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CLEANING UP A CAVE ASTROLA

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#1 LB Myers

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Posted 09 May 2020 - 02:11 PM

All in all, the project took about a year and a half. There were times when I wondered if I would ever finish it. The optics turned out to be better than expected. Views of the planets and moon are just what you would expect from a classic Cave 10” F-6. When I have taken it to a dark sky location the deep space views were fabulous. It was a very worthwhile project.

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#2 philipdehazya

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Posted 09 May 2020 - 03:03 PM

Amazing. What fortitude to9 do this..



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Posted 09 May 2020 - 03:11 PM

Wow! That is beautiful! You did a super job on it.



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Posted 09 May 2020 - 11:02 PM

Nice work.  I believe Cave Optical Company went out of business in 1979.



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Posted 10 May 2020 - 01:21 AM

Wonderful!



#6 Alabama Don

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Posted 10 May 2020 - 01:26 PM

Very nice job! I love rebuilding old scopes!

 

A few years ago I refurbished my old Criterion RV-6. The mirror coatings looked nearly new. 



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Posted 10 May 2020 - 03:23 PM

Lovely, very close to my 10" Cave restomod. 

 

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#8 LB Myers

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Posted 10 May 2020 - 09:11 PM

Thanks all. !



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Posted 11 May 2020 - 11:35 AM

I miss my 10" f/4 Newtonian but I don't miss trying to lug the monster out to use it.  If I had a dedicated space to store it where other things wouldn't be in the way and a level space to roll it out on, I'd still have it.



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Posted 11 May 2020 - 04:20 PM

Very nice work, would be very satisfying to accomplish something like this.



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Posted 11 May 2020 - 05:52 PM

This project makes no economic sense, whatsoever.

Which only adds to the beauty.

Performance art, unfolding over a year and a half.


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Posted 11 May 2020 - 10:33 PM

Beautiful scope. Nicely written article.



#13 Rick W Morgan

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Posted 12 May 2020 - 08:23 PM

Love those old CAVE Astrolas. Mine is an 8" f/6 Model B Deluxe, ordered/shipped in 1976.  Sold my Edmund 6" Super Space Conqueror to a work buddy and upgraded.

 

I've had many compliments at star parties-- the views are outstanding!



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Posted 12 May 2020 - 10:29 PM

Gorgeous!

Nice restoration.



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Posted 12 May 2020 - 11:29 PM

Beautiful job! It makes me want to spruce up my 10” f5. It’s still a great performer but it could use a little tlc here and there.



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Posted 13 May 2020 - 01:49 PM

Hi LB Myers,

 

A scope worth saving, you are to be commended, sir.

Beautiful job!

 

Best Regards,

Mike



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Posted 14 May 2020 - 01:30 PM

Excellent work! I had a 10 f/7 that I restored back in 2003. I was the original owner (1974). However shortly thereafter I got the imaging bug really bad and in my determination to figure out a way to image with it I had a machined cradle made for it that would fit on a Paramount! It took superb galaxy images (which I still have) but since then I have moved on from it. Thanks for sharing this!

 

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Posted 14 May 2020 - 02:29 PM

Great write-up & many thanks LB.

 

In the past year and a half I've added 7 Caves ranging from 6" to 12.5" and love 'em. Working on adding an 8th when COVID breaks.



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Posted 15 May 2020 - 09:15 AM

That is so cool! Excellent work!



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Posted 15 May 2020 - 12:29 PM

great story and with a happy ending, thanks for posting this and the pictures are wonderful as well.



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Posted 18 May 2020 - 12:15 PM

Mr. Myers A job very well done. Owned several caves. 6" f/4 was my first one bought back in

1972, 12.5 f/5 1979. and finally a  10" f/6. with excellent optics.  The first two sold many years ago.



#22 LB Myers

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Posted 18 May 2020 - 05:15 PM

Thanks all. The kind words are appreciated!

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 04:09 AM

Excellent work and a great result. Makes me want to mess around with my dob even more!  



#24 TonyCaf

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Posted 20 May 2020 - 07:43 AM

Stories like this always inspire me!



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Posted 20 May 2020 - 11:40 AM

Great story and outstanding results. Thanks for sharing.


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