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Posted 25 November 2003 - 12:05 AM

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Posted 25 November 2003 - 12:10 AM

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Posted 25 November 2003 - 12:15 AM

Oops. I meant to post this in the relectors forum. I'm gonna see if I can move it. :o

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Posted 25 November 2003 - 12:34 AM

...a chip and scratches? I guess it doesn't matter as much with a mirror of this size but it does hurt the self-esteem:(

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Posted 25 November 2003 - 06:10 AM

...a chip and scratches? I guess it doesn't matter as much with a mirror of this size but it does hurt the self-esteem:(


Yes; I got a real bargain on the 16" Meade dob I used to have because the former owner had dropped the secondary mirror onto the primary and made a "ding" on it. Didn't make any difference optically but it hurt the guy every time he saw it! At 33" I suspect the seller of this one doesn't want to invest in a new mirror just to preserve his bragging rights. :tonofbricks:

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Posted 25 November 2003 - 09:01 AM

Digruntled worker at Mt. Hopkins Observatory took a .45 Auto shot at one of their mirrors. I don't recall which one but it was in the 2 meter + range. Shot a divit into it - that was it.

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Posted 25 November 2003 - 09:20 AM

Digruntled worker at Mt. Hopkins Observatory took a .45 Auto shot at one of their mirrors. I don't recall which one but it was in the 2 meter + range. Shot a divit into it - that was it.


Is that Mc Donald Observatory? I remember a picture of an old Astronomy magazine with a couple "gunshot wounds" on the 72" mirror, which had just been sealed with some kind of glue to prevent cracking. :foreheadslap:

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Posted 25 November 2003 - 11:57 AM

You got me there, I'm not that familier with scopes there. Just got the story from a friend that worked there for a while and I've only been there once & that was seven years ago.

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Posted 25 November 2003 - 03:21 PM

Just like Don Quichote had dried out his brain reading chivalry books, I dried out mine reading astronomy back issues. That one is on the august or july '87 issue, I can't tell for sure (that I remember that at all is aggravating in itself, eh?:silly:). There's a picture of 2 astronomers inside the telescope tube and you see the impacts. I don't have this issue here though, so I can't scan the pic.


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