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#126 clintwhitman

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 02:33 AM

Cavemans 1965 F8 10" restored

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 04:29 PM

Wow what a beauty! Nice Job Clint. I see the meatball on the Val in the background too. Your planes are real COOL. I love flying. Been flying since I was 8 yrs old.
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Posted 19 April 2007 - 11:57 AM

Me to those are my small planes I have 2 33% an extra and an edge 100cc

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Posted 19 April 2007 - 04:12 PM

Huh?? :question: :question: :question:

#130 Dan /schechter

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 08:23 PM

I have recentltly aquired a 3" f/15 Clark refractor and mount that I am very proud of.

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#131 Dan /schechter

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 08:27 PM

Here is a picture of the signature. My guess from the signature is that the scope was made by the Clark Corporation in the late 1930`s. Dan

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#132 BHunt

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 08:51 PM

What a beauty Dan, How are the views?
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Posted 22 April 2007 - 09:05 PM

Interesting. It looks like the rack and pinion is internal to the tube and mounted in front of the backplate.

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#134 Dan /schechter

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 11:12 PM

Bill, The views are nice and sharp. I have looked at both Saturn and the moon and was very pleased. Dan

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 11:16 PM

Keith, Your observation is correct. What is fascinating is the way the focusing tension is adjusted. Instead of loosening or tightening a screw, you fluff up a strip of felt that is in contact with the draw tube. The focuser works pretty smoothe considering the age. Dan

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 12:48 AM

Instead of loosening or tightening a screw, you fluff up a strip of felt that is in contact with the draw tube.


Scenerio 1: Part wears out after 70 years. User replaces strip of felt. Repeat every few decades if necessary.

Scenerio 2: Part wears out after 70 minutes. User cannot get to failed part. User waits on hold for another 70 minutes with the factory to find out what to do. User is told to send scope back for warranty work. User pays for shipping and insurance both ways (not covered under factory warranty). User waits for 3 months, missing all of Saturn and most of the Mars opposition. User gets scope back. Part breaks again after another 70 minutes. Repeat, because it most assuredly will be necessary.

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 08:58 AM

Clint and Debs unitron 4" 152

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Posted 24 April 2007 - 08:18 PM

Here is my 5 inch Clark

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Posted 24 April 2007 - 08:19 PM

5 inch Clark again

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 10:09 PM

Thats a nice looking scope. How is the figure? What are the silver ring and black rectangle near the backplate?

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Posted 26 April 2007 - 10:45 AM

Thanks Kieth,

This is a scope I inherited from my father, he was big into the hobby and I am VERY new to this. The Clark was attached to a pier in his observatory in Arizona, and the aluminum ring was something he made custom to facilitate the attachement to the pier. The black plastic brackets (dovetails?)are also for the pier attachement. The aluminum ring removes easily with an allen wrench. I have been soliciting advice from Don from Michigan and Dan from this thread in regards to getting a mount and tripod. If I understand your question, the figure(shape the scope is in?) is great. I have two eye pieces, and the 5" objective stored in a foam lined case. I don't have a case for the OTA, but store it in my home until I figure out which mount to use.
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Posted 26 April 2007 - 01:32 PM

Jim that is a wonderfull scope and somthing to hand down I would love to look thru it some time... What mounts are you thinking about it would be cool to find some old brass Eq mount with some beefy oak legs for it! Clint

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Posted 26 April 2007 - 04:36 PM

Clint,

A vintage type mount that can hold the weight (about 25 lbs) is looking a bit difficult to find. Also, Dan from this thread mentioned he has a vintage mount, but uses a modern mount. I am considering the Atlas, Vixen DX or the CG-5.

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Posted 26 April 2007 - 05:09 PM

I wonder if you could take an old vintage EQ, perhaps an Edmund, and have it plated or finished to look like brass?

Very cool scope. Thanks for sharing!

Regards and clear skies,

MikeG

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Posted 26 April 2007 - 08:12 PM

Here's my 6" F-15 Mogey/Witherspoon I have been working on ,on and off.Have the history on the scope back to the early 40's ,it was built around 1926 era.. Wayne

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Posted 26 April 2007 - 09:16 PM

Thanks Kieth,

This is a scope I inherited from my father, he was big into the hobby and I am VERY new to this. The Clark was attached to a pier in his observatory in Arizona, and the aluminum ring was something he made custom to facilitate the attachement to the pier. The black plastic brackets (dovetails?)are also for the pier attachement. The aluminum ring removes easily with an allen wrench. I have been soliciting advice from Don from Michigan and Dan from this thread in regards to getting a mount and tripod. If I understand your question, the figure(shape the scope is in?) is great. I have two eye pieces, and the 5" objective stored in a foam lined case. I don't have a case for the OTA, but store it in my home until I figure out which mount to use.
Jim


I hope this is not inapproriate here on CN but I'd like to suggest that you also join the Oldscope YahooGroup which is the mailing list for the Antique Telescope Society. The authors of Artists In Optics are there as well as many experts in the area of antique scopes. The wealth of information they have to offer is really amazing. You might even be able to locate an original mount for your scope.
Bill

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Posted 26 April 2007 - 09:43 PM

Yeah, an 1892 Clark is certainly in a different league than the usual scope that filters through here. That is a very valuable scope.

Wayne, it looks like your restoration is coming along very well. Any chance we can add my name in its lineage?

Keith (Yeah, I didn't think so... :( )

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 09:25 PM

SURE KEITH, Money makes lineage's increase ! Wayne

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 11:40 PM

Wow Wayne what a treasure! How much does that scope weigh and how are the optics?
PS The old saying is money comes to money.
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Posted 29 April 2007 - 01:33 PM

Bill, I have had the scope on the mount once since thos pics were taken and viewed for a very short time,but the optics look to me excellent. I have a friend that has a more critical eye than most coming over to see what he thinks.I am looking forward to his thoughts. This is the "first" experience I have had with a refractor and I guess I don't trust myself.If you are inquiring being int. in the purchase of it,I will PM you and you can e-mail me direct.It could be bought ! Everything but my sweet wife and my green wing macaw can be bought ! Wayne


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