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#1 TOM KIEHL

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 02:23 AM

Has anybody seen another , or know , who made this telescope and mount ? I bought this , this past Saturday .  :scratchhead: Thanks for looking .

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#2 TOM KIEHL

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 02:26 AM

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#3 TOM KIEHL

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 02:29 AM

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#4 TOM KIEHL

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 02:31 AM

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 02:44 AM

Dunno, but it looks pretty nice!

 

 

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 06:13 AM

Wow!  VERY cool Cassegrain!  I haven't a clue who might have made your scope, but it looks like it is really well-built.  Looks like an 8 incher?  Gotta love those tapered castings on the RA and dec axes of the mount.  Have you yet had a chance to try it out under the stars?  


 

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 06:50 AM

That was made by someone who knew what he was doing - looks great - hope the views are as good.......


 

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 06:50 AM

An extremely well constructed instrument. Congrats on the acquisition, and I hope that you find out who built it,though I think it is an atm project. Let us know how good the optics are . Gary


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Posted 09 October 2016 - 07:10 AM

WOW!  Yet another cool scope.  Tom, I've said it before, you have the coolest collection of scopes.


 

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 08:40 AM

Home made deal neal.


 

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 09:14 AM

That's a great looking mount, and it looks very solid.


 

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 10:05 AM

I don't think that's an ATM mount - the parts are cast, then machined, and while it may have been created by a very good patternmaker/machinist and sand-cast parts, I'm not thinking that is so......that's a lot of time and effort for one-off castings!


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Posted 09 October 2016 - 10:08 AM

Very nice!

I don't recognize a thing except the finder and finder rings.

 

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#14 Astrojensen

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 10:11 AM

 

that's a lot of time and effort for one-off castings!

Hey, it's ATM'ers we're talking about here. Not exactly known for always taking the easiest, simplest way. 

 

 

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 10:31 AM

Tube is not a Parks.


 

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 10:40 AM

That really is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship. To me, it looks like some sort of prototype. As was mentioned, it looks like a lot of expense in pattern work for just a single build. There appears to be a few non-casting machined parts that would be better suited to casting, which gives the appearance of ATM, but my money is still on a prototype build.

 

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 10:44 AM

Another amazing find Tom! I only have one word for it. WOW!!!!!!!


 

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 12:19 PM

Wow Tom !

 

Congratulations Sleuth!   :grin:

 

You must know a lot more than your letting on!    

 

So, how unwieldy is this instrument for breaking down at  the dec. plate from the OTA assy. , or do you take the Unitron finder off each time to get the OTA off?

 

Looking very much to to first light report, and the history of this beauty!

 

Bill

 

  

 

  

 

 

 

Thanks.


 

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 12:55 PM

Looks like Bomber Bob's mystery Mak!


 

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 12:57 PM

I think it's an ATM build.  You'll find out more once you start taking it apart and maybe more info will pop up about it here.  Looks like a fun project!


 

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 01:39 PM

I'm with roscoe.  I'd bet large sums of other peoples' cash that it's commercial.  I'd bet it's from the 40s or 50s (so it could be forgotten or unknown by most people alive today).

 

Fecker?

 

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 03:09 PM

The stepped front baffle and knurling on the secondary point to commercial fab, to me.

 

There's an interesting elliptical patch of oxidation between two of the primary collimation bolts on the rear cell that may indicate the former presence of some sort of label or sticker. 

 

Also it is interesting (though not conclusive of anything) that the white on the main tube exactly matches the white on the Unitron finder. 

 

I can't make out the writing on the endcap of the drive motor. Does it provide any clues?


 

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 03:42 PM

The stepped front baffle and knurling on the secondary point to commercial fab, to me.

 

There's an interesting elliptical patch of oxidation between two of the primary collimation bolts on the rear cell that may indicate the former presence of some sort of label or sticker. 

 

Also it is interesting (though not conclusive of anything) that the white on the main tube exactly matches the white on the Unitron finder. 

 

I can't make out the writing on the endcap of the drive motor. Does it provide any clues?

 

It's a Hurst Motor.  If it's really old, there might be a date printed on the inside that's easily found by removing the cover.  Here's the one that's on the Maynard Clark: 

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Later versions of the Hurst Motor have a plastic flywheel and no date.


 

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 04:43 PM

Your heart must have been pounding when you first saw it.


 

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 07:24 PM

I'm with roscoe.  I'd bet large sums of other peoples' cash that it's commercial.  I'd bet it's from the 40s or 50s (so it could be forgotten or unknown by most people alive today).

 

Fecker?

 

-Tim.

It may be homemade Tim.  There some out here that can do that kind of work.  Aluminum casting and machine work looks nice.


 


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