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bremms
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Re: orion scope. new [Re: NextPlanetPlz]
      #6208350 - 11/21/13 08:55 PM

Just DO IT!! you know you want it.. It's worth three times the asking price. Really it is.

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Littlegreenman
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Re: orion scope. new [Re: tedkord1968]
      #6208525 - 11/21/13 10:39 PM

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Well somebody is getting quite a deal on this one. http://delaware.craigslist.org/spo/4199528392.html
Im third in line, but hold little hope it will be available.




Looks like a Vixen 102 ED 4"f/6.5 a Great Polaris mount, and "Complete with all necessary lenses and accessories and a tripod..." For $300?!?! Somebody's going to make out like a bandit.

LGM




That was actually me. I couldn't believe the deal, and was actually a little worried that it was a scam and I was going to be robbed when I showed up.

But it was legit, and I got the package for $300. Haven't had a chance to set it up under the stars because I'm on night shift (4pm-4am), but in daylight the it showed no color fringing on anything and nice crisp views.

The package even included a 8-24mm LV zoom, a 35mm Orion Ultrascopic, LV 20mm and a 5.2mm lanthanum EPs, along with the OTA, Mount/tripod and and erecting prism and several tube extenders/backs.

I've been out of the hobby for a few years, since my back started getting bad and I couldn't lug my Nexstar11GPS out. Think I'll get back into it now.




Congratulations! There is a review on this by Ed Ting here, top of the page:

web page

Mr. Ting says that he received some reports of some "optically eccentric units out there." Let's hope your is fine; if not, the mount and eyepieces are still worth more than you paid.

Around 2001 I was looking for grab and go scope to compliment a C8. I thought a 4" APO refractor would fit the bill, based on reading Ed Tings'and Todd Gross's sites, and the Astromart forums and Yahoo groups. (Today, the Astromart forums are moribund. But for many years they were very active, and I would argue the posting was more factual and accurate than any other astronomy forum before or, er, um, since. Hold on while I put on my flame suit). While traveling I stopped in at the Orion showroom in Cupertino. One glance at the 4" refractor lineup on a Vixen GP or GPDX disabused me that that would be a grab and go set up compared to a C8! They had this scope, and the 4" Fluorite, and I think 120mm and 130mm ED scopes. A few months later I ended up at RTMC at Big Bear and saw the newly introduced Tele Vue 85, which I bought with a Panoramic mount.

Back to your purchase: it is an unwritten rule, but still 'required,' that you post a bunch of pics of neat things you buy that were mentioned here!

LGM


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terraclarke
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Re: orion scope. new [Re: tedkord1968]
      #6208570 - 11/21/13 11:14 PM

What an amazing deal. Unbelievable. I bought a very similar package back in 2001 except I had the fluorite one on the GP mount, with drive, digital setting circles and a full set of The LV eyepieces including the zoom. It cost me around 3 large for the package. You got nearly the same thing for a tenth what I paid. It was an amazing scope as well. I wish I still had it. All I have left of the kit are they eyepieces. You are going to enjoy that telescope.

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tedkord1968
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Re: orion scope. new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6208600 - 11/21/13 11:33 PM

Thanks, guys. I jumped on this not being sure if it was the bargain I thought it was. When I drifted away from astronomy there were chinese doublet and even triplet ED apos coming onto the market that were reviewing pretty well. I knew this scope was fairly regarded 10 years ago, but I didn't know if it was dated, and I could get equal or better performance from some Synta 4 incher for nearly the same. But I figured at worst I could probably sell it for what I paid. I didn't want to miss it while I was researching, so I jumped. And for once, it looks like I hit a winner (unless it's one of the SA plagued units - but I'll try the tapping the lens cell if I see anything obvious.)

I'll take pics when I get the chance and post them. I'm feeling pretty good about this. I'll be honest, my first thought was to resell it piecemeal and make a profit. But then I set it up, and I want to keep it.


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Dave M
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Re: orion scope. new [Re: tedkord1968]
      #6208852 - 11/22/13 07:32 AM

Congrats! on the scope

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ngc2289
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C80 on a Polaris Mount new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6209390 - 11/22/13 12:56 PM

There is a C80 on a Polaris mount for sale on Fleabay item #221315812601. Hurry just 1 hour left to go.

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Ron500E
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Jason Constellation 280 new [Re: ngc2289]
      #6209508 - 11/22/13 01:54 PM

Excellent detailed views of the third planet as well as a wide field view of the sky.
It's been advertised for a while so maybe $15 will buy it, an inexpensive scope to BAG (Buy and Give) for outreach.
http://chicago.craigslist.org/sox/for/4153203198.html

Kind Regards,
Ron


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NextPlanetPlz
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Re: orion scope. new [Re: bremms]
      #6209524 - 11/22/13 02:05 PM

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Just DO IT!! you know you want it.. It's worth three times the asking price. Really it is.




Thanks for encouraging me NOT to spend money!
I just called the guy and am stopping by after work.
I am not putting more than $80 in my pocket before I show up. If I like the scope, he can take it or leave it.


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Nave
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Re: C80 on a Polaris Mount new [Re: ngc2289]
      #6209558 - 11/22/13 02:21 PM

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There is a C80 on a Polaris mount for sale on Fleabay item #221315812601. Hurry just 1 hour left to go.



Someone picked it up for $300.
Ni-i-i-i-i-ice!


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greju
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Re: Check this out.......... new [Re: starman876]
      #6210329 - 11/22/13 09:41 PM

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Thanks Steve for making me realize I want this scope. I just outbid Neil




Well big spender, let's see you top the reserve.

Just to keep the riff-raff away.


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dpippel
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Re: Check this out.......... new [Re: greju]
      #6211072 - 11/23/13 10:45 AM

What do you guys think of this?

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/pho/4209127236.html


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tim53
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Re: Check this out.......... new [Re: dpippel]
      #6211164 - 11/23/13 11:33 AM

The OTA is nice, but the mount?...

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Nave
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Re: Check this out.......... new [Re: dpippel]
      #6211169 - 11/23/13 11:37 AM

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What do you guys think of this?

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/pho/4209127236.html



Good deal for a very functional telescope.


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Nave
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Re: Check this out.......... new [Re: tim53]
      #6211176 - 11/23/13 11:40 AM

Quote:

The OTA is nice, but the mount?...



Totally - not ideal, but do you think it would be unworkably undermounted?
If the mount carried the 4.5" reflector, you think it will manage the other?
Or was it not originally paired with the newt?


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Nave
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Re: Check this out.......... new [Re: Nave]
      #6211181 - 11/23/13 11:42 AM

Could also pick up this mount for it:
http://phoenix.craigslist.org/cph/sgd/4204976791.html



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tim53
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dolly new [Re: Nave]
      #6211204 - 11/23/13 11:54 AM

...for a classic scope tripod. These make decent "scope buggies", depending on the size. I usually just buy a set of casters and make a dolly using 2x4 scraps. But that's more money than this.

Tripod dolly

-Tim.


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Stargoat
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Loc: Illinois
Re: Check this out.......... new [Re: dpippel]
      #6211286 - 11/23/13 12:30 PM

The scope was listed on ebay twice and did not sell for a BIN of $175.

Vintage 1960S Tower 76mm f:1200 Refractor Royal Astro Optical?

Stephen

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What do you guys think of this?

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/pho/4209127236.html




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Nave
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Re: Check this out.......... new [Re: Stargoat]
      #6211302 - 11/23/13 12:35 PM

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The scope was listed on ebay twice and did not sell for a BIN of $175.

Vintage 1960S Tower 76mm f:1200 Refractor Royal Astro Optical?

Stephen

Quote:

What do you guys think of this?

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/pho/4209127236.html








Specified local pickup only, fwiw.


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Stargoat
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Re: Check this out.......... new [Re: Nave]
      #6211353 - 11/23/13 01:00 PM

Quote:

Quote:

The scope was listed on ebay twice and did not sell for a BIN of $175.

Vintage 1960S Tower 76mm f:1200 Refractor Royal Astro Optical?

Stephen

Quote:

What do you guys think of this?

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/pho/4209127236.html








Specified local pickup only, fwiw.




Your right, I forgot to mention that...thanks. The CL ad does not mention local pickup...but I guess they just assume that someone local will pick up the scope.

BTW, the serial no. for this scope is 170320, so that would date this Royal Astro back to the 1961 era give or take a year.

Stephen


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Max Lattanzi
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Re: Zeiss AS100 new [Re: Astrojensen]
      #6211354 - 11/23/13 01:00 PM

Hi Thomas,

I know, but way too many instruments and too little time nowadays.
And it is a real pity (indeed a shame) to have such a wonderful piece stored under plastic while someone could make good use of it.

Oh, well, that's life.

-- Max

PS/ As per "clear skies", the whole country is under pouring rain since weeks... :-(


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MAX! What are you doing, man? Jeez.


Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark




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