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#1 tim53

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 08:26 PM

Saw the ad for a 12.5" and a 6" Cave on LA Craigslist over the weekend, so emailed the guy. Took until today to get time when we were both available, to go take a look. Drove the VW pickup, "just in case."

What with the Bardou last week and the 2 Caves this, I'm averaging 1.5 telescope purchases a week! "hopefully" the trend will not be maintained, though!

Here's a few pics. 6" Model A Deluxe with 1.5" shafts. This poor li'l guy sat outside for a time, but I don't know how long. Both scopes appear complete, though neither had any eyepieces.

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 08:29 PM

Congrats...I wrote the guy, no reply... should be a whole lotta fun to restore 'em!


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Posted 11 September 2012 - 08:30 PM

"hopefully" the trend will not be maintained, though!"

Come on, you can do it, just keep it up with finds like that. Nice purchases.

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 08:30 PM

The 12.5" is in better shape, less dirty and with chrome shafts that aren't rusty. It had been kept in the garage the past bunch of years (don't know how long, though), and was only moved outdoors in preparation for this sale. It's got the Observatory mount with the 2.5" shafts (what a MONSTER!), but it's on a rolling pier and was easy as cake to move around!

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 08:32 PM

Looking down the bore of the 12.5". Must be either an f/7 or f/8. The tube is about 7.5 ft long and the focuser is about 6 inches in from the end. Yeah, prolly an f/7.

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 08:35 PM

Sky end of the 6".

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 08:37 PM

The 12.5" has a 2" Sky Micro Giant focuser and a Criterion 3-eyepiece turret. Paint's peeling off in sheets from the focuser. Funny that nobody in those days seemed to prime their aluminum parts, LOL. I'm going to make this thing PURTY!

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 08:38 PM

That 2.5" mount is a back breaker. I had one a few years back. I would love to find another, but they never seem to be around in Florida.

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 08:59 PM

Looks like a great purchase. Man, that 12.5" is monster. I have slight aperture envy ;)

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 09:00 PM

Both primaries have Panchro stickers still on them, so I doubt they've ever been recoated. The 6 inch's mirror is really filthy. The 12.5" is "only" very dirty! :grin:

I'm hoping they'll clean up well, but I might have to recoat at least the 6".

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 09:03 PM

That 12.5" is TALL!

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 09:06 PM

Oh what a find! lucky you. Both are a fantastic find but the 12.5" is absolutely awesome!
Can't wait to hear what's scribed on the mirrors.

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 09:07 PM

That 12.5" is TALL!



It's wide, too! :grin:

Bloody Apple Preview!

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 09:10 PM

From this side, it looks ready to roll!

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 09:11 PM

And at that angle, it's going to roll fast!

I upgraded to OS 10.8, so the Gimp doesn't work until I download X11 again, for some silly reason.

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 09:15 PM

Nice find! Looks like the 12.5" is ready for first light as is. I'd say f/7 as well.

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 09:16 PM

The mount looks like it's all there. One of the covers on the RA light is missing and the bulb is broken or gone, but all the electronics are intact and there's a hand paddle. Even that funky differential with 2 synchron motor drives is there and intact.

This scope mostly needs a good cleaning, but I will take all easily removable parts off for repainting. I think I'll leave the mount assembled, though, and just mask for painting when it's time. Everything moves pretty smoothly, including the rotating rings.

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 09:22 PM

Both scopes for $1K

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 09:26 PM

I was really concerned that loading up that 12.5" was going to be a nightmare with broken backs and stretched arms!

But I was surprised. It was actually really easy to load it into my truck. But my truck is no ordinary truck! The bed is at loading dock height and all three sides fold down. The seller and I rolled the scope up alongside the truck and turned it so the OTA was resting against the bed. Then we took the counterweight off and undid the two knurled nuts and washers that hold the whole OTA to the saddle. Didn't have to lift anything:

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 09:26 PM

You're gonna need a bigger house...

Great acquisitions!

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 09:29 PM

Then we rolled the mount around to the other side, took off the pier cap bolts and gently lifted it up and set it on the bed. Wasn't that heavy, I was surprised to find. But with the help and the fact that I didn't have to lift it much, I think is what saved the ol' fuselage wear and tear!

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 09:31 PM

The pier, and the whole 6" were a cinch to load. Here everything is, ready to go!

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 09:31 PM

bloody Preview! LOL

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 09:42 PM

Nice find!

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 09:47 PM

That is a pretty massive mount!! Size envy anyone?






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