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#6576 Esso2112

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Posted 20 December 2018 - 06:37 PM

Nothing major, but an Orthostar 26.6mm eyepiece did show up in my mailbox today.   Popped up on eBay a few days ago with a reasonable BIN price. It’s the little things that make us happy.  


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#6577 Russell Smith

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Posted 20 December 2018 - 07:18 PM

Nothing major, but an Orthostar 26.6mm eyepiece did show up in my mailbox today.   Popped up on eBay a few days ago with a reasonable BIN price. It’s the little things that make us happy.  

I would consider that major. 

Nice find.


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Posted 20 December 2018 - 11:23 PM

Nothing major, but an Orthostar 26.6mm eyepiece did show up in my mailbox today.   Popped up on eBay a few days ago with a reasonable BIN price. It’s the little things that make us happy.  

There's something special about that eyepiece! I love mine and it's a keeper!


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#6579 Van Do9:3

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Posted 30 December 2018 - 02:46 PM

Hello Classics CNers,

 

I'm the proud new owner of the RAO 50x500mm table top that was listed on Vermont CL back in October. I can't find the original post on the CN Craigslist...Ads forum but want to thank the member who posted the ad. The kit appears to be complete but I'm not sure, and would like to see if you all can provide some expert advice. This scope is similar to the RAO posted in the following post: RAO 50x500 link. I will start a new Classics post for this scope.

 

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Thank you,


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#6580 Russell Smith

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Posted 30 December 2018 - 03:17 PM

I'm pretty sure this is the same one that I contacted the seller about some time back but was unable to work out a deal.
It really looks great in the photo.
Enjoy, it's a fine looking classic.
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#6581 Van Do9:3

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Posted 30 December 2018 - 08:18 PM

I'm pretty sure this is the same one that I contacted the seller about some time back but was unable to work out a deal.
It really looks great in the photo.
Enjoy, it's a fine looking classic.

Russell, thanks for that link. It is a well crafted scope with hefty weight with smooth and easy to use movement Hoping to clean and fix the diagonal prism before trying it out. Gifted to my daughter for Christmas for birding and star gazing. We have an albino hawk, ‘Provolone’, in our neighborhood and Venus to view. 



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Posted 30 December 2018 - 08:21 PM

Keep us posted.
I think your family will really enjoy all it has to offer for generations to come.
Congratulations again on a fine score.
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Posted 30 December 2018 - 08:23 PM

I'm not the one that posted the link first. Not sure who did.

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Posted 04 January 2019 - 07:04 PM

Got another eyepiece in the mail today. This one was posted on AM with a bunch of other eyepieces and I believe is the same person selling the orange C14 on CL. Anyway, it is an original Chester Brandon 16mm. I already have the 4, 6, 8, and 32 Chester Brandons, so the 16mm almost completes my set. Now, I just need to find a 24mm. 


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Posted 04 January 2019 - 09:03 PM

Got another eyepiece in the mail today. This one was posted on AM with a bunch of other eyepieces and I believe is the same person selling the orange C14 on CL. Anyway, it is an original Chester Brandon 16mm. I already have the 4, 6, 8, and 32 Chester Brandons, so the 16mm almost completes my set. Now, I just need to find a 24mm. 

Don't forget the 12mm.

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#6586 Esso2112

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Posted 04 January 2019 - 09:28 PM

Don't forget the 12mm.

Forgot to add that one. I do have the 12mm as well. 

 

Nice collection you have. 



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Posted 08 January 2019 - 12:02 PM

Not finds but sales. I have sold three scopes in the past week. I just sent my vintage C5 on to a new owner this morning. I have finally got things pruned down to a very livable and usable number of scopes as you can see from my signature line. I am thrilled to have the additional space and ensure that what I have will get used and what I’ve sold will get used.
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Posted 08 January 2019 - 06:44 PM

Thanks to a recent ad here on CN, I have a pretty complete set up Gailand eyepieces, now including the barlow. As a bonus, the sale included a Vernonscope 1.25” 2x Dakin barlow, which I didn’t have. 

 

My current set of Gailand’s. The silver 7mm is No. 196

 

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 06:52 PM

Thanks to a recent ad here on CN, I have a pretty complete set up Gailand eyepieces, now including the barlow. As a bonus, the sale included a Vernonscope 1.25” 2x Dakin barlow, which I didn’t have. 

 

My current set of Gailand’s. The silver 7mm is No. 196

 

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A 1.25" 2x Dakin Barlow is somewhat rare.  I saw that ad and said "Hmmm.....  Never seen a 2x (1.25") before.


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Posted 09 January 2019 - 06:39 PM

Sometimes its going to be a telescope right on the fringes of being an oldie. As

much as I like Edmund and Unitron and Cave, Mayflower, Tasco, etc. it is our

duty to save lives.

Like this Celestron 4 inch, long discontinued, made at the end of the last century, I

rescued it.

The lens had a greasy slime layer and the only thing that would cut through it was

Windex, Dawn wouldn't touch it. I sprayed Windex on a half dozen cotton balls and gently

cleaned it followed by a damp cotton dishtowel. 

I recognized the lens cell as being the same as the 'commercial grade' lenses Antares was

selling around the same time. I have one of the Antares 'Vixen Spec Research Grade' and

it is a phenomenal performer and said to be made by Carton. I have a feeling the 

commercial grade is Synta in China. Nevertheless this looks like a fine telescope with its

generous aperture,nice finish, well baffled, multi coatings.

If it ever stops raining we can see how it performs.

Robert

 

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I'm utterly blown away by this scope. I've pushed and poked at it and it is impressive. 

And to think I only paid $75 with a alt/az mounting and 2 eyepieces and even at that price I had to twist my

arm a bit because of the plastic cell. I crack so easily though, put a telescope in front of me and there is going

to need to be something really wrong with it for me not to want to take it home with me.

I wonder if they are all this good or maybe in the beginning when the bond with Celestron was in it's infancy

they took more time to make it really nice. Its all about time.

Robert

 

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 09:54 PM

I crack so easily though, put a telescope in front of me and there is going
to need to be something really wrong with it for me not to want to take it home with me.


Robert, after seeing the 'before' pictures of that Tinsley you resurrected I would hate to see your definition of "something really wrong with it". lol.gif


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Posted 09 January 2019 - 10:47 PM

Robert, after seeing the 'before' pictures of that Tinsley you resurrected I would hate to see your definition of "something really wrong with it". lol.gif

I'm scared of fungus and I don't like plastic lenses, otherwise let's party!


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Posted 10 January 2019 - 12:34 PM

These plastic cells hold jewels. Why plastic, why put a Ferrari engine in a Fiat Multipla, I don't know, but it

works fine.

The easiest way to tell is if the cell looks like this one, green multi-coatings, but the cell won't fit 4 inch tube, it's

Antares and for metric tube.

If it fits 4 inch it is from a Celestron and maybe others, but from the same source (possibly Synta).

If it won't fit 4 inch tube, and it's f/13 or f/15, and single layer blue coating, its Vixen Spec Research Grade

Antares (Carton Optical Company).

Robert

 

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#6594 Chuck Hards

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 11:01 PM

Folks, I just moved a bunch of ad and auction posts to the other thread.  Remember, this one is for actual purchases.  The other one is the list of auctions and ads.  Thanks!


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Posted 16 January 2019 - 11:28 AM

Bolo.....be on the lookout for ......

    Fed Ex will be coming sometime today.....

        Have to be ready to sign for it ...so I will be  home today....

              Good thing I have my daughter's dogs Belle and Hudson on the look out

                     No way to miss the delivery truck when the puppy alarm goes off

                           Even with my bad hearing  ............ stay tuned

           

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Posted 16 January 2019 - 12:42 PM

I have UPS delivery tomorrow. Arrived in Latham this morning, too bad they couldn't get it on a truck today!
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Posted 16 January 2019 - 01:34 PM

Don't you hate that?


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Posted 16 January 2019 - 01:54 PM

These plastic cells hold jewels. Why plastic, why put a Ferrari engine in a Fiat Multipla, I don't know, but it

works fine.

The easiest way to tell is if the cell looks like this one, green multi-coatings, but the cell won't fit 4 inch tube, it's

Antares and for metric tube.

If it fits 4 inch it is from a Celestron and maybe others, but from the same source (possibly Synta).

If it won't fit 4 inch tube, and it's f/13 or f/15, and single layer blue coating, its Vixen Spec Research Grade

Antares (Carton Optical Company).

Robert

 

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Let me know, does it have something in common with modern Celestrons Astromaster 90/1000 (93 in fact...)?


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Posted 16 January 2019 - 02:01 PM

Picked this up yesterday, an Edmund red-tube 4" f15 achromat refractor with the original mount a Jaegers mount used in Alt/Az mode on top of a VERY tall homemade tripod, along with a modern zoom EP and a 45 degree diagonal. Top of tripod is 6 feet up! Had to drive nearly 400 miles round trip but as these don't seem to come up often and I'm apparently into long refractors at the moment I decided to take the day and do it. Price helped. 

 

The scope needs some TLC but is basically OK, can't wait to try this out once I fix it up. 

 

Tom Duncan 

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Posted 16 January 2019 - 02:04 PM

That is surely a Jaegers mount.  Red knobs, and the Jaegers setting circle is a giveaway.


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