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50 years with a Sears 6344 telescope.

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#26 terraclarke

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 03:34 PM

Those are very nice 3” refractors Bob! I had a 6344 that I converted the focuser’s visual back to 1.25” and gave to my daughter  along with a nice set of Plossls. The optics are very sharp. I hope you take it out and take a look through it before you put it back in the box. They are really nice double star scopes.


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#27 BFaucett

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 05:56 PM

I hope you take it out and take a look through it before you put it back in the box. 

 

I've got new rings and dovetail bar on the way so I can use it with my Celestron CG-4.  waytogo.gif  I also recently purchased a new Vixen 1.25" adapter for the focuser.  I want to see how the old 6344 compares with my Stellarvue SV-102 f/11 achromat that I purchased new a few years ago.  cool.gif   Here's the SV102 on my CG-4:

 

 

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I hope folks here don't mind me posting a pic of a non-classic scope but it does remind me of the old Unitrons which I couldn't afford back in the day. smile.gif

 

Now, about all of the continuous, cloudy weather I've been experiencing down here in Houston...  frown.gif

 

 

Clear skies and remember to keep looking up!
Cheers!  Bob F.  smile.gif


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Posted 10 February 2019 - 02:54 PM



Oh the Christmas morning memories! Thank you for sharing your beautiful scope. Can you post a closeup of the eyepieces it came with?

 

Here you go:

 

 

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 I think it's fairly obvious why I mostly used the green one!  grin.gif

 

 

 

Clear skies and remember to keep looking up!

 

Cheers!  Bob F.  smile.gif
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Posted 10 February 2019 - 03:25 PM

Congratulations on your 50th Anniversary with a truly beautiful telescope!


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Posted 10 February 2019 - 03:56 PM

Here you go:

 

 

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 I think it's fairly obvious why I mostly used the green one!  grin.gif

 

 

 

Clear skies and remember to keep looking up!

 

Cheers!  Bob F.  smile.gif
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Thank you!!!  I had been trying to remember what came in the set just last week.  My Kellner  was yellow.  I’ve really enjoyed this thread.  Thanks for sharing your pictures.  : )


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Posted 11 February 2019 - 12:12 PM

Thank you!!!  I had been trying to remember what came in the set just last week.  My Kellner  was yellow.  I’ve really enjoyed this thread.  Thanks for sharing your pictures.  : )

Keith, since I found my 6344 a couple years ago (incomplete kit), I've been able to come up with both a yellow and green EP.


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Posted 11 February 2019 - 12:39 PM

Memories, memories! I bought the exact same scope the exact year, 1969, remember the ad also. Did not know what I had back then, or I would have kept it.


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Posted 19 February 2019 - 12:16 AM

I have the same telescope.  My serial number is #1746.  My glass looks great, but my paint is a little scratched and the clamp on the mount broke years ago.  Any idea of how to find a replacement?  Nice scope and I was just 8 years old when my family got this for my dad and I.IMG_6866.jpg


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#34 BFaucett

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 12:24 AM

I have the same telescope.  My serial number is #1746.  My glass looks great, but my paint is a little scratched and the clamp on the mount broke years ago.  Any idea of how to find a replacement?  Nice scope and I was just 8 years old when my family got this for my dad and I.attachicon.gif IMG_6866.jpg

 

Cool!  Another 6344 still in the hands of the original owner. I have no idea how to find a replacement for the clamp but I bet the folks here on the Classic Telescopes forums might have some ideas.  Thanks for sharing the photo!

 

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 08:32 AM

Post a wanted ad for the mount in the Classified Area for it. I bought one of these a couple years ago from a Goodwill auction. It was mostly complete, but was missing a few items and the clamshell was busted. I put up a wanted ad for it. I ended up getting an Towa EQ3 on a Vixen SP wood tripod, which is a much improved platform to put the scope on. But, right after I bought the Towa setup, a good 6344 clamshell mount was posted on Classifieds. So there may be one or two out there for you.


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Posted 19 February 2019 - 08:52 AM

Beauty Classic Scope, looks like its been preserved in an underground climate controlled bunker.


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Posted 26 February 2019 - 12:50 AM

Those are very nice 3” refractors Bob! I had a 6344 that I converted the focuser’s visual back to 1.25” and gave to my daughter  along with a nice set of Plossls. The optics are very sharp. I hope you take it out and take a look through it before you put it back in the box. They are really nice double star scopes.

 

Just a little addendum and finale and I certainly didn't want to disappoint terra!  smile.gif   

 

I added new rings and a new dovetail bar.  I also added the Vixen 36.4 mm to 31.7 mm adapter to the focuser tube so I can use modern 1.25" diagonals and eyepieces.  I put this together this evening so I haven't had a chance to use it yet.  Plus, the weather has been miserable for the past few weeks.  BUT, the old telescope is ready to go and gaze at the stars once again!  waytogo.gif    I'm looking forward to using the old telescope again after all these years.  

 

I'm a lousy photographer but I hope you enjoy the photos.

 

Cheers!  Bob F.  smile.gif

 

 

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Posted 26 February 2019 - 01:00 AM

Wow, what a beauty!


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Posted 26 February 2019 - 01:20 AM

I am in the process of restoring an almost identical, but extremely well used Sears refractor I picked up at a Goodwill auction. I just hope I can get mine to look half as good as yours. Really and truly that is such a beautiful instrument!

 

Does anyone happen to know what the colors are for the paint? Mine has scratches on the tube and the dew shield and I would really like to match the colors as close as I can.

 

These 76mm refractors are one of my favorite instruments. At f/15.8, they have excellent color correction and are amazing performers. 

 

Way to go Bob, that's one heck of a classic!


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Posted 26 February 2019 - 02:29 PM

I also bought a well used 6344 (S/N 2321) about a month ago for a restoration project, the sun shield is mangled but the rest is pretty good, hoping to make nice functioning classic out of it for a collector.
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Posted 15 May 2019 - 03:34 PM

I hope folks here don't mind me kicking this older thread back up.  I finally had an opportunity to use the old scope and I just wanted to share.

 

 

Date:  5/12/2019  |  Time:  approx  9:00 pm – 10:15 pm CDT
Weather:  70 F  |  76 % humidity  |  Clear but with some slight haze
Scope:  Sears Discoverer 6344   76mm achromat   FL = 1200 mm  f/15.8
Eyepiece(s):  Meade 5000 UWA (82°)  8.8, 14 mm | Celestron Plossl 25 mm
Filter(s):  Orion 25% Moon  (I used the scope with and without it.)

I looked outside and it was clear so I decided to grab a telescope and set up on my patio.  The Moon was up (about 62% waxing gibbous) but which telescope should I choose?  I looked in the corner of my living room and there it sat; patiently waiting after all those years. 

This is the first time I’ve used the old scope in probably 40 years or so.  It’s riding on a recent production Celestron CG-4 mount with an Orion 16” pier extension on the CG-4 tripod.

Several months ago, I fitted the scope with a Vixen 1.25” focuser tube adapter that screws right into the tube.  As many here already know, this allows me to use modern 1.25” eyepieces and diagonals without having to use a .965” to 1.25” adapter.  I initially used a Celestron 25 mm Plossl to try to closely emulate the old Kellner 22 mm .965” eyepiece I used to use with the scope.

I turned the old scope toward the Moon and I was very pleasantly surprised.  The old telescope still performed as well as I remembered it had.  The views of the Moon were great! laugh.gif  The two Meade 5000 UWA eyepieces really made the old telescope come alive.  I enjoyed it so much that I spent the entire session just looking at the Moon.  Around 10:15 pm, the Moon was starting to disappear behind the roof of my two story townhouse (my rear patio faces east) so I decided to call it an evening.

So that’s about it.  Just a short report on observing the Moon with an old friend that I had neglected for far too long.  It really brought back some pleasant memories.  Next time I’m going to use it to look at Jupiter and Saturn just like I did for the very first time around 50 years ago.  Memories…

 

Cheers!  Bob F.  smile.gif

 

 

A snapshot taken with my old Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone:

 

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 08:54 PM

Galaxy S3! In smartphone years, that's almost as old as the scope.
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Posted 15 May 2019 - 09:17 PM

That is NICE!!!


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