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Re: Celestron not C6 on SP mount... new [Re: Littlegreenman]
      #5763423 - 03/28/13 11:46 PM

Quote:

I just sent an email to the seller. Now I get to sit by the phone...waiting, and waiting, and waiting...

LGM




That's not a Super Polaris. Looks more like a Polaris.


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kauzuak
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Re: Celestron not C6 on SP mount... new [Re: jrcrilly]
      #5763472 - 03/29/13 12:40 AM

Yea, definitely an early 80's comet catcher on a vixen Polaris mount. No EP's shown in the pics though.

I really need to make it out to the yearly classic fest. After picking up a rental car in a LA, i could just peruse the LA CL for a scope so I don't have to drag one out. Maybe raffle it off for some geeky reason, youngest person with the oldest scope?, so I don't have to haul it back. Lol


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kauzuak
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Re: Celestron not C6 on SP mount... new [Re: kauzuak]
      #5763486 - 03/29/13 12:53 AM

Dough, never made past the first couple of pics on initial viewing. Ther are several EP's included. At least one is an RKE and maybe an ultima hiding on the tripod speader plate?

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Bill Griffith
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Re: Celestron not C6 on SP mount... new [Re: Nave]
      #5764893 - 03/29/13 02:36 PM

Nave,

I hope you get the Comet Catcher!

The telescope is free if you judge what a Polaris with adj. legs goes for.

Pretty wide range of OTAs can be accommodated to that mount.

Heck, I posted initially without looking at the other photos
That 's a deal!


Bill

Edited by Bill Griffith (03/29/13 02:43 PM)


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starman876
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you got to see this new [Re: Bill Griffith]
      #5765616 - 03/29/13 07:48 PM

http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=12836698

I love this listing


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Re: you got to see this new [Re: starman876]
      #5765675 - 03/29/13 08:21 PM

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http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=12836698

I love this listing




Man, that looks like it would HURT!


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Littlegreenman
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Re: Got the Comet Catcher! new [Re: Bill Griffith]
      #5765940 - 03/29/13 11:41 PM Attachment (13 downloads)

Quote:

Nave,

I hope you get the Comet Catcher!

The telescope is free if you judge what a Polaris with adj. legs goes for.

Pretty wide range of OTAs can be accommodated to that mount.

Heck, I posted initially without looking at the other photos
That 's a deal!


Bill




I pegged it when I first saw it, on a Polaris mount. It came with an Edmunds 8mm RKE, 12.5 Celestron Ultima, a Circle T 25mm Celestron Kellner, and a Parks Barlow, long type. I only could use the 8mm, so (nudge-nudge wink-wink) but we're not supposed to talk about that.

The scope has not been kept in a nitrogen purged time shielded vault. I have acquired a few vintage scopes that were, but that is the exception to the rule.

The tube the corrector plate has a bit of gassing-out haze on the corrector. From my extensive optical experience I would say that that is nothing horrible and it probably has zero or minimal effect on any image. And once cleaned I will probably say, "This is an incredible improvement! Why didn't I clean that before??

The sled focuser is almost smooth all the way back and forth. I can see some grease on the rack. A few months ago, thanks to some help here on this forum, I tweaked a sled focuser on a Newtonian. So, been there, done that.

I think I can see some rust on the focuser stalk. We'll see.

A quick check of the mount looks pretty good. Right now it's an extra mount. Nice tall legs. Now I have two sets of tall Vixen legs, and only need one... (See above about not breaking rules on this forum).

The tube came with rings! Knobs for the tray! I like knobs for scopes. A toolless setup. The case works, with rusty latches. I suppose putting a Telrad on a super fast scope has some benefit? There is a Telrad mounting on it; no Telrad.

All-in-all a good grab!

The seller was nice enough, but I could tell he has had some prior Craigslist people jerk him around. Although e-mailing an astronomer at 6:00 in the morning? I think I've seen more sunsets in the past 20 years by staying up all night observing that waking up to see them. I know I have. (I have a Darwinian theory about that: the tribes with some people awake all night to sound an alarm had greater survival value than the tribes that had nobody wake all night. I'm one of the watchmen.) Maybe pics in a day or two.

LGM

Here's one pic.

Edited by Littlegreenman (03/30/13 03:25 AM)


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Ducky62
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Re: Got the Comet Catcher! new [Re: Littlegreenman]
      #5766008 - 03/30/13 12:46 AM

Which secondary does it have? The early one or the later one?
How tall are the mount legs? I have 3 different Polaris tripods and they are all short. (One piece wood C4.5, short wood 2 piece wood Tasco 8V,and a heavy Vixen aluminum set that came with a Polaris R100S.)


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JonH
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Re: Got the Comet Catcher! new [Re: Littlegreenman]
      #5766251 - 03/30/13 07:39 AM

Congratulations on the catch LGM. Interesting thought about survival and starwatching. Although staying up all night to watch the sunset would imply an element of time travel .

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starman876
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Coast 8" F6 new [Re: JonH]
      #5766758 - 03/30/13 12:14 PM

Not sure how many of you have spotted this yet. Price seems a bit high?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Coast-Instrument-Company-8-F6-Treckerscope-telescope-...


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Re: Coast 8" F6 new [Re: starman876]
      #5767010 - 03/30/13 02:55 PM

Nice scope. Looks complete. Lew Chilton would know how rare that is. But $1200 is at least 2 or 3 times what it's worth. Having said that, I paid more for my oc 8" than it was worth, but it is so complete and in such good condition that I don't regret it

Tim

Edited by tim53 (03/30/13 02:56 PM)


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Re: Coast 8" F6 new [Re: starman876]
      #5767041 - 03/30/13 03:12 PM

Quote:

Not sure how many of you have spotted this yet. Price seems a bit high?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Coast-Instrument-Company-8-F6-Treckerscope-telescope-...




It's been offered off and on by the tile guy since last year . Obviously no takers at that price.


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Nave
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Monster English or Yoke Mount new [Re: mgwhittle]
      #5767188 - 03/30/13 05:16 PM

Ummmm... okay.
Here's something you've likely not encountered... ummm... recently.
Except, they turn up 'round these parts all-the-time....
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/pho/3713363870.html

Giant cool quotient.
Not the seller.


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Re: Monster English or Yoke Mount new [Re: Nave]
      #5767218 - 03/30/13 05:31 PM

and here
http://www.astromart.com/classifieds/details.asp?classified_id=815925


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Re: Coast 8" F6 new [Re: mgwhittle]
      #5767317 - 03/30/13 05:59 PM

I didn't recognize it as such since it wasn't sitting on the tile.

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Littlegreenman
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Re: Got the Comet Catcher! new [Re: Ducky62]
      #5767379 - 03/30/13 06:46 PM Attachment (8 downloads)

Quote:

Which secondary does it have? The early one or the later one?
How tall are the mount legs? I have 3 different Polaris tripods and they are all short. (One piece wood C4.5, short wood 2 piece wood Tasco 8V,and a heavy Vixen aluminum set that came with a Polaris R100S.)




I'm unfamiliar with these Comet Catchers. I had time to take a quick pic of the seconday, but hope to takes pics of the whole set up.

The legs are 48" tall legs. I've had a bunch of Vixen wood legs over the years. There are the short Newtonian legs with about 2" of adjustable height, maybe some with no adjustment, and the 52" telescoping legs that give you a 48" height, of varying robustness.

LGM


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Another long focus Zeiss new [Re: Littlegreenman]
      #5767403 - 03/30/13 07:09 PM

http://www.astromart.com/classifieds/details.asp?classified_id=815936

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Re: Another long focus Zeiss new [Re: starman876]
      #5767415 - 03/30/13 07:15 PM

For that kind of money even though it is a zeiss and it is vintage and collectable I would buy an AP first and most likely have better optics. Hate to say it, but there are times when reality and common sense do come first. I love Zeiss scopes, but a scope like that I would use and for that kind of money I want to use something that blows my socks off.

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mgwhittle
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Re: 1978 Meade 856 new [Re: starman876]
      #5767417 - 03/30/13 07:16 PM

Meade 856 on eBay

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mgwhittle
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Large vintage refractor new [Re: mgwhittle]
      #5767424 - 03/30/13 07:22 PM

Seller says he is trying to get the lens cell apart to clean the lens.......as Astro says on the Jetson's......RUT ROW!

Large Vintage Refractor eBay


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