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#1 KI5CAW

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Posted 02 July 2024 - 12:49 PM

I have never actually seen a J. W. Fecker telescope. If you have one I'd love to see a picture of it!



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Posted 02 July 2024 - 01:08 PM

 I own three Celestar models made by JW Fecker and sold in the 1950's. Here is picture of my two 4" Celestars. I also have 6" Celestar.

 

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Posted 02 July 2024 - 01:24 PM

 I own three Celestar models made by JW Fecker and sold in the 1950's. Here is picture of my two 4" Celestars. I also have 6" Celestar.

I'm so jealous. When I was a teenager back in the late '50s, I had a 4.25" Spacek Newt on a non-motorized EQ mount... and my main astro-buddy had a blue 4" JW Fecker, just like yours. Loved that scope! Owning a 6" Fecker was a life-long dream that never came true.

 

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Posted 02 July 2024 - 01:53 PM

The club I belong to had a Fecker 12" MCT. Beautiful scope but Fecker didn't install a central baffle. We made a baffle for it and then it gave a pretty good image.

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Posted 04 July 2024 - 12:34 AM

Here's another little Fecker. Celestar 4" serial # 245. I wonder how many were made?

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Posted 04 July 2024 - 09:00 AM

I think one now resides in China! ;)



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Posted 04 July 2024 - 09:00 AM

 My 6" Celestar is #628  and my blue 4" is #264. The green 4" was missing the serial number plate but I believe it was on the first ones made. It is totally complete in that I have the original wooden storage box and the original eyepieces. 

  I also purchased a number of parts which I believe were from the estate of Roy Swain who worked for Fecker during the time they were manufactured.

  Lew Chilton published a list of the known units a few years ago. Attached is his spread sheet.  From the serial number in Lew's spread sheet it looks like around 500 C4 were made and around 50 of C6.

 

  Happy July 4th !

 

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         Attached File  FECKER CELESTAR REGISTRY.xls   98KB   13 downloads           


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