3 inch edmund space conqueror
Posted 02 January 2014 - 09:39 PM
Can anyone tell me a little bit about this telescope if they have owned one in the past or have one? How can I improve the telescope to get good views of the moon? It is very easy to collimate with the round, wheel type of screws. Any suggestions or tips on how to improve this telescope would be appreciated.
Should I keep this telescope or just get rid of it?
Posted 02 January 2014 - 09:48 PM
There is no need to "improve" this scope. It is what it is. And what it is is a classic.
I really recommend that the mods move this to the Classics forum. You will get lots more commentary that way. Don't crosspost--let the mods do it.
Posted 03 January 2014 - 12:04 AM
Posted 03 January 2014 - 12:15 AM
Posted 03 January 2014 - 12:50 AM
Making a couple of good Plossls for it would be a snap.
Posted 03 January 2014 - 01:58 AM
I gave the scope to a friend in '75, but still have the eyepieces just because.
I learned a good deal with that scope. Nice views for $30.
Posted 03 January 2014 - 10:44 AM
My first scope also, 1969. It came with 1" (30x), 1/2" (60x) and 1/4"fl (100x) eyepieces.
Actually, mine did too. But my favorite eyepiece in that scope was the 3/4" Symmetrical. It sold for $5.95 (20% of the cost of the scope) and I had to deliver LOTS of Life Magazines to save up for it.
Posted 03 January 2014 - 10:50 AM
Posted 03 January 2014 - 11:45 AM
I'll disagree with everybody. As per your final question I think you should just get rid of it. What a piece of sorry garbage. You should send it to me. I have the 4.25", the 6", and the 8" but not the 3".
No, wait. Yours is on a wood tripod? My set is all on the grey piers, each with clock drive. You should keep yours, it is honestly a classic.
No, wait. I have the Edmund 4.25" on a wood tripod also that could use a little sister. You want a big brother for your 3" scope? I will need to pass mine on after I finish all the Edmund grey projects. Maybe for the cost of shipping to a good home. Maybe to a regular from this forum that can give it some appreciation.
No, wait. I can't offer that here. We've kind of been through this sort of thing in the forum before. Maybe an under the table deal after I get done with the Palomar JRs.
No, wait. To heck with it, as long as they keep going out the door. Handfulls out an nothing in for months now.
It's in this picture somewhere, sorta.
Posted 03 January 2014 - 12:29 PM
You might be able to find some other microscope eyepieces to give you a bit more latitude. Surplus shed and eBay have lots of microscope eyepieces including wide field varieties.
Great suggestion, Terra. And Surplus Shed is running a sale right now. See my thread in the ATM forum to get the current discount code.
Posted 03 January 2014 - 02:01 PM
Now where did I put the "wayback machine?
Posted 03 January 2014 - 09:33 PM
I had the very same reaction. This scope needs a 1" plossl! I got my 3" SC at a garage sale for $15. It would be a lot more fun with a "finder" e.p. . IWIK someone who has used the microscope eps for this scope.
Hard to drop $15-20 or more on an ep. that you are not sure you'll be happy with, on a $15 scope that is mostly just for looking "at". I'm sure it will "fit" (.917), but not sure if a 10x Huygenian with a tiny pinhole of glass will do.
My original intent was to "save" the poor little scope and put it in the hands of a young wanna-be astronomer. Without a better low-power ep it is not friendly though.
Surplus Shed seems to be the best route for the price. Just hard to pull the trigger.
Posted 03 January 2014 - 11:28 PM
Mine is on a wooden tripod. It came with a small, what looks to be a microscope eyepiece which gives pinhole views of the heavens. I looked at Jupiter but was fuzzy. I tried an adapter which allows one to use 1.25 eyepieces with those Edmund telescopes (a friend of mine brought it over) and the views were like night and day. It improved the views by over 50% using 1.25 inch eyepieces. I would like to keep this little telescope for a while. Do you have any you are selling of these type of telescopes? I am kind of new to this hobby and am learning my way around.
Posted 03 January 2014 - 11:29 PM
Posted 03 January 2014 - 11:31 PM
I would like to give the Edmund 4.25 a good home.
Is this a good telescope also?
Posted 03 January 2014 - 11:33 PM
Posted 03 January 2014 - 11:36 PM
New to this hobby. They are kind of cute scopes. If I had to have the mirror re-coated, what place would you recommend. Mirror looks sort of "discolored" with missing spots. Looked at Jupiter but looked very fuzzy.......barely able to see any detail. Friend of mine says it might need recoating and to get rid of the little "microscope" eyepiece.
Posted 03 January 2014 - 11:38 PM
Posted 03 January 2014 - 11:44 PM