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#2276 Russell Smith

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 06:13 PM

Hi Russell,

 

Just offer to give your neighbor $100 if he or she would turn off the light while you are observing. 

If it needs an on/off switch then offer to install one at your expense, money talks and people respond to it every time!

 

Good luck, Dan cool.gif

I think if it had a switch he would turn it off if I asked but its on a light sensor and I still hope to be moving soon. ( plan was to be gone back at the first of the year) The outside light at the new location is run on my dime so I hope to have some control.


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#2277 Silicon Owl

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 08:34 PM

FYI the head of this beauty is sitting backward in the neck smile.gif Look at that low polar angle! I think your northern Cave might be the southernmost I've seen.
 
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Sharp eyes! Not many would spot the fact that the axis is mounted backwards. I deliberately re-mounted the RA axis backwards to adapt the mount for 20N latitude. There is also a machined 1" extension in front of the clock drive to have more clearance from the pier. It also gave me more space to drill a hole for a locking pin that fixes the latitude at 20N.

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#2278 shredder1656

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 05:17 AM

The trifecta...

 

Fiddling with the C8 and still had it sitting on the porch.  Seemed appropriate to snap a picture of the trio.  The C80 and C4.5 have tentatively secured a tight spot on the porch for permanent "display".  However, I have been getting some side-way looks and have had to field a few questions about my intentions regarding their placement.  grin.gif   Their "permanent" time might be more temporary than the word permanent would indicate.  But, a happy life is the goal, so we all know how that can be attained...flowerred.gif lol.gif

 

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#2279 Chassetter

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 05:35 AM

The trifecta...

 

Fiddling with the C8 and still had it sitting on the porch.  Seemed appropriate to snap a picture of the trio.  The C80 and C4.5 have tentatively secured a tight spot on the porch for permanent "display".  However, I have been getting some side-way looks and have had to field a few questions about my intentions regarding their placement.  grin.gif   Their "permanent" time might be more temporary than the word permanent would indicate.  But, a happy life is the goal, so we all know how that can be attained...flowerred.gif lol.gif

 

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Say no more, friend. Being the fine gentleman that I am, you may kindly send me that SCT (postage paid) and $50 to take it off your hands for you. All in the interests of encouraging familial harmony in your household. Your welcome.lol.gif


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#2280 shredder1656

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 07:42 AM

Say no more, friend. Being the fine gentleman that I am, you may kindly send me that SCT (postage paid) and $50 to take it off your hands for you. All in the interests of encouraging familial harmony in your household. Your welcome.lol.gif


Very very kind. LoL. For the moment, I will take my chances. LoL. I like to live on the edge.
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#2281 terraclarke

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 07:50 AM

I’ve really been enjoying keeping my rebuilt Edmund 5/8 shaft mount on its taller pier on my covered porch. With its Vixen saddle and a variety of counterweight options it’s perfect both my 6” F4.5 and 4.5” F8 Newts, and also several of my shorter refractors from 60mm to 120mm apertures. Being basically outside and on the deck, it is always ready for use and at a convenient height for sitting on a patio chair. Not having to drag a mount out makes impromptu viewing sessions all the more inviting. Here it is with my Tak FC76 during last night’s Jupiter observations.

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#2282 apfever

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 07:53 AM

Terra, is this the mount you've been off and on again for a nice original drive unit? Pretty passive on that? ever get one?

#2283 terraclarke

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 08:03 AM

A friend is building me a custom drive for it. Hopefully it will be done this summer.



#2284 shredder1656

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 08:11 AM

I’ve really been enjoying keeping my rebuilt Edmund 5/8 shaft mount on its taller pier on my covered porch. With its Vixen saddle and a variety of counterweight options it’s perfect both my 6” F4.5 and 4.5” F8 Newts, and also several of my shorter refractors from 60mm to 120mm apertures. Being basically outside and on the deck, it is always ready for use and at a convenient height for sitting on a patio chair. Not having to drag a mount out makes impromptu viewing sessions all the more inviting. Here it is with my Tak FC76 during last night’s Jupiter observations.


Your skies were clear enough to observe last night?

If so, I'm glad for you, but jealous. Looks like ours are "scheduled" to be impenetrable for the next week or so.

#2285 terraclarke

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 08:39 AM

Yes, it was one of those high water vapor, semi-poor transparency, but very stable atmosphere nights. The viewing really improved after Jupiter finally got out of the mirk around 11:30. It wasn’t great by any means, but the best so far this year. Last year we had nights of just superb planetary seeing. This year, it has been awful for the most part. Either high ice clouds or turbulence or both. Last night we had neither, and no moon blazing away next to the planet either.


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Posted 15 May 2018 - 09:02 AM

Yes, it was one of those high water vapor, semi-poor transparency, but very stable atmosphere nights. The viewing really improved after Jupiter finally got out of the mirk around 11:30. It wasn’t great by any means, but the best so far this year. Last year we had nights of just superb planetary seeing. This year, it has been awful for the most part. Either high ice clouds or turbulence or both. Last night we had neither, and no moon blazing away next to the planet either.


Glad you had a decent night.

I just ran across the street from my office to another building. The sky was allowing some sun. Hopefully, that's going to continue and at least have some holes tonight, but unlikely.

#2287 Gianluca9999

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 03:04 PM

Just arrived these  vintage japanese eyepieces for microscope. Working good on my Superplanetary. 

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#2288 deSitter

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 03:34 PM

Just arrived these  vintage japanese eyepieces for microscope. Working good on my Superplanetary. 

Nice!

 

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 12:45 PM

Just arrived these  vintage japanese eyepieces for microscope. Working good on my Superplanetary. 

The eyepieces are from a Swift Spotting Scope. The 60x is an Ortho, the rest are Kellners.


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#2290 Gianluca9999

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 01:33 PM

The eyepieces are from a Swift Spotting Scope. The 60x is an Ortho, the rest are Kellners.

Thank you ! Who sell me the eyepieces said they were made  for a microscope !  



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 08:31 PM

Here's a old picture from my files.

This is fun fun fun! a C90 with a wide-field 25mm and a fine quality photo tripod for

chasing man made shiny UFO's

Notice where the apex of the tripod is, up high for maximum rigidity, long handle for

quick acquisition and tracking.

Robert

 

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#2292 DreamWeaver

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Posted 18 May 2018 - 10:13 PM

The eyepieces are from a Swift Spotting Scope. The 60x is an Ortho, the rest are Kellners.

Thank you ! Who sell me the eyepieces said they were made  for a microscope !  

Here's the Yashica version of the Swift spotter with the same eyepieces.

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Posted 18 May 2018 - 10:45 PM

A few of my vintage scopes.  All fun to observe with.

Added a few more pics.  Better ones of my excellent Edmund Scientific Voyager 6001 with original ES amici prism diagonal with RKE 15mm installed - nestled in a wonderful Unitron Alt Az mount.
What a wonderful small aperture scope.  The Rank designed thick doublet is superb!  When compared to the 70mm TV Ranger I have to state that lunar views - with similar eyepieces - are equally as sharp and contrasty.  Amazingly the Rank doublet was almost color free at similar powers to the Ranger!  For a short tube travel (Voyager) scope this ranks as excellent - except for the quirky ES focuser - which is not as smooth as the Ranger's system.  Love both of them though for birding and viewing the heavens when traveling or back yard quick looks.
The other red scope is my venerable Tasco 10VR which always fasinated me as it was like an after-thought mod to the Cometron-type 60mm refractors during the Halley comet return.  Someone came up with the unique idea of designing the 80mm front end and adapt it to the 60mm back end.  Works great though.  Unique and fun to use.  Only complaint is the lack of due shield with this. Only about an inch of overhang to protect the doublet on this scope.  Silly to have marketed it in this fashion, but I guess they needed to keep the price down and make it competitive.  I purchased a Vixen 1.25 inch eyepiece adapter which is included in the pictures.  That and the dielectric 1.25 diagonal with the TV plossl make this a fine addition to my "grab and go" stable of small refractors.  Works great with my Baader Amici prism diagonal also for daytime viewing of wildlife.  Mounted on a cool Tasco slo mo system piggybacked on the Orion Paragon 2 mount/tripod.
Very light and stable for birding and even astro gazing. 

......Oh yeah, added my little Bicky 30mm prismatic baby scope for fun also.  Unique design - not a DSO scope, though.
Love these little legacy scopes and feel fortunate to enjoy the views with them.
Now if the rain will stop over Long Island soon I will enjoy them some more.

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#2294 winnygrey

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Posted 19 May 2018 - 05:29 AM

I think I never posted it before. A true jewel from 1974. Takahashi TS65D (65/1000).

 

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#2295 shredder1656

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Posted 19 May 2018 - 05:42 AM

I think I never posted it before. A true jewel from 1974. Takahashi TS65D (65/1000).

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WOW!

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Posted 19 May 2018 - 09:03 AM

Beautiful instrument. waytogo.gif  Is there a polar alignment scope built its  polar axis ? 



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Posted 20 May 2018 - 02:28 AM

No, there is only an emplacement for an external polar scope.



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Posted 20 May 2018 - 10:48 AM

Here is my vintage (1950's) Japanese made KOWA TS-1 60mm spotting scope with sliding dew/glare-shield and nice threaded eyepiece and objective protection.   Was fortunate to acquire this recently and the optics are wonderful.  The 25x and 40x Kowa threaded eyepieces are nicely coated as is the air spaced 60mm doublet at the front end.  This is the first angled spotter from Japan and this TS-1 Kowa model was used in 1964 Tokyo Olympics.  It has a unique focusing system (similar to an early Bushnel model).  Has a very well made soft case with tough canvas outer layer and very soft "woolish"-lined interior.  Provides very snug fit with no shaking of the scope.

The focusing knob is under the angled portion of the focuser / prism section.  Moving prism system by the looks of it.  Very smooth focuser and the views of the Moon and Jupiter, as well as Albireo and Alcor are sharp with excellent contrast.  No noticeable color at 25x.  Very little at 40x.  Daytme viewing is not as wide-field as current spotters, but very nice nonetheless.  Very sharp when viewing late in the day trees and birds with no purple haze see at 25X either.  I've been trying to find someone who can machine an adapter ring so I can use my Baader Zoom on it and come to focus.  That would provide be a very nice all-around scope for day or night use.  Hope the pics show how special this little spotter is.  Clear skies.  George.

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 03:18 PM

That's me and my most recent scope, a circle T 114/900, in a friend's garden. We were chasing the Moon and then Jupiter for a quick view.

 

It won't be "my most recent scope" for long, as I am just awaiting an 80/1200 refractor smile.gif Thomas

 

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Thread on the scope here:

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 05:09 AM

Now a very special classic scope - a homebuilt Carl-Zeiss-Jena 50/540 refractor. This scope must have be built in ancient GDR-Times ... it looks - and smells ;-) - very old. The tube-construction is made of board, but it works - surprisingly - very well and provides great views (so far - on moon and doublestars) :-)

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