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sgorton99
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      #5012706 - 01/11/12 06:59 PM Attachment (91 downloads)

Okay, my recent philosophy after the work on the '59 Cave was to sell a few unused scopes. Then, when I found a Unitron 3" I would have "room" to go ahead and purchase it. Today, I picked up this 140 on a local CL buy (3 hours round trip). It is not perfect, but definitely worth what I paid. Funny how these things work out sometimes...

Edited by Rich (RLTYS) (04/28/14 06:27 AM)


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Re: Unitron 140 new [Re: sgorton99]
      #5012707 - 01/11/12 07:00 PM Attachment (45 downloads)

Focuser and finder.

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Re: Unitron 140 new [Re: sgorton99]
      #5012708 - 01/11/12 07:01 PM Attachment (45 downloads)

Mount and cradle - I actually like alt/az....

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Re: Unitron 140 new [Re: sgorton99]
      #5012711 - 01/11/12 07:02 PM Attachment (49 downloads)

Lens. Needs cleaning but initial inspection looks good.

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Re: Unitron 140 new [Re: sgorton99]
      #5012712 - 01/11/12 07:03 PM Attachment (33 downloads)

Unihex

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Re: Unitron 140 new [Re: sgorton99]
      #5012713 - 01/11/12 07:04 PM Attachment (45 downloads)

Oh,and these 5 were in the Unihex!

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Re: Unitron 140 new [Re: sgorton99]
      #5012722 - 01/11/12 07:08 PM

Few issues I have noticed so far. A small dent in the OTA which I hope to be able to pop out, otherwise the paint looks like it will clean up nice. The tripod has no chain or spreader bar and is missing 1 of the metal clips. Other than that, the tripod has all the original hardware. Also, no lens cap or box for the OTA or tripod.

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Re: Unitron 140 new [Re: sgorton99]
      #5012768 - 01/11/12 07:44 PM

Steve good score! Glad to see a 3" is finally in your collection.

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Re: Unitron 140 new [Re: sgorton99]
      #5012832 - 01/11/12 08:26 PM

[quote) I actually like alt/az....




Me too!

Looks as though you did very well both dropping the eBay 140 of a week or two ago and picking this one up. By the blobs of stuff on the lens cell screws, it even looks like the elements haven't been screwed with yet.


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Re: Unitron 140 new [Re: Happy-Idiot]
      #5012834 - 01/11/12 08:27 PM

Thanks Brian. I really thought finding a 140 would take longer than a week!

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Re: Unitron 140 new [Re: sgorton99]
      #5012849 - 01/11/12 08:36 PM

My favorite is the mount

Nice find Steve
Congrats


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Re: Unitron 140 new [Re: strdst]
      #5012857 - 01/11/12 08:39 PM

Quote:

[quote) I actually like alt/az....




Me too!

Looks as though you did very well both dropping the eBay 140 of a week or two ago and picking this one up. By the blobs of stuff on the lens cell screws, it even looks like the elements haven't been screwed with yet.




IIRC someone once said Nihon Seiko never put that red stuff on the lens so I do not know if that alone can confirn whether the lens has been played with.

Nice scope Steve-if you like Unitrons!


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Re: Unitron 140 new [Re: greju]
      #5012939 - 01/11/12 09:36 PM

Good one Steve. Looking forward to some glamor shots when she's all cleaned up. Nice to get a stuffed Unihex with it.

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Re: Unitron 140 new [Re: sgorton99]
      #5012944 - 01/11/12 09:40 PM

Wow! That didn't take long. Great find.

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Re: Unitron 140 new [Re: PiSigma]
      #5012989 - 01/11/12 10:05 PM Attachment (43 downloads)

Thanks guys. Here is a shot together - still not cleaned up, but not too bad!

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apfever
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Re: Unitron 140 new [Re: sgorton99]
      #5013213 - 01/12/12 01:06 AM

Terrific Steve!

The ATCO arrived! String to follow. With the Sears out you have plenty of room for the UNI now. That one looks good. Nice getting the ep's and Unihex WITH the clamp. It took me a while to find the right clamp for the Unihex with my 142.

Should I waite for the Sears or post the Atco now? You deserve a Brownie Button for the packing job on the ATCO. It's great.

Neil


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Re: Unitron 140 new [Re: sgorton99]
      #5013240 - 01/12/12 02:15 AM

Wow Steve congrats, an awesome find in a short time!! Bob

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sgorton99
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Re: Unitron 140 new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5013372 - 01/12/12 06:37 AM

Thanks Neil and Bob - I am quite please with this "find".
I see with my "piano shot" I have the OTA flipped around, going to be kind of hard to reach around and track objects!

Up to you Neil, glad it arrived safely!


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Re: Unitron 140 new [Re: sgorton99]
      #5013461 - 01/12/12 08:21 AM

Nice find Steve! It looks to be in really good shape and should clean up really nicely. The loaded unihex was also a nice bonus. Congrats.

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Re: Unitron 140 [Re: sgorton99]
      #5013559 - 01/12/12 09:45 AM

Good for you Steve. Nice catch. That 4mm ortho is uncommon. Wish i had one. Great deal.

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