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#1 starboy1954

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 07:42 PM

So this Christmas I gave my 1998 Q 3.5 away as a present (after sending it to mother for a nice cleaning and lube job). After a temporary bout of refractor fever, I came to my senses and realized all the reasons I got the Q in the first place. So I ordered the 50th anniversary edition. It finally arrived today! Woohoo! The serial number is 50th-20218-SQTZ. I'm wondering is this the 202nd one manufactured or the 218th?

Cloudy skies tonight so I will have to wait to observe. But one thing I noticed (and it is not a big thing) unlike my previous Q case when I slide the scope in there is more play (wiggle room). The previous case gripped it solidly. Anyone else notice this with the 50th?

Anyway not complaining. It sure looks beautiful and can't wait to test it out.

One last thing...is there a web site anywhere that explains the various test categories of the documentation?

Thanks!

Bob

#2 NeilR

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 08:00 PM

"when I slide the scope in there is more play (wiggle room)"

Did you try adjusting the eccentric stops?

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 08:03 PM

Thank-you, Neil. I forgot they were eccentric. I was thinking circular. I'm on it like a duck on a june bug.

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 03:36 PM

Bob,

The last 3 digits of the SN are the ones you need to address. The only thing that 218 notes is that it was the next serial number in the run of 250 50ths. That does not mean that it was the 218th to be made. You could select your serial number when you placed your order. I know SN 250 was ordered early in the production run (the run started in 2001). This means that if no one else asked for a serial number between 218 and 249 then yours was the 219th 50ths Q that was made.

Great Q that you own, Bill

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 02:16 PM

hi bob - every Q50 comes with paperwork that documents the test figures of its optical system - both a pv figure and an rms figure. the pv figure will be 0.1 (1/10th wave) or smaller. the rms will be even smaller. check 'em out! enjoy - es

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 06:27 PM

Found it. Thanks, es!

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 11:54 AM

Hi Bob:

I just got one of these also, with S/N 216. On the optics report, there is a sequential serial number with SEQ in it that is different from the scope S/N. Mine is #235, and I'll bet this means that 15 more remain. I wonder if your sequential number is 236 or 237? It may be 10 years before they sell out the edition.

The scope is beautiful to look at (even my wife was impressed) and gave very nice views of the sun, moon, Saturn, and even the solar spectrum.

Derek

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 05:00 PM

Hi, Derek.

Thanks for the info. My S/N is SEQ 50244.

Bob






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