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starman876
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Re: Guess what? [Re: gelkin]
      #5743308 - 03/19/13 03:56 PM

So what happened to Leonard? sounds like he does not like the CIA reporting on his every move.

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gelkin
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Re: Guess what? [Re: starman876]
      #5743324 - 03/19/13 04:03 PM

I sure don't think that at 1200 he was being ripped off. Wasn't there one on amart auction last year that went for around 600?

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Re: Guess what? [Re: gelkin]
      #5743369 - 03/19/13 04:23 PM

Yes it did. It was part of John Siple's collection.

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starman876
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most expensive skywatcher ever [Re: jjbird]
      #5743397 - 03/19/13 04:31 PM

http://www.cloudynights.com/classifieds/showproduct.php?product=74447&sor...

what a deal


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Re: most expensive skywatcher ever [Re: starman876]
      #5743492 - 03/19/13 05:16 PM



Hmmmmmm. Looks strangely familiar! Are you sure its not a Brandon?

Edited by Masvingo (03/19/13 05:17 PM)


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starman876
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Re: most expensive skywatcher ever [Re: Masvingo]
      #5743659 - 03/19/13 06:25 PM

You know you could be right. That does look like a Brandon. Wonder if the guy has any clue how closely it resembles a 5" Brandon APO. If he knew he would put in on Ebay as such

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Tampa C/L [Re: Steve_M_M]
      #5743743 - 03/19/13 06:59 PM

http://tampa.craigslist.org/hdo/clt/3686571666.html

http://tampa.craigslist.org/pnl/pho/3689028223.html

http://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/atq/3663093706.html


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Re: Guess what? [Re: gelkin]
      #5743759 - 03/19/13 07:03 PM

Quote:

I sure don't think that at 1200 he was being ripped off. Wasn't there one on amart auction last year that went for around 600?


I think I'll make no comment and just use my 20TE on Jupiter again tonight while the Istar is cooling down. Mike

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Marc-Andre
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University Optics 60mm/910mm [Re: mikey cee]
      #5744034 - 03/19/13 09:25 PM

Looks very nice, but way high in price.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/UNIVERSITY-OPTICS-ALTAZIMUTH-EQUATORIAL-TELESCOPE-FOR...


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Compressorguy
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Re: University Optics 60mm/910mm new [Re: Marc-Andre]
      #5744208 - 03/19/13 10:54 PM Attachment (2 downloads)

Quote:

Looks very nice, but way high in price.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/UNIVERSITY-OPTICS-ALTAZIMUTH-EQUATORIAL-TELESCOPE-FOR...





Looks like Eikow and very similar mount to my "ToHo" (Ekiow) reflector.Very good build quality.


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starman876
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Re: University Optics 60mm/910mm [Re: Compressorguy]
      #5744268 - 03/19/13 11:29 PM

That is such a great looking scope

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joerbiker
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Re: University Optics 60mm/910mm [Re: Compressorguy]
      #5744632 - 03/20/13 08:12 AM

Scott, I'll join the club. You have a real gem there. I saw a more complete thread of yours earlier of the scope and became enamored then. Such a cool design.

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Compressorguy
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Re: University Optics 60mm/910mm [Re: joerbiker]
      #5744719 - 03/20/13 09:20 AM Attachment (5 downloads)

Thanks Starman876 and Joe, it really is a unique design. Here is another unique feature and the basis for the compact design: a 4.5" f/10.5 "Reflector" in wood case.

Here's the link to the original thread on this scope if your interested.

http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/5489230/page...


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Re: University Optics 60mm/910mm [Re: Compressorguy]
      #5744798 - 03/20/13 10:12 AM

That is cool! And I'm not a reflector person, but WOW!!!


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Dave M
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Re: University Optics 60mm/910mm [Re: terraclarke]
      #5744970 - 03/20/13 11:52 AM

Yeah!, Very cool scope..

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Marc-Andre
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Re: University Optics 60mm/910mm [Re: Compressorguy]
      #5744984 - 03/20/13 11:58 AM

Now that is a nice 4-1/2" reflector! How is it at maintaining alignment?

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Re: University Optics 60mm/910mm [Re: Compressorguy]
      #5744989 - 03/20/13 12:00 PM

Very nice and unique. Thanks for the link. I want to learn more about this one.

Bob


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Re: University Optics 60mm/910mm [Re: nightpilot]
      #5745090 - 03/20/13 12:55 PM

That is really nice.
Terra, you need to get an 8" f6-f8 with a Zambuto quality mirror.. THEN you will like reflectors. You can use a Unitron for a finder Most larger reflectors have mediocre mechanicals, they are hard to mount. That's why I roll my own.
My 6" F8 is every bit as good as my D&G 5". Better in some respects.
That said, I still have a lot of refractors.


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Re: University Optics 60mm/910mm new [Re: bremms]
      #5745154 - 03/20/13 01:31 PM

actually I like taking a scope out and using it. I do not want to spend time aligning it out in the cold. There are only a few mirrored scopes I have liked. They did not need alignment. My SCT's I only use rarely because I just like to set up and use. That is also why I do not use the large refractors very often. I do not have an observetory so I need to carry mine out and use them. Large cats and large newts are problamatic because of the tube currents in cold weather. why am I rambling on here

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Re: University Optics 60mm/910mm new [Re: starman876]
      #5745201 - 03/20/13 01:56 PM

Marc, been there... done that. I built my own 6 inch reflector and it was very well figured, nice parabola that tested quite well. Still, it would get out of collimation and I hated to fritz with that. It wasn't to bad because it had a very good mirror mount and a nice spider for an 1/8 wave diagonal. Still, there was more to it than my refractors. I do have a very nice Russian Mak, that I do like because it is so refractor-like; has a nice long threaded on metal dew shield, threaded metal cap, beautifully built; still it takes a little cooldown time and I am impatient so it doesn't get used a lot. I do love it tho and would never get rid of it. I have had a couple of other maks and sct and they are gone by the wayside; and I never looked back. I even gave one away to get rid of it.

For me, mirrors are something I would rather use to look at myself with, rather than to look thru myself.

Johann, I agree with everything you say. My viewing time is often limited and I would rather use it to view that to fritz. I too have no observatory so things need to be carried outside onto my deck. Small scopes and go out in one trip, larger ones require two to three. My 4 and five inch refractors are as big as it gets. I don't want to sprain something on me or break something on them. The six inch scope only gets used at dark sky sites and it is as large as I can handle, hoisting it up onto the mount.

I don't want to fight tube currents, cooldown times, collimation errors, and huge unwieldy tubes and mounts.

Besides, I just enjoy the look and feel of a refractor and I love how easily they work on either a good eq. or alt-az mount.


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