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#26 bremms

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:25 AM

Mine belongs to my 3 three year old. Its his red telescope and we take it out when he asks. He looks through my others too, Even brought out his step stool.
Bob, you need a Sears 6339 to complete your Sears set!

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:02 AM

Yeh You are right!! Enjoy that D&G

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:21 AM

Well tomorrow Ill send out the money order, and in a short period of time, Ill finally have my 11TE5 Ive wanted.
Keeping my fingers crossed no one plays basketball with the boxes :roflmao: :roflmao:

http://www.cloudynig...ct=42440&sor...

its in very good condition

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 11:01 AM

Good Luck, Andy! I believe you're getting a good one.This scope has been well cared for and looks good in the images. Looking forward to first light reports!! I too have always wanted one to add to the Tasco Group and was fortunate to find it.! :waytogo: Gary

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 12:58 PM

I have a Towa made red tube 11T and I love it. I replaced the original focuser with a Firstcope 114 focuser so I could use 1.25 EP's. I had to cut down the draw tube so the EP's could focus. I also added a Meade 6x30 (painted the tube red to match!)and an EQ2 RA drive. It gets more use than my 5 inch Mak that's mounted on a CG5. The 11T is light and easily transported from indoors to outdoors.

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 09:21 AM

Well the scope is ready to go out Monday morning via parcel post. No idea how fact parcel post moves, but Im getting amped all ready. Gonna be a long week of hurry up and wait, lol.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 07:52 AM

Advice on where to find decent .965 eps?

I have one Faworski 16.8 mm ortho here.
And the scope comes with a 6mm ortho plus a H20 ep.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:34 AM

Advice on where to find decent .965 eps?

I have one Faworski 16.8 mm ortho here.
And the scope comes with a 6mm ortho plus a H20 ep.

Sheldon sells .965 EPs? I'll have to follow that up.

Bottom line is that "decent" and ".965" are almost mutually exclusive, except for the well-heeled. I saw a set of Pentax orthos sell for $400+. I keep an eye on the bay and AM; vintage Kellners can be had relatively inexpensively, and Orthos pull a premium. I steer clear of Huygens, Ramsdens and Symmetrics (life is too short to waste on these EPs), though I did pick up an SR4, pulled out all the glass and use at as a collimator.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:58 PM

Funny, I have celestron 0.965 KE in 18 and 30 that are pretty good, But my Zeiss Huygens 25mm is maybe a little better at f10 and up.
My best 0.965 is a Vixen 9mm Ortho that is every bit good as my UO.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 07:53 AM

I suspect Im gonna wind up placing an add in the S and S forum.
I had breifly considered find a 1.25 focuser, then Id have to probably get a slightly larger secondary,etc.
This scope is in really good condition, and finding these in good condition and unmodified is getting harder and harder.
Im loath to do anything to it to ruin it.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 01:46 PM

If your 'scope was built for visual/AP, you could put it in AP configuration (remove the focuser extension tube) and use one of these:
http://agenaastro.co...ce-adapter.html

This is what I use on my visual/AP Cometron CO-114, but I have to stick with 0.965" on my visually-optimized Towa because of insufficient in-focus.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:04 AM

Well a large box appeared on my doorstep....oh my what could it be, lol

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:05 AM

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:07 AM

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:08 AM

oh oh, :bawling: :bawling:

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:10 AM

Yep, I brole it, already,......as I was assembling it, I added the last of three legs, twisted the the thumb bolt to tighten, and pop, it broke, dern it all :bawling:

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:58 PM

Should look like.......

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:59 PM

does look like after Andy

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 01:40 PM

Andy,
Could you get a T-nut in behind ( from the inside ) the hole somehow? Just have the end stick out thru the hole and paint it black and you'd never know.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:43 PM

looks like it was press fit or friction welded. If you have the means a couple decent tack welds on the back once the "nut" is reinserted. You would need to repaint.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:19 PM

Yeah Dan (datapanic) and I were on the same page, Im gonna bring it in too work tomorrow, and have tooling ,probably braze, though tig welding might work, the thing back to gether.

A side note, I guess the new telescope curse works on old scopes too, lol.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:28 PM

Brazing +1. I mostly do welding, but brazing would be perfect in this application.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 07:28 PM

I'm glad it survived the shipment! USPS Parcel Post seems to be the best when it comes to boxes that size.

Sorry the thing broke - I hadn't used it in a couple years and when I did, I didn't extend the legs. Brazing would be the way to go with the repair.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:39 PM

Dan; yay you made it here to see the old girl. Coool.
The mail man is carrying it up to the house, and as he approaches the door says " wow you ought to be able to see mars with this scope " I said well of course , lol.
Then it dawns on me ,no where on the box does it say telescope, so how did he..what the....oh yeah its only like the 10th scope hes had to carry to my door in the past year.
He'll start wanting a tip pretty soon.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:57 PM

broken leg tightener is fixed, I love tig welders.

Got the scope out last night, scope performs well optically, Im gonna see if I can find some one to rebuild the mount for me.

In the mean time Im gonna go against my better judgement and start searching for a replacement 1.25 focuser, it will hopefully bolt up to the same hole pattern as the original,as I really do not want to harm the old girl in anyway.

she is tentatively to be called Dorothy, or DOT for short after my adopted mom.






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