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#1 starman876

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Posted 16 March 2020 - 07:20 PM

I have  two luckily .  A brass 3" scope from the early 1800's and a Questar.   

 

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Posted 16 March 2020 - 07:32 PM

I have 3 small children, so... none! lol.gif


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Posted 16 March 2020 - 07:37 PM

I have 3 small children, so... none! lol.gif

Ahhhh, the kid issue.  Been there done that. 


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Posted 16 March 2020 - 08:04 PM

Whichever one I want. It’s MY living room! :lol:

 

Seriously, i have, in the past, had two displayed in the living room (Unitron 128 and 114, later Swift 839 and Takahashi FC60), but with my downsizing, now none. I do currently have the FC60 and my Telementor set up in separate corners of the dining room.


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Posted 16 March 2020 - 08:06 PM

Ahhhh, the kid issue.  Been there done that. 

I as well. The only Classic the wife has not only allowed, but believes it adds to the ambiance, is a Questar.


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Posted 16 March 2020 - 08:06 PM

I have a B&L spotting scope that is accepted.

Personally I think the living and the dining room should be converted to workshops.

I'd like the master bedroom for a library.

But of course it's not going to happen.

 

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Posted 16 March 2020 - 08:12 PM

I have a B&L spotting scope that is accepted.

Personally I think the living and the dining room should be converted to workshops.

I'd like the master bedroom for a library.

But of course it's not going to happen.

 

Robert

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Posted 16 March 2020 - 08:19 PM

My Mogey 3" F14 + MacKenzie AZ mount & tripod.  However, she thinks the Questar is gorgeous, and would be fine with it sitting on this antique GE radio, which belonged to my maternal grandparents:

 

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(IIRC, I made this photo right after unpacking my 1958 Standard -- definitely before cleaning!)


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Posted 16 March 2020 - 08:42 PM

This was almost 20 years ago.  It lasted about an hour as I was cleaning it up.  I sure enjoyed looking at it in the living room but I couldn't look at the sky from there. If I win the lottery I am going to build an observatory just off the living room with doors that can open up so I can look at the scope all day and look through it at night.

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Posted 16 March 2020 - 08:46 PM

Which ever one I want and how many I want. My wife is not my mother or my boss. We let each other enjoy our hobbies without interfering 


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Posted 16 March 2020 - 09:29 PM

All my scopes are allowed in the living room, if they will fit.  

 

But they are guests, they need to go home after a nice visit... 

 

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Posted 17 March 2020 - 01:46 AM

At one time I had the C90 Astro on a custom tripod always set up and except for the Jaegers 4" (way to large), the wife would let me set up which ever one I'd like.


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Posted 17 March 2020 - 01:59 AM

For years i had in my living room an old 8 inch in a equatorial mount for the displease of the family, but today, my Zeiss Telementor II has a prominent place in my living room, so i can sit and observe it when i do not observe through it !

 

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Posted 17 March 2020 - 06:38 AM

Ahhhh, the kid issue.  Been there done that. 

Second only to the cat issue



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Posted 17 March 2020 - 08:25 AM

Used to have a Unitron 160 in the living room, but it took up WAY too much space.

 

Now we just have a PGT in the dining room, and a china cabinet full of interesting smaller scopes, meteors, etc.

 

Peter B.

 

 

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Posted 17 March 2020 - 08:32 AM

Pretty much any one that I want. The living room isn't really big enough for more than one at a time. Currently it's my 1959 Tasco 10TE.

 

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Posted 17 March 2020 - 08:45 AM

My wife has given me ample room for the telescopes, classics and new, but the living room is totally off limits. I am allowed one classic in the family room whenever I want but I rather keep them all in the allotted space near my observing spot.

 

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Posted 17 March 2020 - 09:06 AM

Used to have a Unitron 160 in the living room, but it took up WAY too much space.

 

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I know what you mean Peter!

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Posted 17 March 2020 - 09:24 AM

Kowa TS-1 looking at the birds and the Monolux 4380 waiting for a clear evening.  The wife endorses the Kowa (she spotted the Cooper's Hawk in the backyard feeding on a white-winged dove)  and tolerates the Monolux. 

 

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Posted 17 March 2020 - 09:52 AM

Our house is 133 years old, so we don't have a living room.  We have 2 parlors instead:  A family parlor and a formal parlor.  The Watkins and Smith Gregorian (circa ~1770) gets a revered post in the formal parlor:

 

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Posted 17 March 2020 - 09:58 AM

I'm not supposed to have any scopes in the living room but there's an old Empire set-up in there right now and two in boxes.  Not really on display, just sitting there because there's no room anywhere else.  :lol:

 

Were I to actually set up a "real" display scope, it would be one of my home-made scopes, nothing commercial.  


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Posted 17 March 2020 - 10:22 AM

Honey cheeks let me keep my Star-Liner 12.5" case almost in the living room, right on

the outskirts, for a while.

Now its over in my mom's store room. Just the case I have the scope here.

I almost wish I didn't have the case but the case is pretty rare.

A case like this is one of the niceties you get when you buy a Cadillac. 

Robert

 

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#23 starman876

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Posted 17 March 2020 - 10:33 AM

Honey cheeks let me keep my Star-Liner 12.5" case almost in the living room, right on

the outskirts, for a while.

Now its over in my mom's store room. Just the case I have the scope here.

I almost wish I didn't have the case but the case is pretty rare.

A case like this is one of the niceties you get when you buy a Cadillac. 

Robert

 

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beautiful case



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Posted 17 March 2020 - 11:02 AM

beautiful case

When you think about Star-Liner making cases like this it makes sense because I think

its far less likely to get handled rough. Although I read somewhere most were destroyed

in shipping frown.gif

 

Robert


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#25 starman876

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Posted 17 March 2020 - 11:13 AM

When you think about Star-Liner making cases like this it makes sense because I think

its far less likely to get handled rough. Although I read somewhere most were destroyed

in shipping frown.gif

 

Robert

What a shame




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