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#6426 DMala

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 11:00 AM

I post my question above again, as the recent turkey intoxication epidemic may have caused people to miss it. Regarding the 8" Edmund newtonian I have on its way:


Question: for the shipping, should I have the mirror packed by itself, or packed while inside the mirror cell? OTA and all hardware will go in a separate box than the mirror. Thx
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#6427 davidmcgo

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 02:46 PM

My preference would be to pack the mirror by itself and put the cell back  in the tube to help reinforce it.

 

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 06:15 AM

Quite a learning experience, but a good one.  Picked up these eps on CN classifieds from a great seller.  Took a chance, and wondered, after opening the package, whether I had wasted my money.  However, even though they looked pretty sorry, they cleaned up nicely and are beautiful eps on the moon (which is the only target I have had).  Glad to have learned a bit about eps in general and some details specific to the Brandons.  

 

Great customer service from Liz at Vernonscope.  She estimated that these eps were from the 1960s to sometime in the 1970s.  This, according to Liz, was the period during which Don Yeier was still building the eps with is dad.  She was very patient with my questions, and quick to respond.  

 

BEFORE: (I should add that the first pic is from the original ad, thus not mine.  I hope it is ok to include it)

 

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 06:17 AM

AFTER:

 

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 09:30 AM

Good as new! I love them for planetary and planetary nebulas too. They seem to go a little deeper than others brands.


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Posted 25 November 2018 - 10:09 AM

Beautiful.  The Brandon’s are wonderful eyepieces, especially with f8 and slower scopes.  You will enjoy them.  


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Posted 25 November 2018 - 02:10 PM

Great job Scott! waytogo.gif waytogo.gif


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Posted 25 November 2018 - 04:31 PM

My boy is getting good at this stuff!waytogo.gif


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Posted 25 November 2018 - 07:18 PM

Great Job and congrats on a great find


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Posted 26 November 2018 - 11:01 AM

Nice work Scott

 

  I have not yet learned to clean anything glass lens and  scope related ...  because  I am afraid of my inexperience and impatience could make things worse. The stuff I have bought here has been in nice shape   maybe I need a cheap low or no value eyepiece to dirty up and learn to clean

 

I need an optics mechanic to  go over some of my stuff

I need lessons    I need a telescope tutor


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Posted 26 November 2018 - 04:08 PM

Recent find, seller said it was only out of the box once.

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 04:11 PM

A couple more.

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 04:18 PM

Wow! and I thought the one I sold recently was excellent.

 

That one looks excellent +.


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Posted 26 November 2018 - 04:20 PM

Congrats. Being basically NOS it looks as good as they get!


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Posted 26 November 2018 - 04:30 PM

WOW!


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Posted 26 November 2018 - 05:33 PM

Walter -- Dude!  You're killing me -- Debra had to bring the smelling salts!

 

And Scott, you ain't helping with those magnificently-restored Brandons!

 

I did manage to keep my hands steady enough to Register your 6339... barely!


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Posted 26 November 2018 - 05:38 PM

Double WOW. Very nice indeed.
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Posted 26 November 2018 - 07:23 PM

Dude!  You're killing me -- Debra had to bring the smelling salts!

 

I sometimes have to use a paper bag.  lol.gif

 

To keep the Registry straight, if I gave you my information before, I still have 6339a  SN 872649.  The other one I sold went to Chris Nisbet in MN.  I don't have the SN handy.


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Posted 26 November 2018 - 07:58 PM

Thanks everyone. I think I was quite lucky to find a scope in such wonderfull condition.When I opened the case for the first time I thought this is what a classic looks like brand new. It looks so nice I am scared to use it.


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Posted 26 November 2018 - 09:19 PM

It looks so nice I am scared to use it.

 

You should be.  I could store it here for you in a climate-controlled clean air environment -- for posterity, of course...


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Posted 27 November 2018 - 09:52 AM

Of course this turned up AFTER I had restored the finder on the R-61D.  It's a NOS Royal Astro 30mm finder, exactly like the ones used on scopes assembled by Royal Astro and the one I just repainted.  $9.99 on eBay plus $8.95 shipping, $18.94 total.  Not bad at all, this one will get used right away.

 

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 10:12 AM

Of course this turned up AFTER I had restored the finder on the R-61D.  It's a NOS Royal Astro 30mm finder, exactly like the ones used on scopes assembled by Royal Astro and the one I just repainted.  $9.99 on eBay plus $8.95 shipping, $18.94 total.  Not bad at all, this one will get used right away.

 

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Looks just like the one on the 1962 RAO Monolux 4380 I gave to a friend. I could never get a sharp focus out of it!


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#6448 Chuck Hards

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 10:35 AM

Looks just like the one on the 1962 RAO Monolux 4380 I gave to a friend. I could never get a sharp focus out of it!

It is the same one they sold on just about everything, only difference from model-to-model was the dewcap.  It came in black as well as white as a replacement, grey trim if branded for a scope with grey trim.  I've never had a bad one.  Had to flip some objectives from time-to-time, but they were always sharp once adjusted.  Maybe it was your turn to get the lemon, Terra.  I've been at the front of that line way too long. 


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Posted 27 November 2018 - 10:48 AM

It is the same one they sold on just about everything, only difference from model-to-model was the dewcap.  It came in black as well as white as a replacement, grey trim if branded for a scope with grey trim.  I've never had a bad one.  Had to flip some objectives from time-to-time, but they were always sharp once adjusted.  Maybe it was your turn to get the lemon, Terra.  I've been at the front of that line way too long. 

 

Maybe so Chuck. I tried everything, flipped the objective, checked the eyepiece (which was fine), adjusted the focal distance with the objective thread. It would just never come to sharp focus. 


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Posted 27 November 2018 - 10:03 PM

Mizar AR-1 mount arrived today, and I used it tonight with my RFT-80 (with that cheap flimsy GSO 8x50 RACI finder on it).

 

Both axes are stiff, and the colder it got tonight, the stiffer they got.  I checked, and sure enough, the mount has that original brown sticky grease.  I'll be breaking it down in the near future, removing that gunk, and replacing it with the red lube I've used so successfully on the 6336, Meade StarFinders, and others.

 

This AR-1 is perfect for my small scopes.  It came with an ADM Vixen dovetail holder that uses two knobs to apply a pressure plate that locks the dovetail in place -- I really like that design!  These lightweights shouldn't put too much stress on it.  It has 2 screws installed to hold an AstroMaster drive bracket, too.

 

The slotted center legs use two bolts -- same as my surveyor tripods.  The accessory tray is a shallow bowl that holds the slats together.  After I tightened everything, it's plenty rigid enough, yet maybe half the weight of a Polaris.  Definitely grab & go.


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