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SherrieE

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PostSubject: QUESTAR 3.5" COMING TO THE GEORGE H. LUTZ OBSERVATORY   Fri Oct 05, 2012 12:15 pm

We have been think about purchasing a Questar for quite sometime for our observatory because it meets our needs in our desire to bring high quality astronomical image out into the community in the most transportable way. By demonstrating a Questar telescope it show our love for high quality astronomical telescopes. With it's f/ratio of 14 giving 1300mm will allow us to show a very high quality lunar and planetary image within in the general Southern California area.

We all know that Questar has had a long outstanding legacy of building premium quality optical systems for both military and civilian use. Also Questar telescopes are provided with our favorite eyepieces which are the Brandons which out perform all other designs for lunar and planetary observing.

We are looking forward to our purchase of one of these fine systems.

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PostSubject: Re: QUESTAR 3.5" COMING TO THE GEORGE H. LUTZ OBSERVATORY   Fri Oct 05, 2012 12:47 pm

Great submission Sherrie but the scope is only 3.5 inch, my choice would be a small 4"F/8 refractor to demonstrate for sidewalk astronomy, ect.
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PostSubject: Re: QUESTAR 3.5" COMING TO THE GEORGE H. LUTZ OBSERVATORY   Sun Oct 07, 2012 8:35 pm

Saw this interesting information about the Questar 3.5 at Wikipedia

Questar was founded in 1950 by Lawrence Braymer who set up Questar to develop and market Maksutov telescopes and other optical devices for the consumer, industrial, and government customers. The Questar Standard telescope has been in production since 1954 probably making it the longest running production consumer oriented telescope.[citation needed]
Questar does not produce their own optics. The earliest Questars used optics produced in part by Cave Optical, but for most of their history the optics were produced by Cumberland Optical. The optics are hand-aspherized.[citation needed]
Questars have been associated with many well-known scientists and other personalities; Wernher Von Braun purchased one in 1959.[4] Talk show host Johnny Carson, well known as a fan of astronomy, purchased an early model. Today Show founding host Dave Garroway and Arthur C. Clarke are other well-known owners.

Now we can say one is also at the Lutz Observatory.

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PostSubject: Re: QUESTAR 3.5" COMING TO THE GEORGE H. LUTZ OBSERVATORY   Mon Oct 08, 2012 12:40 am

Thought you might enjoy this copy/paste Sherrie,

Arthur C. Clarke's Comments About His Questar 3-1/2 Telescope

Excerpts from the nonfiction book "The Treasure of the Great Barrier Reef" by Arthur C. Clarke (b. 1917, d. 2008), from Company Seven's archives.



From Chapter 13: "False Start"
"We waited, scanning the horizon for the first sight of the returning boat. I had brought with me, for just such a purpose, the finest small telescope ever built--the 3-1/2 inch Questar, a jewel of precision optics which has produced close-ups of the moon that could easily be mistaken for Mount Wilson photographs. Although the barrel is only eight inches long, a combination of lens and mirror makes the light traverse the tube three times, with the result that the instrument is equivalent to one yard in length. Various eyepieces give magnifications of up to 180, though it is easy to go higher than this on those rare occasions when the clarity of the atmosphere permits. There is an electric drive in the base that will keep the field of view centered on a star all night--no, I am not getting a penny from the Questar Corporation, but perhaps I had better stop here.

Left: "The Treasure of the Great Reef" edition published by Scholastic Book Services, New York, March 1966

In the middle of the morning, as I scanned the horizon, I caught my first glimpse of Ran Muthu's canvas hood, bobbing intermittently above the edge of the earth. As she crawled over the skyline, she looked like a jeep just awash; it was more than an hour before she reached us and dropped anchor outside the resthouse. The telescope has saved us a great deal of anxiety and worry, and it was to save me a good deal more in the weeks to come."

Right: Advertisement by Harper & Row publishing house for the book "The Treasure of the Great Reef" in 1964.

From Chapter 21: "Piranhas and Elephants"
"While I was awaiting for the boat to return, I persuaded some of the local youngsters to record their village songs, and the playbacks caused endless amusement for them. Having established a fund of good will with the tape recorder, I had no difficulty in getting the volunteers to carry telescope, tripod, and cameras up tot he top of the hill overlooking Kirinda. They were fascinated to see the lighthouse and passing ships brought from ten miles to within a few hundred yards, but I was much more interested in the Ran Muthu, as she bobbed up and down on he far side of the reef.

Visibility was remarkably good, despite the ten miles of hot, trembling air that lay between my hilltop and the Great Basses. So I couple the Nikon to the Questar, hels a large red filter from an aerial surveying camera over the objective, and shot off a roll of film. While I developed it back in Colombo, I was quite pleased with the result; Ran Muthu's canvas awning was clearly visible, peeing above the breakers foaming over the reef, with the white tower of the lighthouse looming in the background.

I watched from the hill for over an hour, swinging the telescope around the sky from time to time to look at the ships that were streaming past this busy crossroads in the sea."

(Company 7)
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PostSubject: Re: QUESTAR 3.5" COMING TO THE GEORGE H. LUTZ OBSERVATORY   Tue Oct 09, 2012 7:52 pm

I love a secret but this one I might have to let out a little. There is also something else in the works too but thats all I can say, so get ready. cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers
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PostSubject: Re: QUESTAR 3.5" COMING TO THE GEORGE H. LUTZ OBSERVATORY   Fri Oct 12, 2012 7:32 pm

WE GOT IT!!! Check out our observatory website. Loron will shortly make a clip on it also. flower

READ: http://lutzobservatory.synthasite.com/questar.php
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PostSubject: Re: QUESTAR 3.5" COMING TO THE GEORGE H. LUTZ OBSERVATORY   Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:06 pm

The secret is still a secret but it has changed from acquiring a tube assembly incorporating a Zeiss objective but is now going to be a................. (to be continued shortly) lol! scratch lol! scratch lol!


P.S. Our Questar is giving a very nice image of both Jupiter, Moon, and M-42. More review to follow on YouTube cheers
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PostSubject: Re: QUESTAR 3.5" COMING TO THE GEORGE H. LUTZ OBSERVATORY   Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:27 pm

I know it's so awesome I can't wait to tell plus we'll get a picture of Maralee next to the telescope. I love you Best part is I wonder who refurbished it, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce
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PostSubject: Re: QUESTAR 3.5" COMING TO THE GEORGE H. LUTZ OBSERVATORY   Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:33 pm

Having my afternoon bath and Brandy alien
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