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#26 Bomber Bob

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Posted 17 March 2020 - 12:05 PM

Y'all got me thinking (always a dangerous thing!)...  I guess my dream set up for our living room would be the Mogey 3 in one corner, and the 100% restored Tinsley 6" Cass in the other, with the fireplace in between.  The Tinsley meets Debra's brass requirements; and, I think there's enough room in this house, but the 200+ pound pedestal mount, and the 30+ pound scope would probably warp the floors!  


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Posted 17 March 2020 - 12:54 PM

A year or so ago when I was in a buying frenzy it was like an obstacle course in my living room, mostly because of the tripod legs. I just sold my 4 inch Tinsley refractor because it tried to kill me a couple of times with its long, spindly legs. I sure loved looking at it set up in the corner, though, and it had a near-perfect object glass.

 

My daughters sometimes stop over and razz me about the couple of telescopes I have left, referring to them as eyesores.

 

Being a widower, I can put my telescopes and other hobby items wherever I want. But I dearly miss my wife and actually envy those posters who have spouses to weigh-in on their interior decoration choices, and everything else in life...

 

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Posted 17 March 2020 - 01:01 PM

Ever since I got it new in 1981 from Criterion, my Dynamax 8 has resided in our living room on its Golden Pyramid tripod when not in use.


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Posted 17 March 2020 - 01:29 PM

In my house, set up telescopes are confined to my office. Decorating the living room is one of my wife's hobbies, and telescopes are not consistent with the aesthetic.

 

I don't think of it as her infringing on my hobby. She totally tolerates that I have scopes in my office, and that I was having them delivered at a rate of one or two a month to build the loaner set, and that I sometimes spend the whole evening out on my own, or with my students, observing. That's plenty generous of her. 

 

Although there was a glimmer of hope when the Pentax came and she actually remarked on how beautiful it is. I think it's the hammertone green, versus the stark black and white of the others, that appealed to her. 

 

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Posted 17 March 2020 - 03:32 PM

Unitron model 128 in dinning room which adjoins the living room. Unitorn model 142 in the family/eating area.

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Posted 17 March 2020 - 04:49 PM

No one to stop me [edit] , so no [edit] "allowance," but for a few months I had a Vixen 4" f/10 Newtonian set up in my work office.

This is an SP mounted set up, with matching gun-metal green paint, dayglo green triangular container that fits in the tripod tray.


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Posted 18 March 2020 - 09:32 AM

I know what you mean Peter!

I like that hat.  Makes you look a little like Catherine Zeta Jones in RED 2.

 

I don't have any classics in my living room.  My wife banished all scopes from our house years ago.  I told her I needed a place to store them properly and built an observatory.  The only time in my life unintended consequences have worked in my favor.


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Posted 18 March 2020 - 10:13 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.

Peter, I have a camera very similar to the one all the way on the left on your bottom shelf.  I got it for peanuts at Goodwill and it has film in it and I think I’m going to get some new film and try it out maybe more in the summer 


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Posted 18 March 2020 - 10:27 AM

My Meade 314 gets to stay upstairs. My wife thinks it's pretty.

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 10:55 AM

Back in the 1970's my first pad was a one room condo at about 17% interest!

My Edmund 4 inch was kept in the living room and even after I was married it

stayed in the living room.

I'm the one with the boat model, Its the only picture I have.

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#36 wrnchhead

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 12:43 PM

My Meade 314 gets to stay upstairs. My wife thinks it's pretty.

Wow what a scope!!!



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Posted 18 March 2020 - 12:48 PM

My Meade 314 gets to stay upstairs. My wife thinks it's pretty.

a lot of people do not know that even the wood screws on the tripod are brass. 


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Posted 18 March 2020 - 01:48 PM

My wife allows me to have only these built telescopes in my livingroom, all the other ones are or under the bed or in a little messy room!

 

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 02:53 PM

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.

Wow! the PGT is beautiful. The only one I've ever seen was at the Cincinnati Observatory.

Steve T 



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Posted 18 March 2020 - 03:02 PM

I guess these mostly Wollensak draw tube scopes count...my wife loves the look so they get a shelf..

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 04:08 PM

Luckily she sees this as a piece of art and allows it in our living/dining area.

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 04:57 PM

Ever since I got it new in 1981 from Criterion, my Dynamax 8 has resided in our living room on its Golden Pyramid tripod when not in use.

I'm with ya on the Dynamax, since selling my 10 in Meade Starfinder,  it's taken its place peering out my window for now, with occasionally going outside when I don't feel like going up to my observatory. My living room is what some say large.. yup large enough for my old dilapidated isetta repurposed into a loveseat/ astro stuff holder ..  and my trusty old C8 right beside.. waiting for better weather .

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 06:26 PM

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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That crate is amazing.  Makes me want to find a vintage Star Liner



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Posted 18 March 2020 - 06:43 PM

No kidding!  That would be the one scope you could make the journey into the afterlife with/in!

 

Dave

 

That crate is amazing.  Makes me want to find a vintage Star Liner


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Posted 18 March 2020 - 06:51 PM

I think thats why my mom likes it in her store room, she knows she's covered in that

department.

Me? I want to be tossed into a active volcano, not in the Star-Liner case, just in my

everyday clothes. I want to make sure the job gets done right.

 

Robert 


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Posted 18 March 2020 - 07:00 PM

My Meade Model 291.

 

By the way, it came with an unused Meade drive corrector and an unused AC single-axis

drive motor.

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Posted 19 March 2020 - 06:27 AM

Peter, I have a camera very similar to the one all the way on the left on your bottom shelf.  I got it for peanuts at Goodwill and it has film in it and I think I’m going to get some new film and try it out maybe more in the summer 

Develop the film!! May be something interesting.


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Posted 19 March 2020 - 08:14 AM

A year or so ago when I was in a buying frenzy it was like an obstacle course in my living room, mostly because of the tripod legs. I just sold my 4 inch Tinsley refractor because it tried to kill me a couple of times with its long, spindly legs. I sure loved looking at it set up in the corner, though, and it had a near-perfect object glass.

 

My daughters sometimes stop over and razz me about the couple of telescopes I have left, referring to them as eyesores.

 

Being a widower, I can put my telescopes and other hobby items wherever I want. But I dearly miss my wife and actually envy those posters who have spouses to weigh-in on their interior decoration choices, and everything else in life...

 

Steve

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Posted 19 March 2020 - 04:03 PM

Been in living room for 5 years Always a conversation starter.

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#50 chris charen

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Posted 19 March 2020 - 04:53 PM

And the recent Yamamoto SYW 3 in scope. Mint condition.

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