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#2401 Vesper818

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Posted 05 July 2018 - 11:13 AM

We're thinking of a grey beard division, Russ, so don't give up hope.

But you won't get any calls to bring a scope to a star party dressed as Santa or his head elf. :lol:



Folklore says elfs don't grow beards. That there on the right looks decidedly gmomish!

#2402 Chuck Hards

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Posted 05 July 2018 - 11:19 AM

Folklore says elfs don't grow beards. That there on the right looks decidedly gmomish!

Santa himself is a "right jolly old elf", so obviously the folklore is incorrect.  ;)


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#2403 Vesper818

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Posted 05 July 2018 - 11:26 AM

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#2404 CharlieB

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Posted 05 July 2018 - 02:06 PM

Guess my high school photo won't cut it either.

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Posted 05 July 2018 - 02:49 PM

Is that how you showed up at Lackland AFB?



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Posted 05 July 2018 - 02:59 PM

Is that how you showed up at Lackland AFB?

A friend of mine's father was a retired Navy Chief and he strongly suggested I get a "trim" before heading to Lackland.  Perhaps the best advice I've ever been given.  This photo was during basic, maybe a couple of months after the first photo.  Sure missed the 1505's when they got rid of them.

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Posted 05 July 2018 - 03:13 PM

Just to round out things, my last USAF performance at my retirement ceremony.  I'm the monkey in the middle playing alto saxophone.  There is a telescope just outside of the photo...

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Posted 05 July 2018 - 03:28 PM

Cool, Charlie, cool man!  I also learned to work the saxophone in my Bugtussle High School jazz ensemble, but decided not to join the band at college -- after my parents had plunked down $700 for a King (beautiful instrument!) Alto Sax.  Your photos bring back other memories:  Got about 14" of hair cut off for my senior portrait (my Mom insisted on it), but it was still shoulder length.  My scraggly teen beard never looked as good as yours, though.  [Big Sigh]  Can't believe I've been retired from the USAF going on 15 years -- sure do miss the flying!


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Posted 05 July 2018 - 04:22 PM

Cool, Charlie, cool man!  I also learned to work the saxophone in my Bugtussle High School jazz ensemble, but decided not to join the band at college -- after my parents had plunked down $700 for a King (beautiful instrument!) Alto Sax.  Your photos bring back other memories:  Got about 14" of hair cut off for my senior portrait (my Mom insisted on it), but it was still shoulder length.  My scraggly teen beard never looked as good as yours, though.  [Big Sigh]  Can't believe I've been retired from the USAF going on 15 years -- sure do miss the flying!

I'd go back to my old USAF job in a heartbeat.  The best job in the Air Force.  We flew on a lot of aircraft, mostly KC-135s and C-130s and on C-5s and 141s a few times.  King made a great horn.

 

The photo is just to keep things legal...

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Posted 05 July 2018 - 08:36 PM

Wow, my dad was stationed at Lackland.  I remember looking through a yearbook of his, as a kid.   This was during the Korean war.  


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Posted 05 July 2018 - 11:08 PM

I'd go back to my old USAF job in a heartbeat.  The best job in the Air Force.  We flew on a lot of aircraft, mostly KC-135s and C-130s and on C-5s and 141s a few times.  King made a great horn.

 

The photo is just to keep things legal...

You should have tried flying in those aircraft.  Much more comfortable that way.  wink.gif

 

My only Air Force blue scope...

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Posted 07 July 2018 - 10:10 PM

My uncle was in the air force.

 

This is an RV6.

RV6 1

 

Smooth segue.


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Posted 08 July 2018 - 11:39 PM

This is what happens when you are observing and you keep asking yourself..."I wonder what this looks like through (fill in telescope here)"...... 

 

a yardful of refractors (and one "modern" reflector on the far end)

 

Cresecent 80 x 1200 (Towa)

Tasco 10TE

Tasco 7TE-5

ATCO 1253

Selsi 247 (Vixen/APL)

 

 

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 12:37 AM

Cool.  Telescopes flying in formation.


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Posted 09 July 2018 - 12:50 AM

Awesome :) I'm too lazy to do this but I sure have thought about it!

 

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 12:55 AM

I just got the RV6.  I am the curator, not the owner.  Thanks to the Professor for hiring me.

Tested her last night.  She gives great views and tracks nicely.  Best views so far of Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and too sleepy for Mars.

 

Cleaned and tightened the legs.

RV6 base

 

Adjusted the counterweight.  The motor is smooth.  I will probably not take it apart.  Ok, I might just to check the grease.

RV6 mount

 

Focuser is smooth. Eyepieces are great.  Barlow is great.

RV6 focus
 
Finder is set up perfectly.
RV6 finder
 
And the piece of resistance...
RV6 mirror

 

UPCO mirror is clean and well collimated.

 

The Professor took great care of her and I will do the same.  Thank you, sir.


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Posted 09 July 2018 - 01:12 AM

You're allowed to replace rusty screws and touch up the paint :)

 

Those big aluminum lock knobs for the rings will polish up nicely with 0000 steel wool. That's also OK! Good for the counterweight shaft too.

 

-drl


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Posted 09 July 2018 - 07:56 AM

Wow, the mount looks sorta like mine, but the rest is in WAY better shape than what I found....it'll need more than a touch-up!



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Posted 09 July 2018 - 11:33 AM

I got this Super Space Conqueror the other night. Re-greased the focuser, replaced the stock finder with a Telrad, cleaned the mirrors, and moved the mirror cell up 2" to focus with modern eyepieces, and it's good to go.

 

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The GEM pedestal is a nightmare to move around, attach the tube to, balance, and actually use. That being said, this version (it's a 1960 model versus the '67 one I last had) has straps that allow easy rotation/balancing of the tube. I will probably build a Dob mount for it and flock the upper OTA if it is good optically.


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Posted 09 July 2018 - 11:46 AM

My Tele Vue Genesis SDF riding on a UA Unistar Deluxe with Oberwerk tripod and TV SkyTour.

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 06:30 PM

Nice Super Space Conqueror!

If the tube has no holes for the saddle bolts, and is strap mount only, it is one of the last of the white tubes

and Edmund had 1/8 wave mirrors in these, stunning optics. Also the drive motor will have a date on it.

 

I really have a problem now, my old windows XP computer has had a hard drive failure, now I can't get to

any of my extensive photo collection and I can't use my S&T disk collection. I haven't decided if its worth

buying a donor drive and swapping platters. I have been looking at my photos on cloudy Nights to see how

much I can retrieve, and maybe I can just retire the old Dell XP. I ran across a picture of Glowy glowing, isn't

he neat, I'm surprised I could capture it on film.

And another photo of him on my 1957 Cave 8 inch, and another of him on my Edmund 4 inch f/15 refractor.

Robert 

 

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 06:45 PM

My Tele Vue Genesis SDF riding on a UA Unistar Deluxe with Oberwerk tripod and TV SkyTour.

Does it perform Terra?

 

-drl



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Posted 09 July 2018 - 08:54 PM

Does it perform Terra?

 

-drl

 

Yes, very well. I am much enjoying it. See my post on observing with a classic from last Saturday.


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Posted 09 July 2018 - 09:18 PM

Nice Super Space Conqueror!

If the tube has no holes for the saddle bolts, and is strap mount only, it is one of the last of the white tubes

and Edmund had 1/8 wave mirrors in these, stunning optics. Also the drive motor will have a date on it.

It sure does perform! No holes for bolts like my '67 one.

 

Will check the serial number date in the morning.


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Posted 16 July 2018 - 06:39 PM

Two pictures of me and my scope at a street star party in Grants Pass,Or. I'm on the left. The other was at a campground in the Rogue River area of Or. again I'm on the left. In the first picture I have the scope mounted on a stainless steel pedestal and the other is on the tripod.

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