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If you had your choice of a classic scope which one would it be?

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#1 starman876

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Posted 11 June 2020 - 07:57 PM

Which one would you choose?


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Posted 11 June 2020 - 08:04 PM

I would choose the 200-inch Hale Telescope!  wink.gif 


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Posted 11 June 2020 - 08:10 PM

That's impossible for me to know. So many Telescopes, so little time. 

My Tasco 10 te rocks.


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Posted 11 June 2020 - 08:25 PM

Some obscenely huge one off Schmidt Cassegrain

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Posted 11 June 2020 - 08:35 PM

I've either gotten or had most all the ones I ever really wanted. I'm not buying anymore. But if it's a wish scope, a Quantum 6 on the fork mount.


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#6 Stew44

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Posted 11 June 2020 - 08:41 PM

Dave Trott offered me this three inch Tinsley.  I foolishly passed on it. Doh!

 

https://www.cloudyni...tinsley-3-inch/

 

Also I would still like to find a Goto 100mm Mak at a garage sale for $25 or so.


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Posted 11 June 2020 - 08:42 PM

I'd like to have a Newtonian    perhaps like an older Cave 10 inch

found some pics online

 

 or       ?

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Posted 11 June 2020 - 08:43 PM

Could you clarify the intent of the question please? Is this "if you could have anything you don't currently have," or "if you had nothing and could pick just one?" That really changes the nature of the thinking. 

 

I think we've covered the latter previously, or at least an, "if you could have just N," where N is a small number.

 

Chip w. 


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Posted 11 June 2020 - 08:46 PM

I would definitely choose one of the big eq newts they are so cool.

The Optical Craftsmen, Cave-Astrola, Treckerscope, there were so many.

This was the Golden Age, we had perfected the 'amateur telescope' I'd

say a Cave 8 inch f/7 is about right, a Model B Deluxe.

Oh no there I go I did it again, anytime I write Deluxe I want a Dick's Deluxe Burger.

 

Robert


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Posted 11 June 2020 - 08:48 PM

It may be that the question is intentionally open ended so as not to paint one into a corner of if you were trapped on a  island and could only have     x

 

I think it might be for dreaming   or scheming         I am dreamimg   but dreams can come true  

 

Meade  RG 10 inch  might fit the bill

Some kind of older quality Newtonian   bigger than 8 inch  12.5 is to big


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Posted 11 June 2020 - 09:11 PM

I've looked through the Palomar 60" several times, I think that scope would do it for me.  I had my best ever view of of the Blue Snowball Planetary with that scope, and its left me wanting more.


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Posted 11 June 2020 - 09:32 PM

C9.25 Ultima


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Posted 11 June 2020 - 10:09 PM

The question is to learn what your dream scope would be if all your wishes come true.  


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Posted 11 June 2020 - 10:43 PM

The question is to learn what your dream scope would be if all your wishes come true.  

Cool. Hubble would keep me busy .



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Posted 11 June 2020 - 10:43 PM

The one to the far left in this image. At 13 years in 1966 I used to drool over that pedestal mounted telescope. Nonetheless I received the unexpected gift of the next one to the right in Christmas 66. The 76mm f/16 looked huge after I assembled the whole scope and tripod. Even the box was impressive. I kept looking and drooling at the pedestal mounted one as long as it lasted in the catalog pages. Then it disappeared. It's still in my bucket list. I used to think of this telescope as a huge observatory instrument but then, the biggest telescope I had seen back in 1966 was my own 76mm refractor. I know... how about drooling over a 4" Unitron equatorial in a pedestal mount with that beautiful clock drive mechanism! Yeah.. but like Adm. Nimitz played by Henry Fonda said in the movie Midway after the victory " I still want that carrier"!

 

Clear Skies!

 

Guido

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Posted 12 June 2020 - 06:31 AM

My dream scope would be a 6" Unitron. 


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Posted 12 June 2020 - 06:37 AM

My dream scope would be a 6" Unitron. 

Then I guess we can add an observatory to the picture? In that case Santa, I want this:

 

http://www.company7....tors/180sf.html

 

:gnome: :jump:


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Posted 12 June 2020 - 06:57 AM

Dream Scope?  Naw.  But... based on what I've seen so far in my Meade 826, I could trade every scope in my collection for Jim Vice's Classic (early to mid 1970s) Cave 8" F7 Deluxe with all the doo-dads...

 

Dream Scope?  Well... I have expensive tastes (when I'm not spending REAL $$$$$)...  an Astro-Physics Big Mak on a Giant A-P EQ + pier in my personal dual-dome observatory (wet bar in the Comfort / Hospitality suite in between), with all the stuff it takes to keep the optics "happy" during long visual sessions.  And, a suite of JPL-level REAL instruments to study multiple & variable stars, and... all the modern gear it takes to look for extra-solar planets (that set on a portable rig) that I can wheel to...  Dome #2, and my Giant Goto / Unitron / Zeiss (I ain't that picky!) Refractor (what's the biggest one ever made? -- that's the one I'd have) for all the FUN observing...

 

Hey, you asked!

 

[Up until my junior year of HS, I wanted to be one of those folks who studied photographic plates for signs of variation in stellar proper motion indicative of planetary systems... Then, a friendly Auburn University Astronomy Professor dashed all my hopes.  Remember me, Dr. F----- ?  The ignorant hillbilly doofus teenager who knew squat about the Profession?  I didn't take your advice -- no Planetarium Director or Observatory Custodian career for me.  I did become an AF pilot, which at times put me a few miles closer to the stars, so it worked-out okay.]


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Posted 12 June 2020 - 10:32 AM

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this scope would be cool and fit the bill.


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Posted 12 June 2020 - 10:45 AM

Any scope?

 

It would have to be a large 7 - 12" Alvin Clark refractor mounted in an observatory with a brass tail-piece but modified to take 2" modern eyepieces. If a 12", then at least a 5" finder/aux A.C. scope mounted on the side. With pictures of famous astronomers from yesteryear hung all around the inside and Percival Lowell Mars globes as well as the Edmund vintage 1970's Moon clock with siderial clock sitting on an classic oak desk in the adjoining office.

 

BTW, the telescope has a custom built platform whch raises and lowers depending on eyepiece height which can accomodate 2 observing chairs. The observatory is equipped with both white and red lights for night vision preservation. 

 

The observatory is in a dark sky site with all amenities available onsite and situated on a low hill with perfect 360-degree viewing and lined with trees to keep out any unwanted light and keeps the observatory hidden from view when approaching the hill. Only those invited will know the location of the observatory and it is hidden from view from any roads leading to the area.

 

Solid 18kt gold toilet optional!

 

Clear skies!

RalphMeisterTigerMan


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Posted 12 June 2020 - 11:04 AM

I'm pretty happy with the scopes I have. I just want more time to use them.

 

But a 4" Alvan Clark might be the one scope that would be allowed into the living room.

 

The Pentax 85 is close to passing muster for that. It's the first one I've ever unpacked where my wife commented on it being pretty. Maybe if I replaced the aluminum legs with some nice hardwood ones, it would rise to that level. If so, upgrading to to a Pentax 100 could be a possibility. The nice thing about the 85 has been that it is a "one hand" OTA. I can manage carrying and mounting it with one hand, leaving the other free to carry an eyepiece case, so that it's just a two-trip setup. 

 

Chip W.


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Posted 12 June 2020 - 11:41 AM

Below is a picture from Sky & Telescope magazine, the February 1978 issue. That issue was the first issue that I received. The 2 Q’s were on the inside cover – impractical and expensive for my needs then and now.  But I wanted that Q-7 back then – and still want it now.

 

Bob

 

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Posted 12 June 2020 - 12:44 PM

The one to the far left in this image. At 13 years in 1966 I used to drool over that pedestal mounted telescope. Nonetheless I received the unexpected gift of the next one to the right in Christmas 66. The 76mm f/16 looked huge after I assembled the whole scope and tripod. Even the box was impressive. I kept looking and drooling at the pedestal mounted one as long as it lasted in the catalog pages. Then it disappeared. It's still in my bucket list. I used to think of this telescope as a huge observatory instrument but then, the biggest telescope I had seen back in 1966 was my own 76mm refractor. I know... how about drooling over a 4" Unitron equatorial in a pedestal mount with that beautiful clock drive mechanism! Yeah.. but like Adm. Nimitz played by Henry Fonda said in the movie Midway after the victory " I still want that carrier"!

 

Clear Skies!

 

Guido

Guido

   I have your 1964 6336 on the pedestal waiting right here for you in Connecticut.

Getting it to P.R. is the issue..........................but we have time..................

here's a pic or 3  to contemplate.   when off the pedestal it works well on many mounts using the vixen ready bar from the Selsi.........................................

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Posted 12 June 2020 - 12:59 PM

this would be nice  ...  https://www.apm-tele...orite-apo.html 

 

and since we are dreaming ....

 

https://www.apm-tele...or-110-mm.html 


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Posted 12 June 2020 - 01:03 PM

Guido

   I have your 1964 6336 on the pedestal waiting right here for you in Connecticut.

Getting it to P.R. is the issue..........................but we have time..................

here's a pic or 3  to contemplate.   when off the pedestal it works well on many mounts using the vixen ready bar from the Selsi.........................................

That's what I'm talking about! cool.gif

 

Guido


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