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#101 Mr Magoo

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Posted 22 November 2014 - 03:07 PM

I think it is neat that her entry on Sept. 1, 1946 notes the observation of M31 using the old term of The Great Nebula in Andromeda. Thank you for sharing all of this.


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Posted 13 May 2017 - 08:38 AM

Happy to have found this thread. Wonderful read! So nice to be the keeper of history!


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Posted 13 May 2017 - 12:08 PM

Happy to have found this thread. Wonderful read! So nice to be the keeper of history!

Thanks Dave ,

    Out of all the telescopes that I own , Alice's scope is my most loved and cherished scope of all . I maintained communications with Lenard ( Alice's surviving husband ) after the sale . On 12/12/14 Lenard sent me a letter informing me that he had moved to Gilbert ,  Arizona  to live with his daughter Kathy and her husband . Upon this move Lenard came across this booklet about comets and mainly the Barringer comet crater ( 2nd revision edition 1946 ) . In the circular cut out of the booklet is a small fragment of the Barringer  crater comet . Lenard said in his letter " In the process of moving I found this item and my first thought was of you , I know you will give it a good home " . Almost a year later Kathy ( Alice and Lenard's daughter ) sent me a letter informing me that Lenard had passed on 11/20/15 , he was 89 . Lenard's obit and the correspondence and the comet booklet are in my Alice Mae Weiss history folder .

 

Together again , may they both rest in peace .

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 03:46 PM

Wow!  I had a copy of that same booklet, when my mom and dad took me to Barringer Crater as a teenager in the early 70's.  Long lost, what a treat to see one again.  

 

So nice of Leonard's daughter to keep you informed.  Keep that provenance together Tom, it only adds to the value of the scope.  Well-done, my friend.  waytogo.gif


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Posted 13 May 2017 - 06:22 PM

It's sad to hear of the old guy's death. I think it's fantastic that he remembered you and gave you such a gift. I can't imagine the personal, emotional value it adds to your appreciation of what was already your favorite piece of history.

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 07:32 PM

It's sad to hear of the old guy's death. I think it's fantastic that he remembered you and gave you such a gift. I can't imagine the personal, emotional value it adds to your appreciation of what was already your favorite piece of history.

It sure was Frank . It was very emotional for me to hear of Lenard's passing . I find it unusual that an old telescope and some old Sky and Telescope magazines would bring me so close to one family . I like to think of it as Divine Intervention . I never met Alice of course , or her daughter Kathy , but I did have the honor and pleasure of meeting Lenard . The day I met Lenard we spoke for hours about Alice , Kathy , and himself at his dining room table , all the while , under  the watchful eye of Alice's photo as the center piece on that dining room table . Weeks after our first and only meeting Lenard was so gracious to mail me a copy of that table center piece photo of Alice . I did call Kathy once I got the news of Lenard's death and offered my condolences ( that was the first we'd spoke ) . Kathy ( Alice's daughter ) and I set up the deal off of Craigslist via Email's , Kathy at Gilbert , Arizona and I in Ohio .

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Posted 24 October 2017 - 08:53 AM

Simply amazing.


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Posted 24 October 2017 - 12:19 PM

Such a treasure, Tom!.......and the story?.....I hate over-used words, but in this case "amazing" just fits. What a beautiful lady!

In my corner of the midwest today, we're being treated to a fine approximation of winter. Cold, gray, rainy.........Finding this story put some sunshine in the day.

Devoured every word, right down to the journal entries. 

Thanks for documenting it all so well and putting it here for everyone to enjoy.

Alice Mae yet lives on.....


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Posted 24 October 2017 - 11:26 PM

Thanks fellas for the kind remarks . I'm looking at her scope as I type in my computer room . It 's the first thing I see every morning with my morning cup of joe ! 

 

Yes you are right !  .........  " Alice Mae yet lives on "..... like-button.jpg


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 01:01 AM

My sister in law still has my older brother's 3.5" Skyscope.  He passed on in 2011.  It is the exact same instrument as pictured in the first posts here.  The box it came in has a date of 1954 from the Skyscope company.  It was first purchased by his friend, Mike O'Brian and then purchased by my brother, Bob, I assume around 1955.  My first observations with this scope date back to 1957 viewing Saturn.  That is what hooked me on my life long obsession with astronomy.  I still remember the image!  I could easily see Cassini's division and the dusky equatorial band and, I believe, Titan.  This was on my parent's property at Anderson Island in the Puget Sound. 

This scope did not have a finder so, being limber in my youth, I pointed from the mirror cell up past the focuser to find Messier's.

I spent many years using the scope and did so up into the late 1960's.  I will say the mount was 'touchy' but adequate.  This unit had 2 eyepieces for 60 and 100 power.  As stated, the mirror cell and front ring were brass along with the focuser and two eyepieces.  I observed almost all of the Messier's with this scope.

One year, my brother had possession of an old Zeiss microscope.  I used the Zeiss eyepieces in the Skyscope and the difference in image quality was profound!  That old Skyscope, with its single stalk secondary, produced excellent pinpoint stars, high contrast, and high definition too.  Unfortunately, my brother sold the Zeiss and I was not able to use those eyepieces again.  And yes, they were smaller in diameter than what was in the Skyscope.

As stated earlier, the legs screwed into the base and all the items were fit into the original shipping box and still are.  The box was filled with straw.  I will have to look at it again!

I understood later that the mirror was supposed to be spherical but a f/11 gave excellent images. 

I know David Levy has a Skyscope also but have not heard of or know anyone else having one.  So this thread has been fun and brings back so many memories.  I remember seeing Sputnik going from east to west (at least that is how I remember it) and it was pulsing light (tumbling) from the front yard of my parents house in Tacoma with my brother.  If I remember correctly, it was visible for about a two week period.  Again, this was the first satellite!

In those days the Milky Way also was very prominent even in the city. 

Anyhow, the mirror (last I saw) still had a great coating on it.  The secondary was a flat square mirror on the stalk and was also still bright.

Thanks for the memories!

Charlie Geiger


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 08:31 AM

Thanks Charlie , what a great story . You might think about getting that old Skyscope out once again and feed it some Photons . It would most likely re kindle some of those  old childhood memories  winky.gif    like-button.jpg 



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Posted 19 July 2019 - 12:45 PM

Amazing scope, amazing passionate people, wonderful post!!!


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Posted 11 November 2020 - 11:52 PM

Just came across this thread, and I must say, wow. Amazing. 

Tom, thank you for sharing. 


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Posted 12 November 2020 - 08:58 AM

Just came across this thread, and I must say, wow. Amazing. 

Tom, thank you for sharing. 

You are welcome . Yes , Alice's scope , I must say was one of my Favorite scopes . Not because of performance , but overall appearance and back story . Alas , my old friend is destine for greatness in a museum in China .     



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Posted 12 November 2020 - 03:16 PM

I guess now is the time to mention one of these classics is on eBay, but not in an obvious location. I'd go after it myself, but I am going through a bit of a crisis at the moment (my Mother unexpectedly died last week), and I am having to prepare to move. Living on a fixed income really bites, but alas, after the Edmund disaster sort of hesitant. Besides, too rich for my blood, so to speak.
Anyway, if anyone is interested.

https://www.ebay.com...e/174514025387?


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Posted 13 November 2020 - 11:11 AM

Wow! What an amazing memory and memorial! To have so much literature and pics and all, wow! All I have from my Mother is the "leiben's lauf" from her memorial and some ashes.

 

My older brother and sisters in their infinite wisdom would not let me attend her memorial. But, I digress.

 

The amount of literature and information you have is amazing. Where she is, I'm sure she would be proud!

 

Clear skies!

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Posted 21 November 2020 - 11:38 AM

I took the leap and bought that Skyscope. 

Sadly, I'm in the midst of a move, so I won't get to see it until the first week in December, and to be honest I really shouldn't have bought it (good thing I'm fond of Cherrios and ramen noodles). But it looks like such a fascinating piece of amateur astronomy history that I had to do it. 


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