Jump to content

  •  

CNers have asked about a donation box for Cloudy Nights over the years, so here you go. Donation is not required by any means, so please enjoy your stay.

Photo

What company made star liner reflectors??

  • Please log in to reply
90 replies to this topic

#1 DJD57

DJD57

    Soyuz

  • *****
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 3,567
  • Joined: 07 Sep 2009
  • Loc: NORCO,LA. USA

Posted 09 May 2011 - 11:06 PM

I think the star liner was a american made company in the 70,s can anyone help me here? or does anyone have a classic star liner? dale

#2 JIMZ7

JIMZ7

    Vanguard

  • *****
  • Posts: 2,163
  • Joined: 22 Oct 2005
  • Loc: NE flight path of DTW

Posted 10 May 2011 - 01:17 AM

Dale hey what's up. Star Liner once made their scopes here in Michigan and later moved to I believe Prescott or Tuczon Arizona. Someone might verify that.

JimBo

#3 DJD57

DJD57

    Soyuz

  • *****
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 3,567
  • Joined: 07 Sep 2009
  • Loc: NORCO,LA. USA

Posted 10 May 2011 - 06:07 AM

YEAH what,s up i will get more info from where they moved to dale

#4 Chuck Faranda

Chuck Faranda

    Viking 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 576
  • Joined: 31 Mar 2007
  • Loc: Florida

Posted 10 May 2011 - 06:26 AM

They ended up in Tucson. A search of CN 'Classic' archives will show a few threads about theses American made scopes.

#5 Robert Provin

Robert Provin

    Viking 1

  • *****
  • In Memoriam
  • Posts: 807
  • Joined: 14 Aug 2006
  • Loc: Northridge, CA

Posted 10 May 2011 - 01:16 PM

Here's one of their catalogs:
http://geogdata.csun...ar-liner/SL.pdf

Robert

#6 DJD57

DJD57

    Soyuz

  • *****
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 3,567
  • Joined: 07 Sep 2009
  • Loc: NORCO,LA. USA

Posted 10 May 2011 - 05:00 PM

i heard they were as good as the rest like cave criterion meade etc

#7 DJD57

DJD57

    Soyuz

  • *****
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 3,567
  • Joined: 07 Sep 2009
  • Loc: NORCO,LA. USA

Posted 10 May 2011 - 05:01 PM

thanks robert great information dale

#8 rmollise

rmollise

    ISS

  • *****
  • Posts: 23,273
  • Joined: 06 Jul 2007

Posted 10 May 2011 - 05:15 PM

i heard they were as good as the rest like cave criterion meade etc


They could be. Always? No. Often? No. Sometimes? Yeah.

#9 DJD57

DJD57

    Soyuz

  • *****
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 3,567
  • Joined: 07 Sep 2009
  • Loc: NORCO,LA. USA

Posted 10 May 2011 - 08:58 PM

They were all good in those days and were pretty consistent too dale

#10 rmollise

rmollise

    ISS

  • *****
  • Posts: 23,273
  • Joined: 06 Jul 2007

Posted 11 May 2011 - 04:29 PM

They were all good in those days and were pretty consistent too dale


Sorry...not in my experience...and I was around in those days. :lol:
  • Defenderslideguitar likes this

#11 DJD57

DJD57

    Soyuz

  • *****
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 3,567
  • Joined: 07 Sep 2009
  • Loc: NORCO,LA. USA

Posted 11 May 2011 - 05:35 PM

ok things have changed for better in telescopes much better coatings and better mirrors too dale

#12 tim53

tim53

    Hubble

  • *****
  • Posts: 15,347
  • Joined: 17 Dec 2004
  • Loc: Highland Park, CA

Posted 11 May 2011 - 06:38 PM

Well, more consistent perhaps!

I'd take a well-made, well-collimated set of Cave, OC, Criterion, Starliner, Coast Instrument Newtonian optics over most modern mass-produced optics anyday.

...but I would inspect before I bought, or offer based on the risk involved.

-Tim.
  • Augustus and Defenderslideguitar like this

#13 DJD57

DJD57

    Soyuz

  • *****
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 3,567
  • Joined: 07 Sep 2009
  • Loc: NORCO,LA. USA

Posted 11 May 2011 - 07:14 PM

yes I agree the old mirrors were very good and most of the old mirrors were hand made too dale

#14 rolo

rolo

    Cosmos

  • *****
  • Posts: 9,313
  • Joined: 14 Jan 2007
  • Loc: GA

Posted 11 May 2011 - 11:46 PM

What company made star liner reflectors??
:question: :step:

#15 DJD57

DJD57

    Soyuz

  • *****
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 3,567
  • Joined: 07 Sep 2009
  • Loc: NORCO,LA. USA

Posted 12 May 2011 - 06:10 AM

ROLLLLLANDO you never call so who made them ???? dale

#16 clamchip

clamchip

    Voyager 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 11,175
  • Joined: 09 Aug 2008
  • Loc: Seattle

Posted 12 May 2011 - 10:51 AM

From what I can find Star-Liner Co. was the actual company that manufactured these telescopes.
Reflectors 6" to 40", Newtonian and Cassegrain.
I understand some interesting equatorial fork mountings were made and very sharp looking German equatorial.
The Star-Liners seem to fit into that group of telescopes made in the 1960's thru 80's that were made by Amateur Astronomers for Amateur Astronomers and not a bunch of penny pinching bean counters, hence their demise.
It does appear they did make "econo" and "econo deluxe" models to broaden the market.

Robert

Attached Thumbnails

  • 4577209-1973_star_liner-01.jpg


#17 tim53

tim53

    Hubble

  • *****
  • Posts: 15,347
  • Joined: 17 Dec 2004
  • Loc: Highland Park, CA

Posted 12 May 2011 - 11:02 AM

I remember someone (might have been Phil Harrington, but might not) inquiring about purchasing Star-Liner from the family that started/ran the company when they chose to retire. They said that they didn't intend the business to continue beyond their retirement, so they just closed their doors. That would have been early 1990s, IIRC.

-Tim

#18 rmollise

rmollise

    ISS

  • *****
  • Posts: 23,273
  • Joined: 06 Jul 2007

Posted 12 May 2011 - 03:45 PM

What company made star liner reflectors??
:question: :step:


Star-liner.

;)

#19 DJD57

DJD57

    Soyuz

  • *****
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 3,567
  • Joined: 07 Sep 2009
  • Loc: NORCO,LA. USA

Posted 12 May 2011 - 06:11 PM

That is nice robert boy a 6f/8 back then was $185.00 and the star liner mirrors were equal or better than 1/10th wave?/ they fremind me of the cave optical company in there tubes and the mounts dale

#20 clamchip

clamchip

    Voyager 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 11,175
  • Joined: 09 Aug 2008
  • Loc: Seattle

Posted 12 May 2011 - 06:11 PM

Ad for the more serious Star-Liner Co. Amateur and PROFESSIONAL telescopes to 16" optics to 40"!
I like the cass-newt convertible in the picture. Swap secondaries to go f4 newt or f12 cassegrain. I wonder how that was done, if a cassette system or what.
Robert

Attached Thumbnails

  • 4577988-1976_star_liner-01.jpg


#21 DJD57

DJD57

    Soyuz

  • *****
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 3,567
  • Joined: 07 Sep 2009
  • Loc: NORCO,LA. USA

Posted 12 May 2011 - 06:12 PM

They made there mirrors hand picked just like cave edmund criterion did in the 70,s dale

#22 tim53

tim53

    Hubble

  • *****
  • Posts: 15,347
  • Joined: 17 Dec 2004
  • Loc: Highland Park, CA

Posted 12 May 2011 - 06:25 PM

Dale:

Just remember that, back when all these companies were claiming 1/10th, 1/20th or even higher quality mirrors, they had no way to quantitatively confirm those values.

Also, 1/10th of what? IR, Red, Green, Blue?

Radio waves? :grin:

-Tim

#23 rmollise

rmollise

    ISS

  • *****
  • Posts: 23,273
  • Joined: 06 Jul 2007

Posted 12 May 2011 - 07:38 PM

That is nice robert boy a 6f/8 back then was $185.00 and the star liner mirrors were equal or better than 1/10th wave?/


Well, that's what we HOPED anyway! :lol:

#24 DJD57

DJD57

    Soyuz

  • *****
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 3,567
  • Joined: 07 Sep 2009
  • Loc: NORCO,LA. USA

Posted 12 May 2011 - 08:30 PM

They never did use a faucholt tester or a ronchi tester or what did they test there mirrors with in the 60,s and 70,s dale

#25 CHASLX200

CHASLX200

    ISS

  • *****
  • Posts: 21,710
  • Joined: 29 Sep 2007
  • Loc: Tampa area Florida

Posted 12 May 2011 - 09:00 PM

They made me a 10" F8.3 OTA back in 1993. Charles from Starliner said he was closing the doors soon, and my OTA was about last one he made.

Chas


CNers have asked about a donation box for Cloudy Nights over the years, so here you go. Donation is not required by any means, so please enjoy your stay.


Recent Topics






Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics