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David E
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Re: All's well that ends well (SV80S)... new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5696105 - 02/23/13 06:30 AM

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I've always wanted an MG Iris Blue or Primrose Yellow OTA.

Regards,

Jim






It's possible Vic might have an extra ota for that lens cell lying around, I'd email him. Knocking out dents in the tube might not be as easy as it sounds. I purchased a classic Spectrum 1 4" Cat off EBay that has a built-in reflex finder scope. When it arrived I noticed that somewhere along the line someone had dropped it on that finder, and it dented the ota, knocking the finder off alignment and making it useless. My father-in-law and I disassembled the scope and knocked the dent back straight, but like the old lumpy mattress I ended up with some kinks elsewhere in the tube. The paint's not harmed, and it still looks good without close scrutiny, and the finder is now closely aligned so I'm happy with it now.


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ngc2289
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Re: All's well that ends well (SV80S)... new [Re: David E]
      #5700211 - 02/25/13 04:35 PM

Right now Vic is going to use the remaining LOMO 80S lenses he has in stock to make a "Limited Run" of scopes. The new scopes are to be in Midnight Stardust Blue color, and have a 2.5" Starlight focuser.

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jrbarnett
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Re: All's well that ends well (SV80S)... new [Re: ngc2289]
      #5700402 - 02/25/13 06:51 PM

I saw that. Stellarvue has a dozen optical groups left, and will make a scope for you (45-day delivery) in any of three colors: midnight stardust blue, standard stardust blue or white. The scope comes in a really beautiful Wood Wonders case (a maker of high end field cases and observing chairs).

Price is $2495 for the LOMO OG, Stellarvue painted to order tube, Starlight 2.5" R&P focuser and custom wooden case. I've now used two different LOMO 80/480s, both in first generation Stellarvue OTAs, and both had incredibly nice optics.

The only problem I see with this new offering is the competition. Stellarvue markets its own SV80ST as being "indistinguishable" from the LOMO optics and sells that scope for just over $1000. Also, used LOMO 80/480s in Stellarvue, William Optics, Apogee, APM and other trims can be had for as little as $1000, and top out at about $1400 for an "as new" example. None of these feature the Feathertouch 2.5" R&P, though some builds do offer the 2" Feathertouch Crayford. Still a dozen units isn't a lot to sell, and the prospect of picking the color, getting a beautiful brass and wood hard case, and getting one of the last new 80/480 LOMO OGs that will ever be produced is pretty tempting.

Regards,

Jim


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stratocaster
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Re: All's well that ends well (SV80S)... new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5700480 - 02/25/13 07:51 PM

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Price is $2495 for the LOMO OG, Stellarvue painted to order tube, Starlight 2.5" R&P focuser and custom wooden case. I've now used two different LOMO 80/480s, both in first generation Stellarvue OTAs, and both had incredibly nice optics.

...and the prospect of picking the color, getting a beautiful brass and wood hard case, and getting one of the last new 80/480 LOMO OGs that will ever be produced is pretty tempting.




Indeed. Based on everything I've read about the 80mm LOMOs it is incredibly tempting - a personal scope for the ages. But I want to stay married...too rich for my blood.

Any takers out there? I can only experience this scope vicariously through you.


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Scott in NCModerator
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Re: All's well that ends well (SV80S)... new [Re: stratocaster]
      #5700551 - 02/25/13 08:51 PM

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Any takers out there? I can only experience this scope vicariously through you.




I wish, but alas I can't justify spending that much on an 80mm scope, no matter how nice it is. Actually, let me rephrase that. What I meant to say was, I can't justify to my wife spending that much on an 80mm scope, no matter how nice it is.


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Re: All's well that ends well (SV80S)... new [Re: stratocaster]
      #5700888 - 02/26/13 01:16 AM

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Any takers out there? I can only experience this scope vicariously through you.




Having just bought one of their appreciation sale SVR90Ts it's not even in the realm of possibility. Maybe if Vic had advertised these before the SVR90Ts went on sale...
...Keith


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jrbarnett
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Re: All's well that ends well (SV80S)... new [Re: microstar]
      #5701755 - 02/26/13 02:06 PM

I'm actually considering ordering one, and selling my now-perfectly-functional-but-tattered used unit.

It would actually be about the same total investment as me keeping, stripping, refurbishing and repainting this OTA and buying a carrying case for the OTA, and it would get me a slightly better focuser to boot.

Haven't decided yet, but if I do, I'd go either midnight or white.

- Jim


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Rich_W
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Re: All's well that ends well (SV80S)... new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5701944 - 02/26/13 04:03 PM

It sure is tempting, isn't it? I acquired mine a couple of years ago (sn 003, excellent condition) and it is a prize. Even so, I couldn't help but dream about adding one of these last of the breed.... although, when I looked at my checkbook, I woke up.

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Chris G
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Re: All's well that ends well (SV80S)... new [Re: Rich_W]
      #5702392 - 02/26/13 08:17 PM

I had an SV115 in Midnight Stardust, loved that color.

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beanerds
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Re: All's well that ends well (SV80S)... new [Re: Chris G]
      #5702881 - 02/27/13 04:05 AM

Jim , I am glad it all worked out .
On the packaging , I got a 2inch dielectric diagonal off a fellow across the Australian continent last year and it arrived in a post bag !!! with no bubble wrap ! Zip .
It was broken ,,,
Some people have no idea ??
Brian.


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jrbarnett
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Re: All's well that ends well (SV80S)... new [Re: Chris G]
      #5703236 - 02/27/13 10:45 AM

Happy B-Day, Chris G, by the way.



- Jim


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Gert K A
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Re: All's well that ends well (SV80S)... new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5703288 - 02/27/13 11:11 AM

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-Jim
On the other hand, now that my lady has some mileage on her and a few dings and nicks (don't we all ) I feel that I can use her with impunity and the few hundred dollars I overpaid based on her sad state when she arrived will become naught but a distant memory.





Well put. There is a profound truth to this imo:
You will be reminded of and live with the quality of your purchases, for years to come but the price will soon be forgotten.

Btw. I too had a hanging dewshield on a brand new scope of mine and did the same fix you did. I exchanged the in between felt with a strip of
a new microfiber kitchen table wipe. It works as a charm. I probably wouldn’t have figured to do so without the help from your tread. Thanks.


It is great to hear your scope is now performing, it sounds excellent.


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t.r.
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Re: All's well that ends well (SV80S)... new [Re: Gert K A]
      #5703427 - 02/27/13 12:26 PM

Didn't APM/Markus just advertise recently on Amart that he had a few of the LOMO 80/480 OTA's for $1399 with feathertouch? Wouldn't this be the better buy?

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Rich V.
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Re: All's well that ends well (SV80S)... new [Re: t.r.]
      #5703579 - 02/27/13 02:06 PM

This is the announcement from APM; Markus says the LOMO objectives are available with a choice of tube and focuser starting at $1390. Would that include the pictured 2" FT, or an Asian import?

This was their previous offering:

APM/LOMO 80/480 CNC w/2" focuser

I wonder if APM is offering the 2.5" FT R&P the SV includes as an option; they have used the FT 2" crayford previously.

The SV CNC clamshell is a much nicer piece of work than the APM "pipe clamp" style clamshell, FWIW.

It would be nice to see the list of options APM is offering but I don't see anything on their site. Built to suit, I suppose...

The new SV80S is a "dresser" version of the old SV80S that wouldn't be considered a "value" scope. I imagine just the fancy wood case alone adds quite a bit to the package price!

Rich

Edited by Rich V. (02/27/13 02:20 PM)


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t.r.
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Re: All's well that ends well (SV80S)... new [Re: Rich V.]
      #5703743 - 02/27/13 03:50 PM

Why not go ALL THE WAY then with this...

http://skylight.myshopify.com/collections/frontpage/products/skylight-special...

...price is about the same, even less without options. Hey, if you're gonna spend it, SPEND IT!!! I already spoke to Richard at SkyLight when Markus advertised, he can make one.


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Chris G
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Re: All's well that ends well (SV80S)... new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5703926 - 02/27/13 05:47 PM

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Happy B-Day, Chris G, by the way.



- Jim




Thanks Jim.


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