Jump to content

  •  

CNers have asked about a donation box for Cloudy Nights over the years, so here you go. Donation is not required by any means, so please enjoy your stay.

Photo

Unitron History Project

  • Please log in to reply
1523 replies to this topic

#76 choran

choran

    Gemini

  • *****
  • Posts: 3130
  • Joined: 28 Dec 2012

Posted 13 September 2014 - 08:51 AM

Dave, if you ever run across the answer to this, let me know:  I have a Unitron 75mm with the cell marked "Unitron 75mm  C602".  Lettering is the italic white.  We talked about this at one point on here and some folks thought the lens might be from a folded refractor, others had a different explanation.  I've not been able to find a picture of this elsewhere.  One fellow here had the same cell, I believe.  In all other respects it looks like every other Unitron I've seen.  The lens is good in this one, and has a bluish cast to it.  Thanks for the work you are doing.



#77 nightpilot

nightpilot

    Vostok 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 183
  • Joined: 16 Feb 2012
  • Loc: Southern Suburbs, Chicago

Posted 13 September 2014 - 09:03 AM

 

 

 

Has anyone heard the term "Unitron Custom Pro" used in reference to a line of 5,6,8 and 10'' refractors and 8,10 and 12.5" Newtonians?

 

Dave

 

Attached is an extraction from a Unitron Dealers Book, dated Feb 1, 1986 on this line of Unitrons.  That scope in the photo is pretty impressive.  

 

Dave

 

 

This confirms my belief that this project, which I have always viewed as a collective effort, will serve to bring out new information from every source imaginable!  Hopefully, the best is yet to come (always the eternal optimist...) 

 

 

Dave,

 

I agree and also feel bad as I would love to get more involved, however my work commitments and projects (only a few of which are astronomy based) just don't allow for a lot of free time. A great example is the "Unitron Custom Pro" line of products. Did not even know they existed. Just don't know what I could contribute with limited time available but if I can help research something I can try.

 

Thanks already for your efforts.

 

Bob



#78 terraclarke

terraclarke

    Hubble

  • *****
  • Posts: 19515
  • Joined: 29 May 2012
  • Loc: 39° 4' 19" N / 84° 28' 22" W

Posted 13 September 2014 - 09:33 AM

 

Tore, some things are just meant to be, the Goddess smiles and providence reigns. Life is amazing. Your a 5" Unitron proves it. My 4" Unitron came to me through an almost magical brush with kindness and generosity. I never cease to believe in miracles. And thank you for the kind words.  :flowerred:

 

You are right Terra :-)

Another strange thing also; this scope has been there for 40 years. This summer I bring it back from oblivion. One to two months later, questions regarding its fate pops up on the other side of the planet :-)  I could not actually believe my eyes when I saw the questions. Hmmm.......................let’s not get superstitious here :-)

Have you posted the story regarding your 4” on the forum?

 

 

Hi Tore,

 

Here I s the thread on me getting my 4" #152:

 

http://www.cloudynig...k-something-up/

 

Like your 5" #530, this came to me when I absolutely least expected it. My benefactor was none other than the very kind and generous Will Thornton, who also possesses a beautiful 5" #530 (pictured in this thread) as well as a beautiful 4" #155.


  • Tore E likes this

#79 Tore E

Tore E

    Mariner 2

  • *****
  • Posts: 299
  • Joined: 27 Jul 2014
  • Loc: Oslo, Norway

Posted 13 September 2014 - 11:55 AM

Hi Terra!

 

Nice story :bow:  (I am getting to learn this, even figured out the smiling faces :blush:)  The 4” is also huge, and a very nice scope! 

 

Might it be that the Unitron’s find us, not the other way around……. if we are worthy :flowerred:

The difference from the 3” is BIG. When I got the 5” I had to take the 3” telescope tube down in the basement to actually see that it was the same size as one of the guide scopes! It was…..

Very nice pictures also, and actually an answer to how I should present mine. So here they come (I just have to downsize and………..)


  • terraclarke and Geo31 like this

#80 Tore E

Tore E

    Mariner 2

  • *****
  • Posts: 299
  • Joined: 27 Jul 2014
  • Loc: Oslo, Norway

Posted 13 September 2014 - 12:46 PM

I will try to post pictures of the 5" project.

Her is the 3" I bought that started the process. 

Attached Thumbnails

  • DSC02816.JPG

  • terraclarke likes this

#81 Tore E

Tore E

    Mariner 2

  • *****
  • Posts: 299
  • Joined: 27 Jul 2014
  • Loc: Oslo, Norway

Posted 13 September 2014 - 12:47 PM

This is me around 1974, with my 3" Polarex and a Tuthill mylar filter.

Attached Thumbnails

  • DSC02605.JPG

Edited by Tore E, 13 September 2014 - 01:38 PM.

  • terraclarke likes this

#82 Tore E

Tore E

    Mariner 2

  • *****
  • Posts: 299
  • Joined: 27 Jul 2014
  • Loc: Oslo, Norway

Posted 13 September 2014 - 12:50 PM

Her is the woods we started looking for the observatory.

 

 

 

Attached Thumbnails

  • CIMG6764.JPG

  • terraclarke and Geo31 like this

#83 Tore E

Tore E

    Mariner 2

  • *****
  • Posts: 299
  • Joined: 27 Jul 2014
  • Loc: Oslo, Norway

Posted 13 September 2014 - 12:52 PM

This is the first glimps of the observatory

 

Attached Thumbnails

  • CIMG6768.JPG

  • terraclarke and Geo31 like this

#84 Tore E

Tore E

    Mariner 2

  • *****
  • Posts: 299
  • Joined: 27 Jul 2014
  • Loc: Oslo, Norway

Posted 13 September 2014 - 12:54 PM

This is me in the exact same position as Carsten in the 1974 pic on the S&T front cover.

 

Attached Thumbnails

  • DSC03252.JPG

  • terraclarke and Geo31 like this

#85 Tore E

Tore E

    Mariner 2

  • *****
  • Posts: 299
  • Joined: 27 Jul 2014
  • Loc: Oslo, Norway

Posted 13 September 2014 - 12:56 PM

This is the observatory with one of the observing platforms (one of two). 

 

Attached Thumbnails

  • tore.JPG

  • terraclarke likes this

#86 Tore E

Tore E

    Mariner 2

  • *****
  • Posts: 299
  • Joined: 27 Jul 2014
  • Loc: Oslo, Norway

Posted 13 September 2014 - 12:57 PM

We are inside, inspecting the 5"

 

Attached Thumbnails

  • DSC03256.JPG

  • terraclarke and mitsos68 like this

#87 Tore E

Tore E

    Mariner 2

  • *****
  • Posts: 299
  • Joined: 27 Jul 2014
  • Loc: Oslo, Norway

Posted 13 September 2014 - 12:58 PM

Dismantling.

 

 

Attached Thumbnails

  • DSC03273.JPG

  • terraclarke likes this

#88 Tore E

Tore E

    Mariner 2

  • *****
  • Posts: 299
  • Joined: 27 Jul 2014
  • Loc: Oslo, Norway

Posted 13 September 2014 - 12:59 PM

The tubes!

 

Attached Thumbnails

  • DSC03282.JPG

  • terraclarke and Geo31 like this

#89 Tore E

Tore E

    Mariner 2

  • *****
  • Posts: 299
  • Joined: 27 Jul 2014
  • Loc: Oslo, Norway

Posted 13 September 2014 - 01:01 PM

Sorry, forgot this. This is the picture where I have put my hand with small camera through a hole in the wall. This pic showed that the instrument was actually inside!!

Attached Thumbnails

  • CIMG6784.JPG

Edited by Tore E, 13 September 2014 - 01:44 PM.

  • Geo31 likes this

#90 Tore E

Tore E

    Mariner 2

  • *****
  • Posts: 299
  • Joined: 27 Jul 2014
  • Loc: Oslo, Norway

Posted 13 September 2014 - 01:03 PM

The tube is outside. If the tube looks small, it might have something to do with the fact that I am 199cm (6,5?) tall. So I am useless in a scope commercial. There you have to find the smallest possible person (like Celestron in the 70s). Then the telescope looks huge :lol:   

Attached Thumbnails

  • DSC03295.JPG

Edited by Tore E, 13 September 2014 - 01:34 PM.

  • terraclarke likes this

#91 Tore E

Tore E

    Mariner 2

  • *****
  • Posts: 299
  • Joined: 27 Jul 2014
  • Loc: Oslo, Norway

Posted 13 September 2014 - 01:05 PM

Like carrying logs :lol:

 

Attached Thumbnails

  • DSC03302.JPG

  • terraclarke and mitsos68 like this

#92 Tore E

Tore E

    Mariner 2

  • *****
  • Posts: 299
  • Joined: 27 Jul 2014
  • Loc: Oslo, Norway

Posted 13 September 2014 - 01:07 PM

Drilling needed. We did not manage to separate the eq head from the pier, so it was a heavy load down to the car. 

 

 

Attached Thumbnails

  • DSC03553.JPG

  • mitsos68 likes this

#93 Tore E

Tore E

    Mariner 2

  • *****
  • Posts: 299
  • Joined: 27 Jul 2014
  • Loc: Oslo, Norway

Posted 13 September 2014 - 01:10 PM

Ready for carrying. 

 

Attached Thumbnails

  • DSC03570.JPG


#94 Tore E

Tore E

    Mariner 2

  • *****
  • Posts: 299
  • Joined: 27 Jul 2014
  • Loc: Oslo, Norway

Posted 13 September 2014 - 01:11 PM

Getting ready at the workbench back home!

 

Attached Thumbnails

  • DSC03610.JPG


#95 Tore E

Tore E

    Mariner 2

  • *****
  • Posts: 299
  • Joined: 27 Jul 2014
  • Loc: Oslo, Norway

Posted 13 September 2014 - 01:12 PM

Stages of cleaning.

 

Attached Thumbnails

  • Unitron 5 tommer og Sky High Kol 1.jpg

  • macpurity, terraclarke, mitsos68 and 1 other like this

#96 Tore E

Tore E

    Mariner 2

  • *****
  • Posts: 299
  • Joined: 27 Jul 2014
  • Loc: Oslo, Norway

Posted 13 September 2014 - 01:14 PM

The mounting!

 

Attached Thumbnails

  • DSC03672.JPG

  • terraclarke and mitsos68 like this

#97 Tore E

Tore E

    Mariner 2

  • *****
  • Posts: 299
  • Joined: 27 Jul 2014
  • Loc: Oslo, Norway

Posted 13 September 2014 - 01:15 PM

Eq head mounted on the pier.

 

Attached Thumbnails

  • DSC03721.JPG

  • macpurity, terraclarke and mitsos68 like this

#98 Tore E

Tore E

    Mariner 2

  • *****
  • Posts: 299
  • Joined: 27 Jul 2014
  • Loc: Oslo, Norway

Posted 13 September 2014 - 01:16 PM

The wood plate.

 

Attached Thumbnails

  • DSC03722.JPG

  • terraclarke likes this

#99 Tore E

Tore E

    Mariner 2

  • *****
  • Posts: 299
  • Joined: 27 Jul 2014
  • Loc: Oslo, Norway

Posted 13 September 2014 - 01:17 PM

Nice setup!

 

Attached Thumbnails

  • IMG_0749.jpg

  • terraclarke likes this

#100 Tore E

Tore E

    Mariner 2

  • *****
  • Posts: 299
  • Joined: 27 Jul 2014
  • Loc: Oslo, Norway

Posted 13 September 2014 - 01:18 PM

The whole story!!!!

 

Attached Thumbnails

  • Unitron foredrag.jpg

  • macpurity, Rich (RLTYS), terraclarke and 1 other like this


CNers have asked about a donation box for Cloudy Nights over the years, so here you go. Donation is not required by any means, so please enjoy your stay.


Recent Topics






Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics