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#26 terraclarke

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 06:32 PM

I've thought of doing the same thing with my extra 114 mount and my Lomo Astele 95.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 08:10 PM

I will tell you the ones I do not have. The 5" and 6" Unitrons.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 08:30 PM

If you pay attention the 114 alt-az is fine.
It is similar to tightrope walking.
A long optical tube is slow to react, like the walker when using a balance pole, like the Unitron f15 OTA.
A short optical tube reacts very fast just like a rope walker doing it freehand.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 10:41 AM

On second thought, I'll keep my Lomo Astele on the Vixen Porta Mount. That telescope is built like a Russian Tank and It balances flawlessly on that.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 10:50 AM

My extra 114 mount has much wider thingies on the mount's base that the tripod legs bolt to (for lack of a better term) than the 114 that I purchased recently as a complete outfit. They are about 2 inches wide as opposed to the other one (about 1 inch wide). It also seems a smidge bigger and has a bit more stainless steel (the slo-mo knobs are still black plastic however). It was sold to me as a 114 mount but it seem designed for a bigger scope. Any thoughts?

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 11:13 AM

Could it be from a 3" Unitron?

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 12:20 PM

It might, I'll post pics of them both.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 12:22 PM

Here is a detail of my #114 Alt-Az mount. This one is from what I call my complete outfit, as it came the original box with the original paperwork.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 12:25 PM

Here is another of the same mount with ruler.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 12:27 PM

Here is the mount I bought separately off of eBay. It is in beautiful condition and works wonderfully, but the base "thingies" are wider.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 12:27 PM

One more of that one with ruler.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 02:38 PM

Keith I'm absolutely stunned you only have one Unitron!
I'm not kidding, I felt my jaw drop when I read that.
I have seen pictures of it and it's a beauty. That is the bolt-on-tube, brass looking cell scope you have?
You should post a picture here if you have one handy. Its the oldest one I've ever seen.
What am I talking about I only have one complete Unitron myself!
My entire crazy collection of telescopes contains only one and a half Unitrons.

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Can't afford any more :foreheadslap:

But I sure like the one that I have!

I will attempt to post "A" picture but I doubt that's possible...

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 02:40 PM

Hmmm, I KNEW IT!

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 02:42 PM

just not possible.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 02:47 PM

Nice knobs!

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 02:52 PM

Those are nice knobs.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 02:54 PM

I have some cells without any writing on them. Wonder what year these were made. No lettering, straight lettering, italic lettering. Phases in Unitron.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 02:58 PM

There is a difference in size between the 114 mount and the 142 mount. Big difference for the 152 mount. All unitron mounts were significantly different in size from one model to the other. Even the mounts for the smaller 50 and 40mm were smaller then the 114 mount.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 03:06 PM

Yep - 42mm Unitron 127.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 03:34 PM

Wow neat scopes. I love those metal knobs.
It's amazing Unitron was here in the USA way back in the early 1950's.
We were really into the solar system and watching crops grow on Mars right about then.
And we made some super good sci-fi movies like "Forbidden Planet" and "The Day The Earth Stood Still".
Then Sputnik and all of a sudden space became a serious topic. Sputnik transmitted for 22 days! until the batteries ran out. Wow how cool.
Duck and cover!

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:57 PM

I got a ton of those metal knobs. I think the ones I have were only meant for focusers. Like them much better then the plastic ones. One thing I have found out is that they changed the pitch of the threads on some of the fccuser pinions on some models depending on year made. What a surprise. Never thought they would do that :4 :4

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:59 PM

you need some real unitron legs for that mount :tonofbricks:

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 06:17 PM

I know, but I went with what I had. They are hard wood, sturdy and adjustable, and the mount isn't holding a unitron scope but an old but very good Mayflower ota. The legs btw came off of a Monolux. I call that scope my Frankenmaytronlux ;)

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 06:28 PM

Fear not though, I also have a totally intact pristine Uni #114 :jump:

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 06:28 PM

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