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As long as it is allowed...

A long time ago I was an active amateur astronomer, and in those days we all made our own telescopes, grinding and polishing the mirrors. We used to say that the old style toilet paper had a side for grinding and a side for polishing!

Modern yoof probably can’t even imagine what we’re talking about. Thank goodness for progress. Any last remaining stocks should be relegated to their one useful purpose - lining cake tins.

Maybe, but if you have eight peole in the household one package won’t last long.

Still available !!



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Retro toilet paper! Now I’ve seen everything.

I bought Sarah (Mrs. FMF) some retro-toothpaste for her birthday about 10years back. “Close Up”, I used to moan at my mum to buy it when I was about 8 because it was the first gel toothpaste in the UK and therefore special and worth the money. Had a “medical” taste. I bought it from some dude in S. Ireland from eBay… I think he was buying from India where it was still a popular brand.

Perhaps he was importing it from Australia. I seem to remember ads for it there a few years ago and it’s still available.


Hang on this thread is turning into a retro-toiletaries discussion - Let me flag my own post as not relevant to the original subject …

Keeping hams on topic is on a par with herding cats!

I blame it on the rag-chew gene.

It all seems to be remaining largely on-topic in the SOTA room on Peanut. I like that facility - much better than Echolink!

According to the link it’s currently unavailable and no longer manufactured.

Lets hope it stays that way :wink:

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Hey! It might not have been as good as modern quilted, but it was infinitely better than six inch squares of newspaper hung on a hook! The stuff was hard to get and rationed at one time!

I see Cotswolds Outdoors is having a sale of tents. Just in case you want to get away from everything for a while!

II see that running the DB has turned your hair white, Andy!

It wasn’t so bad if you remembered to take the hook out before use Brian. :rofl:

So, to recycle an old ad text, “now is the winter of their discount tents…”


We were posh, we had a loop of string between the hook and the paper !

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I have a 10" blank sitting in my shed half-polished that’ll be my final go to if I completely run out of things to do. Mind you, the cost of aluminizing these days is about twice what I can import a 1/10 wave already aluminized mirror from China :confused:

I’m not up on current prices, but as I remember it you might get two years out of a simple aluminisation and perhaps double that if silica coated, so every few years you’d have to import another mirror! Simple answer - learn how to do chemical silvering and re-coat it yourself every year!

I once used a telescope made by a famous Victorian amateur, he had used chemical gold coating and it was still reasonable after about 70 years. It gave a strange colour cast to everything, though!

I’m messy enough in most things, I don’t think adding silver nitrate to the mix is a good idea! :smiley:

I think the price issues in Australia are more the fact no one does it any more. My 8 inch scope is about 10 years old and it was hard enough back then to find someone to do it. Mind you, I have been focused elsewhere lately, so maybe some uni student has opened up a service

Luxury! We used ta dreeam of 'aving newspaper on a hook.