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#1 sodapopking1

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 10:56 AM

Recently inherited a Goto Tokyo 4" Equatorial, did some searching for info online. Sounds like I scored big, reviews are positive and one of the more hard to find makes/models. It's in a beautiful wooden box with all kinds of attachments, that I have no clue about, so thats why I'm here. It certainly isn't light, the counter balance weighs 13kg alone. Any feedback or direction would be greatly appreciated, thanks...Daniel
 

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 11:06 AM

Daniel,

Welcome to the forum! You've inherited a superb instrument, and don't ever sell it, it is a "holy grail" scope!

This site has a lot of scans of literature and catalogs to start with:

http://geogdata.csun...taire/classics/

We all would love to see lots of pictures and reports on your experiences using it.

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 01:21 PM

Congratulations Daniel.

Pic, pics and more pics.

Oh, welcome to CN and the Classics Forum - you came to the right place.
 

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 01:40 PM

Excellent! Thank you for the feed back and the link, I'll get some pics posted ASAP, my son and I plan on setting it up this weekend (weather permitting). This was payment in lieu of cash from a client, roughly a $1000, sounds like I made a good decision.
 

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 01:50 PM

Yes, great choice. And, of course, posting pictures is MANDATORY. Especially of such a wonderful telescope. It's a fun process, you'll learn to love it. Including children in the photos always goes over well, but is not required. Looking forward to reading of your experiences. Thanks for bringing it here to share!
 

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 02:24 PM

Welcome to CN Daniel and Congrats! You did Great :waytogo:
Be sure and hang on to that one..
 

#7 sodapopking1

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 10:00 PM

Here are the pics, I also decided to sell this gem. One kid in college, one heading that way, can't really acquire new hobbies right now. If anyone has any input on best way to market this telescope please any input would be appreciated. The counter weighs in at about 25lbs so I'd rather not ship, thanks agian for all the previous input!
 

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 10:09 PM

pics

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 10:10 PM

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 10:32 PM

So whatcha want for it, then? Maybe list in the classifieds on this site, or in the S&S section of the forums. There are other websites that have classifieds for this instrument. I do not think these folks on here are going to let you get too far with that one.
 

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 10:42 PM

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 11:43 PM

Beautiful instrument. How does the front lens look? Any scratches or chips? Did it need a cleaning? Pictures of the front lens will save you from many questions. People will also want to see the collimation screws (6 screws holding front lens) in place. You should check inside the bottom of the mount for a motor. It looks like some of the drive pieces are missing, but these came with an electric motor. The only person I know who had one of these who could advise further on the motor/drive was Robert Ficara, rfic1 on CN. The tripod and tray are not original. The hub is. You may want to check the rotation of the focuser to see if it there are any bent shafts.

Very nice!
 

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 11:57 PM

Does your mount have this bracket?

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 03:16 AM

Why do I feel we have provided consultant services :question:
 

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 07:05 AM

Why do I feel we have provided consultant services?

Because we have... and we do. But at least the OP has been upfront about this one. Personally, I'd much rather have a Seller post here first, and give us astro-nuts a chance to nab a Classic (and in this case, a really rare one!).
 

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 07:16 AM

Because we are a helpful lot!! Johann!
Nice to see a Actual 4" Classic Telescope Pop up. Thanks for posting Daniel!!
Gotos are awesome but Holy Grail? HG telescopes would start with a C or a Z!
Dont get me wrong this is a very nice old and very classic telescope. I have never found any of the GOTO optics I have seen to be that great. Maybe I just didn't look in the right ones. Also I have only got to actually use like 4 or 5 GOTO telescopes and only owned one 60mm For a week and then sold it. The 4" F15 is a venerable size and leaves many awestruck because its bigger than a 60mm Circle T. The lack of a clock drive and unknown condition of the optics and parts leave a few questions open.
Without good photos of the objective and a Star report in the Ebay add it will not sell for what it might if it was presented better. Should get Two many Scopes Bill in Idaho to set it up and take a look thru it, Then get on here and rant about the Quality of the lens and how great the mount is to use and how amazing it is that all the parts are there!!
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Posted 15 May 2014 - 07:46 AM

Why do I feel we have provided consultant services :question:


Yep, appraisal services. That's how it is I guess.

And the story keeps changing. It was inherited, it was taken as payment, it was stored in 'his' garage for ten years... Still no pics of the glass part.
 

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 07:53 AM

Gotos are awesome but Holy Grail? HG telescopes would start with a C or a Z!

The Goto 204 would be collectible to me for the same reason as MikeyCee's Tasco 20TE, or my own Sears 6336: It's a rare oddball. When I saw it this morning, with that motor in the GEM base, and those honking big gears & circles, I almost spewed my coffee! It screams Classic.

I also agree with you that presentation is very important when auctioning a scope like this. The almost as rare Sears 6345 has been relisted for a second / third time on eBay. Cleaned up & setup, I think it would already be sold.
 

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 08:40 AM

Beautiful scope, you should get a pretty nice price for it.
 

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 10:30 AM

However I am surprised our moderator had not said anything. They do not like advertising scopes we have for sale here.
 

#21 sodapopking1

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 10:50 AM

Feel as if I have mixed a Star Wars/Trek metaphor, I certainly didn't mean to offend anyone. In my defense I plead ignorance rather than deception. I will place this in the classified section ASAP, and more detailed pics as well.

Thank You all for the assistance, I would LIKE, and my son would LOVE to keep it, but my daughter NEEDS a car for college.
 

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 10:54 AM

I will place this in the classified section ASAP, and more detailed pics as well.

Good! At least one close-up of the lens is essential for selling a scope at this price. I bought my Classic Monolux off eBay without one, but it was about 90% less than your Goto.
 

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 10:57 AM

Thank You all for the assistance, I would LIKE, and my son would LOVE to keep it, but my daughter NEEDS a car for college.


That being the case, perhaps you can have most of the best of both worlds.

There are many collectors here who may be interested in your scope and at the same time may have a quality smaller scope of relatively modest value that they could work a trade with you. You get most of the price towards the car and still end up with a quite serviceable scope for you and your son.

Just a thought. You never know what you could end up working out. :)
 

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 10:59 AM

Whats the Focal Ratio? I have an add out right now lookng for a 4" F/15 scope.

...Ralph
 

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 11:12 AM

It's a 100mm f/15 (FL=1500mm).
 


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