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Mogey 3" Brass Refractor

Discussion in 'Vintage Telescopes & Equipment' started by Bomber Bob, Oct 3, 2015.

Mogey 3" Brass Refractor

Started by Bomber Bob on Oct 3, 2015 at 2:36 PM

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  1. Bomber Bob

    Bomber Bob Well-Known Member

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    One more bit of history: My Mogey is not engraved / branded on the focus knob; here's another unmarked Mogey 3" auctioned by Skinner. I think it has the original gray enamel lacquer paint:
    Mogey 3IN Refractor UNMARKED (Skinner) P01.jpg
     
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    JW you going to lacquer the polished brass?
     
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    Clint, I'm going to have the tube power-coated in royal blue high gloss - by professionals. I'm going to buff out the nicks and scrapes on the lens cell & focuser, and leave those uncoated - see how well the brass holds up to The Swamp's humidity. If it does as well as my Tinsley Cassegrain, I'll be a happy camper! Hope to get all that done by the end of FEB. Gotta get the very old (pre-branded) Jaegers GEM and tripod restored, too.
     
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    Pons and I powder coated the 6" F15 Uniponds Refractor. That was over 10 years ago and even with the trips to pinos there is not one scratch in the powder coating. I would say if you have to $ it a great finish. Where is a photo of the Tinsley??
     
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    Bob,
    Your Mogey is cleaning up real nice!
     
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    Where is a photo of the Tinsley?? Here ya go:
    Cassini - Official 13 JUN 2015 CN2.jpg
     
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    Mogey 3" lens in cell that sold on A-Mart:

    Mogey 3IN Lens and Cell  (A-Mart) P01.jpg
     
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    Except for baffling, my Mogey is done. Got in some great views of the gibbous Moon before supper. Until I get the old Jaegers mount restored, she'll share the Edmund 4's ginormous mount & tripod.
    Mogey - Prebaffling S01.jpg
     
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    Very nice JW wish I could take a peek!
     
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    Clear skies, but turbulent air... I did some test imaging anyway:

    Mogey - First Imaging (Gibbous Moon) 20160219 R01.jpg Mogey - First Imaging (Gibbous Moon) 20160219 R02.jpg
     
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    I think I've found a finder / guidescope for my Mogey. It'll take some work to convert this antique transit, but if the ~35mm lens is good, I can put that Triple Alliance eyepiece to good use.
    AT35 Ad Photo P01.jpg
     
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    Looks like an F15 finder.....
     
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    Beautiful!
     
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    The transit scope is a no-go, but I'm looking at other suitable candidates for a finderscope.
     
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    ... and I got one.

    Antique Finderscope GW 01.jpg
     
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    The complete kit. I'm having the scope & finder power-coated French Grey with brass trim in the next week or two. It may not have the Mogey brand, but it'll have the Mogey color!

    Mogey 3 - Finder (Unrestored) S03.jpg
     
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    Mogey 3 - Powder Coat OTA S01.jpg Picked up my Mogey tube today. JD powder coated it in French Grey - flash makes it look white. I installed 3 baffles, and flocked the interior, which boosted contrast.
     
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    Mogey 3 on the MacKenzie AZ Mount & Tripod (c. 1895)

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    Nice! :cool: Do you have white Cotton gloves to put on before you touch the focuser?
     
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