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#8476 Senex Bibax

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Posted 24 March 2020 - 08:25 AM

Just got a great deal on smooth-side 32mm TeleVue Plossl….Traded for 4 rolls of Charmin waytogo.gif

A true wad of bills...


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#8477 Defenderslideguitar

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Posted 24 March 2020 - 09:02 PM

Just got a great deal on smooth-side 32mm TeleVue Plossl….Traded for 4 rolls of Charmin waytogo.gif

I have one of those   my 32 does a fine job and it so

sweet


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#8478 Defenderslideguitar

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 02:10 PM

I drove across the Hudson River and met the seller (GoodAsh) in the  parking lot to pick up this CG-5 for his  low low price 

 It is the third time we have met there for hand offs. I bought his Unitron 140  and later some stuff from DMala's estate which he handled for the family.

 

The somewhat new protocol went like this.... I pull in and I  park ten feet away and opened my  trunk... The cash is in the trunk and has been there 2 days......Seller takes the mount from his trunk wipes down the mount and puts it in my trunk. He takes the cash and we chat  from ten feet away. We agree that extra precautions are not foolish. We do not apologize for being careful.... Agree to talk again ... hopefully at Neaf.

 

Finally, I will leave the mount in the trunk for a couple of days. The 17 year old sedan does not complain. 

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#8479 Garyth64

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 02:13 PM

A CG5 is one of my most used mounts at outreaches.  It's not goto, but I really like the dual controls.


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Posted 25 March 2020 - 02:27 PM

I drove across the Hudson River and met the seller (Goodash) in the  parking lot to pick up this CG-5 for his  low low price 

 It is the third time we have met there for hand offs. I bought his Unitron 140  and later some stuff from DMala's estate which he handled for the family.

 

The somewhat new protocol went like this.... I pull in and I  park ten feet away and opened my  trunk... The cash is in the trunk and has been there 2 days......Seller takes the mount from his trunk wipes down the mount and puts it in my trunk. He takes the cash and we chat  from ten feet away. We agree that extra precautions are not foolish. We do not apologize for being careful.... Agree to talk again ... hopefully at Neaf.

 

Finally, I will leave the mount in the trunk for a couple of days. The 17 year old sedan does not complain. 

Thank you for this description of how you made the transfer.  I personally think it's important that we talk frankly about how to safely make our classics purchases, particularly if we're working (or not) from home for an extended period of time.

 

-Tim.


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#8481 Kasmos

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 02:54 PM

I drove across the Hudson River and met the seller (Goodash) in the  parking lot to pick up this CG-5 for his  low low price 

 It is the third time we have met there for hand offs. I bought his Unitron 140  and later some stuff from DMala's estate which he handled for the family.

 

The somewhat new protocol went like this.... I pull in and I  park ten feet away and opened my  trunk... The cash is in the trunk and has been there 2 days......Seller takes the mount from his trunk wipes down the mount and puts it in my trunk. He takes the cash and we chat  from ten feet away. We agree that extra precautions are not foolish. We do not apologize for being careful.... Agree to talk again ... hopefully at Neaf.

 

Finally, I will leave the mount in the trunk for a couple of days. The 17 year old sedan does not complain. 

I recently sold some stuff on CL so was thinking about these kinds of face to face transactions. I thought if I was to do one now, I'd do what you guys did.

 

The funny thing is, they remind me of the exchanges you see in the movies for drug deals, hostages, kidnapping, and other criminal exchanges. grin.gif  


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#8482 Russell Smith

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 02:54 PM

Love the mount.
My latest package is in quarantine until the weekend.

Around here no hand sanitizer or alcohol to be had.

So, I improvise. Not kidding. 

Be safe.

 

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#8483 Stevegeo

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 03:56 PM

I did a swap as well today , bought one of Bob Piekiels  CD ROM E book,  Celestron The Early Years 

 

But .....I got it from the MAN himself... he lives only a few miles away.  Now I got some serious reading to do.

He tells me 1800 pages, in PDF form.   We did the appropriate  thing considering the times we live in today.

He met me at the local gas station,  stayed outside, talked 6 ft away , discussed the CD, an auction I am considering ,

His updates and  the local outreach program which is on hold.

Since NY is on a lockdown, not a lot going on,  I still have to work as I am what's called essential services... and still getting paid...

So the next few days I will be doing  work and reading his E Book...

Stay safe everyone, stay aware,  wash those hands... 

Stevegeo.... 


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#8484 G-Tower

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 04:15 PM

I drove across the Hudson River and met the seller (GoodAsh) in the  parking lot to pick up this CG-5 for his  low low price 

 It is the third time we have met there for hand offs. I bought his Unitron 140  and later some stuff from DMala's estate which he handled for the family.

 

The somewhat new protocol went like this.... I pull in and I  park ten feet away and opened my  trunk... The cash is in the trunk and has been there 2 days......Seller takes the mount from his trunk wipes down the mount and puts it in my trunk. He takes the cash and we chat  from ten feet away. We agree that extra precautions are not foolish. We do not apologize for being careful.... Agree to talk again ... hopefully at Neaf.

 

Finally, I will leave the mount in the trunk for a couple of days. The 17 year old sedan does not complain. 

Under the circumstances we should abstain...A CG5 of all things could wait...



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Posted 25 March 2020 - 06:11 PM

I have the Orion 100mm ED that rides on the Skyview Pro (basic CG5)  with dual motors.

 

Good combination, does a great job with the 100mm.


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#8486 Garyth64

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 06:25 PM

I have the Orion 100mm ED that rides on the Skyview Pro (basic CG5)  with dual motors.

 

Good combination, does a great job with the 100mm.

I've used a 5" Apogee refractor on my CG5 for years.  It is a great combination.

 

If it was for sale near me, I would have driven to get it.


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#8487 Terra Nova

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 06:32 PM

And don’t forget, when you get it home:

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#8488 Littlegreenman

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 07:04 PM

I sold someone a diagonal. He suggested he pay me via Paypal, and leave it for him to pick up at his convenience. He actually said in his messaging, "like a drug deal."

I never saw him. Worked out great.

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#8489 Russell Smith

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 07:07 PM

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 07:16 PM

Link not working. And thank you for liking my post!



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Posted 25 March 2020 - 07:18 PM

I do indeed like the post.
Link really not important.
Just a song with bagpipes.

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 08:27 PM

Boom . . .Boom . . . Boom, Boom, boom . . .

 

I've been to Alma, MI quite a few times for their Highland festival. It's known as Scotland USA.

 

Hae ye ever seen a fitba field stowed oot o' pipers?  Mak's th' locks oan mah back staun up whin ah hear thaim.   (Ye, wull ne'er firgaet it.)

 

When we buried my father, we had a piper at the cemetery.  He played solemn tunes.  But I asked him before hand, that for his last sad tune, I wanted him to start walking away back to his car and half way we planned for him to play a lively tune.  And as he played, his pipes slowly faded away.  My God, it was awesome!


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#8493 Russell Smith

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 08:40 PM

https://www.facebook...11/?d=null&vh=e

Hope this link works. 


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#8494 Steve_M_M

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Posted 27 March 2020 - 11:11 AM

Picked this up last weekend before the shelter in place order was given.  I had one of these many years ago that my son, age 5 at the time would use.  He called it a Nick (his name) sized telescope.

 

The owners said this one was purchased in the 1970's.  I think that makes it old.  I can find no date or anything anywhere to indicate age.  Any guesses?  Also, what is up with that silver barlow looking thing inside the focuser?  The black tube above with the silver tape is a barlow for sure and matches the picture in the catalog.  The catalog is junk as the ink on all the pages has melted and they are all stuck hopelessly together.

 

The focusing is done by some kind of foam that has worn down and no longer works.  Any suggestions for fixing it?

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#8495 John Rogers

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Posted 27 March 2020 - 11:23 AM

Take off the cover and inspect the recessed area around the focuser.  There should be a sticker with a hand-written serial number.

 

Your user's manual suggests it is one of the early ones, although the sun-warning sticker came later.  Hopefully, the serial number is still there.

 

Congrats on the pickup.



#8496 Steve_M_M

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Posted 27 March 2020 - 12:55 PM

There is a spot on the inside of the focuser where it looks like a sticker may have been.  It is long gone.



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Posted 27 March 2020 - 01:13 PM

That's too bad.  Some of the attributes suggest it is very early, but others suggest later, so someone might have put this one together over a period of time.  This makes it somewhat confusing to me.

 

For example:

        1) Your booklet is titled "Wide-Field Telescope", instead of Astroscan, which is an early publication.

        2)  The base of the telescope appears to be gray.  My understanding is that was only used for the first or earliest productions.

        3)  As I mentioned before, it has the sun-warning sticker that came later.  How much later I don't know.

        4)  The first dust covers simply had "Edmund" on them.  At some point it was changed to Astroscan.

        5)  What does the badge on the glass plate covering the diagonal attachment point look like?  The first ones simply had a sticker with the Edmund emblem.  The later ones had a small piece of plastic, with varying information.

       6)  The early telescopes had a chrome draw tube, the later ones were black.  



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Posted 27 March 2020 - 01:30 PM

That's too bad.  Some of the attributes suggest it is very early, but others suggest later, so someone might have put this one together over a period of time.  This makes it somewhat confusing to me.

 

For example:

     smile.gif    1) Your booklet is titled "Wide-Field Telescope", instead of Astroscan, which is an early publication.

       smile.gif  2)  The base of the telescope appears to be gray.  My understanding is that was only used for the first or earliest productions.

        mad.gif 3)  As I mentioned before, it has the sun-warning sticker that came later.  How much later I don't know.

         smile.gif     4)  The first dust covers simply had "Edmund" on them.  At some point it was changed to Astroscan.

        mad.gif 5)  What does the badge on the glass plate covering the diagonal attachment point look like?  The first ones simply had a sticker with the Edmund emblem.  The later ones had a small piece of plastic, with varying information.

      mad.gif  6)  The early telescopes had a chrome draw tube, the later ones were black.  

The base is gray, the dust cover has simply Edmund on it, the badge has a bunch of stuff *astroscan, patent #, Edmund, etc.), and the draw tube is black.

 

So, it looks like this one was maybe built during a time when everything was changing over.

 

here is the rubber that moves the focuser...
 

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Posted 27 March 2020 - 02:38 PM

The ones with the patent numbers came later. Early ones had Patent Pend. I believe the finder was also a later accessory. 

 

Chip W. 


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Posted 27 March 2020 - 04:19 PM

Just got a great deal on smooth-side 32mm TeleVue Plossl….Traded for 4 rolls of Charmin waytogo.gif

Nice!  Based on that, I have a full eyepiece collection sitting on the top storage shelf in my bathroom closet!


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