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#1 kicnaram

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Posted 10 August 2020 - 03:52 PM

A six-inch Fecker refractor and an unknown 5-inch refractor are being lovingly restored at the department of Sterling Hill Mining Museum.

https://www.sterling...cal-observatory


The scopes were at the Montclair School of Conservation which unfortunately closed after 70 years of operation. They were left in a field after having been designated as trash and the observatory in which they were housed was demolished. They were recovered after having been left in a field for some time.

 

The pier for the un-named scope was missing and the tailpiece of the Fecker was missing. Other than that they seemed to be in similar conditions, as described in this 2000 web-page.

http://www.webari.com/musoc/

 

Restoration of the Fecker has been moving along well. Mostly cleaning and reconditioning parts. A feather touch focuser and tailpiece assembly should be here next week and first light soon after.

I will send additional images of the un-named scope and progress of both.

If anyone has any more information on the scopes please let me know.
 

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Posted 10 August 2020 - 04:07 PM

A six-inch Fecker refractor and an unknown 5-inch refractor are being lovingly restored at the department of Sterling Hill Mining Museum.

https://www.sterling...cal-observatory


The scopes were at the Montclair School of Conservation which unfortunately closed after 70 years of operation. They were left in a field after having been designated as trash and the observatory in which they were housed was demolished. They were recovered after having been left in a field for some time.

 

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How could anyone do that to them?


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Posted 10 August 2020 - 05:32 PM

Very cool!! I have some Fecker 'scopes, but not a 6" refractor!! Good luck on the restoration.

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Posted 10 August 2020 - 05:57 PM

Unbelievable...left in a field..

I'm glad they were rescued .looking forward to seeing more restoration.

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Posted 11 August 2020 - 04:35 PM

Got some parts back on the scope

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Posted 12 August 2020 - 10:03 AM

That is quite a beautiful scope. Fecker’s are rare! I’m so glad that you were able to rescue it! It’s amazing the stuff people throw away. Some of us here will remember Ziggy’s (R.I.P) big Clark refractor that was rescued just before it was headed for the dump! And there was Dan’s (Datapanic) Horsetrail Cave Newtonian, found in a field and left for dead.


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Posted 10 September 2020 - 05:09 PM

almost done, waiting for a tailpiece and feather touch.fecker 493kb 90.jpg


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Posted 10 September 2020 - 06:34 PM

Beautiful scope.  And nice map!



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Posted 13 September 2020 - 11:38 PM

The Fecker is a beautiful scope, and the mount was made to incredibly tight tolerances Hans Pfleumer. We just found an engraving on another scope we are working on, T. or F. May, New York, 1883. I'll get some more photos up soon.

 

It is a nice map. At Sterling Hill Mining Museum our primary focus is on Fluorescent minerals as we are the fluorescent mineral capital of the world, (keep an eye out for our UHaul truck). Earth Science and Astronomy can quickly blend. Several years ago we established our observatory.

https://www.sterling...cal-observatory

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