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#7176 Venetia2004

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Posted 12 May 2019 - 03:36 PM

The top of a tree about 200yds away ...attachicon.gif IMG_1301 (Medium).jpeg

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#7177 Russell Smith

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Posted 12 May 2019 - 04:01 PM

You already fell in love didn't you?
(I would also)

#7178 Venetia2004

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Posted 12 May 2019 - 04:23 PM

You already fell in love didn't you?
(I would also)

Yes, I'm hooked..smile.gif I also have a 8" f/5 Astrola that needs restored;I had its primary mirror re-coated last year.It's still on hold;a day is only 24 hrs...smile.gif It deserves to see the stars again.


Edited by Venetia2004, 12 May 2019 - 04:25 PM.

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#7179 AstroKerr

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 04:06 AM

Update.... Last night after aligning the optics and the mount I took a look at the moon  and at a few deep sky objects. This little scope has very good optics ;I was surprised since the secondary is glued on its holder  and the glue is not flexible-after 50+ years  smile.gif I used a 4mm eyepiece for star test and I could not notice any difference in patterns in/out of focus. With various Plossl and  Ortho eyepieces the moon looked very crisp and I could easily find  M13,M92 and M3 without a finder. I have not used the AC synchro. motor yet since I need an isolation transformer for the first time power up but I will soon give a try just to see how it tracks. I planed to to look at Saturn, and Jupiter in the morning but it got cloudy over night. This little scope will probably perform very well under real dark skies.I'm very pleased.

Now that is a stable looking setup - nice match, V!


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#7180 photiost

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 02:03 PM

Just picked up a B&Lomb 80mm 800mm (model 8080 I think) 

 

In excellent condition, very well built, 18mm + 30mm eyepiece icluded, sharp images of the Hydro tower about 2 kms away, will have to test tonight or when the clouds clear.

 

Super compact will fit nicely in my camera case ... surprise, no image shift on this one.

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#7181 photiost

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 02:09 PM

Made a wood adapter so I can use with my spare Unitron 114 mount.

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#7182 photiost

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 02:23 PM

Beveled adapter can also be used with a standard CG5 mount/saddle or similar

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#7183 starman876

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 03:05 PM

Update.... Last night after aligning the optics and the mount I took a look at the moon  and at a few deep sky objects. This little scope has very good optics ;I was surprised since the secondary is glued on its holder  and the glue is not flexible-after 50+ years  smile.gif I used a 4mm eyepiece for star test and I could not notice any difference in patterns in/out of focus. With various Plossl and  Ortho eyepieces the moon looked very crisp and I could easily find  M13,M92 and M3 without a finder. I have not used the AC synchro. motor yet since I need an isolation transformer for the first time power up but I will soon give a try just to see how it tracks. I planed to to look at Saturn, and Jupiter in the morning but it got cloudy over night. This little scope will probably perform very well under real dark skies.I'm very pleased.

That is a great  scope.  Sort of reminds of the recent Vixen models that are the same size.  Love the pier type mount.


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#7184 terraclarke

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Posted 17 May 2019 - 01:29 PM

That is a great  scope.  Sort of reminds of the recent Vixen models that are the same size.  Love the pier type mount.


Those little Chinese Vixen 5” F5 Newtonians get really good reviews. Ed Ting raved about his, (other than the idiosyncratic 1.25” focuser with the riser).
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#7185 Pete W

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Posted 18 May 2019 - 05:05 PM

Picked up a Tasco 10TE today down in Austin.   The good news is that the OTA is in good shape.  The objective looks brand new, and even comes with the "trash can" cover.  The tube has some cosmetic scratches but no dents.  

 

The bad news is that there's no box, and the tripod and mount are missing a few important things:

  • No tray,
  • No metal "tabs" on the tripod legs that would attach to the tray,
  • No eyepieces except a 20mm ramsden (the diagonal is in reasonable shape),
  • No solar projection equipment,
  • No Dec locking knob, but I can probably use the azimuth adjustment knob
  • the counterweight shaft is also quite rusty

The serial number is 670454...would anyone know the rough age?  The finder has a small silver oval inspection sticker "PASSED Japan Telescope Inspection Institute."

 

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#7186 Russell Smith

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Posted 18 May 2019 - 05:12 PM

I was in contact with the seller on that tasco. You scored. Congratulations.
Steve can give more info on age etc.
I'm only a little envious. Congrats again on a nice score.

#7187 Pete W

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Posted 18 May 2019 - 05:45 PM

I texted the seller yesterday and stopped by this morning.  She told me I was the first to contact her, though when I arrived this morning she mentioned there was someone else interested if I didn’t take  it.  I hope I didn’t swoop in and steal it from you. confused1.gif


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#7188 Russell Smith

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Posted 18 May 2019 - 05:53 PM

I was working and a good drive away. You got it fair and square.  PM me if you want to let it go.

Wink wink.



#7189 Chuck Hards

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Posted Yesterday, 11:14 PM

Found this in the bay.  Seller wanted way too much for it so we haggled a bit and I got it for what I had left in my PayPal account.  It came with a Unitron R25mm eyepiece.  Despite the engraving, at first I thought it could be a Cassegrain focuser, but thanks to CN member tim53, I'm convinced that it's from a 131C.   Cave sometimes used Unitron focusers for Cassegrains but of course they didn't use a baffle.  Comparison photos from the Unitron History Website pretty much seal the deal.   I've never seen the internals of a folded Unitron so seeing this baffle is a bit of a treat.

 

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#7190 Kasmos

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Posted Today, 04:09 AM

Found this in the bay.  Seller wanted way too much for it so we haggled a bit and I got it for what I had left in my PayPal account.  It came with a Unitron R25mm eyepiece.  Despite the engraving, at first I thought it could be a Cassegrain focuser, but thanks to CN member tim53, I'm convinced that it's from a 131C.   Cave sometimes used Unitron focusers for Cassegrains but of course they didn't use a baffle.  Comparison photos from the Unitron History Website pretty much seal the deal.   I've never seen the internals of a folded Unitron so seeing this baffle is a bit of a treat.

 

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I saw that and also thought it was way too much. I believe the same seller had some other overpriced Unitron parts. Good to hear they were willing to negotiate. I always wonder how some sellers come up with a price?



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Posted Today, 06:11 AM

I always wonder how some sellers come up with a price?

 

Guesstrology?  [Kaboom boom ding!  I'll be here all week -- try the veal.]


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