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#51 CHASLX200

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Posted 16 September 2020 - 06:04 PM

I think one of the most beautiful reflectors is this Cave Astrola 8 inch f/7 Lightweight

Deluxe.

All of Cave's experience is evident when you look at this beauty and observe with it.

Robert

 

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That gets my blood going.  Looks like a pre 1970's with the thinner end rings.



#52 CHASLX200

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Posted 16 September 2020 - 06:05 PM

 

Lots of beautiful scopes..  

 

Here's a couple of classics

 

 
 
This thread brings back memories.. "oh yeah, I had none of those."
 
The Edmunds red and whites are enchanting. 
 
Jon

 

That RG gets my blood going also but my back says no way.


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#53 PiSigma

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Posted 17 September 2020 - 06:52 PM

Those who have been on this forum for a while have seen this picture before. But I can't let a thread like this go without posting it again. They just don't get much better than this IMHO.

 

 

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Posted 17 September 2020 - 06:58 PM

Those who have been on this forum for a while have seen this picture before. But I can't let a thread like this go without posting it again. They just don't get much better than this IMHO.

Looks pretty but i would be scared it will fall off the block.



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Posted 17 September 2020 - 07:00 PM

Wow! Seen it before but love seeing it again Jon.



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Posted 17 September 2020 - 07:10 PM

Looks pretty but i would be scared it will fall off the block.

It looks scary but the leveling screws are down on all 3 legs. It is not going anywhere.


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Posted 17 September 2020 - 07:14 PM

It looks scary but the leveling screws are down on all 3 legs. It is not going anywhere.

I don't think they made many chrome mounts like that. I think only the 10" had that option.



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Posted 17 September 2020 - 07:20 PM

I don't think they made many chrome mounts like that. I think only the 10" had that option.

True and they were all f/6 or f/7. I have not seen one in f/8 even though Cave did make a 10" f/8. I have 8 noted in the Registry.



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Posted 17 September 2020 - 07:55 PM

This was the 10 inch custom deluxe. I ordered the full chrome version in 1972. But after 6 months I started to pester Tom Cave to deliver the goods. Another few months went by, no delivery. So what I finally received was a partially chromed version poorly finished. I think he got irritated with me and pushed out a not fully refined version. The mirror needed to be corrected and I was able to find Richard Fagin to fix the mirror. Wow, it was a real performer after that. Around 1999 I needed space in my garage and I sold it to a guy in Georgia for $1200. I was OK with that price as I thought it was going to someone who would use it and appreciate it. But just a few days later I saw he offered it for sale for the insane price at $5000+. I found out he did sell it but I don't think he found a buyer at that price. Final thoughts, while I didn't get from Cave what I ordered, what I did get is one fine, beautiful  10 inch f/6 that provided  decades of enjoyment. Sure wish I knew who owns it now. Pi Sigma's picture shows what I was expecting to get. BTW If my memory serves me I sold that guide scope to Pi...It's very close to the one furnished by Cave.

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Posted 17 September 2020 - 08:09 PM

The Optical Craftsmen 'Discoverer' 8 inch f/6.3 from 1969.

Very nice and excellent optics.

Robert

 

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Posted 17 September 2020 - 09:02 PM

My homemade 10" f/7 on a Meade RG mount:

 

10 on RG mount a.jpg , 10 on RG mount b.jpg

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mirror end.jpg

 

-look ma, no fans.

 

Over a year ago I tried to sell the scope and mount as one, but no takers.  The scope found a home in Indiana, and the mount went to New York.

I was a very good scope, but it was just getting to heavy for me.


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Posted 18 September 2020 - 05:39 AM

My homemade 10" f/7 on a Meade RG mount:

 

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-look ma, no fans.

 

Over a year ago I tried to sell the scope and mount as one, but no takers.  The scope found a home in Indiana, and the mount went to New York.

I was a very good scope, but it was just getting to heavy for me.

I sure wanted to buy it but we all know FL never has these scopes.



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Posted 18 September 2020 - 08:36 AM

This Edmund 8" Reflector has been waiting too many years for my first light.  The mount and OTA have been restored but I never got around to getting the Mirror and Secondary recoated......well yesterday they were sent to Majestic for new coatings.  In the meantime (next 3 weeks) I am working on a permanent concrete pad (eventually to be observatory) to get the mount ready for the new mirrors.  For now I will cover the mount with a tarp (light oil on all non-painted surfaces) and cart just the OTA in and out for viewing sessions.  The OTA is the original phenolic and surprisingly light......It survived in very nice shape as it just needed a little bondo on the mirror end of the tube.  The mount is one of the early models with the polar shaft not turned down to accept the clock drive and the pipe cap is the early version.  The mirror is an old upco and has an interesting angle designed into the pyrex.  

 

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Posted 18 September 2020 - 07:06 PM

BTW If my memory serves me I sold that guide scope to Pi...It's very close to the one furnished by Cave.

Bill  

You did sell me that guide scope Bill. I was very happy to add that as the scope should have come with it from Cave. I had copies of numerous letters from the original owner to Cave about the delay in its delivery as well. When it finally did arrive there was no guide scope, most of the eyepieces he had ordered were missing, the OTA cradle had a crack in it and the dec. slow motion control box was crushed. The buyer had sent an 80mm refractor to Cave to have it mounted and balanced before shipping and not only wasn't it mounted, they didn't even send it back! It sounded like rough times to order a new Cave.


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Posted 18 September 2020 - 07:57 PM

Here's a favorite of mine, a 1957 Cave Astrola model B deluxe 8 inch f/7

This telescope moves so nice, it's optics are fabulous, a really well designed

and made Newtonian.

Robert

 

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Posted 18 September 2020 - 08:30 PM

You did sell me that guide scope Bill. I was very happy to add that as the scope should have come with it from Cave. I had copies of numerous letters from the original owner to Cave about the delay in its delivery as well. When it finally did arrive there was no guide scope, most of the eyepieces he had ordered were missing, the OTA cradle had a crack in it and the dec. slow motion control box was crushed. The buyer had sent an 80mm refractor to Cave to have it mounted and balanced before shipping and not only wasn't it mounted, they didn't even send it back! It sounded like rough times to order a new Cave.

Pi,

Amazing how similar to my story. Best I can remember I bought mine in 1972 +- 1 year. Cave must have been stressed with too many orders or something at that time. We all know that he usually delivered what was promised. I bought the guide scope from Bob Midiri here on the forum. I never found a use for it so sold it to you knowing it's a perfect fit for the Cave 10 inch. Sure love your picture, brings back many good memories.

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Posted 19 September 2020 - 05:52 AM

Here's a favorite of mine, a 1957 Cave Astrola model B deluxe 8 inch f/7

This telescope moves so nice, it's optics are fabulous, a really well designed

and made Newtonian.

Robert

 

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That had the first style of end rings with the rounded looks.



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Posted 19 September 2020 - 09:48 AM

This Cave may have come close to the end of Cave's production, but its optics are second to none.

 

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Posted 19 September 2020 - 09:00 PM

Nice scopes here :)
I miss my old Meade 626

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Posted 20 September 2020 - 08:16 AM

Here is a nice 8" Cave I used to have

 

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Posted 20 September 2020 - 09:39 AM

Cave 8” f/8 Model “B”. My favorite scope for years - great optics, beautiful classic looks. Loved the brass setting circles when I was not polishing them....

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Posted 20 September 2020 - 09:42 AM

Circles

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Posted 20 September 2020 - 09:47 AM

Another classic 8” scope, this one a Meade 8” f/6. Living at the beach with not a lot of space but great seeing more often than not. Optics were wonderful. 

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Posted 20 September 2020 - 09:50 AM

Cave 10” Cass I bought from Rolo. Another scope I never should have sold. Brass circles once again!



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Posted 20 September 2020 - 09:51 AM

Cave 10” Cass I bought from Rolo. Another scope I never should have sold. Brass circles once again!

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