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

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#26 Pezdragon

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Posted 12 June 2020 - 01:35 PM

Either a Porter garden telescope or a 6” Vega Mak/Newt.


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Posted 12 June 2020 - 01:39 PM

For me a it would be a Questar 3.5 with quartz mirror pleasesmile.gif 

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Posted 12 June 2020 - 04:07 PM

I think it would be the Hale 200 inch on Mt. Palomar.

I should go see it sometime at least.

I always wondered what kind of noises it makes when the drive is tracking and slewing.

I know I'll need nurse Mendy for this one, 200 inch aperture are you kidding me !

of course I will bring her !

Robert

 

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Posted 12 June 2020 - 06:35 PM

The 10" GOTO equatorial refractor and pedestal mount featured in the R.V.R Optical 1977 catalog. Model number 1150. Aperture: 250mm. Focal Length: 3,750 mm. F/15. The model is also featured on the cover of the catalog. A telescope like this means you have to observe wearing a suit and tie.

 

https://wiki.telesco...any_Catalog.pdf


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#30 Pezdragon

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Posted 12 June 2020 - 06:49 PM

The Hale telescope was the pinnacle of design and in a way still is in my mind. My dad had connections to U.C.California and was able to arrange a personal tour for us when I was a teen. We got to sit up in the prime focus cage and walk up the inside of one of the yokes to the Nasmyth focus. It was a amazing tour, several hours of seeing all the places up down and all around that great machine. The end of the tour was a walk on the outside catwalk all the way around the dome. Fifty years later the memories are still vivid.


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Posted 12 June 2020 - 06:56 PM

The Celestron C102E, focal length of f15.



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Posted 12 June 2020 - 07:02 PM

The 10" GOTO equatorial refractor and pedestal mount featured in the R.V.R Optical 1977 catalog. Model number 1150. Aperture: 250mm. Focal Length: 3,750 mm. F/15. The model is also featured on the cover of the catalog. A telescope like this means you have to observe wearing a suit and tie.

 

https://wiki.telesco...any_Catalog.pdf

I like this scope a lot.  Has anyone ever seen one?



#33 davidmcgo

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Posted 12 June 2020 - 07:35 PM

Yes, at the Museum of Astronomical Telescopes in Japan.  Scroll down a ways...

 

https://www.cloudyni...telescope-r3040

 

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Posted 12 June 2020 - 09:25 PM

I think it would be the Hale 200 inch on Mt. Palomar.

I should go see it sometime at least.

I always wondered what kind of noises it makes when the drive is tracking and slewing.

I know I'll need nurse Mendy for this one, 200 inch aperture are you kidding me !

of course I will bring her !

Robert

 

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Another fun read is "The Glass Giant of Palomar, " by David Woodbury, 1939. I think I first read it in sixth grade, and eventually found a copy maybe 15 years ago and read it again. It has a contemporary, journalistic perspective. 

 

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Posted 13 June 2020 - 08:52 AM

I would be perfectly happy with the lowly Sears 6345 thank you!


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Posted 13 June 2020 - 09:56 AM

A big, beautiful, orange C14!!  One day.....



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Posted 13 June 2020 - 10:15 AM

A big, beautiful, orange C14!!  One day.....

They are great scopes.   They provide a great view of Saturn.   With all the moons around saturn it is a really great show in a C14.


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Posted 13 June 2020 - 12:10 PM

"The Phantom of Mt. Palomar" 

I was thinking this morning. It's amazing what you can get away with wearing a hardhat and a lab coat.

 

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Posted 13 June 2020 - 12:54 PM

Another fun read is "The Glass Giant of Palomar, " by David Woodbury, 1939. I think I first read it in sixth grade, and eventually found a copy maybe 15 years ago and read it again. It has a contemporary, journalistic perspective. 

 

Chip W. 

I have that one in mint condition. It was $3.00 when published in 1939 (same year that The Wizard of Oz got best picture) and I paid $45 in February 1998. It’s been 22 years since I read it, so it’s probably time to read it again.

 

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Posted 13 June 2020 - 12:56 PM

I think a C14 or 180mm refractor would be high on my dream list (keeping it realistic).


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Posted 13 June 2020 - 01:54 PM

If I had a choice of a classic scope of known qualities as in have owned, or own, or spent a fair

amount of time using, optics, mechanics, good all rounder that fits my observing, love to use the

scope, good looking, sufficient aperture for any observation, sufficient focal length to use simple

eyepieces, just plain fabulous, it would be a Cave-Astrola 8 inch f/7 model B Deluxe.

 

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Posted 13 June 2020 - 02:47 PM

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

found some pics online

 

 or       ?

That 1950's made Cave would work for me.


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Posted 13 June 2020 - 07:45 PM

Which one would you choose?

A 12" Questar in an observatory.


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Posted 14 June 2020 - 10:34 AM

A 12" Questar in an observatory.

Anyone know how many of these were made?



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Posted 20 June 2020 - 09:09 AM

According to Company Seven only a few.

 

The first Questar 12 was Serial No. 4001, while the last one sold was 4012. Most of these telescopes were sold for industrial and government applications. But given recent improvements in design and performance of ten to twelve inch aperture Maksutov systems made by other companies (most notably including Astro-Physics), any future production of the Questar 12 for astronomical applications would not seem to make the most sense.


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#46 Paul Sweeney

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Posted 20 June 2020 - 12:06 PM

I'd wish for a Zeiss 150 APQ, with all the trimmings. Throw in a Porsche and a castle, and I'm good to go!
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Posted 20 June 2020 - 02:05 PM

That 1950's made Cave would work for me.

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Posted 20 June 2020 - 04:26 PM

This is the scope  and only scope that I want, my home made Edmunds 4" f 12.IMG_20200415_165551807.jpg

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Posted 20 June 2020 - 05:33 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!

 

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I started my interest in Astronomy as a kid in 1965, and also drooled over the same adds in the Sears Catalog as you, lol. It wasn't until the mid 1970's that I stumbled upon a 6339-A shown on the same catalog page that you posted. It was at a garage sale I stopped by, and was my go to scope until 2010. love.gif

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Posted 20 June 2020 - 05:56 PM

I started my interest in Astronomy as a kid in 1965, and also drooled over the same adds in the Sears Catalog as you, lol. It wasn't until the mid 1970's that I stumbled upon a 6339-A shown on the same catalog page that you posted. It was at a garage sale I stopped by, and was my go to scope until 2010. love.gif

Nice telescope! All original as they should be. Mine is the teal coloured one. At this time Sears had two color schemes for the tube assembly. The gray or the teal. Regardless of colors, they are well made and provide excellent views. BTW that portable table is really cool. 

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