BarabinoSr

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 10:40 AM

Thanks Clint!!! Both are beautiful!You are truly blessed.Gary

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 10:43 AM

Here is a shot of me with my classic Jason 313 60mm during a joint over-the-phone observing session with BarabinoSr in March of 2008.

I was injected into amateur astronomy at the age of 12 by BarabinoSr in July 1970. Originating from New Orleans, LA, and now living in Riverview, FL, I am the webmaster of the Vega Sky Center astronomical WebHub. I am the proud father of three sons and husband to a beautiful lady for nearly 30 years. I work in the IT industry. As some already know, I am also an ATM building a 10" Newt and 5" refractor.


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#7 Preston Smith

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 11:24 AM

Mel! Great photo!

FYI, you're supposed to look "through" the telescope :roflmao:

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 12:34 PM

Me and my 1965 Celestron C10...

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 01:14 PM

Mel! Great photo!

FYI, you're supposed to look "through" the telescope :roflmao:


Oops! No wonder I couldn't pick up much detail on the moon! :shocked: :grin:


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Posted 26 December 2009 - 02:54 PM

Hi David! Thanks for posting!! Would like a little history on you and the scope!! I did not know that Celestron made those back then !!! :shocked: Gary G :cool:

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 04:05 PM

Hi Gary,

I obtained this scope from Captain's Nautical in 2004 and it is from only the first or second year Celestron was making scopes when they were still in Gardena, CA. Captain's had taken it in trade from some small college in the Pacific Northwest (I lost my notes from which one unfortunately) and didn't get around to restoring it so listed here on CN. It is a blue and white 10" f15 with secondary obstruction of only 27% and I have overhauled it, getting it back in use. This scope predates the three spindle belt driven focuser the later C10s had and suffered from a lot of image shift when changing focusing direction. I had the mirrors recoated, repainted the tube, found finders, made a mirror stabilizer and adaptor for mounting modern SCT thread accessories on the rear cell. I didn't get an original pier so I use it on a Meade field tripod, superwedge, and a set of VSPs. Optically it is excellent, very smooth and good figure. Thermally, its 70 pounds of castings, steel, and aluminum and is more a summertime scope when it doesn't take all night to cool. In spite of the small field I use it a lot for galaxies, globulars, and planetary nebulas. It does help that I have Uranometria 2000 and a really nice Parks 8x50 RA finder since it is the same fl nearly as a C14.

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 04:10 PM

Hello Gary et al
Thanks, Gary, this should be an interesting thread. Below is a composite photo of my 4 inch (hybrid) Unitron as set up a few years ago (and posted elsewhere on CN) and a relatively recent photo of my beautiful (and very supportive) wife, Marion, and yours truly.
The universe captured my attention in the mid 1960's (age about 10 years) and has been a constant companion ever since. At that time one of my Christmas presents was a tiny pocket sized telescope.... I will never forget the first time propped it against the window sill and looked at the Moon.... wow, what a fantastic sight.... I was hooked.
I am a research physiologist at a university in Tasmania, Australia, but have the great fortune to be able to work remotely from my home in Hervey Bay, Queensland (Lat 25... warm) about 2000km NNE of Tasmania. Joining the CN community has been invaluable.... I have learnt heaps from you guys, thanks.
Cheers
David

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 04:19 PM

ooops.... the photo didn't upload... try again

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#14 BarabinoSr

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 04:54 PM

Hi David J and Dave!!Great stories and scopes :bow: :jump:.Both are fine instruments.Thanks for posting.G :cool:

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 04:58 PM

Thanks Mel!I truly enjoyed that joint VSC-1 and VSC-2 observing session that evening as we used the same scopes.Great Pic.That Jason #313 is a neat scope.Gary G :cool:

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 05:54 PM

:grin:hey barabinosr...i do not want too show my ugly self in pictures but will show scopes tho...sincerely,john :lol:

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 08:46 PM

Here's me showing off my 8-inch scope and senior class sweater. The date? About May or June 1961.

I still have the 'scope and class sweater, although the sweater doesn't fit anymore!

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 09:00 PM

Hey Akman! Back in 1978 a friend of mine,Tom Compton, owned a Unitron just like yours.Is that the 4" Alt-azimuth model like his ? He was a resident of New Orleans and we used to observe with it on many occasion from a site in far east New Orleans.I bought a mint 6" f/15 A Jaegers objective from him and an 8" Edmund Scientific EQ mount back then and built a 6-inch f/15 refractor from it.That is young Barabino Sr with the 6-inch in 1978. I marvelled at the excellent optics of that 4" scope.Great Pic.Gary(G :cool:)

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 09:03 PM

:)Thanks BarabinoSr...i appreciate it and thanks for this post...john :bow:

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 09:06 PM

Okay, so it's cool if the pic is really old? :grin:

Here's me and my 8" f/6 Springfield, when I won a Merit Award for it at RTMC in 1981. Back then, you could tell me and Santa Claus apart. Now you can't! :grin:

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 09:11 PM

:grin:Ha! Ha! Tim you would fit right in as a Alaskan back then.john :bow:

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 09:21 PM

Hi Tim! Do you still have that scope? Interesting classic design! I threw that old pic out there to show what I had made from the 6-inch f/15 objective and Edmund 8-inch EQ mount and pedestal base I bought from Mr. Compton back in 1978.I dont have that scope today.It would have become a great classic instrument today !!! G :cool:

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 09:54 PM

Here is a photo of me and some gear. The photo is a couple of years old. The only "classic" in the photo is on the far left. The white scope is a Mayflower 60mm Alt-Az, circa late 1960's, or maybe early 1970's. The optical quality was quite good, but the mount was lacking.

In the middle is a Skymaster 15x70mm binocular on a wooden parallelogram mount. On the right is a 4" Orion f/6 achro on a "classic" Towa GEM.

Best regards and clear skies,

MikeG

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 12:35 AM

Hi Tim! Do you still have that scope? Interesting classic design!


Yep, still have it. I need to do some work on it, though.

-Tim.

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 01:10 AM

Here is my Goto 6" and I. I started in astronomy in about 1969 with a Moonscope or something like that. I fell out of interest until 1986 when I bought a Celestron CO-114 from Focus Camera (Vixen made on Polaris mount). I have a beautiful wife and two boys ages 3 and 6.

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