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#1 strdst

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 08:15 PM

If I see this on the screen door, I know there is something in the dining room/kitchen.

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 08:16 PM

Well packed...

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 08:18 PM

Hmmm, that ain't purple!

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 08:31 PM

Well packed...


....but not double-boxed....:shameonyou: :thinking:....:grin:

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 08:32 PM

I have been wanting to try out some of the RKE eyepieces. I have also wanted to try out an Astroscan but I keep pulling my bids short on eBay at $200 and change and losing to more committed buyers. They look so little and cheesy in the photos. So I went for this ala shopgoodwill auction, for just the eyepieces.

And I got it. I knew there was something loose inside the body of the telescope. I was hoping it would be some little plastic focuser part. I imagined spending hours fishing in back out through the focuser and saving the day. Goodwill said something came unglued inside. I could relate to that, happens occasionally :lol:

I have never seen an astroscan, didn't know about the weights!

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 08:37 PM

One of the best packing jobs from Goodwill. I have had things arrive with the wood box as the outside packing, which in some ways might get a bit more respect from the UPSFEDEXDHL folks.

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 08:42 PM

So the weights... around the primary... maybe 2#? apparently come as two semi-circles. What would you think happens when one comes unglued?

At this point I need to remind myself that I bought this for the eyepieces. I kinda like this little beat up sweetie! Even matches my car...

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 08:45 PM

So the corrector and the primary are beat to ****. But I bought it for the eyepieces.

Apparently whatever happened to this telescope happened very early in its life. The eyepieces are...

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 08:48 PM

not used, not even unpacked! :jump: not a speck of dust!

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 08:52 PM

well, if you want one I have three. Two more than I need.

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 09:01 PM

Which is what i was bidding on but having met this unused but abused by nothing more than bad glue I'm quite sad. Is there a way I can remove the corrector plate re-glue the weight and see if it works? I would have imagined with the heavy tube weight piece banging around on the trip north that the secondary would be damaged but a look through with the 15mm ep at distant trees was bright and sharp.

Anyone have a safe way to remove and replace the corrector w/out wrecking the collimation? Not that I have a lot to lose here.

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 09:18 PM

well, if you want one I have three. Two more than I need.


Johann, maybe! I would like to save this one but...

hardly vintage by my standards, but I've heard both wonderful and terrible things about this telescope. Actually holding one makes me think there is some observing to be done with them. If I can remove the weight set from the tube :lol:

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 09:20 PM

Nice eyepieces :waytogo:

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 09:26 PM

You need split ring pliers to remove the window. Look down ar the window and you will see the split ring. You can get the pliers at Sears. Do not attempt to remove it without proper tools. The mirror is held in the same way.

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 09:26 PM

Ain't that an optical window and not a corrector? How's the primary?

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 09:29 PM

Yep, optical window

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 09:31 PM

Thank you Dave! They are better than I would have imagined. So good in fact more rain and clouds are predicted...maybe forever!

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 09:38 PM

Tim

I'm a refractor kinda guy. Corrector... Optical Window... whatev!

This is the external glass...

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 09:43 PM

The mirror...

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 09:47 PM

You need split ring pliers to remove the window. Look down ar the window and you will see the split ring. You can get the pliers at Sears. Do not attempt to remove it without proper tools. The mirror is held in the same way.


Thank you J.

Split ring pliers it is... I call them keeper removers. But don't have any that spread this wide. Sears it is!

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 09:58 PM

That astroscan looks like it is toast. I have seen the mirrors and windows pop up for sale. mirror here

http://www.cloudynig...ct=81595&sor...

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 01:15 AM

During a brief break in the clouds... the moon with the astroscan was quite stunning although I only knew Saturn by his color, being a warm tone oblong blob through this scope. I followed up with my 60X910 Monolux (HOC) with the new ep's of 15mm and 28mm and I'm good with the purchase. Very nice in the right telescope... as in one that hasn't been beaten to pieces internally.

This ungluing really must have happened early as there isn't even any dust on the not corrector lens...er... optical window. A perfect storm or beautiful mess.

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 10:27 AM

I bought a Astroscan and needed to "go inside" here we all discuss the procedure:
http://www.cloudynig...5285408/page...
Yours could be beyond "black out the chip" but you never know.

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 11:07 AM

Anyone have a safe way to remove and replace the corrector w/out wrecking the collimation?

Andy Seronik recently penned an article in S&T on how to safely remove and replace it....oops! - Robert's link already had it!

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 06:03 PM

I'm confused about the "Questar" the the thread title... Is this an inside quip that I'm out of the loop on?






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