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#8501 davidmcgo

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Posted 27 March 2020 - 06:25 PM

The rubber tubing is a standard size at an auto parts store, I think fuel line or something like that.

 

I don’t remember exact size, just take the current dried out piece with you when you can go out again.

 

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#8502 redbaron12

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Posted 28 March 2020 - 11:25 AM

Picked this up a month or two ago and put it on the shelf and, admittedly, forgot about it.  Being bored and cleaning out I took a good look.  Saw it at a thrift shop for $10 and it was half of so no brainer there, especially when I saw that Celestron Orange box in there.  No tripod but that's okay, I really don't need another tripod.  I'm guessing it's from the '70's?

 

It's all metal except for plastic focuser knobs.  It was obviously stored in a clean dry location so all is in good shape.  No dents, just a few light scratches and one broken knob on a tripod attacher.  All the paperwork is there and a sheet from Meade indicating that the eyepieces were upgraded in "keeping with their policy of constant improvement in optical quality".  Two all metal Japanese eyepieces included, MA9 & 25, both heavy, stamped Japan and a circle T on the 9mm.  No markings on the diagonal but it is all metal and heavy for its size.  All glass looks like the day they made it.

 

The "orange" box in there is a .96" Celestron Porro Prism with a Camera Store price tag of $40.00.  It too is made in Japan with Vixen end caps.

 

All in all,not a bad deal for 5 bucks!

 

The last photo shows my mounting method.  A clamshell off an old EQ1 mount attached to a 3D printed dovetail which is coated in epoxy.  All set to try it, now if only the clouds leave!

 

Mike

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#8503 Terra Nova

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Posted 28 March 2020 - 11:33 AM

The 0.965” Meade MA (modified achromat) 25mm is a nice eyepiece. I have it and also the 40mm that I keep in the box with my Mayflower 814.


 

#8504 CHASLX200

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Posted 28 March 2020 - 02:40 PM

Picked this up a month or two ago and put it on the shelf and, admittedly, forgot about it.  Being bored and cleaning out I took a good look.  Saw it at a thrift shop for $10 and it was half of so no brainer there, especially when I saw that Celestron Orange box in there.  No tripod but that's okay, I really don't need another tripod.  I'm guessing it's from the '70's?

 

It's all metal except for plastic focuser knobs.  It was obviously stored in a clean dry location so all is in good shape.  No dents, just a few light scratches and one broken knob on a tripod attacher.  All the paperwork is there and a sheet from Meade indicating that the eyepieces were upgraded in "keeping with their policy of constant improvement in optical quality".  Two all metal Japanese eyepieces included, MA9 & 25, both heavy, stamped Japan and a circle T on the 9mm.  No markings on the diagonal but it is all metal and heavy for its size.  All glass looks like the day they made it.

 

The "orange" box in there is a .96" Celestron Porro Prism with a Camera Store price tag of $40.00.  It too is made in Japan with Vixen end caps.

 

All in all,not a bad deal for 5 bucks!

 

The last photo shows my mounting method.  A clamshell off an old EQ1 mount attached to a 3D printed dovetail which is coated in epoxy.  All set to try it, now if only the clouds leave!

 

Mike

Mid 80's i would guess since Meade was selling blue tube Newts and refractors in the mid 80's.


 

#8505 Kasmos

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Posted 28 March 2020 - 03:39 PM

Great find. I've swore off buying more, but at that price and those parts, who could resist? One eyepiece is easily worth the $5.

 

I also have the 25MA and 40MA and like them.

 

And yes, Meades were definitely still white in the '70's.


Edited by Kasmos, 28 March 2020 - 03:39 PM.

 

#8506 Defenderslideguitar

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Posted 29 March 2020 - 09:33 AM

I bought the 80's Meade 312 in blue just to get the tripod from it for my Meade 314 in Brass. collimate able  lens etc the  Blue Meanie Meade was very good

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#8507 Esso2112

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Posted 29 March 2020 - 06:25 PM

I really need to stop making offers to sellers on eBay.  I offered 2/3 of the sellers asking price, which was still a fairly substantial chunk of cash, but hopefully worth it. Now I have to wait on shipping and then all the sanitizing on something that has a lot of pieces. What was I thinking? Oh yeah, this vintage/antique scope is complete and in reasonable condition. That’s what I was thinking. 


 

#8508 Littlegreenman

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 07:19 PM

I really need to stop making offers to sellers on eBay.  I offered 2/3 of the sellers asking price, which was still a fairly substantial chunk of cash, but hopefully worth it. Now I have to wait on shipping and then all the sanitizing on something that has a lot of pieces. What was I thinking? Oh yeah, this vintage/antique scope is complete and in reasonable condition. That’s what I was thinking. 

I've had a couple of pleasant surprises where I made a really low-ball offers that were accepted. And, like you, I've made more "rational" offers that were accepted.

I'm beginning to suspect that rationality is over appreciated.
 


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Posted 31 March 2020 - 10:02 PM

Spent a whole $15.00 Canadian today and bought a Tasco 5-VTE off of Marketplace. It's mint in the original box with all its paperwork. The cardboard spacers that go between the tripod legs are there and so is the original wrapping. There is a single entry in the observers log dated Dec 26th 1971 Saturn. Given the condition of the scope, tipod and papers it seems this was its only use. Poor little unloved Christmas telescope.
I brought it out this evening and looked at Venus, its nice and sharp if not a little wobbly.
Its the circle K Tasco :)
 

#8510 Esso2112

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 04:56 PM

A big box arrived on my front porch today. Carefully unpacked and sanitized everything outside and then moved the parts into my astronomy room. It is in good condition, considering it is approximately 100 years old. The 9mm ortho is missing the eye lens frown.gif. The 40mm is beautiful. The objective is also perfect.  Still need to DPAC it, but daytime views with the Porro prism and 40mm were crisp and clear. Actually, a really nice view. 
 

So here it is. A Zeiss Traveler with an E lens SN 11170

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#8511 Esso2112

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 04:57 PM

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#8512 Van Do9:3

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 05:33 PM

Esso,

 

That’s s beautiful dream telescope find. Congrats!


 

#8513 Defenderslideguitar

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 05:37 PM

Spent a whole $15.00 Canadian today and bought a Tasco 5-VTE off of Marketplace. It's mint in the original box with all its paperwork. The cardboard spacers that go between the tripod legs are there and so is the original wrapping. There is a single entry in the observers log dated Dec 26th 1971 Saturn. Given the condition of the scope, tipod and papers it seems this was its only use. Poor little unloved Christmas telescope.
I brought it out this evening and looked at Venus, its nice and sharp if not a little wobbly.
Its the circle K Tasco smile.gif

I got my first Telescope Christmas 1964-65   the Tasco 5-VTE

Re acquired one a couple of years  ago     Brought it to Neaf to display it last year and ran into someone who wanted to get his childhood first scope  a Tasco 5VTE   I helped find one for him last summer.................Mine is on the pool table   and the one I located is the second pic...

enjoy

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#8514 Terra Nova

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 06:01 PM

I love the Mr. Machine Barry!

 

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#8515 Compressorguy

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 06:41 PM

A big box arrived on my front porch today. Carefully unpacked and sanitized everything outside and then moved the parts into my astronomy room. It is in good condition, considering it is approximately 100 years old. The 9mm ortho is missing the eye lens frown.gif. The 40mm is beautiful. The objective is also perfect.  Still need to DPAC it, but daytime views with the Porro prism and 40mm were crisp and clear. Actually, a really nice view. 
 

So here it is. A Zeiss Traveler with an E lens SN 11170

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Ahh, I remember that scope s/n and following the auction up in Maine back in March 2019. I think it was from Hap Moore Auction. I spoke with him and remember him mentioning the eyepiece but otherwise very nice condition. I had him remove the dew shield to confirm it was an E objective as well as send me additional pics. I may still have some of them.  I bid to a point then dropped out. Was wondering where this scope got to. They always seem to turn up here, lol. Congrats again! Can’t wait to hear how it performs under the stars and would love to see it together.


 

#8516 Esso2112

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 06:51 PM

Ahh, I remember that scope s/n and following the auction up in Maine back in March 2019. I think it was from Hap Moore Auction. I spoke with him and remember him mentioning the eyepiece but otherwise very nice condition. I had him remove the dew shield to confirm it was an E objective as well as send me additional pics. I may still have some of them.  I bid to a point then dropped out. Was wondering where this scope got to. They always seem to turn up here, lol. Congrats again! Can’t wait to hear how it performs under the stars and would love to see it together.

It will be a while before it goes under the stars. The weather forecast is rain for the next 10 days. The legs are in really good condition. 


 

#8517 Compressorguy

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 06:55 PM

Yep, bad weather guaranteed! New/old scope curse strikes again. Well at least you can set it up and stare at it. I know I would, it’s beautiful! 


 

#8518 BigC

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Posted 03 April 2020 - 09:58 AM

 Unpacked my latest GW goodie:

 

Meade DS-127 

 

Scope appears practically new and unused but eyepieces and computer disk missing from somewhat battered carton. Too bad huge fragile stickers applied on all faces rather spoiling the carton graphics.To their credit Meade put pictures of objects one can realistically see!

 

Of course it was out of collimation , quickly and easily put right.Tube and legs still in plastic!

 

As the only bidder. The DS-127 was only $8. Shipping five times that!

 

Still a nice,if unneeded, find.


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#8519 Chuck Hards

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Posted 03 April 2020 - 10:26 AM

Heat the fragile stickers gently with a heat gun.  They should pull-off without damaging the underlying graphics if you are careful.


 

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Posted 05 April 2020 - 09:04 PM

A big box arrived on my front porch today. Carefully unpacked and sanitized everything outside and then moved the parts into my astronomy room. It is in good condition, considering it is approximately 100 years old. The 9mm ortho is missing the eye lens frown.gif. The 40mm is beautiful. The objective is also perfect.  Still need to DPAC it, but daytime views with the Porro prism and 40mm were crisp and clear. Actually, a really nice view. 
 

So here it is. A Zeiss Traveler with an E lens SN 11170

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Posted 15 April 2020 - 12:21 PM

Wow, I guess COVID-19 is really taking its toll on classics collecting. This thread had slipped to the middle of page two! Well not to be deterred I ventured out yesterday, with appropriate PPE, to inspect and ultimately purchase another classic. It was left out on the front porch for inspection. Payment was slipped into an envelope hanging on the front door. Never even actually saw the owner. The scope is currently decontaminating itself in the trunk of my wife's car so I have no pictures of my own. I did however receive permission to post some of the previous owners pictures as a sneak peak.

 

I don't know too much about these Edmund Scientific reflectors so maybe some of the experts here could help me out, it would be greatly appreciated. Here is what I do know. The mirror measures 4 1/4" so I guess it is either a Space Conqueror, Deluxe Space Conqueror or perhaps a Palomar Jr. I have not been able to find any other pictures of one that have both the EQ mount and wooden legs and there is no evidence, at least that I can see, that there were ever any setting circles! I would like to know the actual model name, if possible and approximate year of manufacture. Some history on the model would also be great.

 

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The mirror and diagonal prism are intact but I'm not yet sure what shape the coatings are in. The equatorial mount counter weight and retaining collar, not shown in the picture, were found and included. The objective lens, for the finder, is missing and the focuser operates but feels extremely gritty with a lot of slop. There are some mounting holes in the tube that may have been for a missing sun projection screen mount?? The tube itself appears to be in decent condition, without dents, major scratches or paint chips, but the finish seems to be mottled or stained. It remains to be seen how well it will clean up.

 

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I would love to hear from others with additional information, other owners, especially those who have restored these. If anyone has any extras of the parts I'm missing or possibly a pier mount please PM me! Maybe I'll start its own thread after decontamination. 

 

Stay Safe! 

 

 


 

#8522 Kasmos

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Posted 15 April 2020 - 02:40 PM

I had the same kind of money (in enevelope), for telescope porch exchange last fall.

At the time I thought it was amusing/interesting in a 'welcome to the future' kind of way in that it was all done by text without ever talking or meeting.

 

Little did I know what we were in for.

 

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Posted 15 April 2020 - 02:47 PM

I left the money under the flowerpot and brought this one home.

The second photo had a lot of help from this community.  Thank you

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Posted 15 April 2020 - 08:06 PM

Wow, I guess COVID-19 is really taking its toll on classics collecting. This thread had slipped to the middle of page two! Well not to be deterred I ventured out yesterday, with appropriate PPE, to inspect and ultimately purchase another classic. It was left out on the front porch for inspection. Payment was slipped into an envelope hanging on the front door. Never even actually saw the owner. The scope is currently decontaminating itself in the trunk of my wife's car so I have no pictures of my own. I did however receive permission to post some of the previous owners pictures as a sneak peak.

 

I don't know too much about these Edmund Scientific reflectors so maybe some of the experts here could help me out, it would be greatly appreciated. Here is what I do know. The mirror measures 4 1/4" so I guess it is either a Space Conqueror, Deluxe Space Conqueror or perhaps a Palomar Jr. I have not been able to find any other pictures of one that have both the EQ mount and wooden legs and there is no evidence, at least that I can see, that there were ever any setting circles! I would like to know the actual model name, if possible and approximate year of manufacture. Some history on the model would also be great.

 

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The mirror and diagonal prism are intact but I'm not yet sure what shape the coatings are in. The equatorial mount counter weight and retaining collar, not shown in the picture, were found and included. The objective lens, for the finder, is missing and the focuser operates but feels extremely gritty with a lot of slop. There are some mounting holes in the tube that may have been for a missing sun projection screen mount?? The tube itself appears to be in decent condition, without dents, major scratches or paint chips, but the finish seems to be mottled or stained. It remains to be seen how well it will clean up.

 

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I would love to hear from others with additional information, other owners, especially those who have restored these. If anyone has any extras of the parts I'm missing or possibly a pier mount please PM me! Maybe I'll start its own thread after decontamination. 

 

Stay Safe! 

It's a Palomar Jr. or Deluxe Space Conqueror.

I'm going to lean towards Deluxe Space Conqueror because when the tube color changed from black to white

so did the name.

But yours has the tripod (Pal Jr.) vs a pedestal (Deluxe S.C.) and gray wrinkle, so late 1950's.

You will find it performs extremely well. 4-1/4" f/10 spherical primary is way better than 1/4 wave diffraction limited

more around 1/10 wave providing the rest of the system is on par with the excellent primary.

 

Robert


 

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Posted 16 April 2020 - 11:14 PM

The Royal Astro Tasco 10TE (S/n 570282) that I purchased from eBay arrived safely on Monday. I don't really like taking "before" pictures except for personal use as a guide but the entire kit was in pretty dirty but good shape. I'll share some cleaned up pics at the end of this post.

The star diagonal was still in its original wax-paper and the porro prism was grimy. I'm pretty sure this was a country/hunting tool for a farmer or rancher in SE Missouri. The glass had dead fungi on it. Thankfully it didn't etch the glass. I've learned a lot this week about glass.

Included in the full kit was the dovetail wood box, two trays/shelves, the tripod, OTA/focuser/objective/dew shield, 3 eyepieces - 20mm huygens/12.5mm kellner/4mm ramsden, barlow, porro, and 2 parts of the solar projection screen. Additionally included were the manual, the diagram for breakdown and storage, and a round JTII tag marked "No. K512964".

Missing are the 6X finder and cap, the cap for the 3" OTA, both of the springy slow motion control arms (already ordered a couple, hope they fit), and the bar for the solar projector. I reglued and re-nailed some of the wood pieces back into the box and I cleaned EVERYTHING well but I don't intend to repaint the OTA. I'm just glad that the set made its way safely across Missouri to me in Kansas.

In the end, I have a great, 3", Royal Astro refractor to use next to my 3" Mogey. This thing is almost 60 years old, nearly complete, and fully functional. I hope I can take it with me to Yellowstone this summer.

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