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#1 Don Alvarez

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 04:00 PM

I appear to have stumbled onto one of these. I have never heard of Spacek until today. I don't have the original EP's and the finderscope doesn't look original to me, and the poor thing looks like it's been kept in a well used barn. Still I was hoping someone might be able to tell me some more about it?

 

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 06:48 PM

Welcome, Don!   You have a pretty "rare bird" there...Spacek Instruments was only in operation for a few years in the late '50s / early '60s, but they had a reputation for very sturdy, high quality telescopes.

 

I'm currently restoring a Spacek 6", f15 refractor - more information at this CN thread in the Classic Telescopes forum:

 

 https://www.cloudyni...ak-for-itself/ 

 

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Congratulations...please post some pictures when you get the chance!

 

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 08:21 PM

Here's a K 3 Spacek

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 08:26 PM

By the way , I like your Bill "The Butcher" Cutting avatar waytogo.gif


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Posted 18 July 2017 - 07:05 AM

I too have an old Spacek 4" OTA with original box, always wondered if they made the optics or got from Edmund

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#6 Don Alvarez

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 09:25 AM

I've attached a couple pics right after it got home from auction. Actually my father picked it up, he's retired and haunts the local auctions looking for stuff he can flip, mostly guitars and audio gear. He stepped out of his comfort zone on this one, but for five dollars he figured what could go wrong. It also came with a  couple vintage Edmund Scientific EP's. Right now its in the process of being cleaned up. Like I said, pretty sure it was stored in a barn, it's incredibly filthy. I was hoping someone might be able to tell me what it might be worth. 

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 12:02 PM

I looked up the address in Pottstown. Poor Mr. Spacek, he was just the odd man out. There was enough low-end volume telescope business to support Criterion and Edmund but not much more than that. All these companies got started more or less the same way in the post war world. I hope he found other ways to support his family well.

 

Much likely had to do with available infrastructure. Pottstown is not in the boonies but it's not exactly a suburb either (35 mi from Philadelphia). Edmund was on the doorstep of New York and Criterion was in Hartford, which was a manufacturing center in the first half of the 20th century (Pratt and Whitney, Colt, among others).

 

Article in Pottstown Mercury

 

https://www.newspape...spage/42402384/

 

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 12:09 PM

The Mercury is still in business. It should be possible to retrieve that article from 10/24/1967.

 

http://www.pottsmerc.com/

 

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 12:48 PM

Build your own high-speed flash unit, 1/10,000 sec, 1947 - by Michael S. Spacek in Popular Science...

 

https://books.google...epage&q&f=false

 

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 01:02 PM

looks like there are plenty of people here with Spacek telescopes.   Nice find.



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Posted 18 July 2017 - 04:57 PM

Does anyone have a clue what it might be worth?

 

I mean, other than $89.50



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Posted 18 July 2017 - 09:24 PM

could be worth $89.50smirk.gif


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Posted 19 July 2017 - 08:56 AM

Rule number one is that you will never recapture the time spent refurbishing in terms of value, so don't do it with that in mind. Let's pick a modest earning of $10 to $15 per hour, which would equate to about $100 per day.  IF you spend a day doing a nice refurbish on a scope like this in GOOD shape to start, thus ending up with a very nice preserved unit, then you just munched your time in scope value.

 

A lot of us here do this all the time. I do. I enjoy the work and the satisfaction of the finish is what makes it worthwhile.  I have preserved for posterity something that I find appreciable and that I know others will appreciate as well.




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