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#1 buckjames

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 12:36 AM

Got this telescope second hand , the seller told me that this is a release in the 90's can anyone tell me your thoughts. this is my first telescope , what eyepiece do you suggest Posted Image
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#2 Ducky62

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 12:57 AM

Wow! A 4" f/10. That is truly a classic configuration. Amazing they were still making them in the 1990s.
I assume it takes .965 eyepieces? Very good ones aren't often cheap or easy to come by. You might be able to use an adapter for 1.25" EPs. Someone else may have a better suggestion

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 01:19 AM

It's a very nice scope. I have one of them and seriously doubt it was made in the 90's - more like the late 60's or early 70's as it is a Royal Astral mount. The one I have has been in the garage for a while and I keep putting back its restoration, but do plan on getting it done some day. The focuser is unique (and temperamental) on this scope and it also has a rather sturdy tripod and mount. The only difference I see from your photos and what I have is the label on mine is not gold/black.

The one I have came with a Kellner 18mm and Hugyens 8 and 5mm .965" eyepieces with Mizar brand along with a couple other eyepieces that are not branded.

At f/10, this scope should give excellent planetary and lunar views. I think the quality of the build of this scope is a tad above the Tasco 11TE-5 reflector.

This scope also came with a camera mount the went on the Dec Shaft.

There is a copy of the Mizar Catalog here: http://geogdata.csun...ar/MizarUSA.pdf

#4 buckjames

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 01:19 AM

what mm of eyepiece to use?

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 01:24 AM

Whatever you want to look at, start with the larger sized eyepiece first. The larger # mm of the eyepiece, the lower the power, which makes it easier to find and focus on what you want to look at.

Did this scope come with any eyepieces?

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#6 buckjames

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 01:40 AM

comes with K 20mm , H 12.5, Or 5mm, planning to buy plossil what do you suggest , am getting an adaptor for 1.25 mm

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:07 AM

Dan,

Will this scope take a replacement 1.25" eyepiece ring on the focuser barrel? The standard Vixen swap beats a secondary adapter that further reduces the .965" bore.

I don't have any experience with this reflector, but my 68mm f=1000mm Mizar/Hino refractor (very similar label) is a beauty.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:17 AM

@Buck - probably something in the 12mm and the 25 and 32mm range would best complete the range.

Neil - I don't think so - the O.D. of the chromed part of the focuser is about 1.25", so with an adapter, I don't think it would work. But, I don't know much about swaping out the eyepiece rings :)

Here's the focuser on mine - looks the same. Sorry for the fuzzies, eyes aren't doing so good :(

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:39 AM

comes with K 20mm , H 12.5, Or 5mm, planning to buy plossil what do you suggest , am getting an adaptor for 1.25 mm


If you have those EPs, use them. They should work just fine in your 'scope.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 09:06 AM

Welcome! Anyone who bought that scope is destined to become a brother-in-arms of the Classics Forum!

Best first telescope you could have found. It's light and portable, so it will be used often, yet it has ample aperture to actually see something. Learning to use the equatorial mount will teach you about celestial mechanics.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 12:26 AM

Here is another catalogue that shows your telescope:
http://yumarin7.saku...n/Mizar1973.pdf
40,000 Yen is more than the first Takahashi telescopes went for!

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 01:05 AM

I forget back then if the dollar or the yen had more purchasing power in Japan. I visited Tokyo in '72 or so...

Buck - did you try it out on the Moon and Jupiter?

#13 buckjames

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 02:26 AM

@ Dan- yah it performs well with the moon and Jupiter tried it the other night and I enjoyed with it's performance.

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 07:52 PM

anyone who has an idea planning to buy Orion Epic 5.1 mm ED for my scope?

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 07:23 PM

wanna share the pic I got using ortho 5mm , and just a camera phone, image is unedited raw, with average seeing condition Posted Image

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 11:21 PM

That's a very nice afocal shot.

Cheers!
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Posted 29 September 2014 - 06:32 PM

The 100mm f10 Mizar is a fabulous performer. I was able to buy one last month, with the Royal Astro mount on a Mizar Pier (the P-100). I have been using lots of telescopes in my 40 years of astro, including Astro-Physics, Takahashi and TMB apo's, but this little scope does not need to feel ashamed against them. OK, not really suitable for serious deepsky photography, but visually it is superb, with virtually no coma and razorsharp, high contrast views on the moon and sun.

It's a keeper for me! Luckily it came with a Mizar camera adapter, which ends in T2 mount. Easy to screw on a 1 1/4 inch adapter from there.

 

Picture of the scope included, left is an old Royal Astro 60mm (traded in for a Unitron in the meantime).

 

 

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#18 Stephen Kennedy

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Posted 29 September 2014 - 10:29 PM

Mizar was a major competitor with Vixen in the 1980s.  I bought and still have some of their eyepieces.  Unfortunately, along with most other telescope makers in Japan, they did not survive the 1990s.  In fact, Takahashi on the premium side, and Vixen on the consumer side (although they now make some products that would be considered premium) are about all that remains of the Japanese amateur telescope industry.


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Posted 30 September 2014 - 11:16 PM

Wow, super scope.  Very well made.



#20 Karl Fabian

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Posted 03 October 2014 - 06:48 PM

Opt sells nice quality Antares Plossls in the .965" format from 25mm down to 7.5mm.  I would stay with .965" because I doubt the focuser will have the required in-focus that an adapter would necessitate. Actually at f 10 even Kellners will perform well. Eyepiece barrel size has no impact on image sharpness and contrast. 



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Posted 03 October 2014 - 10:31 PM

I couldn't stand it.  So here.  You're welcome. 

Nice score!

 

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Posted 03 October 2014 - 11:35 PM

Love it!

 

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#23 Bomber Bob

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Posted 05 October 2014 - 10:46 AM

Very nice-looking Newts!

 

I think the quality of the build of this scope is a tad above the Tasco 11TE-5 reflector.

 

A Tasco (Towa) was featured in an S&T article back in 70's.  The owner was so impressed with it that he built a small octogonal observatory for it -- in New Orleans, IIRC.  These Mizars are well worth owning & using.


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Posted 05 October 2014 - 04:33 PM

congrats on picking up a Mizar.  you don't see them surface very often and they do have that distictive quality look.  I have a CX-150 that is being kept for me in the UK.  I need to find a way to get it over here in the US safely so I can use.  anyways, here's a picture to add to this thread and congratulations again...   ChrisAttached File  image.jpg   112.37KB   0 downloads


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