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#301 John Rogers

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Posted 18 December 2018 - 08:23 PM

If you've ever wondered what the proper use of the Edscorp Satellite Telescope looked like.  Here is a photo from November 1957:

 

 

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Posted 18 December 2018 - 09:23 PM

I still wonder how they kept that mirror from fogging up or what they did when it did fog up, bless their

hearts. 

 

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Posted 19 December 2018 - 10:20 PM

Project Moonwatch and unidentified objects.   http://www.nicap.org...icle249-252.htm


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#304 Chuck Hards

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Posted 19 December 2018 - 10:35 PM

I still wonder how they kept that mirror from fogging up or what they did when it did fog up, bless their

hearts. 

 

Robert

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Posted 20 December 2018 - 02:42 AM

Check out that beautiful star map in the foreground! Mine is the 1958 edition in color. Comparing the image, I thought it was a huge map, but looking at the stool I think she was a short woman. Pretty cool!

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Posted 20 December 2018 - 04:05 PM

Project Moonwatch and unidentified objects.   http://www.nicap.org...icle249-252.htm

Just put on my Amazon list.....waytogo.gif


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Posted 30 December 2018 - 11:59 AM

I  was going through some of my old science paperbacks and I found this one from 1957 (2nd printing, the copyright is 1956). It’s pretty cool!

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Posted 30 December 2018 - 12:02 PM

It was written by a couple of the Huntsville Ala. team.

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Posted 30 December 2018 - 12:03 PM

Here’s the table of contents:

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#310 John Rogers

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Posted 30 December 2018 - 12:11 PM

Terra - It would be interesting to see what predictions they made for the future in that book and compare those to what we have today.


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Posted 01 January 2019 - 11:11 PM

Let's see....it's been 50 years since man has been on the moon....shrug.gif


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Posted 02 January 2019 - 10:11 AM

I talked "Operation moonwatch" at the small meeting, in Japan.

 

 

 

 

 

https://scii-my.shar...db-ff8dc64d0ef2

 

 

https://wwp.shizuoka.ac.jp/sess/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted 13 February 2019 - 09:00 AM

Thought I would share some pictures of a satellite tracking telescope a friend of mine made and used back in the 50's for Project Moonwatch. Dick Karlson, a member of the Astronomy Section of the Rochester Academy of Science, built this telescope using war surplus parts. As Dick was not a skilled machinist, I'm sure he had help in constructing his telescope. My strong suspicion is that the metal parts were manufactured by Ralph Dakin (of Dakin Barlow fame), who was a close friend of Dick's, a fellow member of the ASRAS, and who also built other telescopes for my friend. In fact, I wouldn't at all be surprised if the objective lens of the scope was something Ralph pulled out of the discard bin at Bausch and Lomb where he worked. (Dick, on the other hand, worked across town at Kodak, where he was a research chemist working on photographic emulsions.)

 

Dick became a member of the Penobscot Valley Star Gazers (which meets in Bangor, Maine) after moving to Maine upon retirement and often shared with us his adventures in Project Moonwatch. He was especially proud of the time when a particular Russian satellite did not show at the expected time or place, but was instead first observed by him (using this particular telescope) later in the wrong location. Apparently the satellite suffered a malfunction (explosion?) that pushed it off course. In listening to Dick, I would grow nostalgic for a time in amateur astronomy that was new and exciting, when amateurs could use very simple equipment to make useful contributions to science. Sadly, I was born too late to enjoy those times personally, but I very much enjoyed listening to my friend tell his tales.

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Posted 13 February 2019 - 10:45 AM

Thanks for sharing this, Scott. It's a great piece! Apparently the wonderful surplus eyepieces were easily available back in those days. Here is a Satellite Scope made with one of those and a binocular objective.

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Posted 14 February 2019 - 06:54 AM

I talked "Operation moonwatch" at the small meeting, in Japan.

 

 

 

 

 

https://scii-my.shar...db-ff8dc64d0ef2

 

 

https://wwp.shizuoka.ac.jp/sess/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post #312 was troubled. I do again.

http://www.telescope...7355c67143a.pdf

 

This Moonwatcher was made by Astro.opt.

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Posted 12 April 2019 - 10:33 AM

If you are a satellite scope collector or fan you have undoubtedly seen something like this.

 

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But take another look. Anything strange about this one? It is not the more common version of the Tasco satellite scope with the laid back 120 degree angle. Instead this one is 90 degrees. Here is a comparison of the two side by side.

 

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Posted 12 April 2019 - 03:11 PM

Hi Dave,

 

Thanks for the info; I wasn't aware of the 90 degree version and once I had one of the 120 degree ones I didn't look so closely at Tasco satellite scope listings any more. I'll pay more attention now!

 

--Ken



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Posted 12 April 2019 - 03:16 PM

Every time I think I've seen all of them, a different one pops up.  Amazing.


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Posted 12 April 2019 - 04:06 PM

If you are a satellite scope collector or fan you have undoubtedly seen something like this.

 

 

 

But take another look. Anything strange about this one? It is not the more common version of the Tasco satellite scope with the laid back 120 degree angle. Instead this one is 90 degrees. Here is a comparison of the two side by side.

 

First time I've seen the 90 degree version as well...interesting indeed.

 

Do you have the box or inspection tag for the 90 degree version?

 

The 120 degree angled version you sold recently had inspection tag No.F310072 (from your video best I could make out) and Ken's matching version had tag No.F310206. So I would say both scopes had the inspection tag placed in the box possibly on the same day.

 

Also both scopes had/have the same outer box with the "410 FEET AT 1,000 YD" under the "COATED-OPTICS" name.

 

I have one albeit sans the handle assemble frown.gif with a different box that has the "410 FEET AT 1,000 YD" over to the right hand side of the "COATED-OPTICS" name.

 

See ref pics of the two so far known outer box lettering.

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Posted 12 April 2019 - 11:40 PM

First time I've seen the 90 degree version as well...interesting indeed.

 

Do you have the box or inspection tag for the 90 degree version?

 

The 120 degree angled version you sold recently had inspection tag No.F310072 (from your video best I could make out) and Ken's matching version had tag No.F310206. So I would say both scopes had the inspection tag placed in the box possibly on the same day.

 

Also both scopes had/have the same outer box with the "410 FEET AT 1,000 YD" under the "COATED-OPTICS" name.

 

I have one albeit sans the handle assemble frown.gif with a different box that has the "410 FEET AT 1,000 YD" over to the right hand side of the "COATED-OPTICS" name.

 

See ref pics of the two so far known outer box lettering.

Mine did not come in a box so it had no inspection sticker. I saw it on Ebay and like Ken might have done I thought little of it. I almost passed it by until I noticed that was 90 degees. After looking around online I think the 90 degree version is much less common. Makes you wonder why they did these things......


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