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#1876 Joe1950

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Posted 18 November 2017 - 06:24 PM

That photo, Robert looks like you're using the 6" mirror as a headrest!

Optical confusion!


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Posted 18 November 2017 - 06:26 PM

Ha Ha, I remember looking under the hood of old chevys,buicks,caddy's and seeing tomato juice can but painted black as factory vacuum can's smile.gif Delmonte gm lol.gif


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Posted 18 November 2017 - 11:16 PM

That photo, Robert looks like you're using the 6" mirror as a headrest!

Optical confusion!

LOL! I thought the same thing! :lol:


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Posted 20 November 2017 - 08:00 PM

I found some pictures of my 6 inch f/13 in various stages, starting with the top photo.

Edmund 6 inch reflector.

Then along came the ancient ebay mirror scribed ALLEN on the back.

Poor old Edmund became a test tube for the f/13 mirror. 

Very promising, so the "Hillbilly Super Planetary" was born with electric drive.

Many internal modifications made, diagonal mirror size went sub 1 inch and a special 3-vane support.

The Hillbilly Super Planetary became a very serious scope so the name was changed to "Allenscope."

Allenscope on Opticraft mount and long pier to get the mirror away from the ground.

Allenscope on Edmund Extra Heavy Duty 1.5" shaft mount.

Other experiments like a "closed tube" and others tried for more performance. I've been trying to keep

everything old and classic technology without resorting to modern hardware.

Eventually the old Edmund will be put back together and the Allenscope will get its own tube. I'll probably

stick with old stuff, although I have been tempted by low-profile focusers and exotic tube materials. 

 

Robert

 

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#1880 Joe1950

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 09:10 PM

That is one long drink or water, Robert. F/13. Wow.


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Posted 20 November 2017 - 10:22 PM

Tall drink of water Joe? It calls for a Looooooong Island Ice Tea!


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#1882 Joe1950

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 10:31 PM

That's my favorite libation of choice, Terra!


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Posted 25 November 2017 - 04:29 PM

This Mayflower 80mm is a recent Seattle Goodwill ebay win for me.

I have been "airing it out" since the purchase, the whole kit has a musty smell.

I've never asked a seller "how does the scope smell, does it smell okay?"

but you know I just might from now on.

Over the holiday I've been observing with it and it has a remarkably good

lens, I mean really excellent.

Its interesting that some of the best telescopes like Swift, this Mayflower, have

non collimatable cells, and  the ones I've owned are spot-on. They must be

very precisely made.

Robert 

 

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#1884 Chuck Hards

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Posted 25 November 2017 - 06:30 PM

Haven't seen these two out for a while.  RV-6, 4" Standard Dynascope.  I've since found the stock Criterion equatorial mount for the 4" EQ.  Not as nice as the Deluxe but much easier to use than this equatorial pivot mount.  Big blind spot.

 

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And this guy sure is good-looking.

 

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Posted 25 November 2017 - 09:40 PM

This Mayflower 80mm is a recent Seattle Goodwill ebay win for me.

I have been "airing it out" since the purchase, the whole kit has a musty smell.

I've never asked a seller "how does the scope smell, does it smell okay?"

but you know I just might from now on.

Over the holiday I've been observing with it and it has a remarkably good

lens, I mean really excellent.

Its interesting that some of the best telescopes like Swift, this Mayflower, have

non collimatable cells, and  the ones I've owned are spot-on. They must be

very precisely made.

Robert 

 

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Well,  interesting.

 

 have the same label on my Mayflower 80mm F15 but it is cursive hoc,  so with recent strings there are the apl, block hoc, and cursive hoc on the same model Mayflower.


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Posted 04 December 2017 - 07:19 AM

Hi all, I have acquired a telescope and would love some insight into exactly what it is I have. Any information would be much appreciated. From what I can tell, the brand is KD.

Cheers in advance. 

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#1887 Jeff B

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 10:57 AM

Not a scope really, just a classic mount, an old AP400 HDA.  The mount had been sitting around unused for almost 20 years before I got it.  However, there was no hand controller or cabling.  For the past 6 months I begged and pleaded here and on Amart for one but no luck.  Christine at AP however, went the extra mile and found one for me!!

 

Here is a comparison with another classic, the Losmandy GM8.  The "little" AP with the stock shaft and minus the pier adapter actually weighs a tad less than the GM8. 

 

It is a great mount, compact and very stable, a wonderful visual platform for my TMB130SS with essentially no damping times when used on my Losmandy HD tripod.  I'll be trying my TEC140ED with it as soon as weather permits.

 

Jeff

 

 

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 12:43 PM

Nersky,

Could it be that your brand is DK instead of KD?

Contact user Galakuma.



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Posted 05 December 2017 - 02:41 PM

I had my camera out, and a mount out too! in the kitchen! so I snapped a picture of this Edmund Heavy Duty.

From the early to mid 1960's with the early style setting circles and pointers.

The counterweight system is from a little later in the Edmund timeline, and is basically to deal with

the fact that the telescope's tube is bolted directly to the mount saddle, you cannot slide the tube

to balance if you are using a heavy camera lets say.

Robert

 

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 02:57 PM

And cast iron not less!!! 

 

Cast iron has very good internal damping.

 

It's in great shape.

 

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 11:11 PM

I had always wondered why there was such a substantial second weight on those Edmunds mounts,

sit around here long enough, and somebody will clue you in to almost everything!

Kudos to Robert for answering one of life's great mysteries!


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Posted 06 December 2017 - 05:08 PM

I came across pictures of my old clamscope, I had more fun with this one.

A Edmund Scientific 3 inch f/15 with a few clamchips.

Edmund scopes are always excellent performers, even with a chip or two.

One of the first things I ordered from Edmund back in the late 1960's in my pre-teen years was

a 'Chipped Lens Kit' and it came with a booklet, 'Fun with Chipped Lenses.'

I'm still having fun with chipped lenses!

Robert 

 

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 12:29 AM

Robert,

 

Isn't that my knapping circa 1968? Looks painfully familiar.



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Posted 07 December 2017 - 10:52 AM

Robert,

 

Isn't that my knapping circa 1968? Looks painfully familiar.

Yes it is!



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Posted 10 December 2017 - 05:51 PM

Remember those red rubber rain boots you wore when you were a kid?

My Edmund has his on.

Robert

 

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Posted 10 December 2017 - 06:02 PM

^ :lol: ^



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Posted 10 December 2017 - 06:20 PM

Me and the reindeer when I won a Merit Award for the 10" f/6 that Dave taught me to figure at the Delmarva class in around 2011.

 

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Posted 10 December 2017 - 06:38 PM

Me and the reindeer when I won a Merit Award for the 10" f/6 that Dave taught me to figure at the Delmarva class in around 2011.

 

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SANTA you do exist:)


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Posted 10 December 2017 - 06:42 PM

^ I thought the same thing! :lol:


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