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#1926 PETER DREW

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 07:31 AM

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 09:52 AM

https://www.bonhams..../21932/lot/149/

 

"Edward Davis worked at 171 High Street Cheltenham from 1833 until he moved to Liverpool in 1839."

 

Here is that address..

 

https://goo.gl/maps/5emvrYUbGFS2

 

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 11:29 AM

For those who might be interested. I purchased the telescope from a local "antique" shop some 35 years ago. In the window it had a price tag of £250, I had always wanted one and thought if I could get it reduced to £200 I would buy it. On inspection, it did not come to focus as the R & P was jammed and there was a small chip on one edge. I was offered it at £150 as I was "in the optical trade". Back home I dismantled it and freed the focusing mechanism, I also reassembled the objective which had the front crown element reversed and no separators which had allowed contact between the lenses causing a small circular scratch in the centre. Once sorted out the telescope gives a very nice CA free image with its terrestrial eyepiece arrangement. The main brass tube is seamed  and soldered which predates drawn ones.   


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Posted 09 January 2018 - 03:51 PM

For those who might be interested. I purchased the telescope from a local "antique" shop some 35 years ago. In the window it had a price tag of £250, I had always wanted one and thought if I could get it reduced to £200 I would buy it. On inspection, it did not come to focus as the R & P was jammed and there was a small chip on one edge. I was offered it at £150 as I was "in the optical trade". Back home I dismantled it and freed the focusing mechanism, I also reassembled the objective which had the front crown element reversed and no separators which had allowed contact between the lenses causing a small circular scratch in the centre. Once sorted out the telescope gives a very nice CA free image with its terrestrial eyepiece arrangement. The main brass tube is seamed  and soldered which predates drawn ones.   

Very cool.  I know little about telescopes in general, but hopefully catching on.  I know nothing about the classic brass scopes.  Very impressive, though.



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Posted 09 January 2018 - 05:31 PM

I haven't really done anything with my Mayflower since I knocked her over in my garage.  Horrible sight.  Thankfully no damage yet discovered, but my mount might have a little work to be done.  Not sure yet.  I tucked it away, apologized for my stupidity, and have been too busy to spend any time with her.  

 

Since the Shrine Manon arrived a few days ago, I have been hoping to get the big gal out for a family picture.  Pulled her out tonight.  She sure is pretty.  As soon as the winter gray parts I will get them out for some fun.  In the meantime, I can just ogle them.  

 

Both are APL.  Both have a few bits of work that need done to them, but overall they are as solid as they are attractive.

 

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 06:05 PM

Hmm, that room looks somewhat familiar...

 

I even have the same piano.

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 06:43 PM

Hmm, that room looks somewhat familiar...

 

I even have the same piano.

I see a few in your room that are not in mine.  I hope to find their doppelgangers someday.  LOL  Beautiful scopes, room, and picture. 

 

My kids play the piano.  It did not stick with me.  Wish it would have.  

 

Also, the only credit I can take for the room is for helping pay the mortgage, and shoving scopes into it to make it look smaller.  :)


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Posted 15 January 2018 - 01:51 PM

 Does a 1990's era Meade 127ED count as a classic?

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 08:41 PM

Yes! Love mine! I think it fits because 1) high quality (variable however) 2) representative of a specific period 3) great build quality without plastic 4) excellent performance.

 

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 10:19 PM

Yes! Love mine! I think it fits because 1) high quality (variable however) 2) representative of a specific period 3) great build quality without plastic 4) excellent performance.

 

-drl

I agree 100%!  It's my favorite refractor, the only weak spot was image shift with the stock rack & pinon focuser, however that was fixed with a Moon lite replacement unit!!


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Posted 16 January 2018 - 07:56 AM

I trotted mine 3,000 miles this summer and it did not lose a micrometer of collimation. I love this scope and it's a perfect match for the LXD75.

 

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 06:45 PM

I have a picture of my 1950's Edmund Scientific Palomar Jr. 4-1/4 inch:

Robert

 

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 09:38 PM

Very nice Robert!

 

It makes me think this of Tom's vinyl wrapped Jr. :

 

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 10:05 PM

My red Pal Jr.

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 08:04 AM

40mm Balscope 20 on a Manon 600 tripod. First light this morning Mars and Jupiter. Ganymede, Callisto and Europa were sharp. Built like a tank, good for cabin fever.

 

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 09:12 AM

Is that the one that was cheap on the Bay? How are the optics? I love that little guy!

 

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 11:05 AM

Is that the one that was cheap on the Bay? How are the optics? I love that little guy!

 

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Yes, thanks for posting it in the Ads thread! 

 

I am the wrong person to ask about optical quality but Jupiter's moons and Mars were sharp discs. Nice red color on Mars and good color on v Libra. Jupiter showed reddish color along the edge on one side and blueish on the other most of the time but at one point showed no false color. No bands visible on Jupiter. Seeing was not good Vega was twinkling almost 30 degrees above the horizon.  With a 40mm objective and estimated f/ratio of f/9.5 chromatic aberration should be very well corrected. 

 

Great fun factor.



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Posted 18 January 2018 - 11:16 AM

 

Is that the one that was cheap on the Bay? How are the optics? I love that little guy!

 

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Yes, thanks for posting it in the Ads thread! 

 

I am the wrong person to ask about optical quality but Jupiter's moons and Mars were sharp discs. Nice red color on Mars and good color on v Libra. Jupiter showed reddish color along the edge on one side and blueish on the other most of the time but at one point showed no false color. No bands visible on Jupiter. Seeing was not good Vega was twinkling almost 30 degrees above the horizon.  With a 40mm objective and estimated f/ratio of f/9.5 chromatic aberration should be very well corrected. 

 

Great fun factor.

 

That's probably lateral color coming from your eye placement. These Balscopes seem to be very well made! I think it's more like f/5 with an internal image erector making it appear longer.

 

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 05:31 PM

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 05:33 PM

Edmund Scientific 4-1/4 in - pier mount 

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 05:35 PM

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Posted 28 January 2018 - 02:08 PM

An AP 5" F8 pre-Starfire with a minty-fresh lens block from Roland.  The OTA and lens block were in the worst shape of any of this vintage scope I've ever encountered.  The tube was left open, in a shed, for years...and the spiders andcricket.gif    loved it...so did the mold and dust. The OTA was actually a guide scope on a much bigger instrument and mounted in rings where the adjustment screws had bare metal tips..... gaah.gif

 

Well the lens cleaned up nicely but I found out it had a bum figure, which was quite unexpected frown.gif .  Seems the previous owner cemented the elements together gaah.gif   and as the cement aged, it applied stress to the lens, distorting its figure, specifically a turned edge and some spherical in green light, both of which were easy to see in DPAC...as well as the star test.

 

So AP took pity and gave me return authorization.   About 4-5 months later, Roland sends me a nice note saying the lens was finished.

 

And it's sooooooooooooooo much better!!!  jump.gif I also shortened the tube 6" to make the scope bino-friendly as well as upgraded focuser.

 

As you see it from the dovetail plate on up, it comes in at 28 pounds and the old AP 400 (part of the original deal with it's own gaah.gif   story) plays very nicely with it.

 

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Posted 29 January 2018 - 01:41 PM

sorry for the bad qualitygrin.gif

 

My Zeiss ( as 80/1200, 110/750, Asiola, telementor I, 12x60 military bino)

 

And my classic Russian scopes- Tal 1, 2 , 120, 65, 75, alcor.

 

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Posted 29 January 2018 - 02:18 PM

sorry for the bad qualitygrin.gif

 

My Zeiss ( as 80/1200, 110/750, Asiola, telementor I, 12x60 military bino)

 

And my classic Russian scopes- Tal 1, 2 , 120, 65, 75, alcor.

I hope you don't have to keep the Russians and the Germans in separate rooms :)

 

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Posted 29 January 2018 - 02:23 PM

This post-WWII  Zeiss made in the DDR, so they do not conflict.grin.gif 
An interesting fact is that the inscriptions on military binocular are made in Russian.
 


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