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#7551 AdAstraPerAspera

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 05:09 AM

Found an old refractor in San Luis Obispo. Does anyone recognize this mount? 

https://slo.craigsli...6949563235.html

 

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#7552 CHASLX200

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 05:16 AM

Yes, before long you’ll be giving Chas a run for his money! wink.gif

I am done with scopes. So my count is around 255. Even with the near million $ smackers i am getting i don't think i will ever buy another. I bleeded out well over 350k in money since 1976. I am now dead inside and have no wish to do anything with any hobby until my pain goes away.



#7553 CHASLX200

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 05:19 AM

Why, it must be close to 50 C8s alone! lol.gif

Over 20 C8's and all were lack luster to flat out bad but one freaky C8 that was Newt like super.  Same for around 15 Meade 8" SCT's made before the mid 90's. Meade had it down pat with the LX200 's in the mid 90's and later 90's.  But it was rare to get a good Meade SCT pre 1990's.  Even if i never buy a scope again, i will always talk about them.



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Posted 15 August 2019 - 04:40 PM

I bought this book, 'Discover the Stars' by Johnson and Adler. 1st edition 1957

This book came with your Hy-Score Goto, even the mighty 6 inch came with this book.

The best part is in the back there are plans to build a satellite, I show the completed

satellite. Also plans to build a Transit, and a Sextant, and many other instruments.

Robert

 

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#7555 Astrolite

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 06:38 PM

Will do!

 

What is your definition of small? By my count I've had the following catadioptrics:

  • 1 Celestron C90 Astro
  • 5 Meade ETX-90s
  • 1 Vixen VMC95L (girlfriend's, it sucked so it was replaced with the other two CATs then a Tak FC-76 because those scopes were mediocre)
  • 1 NexStar 4SE (not a classic but included anyway)
  • 1 Orion StarMax 102 (not a classic but included anyway, was really my girlfriend's)
  • 1 Meade 107D
  • 2 C5s (both orange)
  • 3 Meade 2080s (one 1990s "B" unit, two LX3s, one LX3 was really my girlfriend's)
  • 3 regular orange C8s
  • 2 sandcast C8s
  • 1 tricolor/Velvetone C8
  • 2 C8 Celestars
  • 1 Super C8 Plus
  • 1 C8 Powerstar
  • 1 Ultima 2000 C8
  • 1 Ultima C8
  • 1 Meade 2120 LX6 (those were the f/6.3 versions)
  • 1 10" Schafer-Maksutov that never actually worked
  • 1 C11

Total: 30 catadioptrics + 1 on the way now.... 12 of those are just C8s.

 

And that's just the catadioptrics.... here's the refractors (Classic and non-classic):

  • 1 Lunt LS35
  • 3 Galileoscopes (do these even count)?
  • 1 Monolux 4380
  • 2 ATCO 60mm refractors
  • 1 Celestron CO-60E
  • 2 Celestron C60s (sold one, friend owns the other)
  • 2 Takahashi FC-76s (one is my girlfriend's now)
  • 1 Meade Model 312, 80mm f/11 refractor
  • 1 ShortTube 80
  • 1 80mm Antares finderscope with 1.25" eyepieces... technically a refractor?
  • At least 4 cheapo Meade plastic refractors
  • 1 Explore Scientific ED102CF (technically a loaner, but I had it for a few months and used it exactly twice)
  • 1 Explore Scientific AR102 Firstlight F/10
  • 2 Jaegers 5" f/5 ATM scopes (dismantled one because it was falling apart, sold the other

Total: 23 refractors

 

Reflectors:

  • 1 Astroscan
  • 1 Astroscan-based ATM job
  • 3 or so cheapo Chinese small reflectors from Celestron, Meade, Etc
  • 1 Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ (briefly, threw it in the garbage soon after)
  • 1 Celestron AstroFi 130
  • 1 GSO 6" f/9 Ritchey-Chretien
  • 2 Edmund Super Space Conquerors
  • 1 ATM'ed 6" f/4 which I looked through once
  • 1 Criterion RV6
  • 1 homemade 6" f/4.3 Dob in various forms, rebuilt 2 times and working on a 4th version
  • 1 homemade 8" f/5 Dob (never really worked)
  • 1 Zhumell Z8
  • 1 Sky-Watcher Classic 200P
  • 1 Orion XT8
  • 1 ATM'ed 8" f/6 with a GSO primary which I scrapped pretty quick
  • 1 Meade 10" Starfinder EQ (miss it)
  • 1 homemade 10" f/5.6 Dob w/Coulter primary (miss it)
  • 1 homemade 12" f/5 Dob w/unknown primary (still have it)
  • 1 homemade 16" f/4.7 Dob (miss it), rebuilt to some extent once
  • 1 homemade 20" f/4.5-ish Dob (sucked, scrapped)

Total: 22 or 25 reflectors depending on how you count, with 4 more on the way. Also helped construct and tested two 6" f/8 Dobs, have tested maybe 10 mirrors that weren't in scopes, and I have a 10" f/8 mirror from the scope made in 1941 by Bob Cox sitting in my drawer.

 

This is the first time you've made me actually count and I'm shocked it's not over 100 telescopes, though 75/78 is still a lot over only 3 years and most of them have been bought over the last two. I average about one new scope a week since this time in 2017.

Dang, next time the wife says, "another telescope", I'm going to show her this post so that she can see that my collection isn't so large!


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#7556 Augustus

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 07:22 PM

Dang, next time the wife says, "another telescope", I'm going to show her this post so that she can see that my collection isn't so large!


I actually have never had more than about 8 or 9 scopes At once. That’s the thing.
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Posted 16 August 2019 - 03:44 AM

I actually have never had more than about 8 or 9 scopes At once. That’s the thing.

Hey!!!  You're supposed to be helpful to us old guys.  Don't clarify THOSE sorts of details!  We needed to be able to present that list in the present tense.  lol.gif 

 

 

 

 

Especially, when we can honestly say, "...and, he's still in his teens!  Think of how many he will have in a few more decades!!!"  (note:  Not "he will have had", BUT "he will have".  That is an important detail.  grin.gif )


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#7558 AstroKerr

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 04:05 AM

I bought this book, 'Discover the Stars' by Johnson and Adler. 1st edition 1957

This book came with your Hy-Score Goto, even the mighty 6 inch came with this book.

The best part is in the back there are plans to build a satellite, I show the completed

satellite. Also plans to build a Transit, and a Sextant, and many other instruments.

Robert

 

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attachicon.gif IMG_9366.jpg

Launch date?


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#7559 Bomber Bob

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 05:18 AM

Found an old refractor in San Luis Obispo. Does anyone recognize this mount?

 

I have seen that tripod with the center wood brace, but I can't recall any details.

 

Ask the folks over at the Antique Telescope Society.  I bet one of their experts would know.



#7560 Mike W

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 09:15 PM

Found an old refractor in San Luis Obispo. Does anyone recognize this mount? 

https://slo.craigsli...6949563235.html

 

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That was Televues original Gibraltar mount!tongue2.gif 



#7561 Augustus

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Posted 17 August 2019 - 10:34 AM

Got the 2045 spotter today. Man, this thing is tiny!

 

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#7562 CHASLX200

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Posted 17 August 2019 - 10:39 AM

Got the 2045 spotter today. Man, this thing is tiny!

 

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Pray is not a mush dog. My only good 2045 was the blue spotter version out of 3 very bad astro version and a pretty good astro version



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Posted 17 August 2019 - 11:23 AM

Got the 2045 spotter today. Man, this thing is tiny!

 

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The last three I've had have good including one like yours.waytogo.gif  no, its not a Tak but for wha tit cost, its a nice scope for sure.


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Posted 17 August 2019 - 11:33 AM

Pray is not a mush dog. My only good 2045 was the blue spotter version out of 3 very bad astro version and a pretty good astro version

https://www.youtube....h?v=gtI1t_3wWLM


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Posted 17 August 2019 - 11:35 AM

Got the 2045 spotter today. Man, this thing is tiny!

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Yea, the OTA of the telephoto is the shortest of them all. Shorter than a normal 2045 by about 3/4". The 107D is the longest of them all, since it uses a different optical formula.
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#7566 Augustus

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Posted 17 August 2019 - 11:38 AM

The last three I've had have good including one like yours.waytogo.gif  no, its not a Tak but for wha tit cost, its a nice scope for sure.

And it fits in even a handbag! The FC50, at half the aperture, might barely do that.



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Posted 17 August 2019 - 11:39 AM

And it fits in even a handbag! The FC50, at half the aperture, might barely do that.

As long as its not the one that says " Mirror Lens" on the front aperture ring you're good.


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Posted 17 August 2019 - 11:50 AM

As long as its not the one that says " Mirror Lens" on the front aperture ring you're good.

Nope, true SCT. I had the 107D and it actually performed great apart from having finicky collimation.


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Posted 17 August 2019 - 12:07 PM

Nope, true SCT. I had the 107D and it actually performed great apart from having finicky collimation.


The telephoto also has an aperture stop/light baffle screwed onto the tip of the main baffle tube. I think it helps increase sharpness and contrast when used as a lens. I removed mine for Astro use.

Even with that stop removed, my telephoto shows noticeably higher contrast than the fork mounted 2045 during the day.
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Posted 17 August 2019 - 05:00 PM

Picked up a Sears 6333 60x900 F/15 refractor this afternoon off Renfrew (Ottawa Valley) Kijiji for $CAD 85.00, in glorious Haint Blue. It's in the original wooden case with styrofoam inserts, complete with packing diagram and instruction booklet, 6x30 finder scope, Porro and star diagonal, three colour-coded eyepieces (black 6mm, blue 9mm and green 22mm), Barlow, equatorial mount, solar projection screen, accessory tray with battery-powered lamp, and moon and (danger!) sun filter. The tripod legs are missing and the base for the legs is broken - two of the leg brackets are broken off. No matter, it is going on the big surveyor's tripod I bought the other day. Apart from some scratches, there is one minor dent in the OTA that doesn't appear to affect the light path.

 

Next steps are to clean the scope, clean and regrease the mount gearing, clean and regrease the elevator mechanism in the tripod, then introduce scope to tripod.

 

What's in the box?
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#7571 tony_spina

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Posted 17 August 2019 - 05:12 PM

Picked up a Sears 6333 60x900 F/15 refractor this afternoon off Renfrew (Ottawa Valley) Kijiji for $CAD 85.00, in glorious Haint Blue. It's in the original wooden case with styrofoam inserts, complete with packing diagram and instruction booklet, 6x30 finder scope, Porro and star diagonal, three colour-coded eyepieces (black 6mm, blue 9mm and green 22mm), Barlow, equatorial mount, solar projection screen, accessory tray with battery-powered lamp, and moon and (danger!) sun filter. The tripod legs are missing and the base for the legs is broken - two of the leg brackets are broken off. No matter, it is going on the big surveyor's tripod I bought the other day. Apart from some scratches, there is one minor dent in the OTA that doesn't appear to affect the light path.

 

Next steps are to clean the scope, clean and regrease the mount gearing, clean and regrease the elevator mechanism in the tripod, then introduce scope to tripod.

 

Congratulations on your new to you 6333

 

I have one and it has great optics.  I do need to do some cosmetic repair as well. One of these days I need to see if I can get the paint color matched to cover a big scratch. Mechanically it is in great shape 



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Posted 20 August 2019 - 06:59 AM

Bid on a classic that I didn't expect to win. You know the rest of the story...


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#7573 Chuck Hards

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Posted 20 August 2019 - 07:24 AM

Bid on a classic that I didn't expect to win. You know the rest of the story...

Another Dynamax?  :gotpopcorn:


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Posted 20 August 2019 - 10:38 AM

Well, my offer on this Goto 5" reflector was accepted so I now will own two (the other the 1959 8").  A shame it doesn't have mount and accys, but there are enough interesting features that I will learn a lot.  Hopefully the mirror will not leave the cell during transport.  shocked.gif

 

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Posted 20 August 2019 - 11:17 AM

How did Meade make their correctors? Did they wait for the patent to run out? If not a master block and vacuum pan how? 




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