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#1 LB Myers

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Posted 22 June 2020 - 09:58 AM

Back in 2002, a friend gave me an old 8” Criterion Newtonian, circa 1963, as a wedding gift. It was in a questionable, but useable state. I set it up a few times but for the most part, it sat in storage. I did discover back then that it had an old Cave mirror and not the original Criterion mirror. When collimated, the images were outstanding.Fast forward 15 years and plus one son. I decided that I would fix up the old Criterion for his 10th birthday.

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Posted 22 June 2020 - 10:25 AM

Great article, great machining and cool story.

 

Not the kind of wedding gift spouses usually go crazy over, but my best friend gave me a floor jack that gave me great pleasure and solid use for 20 years.

 

Not sure about it being a 'no-name' though. Few would turn down a Cave or a non-SCT Criterion. And that mount deserves to bear YOUR name.

 

I learned not to be a fan of 'starter' equipment in any hobby, after having suffered through same on several hobbies; flying, scuba, astronomy, target shooting, archery, automotive and general repair,s and others. It's a miracle my erected, over-magnified, miscentered 60mm Tasco on a despicably ineffective 'fork tine', gluey lubed mount didn't kill my interest completely. 

 

'Starters' can easily poison interest (and in firearms lead to deadly accidents). Very good to excellent equipment, even if outdated, can just as easily build interest. Rehabbed with a tube cut to the f7 Carton replacement and GSO rack, on a zero friction alt az made the Tasco into a scope I would be happy to lend to a beginner, along with an astroscan. Despite the aperture.

 

Yours will be a wonderful starter scope that can go another 50 years as a permanent one, or lead to bigger and better once your son learns the ropes and builds his skills.

 

 

Funny to see a Comet Catcher looking so tiny!


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Posted 22 June 2020 - 11:02 AM

That is a Very Fine Telescope !

 Nice Job indeed.....

 Mark



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Posted 22 June 2020 - 03:13 PM

Nice looking scope indeed a work of art.its just as pleasurable just look at it in corner of living room just as it is to look through reminds of an old scope manufacturer here in London called fullerscopes 



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Posted 22 June 2020 - 10:51 PM

>blink<

>blink<

 

Imagine being 10 year sold and having a scope like that, built & restored by your dad no less!


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Posted 23 June 2020 - 04:51 AM

Very nice it is !

 

Regarding the name, this is a quote from Joshua Slocum who rebuilt the Spray and sailed it single-handedly around the world. (end 19th century)

"Now, it is a law in Lloyd's that the Jane repaired all out of the old until she is entirely new is still the Jane."

 

Jan.


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Posted 23 June 2020 - 11:57 AM

Beautiful job. You put a few hours into that one!



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Posted 23 June 2020 - 03:46 PM

Please come show it at Stellafane 2021! And bring the proud new owner along too. Jay



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Posted 24 June 2020 - 09:46 AM

Belated Happy Father's Day to a super Dad! Your son is lucky to have you. I believe your presence in his life is programming him for success!



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Posted 24 June 2020 - 06:18 PM

Outstanding job!!



#11 Haukka

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Posted 25 June 2020 - 12:45 AM

Fascinating! Great work!



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Posted 25 June 2020 - 05:11 PM

Wow. What a fantastic gift!



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Posted 25 June 2020 - 07:34 PM

That is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!  You didn't just do a good job, you did a magnificent job.  That is something to be proud of.  



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Posted 26 June 2020 - 01:32 PM

Gorgeous scope and you're lucky to have a son that enjoys these wonderful toys as he is to have a terrific dad.

 

Great work!



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Posted 26 June 2020 - 01:52 PM

It's always awesome to see Father-Son projects with passion towards building beautiful things - especially that one could just buy a telescope from the store



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Posted 27 June 2020 - 12:07 AM

Well done!

 



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Posted 30 June 2020 - 04:56 AM

That is beautiful.

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Posted 01 July 2020 - 11:13 AM

Great article and an even better result.  As for a name, I'm thinking "LB Myers & Son" Newtonian.  It has a nice ring to it! 

 

Enjoy it and the time you will spend with your son using it!



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Posted 01 July 2020 - 12:56 PM

The ingenuity of humans never ceases to amaze me, that is an art form and what a work of art!




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