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#2476 shredder1656

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Posted 05 August 2018 - 11:53 AM

Great pics and great scope!

#2477 Defenderslideguitar

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Posted 05 August 2018 - 11:54 AM

Yes  I like it as well  

 

I have one  but the original mount can be odd to work 

 

 I just got some rings for mine and based on this pic  I will try it out on the twilight mount which is so nice for 80mm grab and go's 



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Posted 05 August 2018 - 12:06 PM

I have started a topic with a few questions on this forum.

The observation report will be a short one because I got maybe half an hour before humidity and mosquitos chased me inside.

The optics are outstanding, no colorations on this one, very crisp on Jupiter, Saturn and Mars.

The new mount is solid, a bit better on the grass than on  my concrete driveway...the new rings I got from Orion are the 90mm.

Magnification used was 75x and then up to 113x...very good on both.

I am waiting on a diagonal just to get a better position.

I also have a dobsonian (see signature) and the next game will be to get both of them at the same time in the same magnification range...the dob will probably win based on the brighter exit pupil, but I have to say that this a great quality garb-n-go that will get a lot of action.


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Posted 05 August 2018 - 12:17 PM

Yes  I like it as well  

 

I have one  but the original mount can be odd to work 

 

 I just got some rings for mine and based on this pic  I will try it out on the twilight mount which is so nice for 80mm grab and go's 

The Twilight mount is great...got mine for $159.

The whole setup for less than $300 and you cannot get better than this on a department store telescope these days. I think these are gems...my son is 13yo and I wanted to make it easier for him with an altaz mount that doesn't vibrate under load.


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#2480 stevew

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Posted 05 August 2018 - 02:28 PM

I never really thought of this as a classic, but I suppose it is.

Circa 1989 D&G 6 inch F-12

 

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Posted 05 August 2018 - 04:25 PM

I never really thought of this as a classic, but I suppose it is.

Circa 1989 D&G 6 inch F-12

 

Steve

Now that's what I wanted but at the time I didn't have the money for a 6" glass. You have a nice setup there,bet you get good views.



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Posted 08 August 2018 - 05:16 PM

Here's my Cave 8 inch as it was upstairs in storage. I studied this photo and thought what a 

nice lamp it would make. It just happened to be a handy place to store that lamp shade and

triggered the lamp idea. 

But, what makes it a super deluxe lamp is I could make a tabletop to place on the rotating ring

assembly, and the tabletop will rotate!

You could have your nuts and candy, books, remotes, TV guide etc. all within easy reach!

Neat idea! yes but no, a telescope is a scientific instrument and will be treated as such.

Robert 

 

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Posted 08 August 2018 - 06:05 PM

Here's my Cave 8 inch as it was upstairs in storage. 

 

But no, a telescope is a scientific instrument and will be treated as such.

Robert 

 

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Very nice telescope, Robert. When I was still in school our college had several of these great telescopes - very good optics and rotating tube. I wish they still sold something like that in today.


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Posted 08 August 2018 - 06:26 PM

Robert, It looks like your telescope might have had one too many drinks.


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#2485 Jeff B

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 09:44 AM

Here's my Cave 8 inch as it was upstairs in storage. I studied this photo and thought what a 

nice lamp it would make. It just happened to be a handy place to store that lamp shade and

triggered the lamp idea. 

But, what makes it a super deluxe lamp is I could make a tabletop to place on the rotating ring

assembly, and the tabletop will rotate!

You could have your nuts and candy, books, remotes, TV guide etc. all within easy reach!

Neat idea! yes but no, a telescope is a scientific instrument and will be treated as such.

Robert 

 

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A true classic if there ever was one.  I just find those old, slow 8" Caves to have a very pleasing form.  Also, when carefully assembled and adjusted, they were superb visual instruments.

 

Jeff



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Posted 12 August 2018 - 10:13 AM

This year's CSPAMP setup.  I brought my MN56 on the Tak EM-1 mount.  The Cave 10" f/8 in the background is Clint Whitman's, with Clint next to it on the right.  

 

 

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Posted 12 August 2018 - 10:18 AM

And here's my scope from the side.  I set it up with the Meade ETX 90 OTA I'd bought from Chuck last month.  But when I needed to rotate the MN56 OTA for viewing Jupe, the ETX got in the way of the finder, so I took it off.  

 

Clint rated the seeing Friday night above average, but not great.  But there were moments when the planetary detail (we gee-whizzed Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars through his 10" and my 5") was exquisite.  It would have been worth an imaging run, but I was too lazy to set up for that.  

 

-Tim.

 

 

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Posted 12 August 2018 - 01:27 PM

Cute little ETX on top there!  ;)


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Posted 12 August 2018 - 02:01 PM

Cute little ETX on top there!  wink.gif

It is!  Iā€™m ashamed to admit that I e not so much as put an eyepiece in it yet!



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Posted 14 August 2018 - 07:44 AM

I was doing a focuser transplant on the 6" f10 Jaegers last evening and I remembered that I promised in some thread to get a picture that showed my observing chair better.  I decided to wait for darkish skies and take a peek at the planets before going to bed for the night.

 

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I built the chair a long time ago - back in the 90's.  I was not much of a woodworker at the time but my dad could build anything so he and I did a joint project.  I ended up with a great observing chair, a great woodworking hobby, and I had a great time with my Dad.  Win-Win-Win! I have disassembled the chair once for a re-finish and I will have to do that again in the next few years.  Good thing Dad suggested we assemble with screws so it COULD be disassembled!

 

The focuser transplant was to replace a Moonlite 2.5" with a Moonlite 2" focuser.  I want to use the 2.5" on an APO imaging scope that I am building now.  Lots of fun!

 

The planets looked great considering it was early (not even dark yet) and the atmosphere was pretty unsettled.  Jupiter had a lot of band edge detail, Saturn was a sharp picture with with a distinct shadow line on the rings.  Cassini's Division stood out in sharp relief.  Mars was way down in the mud but even with the swimming image the polar cap was visible most times and a dark sort of triangular marking was sometimes visible on the face.  I saw some light bluish stuff along one edge area ut I don't know if it was dust clouds. 

 

A fun evening - got the focuser swap done, got bit up by mosquitoes and looked at the planets!  The Jaegers performed very well for me as always.  That is a wonderful scope and will have a pier mount in my yard as long as I am around.

 

Clay


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Posted 14 August 2018 - 06:09 PM

Clay, Is that a Criterion RV-6 mount?



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Posted 14 August 2018 - 06:13 PM

Looks like a Meade DS 16 mount with 1.5" shafts to me.

 

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Posted 14 August 2018 - 06:49 PM

John,
Good eye. It is a ds16 mount

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Posted 14 August 2018 - 08:01 PM

I was hoping that perhaps an RV-6 mount would carry my 6"/10, because I have one, and I also have a Cave Astrola 1.5", which seems pretty big and bulky for a 6" scope.  The Cave, even without the counterweights, is on the edge of what's moveable by one non-weight-lifter human.....



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Posted 14 August 2018 - 08:26 PM

I wouldn't want to move the ds16 on any regular basis. I am planning to use a g11 if I go to an outreach event or a star party. I don't think my rv6 mount would work well at all.
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Posted 14 August 2018 - 10:02 PM

I was hoping that perhaps an RV-6 mount would carry my 6"/10, because I have one, and I also have a Cave Astrola 1.5", which seems pretty big and bulky for a 6" scope.  The Cave, even without the counterweights, is on the edge of what's moveable by one non-weight-lifter human.....

I think the Cave mount with 1.5ā€ shafts would be better for a 6ā€ refractor.


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Posted 19 August 2018 - 10:21 AM

And here's my scope from the side.  I set it up with the Meade ETX 90 OTA I'd bought from Chuck last month.  But when I needed to rotate the MN56 OTA for viewing Jupe, the ETX got in the way of the finder, so I took it off.  

 

Clint rated the seeing Friday night above average, but not great.  But there were moments when the planetary detail (we gee-whizzed Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars through his 10" and my 5") was exquisite.  It would have been worth an imaging run, but I was too lazy to set up for that.  

 

-Tim.

This setup is ideal except for in major shortcoming. The pant on the intes tube is textured, so in order to rotate it for comfy viewing, I have to loosen the rings so much that I almost take the knobs off. 

 

So so I plan to make rotating rings for it. That Schaefer 8ā€ I bought recently has very interesting rings on it that just might be better than cave or Meade rg rings. So I might take them apart for copying purposes. 


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Posted 23 August 2018 - 11:11 AM

Here's the inside of the Cave 8 inch I had posted a few posts back.

Look how nice and rough it it is, I'll bet a special tip for the chopper gun was used

to just splatter the fiber glass like crazy.

This is a 1979 and has a very pronounced seam in the gel coat outside. I'm not sure if it's a Parks, it probably is.

The interior really is black and non-reflective, a lot like the last thing you'll see if

you meet a Tyrannosaurs, or like the black hole of Calcutta. 

Robert 

 

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Posted 24 August 2018 - 10:30 AM

Robert - After Meade bought out Cave soon after your scope was made, they produced an 8" f6 model.  Your tube looks longer that that.  Is it an f7 or f8?  Definitely a nice telescope and appears to be well taken care of.  Is the mirror inscribed?

 

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Posted 24 August 2018 - 10:35 AM

Robert - After Meade bought out Cave soon after your scope was made, they produced an 8" f6 model.  Your tube looks longer that that.  Is it an f7 or f8?  Definitely a nice telescope and appears to be well taken care of.  Is the mirror inscribed?

 

John Rogers

It's a f7

Here's the mirror inscription.

 

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