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orion61

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Loc: Birthplace James T Kirk
Scopes you regret selling!
      #6091395 - 09/20/13 09:52 AM

OK Most of us have done it, sold a scope and some time later be it days, months, years, ask yourself, "Why did I do that?"
I have one in particular, a Meade LX-200 12" It had fantastic optics, I traded it in for my C14. Not that my Compustar has a single thing wrong with it, as a matter of fact it is terrific, but I dont use it as much due to the size and my tree covered yard.
Another is my Cave 8" F7 Astola Model B Deluxe ... OH Well
Live and learn!
Whats yours?
Lets do a little telescope therapy and get it out of our systems....


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scopeboy42
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Loc: Garner, NC USA
Re: Scopes you regret selling! new [Re: orion61]
      #6091446 - 09/20/13 10:19 AM Attachment (28 downloads)

Towa 339 80mm f/15 on EQ mount. I saved up for over a year and bought this brand new when I was a kid back in 1976. After I ordered it my dad, who was Air Force, was transferred and it took over 6 months for the telescope to catch up with us. Longest 6 months of my life. Sold it on the other site about 8 years ago and still regret it. As far as I know the buyer still has it and sometimes I want to see if he would sell it back to me. This was not the best scope I ever had but it was the first.

Edited by scopeboy42 (09/20/13 11:26 AM)


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Chuck Hards
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Re: Scopes you regret selling! new [Re: scopeboy42]
      #6091455 - 09/20/13 10:23 AM

I regret selling every single one I've ever sold.

Even the ones I've specifically built for sale.


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Sean Cunneen
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Reged: 08/01/07

Loc: Blue Island Illinois
Re: Scopes you regret selling! new [Re: Chuck Hards]
      #6091467 - 09/20/13 10:28 AM

The first "real" scope I built was based around a Discovery 8" f8 mirror. I wish I had that one back, I sold it for far less than what I paid for it and those mirrors are just not around!

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fjs
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Loc: Olympic Peninsula, USA
Re: Scopes you regret selling! new [Re: orion61]
      #6091485 - 09/20/13 10:39 AM

I didn't sell mine either. It was my very first telescope. In my early twenties I put together a 6" F8 using a Jaegers mirror inside a length of 8" PVC pipe. I used two discs of plywood with carriage bolts and springs for the cell. I started out with a focuser with built in secondary holder on a stalk, but later upgraded to a Novak spider and secondary holder. The EQ mounting was 2" water pipe and 'tee' fittings. It had a plywood cradle with a PVC pipe clamshell arrangement which allowed the tube to be rotated. The bushings were plastic, and were sanded to fit the shafts. Counterweights were barbell weights. The base was a plywood box with a 'T' shape. The water-pipe pier came out of the box maybe an inch then turned 45 degrees to the south about a foot and a half, then turned 90 degrees back to the north. It made for a kind of single pier English style mount.

I think sometime in the late 1990s I donated it to a club in Portland. For the longest time I was pleased to have done so. Now that my interest in astronomy has been rekindled; I do sort of wish I had it back. I hope the mirror is being used and not rusting in a basement somewhere.


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roscoe
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Re: Scopes you regret selling! new [Re: fjs]
      #6091518 - 09/20/13 11:01 AM Attachment (25 downloads)

I sold a couple of years ago my Vixen/Celestron C-80 on a Polaris mount with a home-made tripod planning to buy an objecive lens with it.....then my truck needed a bunch of work, and my 'objectives were altered' as it were.......

At least it went to a good home!


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ScottAstroNut
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Loc: Maine, USA
Re: Scopes you regret selling! new [Re: fjs]
      #6091536 - 09/20/13 11:15 AM

The telescope I very much regret having sold was an antique brass 3" Dollond telescope on a cast iron alt-az mount with a mahogany tripod. I found the scope at the school I work at simply tucked away in a place where few would ever have found it. I suspect that the scope may have lain unused and undiscovered for the better part of 50 years. I purchased the scope from the school and didn't know what it really was until I did some research on Dollond, the inventor of the achromatic objective. While the was in need of restoration, it was a rare piece of telescope history that I should have kept. I sold it for a good price to a collector who knew better than I did what I had, but I regretted the sale as soon as I had made it. My only hope is that the scope has indeed made it into the hands of someone who will preserve the scope and keep it in the astronomy community. I'd hate to think of that fine old scope languishing in a closet or attic somewhere like it did before I found it.

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actionhac
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Re: Scopes you regret selling! new [Re: ScottAstroNut]
      #6091559 - 09/20/13 11:32 AM

I have "close calls".
I get little panic attacks and feel like I have too many.
I will usually place one on CL because its quick and easy.
Fortunately for me the Pacific Northwest is not a hotbed of astronomy activity so by the time I have come back to my senses I can delete the ad and I have not done irreversible harm to my collection.

Robert


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roscoe
curmudgeon
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Loc: NW Mass, inches from VT
Re: Scopes you regret selling! new [Re: actionhac]
      #6091727 - 09/20/13 12:51 PM

Quote:

I have "close calls".
I get little panic attacks and feel like I have too many.
I will usually place one on CL because its quick and easy.
Fortunately for me the Pacific Northwest is not a hotbed of astronomy activity so by the time I have come back to my senses I can delete the ad and I have not done irreversible harm to my collection.

Robert




Yeah, I'm not sure myself...I have one listed right now, because I just bought another, and I'm a user more than a collector.... and I already have more than I never actually look through.....and....and...and....but it's a real nice vintage scope.....and I just put 40 hours into it.....and...but....

Russ


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Chuck Hards
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Re: Scopes you regret selling! new [Re: roscoe]
      #6091803 - 09/20/13 01:24 PM

It feels like selling your children.

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bremms
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Reged: 08/31/12

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Re: Scopes you regret selling! new [Re: roscoe]
      #6091809 - 09/20/13 01:28 PM

Problem is, I kept all the ones I liked. Too many in the stable. Only one was my 10" F6 Dob with Zambuto quality optics and Novak cell & Spider. With the "small" quartz secondary it gave exquisite planetary images. Never seen Jupiter like that again. Hope it's in use somewhere.

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RobertED
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Re: Scopes you regret selling! new [Re: bremms]
      #6091854 - 09/20/13 01:47 PM Attachment (23 downloads)

Oooohhh....this is soooo painful!!!! I sold a 6" f/12 AstroPhysics Superplanetary apo refractor. Too much for me to handle....setting up and breaking down! I bought a C-11/Atlas setup.

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Happy-Idiot
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Re: Scopes you regret selling! new [Re: scopeboy42]
      #6091892 - 09/20/13 02:13 PM

Quote:

Towa 339 80mm f/15 on EQ mount. I saved up for over a year and bought this brand new when I was a kid back in 1976. After I ordered it my dad, who was Air Force, was transferred and it took over 6 months for the telescope to catch up with us. Longest 6 months of my life. Sold it on the other site about 8 years ago and still regret it. As far as I know the buyer still has it and sometimes I want to see if he would sell it back to me. This was not the best scope I ever had but it was the first.




Great story, get in contact with the buyer and let him read this post. I am sure he has a heart and will understand.


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Masvingo
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Reged: 01/10/12

Loc: Ayrshire, Scotland
Re: Scopes you regret selling! new [Re: orion61]
      #6091941 - 09/20/13 02:49 PM

None ....


But I'm still kicking myself that I didn't buy a die cast C8 that was on Ebay last year, complete with bigger finder, locked triangle tripod and multi-ocular holder. Whilst the orange tubes come up for sale fairly regularly in the States, they're not so common over here and it was a good price. In my defence, I was suffering from 'flu and didn't fancy an 700mile round trip to collect it. On the plus side, at least it wasn't a sand cast one, I'ld really be kicking myself then.



Why no regrets about sales? Mainly because I've never sold any!


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highfnum
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Loc: NE USA
Re: Scopes you regret selling! new [Re: Masvingo]
      #6091954 - 09/20/13 02:58 PM

yep- 6 inch Edmund space Conqueror

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Jon Isaacs
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Re: Scopes you regret selling! new [Re: highfnum]
      #6091970 - 09/20/13 03:15 PM

No regrets here... I pass scopes on to more worthy caretakers.. Honestly, seeing a favorite but neglected scope in the hands of someone like Justin (youngastromer42), how could there be regrets?

Jon


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turk123
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Reged: 07/09/10

Loc: N.E. Ohio
Re: Scopes you regret selling! new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #6091979 - 09/20/13 03:21 PM

Sell? Scopes? Really?

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csrlice12
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Re: Scopes you regret selling! new [Re: turk123]
      #6092056 - 09/20/13 04:10 PM

Sell?

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orion61

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Reged: 10/20/07

Loc: Birthplace James T Kirk
Re: Scopes you regret selling! new [Re: RobertED]
      #6092069 - 09/20/13 04:24 PM

Quote:

Oooohhh....this is soooo painful!!!! I sold a 6" f/12 AstroPhysics Superplanetary apo refractor. Too much for me to handle....setting up and breaking down! I bought a C-11/Atlas setup.



ARRRRGGGGH OH MY!
Ever get that feeling in the pit of you stomach when you think about it?
Just like when I sold my MINT 1958 Questar... Bummer


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Bonco
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Re: Scopes you regret selling! new [Re: orion61]
      #6092100 - 09/20/13 04:46 PM

Two big ones for me...What a dummy I was. Beautiful Custom Delux 10 inch f/6 Cave. Astrophysics 6 inch f/8 triplet on AP mount. I really miss those scopes, but I just ran out of room once I filled my garage with motorcycles. LOL
Bill


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