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#2701 Geo31

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 03:38 PM

That is one very fine RV-6.  I hope you'll get to use it for awhile before passing it along.  It will probably surprise you.


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Posted 08 December 2018 - 06:53 PM

A couple heavy hitters Quasimodo (Meade DS-10) and Mister Special (C8 with special coatings and the finest cat I've ever owned) 

I'd like to compare these two together but the weather has taken a turn for the worst and I may go bring

the boys in.

Robert

 

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#2703 roscoe

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 08:04 AM

Nothing worse than getting all set up under perfect skies, and walking out an hour later to find snowflakes flittering down on the optics ....but yet another use for dew shields, keeping the snow off the primary.... but even clouds will ruin an otherwise fine night!

 

Truth is, I'm having a hard time getting excited about winter observing this year, astronomy at 10 degrees F is less fun than it used to be.....


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#2704 Geo31

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 08:45 AM

 

 

Truth is, I'm having a hard time getting excited about winter observing this year, astronomy at 10 degrees F is less fun than it used to be.....

 

Oh man, I couldn’t do it anymore.  Shoot, the biggest change for me in observing is staying up late.  Just turned 58 and I don’t feel my age.  Until about 9:00 p.m.  I used to be able to stay up almost all night, even as little as about 5 years ago.


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#2705 Garyth64

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 08:50 AM

I found an old picture of my 10" f/7, that I thought had been lost. 

So here are the before and after progression of it's build.

 

First picture is from the late 70s.  I made the mirror in 1975, made the heavy mount, and put the optics in a Sonotube.

 

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For over 40 years, I used this scope that way.   And it got used a lot.

 

I reworked the mount, but still had the sonotube.  This was about 2008.

 

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About 2014, I got an aluminum tube, and transferred the optics.

 

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Then a few years ago, I had the optics recoated, and I purchased a Meade RG mount.

 

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#2706 steve t

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 10:06 AM

I found an old picture of my 10" f/7, that I thought had been lost. 

So here are the before and after progression of it's build.

 

First picture is from the late 70s.  I made the mirror in 1975, made the heavy mount, and put the optics in a Sonotube.

 

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For over 40 years, I used this scope that way.   And it got used a lot.

 

I reworked the mount, but still had the sonotube.  This was about 2008.

 

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About 2014, I got an aluminum tube, and transferred the optics.

 

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Then a few years ago, I had the optics recoated, and I purchased a Meade RG mount.

 

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That is one sweet looking scope, and restoration. 

Are the tube ends rolled or or did you use tube rings?

Thanks for sharing .

Steve T  


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#2707 Garyth64

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 11:17 AM

Are the tube ends rolled or or did you use tube rings?

 

I made the rings out of ½" aluminum.  They are both solid circles, and fit the OD of the 12" tube.


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#2708 steve t

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 12:01 PM

Are the tube ends rolled or or did you use tube rings?

 

I made the rings out of ½" aluminum.  They are both solid circles, and fit the OD of the 12" tube.

Thanks, they look great.

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 05:26 PM

Truth is, I'm having a hard time getting excited about winter observing this year, astronomy at 10 degrees F is less fun than it used to be.


I heartily agree Russ! I just can’t do it anymore! I have a 40° F cutoff for tellescopes and 25° for handheld Binoculars!

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 05:37 PM

Robert, someday I envision you having a museum of telescopes of every type and era! Same for BB, eastern division. 

 

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Everytime Robert displays another scope, I envision the government warehouses in Raiders of the Lost Ark...

 

Bill


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#2711 Garyth64

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 07:27 PM

Truth is, I'm having a hard time getting excited about winter observing this year, astronomy at 10 degrees F is less fun than it used to be.

 

It has been getting tougher over the years.

 

But last evening, our club had an impromptu gathering at the HJRO Observatory in Lincoln Park.  Some guys wanted to catch a glimpse of the comet.  One club member even brought his 11" RASA, and took pictures of M42, M40, and the comet.

I was mostly outside for about 2½ hours.  It was about 22 degrees.   The guy with the RASA went home at 3am.  Brrr.

 

I went as a "warm-up" for some new outreaches we're going to have.

Starting our season off on January 12th, we're having "Snowmen and Stars" at the Island Lake Recreation Area. 

And on February 9th, another event called "Lantern Light and Star Light" will be held there.

So, we just have to dress warmly, and pass the hot chocolate.


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Posted 10 December 2018 - 08:04 AM

I will tell you that having an observatory is a big asset on those cold winter nights that are clear.  Unfortunately clear nights and winter are a rare mix in Michigan.

 

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Posted 10 December 2018 - 08:11 AM

12.5" f/6 Cave and Jupiter at oppositionshocked.gif

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Posted 10 December 2018 - 09:08 AM

WOW!!!  I've heard rumors that there was a Mars opposition, where it was as big as a full moon, but never one about Jupiter!


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Posted 10 December 2018 - 09:22 AM

WOW!!!  I've heard rumors that there was a Mars opposition, where it was as big as a full moon, but never one about Jupiter!

Last Mars opposition had Mars as big as our full moon (as seen from Venus).  Now that's a really scary photo you have of Jupiter! Just imagine the tides we would experience!


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Posted 10 December 2018 - 11:22 AM

Ah-ha! I knew that 12.5" f/6 Cave wasn't real!


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Posted 11 December 2018 - 10:43 PM


Unitron 128C loaded with everything. Nearly new condition.

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Posted 12 December 2018 - 10:30 AM

1992 Astro-Physics Star12 ED. Complete and original to the AP invoice with the exception of the original battery pack. I do have the original battery leather case. AP 600E Mount 6”x 48” stand. Bought by the original owner as a retirement present to himself and in excellent condition. I only added an AP Shelf and simple WO Finder.

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Posted 12 December 2018 - 11:09 AM

12.5" f/6 Cave and Jupiter at oppositionshocked.gif

Wow! What a cool picture! I luv it! :love:


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Posted 13 December 2018 - 01:10 PM

MY ,  8" F7 UNIVERSITY OPTICS KIT TELESCOPE 1 OF 6 SOLD ...... on a Meade 826 mount .

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Posted 13 December 2018 - 01:19 PM

Bet it didn't look that nice when it was brand new!  bow.gif


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Posted 13 December 2018 - 03:10 PM

Here are a couple shots of my 1985 Astro Physics 6" F9. Ten years ago I repainted the tube, and upgraded to the 2.7" AP focuser.   This is one of those scopes that just holds you to the eyepiece.  

 

 

 

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Posted 22 December 2018 - 09:27 PM

My wife and I assembled the Meade DS-16 today. It's a pretty scope, the Meade blue is very nice.

Question is, will it get used. 

Robert

 

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Posted 23 December 2018 - 08:01 AM

That there is one big yard cannon!!


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Posted 23 December 2018 - 08:37 AM

Robert ,that is an even bigger fella than The VSC Big Fella !! I share your concerns on setting up and using a scope of this size because tho I can manage to set the VSC scope up by myself it is much easier with help, yours  is  like bluey on steroids!!! Bluey is back !! How much use it gets depend on you and your weather conditions. I also love the color too,and it is in great shape. Keep us informed especially first light.  Enjoy, my friend waytogo.gif waytogo.gif Gary


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