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#101 oldscope

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 08:58 PM

I'm waiting to see some the big Alvan Clarks!

Well ... the large Clarks (and W & S; Brashear; Zeiss; etc.) are not brass, but steel ... and the oldest ones are wood.

 

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#102 clamchip

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 09:48 PM

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

Those are the tripod legs, you can then throw the whole wad on the back of a donkey.

The Lower's were pioneer astrophotographers Charles Lower is the father Harold Lower his son.

It's a long story but Edna Lower willed this telescope to the person I bought the telescope from.

The Lower's are more famous for their Schmidt cameras and the Lower Nebula is named after

them.

Robert

 

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#103 rolo

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 08:54 AM

Well ... the large Clarks (and W & S; Brashear; Zeiss; etc.) are not brass, but steel ... and the oldest ones are wood.

 

Bart

I was thinking 5" & 6" Clarks...

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=5q49Qww32tw


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#104 highfnum

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 09:59 AM

its sad if those telescopes just stay inside and don't get used 

that why I bought a few of my own 

my speculum metal mirror Gregorian does get out once in a while

I just need to be careful of humid weather 



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Posted 22 March 2019 - 10:35 AM

1922 Zeiss Traveler.


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Posted 25 March 2019 - 08:09 PM

Telescope.jpg Scope isn't brass but mount and dew shield is. The dew shield was made by hand from flat stock and bent around a round pipe by my hands. Whole scope is home made 4" edmunds glass.


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#107 rolo

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Posted 25 March 2019 - 10:12 PM

Beautiful work!



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Posted 26 March 2019 - 01:34 AM

What a beauty! It's just......beautiful! 

 

Four inches of achro heaven!



#109 Rich (RLTYS)

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Posted 26 March 2019 - 07:55 AM

WOW!!!!!!!!!! 



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Posted 26 March 2019 - 02:37 PM

Harold Lower shows up in several places in Amateur Telescope Making Volume 1.

Focogram of a 12" f6 mirror and a clever Casagrainian-Newtonian housed in a roll-away observatory in San Diego.  

There is also a water clock designed and  uilt by him.  And a paper on celestial photography.

From the old photos in ATM Vol 1, there was a very active ATM community in  Southern  California.

This is not surprising when you remember that in 1950 Russel Porter was in Pasadena and an Associate in Optics at California Institute of Technology and George Emory Hale was Hon Director of Mt Wilson observatory.  

The Lowers were in San Diego i think.


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Posted 26 March 2019 - 08:53 PM

The Lowers were pioneers in astrophotography and made some amazing telescopes.

Look at this, incredible as it may be, f/1

http://adsabs.harvar...ASPL....3..207L

 

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 02:18 PM

My one and only brass scope.  A Broadhurst Clarkson with a solar wedge for some solar viewing.  Great optics.

 

 

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Posted 30 March 2019 - 12:05 AM

I have a couple of brass scopes, the latest project is a 4" Fecker from about 1931.  It is a little unusual in that the mount is meant for a pier, I didn't get that, but have some pictures of what it should look like.  The first picture is how it looked when it arrived, pretty much all there but rather unattractive.  In the past someone was told to paint it and they did, a lovely battleship gray over everything.  It is cleaning up nicely, the brass tube is heavy wall, so I could sand out the deep scratches all over.  The internal clock motors are from Telechron in Ashland Mass, and still work.  The rest of the pictures show progress.1-Fecker 4 inch f-15 refractor 001-2700.jpg 1-DSC_2024.JPG


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Posted 30 March 2019 - 12:07 AM

A couple more pictures showing progress

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Posted 30 March 2019 - 01:35 AM

waytogo.gif That is too cool!!!

 

Quite the project and I'll bet it weighs a ton.

 

Is the objective OK, is it a f/15 ?


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Posted 30 March 2019 - 08:56 AM

weight estimate?



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Posted 30 March 2019 - 12:06 PM

That Fecker is just amazing. Nothing to envy from a Clark or Zeiss...



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Posted 30 March 2019 - 12:47 PM

Great find, will be watching to see a finished scope.



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Posted 31 March 2019 - 08:57 PM

The Fecker objective is dirty but looks OK.  I will be testing it soon.

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Posted 01 April 2019 - 01:03 PM

looks uncoated 

but otherwise ok

very nice

good luck



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Posted 28 May 2019 - 10:11 PM

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. 

Nice Bardou. How's it signed? And did you check the edge of the flint element to see if it is signed there too? It was typical for the company to do that. There are exceptions though.

 

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Posted 28 May 2019 - 10:19 PM

moon thru it with s8 phone 

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What??? You shot that image of the moon through your Gregorian using a mobile phone camera? Bless your heart! What eyepiece f.l.? What's the aperture of the speculum? Did you do anything to polish it (not recommended).

 

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Posted 28 May 2019 - 10:24 PM

Brass classics are just so beautiful.


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#124 Dan /schechter

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 01:35 AM

Here is a 4" on a #5 mount from 1919. Originally sold to a guy named Whitman.

Enjoy,

Dan

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 08:49 AM

Here is a 4" on a #5 mount from 1919. Originally sold to a guy named Whitman.

Enjoy,

Dan

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