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#176 SpaceConqueror3

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Posted 23 June 2021 - 10:13 PM

I'd like something that's Galileo-esque, like an SPI 523 a 40mm F20 refractor and in the reflector world,  a 4" Fecker Celestar, 4 1/4" Edmund Scientific Palomar Junior and/or 4" Criterion Dynascope. Greedy ain't I...


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Posted 26 June 2021 - 11:36 PM

How about a C-22?

 

Clear Skies.

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Posted 27 June 2021 - 08:34 AM

How about a C-22?

 

Clear Skies.

No thanks to any of them older bigger C scopes. Optics just had to be crude at best vs a good Zambuto Newt. Can't give me one unless to look at as they are nice looking scopes in the 10 to 16" sizes.  



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Posted 27 June 2021 - 04:19 PM

That's no scope, it's a space station. Turn the ship around! waytogo.gif


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Posted 27 June 2021 - 08:56 PM

That is indeed a very beautiful big Newtonian!

Thank you Terra, but the actual story about its color scheme is funny. The mount was refurbished by Chuck Burton who also painted it. Great guy whom I greatly respect for many reasons. Anyway, I purchased the Cave/Paul OTA from Rolo - speaking of great people - and it arrived in powder blue. After doing some restoration work, mounting the new finder, balance weights, Moonlight focuser, etc, I took it to a local paint shop. The painter asked what color I wanted it so I said to match the original. When I picked it up he said they did not have powder blue paint so picked the closest match they had. I like it far better than the powder blue!

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Posted 27 June 2021 - 09:09 PM

Thank you Terra, but the actual story about its color scheme is funny. The mount was refurbished by Chuck Burton who also painted it. Great guy whom I greatly respect for many reasons. Anyway, I purchased the Cave/Paul OTA from Rolo - speaking of great people - and it arrived in powder blue. After doing some restoration work, mounting the new finder, balance weights, Moonlight focuser, etc, I took it to a local paint shop. The painter asked what color I wanted it so I said to match the original. When I picked it up he said they did not have powder blue paint so picked the closest match they had. I like it far better than the powder blue!

It’s gorgeous! I love the color!! :love:



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Posted 27 June 2021 - 09:17 PM

Glad the question is in plural.

 

  1. AP 127 Starfire I turned down 30 years ago.
  2. My old 8.75" F8 Newt I sold 30 years ago.
  3. A TV Genesis SDF Renaissance (brass).
  4. Edmund Astroscan.
  5. Takahashi MN-180 Newtonian.
  6. Vixen FL 4".

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Posted 28 June 2021 - 01:24 AM

Hi everyone,

 

I still gotta build my last classic scope.  A few years back I bought a 1955 8" Cave refigured mirror from Cal Tech's Optical lab. It's f/12.  I'm in line to have Carl Zambuto clean up the refigure, and then I'll be building a folded reflector so I can stand on terra firma while using this beast. I already have the design in-hand from a famous optics designer. I just need to find the time to orchestrate the actual construction.

 

My wife and I will be traveling extensively in the next 15 months. (A post COVID travel rebound of sorts) Even as our time is pretty fully booked, I plan to have this project concluded in the next 3 years. 

 

Where should I take this scope for First Light when it's completed? 

 

Da Bear


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Posted 28 June 2021 - 11:03 AM

I have a fondness for Steens Mountain in SE Oregon. Drivable up  to 9700', dry, far from light pollution. When I camped there, Jupiter was casting shadows, M31 and M33 were naked eye visible, and a C8 gave amazing views. 

 

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Posted 28 June 2021 - 01:26 PM

I have a fondness for Steens Mountain in SE Oregon. Drivable up  to 9700', dry, far from light pollution. When I camped there, Jupiter was casting shadows, M31 and M33 were naked eye visible, and a C8 gave amazing views. 

 

Chip W. 

HI Chip,

 

A good friend and I are planning an astronomy camping trip. We both own 12.5” Portaball and as soon as his PB mirror returns from being recoated we plan to hit the road. It has been a couple of years since I was out near Steens Mountain, sounds like a great destination! 
 

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Posted 01 July 2021 - 05:08 AM

A vintage Porter garden telescope would be nice.

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Posted 01 July 2021 - 09:23 AM

A vintage Porter garden telescope would be nice.

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Posted 01 July 2021 - 11:52 AM

I think it would be a wonderful adventure to visit the radio telescope just outside of Parks, Australia (The Dish - completed in 1961 so definitely a Classic).  Thought it the perfect trip for the 50th Anniversary of the Moon landing in 2019 but other things came up.  The movie with the same name (The Dish, 2000) starring Sam Neal and Patrick Warburton does a pretty good job of capturing some of the moments, and the 60's music is simply wonderful. Well worth watching if you haven't seen it.


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Posted 01 July 2021 - 12:46 PM

The Dish is a great film. See it if you get the chance.

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Posted 01 July 2021 - 06:07 PM

A vintage Porter garden telescope would be nice.

A 20" F/6 would be nice.



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Posted 01 July 2021 - 06:21 PM

I forgot about the Porter Garden Telescope I'd like one too.

https://americanhist...ct/nmah_1184878

What would be really nice is if someone would produce castings so us

amateurs can machine up a reproduction.

 

Robert


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Posted 01 July 2021 - 06:25 PM

I forgot about the Porter Garden Telescope I'd like one too.

https://americanhist...ct/nmah_1184878

What would be really nice is if someone would produce castings so us

amateurs can machine up a reproduction.

 

Robert

A Kit Scope... that would sell -- at least to us Old Star Gazers.


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Posted 01 July 2021 - 06:38 PM

My C9.25 on the Losmandy GM8 at my San Jose, CA home. It was the perfect combo. Should never had sold. bawling.gif

 

 

If I get the job I just interviewed for in Nebraska, I’m going to find a nice, US made C9 and replicate this setup. Unfortunately in the Ozarks I rarely have nights that justify even my 133.5 Lomo.

 

As far as answering the OP, over the last three years I’ve stumbled into great deals that allowed me to piece together a nice MN66/GM8 push to setup. That was one which had me drooling when the IM scopes first hit the market near the end of my high school years.

On the g&g side, my dream setup would consist of an fct-65 on one of the ultraportable Tak AP mounts like the Skycancer. I’ll probably have to settle for a Vixen FL-70s.



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Posted 01 July 2021 - 07:23 PM

I have enjoyed this thread.........very similar to this one.

 

https://www.cloudyni...hl= holy grail

 

My holy grail:

 

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

 

Cheers

 

Don

 

 

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Posted 01 July 2021 - 09:23 PM

A Kit Scope... that would sell -- at least to us Old Star Gazers.

Can we just shorten that to "Star Geezers?"Telescope.gif gramps.gif

 

Chip W. 


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Posted 02 July 2021 - 08:34 AM

 

A Kit Scope... that would sell -- at least to us Old Star Gazers.


Can we just shorten that to "Star Geezers?":refractor: gramps.gif
 
Chip W.

 


Being a Dinosaur myself, perhaps an additional flavor of Geezer - Geezosaur?

That would make me either a Star Geezosaur or an AstronoGeezosaur.

 

Of course if the Geezers are an exclusive club (a wise move) perhaps we Dinosaurs could be Astronosaurs.



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Posted 02 July 2021 - 09:31 AM

I forgot about the Porter Garden Telescope I'd like one too.

https://americanhist...ct/nmah_1184878

What would be really nice is if someone would produce castings so us

amateurs can machine up a reproduction.

 

Robert

A limited number of accurate, true size replicas were being sold a few years ago. The price IIRC was on the order of $75K!



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Posted 02 July 2021 - 04:32 PM

Unless i'm not understanding what a Porter garden telescope is, it's basically just a dob with fancier clothes, right?

The metalwork is pretty conventional art noveau.

I feel like a decent ATMer teamed up with a good sculptor could produce a similarly attractive garden scope for considerably less the than 75k, orders of magnitude less

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Posted 02 July 2021 - 05:29 PM

Besides the beauty of the Porter Garden Telescope a big plus is

the split-ring equatorial mounting. Porter designed the split-ring and it

was used for the 200 inch Hale telescope. 

I would want a historically correct repop of Porter's GT I would never 

be happy with my own version.

I did build a Astrostick, a spine telescope like the PGT, and it works

fabulous, even during the day.

Robert

 

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Posted 02 July 2021 - 09:46 PM

I forgot about the Porter Garden Telescope I'd like one too.

https://americanhist...ct/nmah_1184878

What would be really nice is if someone would produce castings so us

amateurs can machine up a reproduction.

 

Robert

I'd like one of those as well. I have a friend,Dobby,who actually had his hands on one of the J&L garden scopes in the early 80s. Back then he had a scope making business in Ohio and got a call one afternoon from an elderly woman with some questions.She said her husband had recently died and when their kids were cleaning out the barn they found what they thought might be a telescope.In the conversation she described the instrument and wondered if he would have any interest. Dobby went to look at it and sure enough,it was the real deal.She offered it to him for a couple hundred dollars but in good conscience,he couldn't accept.He,instead put her in touch with another Ohio scope nut who gave her several thousand for it.He still shakes his head about that one.


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