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#1 gelkin

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 08:07 PM

Took a little road trip into New York Saturday. About 4 1/2+
hrs one way. Not bad for something good. Everyone's done it before, ( haven't you ) ?? Well I think it was definetly worth every mile and the 60 bucks worth of gas. Here's part 1 of what i brought home. I did'nt plan on a box, but i just couldn't resist. My car is ok for most scopes. The back seats fold down, so you get the whole length from the trunk to the front seats. However there's not a lot of hithe. So we just took it apart. The box that is! The owners
graciously helped.

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 08:15 PM

The owners where a couple cousins that had inhierited this thing some time ago. They have acually been trying to sell it for over a year. I first saw it when someone posted it on this forum in the ads post. I emailed them right away and recieved a quick responce saying it was taken by someone picking it up soon. Well about three weeks later an email comes back asking if i was interested. They had not heard fron the other party. What luck, i have a free weekend and my wife is away for a week, how perfect is that. Not to mention they lowered the asking price. Plus its within driving distance.

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 08:23 PM

The box is the actual shipping container the OTA came in. Not sure what i will do with it. The coolest thing, which i didn't find till today is this label. No matter how i shot it you couldn't see as well as in person the shipping date. May 29, 1961. So many times you want to know the history of your find, but you usually are guessing. Not on this one!!
Check out that declared value 600.00. That was a LOT of MONEY in 1961 !! Right ?? For a telescope !!

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 08:31 PM

So inside this box is an OTA just about as nice of shape as you could ask for being 50 years old this month. Hardly even a scratch. :jump: :jump:

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 08:35 PM

There is a finder screw that is bent. I'm sure it will snap if i try to straighten it. I'm seeing brass thumb screws. ;) Check out the dust cover. Is that cool or what. :jump: :jump:

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 08:39 PM

The mirror mount is a little puzzling to me. What, no thumb screws to adjust? We'll see when i take it apart.

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 08:49 PM

Now, knowing the date on this one i can't help but wonder if the ser number is first digit model (8"), second the year of manufacture, and then the number for that year? Or is it a coincidance ?? :question:

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 08:54 PM

Another shot of the shipping box. The top had nail holes in line with the cradles. So i assume there were cradles also on top to clamp the OTA during shipment. The mount and pier were in another box.

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 09:01 PM

How about that finder scope lens cap. Its hard plastic that slips inside the dew shield and lined with felt. From here the main mirror looks perfect. No coating loss at all and quite clean too. The secondary is not so good. Someone wiped it off a couple times. :confused: :confused:I'll be replacing it. Glad they couldn't reach the objective.

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 09:05 PM

Wow!!!!

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 09:06 PM

The focuser is pretty cool. It has a little draw tube. The rack and pinion is fine. So you rough it in with the draw tube and fine tune with the rack. :jump:

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 09:08 PM

Wow!!!!


Pretty cool isn't it. There's more.

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 09:10 PM

JACKPOT! Congratulations! My biggest scope fantasy is to someday find a 10" Criterion or bigger! (but yours is really nice too!) Lots of wow factor there for me. A real treasure box, I hope there's a mount. :)
Thanks for posting.

Jason W. Higley

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 09:13 PM

Wow!!!!


Pretty cool isn't it. There's more.


Mount and accessories?

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 09:16 PM

The mount will be a little more work. The usual rusting of any steel parts. There's also a badge with the same number as well. MATCHING NUMBERS :jump: :jump: Just like you want in your Corvette. :roflmao: The drive is still humming, we'll see if it in fact works. Have to do some three prong cord work.

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 09:25 PM

These were convertables. You permantly mounted the pier and when it was field trip time, the mount pulled out of the pier and grew legs. Tripod legs that is. All four counter wieghts are there and the toe saver. This will have to be blasted and painted.

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 09:28 PM

If that wasn't enough there were two small boxes inside the big box. I would have been content to stop there.

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 09:28 PM

That mount is fascinating! Looks like it could carry a Corvette :)

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 09:32 PM

A full set of Criterion eyepieces and a barlow. :jump: They were also in there shipping boxes. The paint is a little flakey. The glass is excellent and so are the barrels. Bingo :jump: :jump: I have wondered for some time what the 30mm criterion is like.

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 09:38 PM

I have to hang it up for tonight. Its late on the east side of town. I'll post more as i work this one over. I think the f/8 will be very cool indeed. :jump: :jump:

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 10:02 PM

That's beautiful. I bet it performs great too. Let us know how the spike free spider works.

Robert

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 10:18 PM

nice scope i use to have the criterion rv-8 8f/8 not the old one like you have? i had the white tube one with the mount just a little bigger than the criterion rv-6 had? yours is truely a classic dale

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 10:37 PM

Wow!

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 10:37 PM

Gerald,

Love your Dynascope 8" Deluxe.

Nice large (Real working) setting circles. What's their diameters?

After you get a chance to look through your scope, I'd be curious to learn if the figure 8 secondary spider/holder spreads out the spikes like a simple curved one does.

What is the diameter of the counter weight shaft?

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 10:45 PM

Very nice. Wonderful project.


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