Here's my other Discoverer, at least I think it is a Discoverer.
You can sure tell I have observing with a 8 inch Newtonian on my mind !
That's exactly right and it will be this one.
I'm almost certain it's a Discoverer because the cell is placed in the tube for a 6.2 focal ratio
primary mirror. And the distinctive OC only finder mounting rings.
The mount head though is closer to a Pacific Instruments, you can see slight differences with
my Discoverer in the above photo.
When I bought it unfortunately it did not come with the original OC mirror, it came with a unknown
f/6 mirror and the cell springs and bolts made longer for the shorter focal length.
The mirror it did come with had no coatings left so I replaced it with a Parks 8 inch f/6 and while
I was at it a quartz diagonal mirror.
The drive is Byers and really nice to use.
It seems pretty silly owning two of the same thing. I never planned it that way. It just happened.
I can sorta justify the extravagance because the 1969 Discoverer is 100% original so I don't
dare change anything. This one I can make changes and play around with it, greatly increasing
the fun factor.
Edited by clamchip, 08 September 2021 - 05:37 PM.