Additional Instruments of Sweet Hill
In addition to The Queen's TelescopeTM, Sweet Hill
Observatory contains a number of interesting telescopes that we will
Janet Mattei TelescopeTM: 6" f9 Astro-Physics
"Blue Tube" Starfire Refractor on A-P 800 Mount ca 1989
I worshipped AP APOs since I first met Roland at Stellafane.
I lusted after a 5.5", but was unhappy that at that point he actually had no
identifier on the lens cell or tube that showed provenance. My 6" has a
serialized cell without the "cheesy" sticker they now use on OTAs. My two
regrets with this scope are A) returning the mount controller to AP for a
guiding interface upgrade (it looks pretty kluggy) and B) Replacing the
original cast aluminum 2.7" focuser for a later AP machined 2.7" focuser.
One day I'll find a way to fix both these issues.
Philip Morrison Telescope TM (Phil): 6" Fecker
Celestar Mak-Newt ca. 1959
This example of a well-preserved Fecker Celestar has but one
modification from the original - a hole was drilled in the counterweight
opposite the focuser to accommodate a threaded rod w/counterweight. I
believe this allowed the use of a camera. An interesting feature of this
scope is the 3-eyepiece turret that accompanies it. Advertising for these
instruments called out a 4-eyepiece turret and I have no idea when it was
changed to a 3.
Phyllis Morrison Telescope TM (Phyllis): 4"
Fecker Celestar newtonian ca. 1959
What better accompaniment to Phil than Phyllis??? This
example of a 4" Celestar was purchased in the late '70s while I attended RIT
as an undergraduate in Rochester NY.
Ralph Dakin Telescope TM (Ralph): Quantum 6 Mak
from OTI ca. 1979
I lucked into this Quantum 6 in the early '90s. Someone from
St Johnsbuty Vt advertised a used "OTI cassegrain" in Astronomy magazine and
I was the quickest to figure out this was indeed a Quantum 6 Mak! So I flew
up to St. Johnsbury in my friend Mike's plane to pick it up. The only issues
this scope has are A) A few small areas missing paint on the dewcap B) Bent
RA slow-motion drive pin. I've since replaced the pin with a custom
manufactured copy, the painting is more difficult - the correct color is
ONLY available in matt finish, not glossy - so I'll leave the scope as-is
until the situation changes. Along with the scope I have its matching
equatorial wedge, OTI camera adapter, telecompressor, photo-barlow and
straight-through eyepiece adapter. The guys at Davro Optics, OTI's
successor, have been great about supplying some of these parts!
Helen Dakin TelescopeTM (Helen): Quantum 4 Mak
from OTI ca. 1978
I owned one of these for many years, but then for some
unknown reason sold it on AstroMart. Even my wife said I was a fool to sell
it. So, when I found another "affordable" copy I went out and bought her.
Chester Brandon Telescope TM (Chet): 94mm AP/Vernonscope
lens with 2.7" AP focuser (cast version) in a home-built OTA. I shot the '98
total solar eclipse on Aruba using this OTA on a 4" Unitron equatorial
mount. I never should have sold that mount...Chet is generally used today on
an AP-400GOTO mount, a nice combination.
Henry Paul Telescope TM (Henry): 3" Mogey
refrcator on matching equatorial mount.
Unnamed 4" Clark telescope
Unnamed Celestron 8" schmidt camera
Unnamed: 2.5" Fecker spotting scope with 3 original
eyepieces with black crackle paint (original)
Unnamed: 2" Fecker spotting scope painted green (original)
Unnamed: 2." Tinsley Commander spotting scope
Unnamed: 80mm Skyhawk refractor
In naming my primary instruments after Janet, Phil, Phyllis,
Ralph, Helen, Henry and Chet I offer my deepest respect and thanks to them for all
that they did for us. Ralph, Henry and Chet are best known for their
instruments, eyepieces and books...all of which influenced me over the
years. Janet, Phil and Phyllis were more of an influence in astronomy and
science in general and in showing how much a scientist can influence the
world in many areas...I hope any of their relatives reading these words will
be proud of the respect being shown them here.
Peter Bealo copyright 2006 - 2013