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#1 Dionysis1

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 07:03 AM

I just joined this group. I've read posts here for a while, and have always learned a lot from the collective knowledge of members. While I own quite a number of scopes (mostly 60mm), I've collected them as much due to my interest in optics as sky watching. I hope to learn more as time goes on. I just wanted to thank everyone who makes this a great resource, and hope to contribute in some small way in the future. I guess the protocol is to list one's scopes, so...

Televue Ranger 70mm
Jason 311 Constellation 60mm
Sears Discoverer #4 6305-A (Circle T)
Sears 46333-A
Continental (Japan) 60/800mm) complete
Meade ETX 60AT
J.C. Penney short-tube cat (76/600m, Japan)
Meade 277 Comet Seeker (60/300mm Japan) complete
Celestron CO-62 (62/300mm Vixen made); 2 complete like new
Parks PRT-46 (60/900mm) w/equatorial tripod
Tasco 9VR (60/300mm) complete as new
Tasco 10VR (80/400mm) complete as new
Tasco 49TE (60/800mm)
Celestron First Scope Newtonian
Crescent (Japan) spotting scope w/tripod
Mayflower 80mm spotting scope
Bausch and Lomb Discoverer (60mm Japan) unused
No brand (probably Chinese) Mak (80/800mm)
Focal (Japanese) K-Mart 40mm spotting scope
Minolta 10X50 wide angle binoculars
Pentax 16X50 XCF binoculars
Orion binoviewer

Too many eyepieces, tripods and other stuff to list.

#2 sgorton99

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 07:08 AM

Welcome and nice collection of scopes!

#3 clintwhitman

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 07:32 AM

Welcome to the Classic Telescope Forum...
Looks like you found the place where you and your scopes can hang out!! The list of scopes or Equipment at the bottom is in your, My Home / settings under signature. You can stick links or text there that is attached to your post if the box is checked.. Again welcome and its great to see you here. :waytogo: :wavey: :dob:
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#4 Brian Risley

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 02:25 PM

Nice collection! Now that you have joined, you have to watch out, things are contagious around here. Aperture fever can be one of the dangerous (and most expensive) ones. :)
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#5 Tom McDonald

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 03:26 PM

This post is useless without pics! :p
It's required by the forums that you post pics of your equipment!(Not really, but we love pics!) :grin:

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#6 Dionysis1

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 04:10 PM

Right Tom; here are a couple of pics of a few of my scopes, including the Televue, Meade 277, one of the two Celestron CO-62s I own, the little Celestron First Scope Newtonian, Parks PRT-47 and (I forgot to list it) a Japanese Focus (K-Mart) spotting scope. Over time, I'll post them all. :)

http://s1121.photobu...l501/dionysis2/

#7 Rich (RLTYS)

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 06:52 AM

Welcome to the CN classic Scope forum.

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#8 Preston Smith

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 09:34 AM

Welcome to CN an the Classic Telescope Forum! :jump:

We look forward to your posts and contributions to this group. Have you had a chance to observe with your scopes?

We like pictures and really like to hear observation reports! :ubetcha:

#9 GeneT

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 11:54 AM

Welcome aboard! Why so many telescopes? You just like collecting them? Which are your top two or three favorites? :question:

#10 Dionysis1

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 04:00 PM

Hi,

Yes, I like collecting them, although I frequently buy things that any rational person would resist. Some of them I've not even used yet. If I get a good price on what I know is a decent quality scope, I may buy it with the intent to sell it a few years up the road.

As to what my favorites are, the TeleVue is top flight; I like both the Meade 277 and Celestron Co-62 equally well, and both are great for moon watching. I've only used the Parks a couple of times (very few clear nights so far this summer) as I've only had it a few months. I really like the Tasco 10VR for what it is. Some of the others, in particular most of the spotting scopes, I will probably sell off and maybe keep one of them. I'll unload the Meade ETX 60 (used maybe two hours in all) soon as well. In fact, I will likely end up selling up to half of them and buy one larger aperture scope.

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 08:04 PM

Welcome to the asylum....irrational thoughs of clean glass and brass setting circles along with empty wallets are the rule here on Classics. You have a dandy collection..... what's next?

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 12:20 AM

Run Dionysis1, RUN! Hmmm, worked better in Forrest Gump. OK please stay. The worst that could happen is that your scope signature becomes longer. So BTW the Continental 60 X 800, was that a shopgoodwill win?

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#13 Dionysis1

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 06:17 AM

Hello,

The Continental was an ebay win. It came complete with all accessories and in a wooden box (like the old Sears). With the exception of a couple of small scratches on the underside of the finderscope, the unit appears almost new. Great optics too. I'd never heard of that brand, and am not sure of the Japanese manufacturer, but it is a nice old scope. If anyone knows which Japanese company may have produced it, I'd be grateful for your thoughts.

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 08:14 AM

I think my next move should be admittance into some kind of rehab house for telescope buying addiction. Can anyone recommend one?

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 09:32 AM

There is not hope for us.

My name is Karl and I am a Vintage Telescope addict!

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 10:19 AM

Nice collection! Now that you have joined, you have to watch out, things are contagious around here. Aperture fever can be one of the dangerous (and most expensive) ones. :)
Brian


Thanks Brian, I feel like a disease now. :crutch:
Maybe the truth just hurts? See string "Another Box, again"

Dionysis,
There is no help for addicts, only the seeking of humor and pleasure within it. There are some strings here on telescope Classaholics. In the process of trying to thin my herd, two out for one in, I'm letting my super loaded TV Ranger 70 go. I notice that one is high on your list. Considering size comparison against the recent box purchase, the Ranger is a bit of a contradiction in the idea of thinning.

Neil

#17 Dionysis1

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 10:55 AM

It is unlikely I would ever get rid of my TeleVue; it was the first scope I bought (not counting toy scopes as a kid). Getting rid of some scopes isn't really predicated upon space limitations as it is on the simple fact that, other than admiring them aesthetically, I don't really use all of them, or at least not frequently enough to warrant keeping them. And I really would like to get scope with as large an aperture as I can afford. That may end up being a Dobsonian, maybe an 8", although I've always been partial to refractors.






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