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#51 Telescopeman54

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 07:06 PM

he also has this.
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6" f/10 zeiss


THAT will be painful! I remember that auction, too! I don't remember what the selling price was, but, it was out of my price range. Probably will be again. LOL


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Posted 25 March 2009 - 09:02 AM

http://columbus.crai...1090621389.html
Looks nice. A little pricey?
 

#53 desertrefugee

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 09:33 AM

http://columbus.crai...1090621389.html
Looks nice. A little pricey?



The Vixen Polaris mount alone is probably worth $150 or so depending on condition. What's a 4.5" Japanese (Vixen?) OTA worth?

Plus, I've rarely met a Craigslist seller who wasn't willing to come down on his/her asking price.

If I was close, I'd look into it.
 

#54 Starpoke

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 04:15 PM

There is a Royal of Tokyo Model R74 Telescope in Wood Case at the Goodwill site: http://www.shopgoodw...ItemID=4601957. The ad says local pickup only but maybe something can be worked out.

I got all excited about this but I noticed that the mount looked more like the one on my 60mm Tasco 7 TE-5 than on the 75mm's I have seen. Sure enough, on the picture of the focuser the partial label indicates it is a MIZAR product with glass by Hino Optical, and what's more it is a 60mm. scope. Ah so. The seller is not willing to ship but they suggested hiring a 3rd party packer to do that. If the scope stayed near the opening price it might be possible but does anyone have experiece doing this? How costly is it? I didn't think Mizar made top notch scopes but if it has Hino glass, it must be pretty good. Ponder Ponder. Hmmmmm.
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#55 desertrefugee

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 04:49 PM

I saw this and came to the same conclusion.

I even got additional photos from them. They did not have the focuser picture up at first - only after I asked for more detailed shots. If anyone would like them, send me a PM. I'd be glad to forward them over. It looks like the Royal manual somehow got into the box along the way. It's definitely a 60 - but at 1000mm focal length.
 

#56 strdst

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 06:28 PM

We are all so good, independenty performing our due diligence. I also had the entire photo shoot and at first was excited that it might be f/20. After studying Hiroki's, (Galakuma's)Mizar catalog Tuesday evening, I gave up that notion and accepted that the focal length was just 1000mm. Oh well. Glenn, last year I had UPS package and ship a few 76mm scopes w/wood cases for $75 each. Last week I arranged to have a 60/910 w/wood case packaged and shipped and was quoted $159. And this was only traveling about 500 miles, one half the distance of the other larger, heavier scopes. UPS also charges an additional $25 to pick up the package from the Goodwill. At least that was my experience last fall shipping from the Indiana Goodwill. The extra charges are significant.

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#57 mikey cee

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 07:26 PM

I found out last week here in our area this. FedEx charges on average about 30% cheaper than UPS. I had a video camera sent in for repairs packaged at 21 pounds. UPS wanted $41 and be there on Thursday. FedEX wanted only $27 and be there on Wednesday. You've got to shop or you'll get it where the Sun don't shine! :shocked: :smirk:Mike
 

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 11:44 PM

You've got to shop or you'll get it where the Sun don't shine! :shocked: :smirk:Mike


Hmmm, at least for the past two weeks that would be where I live! :roflmao: Good to know FEDEX is cheaper. I have used all three major carriers. I have used UPS for craigslist buys because they package/ship and are everywhere telescopes are. I don't know if FEDEX is affiliated with a package store where the whole job can be done. This service takes the burden off of the seller and sometimes makes an out of state sale possible. Another UPS advantage (for me at least) is the driver will leave even insured packages without a signature on my porch, whereas, the FEDEX driver won't, even when I leave a note. I have to drive a lot the wrong way from home, to pick it up from their warehouse. The UPS guy says he's been delivering in my neighborhood for 25 years and packages left on the porch have never gone missing. This doesn't exactly justify a 150% rate advantage over FEDEX however!
 

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 11:48 PM

My FedEx has pickup centers located at the Kinkos Copy centers around town. :smirk:Mike
 

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 12:14 AM

Thanks Mike. I'll try them next time.
 

#61 Starpoke

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 01:38 AM

I am definately out of this chase. I am looking for the 76mm Tasco or a Royal Astro or another rebadged unit to keep my Tasco 7TE-5 company. That's IT. I don't need any other scope. I don't need more scopes, but---- 60mm f5 Comentron, 30 x 40 3 draw brass Unitron, 20-60 x 60 Tasco spotter, Russian 10 x 42 half binoc, have all mysteriously appeared stuffed into my rural mailbox and I understand a model 841 Swift Spotter is en route.

HOW IS THIS HAPPENING???? If I don't get all this stuff I can buy eyepieces, mounts, a winch for my heavy observatory lower shutter --- all that good stuff I think I really need. But no, I keep growing junk and nicknacks.

My shrink, after a 10 minute evaluation claimed I have ADHD, but my counselor tells me that it is really Ausbergers syndrome. I don't know what it is, but I am really glad I can tell my wife that it's "'cause I have a condition." (wonder how long that will work?)

I think it is the lack of warm nights and clear skies that drives me to z'Bay and Craigslist. Ya right, Blame the almighty!

Well clear skies will come, will come, will come, ???
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#62 GeneDiG

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 10:52 AM

Asperger Syndrome is a mild form of Autism actually. My youngest son has it. To tell you the truth, when I looked at some of the characteristics of Asperser Syndrome, I think I have it too.
 

#63 refractory

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 11:39 AM

Some recent research suggests that autism results from the over masculinization of the left hemisphere, but slight underdevelopment of the right (which controls social skills). Not really a 'condition' per se- really on a continuum. The opposite type of development produces very social people who can't tie their shoelaces, cross the street, or change a lightbulb on their own.

BTW- Asberger was a Nazi or something to that effect in the age of eugenics, so can we trust his medical judgement?

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#64 divers

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 12:14 PM

Ummm...what does this have to do with finding me (us) a new scope (toy)?
 

#65 clintwhitman

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 04:11 PM

That has as much to do with it as this!! CAVEMANS PRESENT
This is a truly Classic find for Moon based astronimers..
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Posted 26 March 2009 - 04:19 PM

caveman, :roflmao: :roflmao: :roflmao: :yay: :yay: :banjodance: :banjodance: :hamsterdance: :hamsterdance: :rofl5: :rofl5: :waytogo:
 

#67 divers

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 04:49 PM

welll....at least that was FUNNY!
 

#68 Starpoke

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 06:37 PM

Now THAT was a digression i could enjoy.
:lol: :lol: :lol:
I will start another thread for my scope oddity collection. (They may not be classics or even classy, but we need to see both the sublime and the -er, other side)
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#69 GeneDiG

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 09:42 AM

That was good for a laugh!
 

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 09:55 AM

Hi All:

While scanning the web recently to feed my bad habit, I came across this interesting listing for a PARKS REFRACTOR ON EVILBAY - Is this for real?? I know Parks stuff can be pricey at times, but this takes the cake! Could this little 60mm refractor have ever really had a list price of $2K?!! It looks like most any generic cheapie 60mm with plastic knobs and the works -- or am I missing something? Cheers...
 

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 10:17 AM

Amazing as it seems that's the price listed at the PARKS website :bigshock:
And that's $800 off the MSRP.
Can't imagine they sell many!
Is that a finder jammed into the diagonal? :foreheadslap:
 

#72 Scott Horstman

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 10:37 PM

I could never figure out that Parks ad and the one on EBay yeilded $400? These pop up now and then, used , for $70-$100.
Parks must really be trying to target the ignorant if they're selling a 60mm acro for over a grand :lol:
 

#73 David E

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 04:44 AM

I hope the guy that bought that Parks for $400 doesn't read this!

Anyone want to trade their Ethos for my Parks??? :lol:
 

#74 woodsman

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 08:59 AM

Well, at least for that $400 he got free shipping. That has to be worth around $25. :smirk:
 

#75 Patricko

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 09:17 AM

I love quality 60mm refractors, but WOW! :jawdrop:
 


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