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#1 rolo

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 10:55 AM

What a great find, a 1972 C5, serial number 466! Just as great as the scope was all the classic Celestron literature that came with it! It even had the original order acknowledgement letter from Jan 1972 and original invoice from from Oct 1972. It took 10 months for Celestron to deliver the scope!

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 10:56 AM

Another view.

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 10:59 AM

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 12:22 PM

What a beauty! I hope it will clean up nicely. Great to see all the subtle differences in comparison to the later ones! Thomas

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 02:54 PM

Where specifically was this scope kept? It looks like the finish is "weathered".

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 03:19 PM

I always wanted a pre 1976 small round base C5.

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 03:45 PM

Where specifically was this scope kept? It looks like the finish is "weathered".


So far all the tricolored Celestrons that I have seen have that weathered look, maybe its the paint that was used.
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Posted 16 January 2010 - 03:49 PM

I always wanted a pre 1976 small round base C5.

Chas


Chas these smaller C5 bases are cool indeed! I completely took it apart and I cleaned , lubed and adjusted the gears and lock mechanism. It is smooth as silk now.

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 05:04 PM

Great find. I have always thought the C5 was Celestron's best optics and amazed at how good they are.

Mine is still with me after many 8's have come and gone.
It's an ex Pacific Science Center scope from our Seattle center here in Seattle and has a million miles on it, and was painted silver sometime in it's life.
I cleaned all the bubble gum and pop corn off and it's fantastic.

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 05:12 PM

I forgot to say you can buy a 1.25" visual back and use standard accessories.

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 05:24 PM

I have a 1974 model and it is excellent. I almost sold it, and I'm so glad that I didn't. The small base means I can use the same wedge as for my C90 Astro model. You are going to love it. Nice find. Was it a local purchase? Post photos after you get it all cleaned up. Rich

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 05:30 PM

What kinda GoTo does it have ???

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 05:34 PM

What kinda GoTo does it have ???


It doesn't. It has a KeepUpWith.... :lol:

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 05:40 PM

:roflmao:

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 05:53 PM

Maybe when i get done with my 1967 10" F/8 Cave i will look around and buy a pre 1976 C5 and paint it up. I am having fun tearing down the old Cave and cleaning and painting all the parts to the mount.

Chas


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