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#3801 Bomber Bob

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Posted 29 January 2021 - 05:03 PM

Back in Black...

 

C102 Restore S21 - Meade SF TALL (LS Full).jpg C102 Restore S22 - Meade SF TALL (RS Full).jpg

 

JD did his usual fantastic powder-coat on the C102 -- looks wet.  Got the new C/V Hex rotary eyepiece turret installed -- gonna test it tonight.


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#3802 jgraham

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Posted 06 February 2021 - 09:51 PM

I'm not certain how classic this is, but I have seen them mentioned a couple of times in this forum. This is a 1987 Meade MTS (Modular Telescope System) SN6, a successor of Meade's 6" f/3.6 Comet Tracker and predecessor of the LXD55/75 SN6s. Like the later models this is a 6" f/5 and is designed to accept both eyepieces and cameras, but the tube is the same diameter as the Comet Tracker which is slightly wider than the LXD models. The focuser is an interesting combination of slip and helical and it is well built and solid, but a bit wibbly wobbly when extended far enough out for some eyepieces. Adding extension tubes to the draw tube solves this problem. This example arrived in fairly good condition, but needed cleaning and the drive was jammed. So, it got the usual treatment; it was taken completely apart and cleaned, I added a center spot on the primary, fixed the drive (the motor mount was out of alignment), put it back together, and collimated it. I then added counterweights (it uses the same counterweights as the 2080), a Vixen finder bracket, and a homemade dew shield. I've had it out a couple of times for shakeout tests and it is surprisingly comfortable to use while seated, tracks well, and produces a fine wide field image. I'm going to have to at least tinker with taking a few pictures with it, but it is destined to be a visual star-hopper.

 

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...and with its shiny new dew shield...

 

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Fun stuff!

 


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#3803 Tenacious

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Posted 07 February 2021 - 11:43 AM

Oh Nooooo!!!!!.....It is spreading.......grin.gif

 

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I like your version of the wedge and mounting plate.  I imagine it is noticeably more stable than the original.

 

Nice job!


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Posted 07 February 2021 - 12:14 PM

I like your version of the wedge and mounting plate.  I imagine it is noticeably more stable than the original.

 

Nice job!

Thanks....The Milburn wedge and C14 tripod make it super stable.   I plan to put it on a 16" square concrete filled Todmorden pier out at my new dark site.

 

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Posted 24 February 2021 - 08:00 PM

My JSO 125B now has a proper home, Vixen SP!  Thanks Barry!

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Posted 26 February 2021 - 02:31 PM

A beautiful Asahi Pentax 60/800

 

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Posted 26 February 2021 - 02:33 PM

Holy Guacamole!


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Posted 26 February 2021 - 02:40 PM

Wow! That's likely the best preserved Asahi/Pentax in existance!


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Posted 26 February 2021 - 02:43 PM

Wow! That's likely the best preserved Asahi/Pentax in existance!

Looks like new! Seems to be never used


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Posted 27 February 2021 - 03:07 AM

Beautiful! cool.gif


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Posted 02 March 2021 - 07:42 PM

Couple of pics of my Meade 826 and her drive corrector. Scope and drive corrector were purchased circa 1980 from S&S Optika in Englewood Colorado. A great company (Tim and Cathy always great to deal with) since gone out of business when the owners decided to retire. They are still active in the community and have relocated to New Mexico. This scope has always given me great viewing. The optics are superb. I have done a few upgrades (Crayford focuser, new finder scope and some new paint. Outside of that, not much else has changed. The drive system and drive corrector still work fine. I have added an ASI120 mc-s for imaging planets (I can remember the time when I used to take black and white 35mm and process them myself. Now I do it it all on my pc. My how times have changed. F20200924_154654.jpg 20210302_174807.jpg or the better I might add.). Great little imager by the way. Any questions or comments are welcome.

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#3812 Bobby Dee

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Posted 03 March 2021 - 05:32 AM

Tak FC65, recently arrived from Japan.

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Posted 03 March 2021 - 05:43 AM

Tak FC65, recently arrived from Japan.

oh, thats really pretty.  I bet that mount is like silk, too.



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Posted 03 March 2021 - 06:00 AM

Thanks Pierce. Yep, the mount is quite something compared to the Vixen GPs etc that have passed through my hands. A little stiff on the RA slo-mo but I expect it'll need the 30 yo grease replacing!



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Posted 03 March 2021 - 07:23 AM

Tak FC65, recently arrived from Japan.

Congrats!  Those old P-2 mounts are a work of art.


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Posted 21 March 2021 - 09:50 AM

Bomber Bob's Refractor Family:

 

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I don't think I've ever made such an inclusive group shot; but, it's still missing the restored C102 -- not enough mounts!!   What I need is a spare Mizar wood tripod + hub that I can put the AR-1 EQ on when I need it.

 

Uh, yeah, I've down-sized -- can't ya tell??


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Posted 21 March 2021 - 10:48 AM

Beautiful family you have there, Bob!


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Posted 21 March 2021 - 10:56 AM

Bomber Bob's Refractor Family:

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I don't think I've ever made such an inclusive group shot; but, it's still missing the restore C102 -- not enough mounts!! What I need is a spare Mizar wood tripod + hub that I can put the AR-1 EQ on when I need it.

Uh, yeah, I've down-sized -- can't ya tell??


We need you at NEAF some year to join our classic scopes booth Bomber Bob!!
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Posted 21 March 2021 - 11:11 AM

Thanks!  Good Grief!  Of course, this Menagerie is also missing the 1970s Lafayette / Yamamoto A-63 (Little Green Machine); and, the in-production 1970s Jaegers DuoScope... 

 

Would love to attend NEAF, but SUNY is way too far to drive in my Mustang, and I sold my VW Touareg back at Thanksgiving.  About the best I could do is take a Space A flight to Buffalo with just a few scopes on a pallet, then rent a van... the logistics of that give me a headache!

 

Beautiful family you have there, Bob!

 

Thanks!  Seeing the Group gives me ideas about the color scheme for the "new" Jaegers DuoScope...  Canary Yellow?  Vintage Scope brand Gold?  Or, copy the Tinsley, & go with Cranberry...

 

[Space A Flights:  Military folks can take cheap "hops" on USAF aircraft when Space is Available.  But ya gotta be flexible!  Aircraft break, missions change, etc.]


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Posted 22 March 2021 - 11:14 AM

Telescopes On Parade! My grab-and-go trio pictured here consists of (left) 60mm F8.3 Takahashi FC-60 on a Vixen Porta II mount and tripod, (center) 70mm TeleVue Pronto 70mm F6.8 on a TeleVue Panoramic mount and TV ash-wood tripod, ( right) custom-made CNC 80mm F5 ST80 on a Bogen 3040 mount and tripod.

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Posted 22 March 2021 - 11:22 AM

[Space A Flights:  Military folks can take cheap "hops" on USAF aircraft when Space is Available.  But ya gotta be flexible!  Aircraft break, missions change, etc.]

Do you still have jump seat privileges? When I was still an F/A we could go S/A for free and could also occupy an empty jumpseat as long as in uniform.


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Posted 22 March 2021 - 11:34 AM

Taking advantage of the unusually good seeing here in PA with the Edmund 4 inch.   The setup takes quite a bit of time for the vibrations to settle down so I am not sure if I am not setting the leg width appropriately or have some other issue with balance.  Optically the scope is excellent.

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Posted 22 March 2021 - 12:01 PM

Taking advantage of the unusually good seeing here in PA with the Edmund 4 inch.   The setup takes quite a bit of time for the vibrations to settle down so I am not sure if I am not setting the leg width appropriately or have some other issue with balance.  Optically the scope is excellent.

I love your Edmund Eric! They are such wonderful scopes! I really loved mine.


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Posted 22 March 2021 - 12:18 PM

Do you still have jump seat privileges? When I was still an F/A we could go S/A for free and could also occupy an empty jumpseat as long as in uniform.

The 737 the jump seat was the most uncomfortable seat on the planelol.gif

 

I'm currently modifying the semi pier on my G&G 4" Newtonian. I'll post a pic once I'm finished.


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Posted 22 March 2021 - 01:09 PM

Bomber Bob's Refractor Family:

 

A case of the forest making the trees hard to see. grin.gif

 

When it comes to Family Portraits, I can't help but hear the photog yelling, "OK, I want the little ones to come up front.... you big guys, get in the back!"


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