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What is the best classic scope you own?

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#1 starman876

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 12:34 PM

For me it has been the AP 152 triplet from 1986.  Have owned the scope for over 12 years now.   Has provided many wonderful views. 

 

 

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 12:41 PM

So many to choose from....but probably the double 8" F13 refractors on the Cooke mount. I have it restored except for painting. We plan to buy a new place when the pandemic is over, so I  won't paint till we move. Photo is before completion, bottom half of pier not installed. 

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 01:25 PM

I like to cook and quite often from scratch with a pinch of this and

a pinch of that. Sometimes I have a hit and I try and remember what

I used and write it down on paper.

My Edmund 5 inch f/15 is just such a scope. It turned out marvelous

and especially with the Astrola mounting. No need to write it down I

won't forget.

Robert

 

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 03:07 PM

My humble Unitron 142 is my current best. Twenty + years ago it would have been my 10 inch f/6 Cave custom deluxe.

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 06:57 PM

AP 6" f9 with the NASA glass. Bought it new in 1985, with the 706 mount. I still have the mount, but haven't used it in years.

 

Best in the loaner set is the 80mm HOC ATCO 1254.

 

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 08:09 PM

C-102FL  All round best 

 

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Posted 19 October 2020 - 08:42 AM

It’s a toss up between my Questar and my TV Genesis SDF but since they are vastly different, I would always keep both.

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Posted 19 October 2020 - 10:26 AM

The Best...

 

- Views?  1980s Meade 826

 

- Complete Kit?  1958 Questar Standard

 

- Grab & Go?  1970s Dakin 4" F10

 

- Sub-60mm?   1984 Takahashi FC-50

 

- 3" Refractor?   1964 Sears 6336

 

- Antique?   1930s Tinsley 6" F20 Cassegrain


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Posted 19 October 2020 - 11:06 AM

I have a strong emotional attachment to my Brandon 94. In the mid to late 80s, I made a new friend from another club. His name was Doc Wiess and he was a member of the Milwaukee Astronomical Society. I was president of NEWSTAR (NorthEast Wis. STARgazers) in the Appleton area. Even though the two clubs were 90 miles apart we jointly held observing sessions in the Kettle Morraine State Park roughly half way between us.

 

Well Doc had this lovely robins egg blue refractor on a Unitron mount that he was particularly fond of. Although I had a large dob, I would spend time with him at our events. I greatly enjoyed talking with him and looking through his Brandon 94. He died in the late 90s and I decided to look for a Brandon 94 in his memory. I now have 2 of them, one is a restoration project, the other is pristine and came with the original case. I plan on keeping it for a very long time.

 

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Posted 19 October 2020 - 11:40 AM

Mine would be the Brandon 130.  
 

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Posted 19 October 2020 - 12:51 PM

or is it the 30 year old Tak FC-100

 

seems like a pretty straight forward question   why are we equivocating?

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Posted 19 October 2020 - 01:13 PM

or is it the 30 tear old Tak FC-100

 

seems like a pretty straight forward question   why are we equivocating?

Everyone has a scope they own that is the best in their collection.  


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Posted 19 October 2020 - 06:53 PM

“seems like a pretty straight forward question   why are we equivocating?“

 

Are we? How? I didn’t know we were. Mine was an honest response.

 

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From Merriam-Webster:

 

equivocate verb
equiv·​o·​cate | \ i-ˈkwi-və-ˌkāt  \
equivocated; equivocating
Definition of equivocate
intransitive verb
1 : to use equivocal language especially with intent to deceive
2 : to avoid committing oneself in what one says


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Posted 19 October 2020 - 07:35 PM

My all-time favorite is my sandcast C8...

 

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...but right behind it is my pride and joy; an early production 1980 Meade LX 2080...

 

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Posted 19 October 2020 - 07:49 PM

seems like a pretty straight forward question   why are we equivocating?“

 

"Are we? How? I didn’t know we were. Mine was an honest response."

 

Terra       yes I was referring to myself    no one else             when in a moment of indecision       I reconsidered my choice of the C-102fl  and wondered out loud  if the FC-100  should have been my choice?   but the OP is also correct     we all have one best classic

 

Barry wonders aloud what his best classic is   and it is a great question     (reminds me of Bob Dole referring to himself in the third person}_    


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Posted 20 October 2020 - 10:21 AM

Barry wonders aloud what his best classic is   and it is a great question     (reminds me of Bob Dole referring to himself in the third person}_    

There was a Seinfeld episode where George started doing that. I think he got it from Banyon? ;)

 

(Seinfeld has an episode or part of an episode about Anything/everything. It’s kind of like the Bible that way. :lol: )


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Posted 20 October 2020 - 10:35 AM

Sorry, I just have to say, those Brandons are total hotness.


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Posted 20 October 2020 - 03:48 PM

There was a Seinfeld episode where George started doing that. I think he got it from Banyon? wink.gif

 

(Seinfeld has an episode or part of an episode about Anything/everything. It’s kind of like the Bible that way. lol.gif )

It was a character named Jimmy. grin.gif


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Posted 20 October 2020 - 05:20 PM

always  wanted the Brandon 94 in Brandon blue   or is that Robin's egg blue?

 

seeing the Brandon big 130 in blue     oh my    …...


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Posted 20 October 2020 - 05:36 PM

always  wanted the Brandon 94 in Brandon blue   or is that Robin's egg blue?

 

seeing the Brandon big 130 in blue     oh my    …...

I believe Vernonscope called it "sky blue".


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Posted 20 October 2020 - 08:01 PM

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Posted 20 October 2020 - 08:53 PM

Using a downsized version of JW's classification scheme I would say that among my scopes there are two favorites:

 

    Catadioptrics-The Questar 3.5 Standard from 1986- Unquestionable optics and mechanical quality.

 

    Refractors-The Sears 6336 3" f/16 refractor- Excellent optical quality in a classic pedestal type equatorial mount.

 

 

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Posted 20 October 2020 - 09:51 PM

What is the best classic scope you own?

 

Okay, as of right now:  My Questar.  But, with a professional restoration, my Tinsley.  I have to make that caveat, because the Tinsley is older, and it was neglected / abused for decades.  The Questar was very well maintained.  IF my Tinsley was restored to the Q's current condition, it would be my very best Classic.

 

All I've done is chip at the edges.  Yet, that little bit has resulted in some outstanding views -- first albedo feature on Ganymede, for example.  


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Posted 20 October 2020 - 10:04 PM

How clever!  A case and a telescope all in one!  lol.gif


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Posted 21 October 2020 - 08:16 AM

How clever!  A case and a telescope all in one!  lol.gif

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