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#1 sgorton99

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 09:05 AM

A busy week...Cave the other day and my "new" Unitron just arrived. I think I will name it "Presto" in honor of the seller. But first, off to an appointment and lunch with my brother-in-law who is flying in this morning.

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#2 sgorton99

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 01:14 PM

Wood box.

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 01:15 PM

Well packed!

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 01:16 PM

Beautiful scope, thanks Preston! You did a terrific job restoring this.
Steve

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#5 Scott in NC

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 02:14 PM

Very nice, Steve--congrats!!! I almost bought your "new" Unitron 114 from Preston, but decided I just couldn't swing it right after buying Dan's (datapanic) Tasco 7TE-5.

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 07:13 PM

Nice Unitron Steve! You will love it!

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 11:31 AM

Hey Steve!

Nice scope! :lol:

Hope you can get it under some planets and stars real soon!

Enjoy!

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 07:20 PM

And when you DO get it under some planets and stars, you'll be amazed at what this little Unitron can do. :jump: I was. You'll love it.

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 07:32 PM

And when you DO get it under some planets and stars, you'll be amazed at what this little Unitron can do. :jump: I was. You'll love it.


Yep :bow:

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Posted 17 July 2011 - 07:07 AM

Seriously, not one clear night 3 in a row? Arghh! At least the scope is pretty to look at.

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Posted 17 July 2011 - 07:59 AM

Nice scope Steve,,,, If Preston said its good you might as well not even look and just take his word for it....
Seriously these are great little scopes. the objectives are very good ones!!
Remember what John Pons says...Every home should have one... :smirk:
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Posted 17 July 2011 - 06:14 PM

I believe Roland has a quote about Unitrons that is not quite as flattering! :lol: Don't get me wrong, if you have and like Unitrons great. Just not my cup of tea.

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 08:35 AM

Gregg What the heck? Rain on the 114 parade???

Unitron made some of the cream of the Classic Telescopes. If many of us close are eyes and think Classic Telescope the long sexy legs of a Unitron come to mind.
What would Roland say about his 80mm Japanese guide scopes that sold for $499. just the OTA. They were made no better than a 60mm Unitron, in fact they are pretty cheesy. And if Roland made a super APO version of this 114 setup, A 60mm Telescope on a alt az mount what would the pricing be like. Eyepiece = $450. Eyepiece adapter = $65.50. OTA = $2199. (18 month lead time) Diagonal = $199. Mount leg stabilizing tips = $35.40 each................on and on and on..... :confused:
Don't get me wrong Roland's gear is the kind, But it would be kind of like asking the stuck up dorks at Ferrari or Porche to get excited about my 1966 El Camino which to many is a cool old classic car....
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Posted 18 July 2011 - 08:38 AM

:jump:You tell him clint.. :waytogo: :like:john

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 08:39 AM

Get some close ups Steve??? I want to see what Preston did??

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 09:46 AM

No rain intended. I think my post was pretty clear. Just trying to keep things fair and balanced.

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 09:48 AM

:jump:You tell him clint.. :waytogo: :like:john


And this from a guy who sure has been selling a lot of Unitron stuff lately. :lol:

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 10:42 AM

:lol:Just thinning the herd and sharing the wealth of my collection..i have alot more unitrons then you know..believe me.john

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 02:17 PM

Beautiful telescopes, Steve and Clint! Can anyone tell me what the tube length of the Unitron 114 is? I bought a tube (supposed 114 replacement) from eBay a little while ago and it looks pretty short (about 25.5 inches) for a 60mm f/15. Is it meant to have a drawtube focuser? Thanks, Peter.

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 04:36 PM

:)25 1/2" is exactly right..i have two tubes without lens/focuser..john

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 08:51 PM

Thanks, John.

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 07:21 PM

:)25 1/2" is exactly right..i have two tubes without lens/focuser..john


Yes - same as mine.

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 07:24 PM

:)25 1/2" is exactly right..i have two tubes without lens/focuser..john


Yes - same as mine.


Yeah, just like mine was! :lol:

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 07:46 PM

Beautiful telescope!

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 07:48 PM

Thanks! As Clint requested - here is some better pics of Preston's handiwork.

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