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#26 GreyDay

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Posted 05 May 2021 - 04:12 AM

I like quirky scopes, A porter as mentioned above, Edmund Voyager, Swift 838(50mm) and a TV76. I'd really like to find another Celestron(Vixen) 4", shouldn't have sold the first one! Though i'd take the 80mm version.

 

An easier answer to the question "What classics do you want before you die?" would be, The next one i see that i haven't tried out before :).


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Posted 05 May 2021 - 05:36 AM

we have been down that road before and things did not go well

Only way i would buy a Meade 7" ED or a C14 again would be that the buyer would offer a refund if i find the optics are not up to snuff and stuff.  I really want a shot at them two scopes before i die.  Local deal is about the only way that would work.  Test before buying.


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Posted 05 May 2021 - 05:38 AM

How good are they? Curious minds (mine) want to know..

I bought his RV6 and it was right there with two 6" ED's i owned.  These old school long Newts can't be beat time and time again.


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Posted 05 May 2021 - 06:02 AM

I passed on an Edmund Scientific 4” F15 back in the 70s and bought an 8” SCT instead. It would be nice to observe with one.

 

Of the scopes I owned, my 1989 Astro-Physics 152 F9 apo refractor on a Losmandy GM 100 mount was a great combination and I wouldn’t mind observing with one again.

 

Of the classis that I never owned, I would love to observer with a Questar Seven.

 

Of the classics that I would like to own “and use”, well, these days they have to be “manageable” so a mint condition Quantum 4 would get used.

 

But what I would really like would be a Tele Vue 140 F5 apo refractor to use with my image intensifier; killer wide field vistas. A true classic coupled with modern tech, now that would be fantastic.

 

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Posted 05 May 2021 - 06:11 AM

I passed on an Edmund Scientific 4” F15 back in the 70s and bought an 8” SCT instead. It would be nice to observe with one.

 

Of the scopes I owned, my 1989 Astro-Physics 152 F9 apo refractor on a Losmandy GM 100 mount was a great combination and I wouldn’t mind observing with one again.

 

Of the classis that I never owned, I would love to observer with a Questar Seven.

 

Of the classics that I would like to own “and use”, well, these days they have to be “manageable” so a mint condition Quantum 4 would get used.

 

But what I would really like would be a Tele Vue 140 F5 apo refractor to use with my image intensifier; killer wide field vistas. A true classic coupled with modern tech, now that would be fantastic.

 

Bob

I am scared of the Q4 and 6 since if it breaks there are no parts.  They were dream scopes for me back in 1980.


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Posted 05 May 2021 - 08:18 AM

Chas, are you asking this question because you are having health issues?



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Posted 05 May 2021 - 09:04 AM

I hope the 4" ED doublet and the 180mm DK reflector I currently own will last me the remainder of my days. And I hope that those days will be many and those two scopes become classic before I check out. But if someone wants to give away a Nikon 10cm ED f/12 well there is room for it here:)


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Posted 05 May 2021 - 11:58 AM

Chas, are you asking this question because you are having health issues?

I am fine as wine. Can't be any better.  I just got cheated out of my C14 and Meade 7" ED that were both very bad and want another chance and want to buy a super insane sharp fork mounted C14 and a super good 7" ED with a lens cell that holds center. The mount for the Meade only needs to have the SLO- MO controls working as i can skip the tracking and GO-TO.  If i remember right my LXD-600 and 750 mounts had SLO - MO knobs, been over 20 years so not sure.

 

So i gots the cash but the chances of these scopes coming up for sale local are a million to 1.  Sometimes i lay in bed and think what scopes i would like to have before i bite the bullet.  I can handle both scopes with one hand when it comes to set up.  A C14 was always my dream scope since i was 13 in 1976 and be darned if i got a lemon back in 1997.


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Posted 05 May 2021 - 12:12 PM

I am fine as wine. Can't be any better.  I just got cheated out of my C14 and Meade 7" ED that were both very bad and want another chance and want to buy a super insane sharp fork mounted C14 and a super good 7" ED with a lens cell that holds center. The mount for the Meade only needs to have the SLO- MO controls working as i can skip the tracking and GO-TO.  If i remember right my LXD-600 and 750 mounts had SLO - MO knobs, been over 20 years so not sure.

 

So i gots the cash but the chances of these scopes coming up for sale local are a million to 1.  Sometimes i lay in bed and think what scopes i would like to have before i bite the bullet.  I can handle both scopes with one hand when it comes to set up.  A C14 was always my dream scope since i was 13 in 1976 and be darned if i got a lemon back in 1997.

A C14 with one hand.   That is 50 lbs of scope.  Not an easy task to perform. 


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Posted 05 May 2021 - 06:06 PM

A C14 with one hand.   That is 50 lbs of scope.  Not an easy task to perform. 

Gotta balance with a 7" ED in the other hand.  Just saying i am fine at setting up big scopes minus big Newt OTA's that you can't really grab around and line up them ring studs in them tiny saddle plate holes.  Also a Cave 16" f/8 is another dream scope, but never gonna work at my house.


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Posted 05 May 2021 - 06:32 PM

Gotta balance with a 7" ED in the other hand.  Just saying i am fine at setting up big scopes minus big Newt OTA's that you can't really grab around and line up them ring studs in them tiny saddle plate holes.  Also a Cave 16" f/8 is another dream scope, but never gonna work at my house.

A 7" Meade in one hand and the C14 in the other hand.   Then what are you going to do.  Walk a tight rope across the grand canyon?  


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Posted 05 May 2021 - 07:08 PM

A 7" Meade in one hand and the C14 in the other hand.   Then what are you going to do.  Walk a tight rope across the grand canyon?  

I was joking. Just saying i can set up a 7"ED easy and same for a fork mounted C14. I feel better today then i did when i was 20. I guess not smoking for the last 7 years has helped. Plus now all that stress is off of me dealing with my sick sister all them years.


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Posted 05 May 2021 - 07:20 PM

Nikon 10cm .  Ultimate long focus 4" refractor.

 

These eyepieces need its mama. 

 

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Posted 05 May 2021 - 07:29 PM

Nikon 10cm .  Ultimate long focus 4" refractor.

 

These eyepieces need its mama. 

 

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Never seen them before. I am a Tele Vue snob and like eyepieces with 20mm ER.



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Posted 05 May 2021 - 09:10 PM

I was joking. Just saying i can set up a 7"ED easy and same for a fork mounted C14. I feel better today then i did when i was 20. I guess not smoking for the last 7 years has helped. Plus now all that stress is off of me dealing with my sick sister all them years.

I am glad you are feeling better.


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Posted 05 May 2021 - 09:11 PM

Nikon 10cm .  Ultimate long focus 4" refractor.

 

These eyepieces need its mama. 

 

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Just send them to me.  I got the Nippon scope for them


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Posted 06 May 2021 - 05:42 AM

I am glad you are feeling better.

If you ever come to FL load up the van stan as i am ready for a few scopes before i get too old.  I always loved the big old school Newts, but once you go 12.5" and up it is just too much for my back.

 

I have other scopes i have wanted for years and yet to get them.  Always wanted a 20" F/6 Dob for planets and i could go on and on. Too many scopes and not enough time to try them all.


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Posted 06 May 2021 - 06:06 AM

Uh, I’m pretty happy with what I have. I’d like to just stay healthy and keep my mind and my eyesight so I can enjoy the telescopes I do have, and most importantly to enjoy my family, then when the time comes, to go gently into the other world in my sleep. I’m not concerned with the things I can acquire in the meantime.

Beautiful, wise and moving words. Maybe one of the most important ones I found on this forum. Thanks!


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Posted 06 May 2021 - 07:05 AM

If you ever come to FL load up the van stan as i am ready for a few scopes before i get too old.  I always loved the big old school Newts, but once you go 12.5" and up it is just too much for my back.

 

I have other scopes i have wanted for years and yet to get them.  Always wanted a 20" F/6 Dob for planets and i could go on and on. Too many scopes and not enough time to try them all.

Do not have a van.



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Posted 06 May 2021 - 04:35 PM

Y’all already know mine, the Dynamax 8 which I bought in 1981 and literally rebuilt with hand-picked parts over the course of the next year.

I have one now, but it’s a typical model, which I have swapped enough glass in to make it work as well as possible, thanks to the generosity of Rolo and several other CN’ers.

What a long strange trip it’s been.

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Posted 06 May 2021 - 06:00 PM

Do not have a van.

You can always rent.



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Posted 06 May 2021 - 06:11 PM

You can always rent.

Yeah, but  not going to drive a van that far.   Mayne an M63 twin turbo benz, but no van.



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Posted 06 May 2021 - 08:23 PM

I’m really happy with what I have left, but if a really nice RV-6 was available locally, I’d love it. Then I could end my observing in the way I began.


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Posted 06 May 2021 - 09:24 PM

I’m really happy with what I have left, but if a really nice RV-6 was available locally, I’d love it. Then I could end my observing in the way I began.

There is something quite rewarding in going full circle and returning to our roots to the extent that such is possible. It’s hard to erase the deep effects of a lifetime of experience. When I’ve tried to do it, it's just never been quite the same. The writer Tom Wolfe said it best:

 

The dark ancestral cave, the womb from which mankind emerged into the light, forever pulls one back - but...you can't go home again...you can't go...back home to the escapes of Time and Memory. You Can't Go Home Again.”


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Posted 06 May 2021 - 09:36 PM

I want this back (circa 2009):

 

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an APM/TMB 152/1200 on a Paramount ME with a QSI532WSG. 

 

I might want to change the camera to a GSENSE4040 sensor camera and upgrade the Paramount Me to a MKS 5000 control system, but...


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