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#1 strdst

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Posted 23 May 2009 - 11:36 PM

Oh the stress of posting photos...here goes. I was the high and only bidder for the Goto Hyscore 451 last week on eBAY, so needless to say I "won". Oddly enough (to me at least) the last big ticket scope I bid on, SWIFT 831) my final best shot was $451. Here is the id tag.

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Posted 23 May 2009 - 11:45 PM

The scope, elegant and unpretentious...

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Posted 23 May 2009 - 11:49 PM

The mount.

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Posted 23 May 2009 - 11:55 PM

Here is my mid 1950's Unitron 114 mount for comparison. One of a few similarities these scopes share, another being fantastic optical quality! :bow:

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 12:06 AM

The kids playing out in the field together. The Goto seems like it has had little use, which turns out be a good thing. Not a previous lack of interest due to poor design or optics. Another shared design is the one right hand focus knob. I never use or reach for the focus knob with my right hand, always my left, and I'm right handed. This design drives me a little crazy. Hmmm, can they be switched?

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 12:09 AM

Here is a birth certificate.

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 12:20 AM

I haven't gotten this combination eyepiece to deliver much of an image yet, but I do like the instructions. Oh to have been a proof reader 50 years ago, (assuming that I wouldn't also have needed to be fluent in Japanese, which I'm sure would have taken me 100 years to master!)

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 04:00 AM

Just got back from "Classic Night" with Clint and the gang. That Goto is in great condition! Wow, you did well. I sure wish my company had not moved me from the land of cheap huge homes (midwest) with finished basements to the land of puny expensive homes (CA) with earthquakes. I am just out of room for more scopes :(

Your scope and mount look great. I had the 451 a few years back, but no mount, and so it was sold. The mount is classic.

Congratulations on your awesome acquisition.

Steve

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 08:57 AM

Kudos Keith very nice GOTO looks to be new! I not unlike Steve am scope stuffed at the moment.

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 09:36 AM

Keith, you said it best - "The scope, elegant and unpretentious". Good luck with that beauty!!!

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 12:45 PM

Keith!

What an outstanding scope and documentation too! Definitely a great representation of the era. We want to hear your first light report ASAP!

Enjoy!

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 08:17 PM

Hi Keith
Wonderful piece of history that will be be great to use too. I have the 12.5/25mm combination GOTO eyepiece and it works as it should, but only by using the combinations as on the instruction sheet. It is a bit fiddly as a practical dual power eyepiece but still interesting :) Mark

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 08:24 PM

Super deal Sir :).

I have a copied (1959) SE Laslo catalog with the 451 in it if you'd like me to send it to you. Laslo was the US importer for the Hyscore. I'll be home for a few days in mid-June, just let me know.

Keith

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 08:58 AM

That mount is to die for, very handsome. Great deal Keith. Is the objective coated? I have a 451 parts scope and it has an uncoated objective. I am not sure but i think it may be Steve's old 451? I am guessing it is an older model???

It also has a Bakelite cell and the focuser is all Bakelite as well. I am not sure if you know this but your focuser might be rotatable, not that you would need it on a Alt/Az but i didn't realize mine was rotatable until one day when i was removing the focuser i heard a low snap/click and realized it was frozen. After a little investigation and cleanup i found the focuser to be rotatable, a neat option for back then. The focuser alone is a minor work of art with its all Bakelite construction, just be careful it isn't as strong as an all metal focuser. Again GREAT catch! Enjoy.

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 11:10 AM

I had one of those #451's that I sold a few years ago. It was box and scope only, so yours may be that one. It was one of those items that my move from unlimited scope space in IL to no scope space in CA caused the sale.

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 02:54 PM

Brian,

I didn't know, and yes the focuser does rotate. I can spin it 180 and have the focus knob on the left side where I like it, however the mount now blocks the view of the finder scope :lol:

And what is bakelite really, some residue of the Carboniferous period, not really coal, yet not quite diamond?

other Keith


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