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#26 bob midiri

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 10:19 AM

Yeh that Orange herd is making me happier then a pig in mud (had to clean it up)!! Never thought I'd be an orange cat man

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 01:51 AM

Picked up the old boy, needs to be cleaned, but it is in pretty decent shape. I was worried that the optics might have had mold...but after removing the glass (and there were optician alignment marks on the side of glass) and cleaning, the optics look pristine. Will post pix next week when I am off from work. It even included the original manual..which is quite a fascinating read

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 02:15 PM

I had one as my first telescope. In fact you can see it in my avatar image taken over 40 years ago.

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 04:27 PM

I have two of these. 019288 and 017846. I Haven't looked through 019288 yet. Just got er' yesterday
The views through 017846 are **** amazing!!! :shocked:
Get one if you can. ;)

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 04:55 PM

Thanks for the serial numbers, they've been Registered!

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 05:51 PM

I have two of these. 019288 and 017846. I Haven't looked through 019288 yet. Just got er' yesterday
The views through 017846 are **** amazing!!! :shocked:
Get one if you can. ;)


Congrats on the new Space Scope. I'm hoping you were the lucky person that grabbed the brand new one posted yesterday for $100. If so, that was a fantastic find for what could be a 50 to 55+ year old scope. :bow:

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 09:00 PM

Yeppers! The son and wife move into the parents house and they clean out the garage, Space Scope included. It really is in "near" new shape. There are some virtually unavoidable leg scratches due to the oddly/badly designed box, but this is the correct and only way, (as illustrated in the included manual) of packing it in the box. It's a tight squeeze and things easily go bump especially when packing and unpacking. The pic shows a similar mount (blue Bushnell perhaps?) in the approximate position the Space Scope is intended to be in when packed, except that the Space Scope OTA is packed mounted on the mount. Scratch, Dent, Bump, Bang!!!!

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 09:44 PM

Good practice of the Peter Lynch investing strategy...

"Invest in (buy) what you know".

But be careful or you wind up with a house chock full of great telescopes which are (because they were the best in their class) all the same, all exceptional. It's just so hard to pass up the next one knowing what you learned from the first one. Future trading stock I suppose. Nice buy!

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 10:08 PM

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 10:09 PM

Found out that badback does not have the mount pictured above. I just assumed he did.

The mount that is pictured is indeed the one for a Space Scope Research Grade Optical Co. I bought the OTA and accessories from a seller on ebay, but not the mount or wooden box. Long story :grin:

Here is the focuser badge for my Space Scope serial number 11278. I have not been able to pin a date on this version of this Space Scope, but the OTA is identical to a very rare Tasco that uses white Bakelite flexible control rods that thread on the the mount.

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 11:10 PM

Here'a a few pics

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 11:14 PM

Open Sesame.

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 11:23 PM

The large potato sized "Pods" are stuffed with wood shavings and used for packing. Prehistoric bubble wrap stuffers!!! I've seen these pictured before on another oldie.

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 11:30 PM

The terrestrial eyepiece. This was wrapped in paper tissue
which was used elsewhere for protection. Stock paper or not?

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 11:34 PM

The Eyepiece Zone! Two empty slots? One is hidden by the diagonal. One eyepiece had a Sun filter screwed onto it. I know: Don't go peeking at Mr. Sun.

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 11:48 PM

Out of the box. Really kind'a *BLEEP* way to box this. After you get to this point ya' gotta do about a 180 on all three legs while rotating the OTA (to avoid bumps and scratches), flip her around, park her flopping legs on the ground, hope she don't fall, attach the leg chains, center the scope... etc. Sounds like crazy dance steps from the 50's. Again with packing and unpacking it's hard for things not to go bump. :foreheadslap: Thank goodness for potato stuffers.

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 12:08 AM

Top view of the "upside down legs" in the packing position pictured without a "potato stuffer" between the OTA and the wooden legs. This is why I thought the blue mount {pictured earlier} might have have actually been stored that way, even with the weight and shaft in the "normally" wrong position? Who Knows/cares?
Maybe someone who can't figure how to pack it in the box?

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 12:10 AM

Sunny side down?

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 12:13 AM

The "Unchained" beast. Could'a chained it but got lazy.
Hmmmm...Less lazy, less bumps? Something to think about.

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 12:20 AM

Take two! Other than some packing/unpacking wooden leg bumps this critter really is in terrific shape.

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 01:06 AM

The large potato sized "Pods" are stuffed with wood shavings and used for packing. Prehistoric bubble wrap stuffers!!! I've seen these pictured before on another oldie.


WOW what a fantastic find, a time clock if you will back to the late 1950s!!!

See the photo I've marked up pointing out the name card from the company called "akron" which was located in LA. Could you post a close up of the card please?

Akron's advertisement in S&T for the Nov 1959 issue on page 33 states "Year End Sale". The photo of the young man with the telescope closely matches the Space Scope and others during this time frame. The finder stalk now has the three adj screws. This imported scope by Akron is probably the SPACE SCOPE brand name...so I always assumed.

I've been waiting a long time for someone to find a scope which finally connects the dots to exactly what akron was importing and selling in the late 1950s.

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 08:49 PM

The lens and the tag.

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 08:51 PM

Here ya' go. Do you have a Tasco site?

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 08:57 PM

Wow, beautiful condition. :bow: Good for you. :bow: Very nice.

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 05:22 AM

Wow that scope is like out of a time machine!! Awesome!!!






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