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#1 bob midiri

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 03:49 PM

Hi I just picked up this interesting C8 orange scope with a nice amount of accessories and I have a few questions. With a lot of pictures.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 03:52 PM

with a nice byers drive

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 03:56 PM

And a nice 8X50 helical focusing finder that is missing eyepiece or diagonal and eyepiece. Looks like a 0.965 opening

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:00 PM

What think goes into this eyepiece end. The visual back is definitely 0.965

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:02 PM

Any idea what date looking at this serial number

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:04 PM

You are missing a .965 diagonal and eyepiece. It's a nice finder. Vixen if I recall.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:09 PM

Came ice accessories including a quartz drive corrector, Silver top 36mm and 26mm and Ortho 7mm eyepiecs, JMI motototrak V with focuser and dec motor. See following pictures

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:10 PM

Nice looking 'scope. Looks a great find. If it's a Super C8 then according to Uncle Rod's guide it was on sale between mid 1983 and mid 1985, from the serial number I would guess yours came from the 1985 end. There was a CN posting of of C8 with SN 818679 with a reported sale date of July 1985.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:11 PM

back of drive corrector

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:16 PM

WITH JMI Mototrak V w dec motor and moto focus, and this silver angle bracket lower right in picture I have no idea what it might be.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:19 PM

Closeup of JMI Mototrak V

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:22 PM

And 3 very nice minty eyepieces Silvertop 36mm, 26mm and Ortho 7mm

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 07:46 PM

You are missing a .965 diagonal and eyepiece. It's a nice finder. Vixen if I recall.

Thanks Michael. I hope you dont mind but I copied your picture and sent it to the original owner in hope that it might help him find the missing pieces. The gent rcvd this scope from a family mamber and sold it to me, apparently he received a lot of accessories and equipement. Im hoping it just might be mixed in with his stuff. bob

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 07:57 PM

Don't mind at all. I hope he finds the missing pieces for you.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 11:58 PM

You are missing a .965 diagonal and eyepiece. It's a nice finder. Vixen if I recall.


Michael,

What type and focal length is the eyepiece?

Bob,

Great scope! If the owner doesn't have the diagonal and the eyepiece then I might have it for you.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 12:07 AM

I have a similar finder (University Optics 8x50). Upon mounting it to the same holes as the stock 6x30 finder, the 8x50 will not fit through the fork. Rotate it by accident too far in the wrong direction, and the finder's dew shied hits the fork. Is there a better way to mount it? Bob and I both could benefit.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 08:12 AM

Preston, I don't have the finder anymore and there was nothing written on the eyepiece, it was sold with the C8 a few years back.

I once had a .965 accessory kit that came with a very similar eyepiece though. An 18mm Kellner.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 08:24 AM

Preston, I just found another old photo of some .965 eyepieces that came with a Vixen Custom 80M. There was a K20mm that also looked very similar to the one in the orange 8x50 finder.

Bob, sorry to clutter up your thread with eyepiece photos. ;)

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 08:31 AM

Mike actually thanks for these pictures. Since I have a few classic telescopes and own that very Ke 20mm by Vixen. Going to try it with the finder scope and the 0.965 diagonal.
Preston, I thankyou for your offer, but Michael gave me a great idea to try what i have here. Awesome idea guys, thanks, Bob

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 08:53 AM

Ok found my Ke20mm and attached to scope

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 08:54 AM

another

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 08:55 AM

last one. The more I look at this scope, it amazes me in what great condition it is in. bob

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:12 PM

That truly is a beautiful find.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:05 AM

Orange Super C8. Super find!


Just like mine.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:39 AM

James how are the optics on yours? Of course I have the dreaded but obligatory RAIN since I picked it up, and no clearing till weekend. I read the manual, says these have certified optics with high transmission coatings. But I heard about a lot of horror stories about scopes purchased near Haley? Thanks Bob






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