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#1 Datapanic

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 01:14 AM

Big Newbie here :lol:

Just got a 10mm Cave OrthoStar along with a bunch of other goodies. Seriously, how much is it worth?

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 12:22 PM

From what I've seen the 10mm is one of the rarer ones, second only to the 20mm (non-wide angle) IMO.

I wouldn't sell any of mine, they are my favorite vintage EPs.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 02:02 PM

Big Newbie here :lol:

Just got a 10mm Cave OrthoStar along with a bunch of other goodies. Seriously, how much is it worth?


:lol: :lol: :lol:

Post a pic, newbie.

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#4 Datapanic

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 02:18 PM

I actually have 2 of the 10mm's now.

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#5 tomharri

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 02:47 PM

I got $50 for a beat up had been dropped but the glass is clean and clear 16mm some years ago. Yours should go for over $100 each. Put em on ebay, the masses are crazy bidding usually.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 04:27 PM

These are the original OrthoStars oculars and the variable barlow that was purchased with the 1968 Connoisseur in the herd.

They are; 6.6mm,10mm,16, and the 26.6mm oculars. The oculars and deluxe barlow were advertised in The Optical Craftsman sales brochure, I believe the barlow's variability is 1.5X to 3x power.

These all were swiped away and reside in the active eyepiece case. Some of my favorite eyepieces for planetary and binaries in refractors as well as the OC are in this group shot.

The variable barlow is called upon with great frequency as well.

Sorry for the photo quality. It's just the easiest to post ;).

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 09:33 PM

Big Newbie here :lol:

Just got a 10mm Cave OrthoStar along with a bunch of other goodies. Seriously, how much is it worth?


I think about $110 is what I paid for mine but it came with all these other "free" EPs :lol:

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#8 Datapanic

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 10:20 PM

I got $50 for a beat up had been dropped but the glass is clean and clear 16mm some years ago. Yours should go for over $100 each. Put em on ebay, the masses are crazy bidding usually.


Well, if I paid that much for everything yesterday, then I got a pretty good deal. Kinda feel guilty, but I just pay the asking price. I think I've been lucky a few times with CL buys I've made. Maybe we should start a goodies thread?

Although I have sold stuff on eBay in the past, it's been mostly old non-telescope stuff. I only do it if I need some quick cash or it's stuff I just don't want or need anymore. I don't get the good bids that others seem to get for the same things and it's a bother to pack things up well and ship. For telescope stuff, I actually like CN Classifieds and the S&S Forums.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 10:27 PM

Big Newbie here :lol:

Just got a 10mm Cave OrthoStar along with a bunch of other goodies. Seriously, how much is it worth?


I think about $110 is what I paid for mine but it came with all these other "free" EPs :lol:


Is that 4mm Ortho on the right an Orthostar? I have a 7mm and 18mm Circle-T Ortho pair I bought from University Optics in the late 70's/early 80's. The 18mm is my favorite. It's been dropped and beat up but gives excellent views. They are both great eyepieces for high and mid power ranges.

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#10 Ducky62

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 11:43 PM

No, the 4mm is a Circle "T" with a steel barrel that came with the box of EPs offered on craigslist as "plossls".

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 09:08 AM

My Vega MakNewt came with a set of these: 6.6, 10 and 20 mm, and a couple of barlows of indeterminate origin. When I was first rediscovering astronomy, I thought I could find better EPs, and bought a couple of Televue Radians...4x the weight and no real improvement. Sold the Radians.

Of course, the 6.6 is tantamount to being worthless, with it's small exit pupil and high power.






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