CLEANING UP A CAVE ASTROLA
Posted 09 May 2020 - 02:11 PM
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- desertstars, siriusandthepup, sc285 and 1 other like this
Posted 09 May 2020 - 11:02 PM
Nice work. I believe Cave Optical Company went out of business in 1979.
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.
Posted 10 May 2020 - 03:23 PM
Lovely, very close to my 10" Cave restomod.
- Rick W Morgan likes this
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.
Posted 11 May 2020 - 04:20 PM
Very nice work, would be very satisfying to accomplish something like this.
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.
- comabereni and kjuhnke like this
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!
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.
Posted 13 May 2020 - 01:49 PM
Hi LB Myers,
A scope worth saving, you are to be commended, sir.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Posted 19 May 2020 - 04:09 AM
Excellent work and a great result. Makes me want to mess around with my dob even more!