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#26 Jaimo!

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 11:22 PM

I have been quietly collecting all "Pre-RKE" and Edmund RKE variants I could find.  There are quite a few similarities from the Sherman Tank M-70 gun sight war surplus eyepieces on the right to the modern RKE's on the Left...  The Edscorp Kellner, as well as a few other post WWII surplus lens marketers, would sell this eyepiece as a Type III Kellner or as we call them today, a Plossl.  I have done quite a bit of research on this particular eyepiece and it's evolution.

 

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28mm Edmunds RKE exposed.jpg

 

EDIT:  If anyone out there is reading this and they have a similar eyepiece that look like that it could fit into this "family tree" please contact me via PM.


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Posted 08 March 2018 - 07:18 AM

These came with my 1959 dynascope scope. The wwII tank erfle I use maybe once a year for nostalgia.

 

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 09:47 AM

This 70 deg. ep provides surprisingly darker views than my 31N from suburban skies.  At first I thought there was a coating issue reducing throughput but I can see the same faintest stars and nebula extensions are a smidgeon better in this one.  I'm looking forward to a dark sky site.

 

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 12:14 PM

I have been quietly collecting all "Pre-RKE" and Edmund RKE variants I could find.  There are quite a few similarities from the Sherman Tank M-70 gun sight war surplus eyepieces on the right to the modern RKE's on the Left...

 

I did a detail measure when I took my 1-1/8" apart.  The silvered barrel on the black 1-1/8" pictured did not come that way, I took the anodization off the barrel.

 

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 01:26 PM

I bought one of those decades ago, and it was great in my f/15 refractor.

I remembered how great it was and bought another in 2005.  Ooh.  My nostalgia overcame my good sense.

It was not well corrected at f/5 or f/6.5, though it was OK in my f/12.7 Mak.

I really liked it back then, though.  I think I paid something like $12.95 or $18.95 new--I don't remember exactly.

I think the RKE was an improvement.



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Posted 08 March 2018 - 03:42 PM

I have been quietly collecting all "Pre-RKE" and Edmund RKE variants I could find.  There are quite a few similarities from the Sherman Tank M-70 gun sight war surplus eyepieces on the right to the modern RKE's on the Left...  The Edscorp Kellner, as well as a few other post WWII surplus lens marketers, would sell this eyepiece as a Type III Kellner or as we call them today, a Plossl.  I have done quite a bit of research on this particular eyepiece and it's evolution.

 

attachicon.gif 28mm RKE and Parents Watermark.jpg

 

attachicon.gif 28mm Edmunds RKE exposed.jpg

 

EDIT:  If anyone out there is reading this and they have a similar eyepiece that look like that it could fit into this "family tree" please contact me via PM.

 

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 03:52 PM

I bought one of those decades ago... I remembered how great it was and bought another in 2005.  Ooh.  My nostalgia overcame my good sense.

It was not well corrected at f/5 or f/6.5...

 

My good sense is to not get instruments faster than f/6 lol.gif   I have 3 28 RKEs and 2 of the 1-1/8" ones.  Why?  Because wanted to make sure I was not left with none if I broke or lost one.  Love these eyepieces!


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Posted 08 March 2018 - 10:20 PM

 

 

From a friend I observed with long ago. 

No, I mean who makes it? I've never seen one like that before. 

 

How do you like it?

 

LEITZ, it is right on the side of the eyepiece...  Who began making microscopes, then became LEItz CAmera or Leica.

 

Thanks!



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Posted 08 March 2018 - 10:51 PM

I bought one of those decades ago, and it was great in my f/15 refractor.

I remembered how great it was and bought another in 2005.  Ooh.  My nostalgia overcame my good sense.

It was not well corrected at f/5 or f/6.5, though it was OK in my f/12.7 Mak.

I really liked it back then, though.  I think I paid something like $12.95 or $18.95 new--I don't remember exactly.

I think the RKE was an improvement.

You mean maybe from an ad similar to this (Edmunds Catalog Number 5223)...  I do think prices increased with inflation.

 

Edmund Scientific War-Surplus Kellner Sky and Telescope Dec 1959.JPG

 

or this 

 

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 11:25 PM

 

 

 

From a friend I observed with long ago. 

No, I mean who makes it? I've never seen one like that before. 

 

How do you like it?

 

LEITZ, it is right on the side of the eyepiece...  Who began making microscopes, then became LEItz CAmera or Leica.

 

Thanks!

 

My apologies. Looks like they answered that. 



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Posted 09 March 2018 - 01:53 AM

 

I bought one of those decades ago, and it was great in my f/15 refractor.

I remembered how great it was and bought another in 2005.  Ooh.  My nostalgia overcame my good sense.

It was not well corrected at f/5 or f/6.5, though it was OK in my f/12.7 Mak.

I really liked it back then, though.  I think I paid something like $12.95 or $18.95 new--I don't remember exactly.

I think the RKE was an improvement.

You mean maybe from an ad similar to this (Edmunds Catalog Number 5223)...  I do think prices increased with inflation.

 

attachicon.gif Edmund Scientific War-Surplus Kellner Sky and Telescope Dec 1959.JPG

 

or this 

 

attachicon.gif Edmunds Pre-RKE Ad.jpg

 

Jaimo!

 

Well, I bought my first one in 1965, so perhaps it was $12.95 by then.


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Posted 09 March 2018 - 12:49 PM

You mean maybe from an ad similar to this (Edmunds Catalog Number 5223)... 

 

The Type III Kellner reference was evidently a variant name for a Plossl back in the day - http://www.lcas-astr...egory=eyepieces


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Posted 09 March 2018 - 04:24 PM

Kellner introduced the 2:1 3 element design in 1849.

Plössl introduced the 2:2 design in 1860.

König re-designed the 2:2 design for better edge correction in 1938 (the version sold by Clavé).

Brandon flipped the design for good correction in 1942.

Nagler made a modest change to the design in the '70s.

The '70s also saw the introduction of the 5-element Plössl modification, which became popular in the '80s and continues with slight variations to this day.

 

AFAIK, only Edmund used the terms Kellner I, Kellner II, and Kellner III

The Kellner II was a 1:2 design similar to the later RKE (Rank/Kaspereit/Erfle) design of David Rank.

(which explains the RKE = Rank Kellner Eyepiece meaning of RKE).

Whose design their Kellner III was closest to, I don't know.


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Posted 13 April 2018 - 09:25 PM

I have the 1-1/8" eyepiece that I purchased from Edmund in 1967.  It was $7.95 at that time and is still one of my favorite eyepieces.


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Posted 16 April 2018 - 07:26 PM

Here is an Edmund 28mm Kellner (#5223-Y) and Barlow (#30,200-Y), with original packaging from 1958.  The eyepiece does not have anything on the barrel.  For reference my 28mm I ordered in 1967 had the 1-1/8 engraved on the top of the barrel.

 

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 09:52 AM

You don't see these everyday.

 

Here is a pair of war surplus eyepieces, along with their original advertisements.

 

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 07:12 PM

Here's a set I have been working on for years, just because they look cool...  I believe there is a 17mm and maybe another.

 

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