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bob midiri
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Reged: 06/17/04

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What classic do I have here??
      #5622924 - 01/14/13 03:49 PM Attachment (49 downloads)

Hi I just picked up this interesting C8 orange scope with a nice amount of accessories and I have a few questions. With a lot of pictures.

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bob midiri
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Re: What classic do I have here?? new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5622930 - 01/14/13 03:52 PM Attachment (23 downloads)

with a nice byers drive

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bob midiri
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Re: What classic do I have here?? new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5622939 - 01/14/13 03:56 PM Attachment (19 downloads)

And a nice 8X50 helical focusing finder that is missing eyepiece or diagonal and eyepiece. Looks like a 0.965 opening

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bob midiri
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Re: What classic do I have here?? new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5622946 - 01/14/13 04:00 PM Attachment (13 downloads)

What think goes into this eyepiece end. The visual back is definitely 0.965

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bob midiri
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Re: What classic do I have here?? new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5622954 - 01/14/13 04:02 PM Attachment (15 downloads)

Any idea what date looking at this serial number

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Grava T
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Re: What classic do I have here?? new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5622958 - 01/14/13 04:04 PM Attachment (13 downloads)

You are missing a .965 diagonal and eyepiece. It's a nice finder. Vixen if I recall.

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bob midiri
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Re: What classic do I have here?? new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5622967 - 01/14/13 04:09 PM Attachment (16 downloads)

Came ice accessories including a quartz drive corrector, Silver top 36mm and 26mm and Ortho 7mm eyepiecs, JMI motototrak V with focuser and dec motor. See following pictures

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Masvingo
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Re: What classic do I have here?? new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5622971 - 01/14/13 04:10 PM

Nice looking 'scope. Looks a great find. If it's a Super C8 then according to Uncle Rod's guide it was on sale between mid 1983 and mid 1985, from the serial number I would guess yours came from the 1985 end. There was a CN posting of of C8 with SN 818679 with a reported sale date of July 1985.

James


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bob midiri
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Re: What classic do I have here?? new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5622973 - 01/14/13 04:11 PM Attachment (13 downloads)

back of drive corrector

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bob midiri
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Re: What classic do I have here?? new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5622978 - 01/14/13 04:16 PM Attachment (12 downloads)

WITH JMI Mototrak V w dec motor and moto focus, and this silver angle bracket lower right in picture I have no idea what it might be.

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bob midiri
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Re: What classic do I have here?? new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5622987 - 01/14/13 04:19 PM Attachment (10 downloads)

Closeup of JMI Mototrak V

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bob midiri
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Re: What classic do I have here?? new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5622992 - 01/14/13 04:22 PM Attachment (14 downloads)

And 3 very nice minty eyepieces Silvertop 36mm, 26mm and Ortho 7mm

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bob midiri
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Re: What classic do I have here?? new [Re: Grava T]
      #5623304 - 01/14/13 07:46 PM

Quote:

You are missing a .965 diagonal and eyepiece. It's a nice finder. Vixen if I recall.



Thanks Michael. I hope you dont mind but I copied your picture and sent it to the original owner in hope that it might help him find the missing pieces. The gent rcvd this scope from a family mamber and sold it to me, apparently he received a lot of accessories and equipement. Im hoping it just might be mixed in with his stuff. bob


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Grava T
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Re: What classic do I have here?? new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5623315 - 01/14/13 07:57 PM

Don't mind at all. I hope he finds the missing pieces for you.

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Preston Smith
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Re: What classic do I have here?? new [Re: Grava T]
      #5623666 - 01/14/13 11:58 PM

Quote:

You are missing a .965 diagonal and eyepiece. It's a nice finder. Vixen if I recall.




Michael,

What type and focal length is the eyepiece?

Bob,

Great scope! If the owner doesn't have the diagonal and the eyepiece then I might have it for you.


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Joe Cepleur
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Re: What classic do I have here?? new [Re: Preston Smith]
      #5623675 - 01/15/13 12:07 AM

I have a similar finder (University Optics 8x50). Upon mounting it to the same holes as the stock 6x30 finder, the 8x50 will not fit through the fork. Rotate it by accident too far in the wrong direction, and the finder's dew shied hits the fork. Is there a better way to mount it? Bob and I both could benefit.

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Grava T
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Re: What classic do I have here?? new [Re: Preston Smith]
      #5623958 - 01/15/13 08:12 AM Attachment (8 downloads)

Preston, I don't have the finder anymore and there was nothing written on the eyepiece, it was sold with the C8 a few years back.

I once had a .965 accessory kit that came with a very similar eyepiece though. An 18mm Kellner.


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Grava T
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Re: What classic do I have here?? new [Re: Preston Smith]
      #5623973 - 01/15/13 08:24 AM Attachment (8 downloads)

Preston, I just found another old photo of some .965 eyepieces that came with a Vixen Custom 80M. There was a K20mm that also looked very similar to the one in the orange 8x50 finder.

Bob, sorry to clutter up your thread with eyepiece photos.

Edited by Grava T (01/15/13 08:26 AM)


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bob midiri
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Re: What classic do I have here?? new [Re: Grava T]
      #5623982 - 01/15/13 08:31 AM

Mike actually thanks for these pictures. Since I have a few classic telescopes and own that very Ke 20mm by Vixen. Going to try it with the finder scope and the 0.965 diagonal.
Preston, I thankyou for your offer, but Michael gave me a great idea to try what i have here. Awesome idea guys, thanks, Bob


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bob midiri
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Re: What classic do I have here?? new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5624010 - 01/15/13 08:53 AM Attachment (8 downloads)

Ok found my Ke20mm and attached to scope

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bob midiri
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Re: What classic do I have here?? new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5624013 - 01/15/13 08:54 AM Attachment (12 downloads)

another

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bob midiri
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Re: What classic do I have here?? new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5624014 - 01/15/13 08:55 AM Attachment (10 downloads)

last one. The more I look at this scope, it amazes me in what great condition it is in. bob

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Zamboni
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Reged: 01/03/05

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Re: What classic do I have here?? new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5625426 - 01/15/13 11:12 PM

That truly is a beautiful find.

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JamesE
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Reged: 10/22/07

Loc: Westbank, BC, Canada
Re: What classic do I have here?? new [Re: Zamboni]
      #5625570 - 01/16/13 02:05 AM

Orange Super C8. Super find!


Just like mine.




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bob midiri
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Re: What classic do I have here?? new [Re: JamesE]
      #5625587 - 01/16/13 02:39 AM

James how are the optics on yours? Of course I have the dreaded but obligatory RAIN since I picked it up, and no clearing till weekend. I read the manual, says these have certified optics with high transmission coatings. But I heard about a lot of horror stories about scopes purchased near Haley? Thanks Bob

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JamesE
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Re: What classic do I have here?? new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5625991 - 01/16/13 10:58 AM

Glass is great on mine. It was mint when I picked it up.

My only complaint is the tripod and that I can not fine tune on Azimuth.

Uncle Rod's Used SCT book helped me make my purchase.

Cheers,


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bob midiri
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Re: What classic do I have here?? First Light new [Re: JamesE]
      #5630541 - 01/18/13 08:23 PM

Well finally after 5 days of clouds and or rain, a cold front went thru and cleared things up. Tonight was the first light for this fine classic. Even though a cold front went through, the image of Jupiter was spectacular. The collimation seems close to right on, it may need to be tweaked a bit, but I'll wait for a more steady sky to do that. Using my Ultima 12.5mm eyepiece, Jupiter appeared tack sharp, a beautiful crisp image with a well defined edge to the planet. There was a wealth of detail to behold, even using the supplied 7mm ortho, I was amazed that the image did not break down. Im stunned. Bob

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