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#1 jrcrilly

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Posted 20 July 2004 - 02:07 PM

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Posted 20 July 2004 - 03:05 PM

I use several 0.965 scopes and have an assortment of 0.965 eyepieces, including numerous plossls and a few Vixen orthos.
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Posted 21 July 2004 - 03:13 PM

So, as a spinoff from John's original post,

Who's out there using 0.965 scopes.

I have
a hand-me-down old 60mm, 415mm focal length f/7 KD (or does that symbol stand for EO) refractor. Only very slightly single MgF coated, but works excellent with an old Vixen diagonal. Came with a spindle legged camera style tripod I still have. I mount it to a much sturdier, taller camera tripod.

a several year old Meade DS60 60mm, 700mm focal length f12 refractor. Better coatings than the KB, but the focuser is all plastic and partially stripped. The mount, a one armed GoTo, was a piece of junk. I trashed it. I prefer the KB.

a old Meade 4.5" (114mm), 910mm focal length f/8 Newtonian. Probably has a spherical mirror. Coatings are badly tarnished. Focuser is nice and smooth. Came on an EQ1 mount on wooden legs. I stuck the old scope in the corner, fixed up the mount an gave it to the kid across the street to replace one of those department store toothpick leg tripods.

and my best 0.965 scope. A 1983 Swift 76mm 600mm f8 Newtionian Cassegrain. The corrector plate kept the mirror in excellent condition over the years. I took this scope apart only a few times in all those years. Collimatable, just like an SCT. When it's on, the view is very nice. I've seen e1e2 Lyra in this scope with both split at 80x, and with one split and one elongated at 60x.

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Posted 22 July 2004 - 12:55 AM

The nice box of 1 inchers that came with my mid-70's Towa refractor include some that give the Meade plossls I also use with a hybrid diagonal a real run for their money!

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Posted 22 July 2004 - 02:27 AM

I do have an old Vixen R114 4.5" F/8 Newtonian on an alt/az mount. The primary is ready for a recoat and I'm fighting the temptation to just stick a Meade spherical in there.

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Posted 22 July 2004 - 07:43 AM

I've looked recently at the 114mm sphericals and flats that Orion sells. It's a relatively inexspensive fix to get the 4.5" back on line.

My old Swift 76mm NewtCass is a TOWA. The 20mm ep that came with it is very good. The 6mm wasn't so good.

Quite a few years back I bought a few Orion 0.965" Sirius plossls. I also bought a few Orion Sirius plossls in the 1.25" size. As it turns out Orion's 0.965" and 1.25" plossls are exactly the same eyepiece. They simply replaced the 1.25" chrome sleeve with a screw on sleeve adapted to fit 0.965". The beauty of this is the sleeve will screw onto about 80% of all my other 1.25" eyepieces, including my UO orthos and Konigs, my Celestron Ultimas (except the 30mm), Meade plossls and SPs and several of my TV plossls. By swithcing the sleeve around, I have dozens of choices of eyepieces to uses in my 0.965" scopes. Also, the 7.5mm Tak LE, when the 1.25" sleeve is unscrewed, becomes a 0.965 insert.

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Posted 23 July 2004 - 02:25 PM

Coincidentally, this ad just went up on Astromart and lists some old .965" Edmonds zooms:
http://www.astromart...ified_id=286528

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Posted 12 July 2009 - 03:27 PM

I have a few old Celestrons Kellners that are ok. A couple of Tak's that are quite good. And a vintage 12.5mm Edmund Sci that is very very good glass. I will have to check out the Orion ones, sounds like a good deal.

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Posted 12 July 2009 - 03:52 PM

I use several 0.965 scopes and have an assortment of 0.965 eyepieces, including numerous plossls and a few Vixen orthos.
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Thats interesting, Ive had a lot of .965 scopes over the years and all mine came essentially junk eps..lol.
Still have two scopes tat use .965 but have bought adaptors to use 1.25 eps in both.

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Posted 12 July 2009 - 04:16 PM

I wouldn't say that the eyepieces that come with the older scopes are junk, but with the eye relief of most and the dimness that occurs at higher power, they aren't nearly as suitable as a 1.25 inch ep. of today. I have found that a surprising amount of detail can be taken from them when observing the moon, Jupiter, and Saturn. They are decent for open clusters as well. I definitely would say that my TV plossls outperform them hands down, but then they are just a bit more pricey.. I'd go one more as well. I have a Swift with a 40mm 0.965 eyepiece supplied with the scope and I would rate it as very good to excellent.

If you have any junk eyepieces laying around, I'd be happy to put them to good use. You can send them my way. :grin: :lol: Rich

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 07:24 PM

I recently picked up a Tasco 11T that uses .965 eps.Sweet scope but need wider field eps to be sure.

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 07:54 PM

My father in law just dug out an older Meade 6Omm refractor (department store scope w/ power focus) and said I could use it if I wanted....no eyepieces or power supply. I had a Meade spotting/tabletop type scope but the telecope uses .965 and the spotter uses 1.25. Who makes a good afordable line of .965 eyepieces?

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 08:01 PM

Apollo ,chck out the 60mm link in my sig line ,they deal heavily with 60mm scopes and surrounding topics.

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 08:08 PM

Thank you!

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 12:13 AM

I still have a few old eyepieces from Edmund and Unitron of the .965 size, but to me they are basically museum pieces!


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