Post a Picture of You and Your Classic Scope
Posted 29 July 2013 - 07:39 PM
Tim, you are the most interesting astronomer on CN. The shoes rock.
Posted 29 July 2013 - 08:38 PM
Posted 29 July 2013 - 08:41 PM
Posted 29 July 2013 - 09:50 PM
Here I am with one of my "telescopes".
Uh huh..... so now the rest of us will look like total first-timers with our shiny old 60mm's...........
But the REAL question is: how the heck do you get that thing back home and into its garage every night???
Posted 29 July 2013 - 10:43 PM
Posted 29 July 2013 - 11:33 PM
...the commute is murder!
Posted 30 July 2013 - 01:05 AM
Posted 30 July 2013 - 01:18 AM
Congratulations on the one year mark,
Posted 30 July 2013 - 01:23 AM
Posted 30 July 2013 - 03:43 AM
Tim No Fair Extraterrestrial Classic Teleescope. One day it will be found on Mars recovered and sold on EBAY...
(AVEMAN and HIS Unipons
Posted 31 July 2013 - 07:54 PM
Yep, I'm a career martian!
...the commute is murder!
Allow me to hijack the thread a second to tell you that my son and I are actually on Mars!
In the late 90s he was 12, and we had a friend at JPL. We visited (which was awesome) and saw the clean room with the Pathfinder getting ready for launch.
In the room next to it was a diary that all the Pathfinder scientists, engineers, etc. were signing. That book was being digitized onto a chip and being sent up on the rover.
So, we both got to sign it. The chip was placed on the Mars Pathfinder, and we both landed on the red planet in July of 1997.
It's about the coolest space related thing that's ever happened to me.
Posted 31 July 2013 - 09:30 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.
Hey I remember those mounts. Drooling over them in the catalogs during the rainy nights way back in the 70s in Redmond, WA. Never saw one in person.
They looked pretty decent, and still do. Any comments on how you like the mount?
Posted 31 July 2013 - 10:35 PM
The pier is standard 4" steel pipe (4-1/2" OD) with standard pipe threads so you can have pipe extensions cut any length you want and you add or subtract length depending on the scope you are going to use.
I use everything on mine from 4" refractors up to 10" reflectors and it is smooth and stable.
I don't know what I would do without it.
Here is a 6"f13.3 refractor and I coupled a 30" section of pipe to the original 30" pier as sold by Edmund.
Posted 01 August 2013 - 05:08 AM
Posted 01 August 2013 - 09:09 AM
Yup me too. Mike
There is something about a refractor on a pier type mount that I've always loved.
Posted 01 August 2013 - 01:03 PM