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#1 John Rogers

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Posted 09 September 2021 - 05:08 PM

I just received this catalog today.  On the cover is their Nustar 14.  It was priced at $2995 in November 1979 to compete with the Celestron 14.  Effective 1 July 1980, the price was increased to $4995!

 

Has anyone seen one of these telescopes?  They were located in Escondido, CA.

 

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Posted 09 September 2021 - 05:19 PM

I don't remember that telescope, but I do remember the Clave Plossl eyepieces that Cross Optice sold.  This was the late Gene Cross's company.  I only knew him from email correspondence, but I know he was a great guy.

 

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#3 Al Paslow

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Posted 09 September 2021 - 05:28 PM

Wow, I didn't know he passed on. I have a set of Clave Plossl's he sold me back many years ago when he had Cross Optics.

 

I emailed him a few years back, we had a number of correspondences then, mostly about optical designs.

He was one of the best.

 

How long has it been since his passing?

 

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Posted 09 September 2021 - 06:01 PM

I remember the ad but sure would be a neck breaker with no way to rotate the tube.


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Posted 09 September 2021 - 06:16 PM

I remember the ad but sure would be a neck breaker with no way to rotate the tube.

According to the catalog, "The tube can be rotated +/-45 degrees from its mean position.  This permits obtaining a convenient eyepiece position.  The rotation mechanism (not illustrated) is free of play (which is ruinous to photography).  The tube is attached rigidly to the saddle."

 

Another claim is that the telescope uses a George Carroll chain drive.

 

I would really like to see one of these telescopes!


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Posted 09 September 2021 - 06:29 PM

Never seen one for sale and bet none were made but maybe one.



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Posted 09 September 2021 - 07:34 PM

https://everloved.co...ene-w-cross-jr/



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Posted 09 September 2021 - 07:43 PM

I only remember the ads.

 

It kind of looks like the Questar Goddess jumped ship. grin.gif


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Posted 14 September 2021 - 10:41 AM

I corresponded with Gene a few times in the 1980s.  And I'd see him at RTMCs.  He was a kind man.  




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