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#601 terraclarke

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 11:53 AM

Check out these Space Conquerors from an old magazine I had squirreled away.

#602 rdandrea

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 12:27 PM

The Palomar Jr was a 4-1/4" aluminum tube on a real GEM. The Deluxe Space Conquerer was also a 4-1/4" aluminum tube on a GEM. I don't know when the name changed, but I'm pretty sure the Palomar Jr name predates the Deluxe Space Conqueror name. I have seen Palomar Jr in a 1954 Edmund catalog, Deluxe Space Conqueror in 1960s vintage catalogs.

#603 Herr Ointment

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 04:10 PM

I think this ad has the best first four lines in telescope wanted ad history.

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#604 Compressorguy

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 07:03 PM

Me and the new Questar 7 ready for an evening out.

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#605 clintwhitman

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 09:14 AM

Scott if I saw you and your scope at a star party I would be hanging out a while. :grin:
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#606 Herr Ointment

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 10:19 AM

That thing is huge!

#607 clamchip

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 11:05 AM

I love my new 1980 C8.

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 04:02 PM

Me and the new Questar 7 ready for an evening out.


A Questar 7! Awesome! Congratulations in owning one of America's finely engineered creations.


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Posted 17 June 2013 - 03:12 PM

Wonderful classic orange C8 :)
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#610 mikey cee

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 05:52 PM

[quote name="actionhac"]I love my new 1980 C8. Well if this isn't the epitome of "the life of Riley" I don't know what it would be. :lol: Mike

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 06:40 PM

Yes life is good. I don't mind waiting for the CAT because life is not good if you don't let it get acclimated.
The mind is being cleared of the days grind, the CAT is equalizing.
It took me awhile but I'm getting along nicely with the CAT.
Give the CAT plenty of time to adjust to the observing site. And get the collimation dead on perfect.
Never try and mold the CAT to a fast and furious lifestyle, instead we must change to suit the CAT.

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 12:49 AM

I will be adding a Meade 10 f/10 CAT to my collection real soon. I was so impressed with the C8 I had, that I thirsted for more aperture. :crazy: :grin:

In the meantime, tonight I just performed First Light with my newly completed classic Jaegers 6" f/10 "GJD" refractor. Despite some needed collimation, the images of the moon and Saturn were sharp. Here is a photo of me and the scope taken this morning.

Mel

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#613 ngc2289

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 12:57 AM

That is a really GREAT scope, and a fitting tribute to your wife!! Mike Traub

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 10:25 AM

Yes life is good. I don't mind waiting for the CAT because life is not good if you don't let it get acclimated.
The mind is being cleared of the days grind, the CAT is equalizing.
It took me awhile but I'm getting along nicely with the CAT.
Give the CAT plenty of time to adjust to the observing site. And get the collimation dead on perfect.
Never try and mold the CAT to a fast and furious lifestyle, instead we must change to suit the CAT.

Robert


I can see it now. "Zen and the art of thermal equilibrium"!

Tim

#615 dawsonian2000

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 09:38 PM

That is a really GREAT scope, and a fitting tribute to your wife!! Mike Traub


Thanks, Mike. I am sure she would be pleased as well.

Mel

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 12:08 PM

Terra

I used to dream of owning one of those when I was a kid, took a long time before I got around to actually owning a scope
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Posted 19 June 2013 - 02:37 PM

The Palomar Jr was a 4-1/4" aluminum tube on a real GEM. The Deluxe Space Conquerer was also a 4-1/4" aluminum tube on a GEM. I don't know when the name changed, but I'm pretty sure the Palomar Jr name predates the Deluxe Space Conqueror name. I have seen Palomar Jr in a 1954 Edmund catalog, Deluxe Space Conqueror in 1960s vintage catalogs.


You're right, "Palomar Jr." was used first. Seems that Edmund used the titles "Deluxe Space Conqueror" and "Palomar Jr." for their 4-1/4" f/10 pretty much interchangeably throughout the 1960's and into the 1970's, right up until the red-tube era... don't know why they didn't settle on one or the other. :shrug:

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 11:44 AM

Should get this thread keep going.

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#619 turk123

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 01:22 PM

OK, I'm in. 8" Cave deluxe.

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 04:16 PM

The mighty D&G 5" f/10 that I bought in 1987. Classic in several ways: The scope itself, plus the early 70's Jaegers mount, and the 60's surveyor's tripod that a machinist friend retooled to hold the Beast steady.

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 04:36 PM

Bushnell Banner 1000

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 10:33 PM

I've been busy lately fine-tuning my "waterheater". Its from the early 1970's late 60's 10"f5.7 and a Edmund Scientific Extra Heavy Duty 1.5" equatorial with Pacific Instruments drive.
The optical tube is truly a smorgasbord of all the great parts available at that time.
I've owned it for quite awhile but I just found a set of tube rings so I can replace the straps. I'm tryin'em out in this photo.

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 02:42 PM

Thanks to everyone for your posts ( get into the picture with the scopes , please; you know who you are) ! actionhac, I love that scope !! How about the opticals ? Do you remember who made them ? Gary

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 06:23 PM

actionhac, I love that scope !! How about the opticals ? Do you remember who made them ? Gary


The mirror is marked on the back of the mirror:
Astronomy New England
D2882

and on the edge of the mirror:
57B

Nothing else is known about the mirror or who built the telescope.
I bought the telescope and the mounting on separate occasions from the Battle Point Astronomical Association:
http://www.bpastro.org/
I purchased the retired Edmund mount first and the optical tube at a later date and mated the two together again, they originally were together. BPAA had thought about dobbing the optical tube but changed their minds and I was able to purchase it.
Optically its great and its very stable on the all cast iron Edmund.

Robert

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 07:27 PM

Here I am with one of my "telescopes". The cameras on Curiosity, though small, are the best telescopes on all of Mars today!

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