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tim53
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Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more!
      #5416194 - 09/11/12 09:26 PM Attachment (115 downloads)

Saw the ad for a 12.5" and a 6" Cave on LA Craigslist over the weekend, so emailed the guy. Took until today to get time when we were both available, to go take a look. Drove the VW pickup, "just in case."

What with the Bardou last week and the 2 Caves this, I'm averaging 1.5 telescope purchases a week! "hopefully" the trend will not be maintained, though!

Here's a few pics. 6" Model A Deluxe with 1.5" shafts. This poor li'l guy sat outside for a time, but I don't know how long. Both scopes appear complete, though neither had any eyepieces.


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Da Bear
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5416200 - 09/11/12 09:29 PM

Congrats...I wrote the guy, no reply... should be a whole lotta fun to restore 'em!


Da Bear


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madeline
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5416203 - 09/11/12 09:30 PM

"hopefully" the trend will not be maintained, though!"

Come on, you can do it, just keep it up with finds like that. Nice purchases.


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tim53
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5416204 - 09/11/12 09:30 PM Attachment (101 downloads)

The 12.5" is in better shape, less dirty and with chrome shafts that aren't rusty. It had been kept in the garage the past bunch of years (don't know how long, though), and was only moved outdoors in preparation for this sale. It's got the Observatory mount with the 2.5" shafts (what a MONSTER!), but it's on a rolling pier and was easy as cake to move around!

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tim53
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5416209 - 09/11/12 09:32 PM Attachment (59 downloads)

Looking down the bore of the 12.5". Must be either an f/7 or f/8. The tube is about 7.5 ft long and the focuser is about 6 inches in from the end. Yeah, prolly an f/7.

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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5416219 - 09/11/12 09:35 PM Attachment (39 downloads)

Sky end of the 6".

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tim53
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5416220 - 09/11/12 09:37 PM Attachment (44 downloads)

The 12.5" has a 2" Sky Micro Giant focuser and a Criterion 3-eyepiece turret. Paint's peeling off in sheets from the focuser. Funny that nobody in those days seemed to prime their aluminum parts, LOL. I'm going to make this thing PURTY!

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CHASLX200
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5416224 - 09/11/12 09:38 PM

That 2.5" mount is a back breaker. I had one a few years back. I would love to find another, but they never seem to be around in Florida.

Chas


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JohnRW
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Loc: Oakland, California
Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: CHASLX200]
      #5416263 - 09/11/12 09:59 PM

Looks like a great purchase. Man, that 12.5" is monster. I have slight aperture envy

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tim53
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5416264 - 09/11/12 10:00 PM Attachment (44 downloads)

Both primaries have Panchro stickers still on them, so I doubt they've ever been recoated. The 6 inch's mirror is really filthy. The 12.5" is "only" very dirty!

I'm hoping they'll clean up well, but I might have to recoat at least the 6".


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tim53
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5416267 - 09/11/12 10:03 PM Attachment (57 downloads)

That 12.5" is TALL!

Edited by tim53 (09/12/12 02:19 AM)


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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5416276 - 09/11/12 10:06 PM

Oh what a find! lucky you. Both are a fantastic find but the 12.5" is absolutely awesome!
Can't wait to hear what's scribed on the mirrors.

Robert


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tim53
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5416278 - 09/11/12 10:07 PM

Quote:

That 12.5" is TALL!





It's wide, too!

Bloody Apple Preview!

-Tim.


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tim53
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5416279 - 09/11/12 10:10 PM Attachment (50 downloads)

From this side, it looks ready to roll!

Edited by tim53 (09/12/12 02:20 AM)


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tim53
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5416281 - 09/11/12 10:11 PM

And at that angle, it's going to roll fast!

I upgraded to OS 10.8, so the Gimp doesn't work until I download X11 again, for some silly reason.

-Tim.


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Datapanic
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5416284 - 09/11/12 10:15 PM

Nice find! Looks like the 12.5" is ready for first light as is. I'd say f/7 as well.

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tim53
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5416287 - 09/11/12 10:16 PM Attachment (39 downloads)

The mount looks like it's all there. One of the covers on the RA light is missing and the bulb is broken or gone, but all the electronics are intact and there's a hand paddle. Even that funky differential with 2 synchron motor drives is there and intact.

This scope mostly needs a good cleaning, but I will take all easily removable parts off for repainting. I think I'll leave the mount assembled, though, and just mask for painting when it's time. Everything moves pretty smoothly, including the rotating rings.


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tim53
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5416301 - 09/11/12 10:22 PM

Both scopes for $1K

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tim53
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Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5416306 - 09/11/12 10:26 PM Attachment (38 downloads)

I was really concerned that loading up that 12.5" was going to be a nightmare with broken backs and stretched arms!

But I was surprised. It was actually really easy to load it into my truck. But my truck is no ordinary truck! The bed is at loading dock height and all three sides fold down. The seller and I rolled the scope up alongside the truck and turned it so the OTA was resting against the bed. Then we took the counterweight off and undid the two knurled nuts and washers that hold the whole OTA to the saddle. Didn't have to lift anything:


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desertrefugee
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Reged: 08/06/07

Loc: Arizona
Re: Only had 2 Caves, so bought 2 more! new [Re: tim53]
      #5416307 - 09/11/12 10:26 PM

You're gonna need a bigger house...

Great acquisitions!


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