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#1 BHunt

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 08:06 PM

Nice old scope! 4" Alvan Clark.
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Posted 23 March 2007 - 08:08 PM

Even has the original shipping crate!

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 08:31 PM

Unless this scope's sale never went through the last time this ad went up on eBay, its a hijacked fraud. It is, from what I remember, identical to the previous listing down to 'this scope had been in my family since 1915' bit.

Beware of this one.

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 08:36 PM

Oh, surprise surprise, the seller has no feedback and has been listed since...two days ago.

I expect to see it removed in a day or less.

It is people like this... :x :mad:

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 08:38 PM

Thanks Keith I was going to bid. I see zero feedback new to ebay.
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Posted 23 March 2007 - 08:40 PM

I think it went for, $2,500 ??? I can't remember.

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 08:41 PM

She is sweet, though, isn't she? :smirk:

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 08:42 PM

If it was for real, an Alvan Clark like this would be worth "at least" fifty times more than any Unitron, of the same size. Clark's objectives are of legendary quality!

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 08:47 PM

Yes is it sweet I was going to bid 4000.00.
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Posted 23 March 2007 - 08:53 PM

Ah yes, we had some betting going on. If I remember right, Alan French won with a guestimate of $7500. The thread is here somewhere...I'll try to find it and post a link.

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 09:11 PM

This scam has been back on eBay quite a few times, judging by the archived discussions on it.

Here's a link to the original auction. Its quite interesting to read through it all, about 3 pages.

http://www.cloudynig...ll/fpart/1/vc/1

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 09:12 PM

Thanks Keith

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 10:44 PM

I wonder what would happen if you emailed the seller and asked if you could stop by to examine the scope in person? :ooo:

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 10:53 PM

If it was 3 years and 6 months from now I would do that gonna be retired.
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WOW you have 2 many scopes.
My wife says I have 2 many.
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Posted 24 March 2007 - 03:37 PM

WOW you have 2 many scopes.
My wife says I have 2 many.
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I actually have a couple more that did not make the list. It's pretty rare that I meet a telescope I don't like. I use them all several times a year at differnt public events.

I have two old scopes that I'd like to give away but I have yet to decide on a method for doing so. I'd like to give them to someone in my local area with a stipulation that they be used and that they be given away to someone else when they are no longer being used.
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Posted 24 March 2007 - 03:45 PM

Are the two old ones the 1962 and 1970 Cave. You can send them my way Bill. :roflmao: :yay:

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Posted 24 March 2007 - 04:11 PM

Speaking of rare classics, the most amazing telescope objective that I have seen to date, was the 3" F/15, French made Bardou and Sons refractor, that I owned as a young lad in New York, back in 1949.

On a steady night, it would easily handle 100X per inch with no problems, and would sharply show detail on Mars!

Like the Alvan Clarks ,this was a hand figured objective of the 1800s, when they use to star test an objective at each stage of the lens figuring process!

I have not had the pleasure of observing through some of the 3" Japanese refractors of the 60s and 70s, that use computer generated optics, but would love to test one some day.

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Posted 25 March 2007 - 03:37 PM

Are the two old ones the 1962 and 1970 Cave. You can send them my way Bill. :roflmao: :yay:


LOL! Not a chance! The 1962 Cave will see me out of this life! The optics are so fine in that one that I'll likely keep it till I die. The 1970 *might* have a new owner before I die. I bought it from the original owner but he said the primary was never very good so he refigured it himself which he said made it better but not good enough. Finally he had it refigured by Mike Spooner as Mike was a personal friend of his. The mirror is signed by Cave, the original owner and Mike Spooner.

I have an old 4" Criterion Dynascope newt dated 7-29-71 in a phenolic tube that I'd like to give away. The other is a 50's era ATM made 4" refractor with what I believe is an old Edmunds objective. The ATM made EQ mount that comes with it is interesting in that it is made from old transmission and assorted car parts as well as parts from an old can opener. Very neat.

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