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#8101 tim53

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Posted 15 November 2019 - 08:20 PM

Rodney approves all my toy purchasing decisions.  (Rodney is the best imaginary friend a person could have.  Not only can *I* see him, but you can too!)

 

 

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#8102 Russell Smith

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Posted 15 November 2019 - 08:28 PM

All my toy purchases must be Clark approved. 

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#8103 John Rogers

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Posted 15 November 2019 - 08:31 PM

The Marvelous Toy: https://www.youtube....h?v=YXlNyeEbP6g


 

#8104 rolo

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Posted 15 November 2019 - 08:42 PM

With a toy telescope you see more with your imagination than your eye...


 

#8105 rolo

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Posted 15 November 2019 - 08:43 PM

All my toy purchases must be Clark approved. 

Does Clark approve of a Clark? Alvan that is!


 

#8106 Russell Smith

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Posted 15 November 2019 - 08:49 PM

Clark is an expert napper.

I will consult with him.

 

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Posted 16 November 2019 - 03:56 PM

Sometimes you just got to bring one home not for the scope itself, but for a few parts it comes with to round out a vintage collection. I purchased this one online as the sole bidder for little cost. And it just arrived on my doorstep a few hours ago.

 

I was not all that interested in the scope itself, but upon examination for a few interesting to me parts that were included.

 

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1. 60mm metal scope rings, already test fitted on another EQ mount (still needs some cleanup).

 

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2, A set of slow motion EQ controls (These were also needed)

3. Vintage black crinkle finish metal finder mount with all correct fitting screws (I'm hopeful It will be able to replace one of my plasic finder mounts).

4. Vintage solar assembly (My previously purchased Sky Cheif was missing this part, and I wanted one).

5. Vintage Metal housing .965 3x Barlow

6. Vintage Metal Housing .965 Erecting Zoom 6mm-18mm eyepeice

7. .965 Camera Adapter

8. .965 Moon filter

 

I also got a few other smaller odds and ends not worth mentioning, that may or may not become helpfull.


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#8108 AstroKerr

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Posted 20 November 2019 - 08:47 PM

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yielding:

 

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Finally. Managed some sky-time in the early a.m. with the unclammed 395 before the rain arrived - just the moon, but it was enough. CA was a hair, hair & a half, yellow fringe which could go violet if you shift your eye. The clammed one showed same + clam 'artifacts'. Ran it up to 5mm (~200x) and even with the morning 'blues', increasing haze, mag 'bounce' - I could get a good, sharp focus. So, CA, but low CA - good focuser action. Star Test after the rains. 

 

The tripod was pretty stable, legs fully extended - more so than expected - very acceptable for thin alu extrusion legs. The mount needs the RA worm adjusted - play / backlash when you change directions - and there's some sluggish spots as you rotate either axis - basic maintenance should clear those problems. The original 'slide-on-stubs, solid-no-open' rings work well -need some felt in them, but I'll leave them on for the moment, not wanting to remove focuser or obj to remove rings.  I have the original clammed 395 in std rings on a dovetail, since it came with no rings, except for a thrown-in pair which fit 114 reflector tubes. 

 

The finder bracket. Missing 4 screws, those 4 holes were 'stripped-ish'. Couldn't find my tap set with the exact proper tap, so I grabbed a 4-40 and some handy screws and re-tapped - not my favourite thing to do, but it worked. The original holes were not centered on the ring, so when I have the time, the proper taps, and I make a little jig, I'll do six new std holes. But for now, the finder is firmly held and quite functional, despite being a straight-thru.

 

Accessories in the black w/ turquoise accents bag:

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Included:  Camera Adapter TK-0, Telenegative 2.0 barlow, MA9, MA12, MA25, std old Meade Diagonal.

 

Haven't tried the camera adapter yet. Diagonal seems to be at it's best - no extra anything evident when switched out for a contemp twist-lock. 25mm & 12mm - very nice. 9mm & Teleneg - unknown, barrels are out-of-round - won't fit into anything by just a hair at the moment.

 

So, everything is heavy, and that's just a nice feeling - a !WonDerFuL! feeling. I used the 25 & 12 & Diag, swapping in StarGuiders 25 thru 3.2. I wouldn't call the SGs with their fancy ED glass better than those old MAs, except that they've better eye relief - excellent views all around. I am a fan of older, heavier Meade & Celes EPs - they're not anything special , but by goodness they work well. So, nothing went mush until the 3.2 SG - and that might be due to seeing. I used the SGs bgecause I use them a lot now, but most of the viewing time went to the old dogs - and it was a nice LP experience. The pranged-barrel Teleneg & 9mm will be addressed shortly - barrels are out there.

 

What else? - ah, the extender legs were knocked into the main legs past the tip-foot screws. loosen-loosen-pry-pry-tap-tap, no more tears, less viewing time, oh well.

 

So for $72.05, $39.16, total $114.21 I am extremely pleased - not much maintence required, all the important stuff works, and I have a complete & functional Meade 395 to make the clammed 395 jealous. Nothing damaged in shipment. Short of going longer or ED, excellent!! So, try a low cost, pre-owned - Amazing possibilities! Have an old K-Mart Focal 3" (76/700) needs love and a serious collimation... Latez!

 

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#8109 AdAstraPerAspera

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 12:38 AM

Ebay, 6 months of lurking, watching, watching, and lurking, and finally sending the seller a low but fair offer. My Mogey needed a finder, I got this for $95 shipped.
Does anyone have any idea who made it? 
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#8110 Bob Myler

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 08:37 AM

That has to be the coolest eye lens cover EVER!


 

#8111 AstroKerr

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 11:35 AM

^^^ What Bob said ^^^


 

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 12:48 PM

I've got a family scope coming.  Hopefully it wasn't a stupid kneejerk.


 

#8113 Stew44

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 06:09 PM

 

Ebay, 6 months of lurking, watching, watching, and lurking, and finally sending the seller a low but fair offer. My Mogey needed a finder, I got this for $95 shipped.
Does anyone have any idea who made it? 

 

My Goto 50mm spyglass has a similar eye lens cover.  It's from 1956-57.  Will get a separate post on it when I get a little time.   The first advertisement and price sheet with it on it was 1938.  Is it an image erect finder (ie, meant for terrestrial use)?

 

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#8114 KDC

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 07:07 PM

 

Ebay, 6 months of lurking, watching, watching, and lurking, and finally sending the seller a low but fair offer. My Mogey needed a finder, I got this for $95 shipped.
Does anyone have any idea who made it? 

 

It seems to me this originally would be from a terrestrial or nautical telescope. I'd guess the eye lens cover would be to keep out salt water & spray...


 

#8115 AdAstraPerAspera

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 09:51 PM

It's indeed an image erect finder. Seems older than the 40's-50's though. The cover on the exit pupil is a common characteristic of nautical instruments but the rest of it almost seems like a gunsight. One fellow with the ATS suggested 1885-1910 and that feels right to me. Seller is in Colorado but didn't know exactly what it was.

 

I'll have to devise a mount with adjustable collimation built-in. Any suggestions? 

 

 

My Goto 50mm spyglass has a similar eye lens cover.  It's from 1956-57.  Will get a separate post on it when I get a little time.   The first advertisement and price sheet with it on it was 1938.  Is it an image erect finder (ie, meant for terrestrial use)?

 

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#8116 ccwemyss

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Posted 25 November 2019 - 11:01 PM

Picked up an APL Sky Chief Jr. from eBay. Took about two weeks to arrive, due to the seller taking some time to get it shipped and then dropping it after the last pickup on a Friday. Probably the most minimal packing job I've seen. One wrap of cardboard, with the handle sticking out:

 

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Although I suppose that exposing the handle meant that the carriers used it, rather than tossing the box. The finger joints came apart on one corner, and the accessory box is loose, but amazingly, there was very little damage -- a couple of paint scrapes on the mount. 

 

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The objective was wrapped in paper towels, and tape, and I can't get the dew shield to budge:

 

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But aside from being quite dirty, everything except the legs seems to be there. I happen to have a perfectly-sized set of legs from a cheap Simmons that a friend found at the dump and brought to me. It includes R20 and SR5 eyepieces, the barlow is in good shape, as are the diagonal and porro. The finder doesn't even have dings in the paint. Although the screw holes to mount the finder bracket appear to be stripped (they aren't round, and the screws just slide in and out).  

 

With the wood box and being marked APL, this seems to be a fairly early one, maybe mid 60's? '63 to '66? Nearly identical to the Shrine-Manon, but in hammertone silver and dark blue. 

 

Once cleaned and fixed up, this will be added to the loaner set. 

 

Chip W. 


 

#8117 sdedalus83

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Posted 25 November 2019 - 11:31 PM

That is pretty awful.  Not as bad as a sheet of bubble wrap on loose pieces, with the case taped shut, and shipping label on the wood, but pretty close.


 

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 01:16 AM

Sears 4-6335 Telescope F=900MM D=60MM - sgw, almost ended (oopsie - sorry wink.gif didn't get that posted til after it ended). no box, not 76mm, looks clean. ehhh, someone'll cover it - keep the lampmakers at bay...

 

[some time passes]

 

awww, c'mon... whadda we got?

  • reflex finder - bid.
  • tray light - bid.
  • nice clamshell / cover / leg chain - bid.
  • oh it's blue (ugh, so what?) - bid. 
  • gallery_279828_11275_404.gif - bid anyway.
  • only one 360° slo-mo - bid anyway.
  • no box (can make a better one) - bid anyway.

tongue2.gif Someone'll show - take this over...

 

ohlord.gif last minute Alliance smartash lampmaker shows up with a feeble kitten bid - gonna drag 4-6335 off for an led Bulb and Lampshape upgrade...

 

gaah.gifOH HAIL NO - bid for blood, for honour, hold this ground and save that scope!!  

 

shocked.gif not to worry, reinforcements prolly just behind the ridge, gonna sweep over and rain fire... any second now... just hold on...nnn-eeee second...

 

long wait for a train don't come

 

absolutely the last gallery_279828_11275_404.gif 60mm toy i will ever, ever bid on - 'less no one else does - I don't leave scopes behind - laid out, alone, waitin' for the Lampmakers to hover-up and drag'em off.

 

Where were you? This was right up someone's alley - had to be. Number of you knew it was out there... You left that scope hangin' - left me hangin'... for what - extra soy creme in your decaf 'Lattes' for a month? To buy food? Warm clothing? We don't draw a line - Lampmakers creep in. We don't stand up for classics - soon, all you'll have is a field full of 70-80-90mm Alliance contemps - far as the eye can see - on shaky mounts. that what you want?  Y2K+19 scopes everywhere, gallery_279828_11275_404.gifs nowhere?

 

So here we are on the ragged edge...

  • You see a classic standin' alone - you bid.
  • Don't matter what brand, what it ain't got - you bid.
  • You ate last week? - you bid this week.
  • Car needs parts? you walk for a while, but you bid. 
  • you. bid.

Alliance would love nuthin' more than to have us all fat and happy, eatin' canned ravaloli, watchin' vids, buyin scopes with lenses in plastic cells on plastic mounts with thin-walled alu extru legs with plastic toes, shiverin' in the breeze. I don't hold with that. I aim t' misbehave... 4-6335's gonna help...

 

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Wishin' everyone a Happy Turkey day, (best viewed thru a classic).

 

mad.gif Now, get t' work...


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Posted 02 December 2019 - 02:44 PM

The Tasco branded Famisco-60 came in a week late and with some objective issues. There's a clear impact at 3 o'clock, not sure what the other pattern around the circumference is. Cement separation? It shouldn't have an impact on visual performance if the lens isn't pinched or warped. The design is actually pretty cool but the materials make it virtually unusable. The tube may be too flexible to work well with a heavy focuser and it's going to be difficult to cut square.

 

Those aspects are weird considering the ED glass, modern coatings, and extremely well baffled drawtube assembly. It looks like something designed to be a serious, lightweight AP scope that got a huge budget cut and corresponding BoM change right before production.

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 02:52 PM

It looks like another example of a product rushed to market to take advantage of the Halley Hysteria of the period.


 

#8121 rolo

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 05:44 PM

The Tasco branded Famisco-60 came in a week late and with some objective issues. There's a clear impact at 3 o'clock, not sure what the other pattern around the circumference is. Cement separation? It shouldn't have an impact on visual performance if the lens isn't pinched or warped. The design is actually pretty cool but the materials make it virtually unusable. The tube may be too flexible to work well with a heavy focuser and it's going to be difficult to cut square.

 

Those aspects are weird considering the ED glass, modern coatings, and extremely well baffled drawtube assembly. It looks like something designed to be a serious, lightweight AP scope that got a huge budget cut and corresponding BoM change right before production.

I use to drive by Tasco's massive warehouse on NW 25 st. often. You could also see it from the airport and 836. 


 

#8122 Augustus

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 10:07 AM

Anyone remember the DX6 I mentioned a while back? Finally picking it up next weekend.


 

#8123 Chuck Hards

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 10:23 AM

It's too early to plant petunias.  Wait until April.


 

#8124 rolo

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Posted 11 December 2019 - 07:59 PM

Going to look at a Meade 395/ 90mm f/11 Equatorial in original box for $60. Will make a nice gift or possibly donate it to my granddaughter's school. The scope they have now gives a new meaning to hobby killer...Dollar store garbage scope.

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#8125 Russell Smith

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Posted 11 December 2019 - 08:06 PM

Going to look at a Meade 395/ 90mm f/11 Equatorial in original box for $60. Will make a nice gift of possibly donate it to my granddaughter's school. The scope they have now gives a new meaning to hobby killer...Dollar store garbage scope.

Sounds great.

Also, you are on a hobby killer roll. Lol


 


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