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#1 starman876

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Posted 13 August 2020 - 04:47 PM

talked today to the woman who will release the scope for shipping.  She is out of town and will not be back until the 19th of this month.  So it might be a another two weeks before I see the scope.   Meanwhile here are a few  pictures

 

 

 

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#2 Bonco2

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Posted 13 August 2020 - 05:26 PM

NICE!!

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Posted 13 August 2020 - 06:02 PM

Hope it's collimated.



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Posted 13 August 2020 - 06:13 PM

Collimated?- I hope the mirror and all coatings are good!


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Posted 13 August 2020 - 06:35 PM

Collimated?- I hope the mirror and all coatings are good!

They can can get knocked out of collimation.  



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Posted 13 August 2020 - 06:56 PM

I was just remarking -that I would be worried more about the condition of the optics.


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Posted 13 August 2020 - 07:06 PM

Cumberland optics is right around the corner from me.  If the optics need work I will let them take care of it.   I am looking forward to a restoration project.  I love taking something that people consider beyond all hope and bring it back to life.  That is what classic scope collecting is all about.  


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Posted 13 August 2020 - 07:08 PM

The crud on the outside of the scope is from that old foam in the case.  I have figured the scope is from the early 80's.  

 

I will be able to tell better when I can see the serial number.  


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Posted 13 August 2020 - 07:58 PM

Scope should do fine as wine if all is well. Just my 7 did not like cold nites with fast temps drops the short time i had mine.  Should be close to a good 8" Newt.



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Posted 13 August 2020 - 08:50 PM

Nice find, will be fun to hear about when arrives! 



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Posted 13 August 2020 - 08:51 PM

Scope should do fine as wine if all is well. Just my 7 did not like cold nites with fast temps drops the short time i had mine.  Should be close to a good 8" Newt.

so what was wrong with all the other nights when the temperature was steady.  I found those nights are best for every scope I have used. 


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Posted 13 August 2020 - 10:19 PM

talked today to the woman who will release the scope for shipping.  She is out of town and will not be back until the 19th of this month.  So it might be a another two weeks before I see the scope.   Meanwhile here are a few  pictures

 

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Starman,

 

The Q7 serial number is visible but not readable in your first picture (On the black mounting part). It should supply you with enough information to determine the date plus other info. 

 

 

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Posted 14 August 2020 - 06:16 AM

Starman,

 

The Q7 serial number is visible but not readable in your first picture (On the black mounting part). It should supply you with enough information to determine the date plus other info. 

 

 

JR

I know where the serial number is, but my software cannot enhance it enough so I can read it.  Thanks.



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Posted 14 August 2020 - 07:44 AM

I used a Q7 many years ago. Superb scope in every respect. Cool down was a big issue though. Optics were exquisite in the example I used. Quartz mirror and upgraded optical figure and finish. The owner said he would pre cool the scope. It was on a superb ball bearing ATM Mount. He had a small room with a big window AC unit. He lived south of Syracuse somewhere and brought it to a gathering we had with the local club. Never seen one since.


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Posted 14 August 2020 - 10:56 AM

I like the purple tube!  Have not see than on a Q7 before.  Some friends have a Q7 and fortunately are eager to share the views.  I haven't noticed much problems with cooling down, it always seems affected by seeing like any other Mak or Cass scope, a little more affected than a refractor.  But we observe near the ocean and maybe that helps moderate dropping temps.  The views are a big upgrade over the typical SCT.

 

Being local to Cumberland is a huge bonus, will be easy to get mirrors re-coated if necessary, congrats!



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Posted 14 August 2020 - 01:14 PM

Cool! Congrats. You know, they also made an astro version in the fork mount and base that looks just like a scaled up Q-Standard.



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Posted 14 August 2020 - 02:11 PM

Cool! Congrats. You know, they also made an astro version in the fork mount and base that looks just like a scaled up Q-Standard.

The fork mount can be bought seperately to mount the Q7 into.  



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Posted 14 August 2020 - 06:09 PM

Cool! Congrats. You know, they also made an astro version in the fork mount and base that looks just like a scaled up Q-Standard.

It is a monster when you see one in the flesh. Mine was heavy as well.  I pushed it to 700x but the cold weather never did allow it to snap like i am sure it would have in warm weather. It was very pricey at around 8k in 1990's $'s. I sold it pretty fast for the Meade 7" ED.


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Posted 14 August 2020 - 07:25 PM

Looks like I am not the first on CN to do a restore of a Q7.  I found these threads.

 

https://www.cloudyni...esource-thread/

 

 

https://www.cloudyni...1000-questar-7/


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Posted 14 August 2020 - 10:45 PM

Looks like I am not the first on CN to do a restore of a Q7.  I found these threads.

 

https://www.cloudyni...esource-thread/

 

 

https://www.cloudyni...1000-questar-7/

Ben Langlotz also has a thread on a Q7 he restored in the Questar Forum. It was a year or two ago. There are a number of Questar 7 owners in the Questar Forum.
 

Edit. I just ran across that thread. Very good step by step instructions:
 

https://www.cloudyni...-greek-goddess/


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Posted 16 August 2020 - 10:14 PM

I am so jealous....



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Posted 17 August 2020 - 05:45 AM

I am so jealous....

Just jump on one when one pops up.  They go for around 7k today complete with mount.  After seeing the small 3.5" Q i never would have thought the 7" was so big. When i first got it i was shocked at the weight and size.


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Posted 17 August 2020 - 07:48 AM

Just jump on one when one pops up.  They go for around 7k today complete with mount.  After seeing the small 3.5" Q i never would have thought the 7" was so big. When i first got it i was shocked at the weight and size.

we will see when it gets here grin.gif



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Posted 17 August 2020 - 07:50 AM

I am so jealous....

We will see if you will be jealous or if you will feel sorry for me depending on the condition of the optics. 



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Posted 17 August 2020 - 12:11 PM

Personally, I'd like to hear more about how that AP1200 mount you recently got is working out. Are you thinking about putting the Q7 on it? I keep wondering if I should replace my G11 with one or just upgrade the RA axis to the Titan.

 

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