Starting a discussion on a restoration of three classic Edmund Scientific telescopes and their mounts. While I am not even close to having all the parts, my goal is to come as close as I can over time, and substitute or fabricate as necessary. Rather than three topics, I want to keep as one because it is my vision to have all three scopes as a museum display here in the Detroit area of what appeared in the Edmund Catalog of the era. I am aware and have been reading several other discussions on these scopes, but my desire is to keep this museum display as a separate topic and refer to the others as appropriate.
Let me stat by listing the Scopes.
- First is a 1960's era Walter Grabow 8" reflector on the Edmund HD mount. (pictured) Walter ran Polaris Telescopes in Detroit MI and was a Edmund Scientific dealer who made and sold his own telescopes from Edmund parts . (If you know more about Walter please post.) Since my unit is in such poor condition, I will likely morph this into something closer to the Edmund Catalog 8" Reflector.
- The second scope is, (or will be), a 6" Edmund "Space Conqueror". I have the mount, but only the tubing for the OTA. I am working the CN classifieds to fill this unit out.
- Lastly will be the 4 1/4" Palomar. I have the tube, primary mirror and focuser on an old Edmund tracking mount (pictured in primer) that I am told is not right for this OTA. I may use it anyway or trade it for the right one.
I will provide pictures of what I have as time goes on but everything is so torn apart right now it would just be confusing. Today I am just kicking off the topic. I welcome any comments, suggestions, thread links, (many of which I have. Thanks Neil!).