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#1 SMark

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Posted 08 February 2018 - 11:47 PM

https://www.ebay.com/itm/273061861759 

 

Looks like Howard Pond would have enjoyed being a CN member. Just think what he might have built today... hmm.gif


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Posted 09 February 2018 - 01:09 AM

https://www.ebay.com/itm/273061861759

 

Looks like Howard Pond would have enjoyed being a CN member. Just think what he might have built today... hmm.gif

Awesome! Imagine if it had unbelievable optics.

Saw a story where about 20 years ago a guy made a camera that was so good you could see footprints in snow on the photo that were something like a half mile away. He ground his own lenses and the camera was a huge box affair. The feral guvament came in an stole it.


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Posted 09 February 2018 - 09:03 AM

$1500???

How about $15
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Posted 09 February 2018 - 10:06 AM

https://www.ebay.com/itm/273061861759

 

Looks like Howard Pond would have enjoyed being a CN member. Just think what he might have built today... hmm.gif

 

Sorry for having to ask (yes, I apparently live under a rock)... but who is Howard Pond? I tried googling it... learned a little about a wonder small body of water near Hanover, Maine but not anything about a person grin.gif


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#5 SMark

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Posted 09 February 2018 - 11:29 AM

I honestly have no clue who Howard Pond was, except that he was mentioned in the listing as the person who built it back in the the early-mid '60s. 


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Posted 09 February 2018 - 12:08 PM

"Most people don't know this but Howard Pond happens to be VERY famous"


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Posted 09 February 2018 - 12:49 PM

If we don’t need it to actually work, you could easily model up an even mor crazy looking one and 3D print.. then sand, paint, age etc. Sure you could cut some plexiglass for the “objectives”. For the price they are for people who don’t value their original application.

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Posted 09 February 2018 - 12:56 PM

I would speculate that Mr. Pond (then 15 years old) carefully crafted these with youthful vigor out of anything he could get his hands on and with only the tools he found in his grandfathers shed... only to finish them and discover the image is upside down and each tube is looking in a different direction.

Who knows, maybe that experiance drove him to become A successful optical engineer... or maybe a used car salesman. I guess we will never know. 😳😁

Edited by Mad Matt, 09 February 2018 - 12:57 PM.

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Posted 09 February 2018 - 03:26 PM

$1500???

How about $15

THAT looks like something you would make from an Erector Set

 

Reminds me of..



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Posted 09 February 2018 - 03:32 PM

If we don’t need it to actually work, you could easily model up an even mor crazy looking one and 3D print.. then sand, paint, age etc. Sure you could cut some plexiglass for the “objectives”. For the price they are for people who don’t value their original application.

Peter

you could always run Steam through it for a window display

 

since its Steam Punkt anyway

 

l think people would go for it



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Posted 09 February 2018 - 03:37 PM

they may even want to pay to see it lol

for an exhibt so to speak



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Posted 09 February 2018 - 07:29 PM

No offense to Howard, but he should be embarrassed over that POS.



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Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:53 AM

$1500???

How about $15

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 11:00 AM

"Most people don't know this but Howard Pond happens to be VERY famous"

Better known is his cousin, Walden.



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Posted 12 February 2018 - 11:33 AM

^^^ Yeah, makes wonder if chef Bobby Flay ever thought of naming his daughter "Sue."


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Posted 16 February 2018 - 11:53 AM

As opposed to the detractors, I think they're Kewl. Imagine the dedication put into making them. Sure it's rough, (hence the Steampunk) but that's a lot more effort than I could muster up. Those could make a real nice addition to a collection. They have providence.

For forum archive, here are some pics.

 

 

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Posted 16 February 2018 - 12:42 PM

I am eagerly awaiting Glenn's analysis of this masterpiece.
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Posted 16 February 2018 - 03:12 PM

Relisted with a best offer option now. Hopefully someone here will end up with them and be able to put up an analysis for our entertainment  popcorn.gif

 




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