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#3851 clamchip

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Posted 05 May 2021 - 07:40 PM

More bang for your buck with a Odyssey

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Posted 16 May 2021 - 02:18 PM

Redneck doin' stuff...

 

Takahashi has a lot of smart & visionary folks, but I bet even they didn't imagine this use for the Sky Cancer EQ Mount:

 

Tak SC Filo Tripod S01 - Chromatar 60 & C90 MCTs.jpg

 

A pair of Mak-Cass Spotters - 1960s Hutson Chromatar 60 F9 and a 1980s C90 F11:

 

Tak SC Filo Tripod S04 - Chromatar 60 & C90 MCTs.jpg

 

May look like a Joke, but... the Chromatar has optics that rival my '58 Questar.  And, it accepts both Vixen .965" & 1.25" thread-in adapters in place of its original high-quality Japan-made eyepieces.  And, while adding that nice tiny Celestron (V) LER finder, I re-blackened the C90's interior, and stiffened its focusing.  Cool to BB:  Both spotters focus by turning the longish end piece.  The Chromatar has a smoother more precise feel than the C90, but I bet it was much more $$$ per inch of aperture than the C90, too.

 

As for the Tak SC EQ:  No matter what zany hardware I throw at it, it remains Gibraltar solid on the Filotecnica tripod.  Almost as Zero-Drag as my Edmund mounts, yet you never feel out of control with it.  Tracking is at least as good as that heftier EM-1S that I once owned & loved.  The Duo is perfectly balanced on both axes in the pix.  Hoping the weather cooperates so I can play with these tonight.  If it's really good seeing, I'll make some Moon images with these spotters -- got my Panasonic ToughBook charging (& Windows Updating!) right now...


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#3853 clamchip

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Posted 17 May 2021 - 10:52 PM

Here you can see the actual difference in size between a Edmund 3 inch and a 

Edmund 4 inch.

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#3854 Bomber Bob

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Posted 17 May 2021 - 11:26 PM

My 2nd Tak -  1988 FC-100:

 

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Came close to nabbing an '82 model in Battleship Gray, but it had stains on the lens.  This one is immaculate!


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Posted 18 May 2021 - 09:46 AM

This is Lucky.

Lucky retired from the Pacific Science Center (part of the 1962 Seattle world's fair) and is a

1979 orange tube C5. The Pacific Science Center is still open to the public and has been since

the '62 world's fair. Here's the planetarium:

https://www.pacifics...rg/planetarium/

I bought Lucky in 2008 and I've gone thru many telescopes since.

Now that I have a little more fat around my mid line I realize Lucky has one of the finest optics

I've owned. I knew it was a fine scope but now I know it's a fine scope.

Lucky got it's name because this telescope has seen a lot and has survived. A bit beat up but

mechanically does not show any evidence of the billions of miles on its odometer. Just goes

to show how well Celestron designed and built their SCT.

Robert  

 

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Posted 25 May 2021 - 08:16 PM

My EDMUND SPACE CONQUEROR 4 "F / 10 was found in New York in 1996 in Times Square. Bruce, a street bookseller, had taken it to me because the day before I bought old astronomy books from him and he thought I would be interested.
I took it apart at the hotel with a Victorinox and a Gerber tool. I brought the parts and rebuilt it with the aluminum tube of an ultralight plane that crashed in the field where I kept my plane.
The mirror was badly damaged, but after washing it with baby shampoo and rinsing it with distilled water, it continued to work, just like the small primary mirror.
It gave me many hours of observation and the best views of Saturn.
Now I gave it to the son of a friend.

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Posted 26 May 2021 - 10:59 AM

recent donation to my astronomy club....

 

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(S/N is 23010, I dunno if that can date this or not?)

edit: appears to be early mid 1975, per a Celestron serial # thread on CN here.

 

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Posted 26 May 2021 - 03:37 PM

Hi all, It's my first time on CN. I want to show you my baby, a 150/2250 refractor wich has been designed to accomodate two objective lenses, a rare and prestigious Zeiss AS 150/2250 and a more "common" D&G 152 f/15. They are both superb as visual planetary peformers. The tube has been realized in two parts by a local producer, they can be devided for easier stocking and/or transportation.
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Sure would like to learn how those two objectives compare in performance.

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Posted 26 May 2021 - 06:57 PM

Double the aperture, quadruple the Fun:

 

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No more Tak APOs for Bomber Bob -- and I mean it.  Can't believe I was fortunate to wind up with these 2.


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Posted 27 May 2021 - 02:09 AM

recent donation to my astronomy club....

 

 

 

(S/N is 23010, I dunno if that can date this or not?)

edit: appears to be early mid 1975, per a Celestron serial # thread on CN here.

 

 

oh,. odd vintage 2" diagonal on this Celestron, I have no idea if its original, or a Celestron product, or what.

 

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Posted 27 May 2021 - 04:19 AM

More bang for your buck with a Odyssey

Robert

 

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HEY!  I resemble that!!

 

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(like my trash bag and gaffer tape scope cap?  hah!   it was supposed to be temporary.  That was in 2013.  I sold that car, the bicycle has been electrified, and I still have the red tube Coulter 10 f/4.5 and it still ahs that trash bag and gaffer tape cap on it.


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Posted 27 May 2021 - 08:10 AM

That 2” Celestron Erfle and early 2” SCT diagonal are rare birds! 


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Posted 27 May 2021 - 08:47 PM

and may I present, a Meade LX5 (I think?) from circa late 80s (I think?)

 

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(yeah, yeah, very dusty, I can't find my duster paint brushes at the moment)

 

here's why I think its an LX5:

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Posted 27 May 2021 - 08:52 PM

YES...It is an LX5


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Posted 03 June 2021 - 11:55 PM

My shiny new Unitron 114. The entire telescope and storage box are in excellent condition. I added a Unihex with 5 modern 0.965" eyepieces (6-40mm) and a 20mm Meade RG Wide field. I also have a period 0.965" Herschel Wedge w/ the required neutral density filter for solar. With the addition of a modern 30mm RACI this should make a fine star-hopper. The Plan is to make a simple tube clamp to add an attachment point for finder so that I won't have to remove the original finder (which works fairly well, but I need at least a right-angle to save my back) or drill any new holes in the tube.

 

Fun stuff!

 

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P.S.

 

I got spoiled with that Unihex real quick! I always thought that it looked kinda goofy and was something of a gimmick, but I couldn't have been more wrong. It is nice being able to quickly switch between eyepieces. The modern 0.965" eyepieces do a fine job and the one spot for a modern wide field eyepiece is wonderful! I quickly sorted through my eyepieces and assembled a really nice set. I also formulated a Plan to add a 30mm RACI finder without modifying the scope. I'm going to sneak a bit of 1/8" x 2" x 6-8" aluminum plate stock between the tube clamp and the mount and use that as a hard-point for a Vixen finder bracket. I'll angle the plate backwards and off to the right a bit to position the finder at a comfortable location; about where the original finder is, but on the other side.

 

Fun stuff!


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Posted 04 June 2021 - 06:21 AM

My finest 4" Refractor Kit -- 1988 Tak FC-1001980s Mizar Super Polaris:

 

Tak FC-100 & Mizar SP P99 - Baader & GSO 2 Inch (FULL).jpg

 

Baader 2" ClickLock + GSO 2" dielectric diagonal.  Still can't call it DONE with the temporary GSO 8x50 RACI...


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#3867 Katharine

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Posted 04 June 2021 - 07:40 PM

Telescope

 

 

It's here!  (Better pics later once I have a chance to set it up.)  Unfortunately I ended up having to go to the office today for random stupidity so I couldn't be here for it, and FedEx left it on the porch rather than bringing it into the entryway, but it was still there when I got home (luckily, we don't have too many issues with theft here, that I know of).  Put on some good music (Free Bird, Hotel California, and some Led Zeppelin) for the unpack and it was like Christmas. Wood box was packed in the outer shipping box with packing paper-- okay, not ideal, but seems no worse for wear and the paper appears not to have compressed too much on the journey.  Everything inside the box nicely wrapped with large bubble wrap and snugly so it probably didn't rattle around much.  For the most part, I approve.

 

Has 3 eyepieces-- 5mm, 15mm, 20mm, with cases handily labeled by previous owner.  2x Barlow and 1.5x erector too.  As previously noted, previous owner put a nice label on the OTA with power of each eyepiece, alone and with Barlow and with erector-- thank you, previous owner!  Has finder (straight-through), 90-deg diagonal, also comes with a Stellarscope (which even still has the instructions!  Bless you, previous owner...) and a small compass.  Need to figure out a secure and efficient way to pack it in box for transport, preferably without having to retain and use the bubble wrap (I assume the box may have had dividers at some point that everything fit in, that are no longer there?).

 

Unfortunately, because I had to go to the office today, and then the gym after, I probably won't have a chance to play with it tonight since I still need to take a shower, feed the kittycat, and make dinner and then it'll be dark; it'll have to wait for tomorrow.  I want to take it out and give it first (well, new) light (and figure out how to put it together...) in the daylight so we can get acquainted with each other when I can see what I'm doing.

 

No idea the age.  I tried a Google Image Search to see if I could find a picture of a scope with the same font on the label where someone might've identified the year, but haven't had any luck yet.  I do know I've seen posters here with two different fonts/label styles and one said theirs was from the 60s and the other was from the 70s, so I don't know if mine could be 80s?

 

Time and experience will tell how I feel about lugging it to my "dark sky site" (local park; "dark" solely because no street lights, lol) about 2/3 of a mile away... but I have an old rolling wire shopping cart I can schlep it in if carrying it gets old.

 

WARNING: LEARNING CURVE AHEAD!  But I'm looking forward to it.  Will probably have a lot of questions... sorry and thanks in advance.  :)

 

 

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Posted 04 June 2021 - 10:42 PM

Busch scope early 1900's

 

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Posted 05 June 2021 - 05:42 AM

My finest 4" Refractor Kit -- 1988 Tak FC-1001980s Mizar Super Polaris:

 

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Baader 2" ClickLock + GSO 2" dielectric diagonal.  Still can't call it DONE with the temporary GSO 8x50 RACI...

 

What is the electronics box hanging there do? 

 

I'm still trying to learn all I can about the classics. 



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Posted 05 June 2021 - 08:32 AM

What is the electronics box hanging there do? 

 

I'm still trying to learn all I can about the classics. 

That's the Controller for the MMD (Mizar Motor Drive) - III System.  It actually works - can "fine tune" tracking from sidereal to Solar, Lunar, Planetary; and, correct some of the motor's inherent errors (once you figure out what those are!).  Both of my Mizar EQs now have their own MMD-III -- thanks to ZEN Market.


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Posted 05 June 2021 - 09:09 AM

 

 

 

 

It's here!  (Better pics later once I have a chance to set it up.)  Unfortunately I ended up having to go to the office today for random stupidity so I couldn't be here for it, and FedEx left it on the porch rather than bringing it into the entryway, but it was still there when I got home (luckily, we don't have too many issues with theft here, that I know of).  Put on some good music (Free Bird, Hotel California, and some Led Zeppelin) for the unpack and it was like Christmas. Wood box was packed in the outer shipping box with packing paper-- okay, not ideal, but seems no worse for wear and the paper appears not to have compressed too much on the journey.  Everything inside the box nicely wrapped with large bubble wrap and snugly so it probably didn't rattle around much.  For the most part, I approve.

 

Has 3 eyepieces-- 5mm, 15mm, 20mm, with cases handily labeled by previous owner.  2x Barlow and 1.5x erector too.  As previously noted, previous owner put a nice label on the OTA with power of each eyepiece, alone and with Barlow and with erector-- thank you, previous owner!  Has finder (straight-through), 90-deg diagonal, also comes with a Stellarscope (which even still has the instructions!  Bless you, previous owner...) and a small compass.  Need to figure out a secure and efficient way to pack it in box for transport, preferably without having to retain and use the bubble wrap (I assume the box may have had dividers at some point that everything fit in, that are no longer there?).

 

Unfortunately, because I had to go to the office today, and then the gym after, I probably won't have a chance to play with it tonight since I still need to take a shower, feed the kittycat, and make dinner and then it'll be dark; it'll have to wait for tomorrow.  I want to take it out and give it first (well, new) light (and figure out how to put it together...) in the daylight so we can get acquainted with each other when I can see what I'm doing.

 

No idea the age.  I tried a Google Image Search to see if I could find a picture of a scope with the same font on the label where someone might've identified the year, but haven't had any luck yet.  I do know I've seen posters here with two different fonts/label styles and one said theirs was from the 60s and the other was from the 70s, so I don't know if mine could be 80s?

 

Time and experience will tell how I feel about lugging it to my "dark sky site" (local park; "dark" solely because no street lights, lol) about 2/3 of a mile away... but I have an old rolling wire shopping cart I can schlep it in if carrying it gets old.

 

WARNING: LEARNING CURVE AHEAD!  But I'm looking forward to it.  Will probably have a lot of questions... sorry and thanks in advance.  smile.gif

 

 

https://www.shopgood.../Item/122173504

 

That's a very nice Towa 2.4" (60mm) f/11 (700mm focal length) refractor from the 1960s. The metal focuser knobs indicate that this is from the earlier to mid 60s. These are nice grab and go telescopes and for many in this forum this was their first telescope. I saw Saturn for the first time in mine back in 66. The moon and planets are excellent subjects for it and with dark skies, you can see a lot of the brighter deep sky Messier objects. Enjoy your excellent find.



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Posted 05 June 2021 - 12:53 PM

Had a visit from Fed Ex yesterday. In the box was a Jason Comet Chaser 480 with what looks like all the original accessories including the warranty and registration card. Certainly not expecting much aperture or optically, but it is a sharp looking little scope! After setting it up, I was surprised how sturdy the little thing is. If we get clear skies tonight, I will give it a try. 

 

Worse comes to worse I will have a nice decoration and conversation starter in my office.

 

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Posted 06 June 2021 - 09:37 PM

Telescope 2

 

Here it is from yesterday.

 

So, I took it out and set it up!  I was actually hoping to be able to see some of the buildings in a nearby town, but I just wasn't high enough.  I had to settle for some stadium lights maybe a quarter of a mile away.

 

I need to brainstorm a good transport method.  Taking that whole box is not going to happen, not even in my rolling wire shopping cart.  No way.  I don't know if I need a long duffle bag with backpack straps, or to set the thing up at home and carry it that way (it doesn't weigh much, after all, and I don't care if I look funny because it'll be dark), but dragging the whole box is a big no.  (Setting it up each time will be a slight pain in the rear, too, but I'll worry about that issue later.)

 

I need to do some serious googling.  There are some features I'm not sure the function of (I might need to post pictures if my Googling nets me no help).

 

What am I missing that I need to do to make it less floppy?  The mount points seem... flimsy.  They make me nervous.  Just two thumb screws that go into divots on the sides of the OTA... they don't even screw in, it just kind of... sits there.  I tightened the screws all the way and still wasn't 100% confident it was secure, though I didn't have any trouble.  I did a Google image search for "vintage refractor telescope" and it looks like I will need to attach that metal rod on the fork to the OTA?  (That was one of the things I was wondering the purpose of, so it looks like that's one mystery solved.  I don't recall seeing anything on the OTA that it would attach to, though; will need to have a look again.)

 

Eyepieces are fine, but wow, they didn't think about eye relief in those days, did they??  I can't get by without using my glasses-- not with astigmatism of -2.5 and -3-- and trying to balance my eye over the tiny pinhole of that 5mm eyepiece was near torture.  I don't imagine that one will see much use.  The 20mm was fine, the 15mm tolerable (10mm is missing).  It has a sun filter.  No, I didn't try it out, lol, though I did hold it up and look through it for a second.

 

The erector is fiiiiiilthy.  Haven't a clue how to clean it??  Everything else isn't bad.  Diagonal has a few spots I can live with.

 

I'm not sure the focuser knobs are functional.  They didn't seem to really move the focuser tube, which I was able to simply pull out by grabbing it.  I could, of course, be doing something incorrectly, though.

 

Wishing I could have an hour with the original/previous owner.  smile.gif

 

I have no idea how I'm ever going to find anything with this thing.  Thank heaven I'm mostly limited to moon viewing... I think I can probably find that, lol.  I did say there was going to be a learning curve.  It's steep enough that I'm going to need a belayer... smile.gif

 

 

That's a very nice Towa 2.4" (60mm) f/11 (700mm focal length) refractor from the 1960s. The metal focuser knobs indicate that this is from the earlier to mid 60s. These are nice grab and go telescopes and for many in this forum this was their first telescope. I saw Saturn for the first time in mine back in 66. The moon and planets are excellent subjects for it and with dark skies, you can see a lot of the brighter deep sky Messier objects. Enjoy your excellent find.

Thank you!  The focuser knobs were what had made me wonder if it could be on the older side, and the label font just didn't look at all modern, but I wasn't certain.

 

It's going to be a challenge, but I figure if many here could figure out such a thing when they were kids, then I can do it too.  Focal ratio isn't short, since most of my viewing around here will be limited to moon and planets, but isn't so long that the thing will be a pain to transport, either.  It's got everything I need to get started, which is what I needed, and fit my budget with room to spare, so I think I could've done worse!

 

Of course, it's supposed to rain all this week... I might go out in a little bit, just into the yard, and take it out if it's not cloudy (I think it is, though).  I didn't take it last night when it was supposed to be clear... had a long day and didn't have the energy to figure out the "floppy" issue nor to be trying to hold it up...


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Posted 06 June 2021 - 10:39 PM

 

 

 

 

 

What am I missing that I need to do to make it less floppy?  The mount points seem... flimsy.  They make me nervous.  Just two thumb screws that go into divots on the sides of the OTA... they don't even screw in, it just kind of... sits there.  I tightened the screws all the way and still wasn't 100% confident it was secure, though I didn't have any trouble.  I did a Google image search for "vintage refractor telescope" and it looks like I will need to attach that metal rod on the fork to the OTA?  (That was one of the things I was wondering the purpose of, so it looks like that's one mystery solved.  I don't recall seeing anything on the OTA that it would attach to, though; will need to have a look again.)

 

I'm not sure the focuser knobs are functional.  They didn't seem to really move the focuser tube, which I was able to simply pull out by grabbing it.  I could, of course, be doing something incorrectly, though.

 

 

Katharine,

 

The image below tells you how the altitude slow motion control rod is attached and how it works. When you have lets say the moon on your eyepiece field of view and it starts to drift out of the field you can move the telescope slowly up and down using the altitude slow motion control knob. I can see that your telescope also has a slow motion control for azimuth (moving it 360 degrees horizontally).

 

Check the focuser according to the image. If it doesn't work at all, the threads on the focuser tube may be gone. 

 

This telescope is easy carried in a duffle bag if you are careful to protect the optical tube.

 

The tripod is not a sturdy one. It can be steadied a bit by hanging a water bottle from the center of the accessory tray in a way that it doesn't sway much. If it's not windy the tripod will work ok.

 

These manuals are not for your telescope but may help.

 

https://wiki.telesco..._400_Manual.pdf

 

https://wiki.telesco...cope_Manual.pdf

 

 

Clear Skies!

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Posted 07 June 2021 - 07:30 AM


The erector is fiiiiiilthy.  Haven't a clue how to clean it??  Everything else isn't bad.  Diagonal has a few spots I can live with.

If you mean a typical prism-based image erecting module, you need to start by unscrewing the sleeves sticking out of it on both sides. This allows you to remove the two covers and access the two prisms, which are easy to release from the sheet metal clamps and clean.


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