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#1 TopQ

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 07:57 PM

Hello Guys

I finally got the three vintage Swift scopes, 831 (77 mm), 838 (50 mm) and the 839 (60 mm).

Unfortunately only the 831 is what I would consider collector's grade since the other two are missing most of their accessories and the 839 is actually using not its original tripod legs. I guess with time I will get the scopes in better working order. I f

So far, the start tests are very good for all of them so I guess that is why they were so highly regarded.

In any case here are some pictures.

 

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 07:58 PM

Here are some more pictures

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 08:00 PM

One last set of pictures

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 08:02 PM

A question for the board:

The 839 has the pink/salmon color, while the other two are white. Do you know if Swift offered the other models with the same pink/salmon color?

 

Thanks for your feedback,

Bruno



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Posted 27 June 2020 - 08:06 PM

Never touched a Swift.

Beautiful telescopes. 



#6 Ken Sturrock

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 08:06 PM

Nice.

 

I, too, have a Swift trifecta.

 

I bought them from Chuck Hards. He only wanted to sell me the 831 and I only wanted to buy the 838.

 

So, we compromised on all three.


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Posted 27 June 2020 - 08:18 PM

I have an 838, which does well against my Tak FC-50.  Beautiful, original (cable-less EQ), and high-quality Classics.


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Posted 27 June 2020 - 08:59 PM

My Swift 831 has  the pinkish salmon color. 

 

Swift on CG5 1.jpg

-on an old CG5 mount for an evening of viewing.

 

 

My 838 does not, its tube is white.


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Posted 27 June 2020 - 09:43 PM

Here's my 839. It's no. 60028 and complete. I'm the second owner. They are beautiful scopes with wonderful build quality and sharp optics. I love the color scheme. They have a real zen!

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 10:12 PM

I remember a topic some time ago with various shades of color for the Swifts.

 

You have a very enviable collection of fine scopes.  I can assure you, they are top of the line instruments.

 

Alas, I have only the 831 and 838 - both from 1960.  Woe is I.  But they are both great performers. 

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 10:41 PM

Bruno,

Really nice trio! 

 

Well since were showing them.

Here's my White 838  #61127

Swift-839-focuser.jpg

 

Swift 839 & Bonestell.jpg

It came without the tripod so it's riding on my Crescent's (Towa alt-az), hub for this photo.

It fits the hub's hole perfectly.

Barry sent me some Monolux legs that are a match (not these), but I fear finding a Swift tripod hub will be impossible.

I'll probably just search for another Towa hub and modify it to look correct.


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Posted 28 June 2020 - 10:13 AM

Here is one of my 838 from last summer when I was trying out some 125 eyepieces on a artificial star (kettle with the handle removed) when my son showed up with a dozer that took him 100+ hours to build.

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 09:58 PM

Thanks for posting all those pictures. 

Hopefully I can make the scopes work as well as when they were new.

 

Bruno


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Posted 29 June 2020 - 06:31 PM

I see three different styles of 838's in this thread.



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Posted 29 June 2020 - 06:46 PM

Here is my 838:

 

838 setup 1.jpg , 838 setup 3.jpg


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Posted 30 June 2020 - 11:08 AM

My current 838 has a reproduction tripod that I built to the same spec's as the stock tripod.   About the only departure from stock is the use of brass screws to attach the leg fittings, instead of the usual nickel plate hardware.  Thanks to Ken Sturrock for providing me with dimensions.

 

Catalyzed automotive paint match.  IIRC, the dew cap on this one was repainted, as well.

 

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Posted 30 June 2020 - 03:08 PM

My current 838 has a reproduction tripod that I built to the same spec's as the stock tripod.   About the only departure from stock is the use of brass screws to attach the leg fittings, instead of the usual nickel plate hardware.  Thanks to Ken Sturrock for providing me with dimensions.

 

Catalyzed automotive paint match.  IIRC, the dew cap on this one was repainted, as well.

 

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Nice Job. Seen it before but always worth another look. 

 

On the tripod, what did you use after the two step staining process?



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Posted 01 July 2020 - 07:35 AM

Thanks, Chris!

 

The Minwax is a urethane, so it stains and seals.  I apply it like an oil finish, wiped-on with a cotton rag, one direction.  Three coats usually seals the wood pretty well.  Once sealed, additional coats don't really darken it much more.  I don't apply anything after the urethane.


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