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#1 Rich3756

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Posted 13 August 2022 - 03:04 PM

Is this a Tinsley ?  or what ? I think someone got carried away with the polisher, the vintage finish is now lost forever.

 

https://sfbay.craigs...7520159072.html


Edited by Rich3756, 13 August 2022 - 03:07 PM.

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Posted 13 August 2022 - 03:26 PM

At first glance I thought it was an early Bausch and Lomb but the second picture which shows the back and focuser leads me to believe it is indeed a Tinsley. It’s a 4”. Too bad the cool Tinsley Saturn embossed label us gone as is that beautiful Tinsley gray-blue color. They didn’t help it a bit by all that grinding and polishing of the metal tube. They pretty much ruined it! Sad. I could probably be more or less reclined though and made to look kind of original.


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Posted 13 August 2022 - 04:01 PM

It is  a Tinsley that someone  striped the paint off the tube and mount.

 

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Posted 13 August 2022 - 04:06 PM

It is  a Tinsley that someone  striped the paint off the tube and mount.

 

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Posted 13 August 2022 - 04:21 PM

At first glance I thought it was an early Bausch and Lomb but the second picture which shows the back and focuser leads me to believe it is indeed a Tinsley. It’s a 4”. Too bad the cool Tinsley Saturn embossed label us gone as is that beautiful Tinsley gray-blue color. They didn’t help it a bit by all that grinding and polishing of the metal tube. They pretty much ruined it! Sad. I could probably be more or less reclined though and made to look kind of original.

Same first glance thoughts that it might be B&L since I have a 1928/7 4" B&L.  Definately not a B&L. Definately a Tinsley focuser.  I think a finish could be re applied to match original color and texture and chaulk it up to a restoration. Just consider the stripping to be the first step done for you. These early finishes often fail miserably by this time. Hopefully no major fine detail was lost in the barbarous sprucing. I wouldn't know what to look for as I've never had a Tinsley refractor. 


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Posted 14 August 2022 - 03:46 AM

$2400 and no photo of the objective, not to mention the title says it's steel.

 

Lately I've seen several ads where the sellers described the aluminum mounts as cast iron. ohmy.gif


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Posted 14 August 2022 - 05:43 AM

What telescope?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JK.  Sorry.  lol.gif

 

That is a real bummer.  I am sure this is a dumb question, but are the Tinsley optics that impressive, or is it primarily that they are old American-made telescopes that make them so collectible?


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Posted 15 August 2022 - 12:17 AM

Is this a Tinsley ?  or what ? I think someone got carried away with the polisher, the vintage finish is now lost forever.

 

https://sfbay.craigs...7520159072.html

If you want to see of of these in operation check out my video. It's close to 100 percent original with a couple of minor changes and additions.

 

https://youtu.be/dmz_Wg58iVw


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Posted 16 August 2022 - 05:44 PM

If you want to see of of these in operation check out my video. It's close to 100 percent original with a couple of minor changes and additions.

 

https://youtu.be/dmz_Wg58iVw

Yes, but Dave's  scope is missing the  "Block and Tackle Pully System" of the Craigslist scope.


Edited by Rich3756, 16 August 2022 - 05:45 PM.

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Posted 17 August 2022 - 12:47 AM

I forgot and nobody mentioned the CL scope is missing the focuser knob.

Also it appears there's no eyepiece and now I think there's no objective!

Tinsley-O-lens.jpg

It certainly looks like it only has the half that attaches to the tube. ohmy.gif


Edited by Kasmos, 17 August 2022 - 12:47 AM.


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Posted 17 August 2022 - 11:04 AM

I forgot and nobody mentioned the CL scope is missing the focuser knob.

Also it appears there's no eyepiece and now I think there's no objective!

attachicon.gifTinsley-O-lens.jpg

It certainly looks like it only has the half that attaches to the tube. ohmy.gif

No focuser knob, no eyepiece and no objective? It's a lamp...


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