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 shows 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.
L. Knowlen, Resident Astronomer



Over taken with the quality along with the ingenious design of the Questar 3.5" which in my opinion is so far superior to most other telescope designs. Lawrence Braymer truly is one of the greatest telescope designers and builders of his time, he is truly a man to be honored. With Questar he has given the world one of the finest optical systems ever. Lawrence Braymer is a man to be honored.

L. Knowlen, G.H.Lutz Observatory







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.

"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."

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) 


Resident Astronomer Loron Knowlen with our 3.5" Questar telescope. 


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