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#26 mikey cee

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 10:27 PM

Stargoat Stephan here are those pics I promised you in the PM. The first is of the 4mm ortho. ;) Mike

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 10:34 PM

These are the original 6 eyepieces that came with the Tasco 20TE. Only other items were a moon and sun filter. This too is the original wood box with a sliding lid. Just like new. The two eyepieces in the upper left are not marked on top. They are a 40mm AH and a 22mm K. ;) Mike

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#28 Joe Cepleur

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 10:49 PM

When the weather warms, I'll have to go to the club for a photoshoot. Anyone care to see a 6" Fecker Celestar Maksutov, or the optical prototype for the Edmund Astroscan?

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 11:14 PM

This Goto Kogaku scope is obscure. I have seen one other.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 11:16 PM

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 11:23 PM

Photos of my 12" Tinsley f/14 Cassegrain OTA. I don't have the original mount. The secondary mirror mounting system is an intricate device, allowing very precise positioning of the secondary. This Tinsley has a quartz primary which, unfortunately, has several chips in it. A restoration project I hope to do soon!

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 08:15 AM

Well most of you have seen the weird stuff I have found. As far as the most Obscure The 9" Pearl that Roland called the onesey pretty much still takes the cake. Also there is a big problem with it, once you start using it, it is hard to look through anything else. :foreheadslap:

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 08:41 AM

The Nautilus. Motor cover open to show guts.



That is an awesome steampunk scope. oh man! thanks for posting it :jump:

#34 Rich (RLTYS)

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 09:15 AM

Wow, some interesting and unique scopes. :cool: :jump: :bow:

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 10:22 AM

Without a doubt the most far-out scope I have purchased is this unknown:

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 10:24 AM

The mounting needs a lot of work, worst part is the Dec. assy. is missing :(

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 10:29 AM

These levels are a aid to calibrating the circles, you set the OTA to exactly zenith, set the RA circle to local sidereal time and its calibrated.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 10:32 AM

Having the mount out of order doesn't stop me from using the telescope. The lens is superb. Here the OTA is EXACTLY at zenith :D

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 10:47 AM

That's a gorgeous find Robert! I love it! I would love to find a telescope like that someday. Truly amazing.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 03:16 PM

Anybody know the details about the huge refractor that was in the San Diego Telescope store about 4 years ago. It was an odd ball and I'd like to learn what it is and where it came from. Bill

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 08:21 PM

Not quite as obscure as many of the real beauties already shown but somewhat rare in the USA - my Takahashi Teegul 60.
It's a "birding scope" model which uses the Tak FS 60 500mm lens. Very smooth helical focuser and a great Tak lens. It's just over 20 years old so it's my youngest classic.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 11:42 AM

Well, since most everyone else is reposting pix, I guess this one's pretty obscure...

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You all know the rest.
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Posted 22 March 2013 - 12:06 PM

My rarity is not a telescope, but a mount built by Hans Pfleumer that is shown in the August 1955 issue of Sky & Telescope and also in the Macmillan Sky & Telescope library (vol 4, pg 96, copyright 1966. I have owned it since the late fifties...humm, long time ago :p
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Posted 22 March 2013 - 12:31 PM

Babbit bearing pipe mount. Most excellent.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 05:18 PM

A Laelia 60mm made by Hattori-tokeiten(SEIKO)

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 09:06 PM

I think I have a version of that Laelia someplace. But most obscure, hard to tell. Probably never see another of these.

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 09:07 PM

Or this.

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 09:09 PM

Or even one of these. ;)

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 09:09 PM

What is that first instrument, Greju? The colors are striking!

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 09:12 PM

Thanks, I always liked the color scheme too.

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