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What is the best classic scope you own?

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#51 Terra Nova

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Posted 24 November 2020 - 11:33 AM

This is the only real (60+ y.o.) complete and unmitigated classic that I still own. It’s the one I decided to keep as the iconic ‘standard model’ representative of a true classic:



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Posted 24 November 2020 - 11:34 AM

This is the only real (60+ y.o.) complete and unmitigated classic that I still own. It’s the one I decided to keep as the iconic ‘standard model’ representative of a true classic:

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Posted 24 November 2020 - 12:44 PM

My favourite...has been, and will always be, my 500mm F5 Genesis on its contemporary Panoramic mount. Its the model with black satin dew shield and still lives in its tan brown case with pre-Starbeam clam ring, aluminium mirrir diagonal, & a 55mm TV Plossl. Its very precious & has great sentimental value, to be used as my urn eventually.


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Posted 24 November 2020 - 03:31 PM

You got to love the original Genesis and the improved models that followed. I have the original and it's good enough for me. It rates as one of the best telescopes I've ever owned. Certainly the most versatile. 

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Posted 24 November 2020 - 05:49 PM

You got to love the original Genesis and the improved models that followed. I have the original and it's good enough for me. It rates as one of the best telescopes I've ever owned. Certainly the most versatile. 

Bill

Agreed! My Genesis SDF on the Gibralter is my all time favorite 4” refractor!


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Posted 24 November 2020 - 08:23 PM

The one closest to my heart.  I ground and polished the mirror myself when I was 11 years old and it proudly sports the clamchip to prove it.  The coating is original from 1972 after I refigured the mirror.  The original mount was made out of 2" pipe fittings straight out of Sam Brown's Homebuilt Telescopes, but I upgraded to a used Cave in 1974.

 

 

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Posted 24 November 2020 - 08:32 PM

The one closest to my heart.  I ground and polished the mirror myself when I was 11 years old and it proudly sports the clamchip to prove it.  The coating is original from 1972 after I refigured the mirror.  The original mount was made out of 2" pipe fittings straight out of Sam Brown's Homebuilt Telescopes, but I upgraded to a used Cave in 1974.

 

 

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Here’s my 53 y.o. ATM 6” Newt. I made it when I was in highschool from an Edmund mirror grinding kit, and various Edmund and Jaegers parts. The mirror was figured and coated by Cave and the coatings are still in great condition.

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Posted 25 November 2020 - 08:51 AM

The best classic scope I own is currently my only classic, this 79/85 Questar Duplex. It started out life as a Field model in '79 and then was sent to Questar in '85 to add the Duplex mount. This was an eBay purchase for me, and started out needing quite a bit of cleaning and polishing.

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Posted 25 November 2020 - 08:56 AM

The best classic scope I own is currently my only classic, this 79/85 Questar Duplex. It started out life as a Field model in '79 and then was sent to Questar in '85 to add the Duplex mount. This was an eBay purchase for me, and started out needing quite a bit of cleaning and polishing.

Got to love Questars. They are such beautiful scopes.  


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Posted 25 November 2020 - 12:23 PM

Okay.

I thought about this, and decided to post an image of the entire scope, That being said,

I take no responsibility for the health of a CN member talked about in the previous posting

In this thread.

 

In December, I'm doing some work on this scope. I will leave it as a surprise.

 

Don't worry, I'm not messing with this 1955 (I believe according to it's history) example of a Cave Astrola.

 

Clear Skies.

 

Oh yeah, that's a 1985 Towa/Meade 291 hanging on it for a guide scope.

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Posted 25 November 2020 - 07:47 PM

Okay.

I thought about this, and decided to post an image of the entire scope, That being said,

I take no responsibility for the health of a CN member talked about in the previous posting

In this thread.

 

In December, I'm doing some work on this scope. I will leave it as a surprise.

 

Don't worry, I'm not messing with this 1955 (I believe according to it's history) example of a Cave Astrola.

 

Clear Skies.

 

Oh yeah, that's a 1985 Towa/Meade 291 hanging on it for a guide scope.

Very nice.



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Posted 26 November 2020 - 05:33 PM

The quality of the scopes in my collection kind of pales when compared to many in this forum. 

That said, it's hard to say which is the best so I picked the two best in their classes.

The 4" Jaegers/Cave 

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and a humble C8.

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