Good evening y’all,
I’m new to this group so let my dad and I know if we do anything wrong.
My name is Patrick and I’m a senior at the University of Colorado Boulder where I study film directing/writing and astrophysics and planetary sciences. My dad was the person who originally piqued my interest in astronomy and we recently decided to clean up and semi-restore his 10” Cave Astrola Deluxe Portable (what we believe it is). We just cleaned up the mirror (which was covered in grime) to reveal a beautifully clean and surprisingly illuminated surface. I took down the information and thought I would post it here.
Cave Optical Co.
59 & 5/8 Focal Length
June 3, 1976
He traded a small telescope for this telescope (a hell of a deal) because the other guy’s wife said “it’s me or the telescope”. Needless to say, we’ve had it since the 70s/80s. I’m glad to see other’s caring for these old beauties and I look forward to chatting with you all in the future!
Patrick & Stan Wine
Hello Patrick and welcome to the Cloudy Nights Classic telescope forum! And thanks for the addition to the registry. If your Cave has rotating rings and a clock drive, as most 10" models do, it would be called a Model C Deluxe. If it also has all the aluminum parts polished and the steel parts like the pier tube chrome plated then it is a Model C Custom Super Deluxe although these are fairly rare.
Do you recall if the Cave Optical Co. engraving is block letters or cursive writing? This is another feature of the engraving that I track. Any chance you took a picture of the engraving?
You will find a number of Cave enthusiasts in this forum, myself included of course, who can help with any restoration questions you have. We also love pictures of classic Caves so feel free to start a thread on it and post away.
I will have your mirror in the next update of the registry which I will post soon.