Apparently, we have an undocumented Cave 8" f/7 in our hands. It belongs to the Alvirne High School in the town of Hudson, New Hampshire. We have it here for a cleaning and (if needed) restoration. I will attach photos later. At this time, we do not know the exact model. Everything is painted Battleship Grey except the counterweights which are chrome plated. It has casters on the feet but no provision for leveling screws. The tube rotates and the focusing unit has a sliding sleeve in the main tube. At some point it did have a guide scope attached but, that is long gone.
I did manage get the following information from the side of the mirror.
Cave Optical Co.
F/7 - 54" F/L DEC-17-1968
The writing is very hard to read since it is very lightly done. I will try to get some good images of the lettering later. The coating is shot so it will need to be done over.
This is another case of a fine telescope being put into storage and forgotten for 25 plus years. No one knows when it was last used. The school wishes to bring it back into service.
From what we can tell the entire instrument is in near perfect condition and has had no modifications done to it at all. With the exception of some slightly corroded screws and some scuffed paint, everything appears to be in original condition.
I will post photos and more details as time will allow.
Oh. I guess whoever is in charge of updating the registry should enter this one into it. lol