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#1 Augustus

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Posted 22 April 2021 - 06:51 PM

This scope has been sitting at the Westport Observatory since long before I joined, and today I finally got to take it home to have a look at. At the moment it's basically on loan to me but WAS wants me to figure out the value so they could perhaps sell it - or maybe I can keep it, I dunno.

 

The original documentation, box, and accessories were included with this scope. It's about 3.5" in aperture, really sharp and the brass was painted over but it's flaking off. It gives sharp views.

 

Any additional info would be great, I can post the documentation in a bit. I cleaned the lens and replaced the spacers.

 

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Posted 22 April 2021 - 06:55 PM

Shouldn't you be posting that picture to the "Telescopes in the Living Room" thread?

 

Quite the collection!

 

For comparison, there is a 4" Tinsley on AM, listed at $2500.

 

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Posted 22 April 2021 - 07:01 PM

Wow! That is a very cool scope Zane! I eagerly await your report. I’d love to see more pictures too! waytogo.gif waytogo.gif


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Posted 22 April 2021 - 07:19 PM

Beautiful telescope !!!

 

Dave Trott did a review of a 3in Fecker from 1946 ....

 

https://www.youtube....v=gBgdx4KAjD4  

 

Apparently these are quite rare. 


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Posted 22 April 2021 - 08:11 PM

The views with Ethoses or my cheap 8-24mm zoom are impressive. I have all the original letters between the owner and Fecker, and the inquiry about ordering was placed on April 21st, 1931. 90 years ago yesterday. Weird.

 

It's possible the club might restore it, we'll see. I've got enough scopes.

 

The case is included, along with the original eyepieces - which are rather gunked up though still functional.

 

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Posted 22 April 2021 - 08:12 PM

Here's some of the letters: https://www.instagra...g_web_copy_link



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Posted 22 April 2021 - 08:27 PM

I think you've got some people salivating. Myself included!

That looks an awful lot like a Ries tripod under it.


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Posted 22 April 2021 - 09:25 PM

That’s a real beauty!  Not surprised that the views are impressive.

 

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Posted 22 April 2021 - 11:05 PM

I think you've got some people salivating. Myself included!

That looks an awful lot like a Ries tripod under it.

J.W. Fecker was the successor to Brashear (as the two catalog sheets also indicate), and the telescope is virtually identical to slightly earlier Brashears I've seen and used. The tripod legs are more likely to have been supplied by the surveying instrument makers W. & L.E. Gurley to Fecker, but Bart Fried would know for sure.

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Posted 23 April 2021 - 12:28 AM

Beautiful telescope !!!

Dave Trott did a review of a 3in Fecker from 1946 ....

https://www.youtube....v=gBgdx4KAjD4

Apparently these are quite rare.


At an inflation adjusted cost of $10 grand during the Great Depression I’m hardly surprised.

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Posted 23 April 2021 - 04:31 AM

Is the objective "flint forward"? Beautiful instrument!

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Posted 23 April 2021 - 04:38 AM

whooo!



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Posted 23 April 2021 - 08:16 AM

Shouldn't you be posting that picture to the "Telescopes in the Living Room" thread?

 

Living in the Telescope Room, more like it!


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Posted 24 April 2021 - 04:24 PM

Cleaned the eyepieces, they all appear to be Ramsdens or Kellners. Will try them out next clear night.


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Posted 24 April 2021 - 04:32 PM

Very cool and beautiful telescope. Looks like an f/15 or shorter?



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Posted 24 April 2021 - 04:46 PM

Descriptions from Mr. J. W. Fecker hisownself said f/15.


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Posted 08 May 2021 - 10:11 AM

A quick update - WAS has decided to move forward with restoring the scope so my friend who has helped me with a few repaints will be removing all the paint and polishing the brass. I will continue to work on cleaning the eyepieces.

 

Also, suggestions for a spreader design that would look era-appropriate would be great, I'm thinking chains.




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