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#51 highfnum

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Posted 07 May 2021 - 05:28 AM

the real impossible scope (just to have a look thru)

 in Dec 1964 sky and Tel had an add from Celestron page 373 for a off axis 4 inch cass

for 2600.00! at that time

I believe only one was built and was stolen at some convention in CO.

somewhere that thing may be hiding in some ones closet 

 

a true unicorn



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Posted 07 May 2021 - 05:41 AM

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.

Just dump the mount.  Just not worth a hoot on my 8" and 6" RV's. The Meade 826 mount was even worse.  Great OTA's.


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Posted 07 May 2021 - 05:43 AM

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...

I would love that, but that would be another 6 trip scope to set up in my house. I am a very lazy viewer.


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Posted 07 May 2021 - 07:42 AM

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.”

Terra - I agree, my observing style has changed as I got older and has become much simpler (more like in the early 1970s).

Since chasing faint fuzzies and checking objects off a list just doesn't interest me much anymore a 4" scope fills my needs better and I don't feel the need for anything larger or better.


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Posted 07 May 2021 - 07:58 AM

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.”

Good quote! So true. Still, I’d love to smell that Bakelite tube while observing M42 one last time before fading away at the eyepiece. 


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Posted 07 May 2021 - 08:24 AM

My observing style has changed as I've gotten older, and has become much simpler.

 

 

Since chasing faint fuzzies and checking objects off a list doesn't appeal to me much anymore, my 4" scope seems to meet my needs and I don't feel the desire for anything larger or better.

 

Though I won't say no to an opportunity to look through a large Dobsmile.gif  


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Posted 07 May 2021 - 01:39 PM

I would love that, but that would be another 6 trip scope to set up in my house. I am a very lazy viewer.

That is why I kept the kit setup all the time and had a custom cover made by Telegizmos.



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Posted 07 May 2021 - 01:54 PM

I am already a classic so I guess I need nothing else.


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Posted 07 May 2021 - 02:01 PM

I would love to have an APQ 130.

In the 80s I was in the Army and going to college = no money.

In the 90s, married with kids, house payments, car payments, etc = no money.

For the last 10 years, putting 3 kids through college = no money.

Now, as I head into retirement, with one still in college = no money.

If I knew back then what I know now, I would have gotten one while they were still to be had.

So I would settle for an AP 130 Starfire. At least these can still be found at reasonable prices. If I had to reduce to only one scope, that would be it. Just the right mix of light grasp, quality, and transportability.
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Posted 07 May 2021 - 03:11 PM

The before you die part makes it seem like there is not much time left.  If that is the case why waste time hunting telescopes.  Would be better use of your time getting things straight with the family and your maker. 


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Posted 07 May 2021 - 03:17 PM

The before you die part makes it seem like there is not much time left.  If that is the case why waste time hunting telescopes.  Would be better use of your time getting things straight with the family and your maker. 

You never know when you'll croak so why not keep on keeping on?

 

Maker? I didn't come with a makers mark.


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Posted 07 May 2021 - 04:49 PM

I am already a classic so I guess I need nothing else.

It is somewhat comforting that we have scopes that will outlive us.


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Posted 07 May 2021 - 04:50 PM

The before you die part makes it seem like there is not much time left.  If that is the case why waste time hunting telescopes.  Would be better use of your time getting things straight with the family and your maker. 

Maybe a '67 427 Vette?


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Posted 07 May 2021 - 05:47 PM

I want an atlas.

 

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Posted 07 May 2021 - 07:20 PM

That is why I kept the kit setup all the time and had a custom cover made by Telegizmos.

I don't think it would last long in my part of FL on the gulf.  Salt air is bad here.



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Posted 07 May 2021 - 07:23 PM

The before you die part makes it seem like there is not much time left.  If that is the case why waste time hunting telescopes.  Would be better use of your time getting things straight with the family and your maker. 

Well i can't say when my time is coming.  As for fam i got no one and no one to leave all my stuff.  Maybe i will get a will made and leave it to PBS or this site if it is still around when i kick it. But i got some scopes i need to have before the time comes. 


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Posted 08 May 2021 - 12:24 AM

A  complete Tasco 20T refractor !!smile.gif smile.gif smile.gif


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Posted 08 May 2021 - 07:58 AM

Maybe a '67 427 Vette?

had a 67 vette, but it had the 350hp 327.  Was  really fast. 


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Posted 08 May 2021 - 09:06 AM

had a 67 vette, but it had the 350hp 327.  Was  really fast. 

The old Chevy 283s and 327s with 4-barrel carbs were sweet little V8s! I loved my 64 Chevelle Malibu SS with it’s 4-speed and positraction it had real get up and go! It had Crager mags, bucket seats, and was a lovely yellow. I loved that car!


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Posted 08 May 2021 - 09:16 AM

And a push button AM radio and vent windows too?


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Posted 08 May 2021 - 09:22 AM

And a push button AM radio and vent windows too?

Yep. So many cool memories of cruising on Saturday nights, going to the beach, etc!

 

Forget the telescopes, I’d just love to relive one of those nights! 

 

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Posted 08 May 2021 - 01:08 PM

Yep. So many cool memories of cruising on Saturday nights, going to the beach, etc!

 

Forget the telescopes, I’d just love to relive one of those nights! 

 

https://youtu.be/fp69yVqqidQ

I agree. I had many more wonderful moments with the classic corvettes I had than any telescope I have owned.  Let me relive the 70's and 80's when I was playing around with so many different cars.  If there is anything I want before I die is to relive those moments.   


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Posted 08 May 2021 - 02:01 PM

Gosh  admittedly, I have most of what I aspired to get  like the 1992 FC-76

But playing along      I would like to have: 

 

 a Cave 10 inch Newtonian  would need to be a car drive away please

  AP 6 inch refractor  old one  pre NASA , Nasa   or Starfire  not picky  but we can wait

  Unitron 4 inch    

 

Finally,  since this is a wish list    I would like to have BB's Meade 826 he got from Chas


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Posted 08 May 2021 - 02:19 PM

Gosh  admittedly, I have most of what I aspired to get  like the 1992 FC-76

But playing along      I would like to have: 

 

 a Cave 10 inch Newtonian  would need to be a car drive away please

  AP 6 inch refractor  old one  pre NASA , Nasa   or Starfire  not picky  but we can wait

  Unitron 4 inch    clearly  possible as one is for sale

 

Finally,  since this is a wish list    I would like to have BB's Meade 826 he got from Chas

I still got another 200 scopes i wanna buy before i die. As for Vettes nothing beat the C6 once modded. If gas would go back down below $3 a gal for prem i may get a used C8 . And i don't mean a C8 SCT.


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Posted 08 May 2021 - 02:49 PM

I still got another 200 scopes i wanna buy before i die. As for Vettes nothing beat the C6 once modded. If gas would go back down below $3 a gal for prem i may get a used C8 . And i don't mean a C8 SCT.

Wish I still had the 67 vette I had.   It is worth more than  20 times now what I bought it for.


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