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Things I've Found in My Case Pockets

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#1 Gregory Gross

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Posted 18 October 2021 - 09:04 PM

Sometimes it's the little things that bring me the most delight.

 

When my Questar #2-15xx arrived three years ago, it was immediately apparent to me that the declination brake knob was frozen (more on that here). The evening of that arrival day, I was curious about whether the Bristol spline wrench that I needed to remove the knob was somewhere hidden inside one of the case pockets. Sure enough, there it was wedged into the bottom of the solar filter pouch.

 

20190208 Bristol Wrench

 

Remembering that little moment still brings a smile to my face.

 

Fast forward to a few nights ago. I had my other Questar, #2-14xx, out to look at the Moon. After I brought it back in, I happened to have a close look at the bottom of the power cord pouch, which had always looked a little crunched up. Again curious, I gently squeezed that bottom end of the pouch. "Wait a minute," I thought to myself, "I think... I think there's something in there!"

 

Unlike the solar filter pouch, there's no clear view down into the bottom of the power cord pouch. The eyepiece pouch blocks a straight-down view into the power cord pouch. So I grabbed my iPhone and used the camera to do the looking for me. Sure enough, another stroke of luck! There was indeed something wedged way, way down at the very bottom of the pouch.

 

20211016 Something in Case Pocket

 

"Hmmm... That looks like a shutter release cable," I thought to myself.

 

When I bought my Questar, #2-14xx, it came with a Praktina FX camera body that had all of the behavior of what the company described on page 28 of the 1960 Questar booklet as a Questar-modified camera: "Each camera body is specially modified for us so mirror can be controlled by cable release to flip up well BEFORE shutter works, eliminating mirror-slam vibrations." A little later, Questar also mentioned that it included a cable release as part of the package.

 

This afternoon, I got around to fishing out the suspected cable release. I used a relatively long zip tie with a paper clip fashioned into a hook. I used electrical tape to make sure everything was securely put together. I also took another piece of electrical tape to mark the distance between where I felt the top part of the mystery item and the top of the pouch.

 

20211018 Shutter Cable Extraction Tool
 
It took just a few attempts for my little improvised hook to grab whatever was down there. Slowly I pulled, careful not to tear what is old leather.
 
This is what popped out:
 
20211018 Shutter Cable
 
20211018 Shutter Cable End

 

Yep, it was the cable release! Just like that moment when I discovered my Bristol spline wrench three years ago, a little smile -- well, a big smile -- emerged on my face. I am still in somewhat of a state of disbelief that something that long could have been crammed into a space not more than a few inches from the bottom of the power cord pouch.

 

Time for some beauty shots of the whole setup with camera re-united with its cable release!

 

20211018 Questar #2-14xx Side
 
20211018 Questar #2-14xx Behind

 

If you have a Questar that has passed through hands other than yours, don't hesitate to inspect those case pouches. You never know what you'll find!


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Posted 18 October 2021 - 09:10 PM

Neat!



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Posted 18 October 2021 - 09:26 PM

That is too cool, Gregory! Good looking scope as well.

I checked my pockets... lint.

 

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Posted 18 October 2021 - 09:42 PM

Beautiful scope, thanks for the photos!



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Posted 18 October 2021 - 10:34 PM

Would you mind checking your case pockets again to see if my prescription sunglasses are there?  They disappeared last week.  


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Posted 19 October 2021 - 07:08 AM

I have one black sock I can’t find....



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Posted 19 October 2021 - 08:52 AM

Bristol wrenches, case keys, and an eyepiece reticle most recently.  Also dust brushes.



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Posted 21 October 2021 - 08:13 AM

The secret is you have to LOOK down into the pockets  so you can see the bottom vs  just feeling  the outside of them for treasures.  I had my 1961 Questar for a couple of years before I discovered the Bristol wrench down in the pocket.

 

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Posted 21 October 2021 - 11:58 AM

I think I’ll go take a look right now.



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Posted 23 October 2021 - 08:52 PM

Well, well.  What a helpful thread. Look what I found in the electric cord pocket.  Probably been there since 1963!

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#11 Gregory Gross

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Posted 24 October 2021 - 01:12 PM

That's awesome!

 

I suppose this is really going down into the weeds, but I see that the little plastic bag is similar to the one can accompanied my '62 Questar but that the case latch keys have a different shape.

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Posted 24 October 2021 - 02:42 PM

Almost 40 years later, unopened and still sitting where they were first placed…

 

Ron

 

 

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Posted 24 October 2021 - 03:23 PM

You know what I did with mine?  
 

Yep, put them right back where they weregrin.gif


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Posted 25 October 2021 - 06:56 AM

In all these decades, I’ve never actually used the keys. I have seen some examples of where someone used the keys, and then someone else who didn’t know how easy the locks are to pick let their curiosity get the best of them.

Anyone else?
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Posted 25 October 2021 - 02:22 PM

I guess the keys would be useful if you stored your scope in a situation where there were people around that you trusted would not steal it, but might be too curious not to mess with it.  Like kids.  Or roommates in grad school.  Or colleagues at work.

 

Certainly if someone was going to steal a Questar, they wouldn’t bother to take it out of the case.




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