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Looking for an 80mm finder, found a TeleVue Oracle

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#1 bartine

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 03:40 PM

I had been looking for a 70-80mm short tube refractor to mount on a big truss scope as a ground based finder.

Instead, I got extremely lucky and found a very beautiful TeleVue Oracle 3. It might have been a penny or two more than what I was planning, but wow is it pretty!

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 03:44 PM

There have been several write-ups on these.

This one appears to be perfect and came with the original diagonal and soft case.

As an added bonus it came with the original focuser and a Feather Touch TVRF Micro focuser.

Serial number 1536

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 03:52 PM

Looks nice on a Unitron 114 mount!

The scope is very solid for a 76mm scope. I like the length at F7.4.

I can't wait to try it out with Jupiter high in the heavens.

Of course, since I got the scope - 6 days of rain in a row with snow now in the forecast.

Maybe it will clear up this weekend.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:42 PM

That is a lovely scope! You got a keeper there for sure. Congrats.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 06:21 AM

That is one nice looking scope, LOL.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 10:12 PM

Very very nice.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 11:11 PM

One of my favorite TeleVue scopes, very little CA, nice and portable. Nice find!

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 03:15 PM

We finally had a clear still night last night.

Everything was tack sharp. No CA and very nice wide field views. The only limitation to magnification I could see was the Alt-AZ mount I have it on now. Stars were just pinpoint with a 27mm Panoptic or with a 4.8mm Nagler.

The gentleman I bought it from actually used to work at Company Seven - we had a very nice conversation.

It has been a while since I had a scope that was so nice and portable. All and all - a very nice evening for observing...






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