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#1 gelkin

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:05 PM

The week prior to Christmas i was corrisponding with the seller of a sweet Unitron 114. I've been watching for one lately to add to the collection. One consideration was the wifes reaction to yet another scope in the house. As luck would have it she told me one day she was having a problem finding something i would enjoy for Xmas. Not a problem dear, i know just what to do and I'll take care of it. :lol: Perfect.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:12 PM

Regardless of prior approval i just could'nt have passed this one up. Condition is superb and so complete. All the orginal boxes were still there and in great condition. I really like the OTA box. It has a solid top and bottom panel instead of the normal laminated ones. Love the metal Unitron label. I did a little repair to the mount box. The side was split. Easy fix, just take the box apart and glue it then reassemble.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:17 PM

For me this one having a tripod box as well is great. I believe Unitron started packing tripods in cardboard boxes all too soon. All too often they are no longer included.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:28 PM

Obviously this one was bought with the unihex option instead of a diagonal and erecting prism. The white paint has taken on an off white color after 50 plus years of aging. Beautiful, and not a dent or scratch worthy of note. Complete, right down to the caps on every unihex eyepiece barrel. I just couldn't say no. :lol:

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:36 PM

Original cap on the other end too.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:38 PM

Wow. Wonderful.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:41 PM

Objective is also in great shape. When i took it out to clean the inside surfaces were not even dusty. I would say it was always stored properly. As a matter of fact, the focuser, unihex tube, and tripod is about the only use showing areas i could find. Especially the focuser, as if it was used but carefully used.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:52 PM

I really like the little finder. It has double cross hairs. However i would like to take the eyepiece apart and clean it but can't get it apart. The eye lens comes out easy, but the lower lens and cross hair seems to be held in by a pressed in stop. Any ideas? :question:

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:57 PM

All the hardware is still there. None of the wings are broken off. Some scares on the tripod legs but nothing too bad. One inner leg is twisted a little. I can live with it. :grin:

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 09:07 PM

Hi Gerald- Beautiful scope. The finder eyepiece on my 114 is held together with a threaded ring. It has a couple of notches cut into it and is moveable with my fingernails. Is there any sign of a thread on your eyepiece? If so you could try unscrewing the stop. I see your 114 is newer (70s?) and so the might just be press fitted together, if there isnt a thread visible you could try warming the exterior of the eyepiece with a hair drier and attach a heat sink to the stop and try and get it out that way.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 09:10 PM

Gotta love those Unitron boxes. :jump: :jump: I prefer an eq mount but this is so sweet. Weather here is terrible now; snow, sleet, rain. Can't wait to compare this lens to my 128 lens. In the past i've compared the 128 to 3 other Unitron 60mms and a Bushnell. My 128 keeps winning so far. The vintage of this 114 may be some stiff competition.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 09:13 PM

Jon
I wish mine looked like that. No threads, no slots to turn on. It sure looks to me like it was pressed in. And mine is a double cross hair.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 09:18 PM

LOL just realised your Unitron was significantly different to mine and edited my previous post. Differential heating will help to loosen the ring. I am guessing the double cross hair is etched rather than a stretched wire so there shouldnt be a problem with expansion breaking the crosshair.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 09:43 PM

Any idea on age. Mine is almost identical, same set of boxes. Tripod and head box are not as finished as the OTA box.
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Posted 26 December 2012 - 09:53 PM

Now, i would love to hear everyones thoughts on dating this baby. My thoughts are; with the straight lettering, straight slotted screws, nickle plated wing nuts on the mount (no bakelite thumb screws), brass dew shield, and a full complement of wooden boxes; this has got to be very early 60's at least. :question: :help:

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 09:58 PM

Beautiful scope! Congrats

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 09:59 PM

Thank you Steve. :bow:

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 10:14 PM

Very very nice!!!

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 10:29 PM

Early sixties fits with the butterfly wing nuts and focuser, but what about the cut out in the AltAz mount and the white cap (this might be a later replacement)?

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 10:39 PM

Even the 1956 Unitron catalog shows an altz mount with cut outs and metal knobs on the 114. However the 128 eq did not have cut outs in that catalog.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 10:52 PM

Oops - solid mount was from my model 760 not a 114. A 1955 3" Scope I have also has the cut out in the AltAz.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:26 PM

Beautiful scope Gerald. Several of us in the classics group got Unitrons this Christmas :)

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:31 PM

Very nice, I dont have all the boxes but mine looks about the same as yours.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 01:53 AM

Very nice indeed, Gerald. A fine addition to the collection. Enjoy! :jump:

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 02:36 AM

Congratulations Gerald - Santa is just a personaly Friend of you? :cool:

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