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#51 JustinO

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 09:56 PM

"Gustavus Cook" telescope faceplate.

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#52 Dan /schechter

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 10:03 PM

Beautiful and bold signature. When do you think your CLark was made?
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#53 JustinO

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 10:20 PM

The current theory is that this telescope was ordered by Manuel Gino de Castresana, who died before delivery, and that the Clark Co. subsequently sold it to Gustavus Cook. The "Castresana" is listed in "Artist in Optics", and on page 269 of the Lundin notebook. That page is dated Jan 7, 1924. This telescope is a near perfect duplicate of the "Clyde Bishop" telescope listed on the same page of the notebook.

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#54 Daniel Mounsey

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 10:46 PM

Thank you all.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:47 AM

Sig is that the pier from the 9" Clark?

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Yes it is.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:49 AM

Hi Bill,
According to the SLAS website, the picture of the red refractor is 7.9" Brandt. Is the pier originally for a 9" Clark?
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I donated that several years ago. Too heavy to be portable.

The current owner, nicknamed M27, calls it a 7.9" but, FYI, Brandt sold it to me as an 8". I later sold it to M27. I call it an 8".


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Posted 12 December 2012 - 01:46 PM

:roflmao: :roflmao: I like the owners name, took awhile, but now I get it!

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 01:57 PM

Mike --> My telescope is in many pieces, but here is picture from a Clark catalog that looks identical. (it may be of mine). I'm cleaning and lacquering as fast as I can....


The same picture is in the book "Artists in Optics" on page 233. Mine may be on page 232 and is on page 171.

Do you have all the pieces?

#59 JustinO

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 12:05 AM

"Do you have all the pieces? "

Pretty much complete. Pedestal, mount, OTA, controls, drive all present. A few little fiddly bits to source/fabricate.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 10:30 AM

Justin you are indeed a fortunate classical owner! :waytogo: May we see a pic of the lens and cell? Surely it's not still been in the tube with all of the moving and handling etc? ;) Mike

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 01:38 PM

You'll be thrilled to know that the full name is Manuel Guillermo (Gmo. an abbreviation thereof) de Castresana. Very classic!

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 02:13 PM

"Do you have all the pieces? "

Pretty much complete. Pedestal, mount, OTA, controls, drive all present. A few little fiddly bits to source/fabricate.


Broken in and spoiled at the same time.

#63 JustinO

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 05:24 PM

I would never leave it mounted while moving the telescope. I have it hanging by a string on the front porch -- it's beautiful when the sun catches it on a windy day.

There are a couple photos of the edge here:
http://www.cloudynig...5470030/page...

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 05:38 PM

These are some absolutely beautiful classic pieces of machinery. I love handmade precision machines and this one is a work of art!

obin :bow:


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