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#6476 Chuck Hards

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 09:14 AM

You're lucky it's next-door.  That would have cost a hundred bucks to ship coast-to-coast.  


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Posted 05 December 2018 - 09:59 PM

Something for the new Classic Nutz to consider:  Look at my signature inventory.  I bought, sold, & gave away most of them in the last 5 years... That is crazy.  In my defense, many were less than $200, some were less than $500, and a select few were more than $1000.  Finding & nabbing the cheap ones is addictive, and having the time to use them also feeds the mania.  A benefit is that I figured out what types & apertures work for me.  Now, it's a matter of culling the herd, but I'm finding that much harder than buying them!

 

My advice:  When you're starting out, go as cheap as you can, if like me, you had maybe 1 or 2 scopes as a kid.  A good thing about vintage scopes is low cost.  A bad thing about vintage scopes is low cost...  Anywho, try different designs.  There are advantages / disadvantages to each, and you'll read about them here, but it's better to see for yourself.  And, you'll learn some cool stuff in the process.  And remember, you'll get lots of help from the forum.  I tackled an antique Tinsley Cassegrain, and a weird Mak-Cass pretty early -- and got lots of helpful tips to make both functional.  Even more so when I restored the Mogey.  

 

How many scopes are too many?  Varies, but I know I exceeded my threshold.  To save space, I have just a few complete rigs set up on display.  My multi-scopes mounts are a way to have just OTAs out -- saves a lot of space.  But that required modifying those old mounts, since most were intended for a particular scope.  Not always easy, but it can be done.  And, finding tube rings is something I really didn't consider.  My plan for 2 StarFinders + 2 Polaris... had to change.  Polaris is too much for the smaller scopes, so I got the Mizar.  The Tak... well, who wouldn't want to try a Tak?  Until I get the tripod version of the SF finished, it's carrying everything except my APM 152 -- very well!  

 

Didn't mean to write a dissertation!  When I first joined this forum, and I saw some of the huge collections, I thought, Why would anyone do that?  After a year or so, I understood.  


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Posted 05 December 2018 - 10:40 PM

Tag Sale find from a couple of weeks back. Last day, last few hours. Was told no one had even asked about it. I'm sure the $250 price tag didn't help. Didn't really need it as I still have mine which was my first scope. But, this is certainly not a thread about need is it? So, it came home with me. A quick attempt at spot cleaning with 409 did little. Still, should look nice in the "CLASSICS" booth at NEAF 2019! 

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 10:41 PM

Some serial numbers...

Tube #2555

Mount #1308

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 10:49 PM

Well it looks legit. Here's a pic of the boxed scope and tracking label. May be here Friday. All the good deals are in Floridalol.gif

Looks it will be here tomorrow. I guess Jacksonville is only a day away. Too bad its not a classic so I won't be able to post anything about it...Oh well, gotta follow the rules


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Posted 05 December 2018 - 10:56 PM

Rules were made to be bent?


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Posted 05 December 2018 - 11:04 PM

Oops



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Posted 06 December 2018 - 03:09 AM

Rolo, manly men don't tease.
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Posted 06 December 2018 - 09:20 AM

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 10:52 AM

How many scopes are too many?  Varies, but I know I exceeded my threshold.  To save space, I have just a few complete rigs set up on display.  My multi-scopes mounts are a way to have just OTAs out -- saves a lot of space.  But that required modifying those old mounts, since most were intended for a particular scope.  Not always easy, but it can be done.  And, finding tube rings is something I really didn't consider.  My plan for 2 StarFinders + 2 Polaris... had to change.  Polaris is too much for the smaller scopes, so I got the Mizar.  The Tak... well, who wouldn't want to try a Tak?  Until I get the tripod version of the SF finished, it's carrying everything except my APM 152 -- very well!


I completely agree! As you can see from my sig, I have lightened the load as well. And now down to only three set up for display, and all in one room. The 3” Unitron on its beautiful GEM and tripod, the iconic orange C8, and the lovely little Zen Swift 839 are on display in three corners of the dining room, everything else is easily stored. It‘s nice to be more minimalist.
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#6486 Chuck Hards

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 11:19 AM

I didn't see these on the CL/dBay ads thread.  I shot the seller an offer and he countered just five bucks more, so I pulled out my wallet.   I know the Kellner is good, I have a few of those in black.  The others are just for the color coding.  They look to be pristine.  Which ones am I missing?  

Nice storage box, too.

 

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 12:32 PM

I think there were just the five.



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Posted 06 December 2018 - 12:37 PM

Why am I thinking there was a blue one?


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 12:41 PM

I didn't see these on the CL/dBay ads thread.  I shot the seller an offer and he countered just five bucks more, so I pulled out my wallet.   I know the Kellner is good, I have a few of those in black.  The others are just for the color coding.  They look to be pristine.  Which ones am I missing?  

Nice storage box, too.

 

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Great score Chuck.  I'd considered these, but I'm giving away my Jason and I'm not sure if I'll keep the Unitron OTA I have.


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 12:41 PM

The blue is like a teal color

 

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In my stuff, I also have a dark grey 8mm, and a yellow 20mm.  I don't remember where they came from.


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 01:21 PM

There was a blue 8mm and a yellow 20mm, but I think they came with other Sears scopes.


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 03:00 PM

Looks it will be here tomorrow. I guess Jacksonville is only a day away. Too bad its not a classic so I won't be able to post anything about it...Oh well, gotta follow the rules


Do we need to check the mail?
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Posted 06 December 2018 - 03:11 PM

Full color coded set...

 

https://www.cloudyni...s/#entry5239073


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 04:29 PM

Do we need to check the mail?

Its here. The only issue is that the objective will need cleaning. TOA 130F(4" focuser).

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 04:33 PM

Holy moley!!!! Congrats!!!!
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Posted 06 December 2018 - 04:36 PM

Beautiful! Congratulations, Rolo!


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 04:39 PM

Did a quick check of the cell assy. There's a cell for the front element(right pic) and another cell for the two rear elements(left pic) Ordered the cleaning kit fro Tak today.

Each cell has a set of three push pull collimation screws so collimation will be a lot more complex. I've looked through the Takahashi collimation scope and its doable. Looks like I'll only have to remove one of the rear elements at most. Not as difficult as I suspected.

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 04:53 PM

Did a cleaning and all that's left is what's between the two rear element. All three elements are widely spaced. Will finish cleaning and collimation after I get the Tak cleaning kit. be as good a new then. Then we'll do a shoot out vs the AP130GT.

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 05:28 PM

awesome sauce to quote an odd commercial

 

Very very nice      and   should be a real performer

 

 

and dare I say it   I guessed it     even a blind novice squirrel like me gets an acorn now and then

 

all kidding aside   congrats    enjoy and give us feedback when you have time


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 05:37 PM

There was a blue 8mm and a yellow 20mm, but I think they came with other Sears scopes.

There's also the fabled white eyepiece for the white socket on the rotary eyepiece holder.

Glowy is pretty sure the white socket never did get a white eyepiece, but was used for the

zoom eyepiece.

Robert 

 

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