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#1 RogerRZ

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Posted 28 June 2007 - 11:09 AM

Hey all, it looks like I'll be setting myself up with a '71 or '72 vintage Cave Super Custom Deluxe 10", f/6, traded straight-up on my C11 OTA.

Good deal, or not?

From the sound of things, the Cave is in pretty good shape...

#2 NHRob

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Posted 28 June 2007 - 02:43 PM

I would go for it. It depends more on if you're a newt guy or not. A vintage cave newt would be an awesome classic!

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Posted 28 June 2007 - 02:52 PM

Hi Roger.

If you enjoy the appeal of a vintage Cave Newtonian, it's a nice move.
If you more greatly value compactness and portability, the C-11 would have the edge.
Hopefully, both parties in the transaction will come away well pleased. :ubetcha:

#4 Jim Rosenstock

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Posted 28 June 2007 - 03:13 PM

I don't think you'll find anybody on THIS forum to tell this is not a good, good, GOOD deal!

Clive's advice is right on target, of course....but I'm assuming you're not naively expecting this one to be your "grab'n'go"! :grin:

I'd say go for it.

And post photos!!

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Posted 28 June 2007 - 03:36 PM

I dont know i have been thinkin of trading my 10" 1965 F8 in on a C-11 except im am keeping the bronze circles!!!!!

#6 RogerRZ

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Posted 28 June 2007 - 06:07 PM

I find the big Caves to have great appeal. They are right up there with big D&G refractors.

I realise it won't be portable (I whiz around in a VW Beetle), but I think it will fit quite nicely in my observatory, with it's 21.5 mag/arc sec skies...

I'll use my Super Polaris mounted SN-6 as my travel rig.

It was on the 'Mart,, and it happens to be located a couple of hundred miles from me, so we're going to meet in the middle for the trade (I'll be borrowing my Mom's CR-V).

The gentleman had to navigate a couple flights of stairs to use it, hence the reason it had been stowed away for the past three years(!). I figured that a vintage Cave like that deserved to spend its oler years in a proper setting, an observatory...

I can't wait to get it.

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Posted 28 June 2007 - 07:16 PM

Drrrooooooooooollll.. Sorry

Sound like a greatr deal to me, especially since you have an observatory. :waytogo:

The older Cave optics are top notch and with the smaller secondary of the slower Cave I don't think you will miss the loss of an inch of aperture. Pictures please when you get it in the observatory.

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Posted 28 June 2007 - 08:11 PM

Well, the C-11 is functionally more versatile...being a Schmidt Cassegrain and a Celestron to boot, you could use it as a spittoon, flowerpot or garbage can as well as a scope and not draw any second glances. Try that with the Cave and see what happens... :throwveg:

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Posted 28 June 2007 - 08:20 PM

Roger,
Congrats. Not many around it could be my old scope as its changed hands a few times since I sold it. Let us know more about it and where it came from. Sure miss the one I sold. If it has a weld seam on one of the tube end rings...then it was mine... :)
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#10 RogerRZ

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Posted 28 June 2007 - 08:33 PM

From what I could gather, the gentleman, a native of the UK, acquired the scope when he was on the West coast, before moving out to Prince Edward Island.

The more I think about it, the more restless I get. Saturday won't come quick enough.

Now to take out the concrete pier in my observatory. Any suggestions? I have a 80hp farm tractor, but I'm afraid to tear everything else apart, too...

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Posted 28 June 2007 - 09:13 PM

Roger...If it were me and I assume you are going to permanently mount the Astrola mount!?!? I would rent a gas powered concrete saw with about a 14" diamond blade and cut the pier down if it's concrete or acetylene if it's steel. Get it to a workable level then build around it with a new pier of your choice and mount the new beast! Any other route and your asking for more! :grin: :grin: ;)Mike

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Posted 28 June 2007 - 10:11 PM

Get a local welder with a rig and let him cut it flush or to your new height. Shouldnt cost that much. Less than the damage you could cause with a tractor.
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