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#1 sgorton99

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 06:59 PM

Okay, my recent philosophy after the work on the '59 Cave was to sell a few unused scopes. Then, when I found a Unitron 3" I would have "room" to go ahead and purchase it. Today, I picked up this 140 on a local CL buy (3 hours round trip). It is not perfect, but definitely worth what I paid. Funny how these things work out sometimes...

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 07:00 PM

Focuser and finder.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 07:01 PM

Mount and cradle - I actually like alt/az....

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 07:02 PM

Lens. Needs cleaning but initial inspection looks good.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 07:03 PM

Unihex

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 07:04 PM

Oh,and these 5 were in the Unihex!

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 07:08 PM

Few issues I have noticed so far. A small dent in the OTA which I hope to be able to pop out, otherwise the paint looks like it will clean up nice. The tripod has no chain or spreader bar and is missing 1 of the metal clips. Other than that, the tripod has all the original hardware. Also, no lens cap or box for the OTA or tripod.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 07:44 PM

Steve good score! Glad to see a 3" is finally in your collection. :waytogo:

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 08:26 PM

[quote) I actually like alt/az.... [/quote]

Me too!

Looks as though you did very well both dropping the eBay 140 of a week or two ago and picking this one up. By the blobs of stuff on the lens cell screws, it even looks like the elements haven't been screwed with yet.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 08:27 PM

Thanks Brian. I really thought finding a 140 would take longer than a week!

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 08:36 PM

My favorite is the mount

Nice find Steve
Congrats

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 08:39 PM

[quote name="strdst"][quote) I actually like alt/az.... [/quote]

Me too!

Looks as though you did very well both dropping the eBay 140 of a week or two ago and picking this one up. By the blobs of stuff on the lens cell screws, it even looks like the elements haven't been screwed with yet. [/quote]

IIRC someone once said Nihon Seiko never put that red stuff on the lens so I do not know if that alone can confirn whether the lens has been played with.

Nice scope Steve-if you like Unitrons! :lol:

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 09:36 PM

Good one Steve. Looking forward to some glamor shots when she's all cleaned up. Nice to get a stuffed Unihex with it.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 09:40 PM

Wow! That didn't take long. Great find.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 10:05 PM

Thanks guys. Here is a shot together - still not cleaned up, but not too bad!

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 01:06 AM

Terrific Steve!

The ATCO arrived! String to follow. With the Sears out you have plenty of room for the UNI now. That one looks good. Nice getting the ep's and Unihex WITH the clamp. It took me a while to find the right clamp for the Unihex with my 142.

Should I waite for the Sears or post the Atco now? You deserve a Brownie Button for the packing job on the ATCO. It's great.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 02:15 AM

Wow Steve congrats, an awesome find in a short time!! Bob

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 06:37 AM

Thanks Neil and Bob - I am quite please with this "find".
I see with my "piano shot" I have the OTA flipped around, going to be kind of hard to reach around and track objects!

Up to you Neil, glad it arrived safely!

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 08:21 AM

Nice find Steve! :whee:It looks to be in really good shape and should clean up really nicely. The loaded unihex was also a nice bonus. Congrats.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 09:45 AM

Good for you Steve. :bow:Nice catch.:bow: That 4mm ortho is uncommon. Wish i had one. Great deal.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 09:21 AM

Anyone know the correct distance or spread from the center of where the spreader bar should be to the connection spot on the tripod legs? I am going to pick up a small chain at the hardware store to fashion a temporary fix.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 10:18 AM

Steve,

I don't have a spreader for my 142, but I do have the tray for the 150. Porportion should get you close. It is 12" from the center of the hub bolt down the leg to the center of the tray bolt. It is 13.75" from center to center of the tray bolts and 7.75" from the center of the tray out to each tray bolt (center of leg).

The 150 is 2.75" from the center of hub to center of leg bolt, but the 142 is only 2.25".

crunching the numbers on the 150 for angle, each leg angles out at about 23 degrees from verticle.

The numbers are tape readings so they don't make a perfect right angle but close. Try getting extra chain and let the extra hang at the closing connection.

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 08:30 AM

Thanks Neil. We are currently painting the family room prepping for new flooring this week, so have not had much time to work on this. I did pick up 10' of fine chain yesterday that should work for my temporary fix. Hope to have some time tomorrow. Anyone parting out a 3" Unitron? :) :) ;)

Almost forgot, I named the scope "Joey" after the seller. I am not convinced this is his real name. Of all the scopes I have purchased on Craigslist, this is the only time I really thought "How stupid am I?". The seller said he got the scope from his Grandpa who had it in storage. No boxes, no papers. He also had to check his address when I asked by walking outside and looking at the building. The phone he was using was his cousins, and one of the times I talked to him someone was screaming in the background. Anyway, it was daylight and I insisted we meet at a public place (in Milwaukee) so he and 3 other people in a small car met me at a busy gas station. He initially wanted to meet me at a park near a creek. Oh well, I guess it worked out :).

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 06:22 PM

I bought rather heavy chrome chain and did what Neil suggested. The extra hanging chain looks good and is a vibration damper. Bill

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 11:33 AM

Not sure why someone would put masking tape like this on a Unitron. 2 theories: to mark where to put the scope in the cradle or to protect it from the cradle. Not sure about protection, as the green felt is fine. Took me about an hour to safely clean it off.

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