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gelkin
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Christmas Unitron 114
      #5590217 - 12/26/12 08:05 PM Attachment (53 downloads)

The week prior to Christmas i was corrisponding with the seller of a sweet Unitron 114. I've been watching for one lately to add to the collection. One consideration was the wifes reaction to yet another scope in the house. As luck would have it she told me one day she was having a problem finding something i would enjoy for Xmas. Not a problem dear, i know just what to do and I'll take care of it. Perfect.

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gelkin
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Re: Christmas Unitron new [Re: gelkin]
      #5590240 - 12/26/12 08:12 PM Attachment (54 downloads)

Regardless of prior approval i just could'nt have passed this one up. Condition is superb and so complete. All the orginal boxes were still there and in great condition. I really like the OTA box. It has a solid top and bottom panel instead of the normal laminated ones. Love the metal Unitron label. I did a little repair to the mount box. The side was split. Easy fix, just take the box apart and glue it then reassemble.

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gelkin
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Re: Christmas Unitron new [Re: gelkin]
      #5590246 - 12/26/12 08:17 PM Attachment (42 downloads)

For me this one having a tripod box as well is great. I believe Unitron started packing tripods in cardboard boxes all too soon. All too often they are no longer included.

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gelkin
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Re: Christmas Unitron new [Re: gelkin]
      #5590256 - 12/26/12 08:28 PM Attachment (44 downloads)

Obviously this one was bought with the unihex option instead of a diagonal and erecting prism. The white paint has taken on an off white color after 50 plus years of aging. Beautiful, and not a dent or scratch worthy of note. Complete, right down to the caps on every unihex eyepiece barrel. I just couldn't say no.

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gelkin
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Re: Christmas Unitron new [Re: gelkin]
      #5590267 - 12/26/12 08:36 PM Attachment (35 downloads)

Original cap on the other end too.

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Da Bear
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Re: Christmas Unitron new [Re: gelkin]
      #5590272 - 12/26/12 08:38 PM Attachment (40 downloads)

Wow. Wonderful.

Da Bear

Edited by Da Bear (12/26/12 08:39 PM)


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gelkin
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Re: Christmas Unitron new [Re: gelkin]
      #5590277 - 12/26/12 08:41 PM Attachment (33 downloads)

Objective is also in great shape. When i took it out to clean the inside surfaces were not even dusty. I would say it was always stored properly. As a matter of fact, the focuser, unihex tube, and tripod is about the only use showing areas i could find. Especially the focuser, as if it was used but carefully used.

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gelkin
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Re: Christmas Unitron new [Re: gelkin]
      #5590286 - 12/26/12 08:52 PM Attachment (29 downloads)

I really like the little finder. It has double cross hairs. However i would like to take the eyepiece apart and clean it but can't get it apart. The eye lens comes out easy, but the lower lens and cross hair seems to be held in by a pressed in stop. Any ideas?

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gelkin
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Re: Christmas Unitron new [Re: gelkin]
      #5590290 - 12/26/12 08:57 PM Attachment (28 downloads)

All the hardware is still there. None of the wings are broken off. Some scares on the tripod legs but nothing too bad. One inner leg is twisted a little. I can live with it.

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JonH
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Re: Christmas Unitron new [Re: gelkin]
      #5590300 - 12/26/12 09:07 PM Attachment (26 downloads)

Hi Gerald- Beautiful scope. The finder eyepiece on my 114 is held together with a threaded ring. It has a couple of notches cut into it and is moveable with my fingernails. Is there any sign of a thread on your eyepiece? If so you could try unscrewing the stop. I see your 114 is newer (70s?) and so the might just be press fitted together, if there isnt a thread visible you could try warming the exterior of the eyepiece with a hair drier and attach a heat sink to the stop and try and get it out that way.

Edited by JonH (12/26/12 09:13 PM)


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gelkin
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Re: Christmas Unitron new [Re: gelkin]
      #5590307 - 12/26/12 09:10 PM Attachment (29 downloads)

Gotta love those Unitron boxes. I prefer an eq mount but this is so sweet. Weather here is terrible now; snow, sleet, rain. Can't wait to compare this lens to my 128 lens. In the past i've compared the 128 to 3 other Unitron 60mms and a Bushnell. My 128 keeps winning so far. The vintage of this 114 may be some stiff competition.

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gelkin
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Re: Christmas Unitron new [Re: JonH]
      #5590312 - 12/26/12 09:13 PM

Jon
I wish mine looked like that. No threads, no slots to turn on. It sure looks to me like it was pressed in. And mine is a double cross hair.


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JonH
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Re: Christmas Unitron new [Re: gelkin]
      #5590322 - 12/26/12 09:18 PM

LOL just realised your Unitron was significantly different to mine and edited my previous post. Differential heating will help to loosen the ring. I am guessing the double cross hair is etched rather than a stretched wire so there shouldnt be a problem with expansion breaking the crosshair.

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Brian RisleyModerator
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Re: Christmas Unitron new [Re: JonH]
      #5590347 - 12/26/12 09:43 PM

Any idea on age. Mine is almost identical, same set of boxes. Tripod and head box are not as finished as the OTA box.
Brian


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gelkin
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Re: Christmas Unitron new [Re: gelkin]
      #5590363 - 12/26/12 09:53 PM Attachment (29 downloads)

Now, i would love to hear everyones thoughts on dating this baby. My thoughts are; with the straight lettering, straight slotted screws, nickle plated wing nuts on the mount (no bakelite thumb screws), brass dew shield, and a full complement of wooden boxes; this has got to be very early 60's at least.

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sgorton99
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Re: Christmas Unitron new [Re: gelkin]
      #5590370 - 12/26/12 09:58 PM

Beautiful scope! Congrats

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gelkin
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Re: Christmas Unitron new [Re: sgorton99]
      #5590374 - 12/26/12 09:59 PM

Thank you Steve.

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Datapanic
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Re: Christmas Unitron new [Re: gelkin]
      #5590399 - 12/26/12 10:14 PM

Very very nice!!!

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JonH
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Re: Christmas Unitron new [Re: Datapanic]
      #5590421 - 12/26/12 10:29 PM

Early sixties fits with the butterfly wing nuts and focuser, but what about the cut out in the AltAz mount and the white cap (this might be a later replacement)?

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gelkin
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Re: Christmas Unitron new [Re: JonH]
      #5590436 - 12/26/12 10:39 PM

Even the 1956 Unitron catalog shows an altz mount with cut outs and metal knobs on the 114. However the 128 eq did not have cut outs in that catalog.

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