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#76 starman876

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Posted 18 March 2019 - 11:50 AM

I always wondered why they made the dew shield brass. The rest of the OTA is aluminum. They did have some foucusers that were all brass. There were some very early 4" ota's that were brass.

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Posted 18 March 2019 - 12:40 PM

I always wondered why they made the dew shield brass. The rest of the OTA is aluminum. They did have some foucusers that were all brass. There were some very early 4" ota's that were brass.

I think the cell is brass as well.



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Posted 18 March 2019 - 12:45 PM

While not as cool as some of the antique brass scopes we have been seeing .... I would like to share my best craigslist find of last year..... The Meade 314  50 dollars...... I cleaned it just a bit  .........Decided not to risk buffing and  kept the patina that I learned about from Mike Wolf on American Pickers....... It took a while to find a correct tripod    I ended up buying a Meade 312 that needed work just to get the tripod.  I gave/sold the 312 to Augustus for 20 bucks  and he had a tripod that worked and  he fixed the slow motion control and made a few bucks on it.  I have since placed it at my friend's farm in North Berwick Maine where I use it when  I am up there..........It did look good by the Cello, Viola and Violin trio.

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Posted 18 March 2019 - 02:04 PM

looks like upscale version of my Meade 310


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Posted 18 March 2019 - 02:37 PM

Where those made of solid brass or was it plated?



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Posted 18 March 2019 - 03:32 PM

Hi    I believe that they put a sleeve over the tube to make it brass..... it does seem heavy enough.......................  but we did not tamper with it to find out.....cool brass screws and slow motion control brass ends   .like the brass parts   .........needed a brass finder   thought it would take forever to find the 314  brass finder  but I put a want ad here and someone emailed that hey they had two so..........

 

want ads are under rated

 

 

meanwhile   have you ever hit the wrong arrow on the classifieds and been sent to the end  or begining?   I have    and  keep gaping at the big brass Unitron   152   that was for sale a few years back   click here to see the brass heavy weight Uni

 

https://www.cloudyni...unt-and-extras/


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Posted 18 March 2019 - 05:39 PM

While not as cool as some of the antique brass scopes we have been seeing .... I would like to share my best craigslist find of last year..... The Meade 314  50 dollars...... I cleaned it just a bit  .........Decided not to risk buffing and  kept the patina that I learned about from Mike Wolf on American Pickers....... It took a while to find a correct tripod    I ended up buying a Meade 312 that needed work just to get the tripod.  I gave/sold the 312 to Augustus for 20 bucks  and he had a tripod that worked and  he fixed the slow motion control and made a few bucks on it.  I have since placed it at my friend's farm in North Berwick Maine where I use it when  I am up there..........It did look good by the Cello, Viola and Violin trio.

You just bought it so you can post in my topic didn't you?lol.gif


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Posted 18 March 2019 - 06:32 PM

Speaking brass scopes, anyone happen to have a yoke mount for a 4" B&L lying around that they want to sell?

 

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Posted 18 March 2019 - 07:45 PM

You tried placing a want ad?



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Posted 18 March 2019 - 07:50 PM

You tried placing a want ad?

Yup,

 

I should do that.

 

Regards, Vinay


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Posted 18 March 2019 - 11:43 PM

It sure sounds like a difficult item to find so good luck!



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Posted 19 March 2019 - 12:31 AM

Thought I would post this one sorry for the poor photos but I had to take them quickly as I had a tour coming though the Plant and telescopes weren't up for discussion although it would have been a more interesting talk. I am not sure why they called this a traveling telescope it is very heavy lol.gif . 1927 Zeiss Traveling telescope-

 

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Posted 19 March 2019 - 12:37 AM

Here is a couple of those early Unitron brass dew shield scopes model 114 and its big brother model 128-

 

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Clear Skies,
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Posted 19 March 2019 - 06:34 AM

 

Thought I would post this one sorry for the poor photos but I had to take them quickly as I had a tour coming though the Plant and telescopes weren't up for discussion although it would have been a more interesting talk. I am not sure why they called this a traveling telescope it is very heavy lol.gif . 1927 Zeiss Traveling telescope-

 

 
 
 
Cheers,
Frank

 

That's a real beauty. There's something about the workmanship of these old scopes that make them so attractive.


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Posted 19 March 2019 - 06:38 AM

The super rare 60x500mm Unitron guide-scope I had has a brass dew shield. So does my current Unitron 160's guide-scope. You can see some of the brassing in the pic below.

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Posted 19 March 2019 - 11:40 AM

I am not sure if this counts. This is a semi-replica 3 3/4 inch Alvan Clark. Some of the features are nearly identical, like the mount. Others, like the focuser, are nothing like a Clark. I made virtually everything including the objective.

 

Alvan Clark semi-replica
 

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Posted 19 March 2019 - 12:54 PM

Wow! That’s gorgeous Dave!



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Posted 19 March 2019 - 01:22 PM

Dave, that scope is stunning to look at. Count me a fan of your telescope restorations!



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Posted 19 March 2019 - 02:31 PM

back in 2012 NEAF had a nice display of antique brass and other scopes

I actually had a chance to look thru a couple of them 

the small hand held Gregorian was my favorite

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Posted 19 March 2019 - 08:47 PM

 

I am not sure if this counts. This is a semi-replica 3 3/4 inch Alvan Clark. Some of the features are nearly identical, like the mount. Others, like the focuser, are nothing like a Clark. I made virtually everything including the objective.

 

 

You're darn right it counts... just beautiful!



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Posted 20 March 2019 - 10:50 PM

Here's the standard eyepiece and erecting lens set up for my 2.75" Bardou  and Sons along with the 9mm eyepiece and solar filter.

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 06:46 PM

Here's my first brass telescope, a 70mm Bardou and Sons, Paris, that I found cheap on the local Craigslist.  Built a new draw tube for my .965 Zeiss eyepieces and old Unitron diagonal.  The tripod was pieced from original and reproduced parts.  Great scope with a very nice lens.  

 

 

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 06:55 PM

The 1930s circa Mogey 2.5" Semi-Centennial during the eclipse of the summer of 2017.

 

 

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 08:46 PM

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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I give up ... who is/was Lower and also, what the h#$@ are those things that are bolted to the case? Bart



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Posted 21 March 2019 - 08:53 PM

My 6" Watson "Century" refractor.

Has lots of brass accessories as well.

 

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Came with this mount which I've recently realised has more brass than I had thought.

Some of it has been painted and looks like aluminium.

Probably home made.

 

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I think your mount is original, at least the top portion if not the bottom of the pier. It has a lot of T. Cooke attributes. There are T. Cooke catalogs found online and you can perhaps identify it. Bart




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