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#26 deSitter

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Posted 10 March 2018 - 11:04 AM

 

 

Here's the scope it was from. A 10" Cave Cass.

Just a magnificent beast - hope it performed/performs!

 

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It was going to be my main planetary scope but it needed some work....The Royce touch would have perfected it.

 

Yup, that deserves his work! And it could happen!

 

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#27 Chuck Hards

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Posted 10 March 2018 - 02:20 PM

 

Astro Physics Model 8002 DA drive corrector with Model 7002 Autoguider.   Original owner.

 

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A couple of Accutracks, I bought the one on the left around 75, 76.

 

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This Sidereal Electronics unit came with my Cave 10" Custom Super Deluxe.  

 

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All of these still get used.

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The Sidereal Electronics unit is RA only.  The Cave has a Byers 8" gear drive installed and it tracks like butter.  It was installed by the original owner, another long-time member of my local club and he used it for astrophotography.  I have the original drive components to restore it to a factory condition. 

 

I always thought it odd that it had a 120VAC reversible DEC gearmotor.  It has it's own control box.  Seems that most of the rest of the industry went with 12VDC DEC gearmotors.

 

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Posted 10 March 2018 - 02:48 PM

Hi Chuck-  I got a kick out of your mention of the AstroPhysics 7002 guider and head.  Evered Kreimer and I used these for guiding on my stuff at Alpine. If I can ever figure out how to post photos one of the next things to talk about is our travails of making these work with my scopes.  It is a whole story in itself.  I will talk about this on the tread of John Mallas 4 inch Unitron.

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#29 Chuck Hards

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Posted 10 March 2018 - 03:19 PM

Keith, I've used it on an EQ-2 with modified 12VDC DEC drive.  It's been decades but I remember that it liked red and yellow stars for guide stars, didn't seem very blue sensitive at all.  But it worked pretty well once aligned and the mount balanced.  I never pushed the image scale much, 500mm was about it, and usually for guiding telephoto shots with the SLR.


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Posted 11 March 2018 - 04:35 AM

I still have a Sidereal Electronics drive corrector that I bought new for my Jaegers 4" on a Cave mount.

 

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I can't remember if I bought it at Cave or at a cool little telescope shop that use to be in Monterey Park, CA.

Anyone remember that shop?

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What's the story of Sidereal Electronics? After all, how many companies are up on Mt. Wilson?

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This photo appeared in the '77 and '78 Celestron catalogs.

It certainly appears theirs were sourced from Sidereal.

This unit differers as it has the plug in and dial for a illuminated recticle.


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Posted 11 March 2018 - 08:58 AM

Nice one! I assume you bought it new in the 70's? It would be nice to date some of these. I's like to see some of the first models made available to amatures. 



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Posted 11 March 2018 - 09:37 AM

Just don’t connect any of it to the Internet! I got hacked AGAIN! Woke up this morning and somebody set the clocks ahead one hour on my phone, iPad, and computer! It think it must have been the Russians!

 

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 10:29 AM

Shhhh!

 

 

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 10:32 AM

Just don’t connect any of it to the Internet! I got hacked AGAIN! Woke up this morning and somebody set the clocks ahead one hour on my phone, iPad, and computer! It think it must have been the Russians!

 

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Oh, so THAT's why I woke up sleepy to find that my Sunday Morning news show was almost over already!

 

Bring back Daylight Wasting's Time!


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Posted 11 March 2018 - 10:33 AM

This one is one of my favorites. Possibly the best looking!

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 11:44 AM

This one came with my sandcast C8. I have no idea if it works and exactly how to use it, as I could not find a manual online. It anyone can point me to a source for instructions for a similar unit, or can briefly explain, I would appreciate it. I also have the cable with the alligator clips for a battery. However at the location where I could possibly use this corrector it would be much simpler to be able to use just regular household 110V AC, since I do not have a 12V battery. Can I?

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 03:26 PM

Yes, plug the scope to the rear plug and then the corrector to 110v outlet.


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Posted 11 March 2018 - 04:06 PM

Nice one! I assume you bought it new in the 70's? It would be nice to date some of these. I's like to see some of the first models made available to amatures. 

Thanks.

Yes purchased new. I ordered the Jaegers parts and Cave mount in the summer of '78. I remember It took really long to get delivery of both (especially the Cave), and was working on putting it all together towards the end of '78. The scope was up and working before the year was out, so I'm very sure the drive corrector was bought in '78 too.


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Posted 11 March 2018 - 04:45 PM

Thanks.

Yes purchased new. I ordered the Jaegers parts and Cave mount in the summer of '78. I remember It took really long to get delivery of both (especially the Cave), and was working on putting it all together towards the end of '78. The scope was up and working before the year was out, so I'm very sure the drive corrector was bought in '78 too.

I've got one of those too.  It came with the 1976 Sandcast C-8 that I bought in Vegas some years ago.  It was still sealed in the plastic bags it came in.  I use it pretty often for my older scopes, so it's not NOS anymore, but it works well and it's simple and straightforward.

 

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 08:49 AM

I still have a Sidereal Electronics drive corrector that I bought new for my Jaegers 4" on a Cave mount.

 

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What's the story of Sidereal Electronics? After all, how many companies are up on Mt. Wilson?

 

Anyone know the history of Sidereal Electronics?  I did a quick Internet search and there does not appear to be a whole lot of information available.



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Posted 25 April 2018 - 12:20 PM

Anyone still using one of these? I stil use mine with C8 forks, Unitron 152, and the old Dynamax 8. Use to use one with my old Cave and Parks Superior Mounts.  I'm holding on to this one cause they're getting harder to find. 
 
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I still have one of the those mdl 300 Digitrak II's also. Plus a pair of single axis ones. I got Bob to give me a set of his schematics after he retired so I could fix them. That was while I was working for Gary Hand. I tried to get Orion to give me copies of the Accutracks also but they declined even though they were no longer repairing them also. I am holding onto mine in case I ever get ambitious enough to tackle that early Cave observatory mount that came with the 12.5" convertible Cass/Newt. Been trying to find an original C8 fork + the DC DEC drive as a test bed but nothing in the right price range has popped up. I do have a spare hand control for one of the dual drive controllers like the D II but have not tested it.
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Posted 27 April 2018 - 03:52 PM

Anyone know the history of Sidereal Electronics?  I did a quick Internet search and there does not appear to be a whole lot of information available.

I found a reference that shows an address for Sidereal Electronics being 2836 baseline Rd., LaVerne, CA 91750.  A Google search reveals that this is a residential home.  Was this before or after their Mount Wilson days?


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Posted 29 April 2018 - 02:45 PM

I have 3. I also have an AP model like Chuck. Mine is missing the hand paddle unfortunately. Tried in vain to find one. I got it with my Quantum 4 at an estate sale. The legs for the scope were in the case with the corrector and they would not separate them so I had to buy the whole thing. Probably will sell this one if I ever get around to it.

 

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Posted 29 April 2018 - 02:48 PM

This is the unit that came with my Meade 1060 RG. It is also made by Sidereal Electronics. 

 

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Posted 29 April 2018 - 02:50 PM

Last one. It is a Davionix. Very nice unit.

 

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Posted 29 April 2018 - 08:55 PM

This is the unit that came with my Meade 1060 RG. It is also made by Sidereal Electronics. 

 

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What is the address of Sidereal Electronics shown on the bottom of your unit?



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Posted 30 April 2018 - 11:25 AM

Yup, that deserves his work! And it could happen!

 

-drl

Bob Royce told me he was "shutting down the business and retiring."   Then he is going to make me a 6" f8 mirror.  It will complete a wooden Dob I've been working on.  


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Posted 02 May 2018 - 06:42 AM

Last one. It is a Davionix. Very nice unit.

 

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Nice! Never seen that one before.


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Posted 03 May 2018 - 04:55 PM

What is the address of Sidereal Electronics shown on the bottom of your unit?

2836 baseline Rd., LaVerne, CA 91750 is what is on mine. 



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Posted 03 May 2018 - 06:00 PM

2836 baseline Rd., LaVerne, CA 91750 is what is on mine. 

Thanks Ken.  The one on mine is Mount Wilson.  I am trying to put a timeline together to better understand the history of Sidereal Electronics.  It appears that they made a lot of different boxes, but there does not seem to be a whole lot of information about their history on the web.  If I can determine when they were located at Mount Wilson, it will help me date the manufacture date of a used Meade telescope that I recently picked up.

 

For what its worth, the Baseline Road address comes up as a private residence on Google.




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