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#1 madeline

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 09:55 AM

Picked this up on the local Craig;s List.   It's in excellent condition with original box, came with 9 Astronomy books, 3 original lenses and 2 extra lenses.   The Quartz drive works (not tested yet) and a Polar ScopAttached File  BANNER ASTRO 1000 001 (800x589).jpg   235.38KB   45 downloadse.    The bad news, no instruction manuals.    Question:   Does anybody know much about these Bushnell's?    


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 09:56 AM

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 09:57 AM

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 09:58 AM

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 09:59 AM

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 10:00 AM

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 10:22 AM

Hi Madeline,

 

It looks like a great scope, beautiful condition! I love the mount. I would guess its from the 1980s. At F12.5 it should have very little color, and with Japanese optics and the collomatable cell, I would wager you will get some really nice views with it. Nice addition to your collection. Congrats!



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 10:45 AM

Thanks Terra, I know that Bomber Bob had one of these and I seen one other on astromart quite a while ago.    Wish I could find some manuals on it.



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 10:48 AM

I owned one for about 6 years.  Made by Mizar, IIRC.  Optics were OK -- used my Meade RG Orthos most of the time -- some color on brighter objects, but tolerable for my observing sessions.  After about a year, I broke down the mount, and regreased it -- improved tracking by the quartz drive.  In fact, the GEM was the best feature on mine, and it made me think twice before giving it away.  I have heard from some other owners that the worm gear assembly can break in normal use, but I don't know if they had left the original "sticky" gease in too long.



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 10:50 AM

I would say, compared to the Chinese-made current offerings, it's a better buy -- if you can find one for $300 or less.



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 12:49 PM

Good to know the tip about the worm gear.  I guess I'll need to tear mine down after all. 



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 01:50 PM

Good to know the tip about the worm gear.  I guess I'll need to tear mine down after all. 

 

Doc, do you have one of these Astro 1000's.



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 07:13 AM

 

Good to know the tip about the worm gear.  I guess I'll need to tear mine down after all. 

 

Doc, do you have one of these Astro 1000's.

 

Nope, I just have a Mizar mount like that.  From a Meade 2080 GEM.  I've never found a manual for it either.



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 02:46 PM

Even though I'm pretty sure Mizar made the 1000, I just noticed that the focuser is like Royal Astro scopes.  In fact, I think the finder from my 6336 would fit on the 1000's block... curious!  IIRC, the gearing inside the polar drive housing is kinda flimsy -- that may be the place to check for any binding issues, before a component fails.



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 03:57 PM

Bob, are saying that you think Mizar made just the mount or the whole 1000?   Interesting



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 04:18 PM

I'm pretty sure Mizar assembled the complete setup, which looks similar to the Meade imports of the 1980's -- similar, but not identical.  As for which company made the optics, I can't say.  The 80mm lens on my 1978 Towa produced better images, but the 1000 was an acceptable performer overall -- especially with good eyepieces.  I think of it as a "last gasp" of the classic Japanese refractors from the Golden Era -- a nice looking integrated package with style.



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Posted 29 May 2016 - 05:37 PM

Pack Rat strikes again!  I found the digital copy of my invoice from National Camera Exchange [http://www.natcam.com/], dated 3/7/1986, where I paid $488 (including s/h) for my Banner 1000.  Either NEC or Bushnell bundled the optional quartz drive with the kit, and I got it on sale for $449.99 (original retail, $627.99).

 

Update:  Looks like Kenko made the mount & drive, while Hino/Mizar assembled the OTA, and Tani supplied the 3 eyepieces.  But... which company made the lens??


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Posted 29 May 2016 - 06:38 PM

Pack Rat strikes again!  I found the digital copy of my invoice from National Camera Exchange [http://www.natcam.com/], dated 3/7/1986, where I paid $488 (including s/h) for my Banner 1000.  Either NEC or Bushnell bundled the optional quartz drive with the kit, and I got it on sale for $449.99 (original retail, $627.99).

 

Update:  Looks like Kenko made the mount & drive, while Hino/Mizar assembled the OTA, and Tani supplied the 3 eyepieces.  But... which company made the lens??

Interesting.   You must have had it shipped then.   One of these days I'm going to really try and set mine up for some serious tests.



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Posted 30 May 2016 - 10:30 PM

madeline- are you still looking for a manual? I've bought the exact same mount you have and supposedly the manual is coming with it. If so, I could do a scan / pdf easily.
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Posted 21 June 2016 - 09:09 PM

I've made a PDF of the manual and sent it to Madeline. If anyone else who sees this would like it, just message me and I'll send you a link. CN doesn't do PDFs so I had to use offsite cloud storage. 


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Posted 22 June 2016 - 07:49 AM

I've made a PDF of the manual and sent it to Madeline. If anyone else who sees this would like it, just message me and I'll send you a link. CN doesn't do PDFs so I had to use offsite cloud storage. 

Jeff, thank you very much.   




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