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#101 akman1955

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Posted 19 August 2014 - 09:04 AM

So true!

 

Very classy picture terra:) :flowerred:


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Posted 19 August 2014 - 09:39 AM

Thank you John.  :flowerred:



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Posted 20 August 2014 - 04:10 PM

OK, so my C90 just got here (thanks Tile Guy!).  It looks great, but I need to adjust the Celestron .96 prism diagonal - one side encroaches on the diameter of the tube.  


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Posted 20 August 2014 - 08:27 PM

Its a "little" busy week for the mailman.  Just arrived - Tasco #21 .  Great narrow view, sharp and clear.  Perhaps a quick clean will improve the contrast.  I'll post more in my gallery of this scope.  Beautiful packing job !  Is it just me ... but I'm always amazed nobody cleans anything before they sell it.  99% of  the scopes I buy always come with 35 years of dust, grime and stink of grandpa's basement sump !

 

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Posted 20 August 2014 - 10:16 PM

Nice. Are you saying that this is your 21st Tasco? And if so... well done! I love specialists!

And can't beat nicotine! BTW that is why we are here, dude  :lol:

Cleaning them up one at a time!

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Posted 20 August 2014 - 11:19 PM

Nice. Are you saying that this is your 21st Tasco? And if so... well done! I love specialists!

And can't beat nicotine! BTW that is why we are here, dude  :lol:

Cleaning them up one at a time!

At last count this makes Tasco #21,  the 17th Tasco.   :smile:    Not that I don't like cleaning them, (thats our "bonding" time) besides, nuthin I like better than getting out the hose ! ( cleaning a recently acquired EDU Science Astra Nova 100 :lol: )  Guess its just the impression I get of the sellers presentation.

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 11:47 AM

Oh, Dear, another orphan at the door:

 

This is the first time a bug actually flew out of the box when opened. Usually they crawl.

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#108 AstroPhys

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 11:48 AM

pt 2:

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 04:13 PM

Your Soligor (?) has some Unitronish features... what are its specs (for the Registry)?



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Posted 21 August 2014 - 05:16 PM

The tube is longer than the Unitron 114 by 2.5 or 3 inches but still appears to be f/15. I am measuring it as 62mm by 920mm. But it could very well be 60mm. Daylight images, even through all that dirt, are striking.

I have found little information on this particular model Soligor. It appears they also had their label on the Royal Astro  60mm F/20 but this is not that model.

 

The only links I found:

 

http://www.cloudynig...e/#entry1178111

 

http://www.astromart...auction_id=6323



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Posted 21 August 2014 - 06:28 PM

Your Soligor is a beauty!  I bet the star tests will be spot on.  What little I found on these scopes was all positive, and indicated a manufacture date in the early 1950s.  I wonder if the OTA would fit on a Unitron 114 mount?



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Posted 21 August 2014 - 06:39 PM

Your Soligor is a beauty!  I bet the star tests will be spot on.  What little I found on these scopes was all positive, and indicated a manufacture date in the early 1950s.  I wonder if the OTA would fit on a Unitron 114 mount?

Thanks Bob. Yes it fits on the 114 mount. It has the screw on plate for mounting like the early Unitrons.



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Posted 21 August 2014 - 07:57 PM

That is a fantastic find!!!  Did you get a mount and tripod with it? 

 

The Astromart auction was for John Siple's (Habsburg8) Sologor. IIRC he described his as f/17.

 

So one of the two he mentioned in his archived post he probably bought from the other owner and eventually sold through Astromart making yours the third recorded here on the forum. I'd call that PDR!



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Posted 21 August 2014 - 08:17 PM

I did not get the mount or tripod. I saw the f/17 reference, but I'm measuring in focus at 915 or so.  I'll have to do some more testing.



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Posted 26 August 2014 - 07:14 AM

Several UO zebra Konigs just sold on eBay for astounding prices.  It looks like my complete set would be worth about three or four times what I paid for it from Jan Seyfried!  NFS, don't bother asking.   :grin:



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Posted 26 August 2014 - 11:51 AM

Oh, Dear, another orphan at the door:

 

This is the first time a bug actually flew out of the box when opened. Usually they crawl.

You out bid me on that one.

Congrats. Looks like a beauty

The ep's and lens cell sceam Goto.



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Posted 26 August 2014 - 11:52 AM

Cell is Bakelite with brass thread inserts? My Goto is like that.



#118 AstroPhys

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 04:19 PM

Seemed too good a price to pass up. Everything I found on these old Soligor refractors sounded interesting.

The cell and associated parts all seem to be aluminum. P8260002 ed.JPG



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Posted 26 August 2014 - 04:34 PM

I'm having a problem trying to figure out what to do to shim up the inside of the focuser because the draw tube slides very easily. There is no indication of what was in place originally. Only three circular ridges now holding the draw tube in place. There must have been something in there to provide some friction. The second photo shows the draw tube in place.

By the way, this focuser is very smooth.P8260003 ed.JPG

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 04:50 PM

P8260002 (2) ed.JPG There is a "tension relief cut" in the focuser barrel and the draw tube is quite scarred. Is it possible this is the only thing that kept friction on the draw tube?



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Posted 26 August 2014 - 05:05 PM

There was probably either thin felt, thin gasket type material, or thin teflon-like strips.  Is there any wiggle room to put some in?



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Posted 26 August 2014 - 05:46 PM

When the draw tube is in place, there is no wiggle. But it is only held by the two ridges at either end of the focuser barrel and one ridge near the middle. So actually there is a lot of room to add whatever is necessary.


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#123 AstroPhys

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 07:25 PM

Or to use a clamp. I wonder what the original looked like.



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Posted 26 August 2014 - 08:37 PM

I bought a  RV-8 advertised on CL. I was tied up  over the weekend so I told the seller it it doesn't sell before Monday I'll take it. It did not sell over the weekend so on Monday it was available for me to purchase. His dad bought it new. Very unusual to see a RV-8. The  RV-6 is a excellent telescope and I'm hoping the RV-8 is equally great. Here are a few pictures.

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 09:57 PM

Suweeet RV-8!


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