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#3101 nicknacknock

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Posted 10 August 2019 - 04:13 AM

Nick

 

Congrats on the sweet TV Genesis......looks very nice. Should put up great views. Love the simple elegance and quality build of the Televue.  I have the Oracle    the little brother to yours. Even the off white creamy color is appealing....Enjoy

 

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Thanks Barry!

 

I did have the Oracle, same finish as yours for a while and in a moment of weakness I donated it to my daughter's school Astronomy Club. Still, I get visitation rights as I do outreach with them!


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Posted 11 August 2019 - 07:32 AM

Starting point. A poor old scope from Goodwill. 20190811_082532.jpg


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#3103 Cobalt*Blue

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Posted 11 August 2019 - 07:36 AM

Add a homemade maple eyepiece tray and a hybrid diagonal and a few spare eyepieces. 

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Posted 11 August 2019 - 07:39 AM

Spend a few hours cleaning and adjusting you end up with this.

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Posted 11 August 2019 - 07:49 AM

Then you bring it outside and find you have a wonderful lens! Sharp. Big focus sweet spot and takes magnification and asks for more. And Terra, it's aTowa I think. Chris.

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#3106 Jeff Struve

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Posted 11 August 2019 - 07:49 AM

I know they arent open on Saturdays... but the scope was itchin' to visit home... maybe next time!

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Posted 11 August 2019 - 06:14 PM

 

And Terra, it's a Towa I think. Chris.

Oh boy! shocked.gif

 

 

That finder holder and the thumb screws holding it are definitely Towa.


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#3108 Joe1950

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Posted 11 August 2019 - 06:21 PM

My goodwill never has scopes. I mean never! All you see there with a lens are tons of old, beat up 35mm slide projectors. And this area is Edmund Scientific's back yard! 


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Posted 11 August 2019 - 06:28 PM

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

The Doc with his Edmund 'Extra Heavy Duty' mounting and Unitron 150.

Mr. Hyde teasing his neighbor with his oil rig. "we shall all share in the wealth" be nice to me.

I think it backfired though because I kept hinting about the antique inefficient outdoor light

so she replaced it with a modern LED and now it's worse!

Robert    

 

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#3110 John Rogers

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Posted 11 August 2019 - 06:29 PM

I don't see telescopes in the Goodwill stores either, but they have plenty on their auction website.  I suspect that is where they all go.


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Posted 11 August 2019 - 06:31 PM

Robert, that is indeed a beast.
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Posted 11 August 2019 - 06:37 PM

What's super scary is threading the equatorial head onto that tall pier.

The top picture is the longest pipe section I use. The sections are standard

pipe with National Pipe Thread so around and around the head goes until

tight.

 

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#3113 Russell Smith

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Posted 11 August 2019 - 06:45 PM

No wonder your neighbors think your drilling for oil.
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Posted 11 August 2019 - 07:00 PM

With all those scopes, I think he found it!

 

 

 

I don't see telescopes in the Goodwill stores either, but they have plenty on their auction website.  I suspect that is where they all go.

Thanks John!  I'll check there.


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Posted 11 August 2019 - 07:53 PM

Thanks for the Towa confirmation Joe. Now, any one have any information about Sailwind? Was this a 1970's camera or department store branding? A read a post on this site about someone's rescue of this ones big brother - a 80mm. Chris.


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Posted 14 August 2019 - 09:21 AM

I don't see telescopes in the Goodwill stores either, but they have plenty on their auction website.  I suspect that is where they all go.

Also check facebook marketplace and Offer Up.  I got great deals with both sites.


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Posted 14 August 2019 - 04:58 PM

My 1959 60mm Tasco Model 304 refractor mounted on my Celestron Omni mount ! Solid as a rock and the views are great ! The original EQ mount and wooden legs are still being refinished as is its wooden case !

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Posted 14 August 2019 - 06:19 PM

Last weekend I stoped by the local thrift shop again and picked myself up this vintage blue and silver beauty. Its a Bushnell Skychief II. The telescope cane in its original wood case, and had all its accessories. (Three eye peices, a barlow, A 90% prism, a circular drum type style erecting prism, and all lens caps).

 

After assembling it, I'm only missing one of the original three bolts that adjust the angle of finder scope.The thrift store had two telescopes to choose from and both were listed at the same cost. The other was a Celestron 60mm Equatorial Mount PowerSeeker without aditional accessories.I took home this vintage Bushnell, and left the Celestron for someone else.

 

I have not had the chance to clean it up yet, but did assemble it just to test its functionality. Everything works, so in the next week or so I will try to take it all apart and give it a good cleaning. Once cleaned up I will compare it to my Equatorial Mount Meade of approximantly the same size and then decide which one gets to stay.

 

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So in my initial tests, I thought things were decent.  I then found out my internal baffle mid scope was tweaked off center by about a 30% angle. I found that the baffle has a compression fit, and can easily be moved back and forth with some pressure applied from a smaller diameter tube.

 

I'm now trying to find the ideal location.

 

These baffles may play a part in what vintage items may be determined as good or subpar by individual reviewers, as they can easily be moved back and forth with just a little bit of pressure.

 

After I discovered this, I then tried it out on a later scope tube I was not using, and the result was the same. It could also be moved back and forth.

 

Its just another simple tweak we should all be aware of to optimize the performance out of our vintage scopes.


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Posted 14 August 2019 - 06:24 PM

If you mod it to use 1.25" eyepieces you need to move the baffles.
Shine a flashlight in the ota and I think you will see the original spot.
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Posted 15 August 2019 - 05:09 AM

Hi everyone, Good afternoon from Nepal smile.gif

 

Here are the few images of star party which was organized on 13 August.
The second image is of jupiter and it's four Gallilean moons.
Both the images of moon and jupiter were taken with handheld smartphone over the eyepiece.

 

A well spent evening Telescope.gif .

For more clear images u can check here :

https://drive.google...L5phVIEMg-54lcI

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 03:14 PM

Wonderful!!
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Posted 15 August 2019 - 04:37 PM

Couldn't resist this photo op:

 

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Left is a '72, maybe '73 unit I got on eBay (and probably paid too much for). Right is a '74 or '75 that I got at Stellafane and am trying to get rid of 'cause I don't need two C8s.......


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Posted 18 August 2019 - 02:40 PM

Two of my favorite small legacy refractors are my Edmund Scientific Voyager 6001 60mm F8 Rank designed cemented doublet refractor and Televue 70mm Ranger.  I found that both of these wonderfully designed and built short focal length refractors have well corrected optics and excellent AR coatings.  They both provide very sharp and high contrast viewing with 68 and 82 degree higher quality modern eyepieces.  Very little color at higher powers during good seeing conditions.  Both have solid builds and snap to focus.

 The Voyager system includes a lightweight psudo-GEM-like fork mount system angled upward-see pics.  Finder works well also.  Took some practice to feel comfortable guiding the scope as it can be a bit jerky at times.  Enjoyable for both daytime or night astronomy use with the supplied amici prism 1.25 diagonal. My venerable Unitron Alt Az mount with slo mo controls is a much better observing platform for this little refractor.   Lunar viewing is stunning with my Nagler 7mm.  Orion Nebula very nice too with my ES 68 and 82 degree ep’s.  Edmund RKE’s are great with this scope also.  Lightweight observing system for packing up during a hike.  

The unique little Televue Ranger is a pleasure to view when outfitted with my Baader Amici prism diagonal and various ES and TV wide field eyepieces.  Focussing is a pleasure with the draw tube and smooth helical focuser.  Such a lightweight wonder with excellent glass, coatings and solid build.  Rubber collapsable lens shield works well preventing glare day or night.  Not a dew preventer, though.  Mounts well on Orion Paragon2 with my nice little Tasco slo mo adapter mount.  A lot easier to guide with that little piece of history installed on the Paragon.👏

Have padded cases for both for safe and easy transport.  These little wonders are very special and get a lot of use during outreach events when lunar viewing and solar viewing with Baader solar film caps.  “Little scopes that can” .

clear skies, Geo, NY

 

 

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Posted 19 August 2019 - 12:13 AM

Classic outreach 

 

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Posted 20 August 2019 - 06:55 AM

Cave 12.5" f/6 on Parks Superior and Intes 10" f/12.5 Mak Cass

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