"The stuff dreams are made of"
at least the stuff my dreams are made of.
"Cave Optical Co #M727067
F/8 64" F.L. Jan 25, 1972"
Mirror pristine & still in it’s original Pancro coating, requires aluminization.
Delux Astrola mounting (1.5" solid shafts in SealMaster roller bearings); clock drive; Polished 6" Magnusson setting circles; rotating tube rings; Telescopics focuser; 1/20th wave Cervit diagonal; 8x50 finder; Parks tube, custom tube counterweight system. All original equipment except upgraded diagonal, spider, tube counterweights.
Original owner since 1972, the heyday of Cave Optical when the quality and consistency of his instruments peaked. Alika Herring had just returned from working with Gerard Kuiper to be Cave’s master optician. David Levy, co-discover of Comet Schoemaker-Levy 9 and renowned ATM says of all the MANY scopes he has used including larger instruments his "favorite" and his "best" is a Cave 8" F/7 Astrola. "It was always a good telescope but it was not until I put in the Nagler EPs that I finally began to realize how special this telescope was. They allowed the telescope to perform so beautifully that even though I have larger instruments the Cave is the best scope I have right now." On-line interview by David Levy with Al Nagler - 10/7/03. Email for addy. Parks went on to buy Cave Optical. Good news is that Parks parts are interchangeable with this Astrola mount and OTA.
This instrument not only performs like a dream but the Cave name has become legendary, a piece of history. In this condition I can say this scope is RARE and not be guilty of hyperbole. It will appreciate over time as fine rare collectable instruments do. How many other instruments can stand that test?
Photos avail. CURRENT OFFER on 1/22/04 8:00 PM PST is $2200 - Thank you! to Ed in So. Cal. The Galoc 4 EP set and the Cave 8 F/8 are back together again. ***** SOLD ***** Thank you Astromart!