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XwarpfactorX
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Re: Wife found a telescope at our local Good Will. new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5627425 - 01/17/13 04:21 AM

Pretty cool find. Can't say I've ever seen any astro equipment at a Good Will, but I'd be super excited if I did.

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Re: Wife found a telescope at our local Good Will. new [Re: 1Old Timer]
      #5628113 - 01/17/13 01:39 PM

WOW!!!!
Now that is a fantastic find! And at Goodwill?I am absolutely astounded they didn't trash it as home-made junk.

SOMEDAY I may try building such an EQ mount and "dropping" my Z12 OTA into it.
CONGRATULATIONS on a really neat find.


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Re: Wife found a telescope at our local Good Will. new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5628126 - 01/17/13 01:47 PM

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hah, just looked at CL and saw a Meade 60mm on EQ mount for $30...can't get cheaper than that.




I believe I found the ad in the local Boston CL. Looking at the link to the manual, it seems that the scope takes 0.965 inch eyepieces. In my experience, it's better to stick with scopes with 1.25 inch focusers, that way you can use the eyepieces and the diagonal you already have.

Jon



When looking at bargain scopes, be aware that for some strange penny-pinching reason, a number of scopes,Tasco and Meade among them, were sold with 1.25" focusers but had inserts reducing the eyepiece size to .965" . Simply removing that insert can allow use of standard 1.25" eyepieces.

And our friend at telescopewarehouse.com has quite reasonable Tasco .965 to 1.25" diagonals in 90 degrees that ,again, allow use of 1.25": EPs in a .965" focuser.(I bought 3 because of a weakness for old classic scopes but not old tiny oculars!These hybrid diagonals really add pleasure to using an old Sears or whatever of the small focuser size because my collection of Plossls now work in them as well!


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Re: Wife found a telescope at our local Good Will. new [Re: BigC]
      #5628142 - 01/17/13 01:55 PM

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hah, just looked at CL and saw a Meade 60mm on EQ mount for $30...can't get cheaper than that.




I believe I found the ad in the local Boston CL. Looking at the link to the manual, it seems that the scope takes 0.965 inch eyepieces. In my experience, it's better to stick with scopes with 1.25 inch focusers, that way you can use the eyepieces and the diagonal you already have.

Jon



When looking at bargain scopes, be aware that for some strange penny-pinching reason, a number of scopes,Tasco and Meade among them, were sold with 1.25" focusers but had inserts reducing the eyepiece size to .965" . Simply removing that insert can allow use of standard 1.25" eyepieces.

And our friend at telescopewarehouse.com has quite reasonable Tasco .965 to 1.25" diagonals in 90 degrees that ,again, allow use of 1.25": EPs in a .965" focuser.(I bought 3 because of a weakness for old classic scopes but not old tiny oculars!These hybrid diagonals really add pleasure to using an old Sears or whatever of the small focuser size because my collection of Plossls now work in them as well!




Hybrid diagonals are a help but need to be included in the cost calculation. And too, sometimes there is not enough inward focuser travel and the scope won't focus with the diagonal in place. A $30 scope ends up costing $50 and then you are still stuck with the narrower field of view. I just make a practice of staying away from scopes with 0.965" focusers unless they are otherwise admirable scopes.

Jon


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Re: Wife found a telescope at our local Good Will. new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5628171 - 01/17/13 02:12 PM

although there are some fine .965 oculars out there, but they are hard to find. Like the 1.25" replaced the .965, the 1.25 is slowly being replaced by the 2", and now, we have mfgs coming out with a 3"....

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Re: Wife found a telescope at our local Good Will. new [Re: newtoskies]
      #5629917 - 01/18/13 01:02 PM

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hah, just looked at CL and saw a Meade 60mm on EQ mount for $30...can't get cheaper than that.




Not cheaper, but I got my Nexstar ST80 for $35. I would point a beginner toward that ahead of a 60mm/f11. (But I bought one of those for $27 new at a going out of business store.)

I actually use the ST80 on occasion (unlike the 60) and I see them pop up on Craigslist a fair amount.


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