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#1 Preston Smith

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 08:10 PM


http://tinyurl.com/2sn8sh

Please tell me if I'm wrong but that sure doesn't look like a 1200mm tube to me! :question:

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 08:24 PM

Yes it's f1200. I have one of these, they just look shorter in the box with the tube disassembled.

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 08:46 PM

Don't think so... those things have REALLY long focuser tubes. I can take a picture of mine for comparison for ya...

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 08:52 PM

I have seen that ad before, with the same Alberta links.????

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 08:56 PM

The picture is from the cover of the manual, the links are to my website. This could be a scam as there are no images of the actual scope. My images have been lifted before for ads that were withdrawn. I would email or message the seller to see what kind of story he tells.

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 09:08 PM

I doubt if it's a scam. It is from one of those "ISoldIT" outfits. I can believe that they plegairized the manual photo though. Otherwise, it's a straight forward 339 pictured and it is an f15. If I took mine out of the box I could provide an identical picture(s)....only.....mines cleaned up! :cool:

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 09:41 PM

Coincidentally enough.

I have bought from "ISoldIt" before.

I bought a Towa 339 kit, minus the OTA. I got the mount and accessory kit (finder, eps, diag, etc) for $40.00 shipped.

Arrived packed well in a timely manner.

I bet the seller pinched the main photo and used our friend DFell's website as a source. I stumbled across the same website looking for info on the mount after I bought it.

The scope is probably legit, but the seller took liberties.

Regards and clear skies,

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 10:09 PM

The photo is of the finder there is no photo of the actual OTA is has a fat dent in it more than likely But I Am selling this for a friend and I personaly dont know a thing about telescopes

#9 Preston Smith

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 10:24 PM

Otherwise, it's a straight forward 339 pictured and it is an f15. If I took mine out of the box I could provide an identical picture(s)....only.....mines cleaned up! :cool:


OK! Thanx for the verification! :bow:

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 08:09 AM

Preston,
This is a 1200mm,The tube is a little bit shorter that the Blue tube Sears telescopes .Nice scope this is one every telescope collector should have .
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Posted 27 June 2007 - 08:12 AM

Bruce,

I second that motion.....the 80mm lens on it may set the standard for the 76-80mm classics.

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 08:13 AM

Or have three

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 08:18 AM

Actualy lately I have been running into these all over the place another one showed up yesturday they must have sold a boatload of these. The two good ones I have are going to be used for the kids astronomy club as trainer telescopes. They have good glass in them and work good.

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 09:19 AM

NOT THOSE CATS AGAIN?? :grin: :grin: :)Mike

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 09:25 AM

Go Gene Go!! Mike

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 12:28 PM

I'm thinking about this one as I am driving down to Texas next week and could pick it up.

I noticed that one of the locking arms for the latitude adjustment is missing. That might explain why there is no photo of the scope assembled. The mount probably won't hold the scope up unless you have both locking arms tightened.

Anybody see anything else wrong with it?

#17 Preston Smith

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 08:18 PM

Well, I bid on it but it is now at a price above what I'm willing to pay!

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 08:34 PM

That's one of our own that's bidding on it... leave him alone. :)

And, besides, I have one just like it that's probably going to have to go... and I can bring it with me when we get together. :D

Seriously -- this business with the Nikon scope(s) has got me thinking about selling almost ALL my classic scopes (including a few that haven't even been mentioned here) to go after the two major Nikons (the 100ED and the 80) and possibly the third (65ED), and let that be my classic scope collection (except for the Brandons -- and I'll probably still chase a 130 someday).

I'm probably going to fix up the two Edmund scopes that are coming and resell them after giving them a refinish and a good testing. And the big Unitron too -- though the tube is nearly mint; only the mount needs attention. I don't know yet -- I may keep the Unitrons.

Decisions, decisions.

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Posted 01 July 2007 - 12:02 AM

Preston...It's not missing a lock. That stud is where you mount the ckock drive motor. My Selsi mount is identical! ;) :smirk:Mike

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Posted 01 July 2007 - 03:32 PM

That's one of our own that's bidding on it... leave him alone. :)


We gotta get a list of ebay names so we know not to bump each other. I figured out Carol's the other day so I backed off from that sale.

My Ebay name is reberzap. Story is too long to tell about the name......

I had posted well in advance that I was thinking of bidding but no one responded so I thought I had a green light.


So who is drwaterfall? Sorry about the extra $19 you had to pay because of me! :bawling:

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Posted 01 July 2007 - 04:28 PM

C'mon Preston what's gotten into you? Everybody knows you get it when the gettin' gets good. "Me first" at all "costs"! :grin: :grin: :lol: :lol:Mike

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Posted 01 July 2007 - 04:32 PM

C'mon Preston what's gotten into you? Everybody knows you get it when the gettin' gets good. "Me first" at all "costs"! :grin: :grin: :lol: :lol:Mike


OK, yeah, you're right Mike :smirk: but I was hoping to at least make a good initial impression! :lol:

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Posted 01 July 2007 - 04:37 PM

Yeah...Let's snap outta' of it ...scopes are a waitin'. It's your turn to pull watch duty. I'm gonna take a late afternoon nap for a few hours! :grin: :grin: :smirk:Mike


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