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#76 CHASLX200

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Posted 10 April 2017 - 05:36 AM

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

Starliner was Starliner from around the late 50's. I got one of the last scope made from the owner Charles in 1993.  A 10" F/8.3.


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Posted 13 August 2017 - 06:10 PM

I had a friend that ordered a 12.5 " econo- line" star liner - in a short focal length - I have to say, it seemed to be a great scope with a very steady mount- though I did not spend much time with it,sadly.I am glad that it worked out,because I was trying to get him to order a cave, not knowing they were well on their slide in the later seventies.He may still have been waiting for it to arrive!


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Posted 13 August 2017 - 09:36 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

Starliner was Starliner from around the late 50's. I got one of the last scope made from the owner Charles in 1993.  A 10" F/8.3.

 

that is a long 10" scope. What did you have it mounted on?  Must have given wonderful images.



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Posted 14 August 2017 - 05:08 AM

 

 

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

Starliner was Starliner from around the late 50's. I got one of the last scope made from the owner Charles in 1993.  A 10" F/8.3.

 

that is a long 10" scope. What did you have it mounted on?  Must have given wonderful images.

 

It was on a 2" shaft Starliner mount...



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Posted 14 August 2017 - 07:27 AM

1.75" BTW the guy who started this topic was banned years ago...


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Posted 14 August 2017 - 07:52 AM

that sounds like  warning



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Posted 14 August 2017 - 08:15 AM

The title of this thread cracks me up, every time I see it.


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Posted 14 August 2017 - 09:00 AM

can I start one that asks what company made Meade telescopeslol.gif



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Posted 14 August 2017 - 11:42 AM

Well... who made Tascos?? It is a funny title though, I chuckled a bit.



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Posted 14 August 2017 - 06:00 PM

can I start one that asks what company made Meade telescopeslol.gif

Everyone but Meade made them.



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Posted 21 February 2021 - 07:14 AM

I purchased my Starliner used in the late 1980's. The prior owner did a number on the RA drive.

 

My buddy and I did a complete tear down and rebuild: new RA roller bearings, greased the declination sleeve bearings, the works. I contacted Charles and mailed the entire RA drive assembly back for a rebuild which was done nicely. Put her all back together and things have worked fine for 30 years.

 

I do have a declination motor which was taken off of an old Starliner mount and I plan on installing one day, but it is a jumble of wires and I have no schematic so it just sits for now.

 

I do drag it out from time to time and do deep sky observing. Last year did a great job on the Coma Virgo clusters. 


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Posted 24 February 2021 - 05:50 PM

It's funny, the different experiences we all had.

I BUILT a lot of the early Meade 628s 645s and 826s, and at the time I thought they were pathetic compared to Cave and Optical Craftsmen, which I had some experience with as well.

Now, though? I'd buy one if I have the room and the price is right.

Greg had a bad mirror in an Optical Craftsmen Connoisseur, so he parted out a great scope and replaced the mirror. I'd have replaced the mirror - preferably with one I made myself - and kept the scope intact. Those don't come up for sale very often. And if you can find one with optics by R. E. Brandt, you've got a real winner. I've had two OC 8" f/6 mirrors, one in the original OTA and one now in my Springfield (I parted that one out when it was only a few years old, so it wasn't a "classic" yet), and they are both excellent mirrors.

My 8" f/7 Cave lightweight deluxe is a very nice scope with excellent optics as well. And though that 1" shaft mount is too light for the scope (especially with rotating rings!), if I balance it well and it's not windy, it makes a good planetary imaging platform.

I've had several SCTs, both classic and modern, and though they are sometimes very good (and more flexible for different types of imaging/observing), they can't beat a good Newtonian for planetary, what I do most. I made parts for 2080s and 2110s for a while at Meade in 1982, and I hated them then (too much "hand work" needed to put them together and get them to perform well, at the time), but I have a 2045LX3 now and love the little guy.

Last but not least, I used to scoff at the Japanese import refractors. Kept doing so until I decided to try out the Mayflower 76x1200 I found on CL a few years ago. Now I've got a bunch of 'em, and one of my absolute favorites is a mid-80s red-tube Tasco 14F. I haven't found any of the small refractors that I've bought to have anything but very nice optics, and 2 of them - 90's Meade and Tasco - are beat to snot jobbies with plastic parts!

This stuff is fun, buying and trying out, and reselling these old scopes!

That fork mount from Star-Liner looks almost like a prototype or a one-off. Reminds me of the Dynamax 8's fork mount.

-Tim.

The primary in my Cave 12.5" Convertible Cass-Newt is from OC and signed by Dick Brandt



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Posted 24 February 2021 - 06:18 PM

While I have never owned a Starliner or an OC mount I have past and present owned, fixed, and repaired a number of Cave and DS-16 Meade mounts. A couple of years ago I bought a restored Schaefer AT-9. It puts all those other mounts to shame I have to say.

 

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Posted 24 February 2021 - 07:33 PM

While I have never owned a Starliner or an OC mount I have past and present owned, fixed, and repaired a number of Cave and DS-16 Meade mounts. A couple of years ago I bought a restored Schaefer AT-9. It puts all those other mounts to shame I have to say.

 

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Always wanted one of them mounts. But bet one had never been in FL.



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Posted 24 February 2021 - 07:49 PM

I know of one Charles.My buddy bought what was reportedly ,the last mount schaefer ever built/started. It actually was far from complete so my friend added the drives,circles,drive corrector and of course the paint.He built a 10"f8 newt and wanted it all to be of a 'old school' mindset.This pic is the scope on the schaefer mount.

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Posted 24 February 2021 - 07:54 PM

I know of one Charles.My buddy bought what was reportedly ,the last mount schaefer ever built/started. It actually was far from complete so my friend added the drives,circles,drive corrector and of course the paint.He built a 10"f8 newt and wanted it all to be of a 'old school' mindset.This pic is the scope on the schaefer mount.

My kind of scope. Maybe it would fit out my door.  




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