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#51 Bill Griffith

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Posted 25 March 2016 - 01:59 PM

Jim summed up eloquently my appreciation as well!

 

Maybe I'm not the only one on this forum who has gotten in trouble for getting caught on this forum or on Classic Telescopes Catalogs & Manuals sites as opposed to doing chores around the house!  

 

I'm guilty, and it's worth every minute!!  

 

The teasing is referred to as my "Geek Porn Sites"

 

Thanks Robert !

 

Thanks Dan! 

 

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Posted 25 March 2016 - 02:38 PM

Jim summed up eloquently my appreciation as well!

 

Maybe I'm not the only one on this forum who has gotten in trouble for getting caught on this forum or on Classic Telescopes Catalogs & Manuals sites as opposed to doing chores around the house!  

 

I'm guilty, and it's worth every minute!!  

 

The teasing is referred to as my "Geek Porn Sites"

 

Thanks Robert !

 

Thanks Dan! 

 

Bill

I'll bet they won't be laughing quite so hard when we're called upon to save the Universe!!!  :)

 

btw, I would also like to offer my thanks to those responsible for the Classic Telescopes and Manuals website as well. I've always found it to be a fantastic resource and would very much miss the website if it were to disappear.

 

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Posted 26 March 2016 - 11:26 PM

Just a quick update.  I sorta met my Friday deadline - all the Catalogs have been imported to the new site and I am now importing the manuals of which there are only 65 more to go!  Once all of the content has been uploaded, then it'll go live and the 'making it sparkle' phase will begin.  Many thanks to those whom have made a test drive and offered suggestions :)


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Posted 27 March 2016 - 10:19 AM

Thank you Dan! Wonderful job! This is such a wonderful resource for us classics aficionados. We really appreciate the work you are doing! 


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Posted 28 March 2016 - 01:14 AM

Just a quick update.  I sorta met my Friday deadline - all the Catalogs have been imported to the new site and I am now importing the manuals of which there are only 65 more to go!  Once all of the content has been uploaded, then it'll go live and the 'making it sparkle' phase will begin.  Many thanks to those whom have made a test drive and offered suggestions :)

 

Thanks I was really worried it was gone for good!

 

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Posted 28 March 2016 - 04:55 AM

Just a quick update.  I sorta met my Friday deadline - all the Catalogs have been imported to the new site and I am now importing the manuals of which there are only 65 more to go!  Once all of the content has been uploaded, then it'll go live and the 'making it sparkle' phase will begin.  Many thanks to those whom have made a test drive and offered suggestions :)

 

Invaluable! Thanks from Germany.


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#57 Chuck Hards

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Posted 28 March 2016 - 06:28 AM

It just occurred to me that some other useful resources were hosted on the same servers as the catalogs and manuals.  I recall a rebuild article for a Tasco RAO 7TE mount, for instance, that was very good.  I can't recall the author at the moment.

 

But I wonder what other goodies were hosted there, that might be lost?


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Posted 28 March 2016 - 07:33 AM

It just occurred to me that some other useful resources were hosted on the same servers as the catalogs and manuals.  I recall a rebuild article for a Tasco RAO 7TE mount, for instance, that was very good.  I can't recall the author at the moment.

 

But I wonder what other goodies were hosted there, that might be lost?

HERE is that resource by James Elser , Chuck , It's under " Rebuilding "  :waytogo:  on Dan's site .......Nice work Dan !   :bow:  :waytogo:


Edited by TOM KIEHL, 28 March 2016 - 07:36 AM.

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#59 Chuck Hards

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Posted 28 March 2016 - 07:39 AM

Thanks Tom!  Good to know Dan's thought of everything.


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Posted 28 March 2016 - 09:14 AM

The 7TE Mount document stumped me for a little bit because it wasn't a catalog or manual, so I added a "Techniques" section for items like that.  I'll also setup a section for the 3 Optica b/c Misc documents and a section for links to other sites.

 

Only 15 more manuals to import.

 

So far, only 2 catalogs are corrupt/missing on the archive.org site and I don't have them:

 

1983 Edmund Holiday Sale Catalog, astronomical section, 3 pages, color (22 MB). Courtesy of Barry Carter.

Early 1960s ANRA Catalog, (subsequently known as The Optical Craftsmen) 19 pages, color (8 MB). Courtesy of Scott Losmandy.

 

If anyone has a good copy of these items, please send me an IM. 


Edited by Datapanic, 28 March 2016 - 09:15 AM.

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Posted 28 March 2016 - 10:29 AM

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Posted 28 March 2016 - 10:49 AM

Outstanding work!  Thank You Dan!!  (TMI:  Gave me a geekasm!)  :rockon:


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Posted 28 March 2016 - 08:50 PM

I finished up importing all of the Catalogs and Manuals!  :eyecrazy:

 

All together, 127 Catalogs and 68 Manuals have been added however the following 4 .PDF files are either missing or corrupt on the Wayback archives:

 

Catalog: 1983 Edmund Holiday Sale Catalog, astronomical section, 3 pages, color (22 MB). Courtesy of Barry Carter
Catalog: Early 1960s ANRA Catalog, (subsequently known as The Optical Craftsmen) 19 pages, color (8 MB). Courtesy of Scott Losmandy

Manual: 1962 Tinsley 8" Cassegrain Manual, 15 double pages, black and white (5.5 MB). Courtesy of Scott Losmandy
Manual: 1982 Celestron Schmidt Cameras Manual, 16 double pages, black and white (9.5 MB). Courtesy of Mike Oneal

 

If anyone has a good copy of these, please PM me or sign up and upload the files yourself!

 

The official website is:  TELESCOPE::Classics http://wiki.telescopeclassics.com

 

I hope the layout works for you!  There will most certainly be changes, some major and some not so noticeable as I get feedback and come up with other changes and additions.  The PRIMARY purpose of this site is to provide an organized source of information about Classic Telescopes - there will be no forum nor blog.

 

Please, if you bookmarked anything with datapanic.com, update your bookmarks as datapanic.com is something else and in a few days, will not get you to this Wiki.

 

I invite anyone to help and contribute to the site - your help and expertise is needed!  Due to Wiki Spammers, this is a read-only site.  Sorry, A Spammed Wiki is not easy to clean up, thus the 2 layers of protection.  To be able to upload content and edit pages, you must first create an account and then send an email to me (look in the "About..." section on the bottom of the main page for the address).  Once verified, you will have the access.  Wiki editing is not very difficult and there is a link for online help.

 

Chuck - you can update the link in the Useful Classic Scopes sticky.  I will post a separate thread in the Classics forum about the site in a little bit :)

 

There is still a lot of work to do - add cosmetics, bling and snazzy stuff, but the content is there for all to view.  Enjoy!


Edited by Datapanic, 29 March 2016 - 08:38 AM.

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Posted 29 March 2016 - 04:26 AM

As an original contributor, I too am pleased to see that a new home has been found for this digital history collection. Thanks to DataP for his efforts, and to Robert (and CSUN) for building and hosting the original site. I've adopted the new URL to my personal Astro-home page, and will visit from time to time. Thanks again!

 

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#65 Chuck Hards

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Posted 29 March 2016 - 06:38 AM

Dan, I wanted to update the sticky this morning but your link wasn't working.



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Posted 29 March 2016 - 07:12 AM

I finished up importing all of the Catalogs and Manuals!  :eyecrazy:

 

All together, 127 Catalogs and 68 Manuals have been added however the following 4 .PDF files are either missing or corrupt on the Wayback archives:

 

Catalog: 1983 Edmund Holiday Sale Catalog, astronomical section, 3 pages, color (22 MB). Courtesy of Barry Carter
Catalog: Early 1960s ANRA Catalog, (subsequently known as The Optical Craftsmen) 19 pages, color (8 MB). Courtesy of Scott Losmandy

Manual: 1962 Tinsley 8" Cassegrain Manual, 15 double pages, black and white (5.5 MB). Courtesy of Scott Losmandy
Manual: 1982 Celestron Schmidt Cameras Manual, 16 double pages, black and white (9.5 MB). Courtesy of Mike Oneal

 

If anyone has a good copy of these, please PM me or sign up and upload the files yourself!

 

The official website is:  TELESCOPE::Classics

 

I hope the layout works for you!  There will most certainly be changes, some major and some not so noticeable as I get feedback and come up with other changes and additions.  The PRIMARY purpose of this site is to provide an organized source of information about Classic Telescopes - there will be no forum nor blog.

 

Please, if you bookmarked anything with datapanic.com, update your bookmarks as datapanic.com is something else and in a few days, will not get you to this Wiki.

 

I invite anyone to help and contribute to the site - your help and expertise is needed!  Due to Wiki Spammers, this is a read-only site.  Sorry, A Spammed Wiki is not easy to clean up, thus the 2 layers of protection.  To be able to upload content and edit pages, you must first create an account and then send an email to me (look in the "About..." section on the bottom of the main page for the address).  Once verified, you will have the access.  Wiki editing is not very difficult and there is a link for online help.

 

Chuck - you can update the link in the Useful Classic Scopes sticky.  I will post a separate thread in the Classics forum about the site in a little bit :)

 

There is still a lot of work to do - add cosmetics, bling and snazzy stuff, but the content is there for all to view.  Enjoy!

 

GREAT job !!  :like:  :waytogo:


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#67 Chuck Hards

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Posted 29 March 2016 - 07:51 AM

Here's what I get when I click on the link:

 

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Posted 29 March 2016 - 07:55 AM

I finished up importing all of the Catalogs and Manuals!  :eyecrazy:

 

All together, 127 Catalogs and 68 Manuals have been added however the following 4 .PDF files are either missing or corrupt on the Wayback archives:

 

Catalog: 1983 Edmund Holiday Sale Catalog, astronomical section, 3 pages, color (22 MB). Courtesy of Barry Carter
Catalog: Early 1960s ANRA Catalog, (subsequently known as The Optical Craftsmen) 19 pages, color (8 MB). Courtesy of Scott Losmandy

Manual: 1962 Tinsley 8" Cassegrain Manual, 15 double pages, black and white (5.5 MB). Courtesy of Scott Losmandy
Manual: 1982 Celestron Schmidt Cameras Manual, 16 double pages, black and white (9.5 MB). Courtesy of Mike Oneal

 

If anyone has a good copy of these, please PM me or sign up and upload the files yourself!

 

The official website is:  TELESCOPE::Classics

 

I hope the layout works for you!  There will most certainly be changes, some major and some not so noticeable as I get feedback and come up with other changes and additions.  The PRIMARY purpose of this site is to provide an organized source of information about Classic Telescopes - there will be no forum nor blog.

 

Please, if you bookmarked anything with datapanic.com, update your bookmarks as datapanic.com is something else and in a few days, will not get you to this Wiki.

 

I invite anyone to help and contribute to the site - your help and expertise is needed!  Due to Wiki Spammers, this is a read-only site.  Sorry, A Spammed Wiki is not easy to clean up, thus the 2 layers of protection.  To be able to upload content and edit pages, you must first create an account and then send an email to me (look in the "About..." section on the bottom of the main page for the address).  Once verified, you will have the access.  Wiki editing is not very difficult and there is a link for online help.

 

Chuck - you can update the link in the Useful Classic Scopes sticky.  I will post a separate thread in the Classics forum about the site in a little bit :)

 

There is still a lot of work to do - add cosmetics, bling and snazzy stuff, but the content is there for all to view.  Enjoy!

Chuck , Is that what you get when you click on the LINK supplied in the above Quote ?



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Posted 29 March 2016 - 08:40 AM

Oops!  The link has been corrected.  For some reason, the editor took the "wiki" out of wiki.telescopeclassics.com.  I corrected the post from last night.  Here's the site:

 

http://wiki.telescopeclassics.com


Edited by Datapanic, 29 March 2016 - 08:55 AM.

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Posted 29 March 2016 - 09:11 AM

Much better, Dan, thanks.

 

I've changed the entry in the sticky, let me know if you want to make any changes to my edit.  It's in the same location as the old link to Provin's site:

 

http://www.cloudynig...c-scopes-links/



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Posted 29 March 2016 - 12:54 PM

Thank you Robert for starting this collection, and thank you Dan for keeping it alive!!!   :waytogo:


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Posted 29 March 2016 - 01:52 PM

Many thanks! 


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Posted 01 April 2016 - 04:48 PM

Dan,

 

Thanks very much for taking on this project!  

I didn't have the foresight to download as a backup catalogs or manuals for information and pictures for restorations or in purchases.  Robert's sight was invaluable for identifying correctness and variations for both.

 

Had it not been for your quick reaction to take on this project I would have lost significant pictorial info.

 

Many THANKS indeed!

 

 

Bill  


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Posted 01 April 2016 - 06:04 PM

Just superb Dan! That was a yoeman's task and you went at it with much aplomb! It shows. Thank you! :flowerred:

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Posted 01 April 2016 - 10:00 PM

Thanks all.  I'm glad to provide the content, but it was Robert's work that really matters and while importing all those catalogs and manuals, I got to appreciate first hand the work he did.  I guess on my end was the task of knowing how to setup a wiki with the options and backend security and data integrity. 

 

I am taking a little break in it for now but plan to add the Classic Telescopes links from Robert's old site and some other stuff, such as photo galleries of scopes and links to classic books.  The goal is to provide information on classic scopes that is easy to navigate and well presented.   Incidentally, the site is mobile friendly :)

 

I really would like for other folks to sign up and help out with the content. 


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