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

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#51 oldmanastro

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Posted 20 June 2020 - 06:02 PM

This is the scope  and only scope that I want, my home made Edmunds 4" f 12.attachicon.gifIMG_20200415_165551807.jpg

Impressive and beautifully finished instrument. Congratulations!

 

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Posted 20 June 2020 - 06:13 PM

I have done some research.  I have decided on the AP 206mm starfire EDT which is mounted on the AP1200mount  housed in my automatic rotating dome observatory next to my helipad on which my Sikorsky S-76C helicopter sits which is next to my dock where my Donzi 41 GTZ is tied up,  and all of which I can look out over from my Frank Loyd Wright house.  And for trips to the grocery store I have my Ferrari  488 Pista Spider in my four car carage.  


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Posted 20 June 2020 - 08:08 PM

What's fun is to look back in time and remember your DreamScopes.

1965-66 I would lay on the floor and look at the Sears Christmas catalog dreaming

about the refractors.

1967, age 10 years:

I was not interested in classics at all, if it wasn't within the pages of Sky & Telescope

I had no knowledge of it's exsistance. 

I have a 1967 S&T and the 'send for free catalog' was cut out for Unitron, Edmund and

Jaegers.

My DreamScope was definitely Unitron.

1969-70 I became increasingly more interested in a Edmund 4 inch f/15, probably because

those catalogs kept coming in and tempting me. I made some orders, mostly chipped lenses 

and tank prisms.

Mid 1970's I bought a Edmund 4 inch, it wasn't a classic, just a couple years old!

 

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#54 BillP

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Posted 20 June 2020 - 08:30 PM

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.

 

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+1 except would love the 3.5" in case with accessories waytogo.gif


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Posted 20 June 2020 - 11:42 PM

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. 

My BFF had this exact scope; great colour.  Super nice!


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Posted 21 June 2020 - 02:12 AM

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. 

The portable table is actually a Voting Booth, which I got from my local salvage yard. It folds up with the legs stowing conveniently and is the size of a briefcase. I just shortened the legs from standing height to chair height.

 

Edit: Back on topic. My 3" Sears (Royal Astro) refractor is now in the care of a good friend, but I can still visit it.  

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Posted 21 June 2020 - 11:09 AM

This would be my choice:  https://alaskaapplie...blue-telescope/

 

It's available, especially for outreach applications, but too rich for my blood.  I'll just have to build one myself.

 

-Tim.


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Posted 21 June 2020 - 01:22 PM

The portable table is actually a Voting Booth, which I got from my local salvage yard. It folds up with the legs stowing conveniently and is the size of a briefcase. I just shortened the legs from standing height to chair height.

 

Edit: Back on topic. My 3" Sears (Royal Astro) refractor is now in the care of a good friend, but I can still visit it.  

That Voting Booth doubles as a perfect table for astronomy. The important thing with these telescopes is that when they leave us, the new owner takes as good care of it as we did. Mine was out of my hands from 1976 to 1996. A good friend had it and took great care of the telescope. It returned to me never to leave again.

 

Guido


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Posted 21 June 2020 - 01:38 PM

This would be my choice:  https://alaskaapplie...blue-telescope/

 

It's available, especially for outreach applications, but too rich for my blood.  I'll just have to build one myself.

 

-Tim.

Really had me wondering. They're based in Alaska, but looking at the polar axis, I thought, "Thats about the right angle for Hawaii." Sure enough, the back story is that it was built for a hotel in Maui that had an outreach program. Very cool!

 

Seems like it might be a new project for our local fan of Coude telescopes. 

 

Chip W. 


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Posted 21 June 2020 - 02:17 PM

That Voting Booth doubles as a perfect table for astronomy. The important thing with these telescopes is that when they leave us, the new owner takes as good care of it as we did. Mine was out of my hands from 1976 to 1996. A good friend had it and took great care of the telescope. It returned to me never to leave again.

 

Guido

I gifted the telescope to a very good friend who I have confidence in to care for it with the same degree of appreciation as I have had for it over the years.


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Posted 21 June 2020 - 02:53 PM

My Fullerscope 8.5" F8 Newtonian on Mk 3 mount with RA clock drive.

 

It looked similar to the one below, but had grade A mirrors and metal primary access door.  

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Posted 21 June 2020 - 03:06 PM

I have done some research.  I have decided on the AP 206mm starfire EDT which is mounted on the AP1200mount  housed in my automatic rotating dome observatory next to my helipad on which my Sikorsky S-76C helicopter sits which is next to my dock where my Donzi 41 GTZ is tied up,  and all of which I can look out over from my Frank Loyd Wright house.  And for trips to the grocery store I have my Ferrari  488 Pista Spider in my four car carage.  

Could be in-luck.  Don't know if this one ever sold:

 

https://astromart.co...-refractor-7096



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Posted 21 June 2020 - 03:14 PM

There is a REAL Scope that I'd like to own -- even if for a short round of testing -- that combines so many things I like into one beautiful Classic kit.  And, it's RARE (at least in my neck of the woods):

 

Carton CST 100 P11 (1985 Carton Catalog).jpg

 

Carton CST 100 -- with both the pedestal & tripod options, of course.

 

My 4" refractors are my workhorse scopes.  To have an all-original, un-BB-modded, gorgeous blue Carton would be Heaven.

 


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Posted 22 June 2020 - 01:58 AM

This would be my choice:  https://alaskaapplie...blue-telescope/

 

It's available, especially for outreach applications, but too rich for my blood.  I'll just have to build one myself.

 

-Tim.

I suspect you don't like climbing ladders and or craning your neck and back into all kinds of strange positions. grin.gif


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Posted 22 June 2020 - 09:35 AM

Yes, the sheer, unbridled joy of doing that faded a few decades back!


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Posted 22 June 2020 - 02:28 PM

The portable table is actually a Voting Booth, which I got from my local salvage yard. It folds up with the legs stowing conveniently and is the size of a briefcase. I just shortened the legs from standing height to chair height.

 

Edit: Back on topic. My 3" Sears (Royal Astro) refractor is now in the care of a good friend, but I can still visit it.  

I thought when I looked at the picture that it was a voting booth, then second thought, Naw! Thanks for confirming. It looks just like the ones we have where I (usually) vote. (This month I voted by mail.)



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Posted 25 June 2020 - 10:50 PM

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

How about a Vega 8"


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Posted 26 June 2020 - 08:07 AM

Zeiss 100 APQ 100/1000 .  Job done .

 

Beanerds .


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Posted 26 June 2020 - 08:14 PM

I think I could live with this plus the observatory that goes with it.


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Posted 28 June 2020 - 02:14 AM

I think I could live with this plus the observatory that goes with it.


Not too shabby!!!

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 05:57 AM

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Carl Zeiss Jena refractor (A apochromat 80mm f=1407mm serial No. 6826)

Auctioned in Germany.

Started dreaming when I saw the image.

Some collector dude paid an insane amount of money. So sad...


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Posted 28 June 2020 - 10:37 AM

attachicon.gifZeiss Refraktor.red.jpg

 

attachicon.gifZeiss A refractor red.jpg

 

Carl Zeiss Jena refractor (A apochromat 80mm f=1407mm serial No. 6826)

Auctioned in Germany.

Started dreaming when I saw the image.

Some collector dude paid an insane amount of money. So sad...

We acquired one of those last year at the Cincinnati Observatory. It's a beautiful instrument. I love the hand crank pedistal.


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Posted 28 June 2020 - 10:52 AM

I agree, Terra. It's a beautiful instrument. I am reminded to the famous Walter Gropius of the Bauhaus movement who created the guideline that every product should aim for "form follows function". No gadgetry, just pure functionality with this scope at the highest level. Wish I had a chance to see Jupiter with that A-objective...


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Posted 28 June 2020 - 10:54 AM

Do you have a pic of that Zeiss in the Cincinatti observatory you could share?



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Posted 29 June 2020 - 01:58 PM

Do you have a pic of that Zeiss in the Cincinatti observatory you could share?

I thought that I did have a picture of the telescope on my iPhone but I just went to the pictures and alas, I do not. I will have to get a picture of the next time I go over, which is much less frequent now tho, given the plague.


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