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#1 BHunt

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Posted 19 May 2007 - 02:58 PM

I have seen a couple of these small 62mm Cometrons on ebay selling in excess of 75.00 for just the optical tube.
When I saw this one complete with the case, tripod, and literature I decided to buy it. The scope views are crystal clear with real fine optics and Celestron volcano eyepieces. Everything including the scope caps are marked circle V for $60.00.

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Posted 19 May 2007 - 02:59 PM

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Posted 19 May 2007 - 02:59 PM

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Posted 19 May 2007 - 03:01 PM

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Posted 19 May 2007 - 04:42 PM

I've got one of those -- or at least a similar one -- and I've always been impressed with how well it performs. Those Vixen short-focus doublets are really quite good.

I also had one of the 80mm f/5 versions and I sold it some years ago -- and have regretted it ever since, since I've never found another 80/400 that performed as well. My Vixen 80FL of course does, but you're talking about a ~$1000 scope versus a ~$200 scope, and that's hardly fair :p

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Posted 19 May 2007 - 10:09 PM

Bill, Tony,

I have a soft spot for these too ! Pretty amazing little things. Hey, since that one is a Celestron...here's it's competitor - somewhat less common ?

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 06:47 AM

Looks like my Tasco 999VR! If you're not already set up to use 1.25 EP's, you can get a Vixen eyepiece adapter that will screw right in. Or if you're cheap like me, I just swap out the eyepiece holder from my Firstscope 80.

That having been said, my little Tasco came with a very nice .965 Kellner 20mm and an Ortho 5mm from Vixen.

I wouldn't mind finding a 10VR ( 80mm/F5).

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 08:10 AM

Believe it or not, Vixen Japan is still making the 62mm Cometron, but it is only available through the Vixen Direct Japan website. New cost, including finderscope, is about $73.00 US. I am thinking of buying one.

It looks absolutely identical to the one Bill just got.

It must truly be a "classic" since Vixen is still cranking them out.

Regards and clear skies,

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 09:37 AM

Mike,
I think the big plus with the older ones is the old circle V volcanoes. The one I just purchased was never used. The warranty card is still in the book plus an original Haleys comet book commissioned by Celestron. Also got a book on all the scopes Celestron made back then plus a detailed book on this scope and its performance using different eyepieces.
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Posted 20 May 2007 - 03:16 PM

I had my little cometron out last night. I was able to get both the Moon and Venus in the same FOV with room to spare (40mm ep, 7.5X).

I think they are great little wide feild scopes, and as small as they are they do well even on a small EQ mount.

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 08:25 PM

I picked one up too, just like yours, about a year ago, also for around $60. Mounted it on one of my C-8's. Nice little scope.
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Posted 21 May 2007 - 07:17 AM

Bill, Tony,

I have a soft spot for these too ! Pretty amazing little things. Hey, since that one is a Celestron...here's it's competitor - somewhat less common ?



Ok weve seen the Celestron version, and now Jaes Meade version.But...............how do they work, that is the question.And yes I have a reason for asking. :grin:

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 08:01 AM

For me, my Tasco 999VR has been a great birder/spotter scope. Since it fits nicely on my AZ3 or a photo tripod, I've brought it along on most of our vacations. It gave nice views of Jupiter from the shores of Cocoa Beach last summer. The supplied Vixen slow motion adapter came in real handy when observing Jupiter as I had the 'scope set up on a cheapie WalMart photo tripod.The cheapie tripod would not allow much in the way fine movement.

Currently I'm in the process of comparing the 999VR to one of the WalMart 50mm short tube refractors from Meade. Stay tuned for a comparison.

I think the 60mm/f5's greatest use is as a spotter frankly. It really excels there. Tasco included an image corrected zoom barlow that's really nice. I stood on the shores of the Indian River in Titusville Florida, from there it was about 12 miles to the Kennedy Space Center. I could see the space shuttle perched on its pad in very nice detail. I was quite pleased with what I saw.

Hope this helps,
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Posted 21 May 2007 - 08:58 AM

Bill,

How about a picture of the the OG ? lens with the baffle clearly showing. thanks

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 02:05 PM

But...............how do they work, that is the question.And yes I have a reason for asking. :grin:


Andy, I'll start another thread or PM you.

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 08:18 PM

Mine works quite well. It's very sharp, surprisingly low color, add a couple of extension tubes and it makes a good terrestrial scope as well. Of course, you need to have the version with the 38mm metal focuser tube -- that's a good thing. Many of the cheapo-versions have plastic focuser tubes. I've seen Cometrons that do. Mine does not, and I don't think the Meades did, though I can't tell for sure from Jae's picture.

Mine is always handy for a quick look at the moon, or large bright DSOs, from my driveway.

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 08:37 PM

This one is metal with screw off components.
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Posted 21 May 2007 - 08:42 PM

I picked up Saturn this evening even with lots of scud in the air. The moon delivered some crisp views.
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Posted 21 May 2007 - 09:16 PM

I had a Cometron for years. I used it for a spotting scope when I went to the rifle range. :)


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