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#3501 Terra Nova

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 12:48 PM

Beautiful  scope Terra

Thank you Johann, as is yours! ;)



#3502 Masvingo

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 01:09 PM

My last and FINAL telescope purchase ...

Yes, that's what I said three purchases ago! lol.gif

 

Nice scope, by the way.


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Posted 18 March 2020 - 03:02 PM

My last and FINAL telescope purchase, a Vixen (Japan) ED102SS 4” F6.5 apo from the late 1990s:

Given the current climate, maybe you should have said that a different way? unsure.png


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#3504 Uranotopia

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 03:55 PM

I got this six months ago, it’s my last (and FINAL) telescope purchase, a Vixen (Japan) ED102SS 4” F6.5 apo from the late 1990s:

Wow!
Great scope, and what a good purchase!

But (I hope so), perhaps you'll get a very good further chance to buy another classic telescope - so would you really deny to buy it?! wink.gif


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Posted 18 March 2020 - 04:02 PM

I got this six months ago, it’s my last (and FINAL) telescope purchase, a Vixen (Japan) ED102SS 4” F6.5 apo from the late 1990s:

I can only imagine the clean crisp planetary images that this Vixen delivers. It looks so nice and portable too. DSOs must be also a plus with this telescope. bow.gif


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#3506 Dan /schechter

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 04:07 PM

I got this six months ago, it’s my last (and FINAL) telescope purchase, a Vixen (Japan) ED102SS 4” F6.5 apo from the late 1990s:

Congratulations Terra. A beauty!!!


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#3507 Steve C.

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 04:28 PM

Questar in living room and out in the night.

 

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 09:29 PM

I got this six months ago, it’s my last (and FINAL) telescope purchase, a Vixen (Japan) ED102SS 4” F6.5 apo from the late 1990s:

 

Hmm, like your last (and FINAL) birthday celebration?


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Posted 19 March 2020 - 07:30 AM

Only final in that I intend to enjoy what I have for a long, long time! :love:


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Posted 19 March 2020 - 07:42 AM

The Pride of the Pleistocene rides again. 

 

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I finally had some time on Sunday to start to clean up the tube on this Edmund 4" f15 "alignment telescope" I have had for a while.  The lend was rather dirty and I spent 3 to 4 months soaking the end of the cell in Kroil before the retaining ring finally loosened up and let me remove the lens for cleaning.  It cleaned up pretty well - I still have some staining from rust on the edges and there is some coating damage but nothing to stop me from using this scope.  I need to make some rings for it.  I am using the rings from my Genesis which are slightly large.  OTOH - viewing my benchmark silo top showed the lens was working well.  Sooner or later I will have a decent fitting ring set and will be able to look through this at night and do a star test.

 

Best Regards

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#3511 Terra Nova

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Posted 19 March 2020 - 08:46 AM

Clay, what do the stickers on the tube say? It looks like my old 4” Edmund that was used as an alignment telescope by the US Navy Avionics Lab in Indianapolis for the Walleye guided bomb project (a progenitor of the cruise missle).



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Posted 19 March 2020 - 09:04 AM

Terra,

 

That is exactly it.   I posted about it when I picked it up but that was a year and a half ago.  I want to preserve the stickers and "non-skid" grip areas as well as the large sturdy case it comes in.  I do have a 1" shaft Edmund mount to work on so in the end I will have a complete classic system.

 

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Posted 19 March 2020 - 09:06 AM

A picture of one sticker:

 

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Clay


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Posted 19 March 2020 - 09:25 AM

Wow! That’s it!

 

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#3515 Sam Danigelis

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Posted 19 March 2020 - 09:44 AM

I started making the mirror for this 45 years ago, guided only by Allyn J. Thompson's classic book "Making Your Own Telescope."  I reluctantly had to stop as it was a bit above my technical abilities at the time (14 years old).  I finally finished the classic 6" f/8 Newtonian at the end of 2018.  My Dad got to look through it before he passed.  Very special!

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Posted 19 March 2020 - 03:56 PM

Sam,

Great stories and  pictures. A quality 6 inch f/8 will perform alongside with APO refractors coting thousands of dollars. Happy to hear you completed your project. Congratulations.

Bill



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Posted 19 March 2020 - 06:54 PM

Thanks Bill! Yes, I must add that I finished it with the generous help of CN's literal gallery of experts. It DOES perform as you say. L to R: Dad, Mom, brother in July 2019. I must also give credit to my parents for nurturing my interest in astronomy.
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Posted 25 March 2020 - 07:10 AM

Here is a classical-dimension - with simple ressources - self-constructed sewer pipe-telescope: it´s an 152/2250mm FH-refractor with a Jaegers-lens (uncoated, with only three spacers; must be more than 40 years old ...).
And - it performs very well. So I could split the doublestars omega Leonis (5m7&7m3; 0"87)  and 7 Tauri (6m6/6m9; 0"76) ... It seems to be a great scope. But - no good telescope for "fast observing" ;-).

If my tests are more successful, the lens will get a better tube ;-).

If you like to read some about the construction, look at my - german! -page htp://www.amateurastronomie.com  under "Projekte". Here you´ll find
"Selbstbau eines 152/2250mm Fraunhofer-Refraktors mit Jaegers-Objektiv"; pls click on the little picture (with the lens)

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 03:26 PM

Outstanding build! I really like the rear mounted collimation set up. Ingenious! bow.gif waytogo.gif



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Posted 26 March 2020 - 10:54 PM

Here is a classical-dimension - with simple ressources - self-constructed sewer pipe-telescope: it´s an 152/2250mm FH-refractor with a Jaegers-lens (uncoated, with only three spacers; must be more than 40 years old ...).
And - it performs very well. So I could split the doublestars omega Leonis (5m7&7m3; 0"87)  and 7 Tauri (6m6/6m9; 0"76) ... It seems to be a great scope. But - no good telescope for "fast observing" ;-).

If my tests are more successful, the lens will get a better tube ;-).

If you like to read some about the construction, look at my - german! -page htp://www.amateurastronomie.com  under "Projekte". Here you´ll find
"Selbstbau eines 152/2250mm Fraunhofer-Refraktors mit Jaegers-Objektiv"; pls click on the little picture (with the lens)

 

Reaching the control cables while at the ep must be a stretch.



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Posted 27 March 2020 - 12:39 PM

I posted this in another thread but it also belongs here.

 

Me aligning the finder on my 1978 DX-8 on a cloudy day back in 1985. I eventually gave that scope to my brother. These days I'm grayer than the DX-8.

 

A sample of lunar drawings done with that scope.

 

Bob

 

 

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Posted 27 March 2020 - 12:45 PM

Great picture and wonderful sketches! Wow, 1985!! I have a hard time reconciling that that was half a lifetime ago for me! It just seems so unreal!!


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Posted 27 March 2020 - 12:59 PM

Great picture and wonderful sketches! Wow, 1985!! I have a hard time reconciling that that was half a lifetime ago for me! It just seems so unreal!!

Yes it does seem unreal. Seems like a short time ago until I add up the years. Even more unreal is that in that photo the scope is already 7 years old. I remember going to Edmund Scientific back in 1978 to check out their scopes. I almost bought their 4” refractor but next month I purchased the larger aperture DX-8. I should have bought that 4” F15 refractor!

 

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Posted 29 March 2020 - 02:45 PM

Here's my new to me Celestron 11 Ultima along with Bertie the Beagle who is not impressed with it as it is not edible!  I think it dates from around 1990 as it has the early style PEC base plate.

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Posted 29 March 2020 - 10:15 PM

Here's my new to me Celestron 11 Ultima along with Bertie the Beagle who is not impressed with it as it is not edible!  I think it dates from around 1990 as it has the early style PEC base plate.

 

Sunshine in Scotland!?


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