A P Find of a Life time (aveman
Posted 20 December 2009 - 04:50 AM
Didn't I say the other day the classic scope seemed to have went from a stream to a tickle ? What was I drunk!? Well the dam broke on my head today. I BINed the 4" brass Unitron off Ebay as I have always wanted a Unitron that old in good shape plus I wanted to go look at what wasn't listed and scored .
Every one should try to get a lens bigger than your face. The guy is a furnishes retailer and purchased all Unitron stuff from and estate auction in unopened boxes and crates for $1500 cash and his $500 Juice fee as he called it (to get in the place). As it was not furnishes and there all furnishes buyers no one bid on the scopes stuff but this guy, smart guy. I just had a feeling I should BIN on the 4 " brass uni and get down there and pick it up and look around . The way I got the first AP Scope cheap was I didn't know what it was, it looks terrible and the unitron guide scope Thru me. He had no offers on it and I said I would give him so much. He said OK. I loaded up my Yeares with boxes of junk and a Couple scopes and was leaving.
He stopped me and said he had another one kinda like the 6" but and 8" so I made him a site offer and he took it. It could have been a paper weight and was an unseen purchase for nothing, basically he just wanted it out of his garage as it was on his furisher in a 24" x 24" X 14' long packing crate!! Incredible luck!!
Posted 20 December 2009 - 05:15 AM
Posted 20 December 2009 - 05:18 AM
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Posted 20 December 2009 - 07:20 AM
Posted 20 December 2009 - 07:54 AM
If it is indeed AP I guarantee Roland would love to know where this lens is today and if it being used. He would love it more if it was still collecting and recording photons.
Posted 20 December 2009 - 08:05 AM
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Posted 20 December 2009 - 09:31 AM
Congrats on the score. Its huge!!
I knew the 6" was AP from the focuser and lens images. The focuser is an old cast-aluminum AP w/old style 2.7 - 2" reducer. Once I saw that I looked carefully at the lens image and could see there were three elements. So I vascilated about bidding because I don't need another 6"AP (I have a 1988 Starfire)and I'm not a generally a dealer. But I mention it casually to my wife and tell her that nobody seems to know what it is, she says "go get it on the cheap". I go back to ebay instantly, and guess what isn't there anymore?!?! The moral is strike quick, don't wait
The 9" find is unbelievable. Does it have the same style focuser as the 6"?? That would date it to older than ~ 1990. After that Roland went to a machined aluminum focuser.
So where are all the mounts for these canons?? Not that they're worth would be that high, but you now need a heavy mount to put a 9" w/6" guide scope piggybacked!! That would be a unique configuration.
The Caveman must have been VERY good this year to score such a Christmas present.
Posted 20 December 2009 - 09:39 AM
One big lens you have there bet you cant wait to 1st light it.
Posted 20 December 2009 - 09:43 AM
Posted 20 December 2009 - 10:31 AM
Posted 20 December 2009 - 10:36 AM
I can't believe those little teeny ads on ebay amounted to all this!! There were so many ads I thought it might be just another scammer.
Now, I can say I knew Clint when he was just another on of us! Now he's a rich dude!
Posted 20 December 2009 - 10:40 AM
Posted 20 December 2009 - 11:43 AM
I don't see any spacers on the AP lenses, oil spaced?
Posted 20 December 2009 - 12:38 PM
and just think you did not even have to clean the dust off from that old ladies attic.
the find everyone here dreams of.
any idea what you want to mount it on?
also did you design your roll off big enough for a scope
Posted 20 December 2009 - 12:59 PM
Wow, I am off the list for a few days and THIS is what happens...
Well, that's a GREAT find... good that ended in you hands...!
I just wrote to Roland for another issue: if you wish I can ask him about that lens as well.
If you have more infos/photos you can send them to me by mail.
Merry Merry Xmas... or do you want more "Best Wishes" on top of that...?!
PS/ Guys, saw that you had great fun on eBay... no spare parts available...?!
That piggy camera ring for the 3" is here around...?!
Posted 20 December 2009 - 01:27 PM
I couldn`t sleep last night. You certainly are "The Hound"!!!! Can`t wait to look thru it and judging by your picture, it will easily fit in your dome.
Posted 20 December 2009 - 02:29 PM
Posted 20 December 2009 - 02:36 PM
I cannot wait until you eventually get that baby mounted! I along with everyone here really wanna hear what the views are like!
An awesome congratulations to you sir!
Posted 20 December 2009 - 02:55 PM
Clear skies, Alan
Posted 20 December 2009 - 05:11 PM
Awesome Awesome find Clint CONGRATS AGAIN!
Posted 20 December 2009 - 05:33 PM
You are a really good guy inside and out, helping others, cheerfully lifting the spirit of many. Therefore, what goes around comes around - I'm a real believer of that ! This one is amazing as I didn't even know AP made a 9 incher.
The next find will be a suitable mount - we are all praying for you to find one in equally good way !
Posted 20 December 2009 - 05:50 PM
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