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Tweedledee

Victorian obsy restoration

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Tweedledee

On 'Restoring Britain's Landmarks' Channel 4 at 8pm next Wednesday, the Landmark Trust will be restoring a Victorian tower observatory and telescope as part of renovations at Belmont House Lyme Regis. I think it will be run as a very nice hotel/guest house.

Telescopes or not, I find this a fascinating program.

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philjay

Thanks for the heads up Pete.

I watched it last night, 2 nice telescopes but the one the bloke who knew nothing about astrological telescopes (arrrrggghhh) was completely wrong. Instead of buying the 6" unseen and finding it was too big they should have consulted the Lockyer people earlier. That would have had a 4" f15 on eq mount with cast iron or stone pedestal instead of a tripod stuck in the middle of the floor. And as for the glass over shutter, sheesh.

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Doc

Just watched it.


 


Very enjoyable. Phil what make was the 6" scope? That scope with it's mount and pillar was pretty awesome. The 4" one they chose looked to small for the observatory.


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Astronigel

Scope at the end looked too portable to be sat in that obsy ...

Looked like they just ended up giving up finding suitable.. that'll do for it attitude :(

May as well just got a Tasco off ebay and chuck that in there... Lol

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philjay

Just watched it.

 

Very enjoyable. Phil what make was the 6" scope? That scope with it's mount and pillar was pretty awesome. The 4" one they chose looked to small for the observatory.

Don't know Mick, they didn't show much of it. The mount did look Cookeish but I couldn't identify the makers badge cos it was not on long enough

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Doc

Scope at the end looked too portable to be sat in that obsy ...

Looked like they just ended up giving up finding suitable.. that'll do for it attitude :(

May as well just got a Tasco off ebay and chuck that in there... Lol

 

I agree it did look like he gave up and just got one that looked old. It needs a pillar mounted scope to look authentic.

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philjay

They should have consulted astronomers fully on this then they may have gotten the right kit. Msybe they did but it didnt make good telly so they let that chap with no idea go for it. Either way a proper telescope there would be wasted methinks as it was only a novelty for use by the lodging guests

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Brantuk

I missed it but will watch on catch up or a repeat sometime - sounds real interesting. :)


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Tweedledee

I thoroughly enjoyed the program.

It was such a pity that he didn't have a clue about obsy's or scopes and failed to plan that part of the job properly.

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Smithysteve

I enjoyed the program ðŸ‘

The Astro side was laughable, but it was great to see some old scopes etc.

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BAZ

I could not believe he didn't use the NLO expertise. I suspect they told him a terrestrial scope was no good, so he ignored them, it did smack of desperation at the end. It could have been done so well if he had done his homework rather than racing round the country. Ah well, someones got something that looks pretty.


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Bino-viewer

Saw it last night on catch up. Fascinating programme, really like this sort of stuff.


 


I know they wanted an authentic Victorian type scope up there, but what he foolhardily settled on was a bit of a letdown


Shame the first antique refractor & mount was too big.


 


Had it been me i would have wanted a classic looking Dobsonian up there ; something like a Teeter or an Obsession.


 


Great to see Allan Chapman making an appearance on there too.


The guys a legend.


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Perkil8r

Watched it tonight. Interesting but had to scream silently inside a few times. Some poor decisions made in the name of commercialism. And don't get me started on him calling it Astrology :facepalm:


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