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#51 Syzygy

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Posted 17 August 2004 - 09:55 PM

That brings back some fond memories. :) My first scope was a Discoverer (600mm if my memory serves me) on an EQ mount that I received for Christmas in '73.

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Posted 07 September 2004 - 01:20 PM

Hi folks!
Hey, I am now selling my Sears Discoverer 3" f/15 refractor. A picture of it is on my observatory web page:
Pine Forest Observatory
Here is what it comes with. You get the telescope. I painted it white some time ago. There are a couple of holes drilled into the tube when it had other finder ring mounts on it for a 2 inch guide scope that I added on it sometime in the 1970's. The original case is in excellent condition along with the original styrofoam inserts. The equatorial mount has a custom made declination drive added to it. The R.A. also has a synchronous ac motor drive added to it. All these were added onto the mounting back in the 70's too. I can furnish you photographs of it in more detail if you're interested. The optics are in good condition too. All the original eyepieces are gone though. I have a .965mm to 1.25" converter tube on the eyepiece end when I converted to that size.
You can email me at lenny0726@cox.net. I could put it up for sale on the Classifieds but when I seen this forum "classics" I couldn't resist!
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Posted 15 September 2004 - 06:27 PM

I have put one of my telescopes, a circa 1969 Sears Discoverer on Ebay. Check it out.

http://cgi.ebay.com/...me=STRK:MESE:IT

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Posted 27 October 2004 - 12:57 PM

I'm not really into astronomy but I did have a telescope when I was growing up. Also, if you are looking for a Sears 4-6305 complete with the manual and original box I may be able to get a hold of one for you. I wouldn't even begin to guess how much it would be worth to you so you will have to let me know how much you would be willing to pay for one. Thanks and let me know. jgble

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Posted 27 October 2004 - 02:17 PM

Finally found some 70's era Sears catalogues. so here is a blast from the past. About this time of the year I would be thinking about Christmas presents...

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Posted 27 October 2004 - 02:27 PM

And the second page of telescope ads...

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Posted 20 November 2004 - 04:04 PM

I'm only missing one thing for my Sears model 6335 refractor, and that's the one-page instruction sheet that was taped to inside lid of the storage box. Does anyone happen to have one that they could scan and post? Thanks!!! :help:

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Posted 27 January 2005 - 08:33 PM

It has been some time since the last post to this thread that I think is the only one dealing with the Sears Tower, Scope and Discoverer telescopes from the 50s to the 70s.
I was wondering if any one ever got one of the 76mm telescopes with the pedestal mount and drive unit. I would also like to know of anyone has adapted a newer drive to the 76mm model equatorial mount.

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Posted 13 February 2005 - 05:17 PM

Hey Rich,

A friend just gave me a vintage Sears Discoverer telescope model 46344 that is in actually pretty good shape sans missing the finder and from what I already read maybe a lens. The parts even seem to still move and nothing is frozen. I went out looking for the owner's manual and your post stated that you had the original owners manual. I would love to get a copy of the owner's manual if you still have it around so I can get this baby cleaned up and ready to use. Please shoot me an email at (danman3280@yahoo.com).

Dan

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Posted 13 February 2005 - 06:01 PM

Dan,

I just emailed you.


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Posted 27 February 2005 - 09:12 AM

Hello all,

I recently bought a Sears Model 6333 Equatorial Refractor Telescope at a local auction. I gather it's circa 1965(?), judging from some of the previous posts on this thread. It appears to be in ok shape and has most of the parts.

The only things that appear to be missing are the Star Diagonal Prism and the instructions/Owner's Manual.

My Questions are:

1) Where can I purchase new lenses (especially the Diagonal Prism) for this? Most of the lenses seem a little beat up.

2) Does anyone have a copy of the instructions/owners manual for this or a similar model and can you e-mail them to me? If you do please e-mail me at jbligh@gmail.com. If anyone has a scanned copy, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks Very Much!

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Posted 06 March 2005 - 03:58 AM

This is just a bit off the original topic...a 60's vintage, made in Japan, Model 1009 J.C.Penny's 60mm f13 alt/az refractor. Came complete with a 6-18mm zoom, SR4mm and H23 eyepieces, 2x barlow, star diagonal, and erecting porro prism. It also has a sun projection screen and moon and sun(!) filters. The tripod appears to be made out some sort of hardwood and it is equipped with an accessory tray with an illuminator. The mount has a flexible control, too. Altogether, it's a pretty cute setup for lunar observing and for viewing the brighter planets, but better eyepieces would be necessary to take advantage of the scope's optics. It's no Unitron, but it's not bad!

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Posted 06 March 2005 - 04:02 AM

The rack and pinion focuser is all metal. The finder scope is 5x24 with crosshairs, and plenty of softness at the edge of the FOV.

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#64 Dave M

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Posted 06 March 2005 - 04:52 AM

Hi Walter,
I have one of those 60mm JCPenny scopes, it was one of
my first scopes back in the mid 70`s.
Yours is certainly in a lot better condition than mine.

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Posted 06 March 2005 - 12:13 PM

Hi Dave,

The person from whom I picked up this scope claims it has been stored in its box, unused, since it was purchased at Pennys in the 60's. I think it has been assembled at least once before these pictures were taken, but otherwise I believe the claim is accurate. Note the plastic still on the illuminator in the first picture. This is a snapshot of it in its original box.

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#66 Dave M

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Posted 06 March 2005 - 08:12 PM

Wow!, that was a nice finde Walter.
The scope brings back some good memories, i dont recall
ever having the accessory tray illuminator, but mine came
with a wooden storage box.
I can remember using the sun filter that came with it but
im not so sure ide trust that dark glass type at the eyepiece end anymore.
The first time i ever found and viewed Saturn was though
one of these scopes.

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Posted 06 March 2005 - 08:29 PM

You know Dave, now that you mention it, the first time I ever saw the rings of Saturn was in a similar scope, too! It's kind of interesting to look at this with the eyes of someone a little older (although, perhaps, no wiser!); there are a few small painting flaws and the eyepieces are horrible, but it is surprising thing is that the scope is really not all that bad! It is a genuine step up from the cheap department store scopes that are sold today.

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Posted 06 March 2005 - 09:10 PM

Ide agree, its not a bad little scope, i got mine when
i was about 12, back in 74.
I know i have two of the three eyepieces yet, if memory serves me it came with a 9mm 12mm and a 24mm, yea there no
Tak or Masuyama`s :)

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Posted 12 April 2005 - 09:16 AM

My Dad bought the 3" Discoverer from Sears for me when I was a small boy interested in astronomy, in 1969. It had a tray light, an excellent and well-mounted 10x42 finder (I think), a foil-air-spaced achromat that was definitely diffraction limited and completely without any aberrations other than very slight residual color (as any Fraunhofer refractor will show). The eyepieces were awful, other than the 22mm Kellner. They were color coded! Let's see, beside the "Gumby green" Kellner there was, I think, one that made 300x, meaning 4mm for this 1200mm f/l, one 9mm, one 12mm, one 18mm (all these were modified Huygenians or Ramsdens I think with no eye relief and a tiny field of view, 0.965 format. I could be wrong...) It also came with a prism diagonal and a porro-prism terrestrial rectifier, and a 2x simple Barlow. All was housed in a well-made if lightweight teakwood fitted case, with styrofoam fittings. Mine had black aluminum round telescoping tripod legs that were sturdy, but disappointed me, as I wanted to pretend I owned a Unitron! (I did save grass-cutting money and buy some Unitron eyepieces later :) I also would have preferred a white tube! Nevertheless this was a magnificent telescope for a little kid to get for Christmas! I traded it to a neighbor straight up for a Criterion 6" Dynascope, who did not want to deal with collimation and all that. The scope was an excellent performer that would do all you could ask from a 3" refractor. It was, and is, a serious telescope.

Seeing that pic really took me down memory lane! Thanks to all who contributed here. Now if only I can find Jackie!

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Posted 12 April 2005 - 05:01 PM

Hello all,

I recently bought a Sears Model 6333 Equatorial Refractor Telescope at a local auction. I gather it's circa 1965(?), judging from some of the previous posts on this thread. It appears to be in ok shape and has most of the parts.
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Interesting, I recently bought and sold an 76mm 1200mm FL refractor and EQ mount with the only identifying marks being 6335 on the wooden case. Maybe it was a Sears scope.

It had those color coated eyepieces and stuff.

jon

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Posted 13 April 2005 - 12:26 AM

Mine was teal/dark teal like the other examples posted on page one, and metal legs, but otherwise that's it! Does it still have the box and sun projection screen?

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Posted 13 April 2005 - 02:52 PM

When I shipped it out, it had those things, whether they made it to Louisana from San Diego, well I don't know quite yet. I was impressed with the scope's overall quality, lots of brass everywhere and the mount was really quite nicely made. I think the optics were very good, sharp and color free.

However at F16 with those 0.965" eyepieces, the FOV was quite small, it's pretty long and awkward to use. I did enjoy one good night with it. But when I put it away, I knew it would stay put in its box until I found a new home for it.

I already have a Pronto and a 80mm F11 Chinese refractor, both are much easier to use and demand less of the mount. While the 76mm had less issues with false color than either of those scopes, both those scopes would show much wider swaths of the heavens.

So, when I found someone willing to buy it, I was happy to pass it on.

Clear skies

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 08:00 PM

Here is my Sears Discoverer Model 6333-A equatorial refractor. It is a 60mm refractor with 900mm of focal length. It came equipped with a 6x30 finder, porro prism, sun screen, illuminated accessory tray, moon and sun filters, and four eyepieces of dubious quality; Ke 22mm, H12.5mm, H6mm, and a SR 4mm. I disassembled the mount and the focuser, cleaned and relubed them with white lithium grease. It is in surprisingly good condition for a scope that was manufactured in the sixties or seventies.

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 08:02 PM

This is another view...

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 08:04 PM

The focuser...

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