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How many Tele Vue Renaissance (brass) refractors were made for each model?

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Posted 13 May 2020 - 07:41 AM

And what serial numbers?

 

Original 550mm Halley commemorative

Original 550mm

Genesis SDF

TV-101

TV-102

 

Ranger brass

TV-85 brass

 

My TV-102 is # 1064. Seller's photos.

 

What's yours past & present?

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Posted 13 May 2020 - 08:46 AM

My TV-102 Renaissance is #1018.

 

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Posted 13 May 2020 - 09:23 AM

My TV-102 Renaissance is #1018.

 

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Very nice! 


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Posted 13 May 2020 - 09:49 AM

My Renaissance #1093 is an early 4 bolt focuser model mfg on Jan 7th, 1985. I was a junior in high school at the time and telescopes were far from my mind. 

 

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Posted 14 May 2020 - 04:14 AM

My Renaissance is S/N 1533. It went home to Televue for repair / collimation a couple of years ago; at 

that time they told me it was produced in September of 1987, and was sold (Sharper Image) in October

of the same year.


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Posted 14 May 2020 - 01:33 PM

Found this TV blog on a Renaissance they restored  http://televue.com/n...nt=Renaissance1

 

and for maintenance   http://televue.com/n...i/#.Xr2O0-zTVTs

 


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Posted 14 May 2020 - 03:43 PM

My TV-102 Renaissance is #1018.

 

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I just received the Carton/Televue GEM that was shipped with these back in the olden days, from CNer MDearingJaxFL (Mark).  It didn't come with the rings, so I'll need to find a pair, or put a dovetail saddle plate and dovetail, to let me use the clamshell rings on the scope.  It also didn't come with a polar scope, so I'll be looking for one of those too.  But I almost feel like life is complete, as I'm one of those who likes to put kit together, rather than take it apart.  ...it might be nice at some point to add something like a sky tour computer to the Gibraltar, too.  Then life would be even completer!

 

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Posted 14 May 2020 - 05:01 PM

I just received the Carton/Televue GEM that was shipped with these back in the olden days, from CNer MDearingJaxFL (Mark).  It didn't come with the rings, so I'll need to find a pair, or put a dovetail saddle plate and dovetail, to let me use the clamshell rings on the scope.  It also didn't come with a polar scope, so I'll be looking for one of those too.  But I almost feel like life is complete, as I'm one of those who likes to put kit together, rather than take it apart.  ...it might be nice at some point to add something like a sky tour computer to the Gibraltar, too.  Then life would be even completer!

 

-tim.

 

Glad you got that Tim. I really kept going back and forth to that ad. Thanks for saving me $$$.

 

Regarding Skytour DSC, I have the Orion version on my Panoramic mount and it is extremely enjoyable to use. Wish I could add it to all my mounts and make them push to. I find more enjoyable to use than even full blown goto on a Meade LX 200GPS with LNT! The process is just manual enough to be very satisfying with a since of accomplishment, yet extremely quick and efficient. Just can’t praise it enough.


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Posted 14 May 2020 - 08:50 PM

I love the TV/Carton GEM with my TV101. Tracking motor runs quietly and you can adjust the tension on the RA and Dec so that you can simply push to your target and let go. The mount disappears from the experience. Very steady. I added a dovetail mount so I can use it with other scopes. Perfect for the C8 too.
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Posted 15 May 2020 - 10:33 AM

I have the original Halley Commemorative 550mm, Serial No. 1625. It is mounted on the TV GEM (Carton Super Nova) and came with the motors and TV hand controller. I'm currently restoring it to sell and it will be available soon if anyone is on the look out, send me a PM.


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Posted 19 May 2020 - 02:08 AM

Here is mine. Quite the stunner!

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Posted 20 May 2020 - 05:47 AM

Found this TV blog on a Renaissance they restored  http://televue.com/n...nt=Renaissance1

 

and for maintenance   http://televue.com/n...i/#.Xr2O0-zTVTs

Except for the fact that the manufacture dates don't line up, the overhaul they did sounds like this

ia MY scope!  The focuser was a mess; it looked like the previous owner had used it to crack

walnuts...  I bought it in an online auction and couldn't see it in advance.

 

Work done by the Televue shop is expensive...  but, IMHO it's WORTH it. They did an excellent job.

 

This scope is with me for the long haul; I'd never get back my investment in it from a sale, but to

me that's not important. I LOVE this old brass tube's performance and looks.

 

 

The knucklehead whose estate I bought it from also butchered the tripod; SERIOUS mods to the

walnut legs. If I ever find a competent woodworker who's willing to take on the job, one day I'll get

the original legs duplicated. In the meantime, I got hold of a standard version Televue tripod (ash

legs) and transplanted its legs to the brass (plated?) Renaissance head. Unfortunately the rest

of the brass hardware didn't fit; I have it tucked away for use on newly fabricated walnut legs

some day.

 

 

I have to plead guilty to making one modification to the scope.

 

One day on Ebay a mounting collar, identical to the one on my Genesis, showed up, cheap. I

grabbed it, quick; it has the inlet cuts for mounting a decent finder, where the original collar did

not.


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Posted 20 May 2020 - 01:30 PM

Wow! Glad you have decided to keep if Mister T. waytogo.gif

 

Berlebach do nutwood brown stain for their tripods as an option, which would look nice with brass, looks more classic & less Ikea!



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Posted 22 May 2020 - 06:28 AM

MisterT that clam shell with the machined slot was a nice find. I am on the lookout for one as well. I think Tera sold one not long ago.


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Posted 22 May 2020 - 05:22 PM

MisterT that clam shell with the machined slot was a nice find. I am on the lookout for one as well. I think Tera sold one not long ago.

Not me. I did sell a Tak clamshell last summer. I still have the TV clamshell that came with my Genesis SDF. It has the machined slot on both sides for the Starbeam. I have my Starbeam mounted on the one on right. I bought the TeleVue Vixen rail for It too and use it when I want to mount my SDF on one of my GEMs. I also have a set of Parallax rings on a mounting plate for when I put the SDF on my Gibralter alt-az mount.


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Posted 25 May 2020 - 05:39 AM

Sorry Terra, Of things recently lost that I would like to find my mind is in the top three. Wish I could remember what the other two were.


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Posted 25 May 2020 - 05:49 AM

TV  renaissance #1350 on the carton mount with the extra three pound weight to carry the heft of the brass.

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Posted 25 May 2020 - 04:40 PM

TV  renaissance #1350 on the carton mount with the extra three pound weight to carry the heft of the brass.

Hi guys.  I'm having a devil of a time figuring out how you attach the TV rings to the saddle plate and have room to attach the saddle plate to the mount.  The ones on mine thread into the mount from the top, but if the ring(s) are on the plate, I can't get an allen wrench in there to attach the plate to the mount.

 

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Posted 25 May 2020 - 07:59 PM

Here is how I mounted a set of rings, hope it helps.

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Posted 25 May 2020 - 10:40 PM

Okay, I might have to find a set of those rings.  Mine has the Televue rings with the mounting holes in the bottom center



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Posted 30 May 2020 - 05:08 PM

Here, in a notably subspiffy configuration, I have the renaissance mounted on the carton saddle. I see others have an additional plate in there, but I don’t. This arrangement would require I take the rings apart to take the it’s off the mount. It works though. 
 

one counterweight isn’t enough, and Tak counterweights have a smaller bore than the carton shaft, so I’ll have to figure something else out. 

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Posted 30 May 2020 - 07:20 PM

Here I've put a 5 pound barbell weight on with the stock weight.  It works in a pinch.  Next I'll need to make sure I can power it up with the right polarity.  Looks like it's getting cloudier than it was this afternoon, which didn't look promising then.  So probably won't try to use it tonight.

 

 

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Posted 04 June 2020 - 04:45 PM

I just discovered that the counterweight that came with a Skywatcher mount I have that came with the MN56 (that I'm using on a Tak EM-1 mount) fits the TV/Carton mount.  Now I need to solve the mounting ring problem and provide power to run the RA motor.  I'd also like to find a polar finderscope, but I'll wait until I have everything working well, first.

 

Does the Carton RA motor have one of those funky reverse polarity power plugs, like my old Tak EM-500 does?  I think I'd prefer a battery pack, if one is available, so I don't need to futz with AC power in the field.

 

I have an ADM V-style dovetail saddle plate, though I'd have to drill and tap new holes in it or the Carton saddle plate to use it.  I also don't have a vixen dovetail, so I'd have to buy one if I go that route for mounting this thing.

 

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Posted 04 June 2020 - 05:19 PM

And I further discovered that I had a set of rings I'd bought at RTMC to mount the NP101is that I sold a while ago.  They're not the beefiest, and are cast, but they hold the OTA and leave enough room to access the screws to mount the saddle plate to the mount.  So now with the SW weight and these rings, I could at least gee whiz with the manual slow motions.  

 

 

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Posted 04 June 2020 - 07:23 PM

Here I've put a 5 pound barbell weight on with the stock weight.  It works in a pinch.  Next I'll need to make sure I can power it up with the right polarity.  Looks like it's getting cloudier than it was this afternoon, which didn't look promising then.  So probably won't try to use it tonight.

Why two TeleVue clamshells on that Tim? I’ve never seen that before. One should be sufficient. One handles my TV Genesis SDF just fine.




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