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#26 barbie

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Posted 16 February 2020 - 02:55 PM

The one classic I had that I still have fond memories of was a Brandon 3" F15 refractor. My current classic Tak FC76 more than makes up for the Brandon, however. The Brandon had a pretty scratched up tube but boy, for an achromat it was a beautiful lens!!  My current Tak FC76 has a few "beauty marks" but has an even more amazing objective lens!!  This one will be with me for the rest of my life!!laugh.gif


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Posted 16 February 2020 - 03:00 PM

I have a 1967 Sky & Telescope and the 'send for free catalog" are clipped out for

Unitron, Jaegers , and Edmund Scientific.

I was 10 years old in 1967.

My parents sent me away on a hippie bus up along the coast of British Columbia.

I remember the bus breaking down a lot and the guys climbing under it to make it pur again.

I remember camp fires on the beach.

Stars shown so bright you could read by their light.

 

Robert

Two  "send for free catalog" clip outs are missing in my Review of Popular Astronomy mags. One is from a 1966 issue and it is the Edmund Catalog, the second one is from a 1969 issue. It is the clip out for the Criterion RV6. I tried to buy one using the easy payment option but it was a no go. Shipping was just too much.

 

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Posted 16 February 2020 - 07:12 PM

The one classic I had that I still have fond memories of was a Brandon 3" F15 refractor. My current classic Tak FC76 more than makes up for the Brandon, however. The Brandon had a pretty scratched up tube but boy, for an achromat it was a beautiful lens!!  My current Tak FC76 has a few "beauty marks" but has an even more amazing objective lens!!  This one will be with me for the rest of my life!!laugh.gif

Barbie-

 

I agree with your comments about the Brandon having a beautiful lens. I have one and it is probably my most used telescope due to the light weight of the entire set up. In another thread I described how the Brandon bested an 80mm FPL53 apo when viewing a very bright target. 

 

But I will concede that your Tak FC76 likely has an even better lens, based on my experience with a Tak FS-78 I used to own!

 

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Posted 17 February 2020 - 12:39 PM

Yes, the 4.5" Palomar Jr is also my go-to nostalgic scope  Never owned one, but …..

That would be high on my list -- and I did own one for many years. My parents gave me one at age 14 (1961 - based on a recommendation from a high school science teacher - a nun, with an Edmund catalog!!) - and I used it to take my first astro photograph (of the moon) a few months later. Over the years I ordered every accessory Edmund had for it in that catalog -- and all their books too.

 

In the late 1990's a guy at Stellafane talked me into selling it to him. He wanted to give it to a fellow he had met while they were both recovering from auto accidents in a brain injury rehab center. He had recovered - but his friend still had problems standing - and he said the small scope would be ideal for him.

 

I sometimes wish I still had that scope.


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Posted 17 February 2020 - 12:46 PM

The one classic I had that I still have fond memories of was a Brandon 3" F15 refractor. ….

Many of you may remember 'the Brandon Girl' in the S&T adds for the Brandon 94mm -- and know that she is Don Yeier's daughter. What you might not know is -- she still lives in Candor, NY, and owns and sometime uses - the Brandon 94 seen with her in the add!


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#31 George N

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Posted 17 February 2020 - 01:10 PM

I've had the good luck to regularly use - but not own - many of the 'nostalgia scopes' of the 60's and 70's - thanks to membership at Kopernik Observatory in Vestal, NY. That includes a wonderful Unitron 4-inch refractor, Tinsley 12.5" Cass, Cave 8-inch Cass, and Cave 8-inch Newt, Haley-mania era C-14 and 8-inch Schmidt camera, various SCTs, Celestron and Meade - and others (all eventually sold - not to me). I still regularly use their Astro Physics 6-inch F/12 Super-planetary APO - which I'm pretty sure was made in 1987 -- obtained for the observatory by Don Yeier - from an estate sale, based on a tip from RolandC!

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I guess if I had to have one "nostalgia scope" - especially because of those S&T adds - it would be a 7-inch Questar - or maybe even a 3-inch.

 

However a good friend has a lovingly maintained a 3" Questar, which he purchased in the mid 1960's (refurb'ed at least once by Questar). He uses it regularly to image planets and the moon. One weekend a few years ago another friend of ours hosted a 'private star party' for about a dozen of us at his rural and very dark home observatory (SQM = 21.0 or better). I had my Obsession 20 set up next to the little Questar - which the owner was happily observing with. I said "Wanna see M-51?" Alas - one look at those beautiful spiral arms in the big Dob and the poor little Questar sat unused the rest of the night.  --- but I would still like to own one -- or better -- the 7. Every year at NEAF I always go over to their booth and look for a long time at the latest Q7 Titanium -- knowing that it too would sit mostly unused next to my Obsession 20 -- but there would be nights that it would be my main scope I guess.

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I also have my eye on a fairly good Criterion RV-6, complete with a set of eyepieces - except storage would be an issue - and the Edmund 6" was always a step up in my heart. Maybe I'll get the RV-6 anyway -- 'cuz I still can't afford a Q7 Titanium (or at least justify spending that much on a 'little' scope).


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Posted 17 February 2020 - 01:27 PM

That would be high on my list -- and I did own one for many years. My parents gave me one at age 14 (1961 - based on a recommendation from a high school science teacher - a nun, with an Edmund catalog!!) - and I used it to take my first astro photograph (of the moon) a few months later. Over the years I ordered every accessory Edmund had for it in that catalog -- and all their books too.

 

In the late 1990's a guy at Stellafane talked me into selling it to him. He wanted to give it to a fellow he had met while they were both recovering from auto accidents in a brain injury rehab center. He had recovered - but his friend still had problems standing - and he said the small scope would be ideal for him.

 

I sometimes wish I still had that scope.

My observing friend had one when we were in high school. I always fondly remembered the views. Then, a couple of years ago I came across a nice one (an OTA). I did a little minimal refurbishment on it (as I remember, it needed very little), and then put it on my Edmund GEM. Reality checks can be disillusioning. Any 4” refractor will run circles around it; a 4” apo will dance on its head. I wound up placing it in the Free To A Good Home thread for local pick up only. It was gone in a week to a young family looking for a telescope. The man had carpentry skills and was going to ‘Dobify’ it. They are great starter scopes and scopes for young people. Otherwise, sometimes it’s best to just let the memories be.

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#33 George N

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Posted 17 February 2020 - 01:41 PM

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I guess if I had to have one "nostalgia scope" - especially because of those S&T adds - it would be a 7-inch Questar - or maybe even a 3-inch.

 

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Questar....  shocked.gif 

 

Here is a link (https://www.flickr.c...57697194441452/) to a photo in one of my "Stellafane 2018" albums showing two restored Questars on display on Breezy Hill - this photo shows half of the owner-couple. She said that they just kinda fell into "the Questar thing" after buying the first one almost on a whim. Both were in beautiful shape - and at least one had its original leather case.

 

There are other good photos of these Questars in the same album (https://www.flickr.c...57697194441452/) and (https://www.flickr.c...57697194441452/).


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Posted 17 February 2020 - 04:32 PM

My observing friend had one when we were in high school. I always fondly remembered the views. Then, a couple of years ago I came across a nice one (an OTA). I did a little minimal refurbishment on it (as I remember, it needed very little), and then put it on my Edmund GEM. Reality checks can be disillusioning. Any 4” refractor will run circles around it; a 4” apo will dance on its head. I wound up placing it in the Free To A Good Home thread for local pick up only. It was gone in a week to a young family looking for a telescope. The man had carpentry skills and was going to ‘Dobify’ it. They are great starter scopes and scopes for young people. Otherwise, sometimes it’s best to just let the memories be.

Nice looking 4 inches. That's original Edmund red. I rescued a Meade 114mm f/10. It was left in front of a house. The owner told me that his grandkids were not interested and he was trashing it. The telescope ended up in my hands. It had water inside the tube. The primary was all fuzzy. I bought a new primary from coulter with secondary, repaired the computerized mount (Meade's 494) and used it for a while. With the Coulter mirror (the company I got it from had another name I don't remember maybe Murganan?) this telescope performed very nicely and the 494 controller worked very well. Later on I traded it for some parts. Thus my experience with a 4 incher f/10 reflector were very good. I never tested the Meade mirror.


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Posted 18 February 2020 - 04:54 PM

From the 50's to now, two scopes held my attention and lust. The model 128 and 142 Unitron's. I'm happy to say I own both now and perfectly pleased with what they have to offer. Both are on display in the house. Optics and mechanics on both are superb.
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Posted 23 February 2020 - 05:16 AM

I have nostalgic feelings for a scope I have used, but have never owned; a Unertl 100mm Team Spotting Scope. Mainly used for target use in Cross the Course, Highpower, and long range competitions. 



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Posted 23 February 2020 - 11:01 AM

I have nostalgic feelings for a scope I have used, but have never owned; a Unertl 100mm Team Spotting Scope. Mainly used for target use in Cross the Course, Highpower, and long range competitions. 

Keep a eye on the Seattle craig's list, there is a Unertl 100mm Team Spotting Scope complete kit

with tripod and case a beautiful kit but lots of money. It shows up once and a while.

 

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Posted 26 February 2020 - 04:55 PM

Well, I'm going to nostalgize this scope, since I used one at Mt Laguna 45.5 years ago and really loved it, and I'm not likely to receive the one that was recently decommissioned at Lowell.  Darn, but that's how the cookie bounces.

 

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Posted 26 February 2020 - 06:14 PM

Well, I'm going to nostalgize this scope, since I used one at Mt Laguna 45.5 years ago and really loved it, and I'm not likely to receive the one that was recently decommissioned at Lowell.  Darn, but that's how the cookie bounces.

 

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Love those dials..! Not something everyone could hanker for - but surely a classic in every sense of the word!!!



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Posted 26 February 2020 - 07:14 PM

An Edmund 4-inch refractor. A friend of mine had one and it was fantastic.

Do you mean, one of these:

 

Edmund 4 - OTA Done (Mounted) S04.jpg

 

Yeah, they're kinda special.  But, if I could find a Carton CST-100KX, I'd have to swap the Edmund for it:

 

Carton - CST100KX (Catalog Extract) P01.jpg

 

There's just something very cool about a long refractor on a pedestal.  Aha!  I found it:

 

Edmund 4 - OTA Done (Meade MTS Pedestal) S08.jpg

 

My tall pedestal is now a dark gray -- not that sorta kinda baby blue-green color.


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Posted 26 February 2020 - 07:28 PM

I have to agree with Bomber Bob.

 

 

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Posted 26 February 2020 - 07:45 PM

The 3 inch Edmund is mighty nice too.

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Posted Yesterday, 06:57 AM

PawPaw, I'm envious:  You have a complete motor drive on your Edmund 4.  My mount was bare.  I scavenged the hardware, but no motor.  Then I got the bright idea of adding a battery-powered motor to it, but the ones I tried didn't have enough torque.  Then, I got the Tak EM-1S, and the poor Edmund mount got neglected -- set aside in a corner of my shed.

 

I get nostalgic, as I'm old enough to remember the days of Edmund, and Jaegers, and all the crazy stuff they sold -- lots of military surplus.  You could make almost anything using their parts.


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Posted Yesterday, 07:23 AM

PawPaw, I'm envious:  You have a complete motor drive on your Edmund 4.  My mount was bare.  I scavenged the hardware, but no motor.  Then I got the bright idea of adding a battery-powered motor to it, but the ones I tried didn't have enough torque.  Then, I got the Tak EM-1S, and the poor Edmund mount got neglected -- set aside in a corner of my shed.

 

I get nostalgic, as I'm old enough to remember the days of Edmund, and Jaegers, and all the crazy stuff they sold -- lots of military surplus.  You could make almost anything using their parts.

I will look for a spare.  PM you.


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Posted Yesterday, 07:42 AM

Around '76 or so I would goto Kmart and see telescopes set up at the camera display.   Even they were mostly out of reach from me as a kid.  Eventually I got a Kmart focal spotter scope.  Then there was this one that was one I would desire but never got...

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Posted Yesterday, 11:50 AM

I've seen a couple of those Focal spotters that were EIKOW rather than TOWA -- thought about nabbing one on Goodwill, just to check out the optics, but it went for more $$$ than expected.



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Posted Yesterday, 06:52 PM

Okay, here's the final version of my Edmund 4" F15 Refractor:

 

Edmund 4 - OTA Done (Meade MTS Pedestal) S23.jpg

 

Is this not a serious-looking scope?  And except for the Monolux 4348 guide scope, the OTA is all Edmund -- including the very impressive tan prism star diagonal.

 

Edmund 4 - OTA Done (Meade MTS Pedestal) S24.jpg

 

She can ride on the Tak EM-1S + wood tripod, but the Meade StarFinder carries her better -- very smooth moves.


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Posted Yesterday, 10:20 PM

Wonderful looking telescope! I agree that a long-focus refractor on a pedestal epitomises what a telescope should look like. And if an observer doesn't happen to have the money for a 4 inch column mounted Nikon laying around, a rig like yours shouldn't leave him despondent!



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Posted Yesterday, 10:40 PM

I can still get a bit nostalgic over this old departed friend.

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Posted Today, 05:25 AM

My Kosmos E68 achromat 68/900mm. Photo taken when Apollo moonlandings had an adolescent "piggyback" gobble up everything astronomy. I was watching the starry skies for hours on end and drawing sunspots on my projection screen. I regret selling my E68 at a point in life when I thought it cooler to drive a Jeep. With the '79 Laredo gone, in came a '64 series Land Rover. The Landy is a keeper but so are most of my classic fracs, gobbling up much needed room. Letting one scope go it usually gets replaced by two. Ten years into scope collecting I am maxing out available space. So hard getting rid of stuff...

 

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