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#26 Kasmos

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 03:35 PM

BB's examples of the Mizars Meades are both good, especially the Meades.

You'd also be going back quite a few years, but the original Vixen Polaris, and Super Polaris 'might' also fit the bill. 

 

IMO, as mounts get newer, the problem is their designs are not as organic in shape.

Blacks and tinted gray mounts are also going to tend to look older than whites.

Not to mention, wood tripod legs inplace of aluminum ones will also help the cause.


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Posted 30 July 2020 - 04:49 PM

Haint Blue goes with nearly everything very well!!

That's Cambridge Blue, a very distinguished colour!   


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Posted 30 July 2020 - 05:04 PM

I'm rather fond of my Sears 6344 riding on my Celestron CG-4. I'm not a Classics collector, however, and this is the only classic telescope that I own. Still, I think it looks rather nice.

 

Cheers! Bob F. smile.gif

 

 

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It looks very nice indeed!bow.gif

 

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 05:50 PM

Now we're getting somewhere!  wink.gif

 

Any Vixen Custom D users?

I used to have one and I really liked it but I sold it and have had a Vixen Porta II for the past eight or ten years. I like the Porta better as it is easier to balance and the slow-motions have a full 360° of action and don’t have to be reset like the old Custom and Custom D.

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 06:05 PM

BB's examples of the Mizars Meades are both good, especially the Meades.

You'd also be going back quite a few years, but the original Vixen Polaris, and Super Polaris 'might' also fit the bill. 

 

IMO, as mounts get newer, the problem is their designs are not as organic in shape.

Blacks and tinted gray mounts are also going to tend to look older than whites.

Not to mention, wood tripod legs inplace of aluminum ones will also help the cause.

Besides its smooth & stable qualities, my Takahashi EM-1S (on a Filotecnica surveyor tripod) has the motor drive built into the polar axis housing:

 

Dakin 4 - Restore S05.jpg

 

Wires only when I attach the battery pack & hand controller.


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Posted 30 July 2020 - 08:42 PM

I've used my 831 Swift on an old CG5 mount:

 

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 08:44 PM

I've used my Sears 6339a on an Edmund mount:

 

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Modernish - no


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Posted 30 July 2020 - 08:46 PM

I have a Starfinder mount that I have used my 5" Apogee on:

 

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I even made brackets to fit on this mount for any 3" scope that I have:

 

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 09:53 PM

My 5 inch Unitron on a Losmandy G-11 mount!

 

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 10:10 PM

I've used my 831 Swift on an old CG5 mount:

 

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I really like the appearance of that rig. Very nice! Thanks for sharing the photo. waytogo.gif

 

Cheers! Bob F. smile.gif


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Posted 31 July 2020 - 12:20 AM

Besides its smooth & stable qualities, my Takahashi EM-1S (on a Filotecnica surveyor tripod) has the motor drive built into the polar axis housing:

Dakin 4 - Restore S05.jpg

Wires only when I attach the battery pack & hand controller.


Wow BB! That is really beautiful. You know that I haven't been keeping up with the goings on here. What is that set-up?
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Posted 31 July 2020 - 03:02 AM

I've used my Sears 6339a on an Edmund mount:

 

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Modernish - no

That has a unique look all its own! When is that Edmund mount from?


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Posted 31 July 2020 - 06:30 AM

Wow BB! That is really beautiful. You know that I haven't been keeping up with the goings on here. What is that set-up?

Thanks!  That's my awesome 1970s Dakin 4" F10 after I had the scope + Lafayette (SYW) 60mm F7 powder-coated with English Racing Green gloss.  My new AT102ED replaced the Edmund 4" F15, but didn't replace the Dakin.


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Posted 31 July 2020 - 07:48 AM

That has a unique look all its own! When is that Edmund mount from?

I believe that it is from the mid-60's, the same era as the scope.  With their gray tints, they look good together.



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Posted 31 July 2020 - 09:44 AM

This topic is a bit confusing, it seems to have morphed to a requirement that the modern mount needs to be as old as the OTA. Most of my classics get used on a more modern mount simple because it is more capable. I think my SP C-102 and Tasco 10TE look equally at home on this modern GOTO mount.

 

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And as far as GOTO is concerned, to each his own. Personally when I go out for a relaxing evening under the stars the last thing I want to do is contort my body to view through a finder scope and then try to compare what I see to a chart that may or may not be oriented in the same direction and then look through a telescope that is massively magnified and probably oriented in yet another direction. Too much searching, contorting and frustration for me. Maybe it's partly due to my old creaky body, but I find it much more enjoyable to align once and then hop from object to object and spend the majority of my time viewing. As I said to each his own, simply a preference. Some people enjoy the hunt and I can appreciate that, for me it only adds to the neck and back strain, not to mention frustration levels.


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Posted 31 July 2020 - 10:37 AM

I have a Starfinder mount that I have used my 5" Apogee on:

 

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I even made brackets to fit on this mount for any 3" scope that I have:

 

attachicon.gifStarfinder mount 1.jpg

Gary, I love how you adapted a Meade SF to a tripod.  That's what I wanted to do, but I thought the weight of a stout wood tripod + the SF would be too much for my A/S.  When I got the Filotecnica, and saw that it could carry the weight of a Unitron 152 OTA + EQ, I considered having The Boys make a hub so I could switch a SF between pedestal & tripod.  Then, I got the EM-1S, which is my solution for scopes too heavy for the Mizars, but don't need an SF...

 

[RE Johann's Thread:  I had to buy & test a lot of equipment to find what works for me.  STILL need to test my APM 152ED on the EM-1S.]


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Posted 31 July 2020 - 10:58 AM

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Posted 31 July 2020 - 11:56 AM

As a comparison, photos of my 5 inch Unitron in original 1960's mount (taken at NEAF 2015)...and with the more modern Losmandy G-11 mount.  I too like the advantages of the goto mount, but thoroughly enjoy the tracking capability even more!

 

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Posted 31 July 2020 - 12:59 PM

While this Super Polaris mount is actually probably older than the TV Renaissance 102 riding on it, the Gotonova goto kit I put on it about 10 years ago.  

 

Last week, while in Utah imaging NEOWISE, I didn't need the goto.  All I needed was the drive to be running to track the comet.  So it was rather frustrating to have to do a star alignment (I only did the 1 star alignment), and then when my laptop battery needed charging and I started the van to keep it's battery from draining, the gotonova would reset whenever the voltage changed even a little.  So there was a period of about an hour where I wasn't tracking the comet, just fiddling with my equipment.  Once the laptop was charged enough to get me through about another hour of imaging (tethered to my Olympus OMD EM5ii camera), I shut the van down and unplugged the laptop charger from the inverter.  

 

And then it occurred to me, "Hey, I could LIE to the gotonova!"  What I did was select the one star alignment method, but instead of putting the scope in the park position and aligning on a star selected from the gotonova list, I unlocked the RA and DEC locks, and held the OTA steady while I told the gotonova that the scope was parked, and hit the "sync" button when it thought I'd aligned it on Mizar.  Then, I locked everything and used the slew buttons to get back to the comet.

 

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Posted 31 July 2020 - 03:41 PM

Ok, in keeping with the spirit of this thread, here is my Tasco 10TE on the only "modern" mount that I have:

 

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 . . . but to me it just doesn't look right.

 

 


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Posted 31 July 2020 - 03:50 PM

I love my classic Questar on the Meade LX85 mount. For me it’s the perfect combination with perfect goto’s and great tracking, and so easy to setup and take down.

 

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Posted 31 July 2020 - 04:06 PM

Ok, in keeping with the spirit of this thread, here is my Tasco 10TE on the only "modern" mount that I have:

 

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 . . . but to me it just doesn't look right.

Agreed!  ;) 


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Posted 31 July 2020 - 06:11 PM

Ok, in keeping with the spirit of this thread, here is my Tasco 10TE on the only "modern" mount that I have:

 

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 . . . but to me it just doesn't look right.

However, in my other photos,  two of the 3 mounts are from the 90's, and two of the 3 scopes are from the 60's, so maybe they do fit the criteria.  So my classics were on more modern mounts.  That 3" Sears on that old Edmund mount is actually a great combination.


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Posted 03 August 2020 - 01:07 PM

Here are my classic Mayflower model 814 (60mm x 700mm from 1965) and once upon a time Monolux model 4380 (60mm x 910mm from 1962), on my trusty TeleVue Panoramic Mount and TV ash-wood tripod (modern; still in production):

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Posted 03 August 2020 - 02:55 PM

Here are my classic Mayflower model 814 (60mm x 700mm from 1965) and once upon a time Monolux model 4380 (60mm x 910mm from 1962), on my trusty TeleVue Panoramic Mount and TV ash-wood tripod (modern; still in production):

Perfect!  :) 


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