Greenfield, Indiana USA
Deforked 1979 Orange C8, WO 66mm APO, 80mm f/7 refractor, Sears 60mm refractor, 80mm Orion short tube
Meade LX80 IOptron zEQ25
"You would think that I am wiser after traveling around the Sun 62 times."
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Quote:Hi MikeI wouldn't be afraid of breaking it down to restore it. Sooner or later you will need to know how to collimate a scope. We can help you do that (with a laser or two) but I would not fear the unknown. It is not that hard and you already know what you need to get it back to. Collimation should be something every good classic scope collector needs to know. You might as well learn that technique now.Nice scope by the way!
Refractors Reflectors Two Cats A few eyepieces
Classic refractors incl. Unitrons, Zeiss, Goto Optical, Royal Astro, Edmund; visual observer.
"Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore!"
Meade 12.5" F/6 Research Grade
1971 Criterion RV-6
Orion Observer 70mm Refractor
Homemade 4" f/12 reflector (being rebuilt)
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Sheet Metal Worker/Welder Indiana Astronomical Society 6" f/10 home brew dob, Quantum 4, 90mm Apex Mak, Criterion RV-6, Criterion RV-8, Coulter Odyssey 1 13.1", Meade 16" Lightbridge, Sears Discoverer 4-6305A, Manon 60mm (The Marsha Scope), Towa 11T, Tasco 10TE
Quote:That's a fine scope, Mike; I think that the longer you use it, the more you will like it. Criterion put some fine workmanship into those instruments; also, if there's a more archetypal amateur telescope than an RV-6, aside from perhaps a 4" Unitron, I'm unaware of it.
Gregg 10" f8 Newtonian 12.5" F 4.5 Cave Astrola Unitron 114 w unihex , Unitron 128, Tasco 7te, Tasco 7te-5,Criterion 4000
Harper Bruce (A6Q6) Quantum 6 by OTI, Clave plossl 5,8,12,16,20 and 25mm.
Quote:If you have any questions, ask away. I have a clutch and worm gear for an RV-6 that I'd be willing to part with if needed.
Friends call me Duane. Compustar C14, Leo Henzl's Custom C8, 6" Refractor Adv. GT mount, 6" F5 Omni XLT Newt., LXD-75 F4 Imaging SN8, Meade 8" F6 Newtonian, EX Dynamax DX6, RV-6 ETX-90 Astro, Meade 2045 4" SCT, B&L 4000 Vixen/Celestron 80mm F11 JC Penny 60mm AZ/ALT Refractor Binos 25x100
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A Mag 1, 12.5 inch Porta Ball
A Dual Axis Equatorial Platform
A PST Double Stack
Quote:I still have my RV6, needs recoated now, I ground down my large Primary clips, so instead of about 6 or 8 defraction spikes I have 4 now and it has helped contrast. Don't be surprised if it gives that C8 a run for the Money on Planetary!Larry Beach
Quote:A RV-6 is a true classic. Maybe think about keeping it.
Quote:Quote:I still have my RV6, needs recoated now, I ground down my large Primary clips, so instead of about 6 or 8 defraction spikes I have 4 now and it has helped contrast. Don't be surprised if it gives that C8 a run for the Money on Planetary!Larry Beach Larry,You are right about the planetary performance. My C8 still needs collimated. Be only had it out 2 time since I got it back from you and neither time in good seeing. I do like the RV-6... it is a little long for me but on a short mount and tripod the eyepiece isn't in too bad a position. I used it on my iOptron z25 mount which is quite short. Looks funny on that little mount but does work well.Mike
Quote:After my purchase of the RV6 back in the day, my next purchase was a C8. I was not a happy camper and sent it back to Celestron for warranty check and collimation. When it came back, still the RV6 provided noticably better planetary views and cleaner star images. Sold the C8, still have the RV6. So optically the RV6 was superior, however the mechanics on the C8 were vastly superior. Go figure.Bill