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#1 rolo

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 07:23 AM

How many of us amateurs own and use classic brass scopes? Tell us about your observing experiences with these beauties!

 

I currently have one classic and one almost classic. A 2.75" Bardou and Son and A TV102 Nagler & Son. While I haven't used the Bardou in a while, I do recall very nice views of Jupiter and Saturn with it. It was a like getting in a time machine and going back 100 plus years to experience using such fine instrument of its time! The TV 102 is my most used scope due its portability and the fact that it stays fully assembled and on display in the living room. 

 

 

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 07:28 AM

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 08:06 AM

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 08:09 AM

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Harris from 1808


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Posted 12 March 2019 - 08:12 AM

Cleaned up

 

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 09:26 AM

Here's my 1871 Clark 4".

 

Oddly enough, 3 of us in the greater Boston area own 1871 4" Clark scopes, and they are all different! Tube diameters are all the same, but finder ring spacing varies, lens cells vary a lot (3 vs 4 screws, 2 are inside tube, 1 outside).  So even within just 1 year there were significant changes.

 

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 09:28 AM

Here are the three amigos!

 

Notice how the 2 boxes are different: 1 with eyepieces at end, the other without.

 

 

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 09:41 AM

I have a Lower (Lauw-er) 4-1/4 inch photo equatorial.

The dec assembly was misplaced when the telescope was sent across

the country back in the early 60's,  I need to make the missing parts.

I have been observing with the scope and it has a fine lens.

The bubble levels are for setting up the mount and circles and the level's

mounting is that new metal they call 'Aluminum.'

The case was designed to transport into the field and the mounting has

knobs for all  adjustments to quickly assemble in the field with precision.

The Lower's father and son were astrophotographers and accomplished

telescope makers.

Robert

 

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#9 Dave Trott

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 09:58 AM

Here's my 3 inch Alvan Clark on a restored number 3 mount from the early 1900's. It has superb optics!

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 10:07 AM

My only Brass is my Coronado MaxScope-40 F10 Hα solar scope w/ a Dick Buchroeder objective.

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 10:07 AM

That’s some mighty fine brass! My contribution a Jan 7th 1985, Televue Renaissance 101mm f5.5 and a mid-1800’s? no name single draw telescope I just recovered. Has 1.5” objective at about f21 and has been a lot of fun to view with. I’m always finding something ie:excuse to view with it! 

 

The pin point wide field views through the TV are simply amazing. I primarily use a Radian 8mm at 68x, 18mm at 30x and a Celestron circle V 32mm Erfle at 17x. 

 

 

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 10:11 AM

My Broadhurst Clarkson.  It's currently carefully wrapped up in a closet awaiting restoration.  

 

 

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 11:03 AM

Man   very nice brass scopes       is there a thing such as   brass scope envy?

   I want one


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Posted 12 March 2019 - 11:09 AM

My Mogey 3" F14:

 

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- Focuser close-up:

 

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Took a lot of searching to find an antique prism diagonal that would fit.  Before the recent posts on these internal-rack focusers, I didn't know that the thin old piece of leather on mine, plus the single-slot thumb-screw, are to change the tension.  Now it makes sense!


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Posted 12 March 2019 - 11:13 AM

My Tinsley 6 Cassegrain on a massive Tinsley EQ:

 

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I dodged a bullet on this one -- almost gave it away.  It's on my to-do list to get the scope tube & pedestal powder-coated a dark glossy gray (darker than the mount & feet).


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Posted 12 March 2019 - 11:27 AM

funny you ask

I was out last night looking at moon

2.75 rb bate speculum metal Gregorian 

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 11:28 AM

moon thru it with s8 phone 

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 11:31 AM

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 12:04 PM

I've owned this unknown maker 3-draw forever.

The gland packing for the draws was all loose and droopy so I cut

new packing out of leather decades ago.

I watched it carefully for years I remember because some leather

is salty. I never did see the ugly green stuff grow on me glass!

Robert  

 

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 12:14 PM

brass scopes inhibit mold and fungus growth 

better than modern materials 


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Posted 12 March 2019 - 12:28 PM

Wow, this thread is great.  I love the diversity on display here.  That was somewhat unexpected for me.  They are all beautiful.


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Posted 12 March 2019 - 12:55 PM

My Tinsley 6 Cassegrain on a massive Tinsley EQ:

 

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I dodged a bullet on this one -- almost gave it away.  It's on my to-do list to get the scope tube & pedestal powder-coated a dark glossy gray (darker than the mount & feet).

OMG JW, that is one beautiful scope.  I'm amazed at the evolution of the whole package.  Well done.

 

BTW, are you sure you want to powdercoat it?  I think all too often in our restorations, powdercoated parts get painted, but in this case, I suspect the parts were painted from the factory.  I've got no data to go on.  Just a hunch considering it wasn't mass produced and who made it.


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Posted 12 March 2019 - 01:06 PM

My 85mm f/19 Zeiss A apochromat from 1904. The tube is actually brass, but it's painted white, just like it originally was. Cells and focuser is also brass all around. The mount is a "modern" Vixen Saturn from the 1980'ies, in itself a classic.

 

Observing experiences? Plenty, I've owned the scope since 1995. The optics are flippin' insane and will give any modern scope of the same (and sometimes larger) aperture more than a run for its money. 

 

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Clear skies!
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Posted 12 March 2019 - 01:55 PM

I have what I think is an early Zeiss traveling scope that is brass.  However, I am not sure if it is a traveling model as it is a longer focal length then the Zeiss traveler I do have.  


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Posted 12 March 2019 - 02:29 PM

OMG JW, that is one beautiful scope.  I'm amazed at the evolution of the whole package.  Well done.

 

BTW, are you sure you want to powdercoat it?  I think all too often in our restorations, powdercoated parts get painted, but in this case, I suspect the parts were painted from the factory.  I've got no data to go on.  Just a hunch considering it wasn't mass produced and who made it.

Thanks George!

 

Hard to believe it's been 4 years this month since I got the scope from Bob Midiri (thanks again, Bob!).  Here's how it looked:

 

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I paid extra to get Valspar spray paint that was supposed to be a mix of silver + blue + green...  Yeah, it looks more like Baby Blue!

 

JD, my powder coat guy, matched the Mogey Gray pretty dang good from some pix I sent him.  Tinsley Gray... varied.  And, not so many examples out there.  I like the idea of all that red / yellow brass against a glossy dark gray -- not just the OTA, look at those solid brass setting circles.

 

Shoot!  Now that you got me thinking about it, I bet JD could match the color in this photo, which in person was a weird bluish / grayish that "shimmered" when light hit it at an angle.  Don't know if that was original, but it sure was a cool look...


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