Bushnell Sky Chief III
Posted 16 January 2012 - 11:12 AM
My own feeling is if the tripod legs are wood and
varnished not painted it is probably a classic of some sort. It causes one to pause when realizing the neat looking car,scope,or whatever at the mall collector display is one that was new when I was in high school!
Posted 16 January 2012 - 12:31 PM
Mine has the nostalgic flip finder. Interesting than my model 78-5700 is Towa with circle T. The one on goodwill shows no symbol.
Posted 16 January 2012 - 01:40 PM
Both of mine are great performers,so if the optics are not damaged you should be getting a great instrument.I've had both the Bushnell and the Jason 313# scopes out and both performed excellently,on Jupiter and the Moon .
I also noticed that the one you're considering has metal focusing knobs and a finder ,a good feature and is an earlier version of mine.
Posted 16 January 2012 - 02:13 PM
Posted 16 January 2012 - 02:15 PM
I was a bit premature and brash in my first post, now edited. Your scope does appear to be earlier with the metal focus wheels and more natural toned wood tripod. Look for a Japanese symbol when you get it. There may be one on the focuser label that does not show. They do usually have good optics. The original eyepieces are nostalgic, but more modern 1.25" will probably be nicer in use.
Give a holler about your first light. Even with more modern ep's, I usually take a gander with original eyepieces when viewing with a classic, at least once in a session. It gives me the grins.
Posted 16 January 2012 - 02:16 PM
Posted 16 January 2012 - 02:59 PM
Posted 16 January 2012 - 08:06 PM
What plastic tube? Maybe that zebra one is from what I've heard, the others are metal.
The plastic tube pictured in the thread above.
Posted 16 January 2012 - 09:29 PM
Posted 16 January 2012 - 11:52 PM
I am not sure what you mean. I always disliked the "department store" moniker. Some very nice scopes came from department stores. The Sears 6345 comes to mind!
Posted 18 January 2012 - 02:49 PM
The same goes for quality cameras. There was time when better dept. stores sold Nikon, Pentax, Minolta, Canon, etc. SLR cameras. Now even a big box store like Best Buy carries the models that are point of sale for the average consumer. If I wanted a professional Nikon or Canon digital SLR, I'd have to buy through B&H Photo or order through a specialized camera shop in my town.
One would think my SkyChief II should by all rights perform better than that cheapo/plastic Meade ETX60AT I have.... but it doesn't! And that's just the optical part of it... the Meade has the added bonus of GoTo drive and a controller! The Bushnell's tripod/mount is not that stable.
Posted 16 February 2012 - 05:03 PM
Posted 16 February 2012 - 06:01 PM
Posted 17 February 2012 - 04:16 PM
Using a Meade diagonal the views seem normal and sharp.EPs are SR4 and H12.Also glass and metal 2x barlow. Only symbol is something that looks like a raindrop in a box?Wood legs in good condition.Nice smooth focuser.The finderscope is nice,full aperature and probably 6x30.
The old focusers like this one with the teeth aslant seem smoother and less play than the usual straight-across.Wish they hadn't changed.
THIS one was not a bargain after all albeit still the foundation to build a decent scope;as consolation I did also pick up a quite usuable 18" lcd computer monitor with usb 4 port hub for $5.99.
Posted 17 February 2012 - 04:22 PM
I'm sure that the 'scope will respond nicely to a good cleaning and lubrication. Why not post a photo of the declination assembly, or what's left of it... maybe someone here has some parts lying around that could get it back in operation.
Posted 17 February 2012 - 06:29 PM
Posted 17 February 2012 - 11:54 PM
BTW, I know what you mean about the price of gasoline... we have had a few refineries shut down recently here in the Northeast, and talk is $5.00 per gallon by summer
Posted 18 February 2012 - 01:12 AM
Now I suppose some classic 1.25 oculars are in order.
Recovering from the flu now and a bit restless but not risking going outside in the cold ,damp night to stargaze.Based on Friday afternoon's terrestial views in the warm sunshine I expect the Sky Chief to do well .There was none of that nasty purple fringing around far distant tree branches as seen on cheap refractors,although those scopes do make the night sky more colorful.
Posted 18 February 2012 - 12:26 PM
Since it's a Parks item, no difficulties appending the "classic" moniker to the diagonal at all Might I suggest some nice 1-1/4" Huygenians, to keep the vintage vibe going? I read on another CN thread some time back that the Huygenian design actually compensates for CA in refractors, although from your description of the view on Friday, it might not be needed...
Anyway, best of luck with the 'scope, and feel better!
Posted 19 February 2012 - 01:25 PM
And I remembered that I do have several Edscorp oculars that are definitely classic-their focal lenght is marked in fractions of an inch,not mm.!Came with another thrift store scope last year.A long white tube edscorp reflector ,I think 6",probably late 1950s early 1960s.
Does or does not use of a barlow affect CA?