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#1 Cren

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Posted 09 July 2020 - 03:30 AM

Hello,

I looking for any info about Mario Spada Telescope, 8" mirror.

It is on sale from local guy, in a working condition.

Please see the attached pics.

Thank you

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#2 highfnum

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Posted 09 July 2020 - 05:24 AM

what about photo of mirror and any correctors?



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Posted 09 July 2020 - 07:37 AM

Looks... Massive.  Drive pulley belt for DEC axis missing.  Unusual scope & color -- definitely rare in the USA.


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Posted 09 July 2020 - 09:05 AM

And a very Zeiss-like logo!



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Posted 09 July 2020 - 09:17 AM

https://www.yumpu.co...da-1991-specola


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Posted 09 July 2020 - 12:06 PM

There is a pulley in the 3rd photo laying between 2 electrical devices. Could be for the drive.



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Posted 09 July 2020 - 12:27 PM

Somebody saw a early Celestron.



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Posted 09 July 2020 - 01:26 PM

Looks like an early Celestron to me.   Looks like a blue and white C8.  However, does not look like the original blue and white C8.   


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Posted 09 July 2020 - 06:52 PM

Interesting scope. Not much info online about this Mario Spada fellow, either.

 

I'm wondering if the rear cell on this came from a Celestron Pacific C8, or as mentioned above - the old blue and white C8. It's hard to tell from the photos, but the rear cell looks like it has 3 either locking / collimation holes or bolts.... and I don't see a focus knob like the one pictured in post #5. Or, it could just be the angle.

 

 

More pictures would be cool. A neat find for sure!

 

Cheers,



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Posted 10 July 2020 - 04:12 AM

Hi, Mario Spada advertised his "famous" Alpha SC telescopes in S&T around early 90s. His advertisement was small enough. The word "famous" was a striking feature in the text. I contacted him in order to buy a 200mm SCT. Instruments were 100% hand made by him. Also offered a limited line of achromats. I still have his brochure. The discussed instruments deserves respect since come from a by gone era.
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Posted 10 July 2020 - 04:21 AM

from what I remember by memory alone, Mario Spada was "a gentlemen in Verona" offering a nice assorted catalog of astronomical instruments in the early '80s.

He was quoted as being "volcanic" or "lively", very proud of his instruments and of his alternative/out of scheme tech choises, like using "sonotube type" tubes (exactly for his SCTs, if memory serves me decently).

 

His mechanics were known to be on the "very heavy side", making his SCTs suitable mostly for semi-permanent setup (particularly for his SCT 10" or over).

I do not know about the mechanical qualities and their precision level, but they should have been ata quite high level (for the times: surely) as mr. Spada primary business was in the mechanic anc opto-mechanic precision instruments area, including selling and in home maintenance and repairing.

 

The absolute plus (in my opinion), is that the optics were outsourced from... Romano Zen, which I consider one between a very few of the best opticians in Europe.

 

Soada's  price were quite high, in a period when also small and simple telescopes and parts (imported and not) were already costly: I think that not many were sold if not to schools, associations and motivated amateurs: Celestrons were already on the breach from years and started being known in Italy.

Now, going to the "rumors" that I heared more than once, but of which I have no direct experience: Spada's was an attempt to compete with the US Firms adding italian quality that was effectively present, but maybe poorly tuned: these telescope were mostly not competitive with other SCTs (weight, price), and optical performances were reported as quite poor: in facts it seems that the relation between Spada and Zen ceased as Spada's had a stroppy charcater, and he denyed to stay behind his customers (on such costly instruments...).

 

I could have a few leaflet digged somewhere: at the time I was already ATMing, but surely Spada's ads on magazines like "L'Astronomia" were eye catching for a young guy like me.

 

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Posted 10 July 2020 - 03:37 PM

Interesting scope. Not much info online about this Mario Spada fellow, either.

 

I'm wondering if the rear cell on this came from a Celestron Pacific C8, or as mentioned above - the old blue and white C8. It's hard to tell from the photos, but the rear cell looks like it has 3 either locking / collimation holes or bolts.... and I don't see a focus knob like the one pictured in post #5. Or, it could just be the angle.

 

 

More pictures would be cool. A neat find for sure!

 

Cheers,

While the two slightly different designs (this one and the linked brochure), borrow from both early and latter Celestrons, the rear cell on them only have four ridges as opposed to Celestrons having six.



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Posted 10 July 2020 - 04:38 PM

While the two slightly different designs (this one and the linked brochure), borrow from both early and latter Celestrons, the rear cell on them only have four ridges as opposed to Celestrons having six.

Good eye! 

I didn't notice that.

 

 

I wonder if the OP is still around, or if he/she got it. And excellent info in posts 10 and 11, that solves some of they mystery.

 

Cheers,

T



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Posted 12 July 2020 - 06:47 PM

Looks like an early Celestron to me.   Looks like a blue and white C8.  However, does not look like the original blue and white C8.   

Glass type cited in the brochure isn't a C8's.



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Posted 13 July 2020 - 07:23 AM

Glass type cited in the brochure isn't a C8's.

interesting.




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