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#51 John Higbee

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Posted 14 July 2019 - 07:49 PM

Yes  I love the orange tubes................. and if it is okay   I need suggestions and would like to clam on to this thread like a barnacle on a sloop for a fragmant of time  since I am seeing so many c-8's

 

so  I have been motivated by this thread to set up the sand cast C-8   and I have been looking at these pics trying to figure out the prefered way  or proper way to mount the wedge to the tripod.

 

So my sand cast    came with a die cast wedge and tripod.     I notice I just have one single bolt through the center of the die cast wedge to the diecast era tripod    there is a big washer and a smaller washer... There are three holes available for bolts to go through  I ask permission of the OP   to ask     What is the proper way to mount this? Thanks in advance....

Three Allen-head machine bolts through the wedge plate into the top of the tripod.  The three holes in the tripod head are threaded to accept the machine bolts.  John


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#52 starman876

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Posted 14 July 2019 - 08:24 PM

Three Allen-head machine bolts through the wedge plate into the top of the tripod.  The three holes in the tripod head are threaded to accept the machine bolts.  John

Sounds correct to me.  That is the way I have been doing it.

 

Also,  we need more pictures of orange SCT's


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Posted 14 July 2019 - 08:36 PM

I replaced  all the bolts holding the wedge to the tripod, along with those holding the base of the telescope mount to the wedge, with thumbscrews from the local hardware store. I also replaced all the bolts used for altitude adjustment on the wedge with thumbscrews as well to allow for complete tool free setup and alignment.

 

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Posted 14 July 2019 - 08:38 PM

Here's Tinky, tricolor #135, 1970.

 

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And here's Jupiter, taken with Tinky on that night, February 13, 2014 (My Model A Sedan's 85th birthday!).  That's Ganymede in front of Jupiter, not its shadow.

 

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#55 Defenderslideguitar

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Posted 14 July 2019 - 08:56 PM

Thanks   I am on it .......

 

  Awesome pic of Jupiter from the tri-color



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Posted 14 July 2019 - 09:33 PM

Here's Tinky, tricolor #135, 1970.

 

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And here's Jupiter, taken with Tinky on that night, February 13, 2014 (My Model A Sedan's 85th birthday!).  That's Ganymede in front of Jupiter, not its shadow.

 

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Great picture of Jupiter.  A picture says a thousand words about why we love orange celestrons


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Posted 15 July 2019 - 04:25 AM

Back in 1980 I bought a year old C8 from my brother. Up until then my largest scope was my Jaegers 4" f/15. After a couple of views thru the C8 I thought to myself, will I ever bother using the 4" again? I did but a lot less often. I have to admit, that between playing with a lot of small scopes, and being that the C8 is at another home, I haven't used it in a very long time. To make things worse, I've had the most clouded out (marine layer), spring and summer ever, so no scope of any size is getting used! angry.png

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Both of these were highly graded and pick by a Celestron employee so give great views.

BTW, It took three days for him to get a good C8.

 

 

 


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Posted 05 August 2019 - 11:01 AM

I'm the original owner of this 1982 orange C8. I still have the sales receipt! I de-forked it several years ago and now use it on my Evolution mount for star parties and outreach. Here it is at the 2019 Grand Canyon Star Party this past June.

 

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Here's a collection of images taken with it. I use SharpCap Pro live stacking with a ZWO 385 color camera and an old Meade 3.3 focal reducer, operating at F/4.

https://www.dropbox....aGps6ZWLea?dl=0

 

I love this combo for portability and ease of setup.


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Posted 05 August 2019 - 02:49 PM

Back in 1980 I bought a year old C8 from my brother. Up until then my largest scope was my Jaegers 4" f/15. After a couple of views thru the C8 I thought to myself, will I ever bother using the 4" again? I did but a lot less often. I have to admit, that between playing with a lot of small scopes, and being that the C8 is at another home, I haven't used it in a very long time. To make things worse, I've had the most clouded out (marine layer), spring and summer ever, so no scope of any size is getting used! angry.png

attachicon.gif C8-C90-Frt.jpg

Both of these were highly graded and pick by a Celestron employee so give great views.

BTW, It took three days for him to get a good C8.

 

I'm the original owner of this 1982 orange C8. I still have the sales receipt! I de-forked it several years ago and now use it on my Evolution mount for star parties and outreach. Here it is at the 2019 Grand Canyon Star Party this past June.

 

attachicon.gif Classic C8 at 2019 Grand Canyon Star Party.jpg

 

Here's a collection of images taken with it. I use SharpCap Pro live stacking with a ZWO 385 color camera and an old Meade 3.3 focal reducer, operating at F/4.

https://www.dropbox....aGps6ZWLea?dl=0

 

I love this combo for portability and ease of setup.

those are beautiful scopes


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Posted 05 August 2019 - 04:26 PM

For us who are up in age, the years that space exploration was at it's greatest back when we were teenagers. It was so exciting back then, and the orange tube C-8 was the big scope of the time for the amateur astronomer. I remember seeing them in S&T ads, and even in some camera stores. I remember seeing an orange tube C-80 refractor many years ago in a camera store in Boone NC., could not afford it then, but have thought about that scope many times. I think the excitement of the times helped make the orange tube so wanted and loved. Would it be nice to go back to those times for a while and re visit all the things we remember so fondly.

Billy


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Posted 05 August 2019 - 05:13 PM

I have a vintage orange C8 and a current shiny orange 8se. The latter has given me some of the best planetary images I've yet seen with an 8". When I was in business I had an agency for Celestron and tested many orange and later black versions,the black Super C8's were consistently good. An owner brought in an orange C8 once for testing on my optical bench, I fussed with the collimation and orientation of the corrector and secondary. He eventually reported that it supported twice the original maximum magnification and that he could see the "spokes" on the rings of Saturn under excellent conditions.

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 05:35 PM

My 1970's orange tube C-8 is an optical marvel! The colors in Jupiter's belts are lovely and the GRS appears as the most vivid orange.

 

But my favorite Celestron orange tube is the C100, 4 inch alt-az refractor I owned in the 1980's. I would pay a kings ransom to own one of these F/13 gems again!


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Posted 05 August 2019 - 06:56 PM

I had a 1981 Orange C8 with special coatings on original fork.  That was an excellent scope, very good optics, fun to use the settings circles which were accurate enough to actually use, and it tracked extremely well.

 

I sold it, having gotten completely frustrated with the LED lights recently installed. I basically gave up on astronomy.

 

Then... I purchased a home on the other side of the state so I am going from Bortle 7 to Bortle 4-5 (and no LED lights!).

 

So I found another one... a 1980 C8, but without special coatings.  I was disappointed that I couldn't find another one with special coatings... but when I looked through it I was blown away. I thought my last scope was good, this may be even better.  I honestly haven't noticed any difference without the coatings (yet).

 

Mine is now de-forked on a Celestron AVX mount, and it's just rock solid.  Perfect combo.


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Posted 09 August 2019 - 12:57 PM

This old classic has razor sharp optics. I get it out  under the stars only once a year, but its still a hoot to use. Of course I observe with one of my NINE Celestron 26mm silvertop eyepieces.Lol.

 

On an exceptional clear night years ago, I saw M57 with reds and blue fringes from a light polluted suburban back yard.

 

 

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Posted 09 August 2019 - 01:05 PM

Sounds correct to me.  That is the way I have been doing it.

 

Also,  we need more pictures of orange SCT's

And another Orange one to be picked up in 14 days, My triColor C8 and a pix of Jupiter using it

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Posted 09 August 2019 - 02:00 PM

And another Orange one to be picked up in 14 days, My triColor C8 and a pix of Jupiter using it

Wow, is that all original?  I've never seen an original tricolor that doesn't look like it's been overcoated with a layer of snot.

 

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-Tim.


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Posted 09 August 2019 - 02:13 PM

When I bought it a few years back it looked like this picture, so I have to assume it is Tim. All I know is the optics are fantastic.


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Posted 10 August 2019 - 04:24 PM

I real like the original C8 fork mount (either orange OTA or black OTA).

Too back Celestron changed the hole patterns on their newer releases.

It would have great to mount one of today’s OTAs on the old fork mount.



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Posted 11 August 2019 - 08:32 AM

When I bought it a few years back it looked like this picture, so I have to assume it is Tim. All I know is the optics are fantastic.

Bob - great to hear from you!  Still grateful for all the help you gave me with my C14.

 

Are you still getting observing time with your own beautiful C14?

 

John


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Posted 11 August 2019 - 06:05 PM

Because they go nicely with my Pleiades* transport mobile.  lol.gif

 

*Subaru is the Japanese name for the Pleiades star cluster.  graduate.sml.gif

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Posted 12 August 2019 - 04:51 PM

Bob - great to hear from you!  Still grateful for all the help you gave me with my C14.

 

Are you still getting observing time with your own beautiful C14?

 

John

John I had to sell my beloved Orange C14 to a friend, it was just getting too much to handle at my young age of 62!! 


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Posted 13 August 2019 - 07:21 AM

I love my 72 because of its optical performance. Found it 10 years ago in Miami's CG while visiting my parents. Star test and DPAC tests are very good.

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Posted 14 August 2019 - 02:52 AM

Love the memories of my orange C8. The year was 1984 when I hauled it up the spanish Sierra Nevada. We were a group of amateur astronomers roughing it in the thin air of the Pico Veleta mountain range next to a Radio observatory. I was on free lance assignment for Leitz Wetzlar and did nighttime astrophotography for their magazine. The C8 was brand new, the skies were pitch black and we got some great shots of starfields and nebulae. The C8 performed flawlessly in the cold air. I had it for 10 years before I sold it. Fantastic contrast and sharpness!

 

 

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 03:13 PM

a shot of the C14 and C8 at AHSP 2015 (Spruce Knob, WV).  John

 

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 03:22 PM

...and a picture of the Moon I took (blue filtered) with the C8.   

 

Due to an entirely improbable chain of events, this photo was used on one of the ten astronomy cards given out at the 2015 White House Astronomy Night!  John

 

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