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#1 terraclarke

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 12:47 PM

I currently have 5 out of 6 of the color-coded 0.965 inch eyepieces that were available with various models of Vintage Sears telescopes in the late 60s and early 70s They were color-coded according to focal length. There was a green 22mm Kellner, a yellow 18mm Kellner, a silver 12.5 HM, a blue 9mm HM, a red 6mm HM, and a black 4mm SR. I have all but the yellow 18mm. I am therefore looking for a "yellow-top" Sears 0.965" 18mm Kellner eyepiece to complete my collection. I would also like the original plastic black eyepiece capsule with the word "Sears EYEPIECE" on it. If anyone out there can steer me in the right direction, it would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 01:20 PM

Don't think I have a yellow Kellner. Think the blue one is lurking in box somewhere, no capsule for certain. Mini anvil??

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 01:34 PM

I had a yellow at one time, always thought it was 20mm, but now I guess it was 18mm

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 01:47 PM

The yellow one I have is a 20mm Kellner.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 02:01 PM

Here are the others: 4mm, 6mm, 8mm, 9mm.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 02:12 PM

I had no idea that there was an 8 and a 20. My set of five is the one that came with the #6344. I figured the same set went with all of the 76mm telescopes. I didn't know about the yellow 18 until recently when I read of it with a 60x700 alt-az as part of a two eyepiece set. I always thought it was neat the way they were color-coded. Did any other maker do that?

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 02:14 PM

Only Sears color coded them, as far as I know.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 02:18 PM

The only thing similar that I know of is the color banding on the Vixen LV series of eyepieces (I love those eyepieces btw, and they don't make them anymore- soon to be classic).

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 02:23 PM

The TMB SuperMonos also had some color coded banding, but not like the Sears .965s.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 02:32 PM

Some time ago I started a thread here in "Classics" entitled "You meet the nicest people here in the Classics Forum." Over and over again I have had that confirmed. Due to the overwhelming generosity of a fellow refractor addict and classicist, I am soon to have a complete collection of Sears eyepieces. When I started this thread, I didn't know if I would get a response, and within an hour I had the most generous offer of said eyepiece. I don't know if its that we are of a similar generation (or so) that bonds us, or more than likely its our shared love of old things that so many people just don't care about and continuously replace or upgrade, but we are collectively a group that has common values and sees inherent value in what to others is tarnished, rusted, broken, or disposable. To us, those things are mendable, restorable, keepable, and valuable, and that carries over from our equipment to each other. I am so glad to be part of this group and again, I say thank you to all of you. I have made some wonderful friends and comrades in arms here. As I said, I am overwhelmed.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 05:20 PM

Those colored Sears oculars are pretty but still must have been difficult to see colors in the dark.I have one or two Sears refractors and just a couple colors.

All in all,astronomy gear historically has been a bit bland.Sears light green tubes added a bit of distinction.Someday I hope to find the "big one" ,a Sears 90mm.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 07:53 PM

Those "big ones" are few and far between. You will be lucky indeed when you find one BigC. I can't believe how Sears was fire-selling them at unbelievably low prices toward the end.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 10:15 PM

The colors are quite easy to see in the dark. You just turn on that little light on the eyepiece tray on your Sears telescope for a few seconds.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 10:22 PM

I always thought those were some cool classic eyepieces, Nice eyepieces Terra.

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 09:02 AM

The green 22mm is one of my favorites.

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 09:41 AM

Yes, the green one is surprisingly good.

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 11:18 AM

Re: fire sale prices.

Large retailers often sell discontinued items very cheap just to clear the space;or else they smash and trash the items and write them off as unsaleable goods for tax reasons.I once had the rather upsetting job of destroying tens of thousands of dollars of perfectly serviceable goods that the management of a very large retailer "wrote off";no one was permitted to have any of it for personal use.And I know a fortune 500 company which routinely sent its 2 year old computers to the landfill and monitored their burial!Much good stuff is deliberately wasted every day. :mad:

So I really applaud the companies that give customers a chance to buy drastically marked down items. :) :)

I personally get a "kick" out of restoring or using some old well-designed item. :grin:

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 12:47 AM

One empty chamber and wouldn't you know it! In 1970 apparently white became the new yellow.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 01:21 AM

I don't have a white and its capped off.
The manual states only five eyepieces supplied:
K 22mm green 64X
HM 12.5 silver 112X
HM 9 blue 156X
HM 6 red 233X
SR 4 black 350X
No mention of a 6th for the white port. 18mm would be 78X

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:34 AM

:rofl5: She is... uh... beautiful! Robert, you always have the best toys!

So why not a Uni-Sears-A-Pent? You know they could have slipped a 16.3mm Galoc between the 22mm and the 12.5mm and made us all so VERY happy! Oh well, at least I can stop looking around here for a missing Sears ep!

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:40 AM

Its your fault Keith you always start it! like who is that looking in the white chamber?
I thought Spacey was a little too much so I put Glowy in her place.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:08 PM

I always thought those were some cool classic eyepieces, Nice eyepieces Terra.


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I always like the old eyepieces and the color coded Sears were my favorites. Not quite up to the Naglers in terms of all around performance, but you could take them apart and put them back together on a regular basis without a PhD in probability theory.

Simple is good.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 08:42 PM

I was in S&S Optica today. Cathy's store is about the only astronomy shop we have in the Denver front range area. Cathy has a true passion for astronomy.

There in the display case was this unit with typical reasonable price, and it just happens to be the one I didn't have. I'm tickled yellow. The glass is excellent.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 01:12 AM

Lucky Dog!

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 12:10 PM

Here's the whole Sears eyepiece family! A kaleidoscope of color. Going around the circle clockwise beginning with green- 22mm K, 20mm K, 12.5 mm HM, 9mm HM, 8mm HM, 6mm HM, 4mm SR, moon filter, sun filter.

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