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#1 brian dewelles

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Posted 25 January 2021 - 07:51 PM

As long as i can remember i've always had at least one scope on semi permanent, unofficial  display in the living room. Right now its my mostly complete Sears 6345. 

I know we all have scopes to observe with, that is their function, but does anyone else have one set up if only to look at and enjoy?

 

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Posted 25 January 2021 - 07:55 PM

No scopes in our living room.  

 

I don't want the living room messing up the beauty of the scopes.  :)

 

I have been known to take photos of a scope in the living room but that's it.

 

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Posted 25 January 2021 - 08:01 PM

Aren't 'scopes in the apartment living room' required for today's woke hipsters? lol.gif


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Posted 25 January 2021 - 08:09 PM

For me, that would be a death sentence. 


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Posted 25 January 2021 - 08:15 PM

Got two Unitrons displayed in the family area. The wifey is OK with model 128 and 142. I love seeing them every day. Got a 8 inch Dob that hides in a corner...it ain't so purty.

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Posted 25 January 2021 - 08:24 PM

My wife loves me obviously, letting me keep a C8 and a Meade 10" in the gathering room. Okay, not really, she asks me every week when I'm moving them. I keep saying "next week" and she sighs. That's a nice, symbiotic relationship.

 

 

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Posted 25 January 2021 - 08:26 PM

My wife loves me obviously, letting me keep a C8 and a Meade 10" in the gathering room. Okay, not really, she asks me every week when I'm moving them. I keep saying "next week" and she sighs. That's a nice, symbiotic relationship.

I'm showing my wife this to prepare her for my master plan.


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Posted 25 January 2021 - 08:28 PM

I'm showing my wife this to prepare her for my master plan.

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Posted 25 January 2021 - 08:46 PM

I've always had a telescope of some sort in the living room since my college days in the mid to late '80's.
It started with my second scope, a Celestron Super C8 Plus.
I've had refractors, reflectors, dobs, and SCT's on display over the years.
My wife and kids have never seen an empty corner; unless I have it outside observing.
Right now, I have Meade Research Grade model 880; an 8" f/6, looking mighty pretty in the corner.
Scopes in the living room are definitely a good conversation starter.
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Posted 25 January 2021 - 08:50 PM

My Edmund 5 inch f/15

I've got to say it's a favorite of minelaugh.gif

Robert

 

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#11 CltFlyboy

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Posted 25 January 2021 - 08:51 PM

I've always had a telescope of some sort in the living room since my college days in the mid to late '80's.
It started with my second scope, a Celestron Super C8 Plus.
I've had refractors, reflectors, dobs, and SCT's on display over the years.
My wife and kids have never seen an empty corner; unless I have it outside observing.
Right now, I have Meade Research Grade model 880; an 8" f/6, looking mighty pretty in the corner.
Scopes in the living room are definitely a good conversation starter.

Ross - you, sir, are a man after my own heart. I see my equipment as beautiful displays of science and am proud to have them out. Of course it doesn't hurt that I have more than a few friends here (since the 80's) that are as into astronomy as we are.


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Posted 25 January 2021 - 09:08 PM

mine venture in and out of different rooms of the house.   They are allowed to be in any room as long as they cannot be seen.


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Posted 25 January 2021 - 09:16 PM

My Edmund 5 inch f/15
I've got to say it's a favorite of minelaugh.gif
Robert

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This cannot be the only telescope in the Clamchip household. I’ve been following your posts for years....

Guarantee there’ll be a blue tee shirt in your house for every OTA you have laying around.

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Posted 25 January 2021 - 09:29 PM

My wife loves me obviously, letting me keep a C8 and a Meade 10" in the gathering room. Okay, not really, she asks me every week when I'm moving them. I keep saying "next week" and she sighs. That's a nice, symbiotic relationship.

Who is the host?  The parasite?



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Posted 25 January 2021 - 09:55 PM

I keep the RAO 76 x 1200 and Polaris mount on my custom built tripod in the living room. I do enjoy looking through it once in a while but like looking at it all the time. 


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Posted 25 January 2021 - 10:04 PM

Yeah sure, that is a Festivus Pole not a telescope!

 

Dave

My Edmund 5 inch f/15

I've got to say it's a favorite of minelaugh.gif

Robert

 

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Posted 25 January 2021 - 10:22 PM

Currently, I have no telescopes set up for display because I’m doing some redecorating but I have had from one to four set up at various prior times in my house. I’m sure that at least one will be set up again in the future.

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Posted 25 January 2021 - 10:53 PM

As long as I keep my telescopes in what my wife calls now "The Telescope Room", I'm ok and domestic tranquility is ensured. Telescopes are strictly prohibited in the living room. Not even the classic little Questar allowed. Anyway, the living room is too far from my observing spot! wink.gif


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Posted 25 January 2021 - 11:20 PM

Clear Skies.

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Posted 25 January 2021 - 11:38 PM

I don’t have a proper living room, but this lovely old scope adorns my bedroom. The lights are seasonal. 

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Posted 25 January 2021 - 11:57 PM

Nothing allowed in the living room for more time than it takes to transition between the back yard and wherever it is stored. The Pentax 85 and Unitron 142 are set up in a corner of my office. Not so much on display as just being the easiest way to store them ready to go. Other scopes come and go from another corner when they are being worked on. 

 

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Posted 26 January 2021 - 01:52 AM

If I kept a scope in the living room, I am sure that it would eventually have an "accident".
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Posted 26 January 2021 - 02:14 AM

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My wife says not to have scopes for display in the living room. Poor RA 74 lasted a minute for the pikky. I just need to find me 11.780 likes to change her mind. 


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#24 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 26 January 2021 - 03:39 AM

As long as I keep my telescopes in what my wife calls now "The Telescope Room", I'm ok and domestic tranquility is ensured. Telescopes are strictly prohibited in the living room. Not even the classic little Questar allowed. Anyway, the living room is too far from my observing spot! wink.gif

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At our house in San Diego, I have what we call the Telescope Room.  It shares some space but about 75% of the area is for my telescopes. There is an outside door that leads directly to the backyard. At our place in the high desert, the entire garage is mine, about 50% is for telescopes.  

 

I have never been interested in having a telescope in the living room, there is no direct outside access so actually using it would be hampered. If someone wants to look at my small collection of telescopes of all sizes, we just go in the scope room or garage and that keeps everyone else from getting bored.

 

We have never actually had a conversation about a telescope in the living room because it's not something that appeals to me.

 

That said, I do enjoy seeing the photos of classic scopes in the living room... And we did have one scope, a Jason Comet 480,  in the kitchen for a number of years.  Optically, well, I will only say the stuffed Donkey was not bothered by the poor quality of the views.

 

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Posted 26 January 2021 - 04:48 AM

Current and past...

 

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