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#3651 123456

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Posted 08 July 2020 - 07:54 PM

New to me.  Big and heavy.  
need eyepieces. 

  Meade Starfinder 10” reflecting telescope

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Posted 10 July 2020 - 01:18 AM

Just acquired this. Already been using vixen circle V orthos for a while, but first time with a circle V scope.
A Vixen Super Polaris fl80s.
 
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#3653 clamchip

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Posted 11 July 2020 - 08:40 PM

Here's the winner of the 'Primary Scope Contest' here at camp clamchip.

This combination of Astrola cassegrain mounting and Edmund 5 inch f/15 is

so perfect it brings tears to my eyes.

I will be using this set up as my primary telescope for astronomy and terrestrial

observation.

It just might be that greener pasture I've been looking for.

Robert

 

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#3654 jtsenghas

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Posted 11 July 2020 - 09:29 PM

Here's the winner of the 'Primary Scope Contest' here at camp clamchip.

Is that little guy in the photo behind that frac your garden gnome, or one of the numerous dolls in your house? 


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#3655 clamchip

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Posted 11 July 2020 - 10:58 PM

Is that little guy in the photo behind that frac your garden gnome, or one of the numerous dolls in your house? 

He's a rooster, one of my wife's pets.

 

Robert


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Posted 12 July 2020 - 03:16 AM

He's a rooster, one of my wife's pets.

 

Robert

Lookiing at the size of the scope, I think he meant you. grin.gif  

 

It's a beauty all right!


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Posted 12 July 2020 - 05:34 AM

Lookiing at the size of the scope, I think he meant you. grin.gif  

 

It's a beauty all right!

Ha! Yes indeed.  I hadn't noticed the rooster behind the little guy in the blue shirt.  

 

It was an attempt at humor regarding the scale of scope and mount. 


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Posted 12 July 2020 - 07:24 AM

Here's the winner of the 'Primary Scope Contest' here at camp clamchip.

This combination of Astrola cassegrain mounting and Edmund 5 inch f/15 is

so perfect it brings tears to my eyes.

I will be using this set up as my primary telescope for astronomy and terrestrial

observation.

It just might be that greener pasture I've been looking for.

Robert

 

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Robert, you're being rather fickle now! So does this mean that you like this mount better than your Edmund Super Heavy Duty mount on its drill rig pedestal? (The one you wear a hard hat when using.)



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Posted 12 July 2020 - 09:45 AM

Robert, you're being rather fickle now! So does this mean that you like this mount better than your Edmund Super Heavy Duty mount on its drill rig pedestal? (The one you wear a hard hat when using.)

The nod goes to the Edmund Extra Heavy Duty.

But the Astrola is far easier to get thru the doorway.

I was surprised by the Astrola's ability to work so well with refractors.

Robert

 

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Posted 12 July 2020 - 11:46 AM

Here's the winner of the 'Primary Scope Contest' here at camp clamchip.

This combination of Astrola cassegrain mounting and Edmund 5 inch f/15 is

so perfect it brings tears to my eyes.

I will be using this set up as my primary telescope for astronomy and terrestrial

observation.

It just might be that greener pasture I've been looking for.

Robert

 

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Beautiful setup Robert.  Say what cradle you used to marry the these two.



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Posted 12 July 2020 - 11:55 AM

Beautiful setup Robert.  Say what cradle you used to marry the these two.

It's for my Cave 10 inch cassegrain and I made these oak radius blocks

to use standard rings.

 

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Posted 12 July 2020 - 05:49 PM

Who do we have here?

I think all of you have met 'Smoke'

I bought Smoke from the Seattle Goodwill about 5 years ago.

Smoke got his name because he was smoked, covered in tobacco tar.

He cleaned up nice and you can see nurse Mendy is speechless about the condition of the coatings.

Smoke was made in 1976 and by this time Edmund mirrors were 1/8th wave. Prior to '76 the mirrors

were 'better than 1/4 wave. When old man Edmund retired and his son took the reins in '75 Robert uped

the precision of all optics including the UPCO primaries and then eventually started making the optics

in house in their own optics manufacturing facilities.

The reason I brought out Smoke is because I know he's 1/8 wave. Edmund was and is very accurate

about the quality of their optics. And you can tell when observing with the scope.

I'm going to do a side by side with the Edmund 5 inch f/15 to see just how good it is. I don't think a 5

inch f/15 achromat can be as good as 1/8th wave, I think the aberrations will not allow it.

But also this mirror is 1/8 but the whole system may erode away at this number, the obstruction

diffraction from the diagonal support and mirror clips. 

I'd like to see for myself how the two compare having observed with both and nothing can touch Smoke

he's pretty much King clam here at camp clamchip.

I'll play around with the two scopes and if I see the observing conditions giving me a chance to push the

scopes to some serious magnification I will.

Robert

 

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Posted 12 July 2020 - 06:05 PM

I've posted this several times over the years. But I did a side by side compare with my 6 inch f/8 AP triplet and a RV6 viewing Jupiter. The RV6 won hands down. A good 6inch f/8 Newtonian is an amazing performer at a very low cost.
Bill

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Posted 12 July 2020 - 06:08 PM

I've posted this several times over the years. But I did a side by side compare with my 6 inch f/8 AP triplet and a RV6 viewing Jupiter. The RV6 won hands down. A good 6inch f/8 is an amazing performer at a very low cost.
Bill

Bill, that's a testament as to just how good the RV6s are! Not just you but many happy RV6 owners here have also said just how wonderfully they perform!


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Posted 13 July 2020 - 08:13 AM

Just a brief note on the Edmund 6 and 5. Pretty much the same optically this morning.

Venus, Mars, the moon, until it came to Plato's craterlets. The refractor was able to see

the craterlets bam right there (3) the newt struggled with one-two.

This may be more my fault because the f/15 refractor has a more stable image, the f/8

newt was being a little twitchy requiring focus touch-up and I was working hard to keep

the focus sharp. I feel it may have been currents from me at the mouth of the scope.

If I was shopping for a new car and taking test drives it would be the Edmund 5 inch I

would go home with.

Here's the Edmund 5 inch f/15 Astrola with matching Astrola observing chair.

Robert

 

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Posted 13 July 2020 - 09:31 AM

I pulled out my old Mizar EQ mount to image C/2020F3 NEOWISE so I took some pictures to share here. I had forgotten how smooth and stable this mount is.

 

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Posted 13 July 2020 - 01:50 PM

Here's the winner of the 'Primary Scope Contest' here at camp clamchip.

This combination of Astrola cassegrain mounting and Edmund 5 inch f/15 is

so perfect it brings tears to my eyes.

I will be using this set up as my primary telescope for astronomy and terrestrial

observation.

It just might be that greener pasture I've been looking for.

Robert

 

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that reminds me of a homebrew refractor thats often seen at major star parties in Northern California...

 

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this is a 5" f/15 achromat, I believe, and offers spectacular planetary views.  the mount was home made and is gorgeous and silky smooth.


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Posted 13 July 2020 - 09:37 PM

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Posted 17 July 2020 - 08:12 PM

I'm still learning the Cave DK Cassegrain, some daytime familiarization.

10 inch f/16, the focal length is nearly 14 feet!

You can see I have it stripped of non-essentials, no finder, no guidescope, even only one

focuser knob! one focus knob is Cave's doing.

I'm concentrating on the main telescope. I want to see Martians doing laundry in the canals

before I'm through.

Robert

 

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Posted 17 July 2020 - 09:44 PM

After I saw the picture of you holding the big wrench and wearing a hardhat, it suddenly dawned on me where the clamchips might be coming from!


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Posted 17 July 2020 - 10:12 PM

I'm still learning the Cave DK Cassegrain, some daytime familiarization.

10 inch f/16, the focal length is nearly 14 feet!

You can see I have it stripped of non-essentials, no finder, no guidescope, even only one

focuser knob! one focus knob is Cave's doing.

I'm concentrating on the main telescope. I want to see Martians doing laundry in the canals

before I'm through.

Robert

 

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geez, so my widest field eyepiece, a 30mm ES82, would be 133X and 37 arcminutes actual field.      brutal.

(I don't even want to know what my 4.7mm would be)


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Posted 18 July 2020 - 09:45 AM

I'm still learning the Cave DK Cassegrain, some daytime familiarization.

10 inch f/16, the focal length is nearly 14 feet!

 

Robert

 

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Wow! What a cool looking scope Robert! You need a lab coat, horn rim glasses, a pocket eraser shield and you’d look just like the guy in the old ads! 


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Posted 18 July 2020 - 02:52 PM

10” f15 or so is a favorite combination  of mine,  I love the image scale!  On my 10.25” f17 Dall Kirkham, a 10x Zeiss W-PL 10x-23 microscope eyepiece give views of Jupiter and Saturn so etched I thought I’d cut my cornea on a ring edge or moon.

 

My 10” f15 Celestron C10 is up there too, but tricky to get good thermal acclimation.

 

I love Robert’s watching Martians doing their laundry in the canals line!  Brings back the whole pre space age view of things with an Anthony Bourdain kind of vibe!

 

Dave


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Posted 19 July 2020 - 07:18 PM

07/15 @ Cherry Springs waiting for darkness with a Celestron-Epoch Schmidt camera and equally vintage Tak EM-200b.

 

 

 

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Posted 20 July 2020 - 07:43 PM

i have an opportunity to 'save' a DreckerScope 8D, which I gather is a 8" f/8 newtonian from circa 1960, on a cast iron GEM pier mount.     do you old-scope folks know if these are worthwhile as a planetary/lunar kind of scope?

 

my biggest problem is, I have too many scopes already...

 

  • 80mm f/11 Celestron/Vixen SP
  • 8" f/10 LX90 SCT 
  • 10" f/4.5 Coulter (red tube) modified
  • 17.5" f/5 Discovery truss dobson (for sale, hint hint)
  • 20" f/5 Obsession Classic (my regular scope nowdays)

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