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buckjames
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mizar new
      #5684499 - 02/17/13 12:36 AM

Got this telescope second hand , the seller told me that this is a release in the 90's can anyone tell me your thoughts. this is my first telescope , what eyepiece do you suggest



Edited by buckjames (02/17/13 01:49 AM)


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Ducky62
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Reged: 10/31/10

Loc: The ATL
Re: mizar new [Re: buckjames]
      #5684516 - 02/17/13 12:57 AM

Wow! A 4" f/10. That is truly a classic configuration. Amazing they were still making them in the 1990s.
I assume it takes .965 eyepieces? Very good ones aren't often cheap or easy to come by. You might be able to use an adapter for 1.25" EPs. Someone else may have a better suggestion


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Datapanic
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Reged: 10/17/09

Loc: Tucson, Arizona
Re: mizar new [Re: Ducky62]
      #5684541 - 02/17/13 01:19 AM

It's a very nice scope. I have one of them and seriously doubt it was made in the 90's - more like the late 60's or early 70's as it is a Royal Astral mount. The one I have has been in the garage for a while and I keep putting back its restoration, but do plan on getting it done some day. The focuser is unique (and temperamental) on this scope and it also has a rather sturdy tripod and mount. The only difference I see from your photos and what I have is the label on mine is not gold/black.

The one I have came with a Kellner 18mm and Hugyens 8 and 5mm .965" eyepieces with Mizar brand along with a couple other eyepieces that are not branded.

At f/10, this scope should give excellent planetary and lunar views. I think the quality of the build of this scope is a tad above the Tasco 11TE-5 reflector.

This scope also came with a camera mount the went on the Dec Shaft.

There is a copy of the Mizar Catalog here: http://geogdata.csun.edu/~voltaire/classics/mizar/MizarUSA.pdf


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buckjames
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Re: mizar new [Re: Ducky62]
      #5684542 - 02/17/13 01:19 AM

what mm of eyepiece to use?

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Datapanic
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Re: mizar new [Re: buckjames]
      #5684544 - 02/17/13 01:24 AM

Whatever you want to look at, start with the larger sized eyepiece first. The larger # mm of the eyepiece, the lower the power, which makes it easier to find and focus on what you want to look at.

Did this scope come with any eyepieces?

BTW - Welcome to Cloudy Nights Classics Forum!


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buckjames
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Re: mizar new [Re: Datapanic]
      #5684555 - 02/17/13 01:40 AM

comes with K 20mm , H 12.5, Or 5mm, planning to buy plossil what do you suggest , am getting an adaptor for 1.25 mm

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apfever
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Re: mizar new [Re: buckjames]
      #5684565 - 02/17/13 02:07 AM

Dan,

Will this scope take a replacement 1.25" eyepiece ring on the focuser barrel? The standard Vixen swap beats a secondary adapter that further reduces the .965" bore.

I don't have any experience with this reflector, but my 68mm f=1000mm Mizar/Hino refractor (very similar label) is a beauty.


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Re: mizar new [Re: apfever]
      #5684570 - 02/17/13 02:17 AM Attachment (15 downloads)

@Buck - probably something in the 12mm and the 25 and 32mm range would best complete the range.

Neil - I don't think so - the O.D. of the chromed part of the focuser is about 1.25", so with an adapter, I don't think it would work. But, I don't know much about swaping out the eyepiece rings

Here's the focuser on mine - looks the same. Sorry for the fuzzies, eyes aren't doing so good


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Ducky62
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Re: mizar new [Re: buckjames]
      #5684588 - 02/17/13 02:39 AM

Quote:

comes with K 20mm , H 12.5, Or 5mm, planning to buy plossil what do you suggest , am getting an adaptor for 1.25 mm




If you have those EPs, use them. They should work just fine in your 'scope.


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Joe Cepleur
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Re: mizar [Re: Ducky62]
      #5684792 - 02/17/13 09:06 AM

Welcome! Anyone who bought that scope is destined to become a brother-in-arms of the Classics Forum!

Best first telescope you could have found. It's light and portable, so it will be used often, yet it has ample aperture to actually see something. Learning to use the equatorial mount will teach you about celestial mechanics.


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Ruimteman
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Re: mizar new [Re: Joe Cepleur]
      #5686273 - 02/18/13 12:26 AM

Here is another catalogue that shows your telescope:
http://yumarin7.sakura.ne.jp/retrokan/Mizar1973.pdf
40,000 Yen is more than the first Takahashi telescopes went for!


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Datapanic
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Re: mizar new [Re: Ruimteman]
      #5686320 - 02/18/13 01:05 AM

I forget back then if the dollar or the yen had more purchasing power in Japan. I visited Tokyo in '72 or so...

Buck - did you try it out on the Moon and Jupiter?


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buckjames
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Re: mizar new [Re: Datapanic]
      #5686367 - 02/18/13 02:26 AM

@ Dan- yah it performs well with the moon and Jupiter tried it the other night and I enjoyed with it's performance.

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buckjames
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Re: mizar new [Re: buckjames]
      #5728965 - 03/12/13 08:52 PM

anyone who has an idea planning to buy Orion Epic 5.1 mm ED for my scope?

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buckjames
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Re: mizar new [Re: buckjames]
      #5732922 - 03/14/13 08:23 PM

wanna share the pic I got using ortho 5mm , and just a camera phone, image is unedited raw, with average seeing condition

Edited by buckjames (03/15/13 07:09 AM)


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Blake Andrews
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Re: mizar new [Re: buckjames]
      #5733318 - 03/15/13 12:21 AM

That's a very nice afocal shot.

Cheers!
Blake


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