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#2601 astronz59

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Posted 08 October 2018 - 11:20 PM

Luxury! Our place was so dark,we 'ad te get oop 'alf n' hour before we went ta bed!! lol.gif roflmao.gif


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#2602 Juha

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Posted 12 October 2018 - 01:28 PM

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#2603 astronz59

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Posted 14 October 2018 - 01:20 AM

Nice scope and er, fashion statement......! lol.gif roflmao.gif


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#2604 Uranotopia

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Posted 14 October 2018 - 11:56 AM

I like your modifications. IMO, the Towa EQ-2 is a decent mount -- are those the original wooden legs? I used a motorized EQ-3 for years, and logged 1000s of hours with a Model 339 re-branded Tasco. It was a very good 80mm F15 refractor that all these decades later, I wish that I'd kept.


Yes, indeed, these are the original wooden legs of the EQ- mount.

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Posted 14 October 2018 - 12:39 PM

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Impressing scope! please Juha, can you tell a little about it?
I am curious to get to know more about your refractor!


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#2606 Juha

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Posted 14 October 2018 - 12:52 PM

Impressing scope! please Juha, can you tell a little about it?
I am curious to get to know more about your refractor!

Polarex Unitron 129 (Unitron 142), Eq mount and 75/1200mm lens. Same stuff as Unitron but European modell.


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#2607 KentTolley

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Posted 16 October 2018 - 11:03 AM

1963 Cave 8" f/6  recently refigured by Terry Ostahowski of Anza California.

Rotating tube rings, rivetted end rings,  Rukes focusser, Hiyoshi finder.

Original paint except pier and legs.

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Posted 16 October 2018 - 02:16 PM

Beautiful scope, Kent! bow.gif


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#2609 KentTolley

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 10:36 AM

Thanks.  It came to me in outstanding condition.  Tim found it and kept it safe in his cellar together with a treasure trove of other fine old instruments he has collected.  He gave it to me for a song and I loved cleaning it all up and fixing the optics.  Oh yea.  Magnusson brass setting circles.


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Posted 17 October 2018 - 11:52 AM

My mint-condition 1973 Orange C8 on my Celestron Wedgepod (not classic but way more convenient for home use).

 

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#2611 Joe1950

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 04:09 PM

I think it's classic, Zane. That's the one I bought right about that time when I had some money.

 

There was a C-8 on display at the Franklin Institute in Phila. Right then I had to have one. A little while later, I did buy one carried by the famous Edmund Scientifics, nof far from where I lived.

 

I had the wedge and field tripod.

 

Not everybody in the club backed then liked them or especially the later the Dynamax. They called them 'suitcase telescopes.' Those guys usually had Cave Newtonians ranging from 8" to 12.5". First thing they'd do is take the motor drive off the Cave mount and replace it with a Byers 7" or larger.

 

I liked the portability of the C-8


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#2612 daltons

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Posted 18 October 2018 - 11:45 PM

Vixen 60mm and Mizar EQ :))

 

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Posted 19 October 2018 - 07:22 AM

Tasco 9TE on Swift mount
A marriage made in heaven...

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#2614 BillinBallard

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Posted 21 October 2018 - 05:57 PM

Here are a couple shots of the  6" F5 Jaegers I put together this summer.   

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#2615 Jeff B

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Posted 23 October 2018 - 09:57 PM

I built me one of those 6" F5 Jaegers thingies too.

 

I made it bino-friendly, which was a bit of a design challenge, but I pulled it off.  Outstanding for low power viewing.

 

Nice view you have there yourself!

 

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Posted 24 October 2018 - 07:45 AM

Great looking scopes Jeff and Bill! What do those big boys weigh?


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Posted 24 October 2018 - 10:34 AM

I built me one of those 6" F5 Jaegers thingies too.

 

I made it bino-friendly, which was a bit of a design challenge, but I pulled it off.  Outstanding for low power viewing.

 

Nice view you have there yourself!

 

Jeff

I have one of these that was built by a friend of mine from JPL who passed away about 13 years ago.  He used a rack and pinion/dovetail focuser from a big binocular microscope for the focus, with enough room for a 2 1/2" ID focusing tube.  I've used it in a dark sky in Utah, with a 31mm Nagler for viewing that comet I can't remember the name of several years ago.  It's a wonderful low power sweeper.

 

Your picture triggered the realization that I could also use an astrozap dewshield on it!  My late friend had never made a dewshield, so I'd been using a true value paint bucket with the bottom cut out.  It looks stupid, but it works, for now.  

 

Here it is, piggyback on my 6" f/15 Jaegers, on the Tak NJP mount, from Mt Pinos 9 years ago:

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#2618 BillinBallard

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Posted 24 October 2018 - 12:56 PM

Jeff; nice  scope!  The binoviewer is a great idea & your GM8 is the perfect mount for it. 

 

The one I put together comes in at just under 15 lbs & is 25 1/2" from the lens to the leading edge of the diagonal.  It resides on an old  Meade equatorial with a star party tested/kid proof pier.  



#2619 Jeff B

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Posted 24 October 2018 - 01:15 PM

Thanks guys.

 

As you see it on the table, it's 22 pounds, perfect for the GM8.  Shoot my old Vixen Super Polaris is even happy with it.

 

Those old Meade mounts are really very good.  Solid basic tracking with a good payload ability and very good damping of vibrations.  

 

Jeff


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Posted 24 October 2018 - 02:07 PM

Those old Meade mounts are really very good.  Solid basic tracking with a good payload ability and very good damping of vibrations.

 

Yep!  Liked the first Meade SF so much, I bought a 2nd one, to have pedestal & tripod options.  Carries my APM 152 & Tinsley 6" Cass.


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Posted 24 October 2018 - 05:54 PM

Those old Meade mounts are really very good.  Solid basic tracking with a good payload ability and very good damping of vibrations.

 

Yep!  Liked the first Meade SF so much, I bought a 2nd one, to have pedestal & tripod options.  Carries my APM 152 & Tinsley 6" Cass.

I like my Meade 1” shaft 826 mount too! My 6” AT Classical Cass is going to share it with my 6” Newtonian.


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Posted 24 October 2018 - 07:25 PM

While I have mounts on my mind:  A shout-out for the vintage Takahashi EM-1S, and its hyper-accurate analog R/A drive.  I intended it for my 4" & smaller fracs, but it carries my Vixen VMC200L easily:

 

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Posted 25 October 2018 - 12:28 AM

Back in 2004 way  before dialysis these were my two favorite scopes...12.5" f/6 Cave and 8" f/8 Dynascope Deluxe 

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Posted 28 October 2018 - 01:24 PM

I found a few pictures of my Coulter Odyssey 17.5 inch f/4.5 I once owned.

'Bluey', I'm sure you've all heard me talk about her, lives in Chile now, she has

been gone now for quite a few years.

The photo is with the 'tailgate' open, a very John Dobson feature. You can leave 

the tailgate open to quickly equalize the mirror and tube, pretty neat.

Robert

 

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Posted 28 October 2018 - 02:13 PM

Hello, maybe 4 years ago but not longer in my possession. A nice scopewink.gif

 

Kind regards, Michael Aaron

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