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terraclarke
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Sears color-coded eyepieces.
      #5681391 - 02/15/13 12:47 PM Attachment (42 downloads)

I currently have 5 out of 6 of the color-coded 0.965 inch eyepieces that were available with various models of Vintage Sears telescopes in the late 60s and early 70s They were color-coded according to focal length. There was a green 22mm Kellner, a yellow 18mm Kellner, a silver 12.5 HM, a blue 9mm HM, a red 6mm HM, and a black 4mm SR. I have all but the yellow 18mm. I am therefore looking for a "yellow-top" Sears 0.965" 18mm Kellner eyepiece to complete my collection. I would also like the original plastic black eyepiece capsule with the word "Sears EYEPIECE" on it. If anyone out there can steer me in the right direction, it would be greatly appreciated.

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bremms
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Re: Sears color-coded eyepieces. new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5681478 - 02/15/13 01:20 PM

Don't think I have a yellow Kellner. Think the blue one is lurking in box somewhere, no capsule for certain. Mini anvil??

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bob midiri
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Re: Sears color-coded eyepieces. new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5681522 - 02/15/13 01:34 PM

I had a yellow at one time, always thought it was 20mm, but now I guess it was 18mm

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CharlieB
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Re: Sears color-coded eyepieces. new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5681553 - 02/15/13 01:47 PM Attachment (26 downloads)

The yellow one I have is a 20mm Kellner.

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CharlieB
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Re: Sears color-coded eyepieces. new [Re: CharlieB]
      #5681591 - 02/15/13 02:01 PM Attachment (28 downloads)

Here are the others: 4mm, 6mm, 8mm, 9mm.

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Re: Sears color-coded eyepieces. new [Re: CharlieB]
      #5681612 - 02/15/13 02:12 PM

I had no idea that there was an 8 and a 20. My set of five is the one that came with the #6344. I figured the same set went with all of the 76mm telescopes. I didn't know about the yellow 18 until recently when I read of it with a 60x700 alt-az as part of a two eyepiece set. I always thought it was neat the way they were color-coded. Did any other maker do that?

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CharlieB
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Re: Sears color-coded eyepieces. new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5681621 - 02/15/13 02:14 PM

Only Sears color coded them, as far as I know.

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Re: Sears color-coded eyepieces. new [Re: CharlieB]
      #5681630 - 02/15/13 02:18 PM

The only thing similar that I know of is the color banding on the Vixen LV series of eyepieces (I love those eyepieces btw, and they don't make them anymore- soon to be classic).

Terra


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CharlieB
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Re: Sears color-coded eyepieces. new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5681645 - 02/15/13 02:23 PM

The TMB SuperMonos also had some color coded banding, but not like the Sears .965s.

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Re: Sears color-coded eyepieces. new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5681671 - 02/15/13 02:32 PM

Some time ago I started a thread here in "Classics" entitled "You meet the nicest people here in the Classics Forum." Over and over again I have had that confirmed. Due to the overwhelming generosity of a fellow refractor addict and classicist, I am soon to have a complete collection of Sears eyepieces. When I started this thread, I didn't know if I would get a response, and within an hour I had the most generous offer of said eyepiece. I don't know if its that we are of a similar generation (or so) that bonds us, or more than likely its our shared love of old things that so many people just don't care about and continuously replace or upgrade, but we are collectively a group that has common values and sees inherent value in what to others is tarnished, rusted, broken, or disposable. To us, those things are mendable, restorable, keepable, and valuable, and that carries over from our equipment to each other. I am so glad to be part of this group and again, I say thank you to all of you. I have made some wonderful friends and comrades in arms here. As I said, I am overwhelmed.

Terra


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BigC
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Re: Sears color-coded eyepieces. new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5682001 - 02/15/13 05:20 PM

Those colored Sears oculars are pretty but still must have been difficult to see colors in the dark.I have one or two Sears refractors and just a couple colors.

All in all,astronomy gear historically has been a bit bland.Sears light green tubes added a bit of distinction.Someday I hope to find the "big one" ,a Sears 90mm.


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Re: Sears color-coded eyepieces. new [Re: BigC]
      #5682246 - 02/15/13 07:53 PM

Those "big ones" are few and far between. You will be lucky indeed when you find one BigC. I can't believe how Sears was fire-selling them at unbelievably low prices toward the end.

Terra


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CharlieB
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Re: Sears color-coded eyepieces. new [Re: BigC]
      #5682465 - 02/15/13 10:15 PM

The colors are quite easy to see in the dark. You just turn on that little light on the eyepiece tray on your Sears telescope for a few seconds.

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Dave M
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Re: Sears color-coded eyepieces. new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5682477 - 02/15/13 10:22 PM

I always thought those were some cool classic eyepieces, Nice eyepieces Terra.

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Mr Magoo
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Re: Sears color-coded eyepieces. new [Re: Dave M]
      #5682985 - 02/16/13 09:02 AM

The green 22mm is one of my favorites.

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Re: Sears color-coded eyepieces. new [Re: Mr Magoo]
      #5683066 - 02/16/13 09:41 AM

Yes, the green one is surprisingly good.

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BigC
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Re: Sears color-coded eyepieces. new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5683268 - 02/16/13 11:18 AM

Re: fire sale prices.

Large retailers often sell discontinued items very cheap just to clear the space;or else they smash and trash the items and write them off as unsaleable goods for tax reasons.I once had the rather upsetting job of destroying tens of thousands of dollars of perfectly serviceable goods that the management of a very large retailer "wrote off";no one was permitted to have any of it for personal use.And I know a fortune 500 company which routinely sent its 2 year old computers to the landfill and monitored their burial!Much good stuff is deliberately wasted every day.

So I really applaud the companies that give customers a chance to buy drastically marked down items.

I personally get a "kick" out of restoring or using some old well-designed item.


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Re: Sears color-coded eyepieces. new [Re: BigC]
      #5688149 - 02/19/13 12:47 AM Attachment (11 downloads)

One empty chamber and wouldn't you know it! In 1970 apparently white became the new yellow.

other keith


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Re: Sears color-coded eyepieces. new [Re: strdst]
      #5688181 - 02/19/13 01:21 AM Attachment (12 downloads)

I don't have a white and its capped off.
The manual states only five eyepieces supplied:
K 22mm green 64X
HM 12.5 silver 112X
HM 9 blue 156X
HM 6 red 233X
SR 4 black 350X
No mention of a 6th for the white port. 18mm would be 78X


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strdst
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Re: Sears color-coded eyepieces. new [Re: actionhac]
      #5688235 - 02/19/13 02:34 AM

She is... uh... beautiful! Robert, you always have the best toys!

So why not a Uni-Sears-A-Pent? You know they could have slipped a 16.3mm Galoc between the 22mm and the 12.5mm and made us all so VERY happy! Oh well, at least I can stop looking around here for a missing Sears ep!

other keith



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