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#1 chas51

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Posted 06 October 2006 - 04:25 PM

My elderly neighbor just showed me an old telescope he had in his attic, and I told him I'd see what I can find out about it, if anything. He told me that he's had it for about 40 years, and that he got it from his father.

The only information I have about it was found on the label inside it's case:

A. Franks Ltd. Opticians est. 1798
95&97 Deansgate, Manchester
3" Brass Astro Telescope

The date on the label is not filled in, just 191_

It also has a nice table top tripod. The focuser screws into the rear and focuses by twisting in and out of the screw nut.

Nothing seems to be broken and seems to be in excellent shape.

If anyone knows anything about this scope, even if it is worthless, my neighbor would love to know about it.

Thanks for any responses.

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Posted 06 October 2006 - 04:53 PM

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#3 chas51

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Posted 06 October 2006 - 05:01 PM

I'll work on getting a pic up

#4 Bob W6PU

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Posted 06 October 2006 - 05:17 PM

Don't feel bad Chas, I guess "dbledsoe" assumes that everyone on the board owns a digital camera! I do not, just my ten year old Cannon 35mm . My Scope stuff takes $$ priority :lol:

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#5 dbledsoe

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Posted 06 October 2006 - 05:31 PM

Bob,

My contribution wasn't intended as criticism, which is why the little guys have such big smiles on their faces, it just a statement. And no I don't assume everyone has a digital camera but I do figure that most everyone knows someone who does, or take some shots with a film camera, take the film to nearly any one hour photo joint and ask for scans to be put on a CD.

What I have found is that when searching for info on old scopes (or anything for that matter) pictures can make a big difference in the level of input you get back.

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Posted 06 October 2006 - 11:23 PM

OK, now I'm REALLY feeling totally backward... Where are you guys getting your smileys and such, and how does one post them here if they're not already in the icon list or part of someone's existing post? PM me. Thanks.

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Posted 07 October 2006 - 05:26 AM

Actually this thread is interesting with or without photos. Photos will be nice but there are people who know this stuff and don't need photos.

And for me, just the story is interesting. Of course when the photos show up, that will be interesting too.

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Posted 07 October 2006 - 08:31 PM

OK everybody, my message was intended as light hearted, not critical. Do we lack humor here? Of course the thread is interesting. Tracking down any old telescope is interesting, and certainly never worthless. But photos really help, and also increase the interest.

The "this thread is worthless without pics" smily faces came from the Porsche 914club.com forum (914's, my other passion). It is commonly used there to get folks to post pics to help in giving others they are asking for help a better idea of what they're talking about, or trying to figure out. Or, if a modification is made that they want to share with others and no pics are posted, the worthless without pics smilies will be posted by someone.

Try to recognize the humor when it comes around and take it with a grain of salt. That's why the big teeth grinning smilies holding the signs. We all obviously love old/classic scopes or we wouldn't be on this particular forum. But I bet there isn't a one of us here that wouldn't love to see some nice pics of the fine vintage scope Chas came across via his elderly neighbor. I know I would.

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Posted 07 October 2006 - 08:53 PM

Fight nice.

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Posted 07 October 2006 - 09:37 PM

Fight nice.

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Don,

Fight nice? It's a "Spirited" discussion. :waytogo: :tounge:

#11 Don W

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Posted 07 October 2006 - 09:40 PM

That's what my mother used to say to us kids. Fight nice.

#12 dbledsoe

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Posted 07 October 2006 - 10:22 PM

That's what my mother used to say to us kids. Fight nice.


Don,

Clearly your mother was a very wise woman. But did you pay any attention to her sage advice? :p

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 12:48 AM

Personally, I like the little smiley guys...

I have a telescope with a white tube, black trim and metal focuser, silver. The tripod is wood with pointy feet. There is a iron weight opposite the tube. Can anyone help me with identify this one, too?

Keith (Just to see them little guys once again, of course :lol:...lay 'em on me Don.)

Oh, BTW... :lol: :lol: :lol: ...just so there's no confusion.

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 12:50 AM

:funny:

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#15 Remy Bosio

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 09:50 AM

A down and dirty Google turned up this.
http://frankstelescope.notlong.com

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 10:09 AM

Remy,

Some excellent sleuthing on your part. Very cool!

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 10:14 AM

Hey Don, I can Google as fast as "old man Parker" can change a flat tire! :winky:

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 10:14 AM

I have a telescope with a white tube, black trim and metal focuser, silver. The tripod is wood with pointy feet. There is a iron weight opposite the tube. Can anyone help me with identify this one, too?


Keith,

I believe your scope was made by the Boston Blackie Estuary and optical firm. If I recall they were in business from one day to the next. Other than that:

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 01:00 PM

Before television, we used to listen to "Boston Blackie" on the radio. That was in the late '40s. We got our first television set in 1950. It was a 7-inch table model. My dad bought a magnifying lens to place in front of the screen to make it look bigger. :roflmao:

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Posted 09 October 2006 - 02:48 PM

Good work Remy.

There also used to be a telescope comany called Charles Franks in the UK, I cannot remember where they were located. The other big UK company for telescopes is Broadhurst, Clarkson and Fuller (Fullerscopes), they still exist but I think they now just sell Celectron, Meade and Orion UK equipment.

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Posted 09 October 2006 - 05:31 PM

I saw an antique Fullerscope on ebay a couple of months back- an equatorial reflector. What a kluge! It looked like it was cobbled together in a garage by The Borg (*NOT* the other Borg). Guess English consumer optics was in some way akin to English cuisine. No offence.

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Posted 22 October 2006 - 11:01 AM

Here are some pics.
I have some more if more are needed

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Posted 22 October 2006 - 11:03 AM

pic of the box

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Posted 22 October 2006 - 11:04 AM

close up of the label

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Posted 23 October 2006 - 04:38 PM

Pictures up, if anyone could tell me anything about this scope it would be appreciated.

Thanks. Chas


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