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#26 tim53

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 11:26 AM

I saw that ad a while back. What got me first was... Night stands?? I'm sure I've seen uglier night stands in my 60 years on this planet, but I'll be damned if I can remember when! :grin:

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#27 Bob Myler

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 11:39 AM

http://rockford.crai...3640523056.html

Price seems a bit high but what do I know...

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"4 ft by 7 in tube" is a vast improvement over what we often see advertised...
 

#28 starman876

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 05:54 PM

http://www.cloudynig...p?product=78059

This has to be the most expensive skywatcher ever. Not a classic, but I am sure this listing will be :lol: :lol:

Or you could buy this one for a little bit more

http://www.cloudynig...ct=61538&sor...

which one would you buy? :question:
 

#29 sgorton99

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 06:26 PM

Went for $628 - wow!

http://www.ebay.com/...Counterweigh...
 

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 06:32 PM

i have a full one just like that...base, light...
no clock.
thats a 160 mount
 

#31 mgwhittle

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 06:54 PM

http://columbus.crai...3733689036.html
 

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 06:56 PM

http://www.cloudynig...p?product=78059

This has to be the most expensive skywatcher ever. Not a classic, but I am sure this listing will be :lol: :lol:

Or you could buy this one for a little bit more

http://www.cloudynig...ct=61538&sor...

which one would you buy? :question:


Looks like that's what the Skywatcher retails for.
http://www.brandonop...ing-Telescop...
 

#33 starman876

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 07:11 PM

You mean because of the rod that would connect to the weight drive
 

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 08:54 PM

You mean because of the rod that would connect to the weight drive


yes...gearbox is attached also...was going to bid...but
have one in better condition.
 

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 09:07 PM

I have one like that without the gearbox. What is the difference between the 152 mount and the 160 mount?
 

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 01:31 AM

The base is not cutout on the 152
So gear rod can drop down.
 

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 07:14 AM

Live and learn. Never even considered that. Thanks :bow: :bow:
 

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 09:39 AM

This is very cool:

http://www.cloudynig...ct=78017&sor...

Next to refractors I love Maks and classical Casses.
 

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 10:07 AM

Isn't that one of the most notoriously lousy telescopes ever made? I have heard that the bad rep is legend with these.
 

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 10:16 AM

I am sure there are telescopes out there that are worse. I think I have owned most of them :roflmao: :roflmao:
 

#41 Dave M

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 10:39 AM

Ever read the reviews on those, :scared: :grin:
 

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 12:18 PM

Terra

Some are good, some are bad, I think it is true to say that quality was more variable with the D8 than with Celestrons. From what I've read Criterion did not match the secondaries to the corrector unlike Celestron who refined the figure of the secondary to compensate for any irregularity in the corrector and this may account for the greater variability but I don't know for sure.

They also seem to benefit from fettling, getting the corrector and secondary centred and the primary squared up - see for example, Andy Taylor's post in Cats and Casses, "Dynamax 8 - from a pigs ear to a silken purse... " And cool down time can be longer than an orange tube.

Mine seems to be a good one (maybe because I've refrained from touching the optics - a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing) and has virtually none of the usual SCT image shift, unlike my orange tube C5. But I think in a blind testing you would spot which was a D8 and which was a Zeiss! :grin:

Interesting difference in production numbers, serial numbers would suggest Celestron produced upwards of 25,000 C8s by the end of 1981 whereas Criterion produced either around 3,600 or 4,600 over the same period, depending on whether they started numbering from 0001 or 1000.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 02:47 PM

12" f4 Newtonian

The ad states "Optics by D. Sinden" - I believe David Sinden was the former Optical Workshop Manager at Grubb Parsons.

The tube, as they say, has plenty of patina and character! (Or signs of a hard life)
 

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 08:03 PM

I did actually buy an old Dynamax 8" SCT about a year ago that was on Craigslist for $50. I just had to see if it was as bad as most of the reviews said. As purchased, it was everything I expected...junk. After a half day of aligning and adjusting the optics, It compared quite favorably to a friends C8!

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 11:03 PM

Heard back. Seller indicates family has reconsidered selling. Someone in the family wants it. Ad has been deleted. Left my number should they decide otherwise but wished 'em well. Thanks to Dan for suggested price range, on which I relied for my offer. He & I both agree that it was more likely a 10", and that they were measuring the tube diameter.
 

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 09:44 AM

For pick up only in Sacramento Ca area.
 

#47 Jason H.

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 04:36 PM

RARE ANTIQUE ASTONOMY PLANET STARS 34" TELESCOPE 4 ½"x 1/2" THICK LENS - $20
http://rochester.cra...3667326127.html

75mm Unitron with Unihex, and an old 10" newt and more, $600 for all
telescopes and telescope parts (milwaukee)
http://milwaukee.cra...3716725795.html

Vintage Criterion Concave Lens Telescope - $450 (Cedar Park)
http://austin.craigs...3713719410.html

Vintage Swift Telescope - $125 (CAVE CREEK AREA)
http://phoenix.craig...3708334699.html

Cave 8" f/7 Newtonian Telescope - $2500 (Crestview, FL)http://okaloosa.crai...3682904871.html
http://okaloosa.crai...3682904871.html

GOTO Kogaku, Tasco 10TE and Scope
Classic Telescope Collection (Scappoose)
http://portland.crai...3700695902.html

Edmund Scientific Telescope - $100 (08034)
http://southjersey.c...3720233464.html

"This is a classic scope that has developed an almost cult-like following."
60s or 70s CRITERION 6" Reflector Telescope on EQ Mount w/ AC drive - $240 (Santa Fe)
http://santafe.craig...3730537084.html

No pic, "vintage (handmade from kit in the '50's) Criterion Super Scope, 350X telescope, mfg. by Brownscope. 3" diameter"
http://albany.craigs...3700875559.html

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Sears Equatorial Refracting TELESCOPE - $40 (Cleveland)
http://chattanooga.c...3721204223.html

Orange tube with external clock speed adjuster and full aperture glass solar filter
Classic 8 inch Celestron Telescope - $575 (Woodland, Wa)
http://portland.crai...3734245883.html

8" Edmund mirror
Homemade Telescope-Edmunds Mirror - $175 (Llano, TX)
http://austin.craigs...3694729543.html

meade 16 " dobsonian telescope - $900 (norfolk)
http://hartford.crai...3626118366.html

Edmund Scientific Eq telescope mount - $300 (Northshore Wakefield ma)
http://boston.craigs...3732447549.html

Edmund Scientific 6" Reflector Telescope - $225 (Citrus Hills, FL)
http://ocala.craigsl...3702780925.html

6-inch Newtonian Telescope - $150 (Ankeny, Iowa)
http://desmoines.cra...3710914245.html

:refractor: Jason W. Higley :dob:
 

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 05:01 PM

Great list, Jason, thanks!

I notice that the Unitron and 10" reflector deal appears to include a bullhorn; perhaps a little something to draw attention to one's self and scope during public events... :grin:

Hmmmm... the mention of a "cult-like following" that the 6" Dynascope has attained tells me that the seller might have been reading this forum at one time, wouldn't you say? ;)

That next-to-last listing has been on CL several times in past months, and is a reasonably-priced, effective and beautiful instrument; surprised that one of our Florida members hasn't given it a good home yet. :confused:

I do love to see people's pets who wander into frame, such as the cute and furry kittycat who's quizzically looking up at the scope in the final listing! :D

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 06:57 PM

Someone up in Chicago or around the western Great Lakes needs to go rescue that Unitron 140 with Unihex for 600 bucks. You can garage sale the rest of the stuff to help pay for your gas. It's a deal!!!
 

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 07:16 PM

Thanks Terra, gasing the truck up now... No not really, It's another waiting game, no phone number so we'll see
if I get a responce
Dave
 






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