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#7626 Stew44

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Posted 27 August 2019 - 05:58 PM

My Goto 12.5cm f/8 Newt arrived today.  In almost new condition.  Coatings are excellent, all the chrome is shiney bright, focuser and all hardware is unblemished.  And it's Goto through and through.  The focuser is a slightly smaller version of the one on the 8" f/8.  Same type of mirror collimation.  Rings were a little large so a couple of felt strips top and bottom resolved that.  Mounting it on my Super Space Conquerer ES mount.  Be great if I was 12.  I'll need to stoop a bit unless looking well above horizon.  Did DPAC the mirror/diagonal.  Absolutely wonderful.  Have a set of earlier eyepieces for this.  Really amazed at the condition.

 

Came in a box with Japanese for the return address.  Will try and translate that.  We'll see what shows up in my southern skies tonight.

 

 

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#7627 clamchip

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 08:12 PM

I'm heart broken, my Tasco Deluxe was not on the porch when I got home.

I bought it 'buy it now' with shipping for $30 dollars.

Why do I get more excited about a $30 classic than a 3000 dollar triplet?

Beats me, probably because my mom says I'm from Irish potato farmer stock.

It was "Deluxe" that made me do it, whenever I go to Dick's I order a Deluxe:

https://www.ddir.com/menu/

 

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#7628 Senex Bibax

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 09:04 PM

Whoa are those prices from 2019 or 1985?

 

Remind me to find Dick's next time I'm in Seattle. Been a few years now.

 

I'm heart broken, my Tasco Deluxe was not on the porch when I got home.

I bought it 'buy it now' with shipping for $30 dollars.

Why do I get more excited about a $30 classic than a 3000 dollar triplet?

Beats me, probably because my mom says I'm from Irish potato farmer stock.

It was "Deluxe" that made me do it, whenever I go to Dick's I order a Deluxe:

https://www.ddir.com/menu/

 

Robert


 

#7629 AstroKerr

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Posted 29 August 2019 - 03:32 AM

I'm heart broken, my Tasco Deluxe was not on the porch when I got home.

I bought it 'buy it now' with shipping for $30 dollars.

Why do I get more excited about a $30 classic than a 3000 dollar triplet?

Beats me, probably because my mom says I'm from Irish potato farmer stock.

It was "Deluxe" that made me do it, whenever I go to Dick's I order a Deluxe:

https://www.ddir.com/menu/

 

Robert

$30 scopes allow you the freedom to be objective, surprised, kind, accepting, creative and experimental. $3K scopes - not so much.

I have an astroscan polisher now. 

Some August acquisitions: ETX-90

Black version TYPNCT-3 Russian 20×50 came in. Nice. Good views for $29.98.

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Tasco 3TRB...

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haven't actually opened the box yet... $25.43 shipped.

 

Jason #304 50x50mm with Tripod 

 

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this was pricey @ $37.18 - but an excellent acquisition.

 

The Lovely Joan scored this for $5 + 26.96 shipping: Sears 79-24322 w/ tripod.

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...scuffed, and dusty obj - but once cleaned - Crescent 60/910 views - superb, black velvet and quite nearly colourless.

 

Geeky Tasco T132 for 13.88 & 21.21 =) Cheap plastic knobs, blahblahblah -  Love these 'Comet Chasers', because they really don't suck optically once you get the hang of them. Put'em on a decent mount and rock - the std mounts tend to slip and loosen...

 

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And the most recent Selsi 114 f/8.7 with clocky-drivey! $69.13 shipped. Oo-la-la - Current king of the 'Comet Chasers' til I get my paws on a Mizar 120 and pumpkin it, and ah wull, kiddies, ah wull...

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to everyone who doesn't bid on these sorts of scopes - my sincere thanks, but you are missin' out...


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#7630 clamchip

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Posted 30 August 2019 - 06:08 PM

My Tasco Deluxe arrived today.

Circle K, I'm not familiar with this trademark.

My plans are to turn this 30 power 40mm into a astronomical telescope.

I really don't want to do anything I can't reverse but I may need to because

it needs a focuser, and probably shorten the beautiful long tube if I remove

the erecting optics.

I should test the objective by itself and see if it's good enough for astronomy.

Robert

 

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#7631 clamchip

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Posted 31 August 2019 - 11:57 AM

My Tasco Deluxe arrived today.

Circle K, I'm not familiar with this trademark.

My plans are to turn this 30 power 40mm into a astronomical telescope.

I really don't want to do anything I can't reverse but I may need to because

it needs a focuser, and probably shorten the beautiful long tube if I remove

the erecting optics.

I should test the objective by itself and see if it's good enough for astronomy.

Robert

 

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The lens tests beautifully. Perfect straight lines no turned edge I'd say perfect.

So off we go, space!

The foetogruffer has problems though, here I'm using a coated newt diagonal mirror

and not my usual uncoated flat, it's too bright for my camera but it looks like the Queen's

gate with my eye.

Robert

 

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#7632 Bomber Bob

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Posted 31 August 2019 - 12:02 PM

Robert, is that the Kenko 40mm lens?  I haven't DPAC'ed the one from my 4VTE chop-job, but it star tests well.


 

#7633 clamchip

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Posted 31 August 2019 - 12:07 PM

Yes it is, Kenko 40mm. It's a cemented doublet and coated.

While testing it looks like the lens native focal length is pretty close to

the tube length, I hope I don't need to cut it shorter it's so cute.

I'll remove the erector and see.

Robert

 

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#7634 Bomber Bob

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Posted 31 August 2019 - 05:51 PM

I haven’t been in 20 years or more; that was back when it used to be up in Big Bear on Memorial Day weekend. I need to go there again!

You should...  https://www.youtube....h?v=nBhpiUFSYWI


 

#7635 CCD-Freak

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Posted 31 August 2019 - 06:22 PM

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OK....So they are fast......BUT.....will they deliver it in one piece???   That is the question.

 

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#7636 rolo

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Posted 31 August 2019 - 07:09 PM

OK....So they are fast......BUT.....will they deliver it in one piece???   That is the question.

 

John

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Have you considered being a motivational speaker.lol.gif


 

#7637 Augustus

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Posted 01 September 2019 - 06:52 AM

Bought one of those altaz C80s on eBay because it was cheap and looked to need a little work. Will probably give it to someone once I'm done with it.


 

#7638 Kasmos

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Posted 02 September 2019 - 03:55 PM

Mayflower 814


 

#7639 Russell Smith

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Posted 02 September 2019 - 05:27 PM

Glad one of you got it.
 

#7640 Chuck Hards

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Posted 04 September 2019 - 11:54 AM

Funny but I just got another APL Manon for fifty bucks, should be here next week and I'll post pics when it arrives.


 

#7641 tony_spina

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Posted 04 September 2019 - 12:39 PM

Funny but I just got another APL Manon for fifty bucks, should be here next week and I'll post pics when it arrives.

Hey leave some for the rest of us grin.gif


 

#7642 Chuck Hards

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Posted 04 September 2019 - 02:56 PM

Please stay on-topic folks.  I had to remove nearly two dozen posts that had nothing to do with acquired scopes.

 

 

Thanks gang! 


 

#7643 Esso2112

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Posted 05 September 2019 - 05:08 PM

Been kind of slow for me lately on acquiring classic astrogear. Been selling some items, though. 

 

However, a reasonable deal popped up on eBay with a good BIN price, so I jumped. 

 

Picked up four circle NJ Televue smoothies:

1) Nagler 7mm

2) Nagler 9mm

3) Plossl 32mm

4) Wide Field 15mm

 

At essentially $90 each, it was reasonable and I completed my set of circle NJ Naglers. 


 

#7644 Bomber Bob

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Posted 05 September 2019 - 05:38 PM

About my down-sizing...

 

Got an 8" Newt in the pipeline, and my 3rd Goto EQ mount...

 

I love the Goto mounts, and if this one checks out (pretty sure it will), I'll put a Vixen Polaris on our Giveaway thread.

 

Debbie submits her retirement paperwork next week, so the clock will start winding down on our time in this house...  

 

I want to see how a good 8" Newt does against my RV-6, my Tinsley 6 Cass, and my Vixen VMC200L while I have time.  After that, some scopes will go to The Scouts -- probably one of the Newts, and probably the Triple Nickel on a Polaris + Tripod.  If The Scouts don't want one or either, they'll go to my local astronomy clubs, or to a local amateur who needs a scope.

 

I'll do a final rack & stack, and go from there.  My priority is No Shipping, but we'll see.  My preference is to keep the scopes I built, and my favorites from each type -- but leaving here with 10 or less... that's gonna be tough!  


 

#7645 Chuck Hards

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Posted 05 September 2019 - 10:55 PM

An APL Manon arrived today.  I was fortunate that the seller accepted a much lower offer, in retrospect the shipping seemed very low but who am I to argue with low shipping?

 

My wife was home when this was delivered by FedEx.

 

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Don't be shocked when I tell you that it's not the first time a scope was shipped to me like this.  Now, the good news is, the box sustained only scrapes, it wasn't in the best of shape before shipment, but it's still structurally sound and will clean-up nicely with a few repairs.

Inside there was crumpled wrapper padding.  Not a lot but the scope was stored correctly so movement of the big pieces was restrained and the little pieces didn't get far.

 

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Overall it's in pretty good shape.  The tripod legs are minimally scratched, but it needs some paint work all-around.  All of the kit is there except a sun or moon filter.  

 

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A thread-on focuser on this APL model.

 

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One of the objective spacers has fallen out of place but I want to clean it anyway.  It is undamaged and I don't see any fingerprints, but it's dusty.  The finder has crosshairs but one is bent.  This one should come back to nearly factory condition. 

 

So all's well that ends well.  I think carriers handle things like this with care- and hope that 60 year old plastic handle holds-out.  The post office wouldn't have accepted it like this.  I will set it up for more pics when I get a day off.

 

While putting it away, I found a Mayflower 814 I had forgotten about!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Posted 05 September 2019 - 11:16 PM

Ouch! I have had that happen to me before. Your Manon is a beauty! I love these scopes. I have an Orbit APL which is virtually identical and I love the silly thing. I have so many telescopes that are so much better, but I take this one out the most. No excuse not to, just pick it up with one hand and walk outside.

 

BTW, that last little bit of color you see in these can be removed by using the Takahashi 1.6x Extender Q. It seems to correct/cancel it out. 

 

An APL Manon arrived today.  I was fortunate that the seller accepted a much lower offer, in retrospect the shipping seemed very low but who am I to argue with low shipping?

 

 

Don't be shocked when I tell you that it's not the first time a scope was shipped to me like this.  Now, the good news is, the box sustained only scrapes, it wasn't in the best of shape before shipment, but it's still structurally sound and will clean-up nicely with a few repairs.

 

 

 


 

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Posted 05 September 2019 - 11:24 PM

Nice Chuck. I was shipped a Tasco 7te-5 from Goodwill wearing just the wood case. It arrived in fine shape. Double box...phooey! 


 

#7648 Kasmos

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Posted 06 September 2019 - 12:11 AM

Not shocked.... We don't need no stinking (outer), boxes!

 

waytogo.gif Looks nicer as is than most Chuck.  


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#7649 Chuck Hards

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Posted 06 September 2019 - 07:41 AM

I once had a scope shipped from Europe, with nothing more than a layer of bubble wrap taped to the outside.  The corners of the wooden storage box took a beating but the contents were undamaged.


 

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Posted 06 September 2019 - 11:54 AM

I once had a scope shipped from Europe, with nothing more than a layer of bubble wrap taped to the outside.  The corners of the wooden storage box took a beating but the contents were undamaged.

Sounds like a Chuck Hards Limerick. grin.gif

 

I once had a telescope shipped from Europe

With nothing more than a layer bubble

The corners were beat

The contents stayed neat

Restoring it shouldn't be any trouble


Edited by Kasmos, 06 September 2019 - 11:54 AM.

 


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