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#1 strdst

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 02:38 AM

Last week+  an Edmund refractor was posted on the Craigslist, eBay, etc. thread. Better add Facebook to that title as Facebook Marketplace is coming on strong! I asked if someone would give me a contact number as I'm not interested in signing up just yet to FB. CN member Van Do9:3 (My) asked permission and passed the sellers phone number on to me. I always prefer emails or texts for such encounters but I took a day or two, a few deep breaths and I called Marcelle in Tennessee. First contact was on a garbled speaker phone while she drove. I'm not sure what she is saying but we agreed to a conversation when she got home.

 

She called me back a bit later. She explained how she was getting responses from all over the country about her telescope for sale ad and was worried she'd be scammed if she agreed to ship it. She wanted a local sale, cash in hand. She thought she would be stiffed for at least the shipping cost, maybe more. She seemed to know the shipping cost would far exceed the cost of the scope. All legitimate concerns. I might have been the only one to talk to her on the phone. When I described how we could make the sale happen and excuse her of any responsibilities after she dropped it off at the UPS Store in Nashville things started moving very fast. Way faster than I'm used to! There were a few questions I had, that got lost in the moment. I remember I asked if she would just throw away the handmade case and she agreed that it was very heavy. I had a feeling UPS was gonna kill me on this deal... and they did! We couldn't figure out what some marks were on the objective. I decided to take a risk. I prefer email and text for a reason.

 

And now Eddie Sr., The Tennessee Stud is here waiting for first light. The optical tube is cleaning up well with a few passes of a Magic Mr. Clean scrubby thingie. The finder has cross hairs and they're not messed up. Got the focuser moving again. I'll have to purchase some 100mm rings to attach the stud to a CG-5 mount I've got that has been waiting for something to hold since I moved my Tak 102 to a classic Tinsley alt/az mount. Bad time to observe, good time to fiddle with equipment.

 

 

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 08:48 AM

Fun!  So... Eddie Sr is a 4"? F/13?  Please tell us more....



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Posted 15 January 2020 - 10:08 AM

Nice to see it found a good home.

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 10:44 AM

How about the objective? Were the marks she mentioned anything of concern?



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Posted 15 January 2020 - 11:28 AM

Beautiful Eddie Sr. !

He's a early one with the single stalk finder mount and black finder, from the fifties.

I see Eddie Jr. is the same vintage! very nice!

 

I have a feeling you found Eddie Jr. exceptional, and you went for the Sr.,which means

a lot coming from you, knowing how well you know high quality refractors.

 

Robert



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Posted 15 January 2020 - 12:48 PM

Glad to be able to help you complete the Edmund family. Barry graciously helped me acquire my biggie Selsi, happy to pass on his good deeds.

 

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#7 strdst

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Posted Yesterday, 01:09 AM

Fun!  So... Eddie Sr is a 4"? F/13?  Please tell us more....

 

f/15... hence stud lol.gif

 

It may be a while before I get this out with the stars as I don't have a mount ready. I do have a CG-5 but the rings are too large. Where do we buy rings around here? 100mm will do.

 

In the meantime I'll be gently cleaning the tube. It is stained. Might be nicotine. Could be a deposit of Dickson soil collected over the decades. I think it will clean well, maybe leaving a slight patina. Patina is OK. There are two dings I think. That is I believe they are dings, not dents. Shallow enough that they don't bother me. 

 

Beneath the stain it is whiter.

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Posted Yesterday, 01:42 AM

How about the objective? Were the marks she mentioned anything of concern?

I don't know yet. The marks appear to be between elements and might be residue from a foil spacer. The 3 spacers aren't exactly 120 degrees apart. I'm hesitant to remove the objective from this telescope. In about 1965 I tried to reload the glass into my 3" Edmund refractor and thoroughly knapped the objective. 30 years passed before I bought another telescope. I like to look through a scope before removing the glass. Whatever I see between the elements is very minor. 

 

The Edmund refractors have a cell that slides tightly onto the tube and is secured by three screws that push through the tube and cell and thread into acorn nuts on the outside of the cell. If you remove the acorn nuts the little screws fall into the tube. So the way to remove the glass is out the cell front after removing the retainer ring. The cell stays on the tube. Robert (clam chip) has a system that always works but like I mentioned, getting the glass just tipped a bit in '65... 

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Posted Yesterday, 02:08 AM

Beautiful Eddie Sr. !

He's a early one with the single stalk finder mount and black finder, from the fifties.

I see Eddie Jr. is the same vintage! very nice!

 

I have a feeling you found Eddie Jr. exceptional, and you went for the Sr.,which means

a lot coming from you, knowing how well you know high quality refractors.

 

Robert

Yes, finding a local 3" Edmund OTA this summer was amazing! The optics are very good. I really had to work to re-like Edmund. When I got my first Edmund 3" I would probably have been happy to sacrifice aperture for an adjustable wood tripod, slow motion deely-bobbers, shiny black mount, wood case, .965 ep's. A Tasco 7te 60mm X 910mm. All the amenities Edmund didn't offer. 

 

Edmund refractors seem relatively rare especially compared to the plethora of Edmund newts. I wonder if the shower cap objective covers were more reliable than those on the reflectors. Not 100 % of course, there is an occasional Eddie Jr. , right?

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#10 strdst

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Posted Yesterday, 02:15 AM

Glad to be able to help you complete the Edmund family. Barry graciously helped me acquire my biggie Selsi, happy to pass on his good deeds.

 

My

Thank you again, My!



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Posted Yesterday, 10:40 AM

The 3” is much rarer than the 4”.



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Posted Yesterday, 11:02 AM

If it is smoke tar on the tube try Windex the original blue stuff.

 

I had a feeling you liked the 3 inch since you named him.

I'm the same, when I have a scope I really like they get a name.

 

Here's 'Smoke' a Edmund 6 inch Super Space Conqueror.

Smoke was covered in tar, Windex cleaned him up like new.

And yes Smoke is a dreamscope. 

 

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