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New to me(soon) Cave RFT 8" f4.5

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#1 jcricket

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 10:02 PM

Hey Folks,

I found and bought a project Cave Astrola on the bay today. It turns out was about 50 miles from me. I spoke with the seller and he did some measurements for me. I thought it was an f5, but all of the literature I found says they never made an f5, but and f4.5.

 

It is in dire need of love, something I enjoy giving to these old scopes. The seller is actually coming to denver mid next week so he is going to deliver this to me for free. Double cool...............

 

It needs a secondary. I am not sure what size it will take. Probably something like 2.6, maybe 2.14. We'll see

 

A couple of noteworthy things.

The original 8" f4.5 came with an R&P focuser. It was also on a light weight student mount. This particular scope has a helical focuser, and rotating rings. Custom order maybe???

thoughts?

 

more to come........... 

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#2 The Planetman

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 10:52 PM

That is going to be a great little scope when you get it totally up and running! 
Let us know the vintage when you get it and have time to remove the primary. 



#3 steve t

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 09:13 AM

The focuser looks like it may be a Carle style focuser that Cave sold back in the day. 

Nice looking scope. 


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#4 bremms

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 11:32 AM

Very kewel..  Needs some love for sure.



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Posted 12 July 2018 - 01:03 PM

Nice score! You can fix that up to where it’s a real looker!



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Posted 14 July 2018 - 12:50 PM

Same scope I just picked up complete recently. It also has the helical focuser BTW. Let me know if you need any pics or measurements etc.

 

Very nice scope for cruising the milky way so far.

 

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Posted 14 July 2018 - 03:05 PM

Nice find. You will enjoy that scope




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