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#1 RichA

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Posted 12 January 2021 - 07:03 PM

No, I won't say something impractical, like a 12 inch Questar with it's 140lb tube assembly.  A scope built at least 20 years ago that would (in your mind) tower above the rest or that you'd just like.  Most of the scopes I've wanted, I've owned, so it's a tough question.  A fellow I knew had a C14 many years ago in an ideal setting and it was a ringer, showed detail on Mars when it was close that would literally drop your jaw.  This was before the days of cutting-edge digital photography.  That would probably be my choice, if I could get hold of that one.


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Posted 12 January 2021 - 07:12 PM

Takahashi FCT-125 on an old blue/gray NJP
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#3 eyeoftexas

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Posted 12 January 2021 - 07:55 PM

I'll take this 30 year old scope.

 

 

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Posted 12 January 2021 - 08:00 PM

 Mint 6" Unitron for starters then next up a big GOTO. I took a stab at a C14 and it was a dud. But a super sharp C14 is for sure on my top 5 wanted list. Also a Cave 16" F/8 Newt if i could lift it up and mount it.  I could go on and on.


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Posted 12 January 2021 - 08:05 PM

How about Mr. Cave's personal 12-1/2 incher:

http://www.cave-astr...tory/index.html

 

Robert


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Posted 12 January 2021 - 08:19 PM

Thanks Robert .  A 12 in or larger Cave would be my choice ... then the C16 .. 

 

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Posted 12 January 2021 - 08:45 PM

I would love to find a deal on a 5" Tinsley Mak or a 100mm Goto Mak.



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Posted 12 January 2021 - 08:49 PM

Oh and did the C14 as probably the fourth or fifth scope I owned.  It was when they were subbing Losmandy mounts in and I got a G-11 with the OTA.  Heck of a scope, but only for an observatory permanently mounted.  Every time I lifted it from the case to the dovetail it was always an adventure.  To me a good fast 18-22" dob was much better solution.  Sold the OTA, kept the G-11 for years and years.



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Posted 12 January 2021 - 09:12 PM

8" Vega Mak-Newt.


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Posted 12 January 2021 - 09:38 PM

I was thinking about Leslie Peltier's 12" Clark refractor complete with observatory or John Mallas legendary 4" Unitron equatorial with pedestal and weight driven clock drive.


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Posted 12 January 2021 - 09:42 PM

Maybe one of those big criterion dynascope newtonians like the 12.5 inch. They had that awesome looking bell shaped pier. Its one i never had and dont need but would probably buy if i ever found one.


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Posted 12 January 2021 - 09:43 PM

Interesting that this question gets recycled every once in a while.  Shows great minds think alikelol.gif



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Posted 12 January 2021 - 09:49 PM

A GOTO model 204 4" refractor complete with motor drive.

 

Don

 

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Posted 12 January 2021 - 09:57 PM

The Stamford Observatory 22" Mak with some ventilation upgrades.


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Posted 12 January 2021 - 10:58 PM

Those of you dreaming of a C14 but afraid of the weight, fear no longer, I used a

Harbor Freight Hydraulic lift table  and it worked wonderful for visual observation.

I had a choice, use the table or forget about using the scope.

The C14 fixed tripod would not fit thru my shop door. And no way was I going to

assemble this thing outside in the dark, and turn around and dis-assemble at 3

o'clock in the morning.

The lift table enabled me to enjoy my life, and you can too.

Robert

 

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Posted 12 January 2021 - 11:02 PM

That my friend is hardcore and very cool

Those of you dreaming of a C14 but afraid of the weight, fear no longer, I used a
Harbor Freight Hydraulic lift table and it worked wonderful for visual observation.
I had a choice, use the table or forget about using the scope.
The C14 fixed tripod would not fit thru my shop door. And no way was I going to
assemble this thing outside in the dark, and turn around and dis-assemble at 3
o'clock in the morning.
The lift table enabled me to enjoy my life, and you can too.
Robert

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Posted 12 January 2021 - 11:54 PM

A GOTO model 204 4" refractor complete with motor drive.

 

Don

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Posted 13 January 2021 - 04:17 AM

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Very nice!



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Posted 13 January 2021 - 06:34 AM

Maybe one of those big criterion dynascope newtonians like the 12.5 inch. They had that awesome looking bell shaped pier. Its one i never had and dont need but would probably buy if i ever found one.

I had that mount for my 8" with the bell pier. You would not want a 12.5" on that mount as it was the same for the 8" and would be over loaded like the Cave mounts were.



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Posted 13 January 2021 - 06:36 AM

Those of you dreaming of a C14 but afraid of the weight, fear no longer, I used a

Harbor Freight Hydraulic lift table  and it worked wonderful for visual observation.

I had a choice, use the table or forget about using the scope.

The C14 fixed tripod would not fit thru my shop door. And no way was I going to

assemble this thing outside in the dark, and turn around and dis-assemble at 3

o'clock in the morning.

The lift table enabled me to enjoy my life, and you can too.

Robert

 

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Is the wedge bolted down?  Seems it could flop over if not.  Now that kinda rig i could deal with if i ever can find a super sharp C14 local.


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Posted 13 January 2021 - 06:41 AM

To me: Takahashi FCT 125 and Takahashi FC100-N (the f10 version, a bit more than 100 produced).


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Posted 13 January 2021 - 08:07 AM

I would love to have this 10" Clark for $80,000

 

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Posted 13 January 2021 - 08:36 AM

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Very nice!

They are made to be shown off!

 

Dave....Thank you for posting that as it brings me hope!



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Posted 13 January 2021 - 08:43 AM

Maybe a 25 inch Cooke?

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Posted 13 January 2021 - 08:56 AM

How about Mr. Cave's personal 12-1/2 incher:

http://www.cave-astr...tory/index.html

 

Robert

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