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Cave Astrolabe 6” mirror, 1959 vintage, options?

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#1 Hardlyslept

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Posted 29 July 2020 - 08:24 PM

I have owned a Cave Astrola 6” mirror telescope with an AC motor drive mount for a couple of years. It’s been good to me, but health issues make it very difficult to move this scope around because if it’s very heavy base. I am considering my options and would like to hear opinions from folks more knowledgeable than I. Should I sell and get an easier to move unit? Should I trade instead of selling? Would a different mount make life easier? Any and all help would be appreciated.



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Posted 29 July 2020 - 09:10 PM

WHY DONT YOU PUT WHEELES ON IT 


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Posted 29 July 2020 - 10:24 PM

Welcome "Hardlyslept" to CN.

 

Could you post a photo of your scope? 

 

 

 I like to see it. It's a Cave Astrola. That right there should tell you something about what

you own, especially a 1959 vintage.

 

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 05:29 AM

If it is the 1.5" mount i can see why you want a lighter mount.



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Posted 30 July 2020 - 05:49 AM

Vintage Astrola

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#6 Hardlyslept

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 05:58 AM

I did add wheels to it, but I am still unable to move the base around easily. I’m dealing with Parkinson’s Disease. Loading and unloading the base is just more than I can manage. This telescope has been in my family since the early seventies. I have it because no one else in the family was interested. It works well and the tracking is very good. I am reluctant to part with it, but I have used smaller scopes and they provide excellent performance in a manageable size. 



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Posted 30 July 2020 - 06:02 AM

Looks like a 1" shaft mount. Maybe best to sell it and get something you can move around better.



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Posted 30 July 2020 - 06:09 AM

I suppose that is the most logical option, sell and obtain a lighter unit. It’s the nostalgic part of me that is slow in accepting that conclusion. It has to go to a good home. I suppose there is an area here for buying and selling. Maybe someone has a unit to trade! 



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Posted 30 July 2020 - 06:11 AM

I am sure you could sell it fast on here.  



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Posted 30 July 2020 - 09:14 AM

Where are you located. I need another scope like I need a hold in the head.

 

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 09:16 AM

I am in Upstate New York.



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Posted 30 July 2020 - 09:46 AM

You may be able to use a cart like this one I'm using from Harbor Freight.

The handle can be installed so it folds away from the platform for a equatorial, otherwise

the handle folds down on top of the platform.

It's very nice, like pushing a shopping cart around.

I just leave the scope on the cart ready to go.

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 09:48 AM

Interesting.  I like the mount. 



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Posted 30 July 2020 - 09:57 AM

You can also put more "snap" into a dob mount, too.

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 10:00 AM

I am in Upstate New York.

I'm in Montana.  I think too far, this time.


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Posted 02 August 2020 - 08:30 PM

I'd get another telescope you can manage. You have a great scope but if you cant readily use it, it will just gather dust. And as time goes by your cave will only get more difficult for you to manhandle.

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Posted 02 August 2020 - 08:38 PM

I would get a cover for the mount and leave it outside.   That way the only thing you have to carry outside  is the OTA.   


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Posted 02 August 2020 - 09:11 PM

I wouldn’t dobify a wonderful Cave classic if at all possible. Two contributors to this thread made valuable suggestions: to put wheels on it, or to get a cover for the mount and leave it out doors. I would suggest that you put wheels on it and leave it outside!- in your garage or a small storage shed, and then you could just roll it out onto your driveway or patio and start observing!


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Posted 03 August 2020 - 05:31 AM

I would be happy to pay 500 for it if it was local.  Someone would buy it in a snap if you put it up for sale.



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Posted 03 August 2020 - 07:20 AM

I wouldn’t dobify a wonderful Cave classic if at all possible. Two contributors to this thread made valuable suggestions: to put wheels on it, or to get a cover for the mount and leave it out doors. I would suggest that you put wheels on it and leave it outside!- in your garage or a small storage shed, and then you could just roll it out onto your driveway or patio and start observing!

I agree with Terra.  Either put it on wheels to make moving it around or just keep the mount outside.  They are wonderful scopes and you should do whatever you can to continue using it.   You are going to spend a lot of money to find anything that is even close in build quality and optical performance.   


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Posted 03 August 2020 - 12:17 PM

Could you take a picture of the mirror engravings if there are any and register the mirror on the Cave Mirror Registry.  The mount looks newer than 1959 (RA and DEC housing and setting circle pointer) but if in fact it's that old this is an early mirror and possibly an important one.  .  Curious that  "ASTROLA" is not raised lettering on the dec housing.


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Posted 03 August 2020 - 12:33 PM

Looks like a 1" shaft mount. Maybe best to sell it and get something you can move around better.

You may be correct as I don't see "ASTROLA" raised lettering  on the dec housing.  Also rare, to me, 4" Magnussen setting circles which came stock with the 1" bore.   You don't see these little guys too often.


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Posted 03 August 2020 - 05:57 PM

I suppose that is the most logical option, sell and obtain a lighter unit. It’s the nostalgic part of me ...

Another potential idea to go with the wheels, outdoor base storage, etc: if you can find some younger, local friends who have an interest in astronomy, you can use them as hired muscle wink.gif.  Of course not everyone will be enthused, especially in our instant-grat culture, but there might be some of the right type of mindset who'd gladly help move it around in exchange for you showing them around the night sky with it.  You could augment that with the purchase of a small, easily portable telescope, and keep this one for group use with the friends/hired-muscle and nostalgia value.  If you're attached to this, it seems like a shame to see it go.



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Posted 03 August 2020 - 06:03 PM

Mount looks to be 1970's made.




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