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#26 Chuck Hards

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Posted 21 October 2020 - 10:25 AM

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

 

I made it from an old dog house, which was originally made from an old Tasco case...

 

 

 

and firewood in times of need.

 

It actually has that Russian 5" lens in it, that I got from you years ago.   Never got a chance to try it, my wife got sick at about the same time I was finishing the test mule.  Maybe this winter, now that she's stabilized and doing a little better.

 

I don't really have a favorite or consider one "best", but I can tell you which ones I have a very low opinion of... something for another thread.    :lol:


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Posted 21 October 2020 - 10:30 AM

I made it from an old dog house, which was originally made from an old Tasco case...

 

Hey! Where’s my house! Grrrr

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Posted 21 October 2020 - 03:40 PM

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Posted 21 October 2020 - 08:01 PM

My Celestron fluorite C102F F8.8 and the tricolor a close second

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Posted 21 October 2020 - 10:46 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.  

I thought Robert was the one who chips at the edges?

 

But seriously, the Tinsley is very cool. Even unrestored. 

 

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Posted 22 October 2020 - 12:45 AM

 

At the moment, I have one classic scope, an Asahi Pentax 60 mm x 800mm that Chuck is storing until I decide whether to pick it up or have it shipped.  It's my best classic.

 

Both my 12.5 inch and my 16 inch Dobs are built with optics from Dobs that are 25 years old but I just don't think of them as classics.

 

I do have one classic in my possession,  a 1956 30x40 Erbco.. Not exactly the best scope I ever looked through.

 

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Posted 22 October 2020 - 01:28 AM

Own a telescope...interesting concept. I'm pretty sure, not unlike cats, they actually own us
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Posted 22 October 2020 - 04:20 AM

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 )

That is funny, Terra.  Seinfeld, The Office, and Psych...sometimes Parks and Rec, DO apply to almost everything in everyday life.  Classics, all, IMHO.  lol.gif


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Posted 22 October 2020 - 07:01 AM

At the moment, I have one classic scope, an Asahi Pentax 60 mm x 800mm that Chuck is storing until I decide whether to pick it up or have it shipped.  It's my best classic.

 

Both my 12.5 inch and my 16 inch Dobs are built with optics from Dobs that are 25 years old but I just don't think of them as classics.

 

I do have one classic in my possession,  a 1956 30x40 Erbco.. Not exactly the best scope I ever looked through.

 

 

 

Jon

I’m not really a collector anymore. I’ve only kept two complete and total classics as I’ve paired down to my dozen keepers. Those being the 60mm Swift and Unitron. After that, I’ve pretty much eliminated redundancy and kept the best in class within a given aperture range. Even in the 4” category, my Vixen and TeleVue apos are two very different telescopes really. They offer very different viewing experiences, the Genesis SDF remains in its native alt-az mode, with its native TV eyepieces and Starbeam and GLP finder, is a totally different gig compared to when I use the ED102SS on its guided equatorial mount. I really can’t see cutting down further.


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Posted 22 October 2020 - 07:18 AM

I’m not really a collector anymore. I’ve only kept two complete and total classics as I’ve paired down to my dozen keepers. Those being the 60mm Swift and Unitron. After that, I’ve pretty much eliminated redundancy and kept the best in class within a given aperture range. Even in the 4” category, my Vixen and TeleVue apos are two very different telescopes really. They offer very different viewing experiences, the Genesis SDF remains in its native alt-az mode, with its native TV eyepieces and Starbeam and GLP finder, is a totally different gig compared to when I use the ED102SS on its guided equatorial mount. I really can’t see cutting down further.

 

Some years ago, I trimmed my small collection of classics and eventually eliminated it. The scopes were just not getting used and they deserved a better fate than sitting on a shelf or in a corner gathering dust.  

 

But I do like classic scopes and of the ones that I had owned, the Asahi-Pentax 60x800s were my favorites.  The mount is unique, effective and rock solid, something I had not experienced with other classics.  And the optics were very good.  I need to keep my foot in the door.

 

It certainly seems like there are far few classics advertised locally than there were 10 or 20 years ago.  I don't know if they are just being sold on Ebay but my intuition is that they just aren't there anymore to sell, they done got sold 10 or 20 years ago.

 

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Posted 22 October 2020 - 07:33 AM

Some years ago, I trimmed my small collection of classics and eventually eliminated it. The scopes were just not getting used and they deserved a better fate than sitting on a shelf or in a corner gathering dust.  

 

But I do like classic scopes and of the ones that I had owned, the Asahi-Pentax 60x800s were my favorites.  The mount is unique, effective and rock solid, something I had not experienced with other classics.  And the optics were very good.  I need to keep my foot in the door.

 

Jon

That certainly describes the Unitron Alt-az mounts. The early 114 is my favorite!

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Posted 22 October 2020 - 10:27 AM

I thought Robert was the one who chips at the edges?

 

But seriously, the Tinsley is very cool. Even unrestored. 

 

Chip W. 

Thanks!  It's one of my easiest scopes to set up & use, though you wouldn't think that seeing the pix, and reading that its 240 pounds.  For my 6" & 8" Newts, I have to set up the mount first, add counterweights, then load the OTA.  I load the Tinsley OTA on the mount while it's in the shed, then slowly wheel it outside to use.  At the eyepiece, the slo-mo controls for both axes are usually within easy reach, or I can add the 3 foot-long cable to the DEC gearing.  It was designed to have the polar axis drive always on, so I've still got that big upgrade left to do.  But, when balanced, I can lean against the mirror cell, and follow the planets at 300x without jittering -- it's definitely not under-mounted.


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Posted 22 October 2020 - 10:41 AM

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 22 October 2020 - 10:47 AM

Mine would be the Brandon 130.  
 

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I didn’t even know Brandon made a 130.  Nice.


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Posted 22 October 2020 - 06:14 PM

I don't own a classic or any scope anymore. And i can't say what classic was my best since i have owned around 175 of them and many were very good to super good. Just hard to pick the best out of that many.


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Posted 26 October 2020 - 11:10 AM

I have one classic that I like the best.

 

I'm not posting an image of the entire scope set up, because I fear for the health of a newer CN 

 

member who always sounds like he's going to have a "vapor lock" when he sees my scope, per

 

how he writes his comments. He really likes it.

 

So, here's just the OTA minus some accessories.

 

Clear Skies.

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Posted 14 November 2020 - 11:18 PM

I'm not quite sure what the age limit criteria is to be called a "classic" but I believe this counts as classic. 

 

My best and only classic scope is my Celestron C5+, complete with single fork arm equatorial mount and tripod. It was manufactured in 1993 and is a complete package; light shield, carrying case, hand controller with dec motor.

 

I really hope it can be classified as a classic because I really am fond of this particular scope.

 

Clear skies!

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Posted 15 November 2020 - 12:18 AM

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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Hello: I have/had a mid 90s LX200, unfortunately, finding electronic parts is impossible. Fixed it 3 times, and recently finally gave up. I of course kept the tube which is in great shape.

 

This thread is very enjoyable because the majority of these older  scopes are refractors, SCT were rare then.

Thank you for sharing.


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Posted 15 November 2020 - 11:03 AM

There have been some great scopes listed.   Hopefully we will see more.


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Posted 15 November 2020 - 11:13 AM

This has to be my favorite classic.  Takes really good pictures, too!

 

35 year old Tak Epsilon 130 on its original EM-1 mount:

 

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Posted 15 November 2020 - 11:40 AM

I only have two "classics": my two Swifts. Of the two, I prefer my 831.

 

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Ant :cool:

 

PS I'm guessing it'll be a few more decades until my Tak is a Classic?


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Posted 16 November 2020 - 04:52 PM

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Posted 16 November 2020 - 05:03 PM

My current best classic:

 

Brandon 3 inch, F/15  achromatic refractor from the 1950's. It produces absolutely beautiful images and is so light it can be carried outside in one hand.

 

My thanks to Dave Trott for selling me this beauty!

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Posted 22 November 2020 - 05:28 PM

My best and only classic scope is my Celestron C5+, complete with single fork arm equatorial mount and tripod. It was manufactured in 1993 and is a complete package; light shield, carrying case, hand controller with dec motor.

 

I really hope it can be classified as a classic because I really am fond of this particular scope.

I second your choice. While I have had a few more scopes, I'm still not a collector and only have 3-4 scopes at a time as a maximum, before I start to sell something off again.

 

My C5 Classic is the same scope that you have, the early 1990s white tube with the beefy single arm mount, but mine came with the basic AC drive. Of all the scopes I ever had, this is maybe my most definite all-time keeper. I love the way how it operates, so much nicer mount than the ETX-125 that I had. I also love the looks of the C5 and I also love looking through the C5, very good optics. And also it's not expensive compared to many other scopes which also can help to make a scope a long-term keeper.

 

I love to bring it to my mother's house when we visit her for Christmas and set it up for some quick looks of the Moon, planets, Pleiades, Orion nebula or whatever else can be found quickly, which is where this photo was made some years ago.

 

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I'm also very fond of mine! Thomas


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Posted 23 November 2020 - 09:39 PM

hmm.gif  I would say that my Soliger f/20 has a slight edge over the Scope Orbit f/20.

 

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