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#626 steve t

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 09:08 PM

Hi Robert ,

Thanks for the link to Return to Starlight Nights.

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Posted 15 January 2019 - 01:39 PM

   I recently had two of my treasured antique astronomy books repaired at the Chester Bookworm in Chester VT. They did a wonderful job rebinding the books at  a very reasonable cost and with only a weeks turn around from the time I mailed them.  So if any of your books need repair I highly recommend them. https://sites.google...hesterbookworm/

 

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Posted 19 January 2019 - 05:35 PM

No right place for this so miscellaneous. 

While rewiring the '63 Cave Astrola Deluxe mount, I found this hand-stamped makers mark on the tab attaching the polar housing to the pier cap.  This is the deluxe mount in the Red Catalog.

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Posted 19 January 2019 - 06:02 PM

Closer

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 12:42 AM

   I recently had two of my treasured antique astronomy books repaired at the Chester Bookworm in Chester VT. They did a wonderful job rebinding the books at  a very reasonable cost and with only a weeks turn around from the time I mailed them.  So if any of your books need repair I highly recommend them. https://sites.google...hesterbookworm/

 

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Dave

Thanks for the link. I've got a book that has sentimental value to me  but is in very sad shape. I'll  check these folks out.

Steve T 



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Posted 21 January 2019 - 02:33 PM

BB's DPAC Rig Model 3 is done.  The big gray box is gone.  It's a much simpler apparatus.  I took an old 2" to 1.25" eyepiece adapter, taped a Ronchi screen across it, mounted green & red LEDs in a cardboard crescent (with a glare shield), and positioned this to lightly touch the screen.  Switching colors takes maybe a minute.  I kept all the electrical hardware, including the digital "dimmer" switch.  I think this version will make better photos, but I won't try that until the weekend -- still recovering from a very bad head cold.


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Posted 22 February 2019 - 01:25 PM

I'm going to put this here for safe keeping,

opening a drive gear case:

https://www.cloudyni...y/#entry4657046

 

I haven't done this myself, but I do have a 62 year old Cave drive that's not as

quiet as a church mouse no more, suppose it could use a drop or a dollop.

 

Robert 


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Posted 25 February 2019 - 06:54 PM

Some Royal clues:  I was home today recovering from an FJI treatment this morning.  I just finished cleaning & aligning a Tasco 7TE-5 objective, and it dawned on me...  The spacers on most Royal lenses touch the lens edge, but on this one, all 3 are set in about 0.5mm, such that the corners almost touch the edge.  I've seen this before on a few other Royal 60 & 76 lenses.  Makes me wonder:  Was this the technique of a particular small lens maker that supplied some Royal refractors?  If we examine enough Royal, Towa, or Yamamoto objectives, would we see other subtle differences that point to specific makers?  I had assumed that different edge alignment marks (X, slash, double/triple slash) denoted an individual, but who knows?



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Posted 25 February 2019 - 07:12 PM

Interesting...



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Posted 26 February 2019 - 05:56 PM

Some Royal clues:  I was home today recovering from an FJI treatment this morning.  I just finished cleaning & aligning a Tasco 7TE-5 objective, and it dawned on me...  The spacers on most Royal lenses touch the lens edge, but on this one, all 3 are set in about 0.5mm, such that the corners almost touch the edge.  I've seen this before on a few other Royal 60 & 76 lenses.  Makes me wonder:  Was this the technique of a particular small lens maker that supplied some Royal refractors?  If we examine enough Royal, Towa, or Yamamoto objectives, would we see other subtle differences that point to specific makers?  I had assumed that different edge alignment marks (X, slash, double/triple slash) denoted an individual, but who knows?

Best I can recall on all the 1958 to 1969 date range 60mm and 76mm Astro Optical Co aka Royal is that on those objectives the spacers were located right next to the beveled edge of the objective or very close. Some are not on square to the edge as well. But close that I never gave it much thought TBH. On ones I've replaced the spacers, I just put back where the original ghost image is of the original spacers when present. Some could very well be close to a half mm from the edge, though most are not. Roughly speaking that would be on around 30+ AOC scopes I've owned or still have. I'd say the AOC specs for spacer location was to be next to the beveled edge within a half mm or less.

 

I would guess is just comes down to the skill of the person setting the spacer in place and how fast the optical cement set up. Maybe not much time to adjust, so close enough was good enough unless it was way off location.

 

With respect to AOC objectives and alignment marks. There is a pattern to what types of marks are on the sides albeit for location and also the high or low edge used to adjust for wedge I assume. Also the color of the pencil markings using red and blue are found on earlier objectives.

 

This pattern/color of alignment marks correlate to date and serial number range of the objectives.

 

More detail on this later when I get time. Have go back and look at pics of ones I've had apart to confirm approx date ranges. Again this is for AOC objectives.



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Posted 26 February 2019 - 06:48 PM

My Sears 6336 - a 1963/64 Royal has a red X.  My 1960s Lafayette Galactic had a single vertical red Line.  IIRC, my 1956 Space Scope 151 - an ASC product - had a single red Slash.

 

I'll have to dig through the folders, too.  I didn't always take pix of the lenses out of their cells with the alignment mark(s) showing.

 

Like I say, it could be nothing, or points to the person who made / assembled / tested the objective...

 

If anyone can find a pattern for the Astro lenses, it's Stephen!


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Posted 01 March 2019 - 12:51 AM

My apologies if these were already linked:

 

1988 Vixen catalog in Italian:

http://www.specola.a...N1988AURIGA.pdf

 

(there are hi-res scans of manuals for small Japanese telescopes at this site)

edit: there are all kinds of catalogs and manuals here including Polarex

http://www.specola.a.../documenti.html

 

Museum of Astronomical Telescopes  Japan:

http://www.telescope-museum.com/


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Posted 01 March 2019 - 10:55 AM

I'd love to visit the telescope museum.

On the map I see a park and a grocery store, naw, I'm to old for economy holiday I

will go in style, okay maybe a few nights under the stars.

When my brother and I were young be traveled all of Europe on a motorcycle and

lived like that.  4000 mi. and most meals were from grocery stores and many a night

sleeping in parks. 

Every second or third day we would stay in a bed and breakfast and eat a real meal.

We could not have afforded the trip without going economy.

 

Robert


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Posted 01 March 2019 - 12:39 PM

The farmers market by the telescope museum in Kagawa has amazing soba noodles and there was a sake brewer on premise who also did amazing work, if that helps ;-)

 

I plan to go back sometime, it was amazing before official opening.  The whole area is beautiful, much more countryside than urban so completely unlike Tokyo environs.

 

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 09:40 PM

I ran across this manual on telescopes, gunsights, rangefinders, and many other optical

instruments within the pages:

http://www.90thidpg....1944, Vol 2.pdf

 

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Posted 09 March 2019 - 01:03 PM

Wander down the page to the C8 with the cracked corrector, interesting:

https://www.scoperev.../page1aa.html#1

 

Robert


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Posted 11 March 2019 - 09:31 AM

 His optical tests aren't critical enough to show any issues. For example the out of focus image of some object, the image is  too far out of focus to show anything,  so misleading that the crack has  no or little effect.  This is why you see claims of "1/10 wave" optics or "perfect star tests" when correctly tested you really have much worse. 

 

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 10:43 AM

Excellent work  'Astronomy of To-Day' here:

https://www.gutenber...0-h/28570-h.htm

 

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 03:21 PM

This Celestron/Vixen (80mm?) sold recently on GW.

Has anybody ever seen this model?

Note the plain flat surface where a finder usually goes.

 

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More pics:

https://www.shopgood...m/Item/64036875

 

 


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Posted 12 March 2019 - 04:24 PM

I had the above telescope on a sturdy table mount. The focusing tube caused vignetting to the point where it was closer to a 60-70mm scope aperture-wise.



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Posted 28 March 2019 - 04:20 PM

This Celestron/Vixen (80mm?) sold recently on GW.
Has anybody ever seen this model?
Note the plain flat surface where a finder usually goes.
 
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https://www.shopgood...m/Item/64036875


Its the original Vixen A80SS, made for the US market. I have one like that but with a mottled green tube. Mine is likely a Vixen model, not a Celestron, although I can't confirm the paint color as original. Some instead of a solid surface have a small glued on cover where the finder would go. I have used mine as a guider although currently its sitting on my iOptron Cube II mount.
This is the short tube 80mm scope that everyone copied although it has an 80mm tube like most of the Japanese 77-80mm scopes that used .965 eyepieces instead of a 90mm tube.

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Posted 29 March 2019 - 06:18 PM

F+W Media is going into bankruptcy and as the current owner of Sky and Telescope, the magazine is soon to find itself on the auction block. Here’s a nice little article from the Times with a little about its past and a little about it’s possible future.

 

 https://www.nytimes....-telescope.html

 

Agreeably, it’s not what it once was, but what is? I do know that I for one would miss it! Let’s all hope for the best.


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Posted 29 March 2019 - 07:44 PM

Here is an email I received from S & T:

 

To Our Valued Customer,

Over the years, F+W Media, Inc. and its affiliated companies ("F+W Media") have strived to provide inspiration, instruction, and exclusive products and services through its various magazines, online education, print and digital books, subscription video sites, consumer and trade events, and online stores. Many things have changed over the years, but one will always remain the same: our commitment to you, our customer, in making sure that you have access to the latest content of our craft, art, writing, design, knitting, quilting, and outdoor enthusiast communities.

We recently announced a plan to strengthen F+W Media through a financial restructuring. This plan is designed to guarantee that there will be no change in the services and content that our customers expect from F+W Media.

In order to avoid any confusion or inaccuracy, I am writing to you personally to share two things that we want all customers to know:
We are open for business. Customers can continue to subscribe to our magazines and shop across our online stores without disruption.
All orders will arrive on time as promised.
The financial restructuring will be done through a court-supervised process. On March 10, 2019, we began that process by voluntarily filing reorganization cases under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the District of Delaware. Operations will continue as usual throughout the court-supervised process, including meeting and exceeding the needs of our valued customers.

We have asked for, and the court has approved, our ability to keep serving you in the same way we have in the past. At F+W Media, we are honored to offer products that provide inspiration in the daily lives of our customers and we want to thank you for being a part of our enthusiast communities. If you have specific questions with respect to our Chapter 11 reorganization please contact us here.

Gregory J. Osberg,
Chief Executive Officer

 

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Posted 30 March 2019 - 08:58 AM

Here is an email I received from S & T:

 

To Our Valued Customer,

Over the years, F+W Media, Inc. and its affiliated companies ("F+W Media") have strived to provide inspiration, instruction, and exclusive products and services through its various magazines, online education, print and digital books, subscription video sites, consumer and trade events, and online stores. Many things have changed over the years, but one will always remain the same: our commitment to you, our customer, in making sure that you have access to the latest content of our craft, art, writing, design, knitting, quilting, and outdoor enthusiast communities.

We recently announced a plan to strengthen F+W Media through a financial restructuring. This plan is designed to guarantee that there will be no change in the services and content that our customers expect from F+W Media.

In order to avoid any confusion or inaccuracy, I am writing to you personally to share two things that we want all customers to know:
We are open for business. Customers can continue to subscribe to our magazines and shop across our online stores without disruption.
All orders will arrive on time as promised.
The financial restructuring will be done through a court-supervised process. On March 10, 2019, we began that process by voluntarily filing reorganization cases under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the District of Delaware. Operations will continue as usual throughout the court-supervised process, including meeting and exceeding the needs of our valued customers.

We have asked for, and the court has approved, our ability to keep serving you in the same way we have in the past. At F+W Media, we are honored to offer products that provide inspiration in the daily lives of our customers and we want to thank you for being a part of our enthusiast communities. If you have specific questions with respect to our Chapter 11 reorganization please contact us here.

Gregory J. Osberg,
Chief Executive Officer

 

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I got that too. I think it’s typical corporate speak, analogous to “The ice berg just grazed the hull, but to be on the safe side, women and children first into the boats. In the meantime enjoy the music played by our wonderful orchestra.”

 

I’m pretty certain, it will go down like the article says, with S&T being sold off, yet again. I wish Willmann-Bell would buy it and run it.


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Posted 02 April 2019 - 10:17 AM

I’ve been amazed that they’ve survived this long. Magazine business has been dying since the web undercut them on pricing/distribution but not ad revenue. 

 

Back in the 90’s I did an 17 part article series with Lynne in “Dr. Dobb’s Journal”, a computer programming mag. (She continued on and also in Byte as they moved to the web. Knew the writers/editors/publishers, did projects/ads with them. A “rough and tumble” business, that was dependent on small margins and customer following, where 90% of readers paid full for everything but didn’t mind skipping some to many issues that arrived, because when one appealed that was enough to secure the subscription.

 

 The web is different. On demand when you bother to visit instead of begging to be read “decoration” on the table when present.  You can’t click-away, and a well- written article is a “page turner” that sticks you for hours. With the web your attention gets “diffracted” into numerous distracted directions that you hop to before you know it, might not hop back complete article.

 

So writing is “corpusclar” tweet-like confections that get cherry-picked and gobbled. Nature of ads/sponsorship/support for content even more so, with little connection of cause/effect to guide “revenue growth”. And “deep stuff” rarely matters for value- like this comment being too long to please. S&T was very deep and dry, got more “tabloid” to survive.

 

Magazines survival (of these topic classes) is linked to racks in stores and coffee table book art. The appeal to pickup is as a lifestyle accoutrement, standing out one among many. As long as sponsorship makes it worthwhile.


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