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#1 BigC

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 12:39 PM

Since I believe better an achievable than an unobtainable goal,I want to say I have reached one of mine:a set of Meade DS original style scopes in 60,70,80,90,114,and 127mm apertures.

Why? Because they were cheap and I'm a packrat!And they will eventually look neat lined up for a group portrait.

It's cheaper on the trailing edge,and the pioneers already took most of the arrows....

#2 bob midiri

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 01:33 PM

Pictures!!! Congrats. Like you Ill never obtain a goal like all the Unitrons, or all the Meade Research Grade eyepieces...But Im gathering a Classic Orange celestron SCT collection and I have the Edmund RKE complete eyepiece line..both very obtainable goals. Id love to see pictures of your Meade Collection

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 02:44 PM

The DS series came in two formats. The earlier versions were alt/azm cradle mounts with external motors. The DS 2000 series were single arm mounts with internal motors.

Which do you have?

#4 BigC

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 10:12 AM

The "set" is cradle mount with external motors.Actually waiting on arrival of the 127.

FWIW, I also have some of the one-arm internal motor series: DS-90,102,130, and DSX-90.

The current DS series with AudioStar constitute a third group and I have the DS114 Jones design reflector as an example.Have yet to find the late model DS-130 Audiostar model at my price.

I have a DS-90 one-arm semi-permanenty equiped with solar filter for sunspots and used it for the brief glimpses the clouds permitted of the last past Venus transit.

Used the DS-80 cradle mount for my first good look at Mars a year or two past.

Used the DSX-90 to see excellent if small Saturn some months later.

How soon we forget! I really should have used an observation notebook.

Anyway I just get a kick out of finding these scopes and even sometimes using them ! SO many scopes are bought ,seldom used,then trashed or donated to sit in the corner of some thrift store,or offered for a pittance at a yard sale or online ad.I just can't help giving a few of them a home! :grin:
The ones that are mint and priced at or above their original MSRP I leave for the SERIOUS collectors. :smirk:

Now I need a telescope barn next to the observing spot so each scope has its moment in the starlight;but the shelter might cost more than its contents!

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 05:00 PM

I had a DS90 with the external motors. After replacing the tripod legs with wooden ones, eliminating electrical noise from the motors, and replacing the focuser it was a sweet scope.

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 05:06 PM

BigC,

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