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Dave Trott: Champion of the Classic Telescope

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#1 blakestree

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Posted 26 October 2020 - 02:25 PM

I'm sure this is old news to most of you. But, as someone who has been away from the hobby for some time, and who is just now getting into classic telescopes, I'm finding Dave's videos a pure joy to watch. I've been sorta shocked by how difficult it is to find quality YouTube videos pertaining to Astronomy, in particular the gear we love to fawn over. It has actually had me a bit worried for the hobby. Has light pollution done its worst? Has technology taken over our lives to the point we can no longer connect to the universe through an eyepiece? Dave's videos have given me some of the wonder back and created excitement for something old, that's new. Thanks for that, Dave.

 

If you don't know what I'm going on about. Check it out!

 

https://www.youtube....XqRkbg/featured


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Posted 26 October 2020 - 04:25 PM

Thanks for the link. I had no idea of his vast experience with so many telescopes. He's a champion for the classic venue.

bill 


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Posted 26 October 2020 - 05:02 PM

Dave is awesome! He has introduced us to some amazingly rare telescopes, done several wonderful restorations, and some incredibly complicated fabrications! (Like a falling weight clock drive identical to the Unitron!)


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Posted 26 October 2020 - 08:13 PM

I've been to his house and purchased a scope from him.  It's amazing what he knows and what he has done.  A true gentleman and scholar. 


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Posted 26 October 2020 - 08:13 PM

Got my sweet Mayflower 814 from Dave T.....

Any time Dave Trots out a scope for sale  or a video  I'm interested

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Posted 26 October 2020 - 08:19 PM

Dave did a vid   on the Edmund refractor  3       next to the 4   nice

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=3IdQ1xyx8O4


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Posted 26 October 2020 - 09:11 PM

The second Unitron 114 in the loaner set came from Dave. It's currently being used by an 11th grade girl who is at the top of her class. My Pentax 85 is the one in his video, although it came to me indirectly. It still has his chain spreader mod and spray-can cover for the polar alignment sight. 

 

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Posted 26 October 2020 - 10:34 PM

I found Dave's YouTube videos sometime ago and all I can tell is that each and everyone of them was an enlightening experience. You can't find anything better related to classic telescopes. They are a treasure of information. They should be "required viewing" for everyone involved in this aspect of our fabulous hobby.


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Posted 26 October 2020 - 11:19 PM

Some of these scopes are never seen in videos. That nippon kogaku 50mm is beautiful.


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Posted 27 October 2020 - 02:39 AM

I enjoy Dave's videos so much I often go back and watch them again.

 

In case you haven't looked at his video list page here it is:

 

https://www.youtube....XKXqRkbg/videos

 

Monday night I watched his latest three

The Coude 50mm, The Chamberlin Telescope Model, and Unusual Homebuilt

All three scopes are custom made by him.

Make sure to check them out!


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Posted 27 October 2020 - 07:47 AM

I've said it before; Dave is a treasure.


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Posted 27 October 2020 - 08:22 AM

I credited one of Dave's projects as the inspiration for one of my Sky & Telescope articles way back in the year 2000, before Cloudy Nights & You Tube existed, I believe.   

 

We were both younger then, lol.

 

Thanks again, Dave!


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Posted 27 October 2020 - 10:05 AM

Got my sweet Mayflower 814 from Dave T.....

Any time Dave Trots out a scope for sale  or a video  I'm interested

My magic Tak FC-76 came from Dave! love.gif

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Posted 27 October 2020 - 10:20 AM

Yes, Dave's excellent video's of Unitron/Polarex telescopes are also much appreciated in Holland.

 

I've enjoyed them all very much. Very rare accessoires, complete set-ups, very early and rare models, all explained perfecty in the video-tours.

Hope to see some more of his video's in the future of restorations and/or rare finds.


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Posted 28 October 2020 - 03:01 AM

Dave is a Top Man! 

 

He helped this lady find a night companion....

 

 

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Posted 02 November 2020 - 10:06 AM

One of Dave's many legacies to astronomy and the Classics community is the rich trove of videos on an amazingly diverse group of Classic telescopes he has posted to Youtube.  A number of the scopes he has made videos on I have previously owned (couple in this thread).  A permanent record that augments many good memories.  Always well scripted, well edited and capturing features hard to depict in pictures.  Dave's talents in fabrication and restoration are pretty much legendary for those of us that have had the opportunity and privilege to know him personally.   Hopefully we can encourage him to do some more! bow.gif


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#17 Dave Trott

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Posted 04 November 2020 - 04:46 PM

Thanks to all of you for your very kind words! I am gratified that many classic telescope aficionados find my videos helpful or informative. More will be coming in the future!

 

- Dave


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Posted 05 November 2020 - 07:12 AM

Love the videos! Dave for President!


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Posted 05 November 2020 - 02:47 PM

President?....

 

Hail to the King! thewave.gif  


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Posted 06 November 2020 - 12:36 PM

Watching Dave's videos will one day ( if not all ready ), be as nostalgic as looking at the old Sears Catalogs for the telescopes, or reading my older 1960's S&T magazines. There is just something about the scopes of that time, that can not be recreated, that just pulls us old timers to them like a magnet. There was an excitement in the air during that time, it is hard to put your finger on it. Dave's videos takes us back to a simpler time. His knowledge of the scopes is marvelous, and he is doing something that all of us wish we could do. The quality of the scopes he shows us has to be very good, do they would not still be so many around. Wonder how many of the new fangled scopes of today, with all the bells and whistles, will be around 50 to 60 years from now, and still working as they did when new. Probably not any. So thanks to Dave for keeping us in touch with the past.


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Posted 12 November 2020 - 09:50 PM

Thanks to all of you for your very kind words! I am gratified that many classic telescope aficionados find my videos helpful or informative. More will be coming in the future!

 

- Dave

I'm looking forward to seeing many more!



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Posted 13 November 2020 - 11:54 AM

Dave, your videos are always point on. No gimmicks, no fancy studio equipment, just pure and honest information. I enjoy seing instruments that hardly ever seem to make it to our shores. You are keeping my dreams alive!


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