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#1 Ben Bajorek

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Posted 31 October 2018 - 06:27 PM

Find the antique brass telescope in the photo?  It's a store branded fine french made telescope sold by the optician  C. Duhamel in New Orleans around the time of the Civil War.  My cousin just picked the scope up today for me in Mississippi.  Saw it on Craigslist a few months ago for a very reasonable price, the nice seller held it for me for later pick up, that is his 1970 Dodge Charger.  Surprised Bomber Bob didn't grab it.  I'll post more pictures later.

 

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Posted 31 October 2018 - 07:13 PM

Nice scope, but I want the Charger!


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Posted 31 October 2018 - 07:55 PM

I guess the modern equivalents are Tesla Roadster and TESS satellite telescope …


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Posted 31 October 2018 - 08:10 PM

I guess the modern equivalents are Tesla Roadster and TESS satellite telescope …

I would request a classic Porsche 911 and a Tele Vue NP 127is fitted with a TV binoviewer and a set of  Ethos eyepieces. ubetcha.gif


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Posted 31 October 2018 - 08:24 PM

Nice scope, but I want the Charger!

Oh.My.

 

I 2nd that emotion!!!! Wonder if it true Daytona, or a tribute wing car? Either way, me want!


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Posted 31 October 2018 - 08:41 PM

I don't see a scope??? smile.gif


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Posted 31 October 2018 - 10:53 PM

Oh.My.

 

I 2nd that emotion!!!! Wonder if it true Daytona, or a tribute wing car? Either way, me want!

Definitely not a Daytona.  No aero nose for starters.


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Posted 01 November 2018 - 04:44 AM

Here are some shots of the telescope. Clement Duhamel and his wife were opticians and dealers in phantasmagoria in New Orleans in the middle of the 19th century.  I'm assuming the telescope was made in France from the four screws holding the focuser to the OTA, typical of french construction I've been told.  The scope is missing it's finder, but it does have these unusual threaded mounting holes to attach a finder scope.  Lens looks to be in good condition!  I will pick up the scope at Thanksgiving during a visit to the ancestral home in Michigan.        

 

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 05:18 AM

2 inch or 3 ?

 

very nice


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Posted 01 November 2018 - 06:09 AM

Surprised Bomber Bob didn't grab it.

 

I'm trying to downsize (I said TRYING).

 

Congratulations on a rare beauty with an interesting history!


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Posted 01 November 2018 - 08:06 AM

Definitely not a Daytona.  No aero nose for starters.

Yes sir, right you are! Still want; 68 and 70 are my fave Gen 2.

 

Beautiful scope, and great piece of history!


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Posted 01 November 2018 - 09:19 AM

Another great find for your collection Ben. Congratulations! waytogo.gif


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Posted 01 November 2018 - 10:33 AM

Nice scopewaytogo.gif


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Posted 01 November 2018 - 04:14 PM

Still looking for a telescope in this photo, but only my telescoping son :)

 

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 06:42 PM

we need more pictures like that showing how well a car can present a scopewaytogo.gif


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Posted 01 November 2018 - 08:17 PM

2 inch or 3 ?

 

very nice

I don't know yet, but I'm assuming it's 70mm or 2.75", a common size back in the day.



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Posted 02 November 2018 - 12:21 AM

I don't know yet, but I'm assuming it's 70mm or 2.75", a common size back in the day.

It looks interesting. I love telescopes by uncommon makers or retailers!

 

It could be a nice diversion at Thanksgiving if political discussions over dessert get too tense....


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Posted 02 November 2018 - 11:44 AM

My hot rod mower with telescope parts lol.gif

 

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#19 Ben Bajorek

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Posted 02 November 2018 - 06:31 PM

Here's a pretty autumn picture of the C. Duhamel New Orleans telescope, now somewhere in Georgia, so I'm told.     

 

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#20 Ben Bajorek

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Posted 07 November 2018 - 07:36 PM

Here's a nice view of the lettering on the tailpiece.  

 

"Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans

And miss it each night and day".

 

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Posted 12 November 2018 - 06:56 AM

 Good Morning everyone! Coffee Time for me and off from work !!!  Nice Telescope and in great shape. This scope is a great find for you  Benwaytogo.gif waytogo.gif . New Orleans is my hometown and there are many antique and collectible shops in the French Quarter and on Magazine Street in the uptown area of the city . Gary


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