Trawling for Scopes for Kids
Posted 16 June 2007 - 07:26 PM
This guy is looking for classic scopes for "kids". Sounds like an interesting program although a 4" Unitron might be a lot to handle for kids starting out.
Posted 16 June 2007 - 07:32 PM
Posted 16 June 2007 - 08:42 PM
I don't believe the kids will get the Unitron as a gift or left unattended near it! Mike
Well at least he isn't asking for another Nikon! :rofl2:
Posted 17 June 2007 - 06:00 AM
Posted 17 June 2007 - 06:17 AM
4" early 70s and 60s 152 unitron. Completley shotout rust bucket purchased from Harald Haverkorn in the netherlands. $1400 Close to 150 hrs of intense restoration work. Had it set up today at mount Pinos 8500 feet without its guide scope or rings and was offered $4000 cash for the setup! They just dont givem away like these!
Posted 17 June 2007 - 06:22 AM
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Posted 17 June 2007 - 06:33 AM
Posted 17 June 2007 - 08:00 PM
Have you tried putting an ad on Freecycle ? It is a Yahoo group that you can post offers or wanted ads on. All items must be totally free. They have lots of groups all around the world and country. I have ads on a few of the local groups looking for astronomy gear and teaching tools to use for my Boy Scouts.
Posted 17 June 2007 - 09:57 PM
I have seen your ad a few times and been tempted to respond but so far I have restrained myself from pulling your leg with a concocted story...
"I recently found this while cleaing out my grandfather's garage and don't know what to do with it. Someone told me it is a telescope, if it is it must be old. I looked at it for a name plate and all I can find is "Clark and Sons" but no model number. Would you be interested?"
Back to reality...
I would like to know a bit more about your project with the children, what you are looking for, just telescopes or just small scopes or what, what school this might be etc. At times I find myself looking to make some space in my garage and I have resorted to rather extreme measures in the past,ie shipping a $100 13.1 inch Coulter across the country.
Posted 18 June 2007 - 12:16 AM
Posted 18 June 2007 - 12:26 AM
Posted 18 June 2007 - 09:02 AM
Interesting... I will keep you guys in mind, maybe others here too will think of you when the time comes to reduces the number of telescopes.
As far as your 13.1 inch Coulter goes, the one I had was original but otherwise had that same 85 lbs OTA. I considered a variety of projects for it but the reality was I already had a quite nice Discovery 12.5 inch F/4.06 so building a truss with the Coulter would duplicated something I already had...
I do think those old Blue Coulters are classics.
Posted 18 June 2007 - 06:24 PM
Posted 18 June 2007 - 06:47 PM
I'll reveal my ignorance here.
Are you being sarcastic/silly when you say Coulter mirrors are crud?
Or, are they really crud?
Regards and clear skies,
Posted 18 June 2007 - 06:52 PM
Posted 18 June 2007 - 09:17 PM
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Posted 19 June 2007 - 02:47 PM
I would agree they are not cave mirrors but at 4.5 there deep sky mirrors anyway. mine holds high power well I did have it recoated and maybe I got lucky and found a good one. At one time I know they were the scope to have.
My understanding is that many of the early Blue Tubers were quite good.
Posted 19 June 2007 - 04:21 PM
Posted 19 June 2007 - 04:32 PM
I looked through it before and after refiguring. Quite a difference! -- though there was more coma in it after the refigure than before (and she uses those 90-degree AFOV Zeiss eyepieces).
Not exactly a kid's scope. We're way off-topic here.
Posted 19 June 2007 - 07:53 PM
Posted 19 June 2007 - 08:14 PM