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#2551 clamchip

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Posted 07 September 2018 - 03:40 PM

Here's my Cave 6 inch f8 Student Deluxe. I took this picture in 2009 and I still have the scope.

The mirror was made March 20th 1972. I'm trying to remember what I was doing that day.

It was a Monday, and March, probably raining, and I was sitting in my 9th grade class I'm sure.

My mirror was being ground and polished down in sunny Long Beach California.

The castings were probably on the lathe being turned.

I imagine the Bellingham school district, a little north of me, bought it new, I bought it from them

when it was retired.

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#2552 roscoe

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Posted 07 September 2018 - 06:44 PM

I think we should start a thread that is 'what were you doing March 20, 1972?'


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#2553 clamchip

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Posted 07 September 2018 - 07:03 PM

I think I remember reading somewhere that everything we have ever learned, or thought, or

did is up there between our ears.

It's retrieving the information that can be difficult if not impossible.

It usually takes a 'key' to unlock something in the insignificant files, a key word, or event, or

image.


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#2554 Dartguy

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Posted 07 September 2018 - 08:24 PM

I think we should start a thread that is 'what were you doing March 20, 1972?'

I was trying to learn to walk.


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Posted 07 September 2018 - 08:50 PM

I think we should start a thread that is 'what were you doing March 20, 1972?'

I was in college, and confused about life.

 

Now, Iā€™m not in college.


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Posted 07 September 2018 - 09:44 PM

I think we should start a thread that is 'what were you doing March 20, 1972?'

Give me another 31 years......


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Posted 07 September 2018 - 10:55 PM

Here's another March, The Optical Craftsmen Discoverer 8 inch f6, mirror made March 1969.

These are very fine scopes, The Optical Craftsmen. And the Discoverer was OC"s economy model but astoundingly

excellent. The Connoisseur was The Optical Craftsmen's standard model. 

In 1969 I was Newspaper clipping everything Apollo, and I had a 3 volume collection of Apollo news paper

clippings, including full front page stories, the entire front page of the Seattle Times. Space was BIG news.

It was a most treasured thing of mine but it vanished, all my work gone, I have no idea what happened to it all. 

Robert

 

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Posted 08 September 2018 - 06:21 AM

I think we should start a thread that is 'what were you doing March 20, 1972?'

If I recall correctly, I was swimming in a pool of amniotic fluid that was within a couple of months of springing a very beneficial (for me) leak.  


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Posted 08 September 2018 - 06:39 AM

There's one of those OC 8" for sale right now on the Boston Craigslist - $200 - see my post over in the CL thread.

 

March '69, Coast Guard Electronics school, Governors' Island, NYC.

 

March '72, on duty at some 8-hour part of the day or night, Coast Guard Boston Radio - transmitter station, Cape Cod, Mass, keeping standard and 911 communications to the North Atlantic up and running.


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Posted 08 September 2018 - 08:39 AM

I think we should start a thread that is 'what were you doing March 20, 1972?'

I had just started grinding my 4" mirror. 



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Posted 08 September 2018 - 08:55 AM

In 1969 I was Newspaper clipping everything Apollo, and I had a 3 volume collection of Apollo news paper

clippings, including full front page stories, the entire front page of the Seattle Times. Space was BIG news.

It was a most treasured thing of mine but it vanished, all my work gone, I have no idea what happened to it all.

Robert

 

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What happened to all your Apollo stuff?  but I still somehow have my old newspaper stuff from JFK RFK MLK  Apollo      Same thing that happened to all the old baseball cards  and match box cars  etc    we grew up went away to college or to work and it was cleaned out by someone...in my case  my new step mother....

 

March 20 1972 my older brother's 16th birthday..learning to drive the Volkswagen

  I was 14  my mom died soon after....the summer of 72  the end of inoncense  


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Posted 08 September 2018 - 10:22 AM

I think we should start a thread that is 'what were you doing March 20, 1972?'

In March 20, 1972 I was near Frankfurt, Germany and within 2 months of being released from the Army. Right after graduating from college in 1969 (studied physics) I was drafted into the army. In boot camp they said all of us would go to Viet Nam unless we gave another year beyond the two year draft commitment. So I thought that was a good deal to be trained in a skill not used in 'Nam.

 

So after 8 days I was discharged from military service and was immediately signed up for a 3 year stint. The first 6 months of that was in 1970 at a military electronics school in Huntsville, Alabama near Marshall Spaceflight Center of Apollo fame. Then I went to Germany to finish the 3-year stint. I never regretted that since the vast majority of men going to Viet Nam were mentally traumatized. As it turned out I was released 7 months early since Viet Nam was then winding down.

 

On getting home in May of 1972 all of my physics textbooks were gone, never to be found. Only a chemistry and calculus text were left. But my home-made 8-inch reflector was being used by one of my college friends. So it didn't languish while I was gone. That one I still have.


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Posted 08 September 2018 - 11:56 AM

March 1972....I was in high school about then.  This picture of my old 8" f7 was made around spring of 1972.  I really enjoyed the views I got with this scope especially with a Galoc 16 mm wide field eyepiece. Light pollution was not a big problem back then.

 

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Posted 09 September 2018 - 10:21 PM

engage!

 

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Posted 10 September 2018 - 08:07 AM

I think we should start a thread that is 'what were you doing March 20, 1972?'

I was in high school working part time at a Harley Davison shop in North Hollywood and getting in trouble all the time.


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Posted 10 September 2018 - 09:08 AM

I think we should start a thread that is 'what were you doing March 20, 1972?'

reading my second issue of S&T.  oh wait.  I subscribed in February 1969, not 72.  72 was when I ordered my OC 8" Discoverer, though it took until about March 1973 to get it.

 

-Tim.


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Posted 17 September 2018 - 05:57 PM

     My first telescope, which I still have. An Adams Model 7233 sold by Montgomery Ward it says. Back then all instruments came in wooden fitted boxes, telescopes, microscopes, a lot of things I guess.

 

     I received this telescope from the principle of my grade school when I was around 13 or 14. He was retiring I found out later and called me up after class, I thought I was in trouble. Instead he took this huge box out of the closet and said he wanted me to have it. I was embarrassed to take such a large gift, but he insisted knowing that I was interested in science and studying astronomy a lot. This was like in 1970. I found when I set it up that you couldn't really focus and see anything. Kind of like the much later Hubble Space telescope fiasco. I was disappointed, but after taking the objective lenses off I found a plastic spacer was broken and not holding the two lenses parallel. I made a new spacer out of cardboard and the universe opened up to me. Later driving me to get a 3.1" Meade refractor in high school and eventually my Celestron 8" while I was in the Marines. I wish I could go back and thank Mr. Wilde again for such a wonderful gift. It's been in the box for 40 years, I'm thinking about taking it out one night this week for nostalgia.

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Posted 17 September 2018 - 08:53 PM

My first telescope, which I still have. An Adams Model 7233 sold by Montgomery Ward it says. Back then all instruments came in wooden fitted boxes, telescopes, microscopes, a lot of things I guess.

I received this telescope from the principle of my grade school when I was around 13 or 14. He was retiring I found out later and called me up after class, I thought I was in trouble. Instead he took this huge box out of the closet and said he wanted me to have it. I was embarrassed to take such a large gift, but he insisted knowing that I was interested in science and studying astronomy a lot. This was like in 1970. I found when I set it up that you couldn't really focus and see anything. Kind of like the much later Hubble Space telescope fiasco. I was disappointed, but after taking the objective lenses off I found a plastic spacer was broken and not holding the two lenses parallel. I made a new spacer out of cardboard and the universe opened up to me. Later driving me to get a 3.1" Meade refractor in high school and eventually my Celestron 8" while I was in the Marines. I wish I could go back and thank Mr. Wilde again for such a wonderful gift. It's been in the box for 40 years, I'm thinking about taking it out one night this week for nostalgia.


Very cool story. What a great thing for a teacher to do.
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Posted Yesterday, 04:07 PM

Hi

 

Very interesting post !

 

My old Vixen refractor ED130SS :

 

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Posted Yesterday, 07:16 PM

1972 March.... I was 12. got my first telescope for Christmas or my birthday...two days apart, don't know which one, it was very disappointing. 

May have been a gilbert, all cardboard and plastic. 

But.... we grow and learn.

My 3 inch Tasco on the polaris mount. I need to get this outside as soon as the clouds leave.

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Posted Yesterday, 07:45 PM

     My first telescope, which I still have. An Adams Model 7233 sold by Montgomery Ward it says. Back then all instruments came in wooden fitted boxes, telescopes, microscopes, a lot of things I guess.

 

     I received this telescope from the principle of my grade school when I was around 13 or 14. He was retiring I found out later and called me up after class, I thought I was in trouble. Instead he took this huge box out of the closet and said he wanted me to have it. I was embarrassed to take such a large gift, but he insisted knowing that I was interested in science and studying astronomy a lot. This was like in 1970. I found when I set it up that you couldn't really focus and see anything. Kind of like the much later Hubble Space telescope fiasco. I was disappointed, but after taking the objective lenses off I found a plastic spacer was broken and not holding the two lenses parallel. I made a new spacer out of cardboard and the universe opened up to me. Later driving me to get a 3.1" Meade refractor in high school and eventually my Celestron 8" while I was in the Marines. I wish I could go back and thank Mr. Wilde again for such a wonderful gift. It's been in the box for 40 years, I'm thinking about taking it out one night this week for nostalgia.

I have a similar story...Back in the late 60s I attended a small rural school in Argyle, Texas.  My 8th grade science teacher, Mr Glen, knew I was very interested in astronomy and space. He had a meteorite that he kept on his desk and I was constantly playing with it.  Well at the end of the year he asked me to stay after class for a few minutes.  I was afraid I had done something wrong but he just wanted to give me the meteor.  I still have it and I display it on a shelf in our house.  When I see the face I think of Mr Glen and the impact he had on me and my class.

 

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