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#8351 Kasmos

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Posted 18 February 2020 - 11:18 PM

 I do not know where you got $99 shipping to CA. 

I specified $99 for shipping to CA because ebay automatically gives the location of the person viewing the ad. I assumed you or whoever bought it was closer to the seller and therefore would hopefully pay a much lower rate.


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Posted 18 February 2020 - 11:21 PM

I needed a set of simple decent Quality Huygens eyepieces for solar projection demonstrations with my Unitron Model 114 I didn’t want to use my Unitron Kellners and Symmetricals in the necessary range of f.l. for the job for fear of cementing issues developing with the larger heat load. So I ordered this RAO set from our friend Koji Matsumoto in Tokyo. They should be here in arounf two weeks.

waytogo.gif Those are nice. I almost pulled the trigger on those this morning.


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#8353 Bomber Bob

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Posted 18 February 2020 - 11:24 PM

I want a pretty one like this.

Great find

My Hy-Score 457 started out as a Display Scope only -- it had to, with No Lens!  CharlieB graciously saved my bacon, and it's stepped into the sky-checker role my Swift 838 once held.  And, it's so pretty on display, and a cute companion to my Goto H-S 452..

 

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Posted 19 February 2020 - 08:47 AM

My Hy-Score 457 started out as a Display Scope only -- it had to, with No Lens!  CharlieB graciously saved my bacon, and it's stepped into the sky-checker role my Swift 838 once held.  And, it's so pretty on display, and a cute companion to my Goto H -S 452..

BB - it was the pics of your 457 and your posts about restoring it that made me make the effort to pick this one up.

 

It was posted on the Craigslist ads thread a month or so ago in a town about four hours away. But I knew I'd be going through that area in a few weeks and made arrangements to meet at a rest area along the way. Well, I waited in that rest area for an hour and a half and then continued on my trip. But it seems the seller merely had car trouble and we successfully met up on my way back through.

 

As for the scope, I haven't been able to do much yet (the reason I haven't posted more pics) as my daughter has been visiting and you have to have your priorities straight, right? After a cursory cleaning of the outer surface of the objective it seems like it might have a tiny clam or two right next to one of the spacers, though. I've been trying not to be too disappointed, but it is hard as I tend to be a bit OCD about such things. How much should a couple of small chips impact the views?


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Posted 19 February 2020 - 09:37 AM

How much should a couple of small child impact the views?


If they stand in front of the objective, it's possible that they will COMPLETELY block the view. If they're properly trained, they shouldn't impact the views at all. LoL




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Posted 19 February 2020 - 10:25 AM

If they stand in front of the objective, it's possible that they will COMPLETELY block the view. If they're properly trained, they shouldn't impact the views at all. LoL




Sorry. Couldn't help it.

Grrrrr..... stupid autocorrect.

 

And I don't blame you - I wouldn't have been able to resist, either.


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Posted 19 February 2020 - 07:30 PM

My Hy-Score 457 started out as a Display Scope only -- it had to, with No Lens!  CharlieB graciously saved my bacon, and it's stepped into the sky-checker role my Swift 838 once held.  And, it's so pretty on display, and a cute companion to my Goto H-S 452..

 

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It was you that changed my mind about just parting this out.

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#8358 Russell Smith

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Posted 19 February 2020 - 07:33 PM

Also, thanks for the help from the classics community at large. 

Russ 

 

Sorry, OCD 


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Posted 20 February 2020 - 12:34 AM

As for the scope, I haven't been able to do much yet (the reason I haven't posted more pics) as my daughter has been visiting and you have to have your priorities straight, right? After a cursory cleaning of the outer surface of the objective it seems like it might have a tiny clam or two right next to one of the spacers, though. I've been trying not to be too disappointed, but it is hard as I tend to be a bit OCD about such things. How much should a couple of small chips impact the views?

small? probably very little if at all. If you get bored early morning waiting for a hole in the clouds, make a mask for the lens which has cutouts for only the chips and point it at a bright light and you'll see how 'bad' the chip effects are on their own.  You will most likely be unimpressed.

 

Mitigation (Block incoming light, suppress [internal] reflections):

 

Black 3.0  - just a dab'll do ya is a nice fix (Or Vanta Black, Black 2.0).

Black tempera paint - temporary effects checking - generally black 'enough', opaque enough, inexpensive, water soluble.

Sharpie marker is an option, but it is not as opaque or as absorptive as paint  & tends to rub off as you attempt to rub more on. 

Black plastic electricians tape, circuit board layout tape or even dots of black construction paper - okay for quick temp fix or check, but doesn't do the job as well as paint. Backside of tapes / adhesives often shiny. The tape adhesives used probably won't hurt the coatings, but...   


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Posted 22 February 2020 - 06:14 PM

Phone pings. Ebay says 'pay up' Didn't think I was bidding on anything at that time. Clicked in and found I'd won shocked.gif : 

 

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which appears nice enough and i do remember giving it a glance... never showed on my short 'bidding' list...

Turns out I had a snipe set that I don't remember. Thank you, subconscious mind, for the sleep-snipe.

 

This metal knob Sky Chief I showed up:

 

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because I was not enamored of the black plastic knobs of the black plastic knobs version (although the rest of the kit is fine):

 

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Silver knobs is packed nicer in a larger box and has fancier OTA graphics. The acc's are the same, yokes the same, Black knobs has darker legs but same construction. Both did fine on star tests w/ 6mm ep. Color v.good, SA v.good - kinda typical for 60x700s of good glass. II's and III's are more exciting (longer) - but these are short and light. Not as contrasty as I think they could be.

 

USPS is dragging it's feet on delivery of the 10.1" Coulter set from our own Dougeo, but it is moving:

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 It is the eye for our Franken-Coulter-Meade StarFinder, which originally (when listed) was missing the glass only, arrived missing the glass, the cell, sec holder, finder, controller etc, but now has glass thanks to Dougeo! Hoorah! Time to get the rest of the parts (now that we have glass to measure), which I why I backed off a couple few classics out there I wanted to pick up - TLJ enforces my budget harshly. That JCP really was a surprise and is going to cause a snit when it arrives. I'm gonna start crying and sob "I don't remember...", which is true.


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Posted 22 February 2020 - 06:29 PM

Looks like my Sears blue tube.



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Posted 22 February 2020 - 07:11 PM

I had one of the JCPenney 60x1000.  You did notice that it says “REFLECTOR” right?


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Posted 22 February 2020 - 07:38 PM

I had one of the JCPenney 60x1000.  You did notice that it says “REFLECTOR” right?

Yup - but until I get it in my hands, I won't know for sure. I conjure it has been gifted me by Urania herself, so however it works out, I am sure it is what I need. bow.gif


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Posted 22 February 2020 - 08:04 PM

Mine was also a reflector badged one, and was a circle-T.


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Posted 23 February 2020 - 10:00 PM

AstroKerr

So it was YOU!!!!

I had bid on the J.C. Penney thinking since Sears didn't sell a 60/1000 it would fill a hole whilst being very similar in color.



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Posted 23 February 2020 - 10:22 PM

About that JC Penny scope. Did either one of you notice that the focuser knobs, pinion and cover are missing?

 

Also, I can see a small circle T mark on the lower edge of the label, it's just below the second 0 in the lot number.


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Posted 23 February 2020 - 10:35 PM

Good catch on the missing parts!  I was pretty sure that the Towa mark was below the “1007” but I don’t have any photos of the one I had to verify it.  



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Posted 24 February 2020 - 12:36 AM

About that JC Penny scope. Did either one of you notice that the focuser knobs, pinion and cover are missing?

 

Also, I can see a small circle T mark on the lower edge of the label, it's just below the second 0 in the lot number.

nope, just bid at random, no thought, no attention ta nuthin'. Just wanted the label - the label - love that label. It's just fraggin' cooool...


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Posted 01 March 2020 - 04:25 PM

I haven't found anything new the last several weeks, but its good to see finds picked up from other members here.

 

This topic has got me thinking. In the warmer months I do ocationaly sell various household items on craigslist. I think when I make new listings I will start to include a little message saying: "I may be willing to trade for a old telescope, if you have one send me a photo". I'm wondering if saying this may help dig up some intereting finds next summer.

 

Has anyone here ever had any luck in proposing a trade for items listed?


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Posted 01 March 2020 - 04:31 PM

Hope you like Indian brass.


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Posted 01 March 2020 - 05:57 PM

I passed up a few telescopes at the PCC swap meet today.  There were two draw scopes.  One was particularly interesting - it had an indian rosewood tube (that was split in a couple places), with brass cells.  The other was covered in leather or something.  Neither had any maker's mark on them.

 

Then there was an astroscan that must have been a US made one. It wasn't in the best of shape, being faded and looking like it had been glued together at some point.  It did have the tabletop stand with it and a silvertop Celestron plossl in it.  they wanted $125, which seemed a bit much considering the condition.

 

Then there was a Tasco spotter, the one with the brace on the tripod with a slow motion adjustment.  It looked a little weathered, so I didn't ask the price.  I don't have room for anything more anyway.  


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Posted 01 March 2020 - 07:53 PM

Also not buying today.
Love to look though
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Posted 01 March 2020 - 11:09 PM

I have a Cave Astrola Cassegrain on it's way to camp clamchip.

Nurse Mendy's sister Astrola has been alerted, and is standing on the

side lines ready to help with the project.

I will keep you informed as to the progress of this purchase.

Robert

 

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Posted 01 March 2020 - 11:11 PM

I haven't found anything new the last several weeks, but its good to see finds picked up from other members here.

 

This topic has got me thinking. In the warmer months I do ocationaly sell various household items on craigslist. I think when I make new listings I will start to include a little message saying: "I may be willing to trade for a old telescope, if you have one send me a photo". I'm wondering if saying this may help dig up some intereting finds next summer.

 

Has anyone here ever had any luck in proposing a trade for items listed?

 

 

Hope you like Indian brass.

 

Actually that wasn't completely fair.  I have done trades for astro items, but it's almost always been local deals.  I did once sell an N.K. 50mm for cash plus a Unitron OTA, through CN, but that was the trade  exception in all these years of long-distance deals.


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Posted 01 March 2020 - 11:49 PM

I have a Cave Astrola Cassegrain on it's way to camp clamchip.

Nurse Mendy's sister Astrola has been alerted, and is standing on the

side lines ready to help with the project.

I will keep you informed as to the progress of this purchase.

Robert

 

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If things go 'south', I can send The Boys to help clean up.

They like Cassegrain & Astrola... nomnomnom


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