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#1 dablodger

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 02:24 PM

First I would like to thank everyone who posted advice on ways to get me up and running with my garage sale purchase.  To get started, I decided to get a .965 to 1.25 star diagonal, along with an 8mm-24mm zoom eyepiece, which would be easiest with all the grandkids.  And after more than a few youtube videos on how to set-up and use an equatorial mount, my wife and I had our maiden voyage last night.  The results, in a word, WOW!

 

We were actually very surprised how close, clear and rather exciting it was to see the intricacies of the moon surface.  Although we knew we could go to internet and see close-up photos of the moon, but for some reason, it was quite special and, somewhat addicting, to actually view it from our backyard.  We actually discussed which part of the surface we "liked" best.  Initially we tried it without the motor drive and as everyone knows, the moon just wouldn't stay put.  Once the motor drive was attached, it held the position with about 80-90% accuracy, which I attribute to not aligning perfectly beforehand.

 

Tonight we will attempt Saturn.

 

Cheers,

Don

 

 

 

 



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Posted 05 September 2014 - 12:34 AM

Sounds great Don, glad you had an excellent experience. How did you end up with a $30 Unitron? Can you post a photo or two? Enjoy the scope, Saturn should be nice :)



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Posted 05 September 2014 - 03:03 PM

Here is a pix of the 128.  I picked it up at a garage sale the other week.  I offered $20 and they countered at $30, and I took it.  Original boxes as well.  Thanks for asking.

 

https://www.flickr.c...57646331632300/

 

Don



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Posted 05 September 2014 - 03:04 PM

WOW!!! What a deal!!!! Congrats.



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Posted 05 September 2014 - 08:49 PM

Deal of the century, buddy!   That scope is killer on the moon, and much fun on planets and double stars.  Fantastic mount as well.  And, it's a piece of history, plain and simple.  Count your lucky stars (no pun).  



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Posted 05 September 2014 - 10:04 PM

Don, I have to ask:  Were you wearing a mask and holding a six-shooter when you acquired the scope?

 

Just messing with you.  Congrats on a fantastic find.  Hope you enjoy it for many years to come.

 

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Posted 08 September 2014 - 10:19 AM

Here is a pix of the 128.  I picked it up at a garage sale the other week.  I offered $20 and they countered at $30, and I took it.  Original boxes as well.  Thanks for asking.

 

https://www.flickr.c...57646331632300/

 

Don

Great scope for the price. What a steal !  I'll give you double what you paid. Instantly, LOL !



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Posted 08 September 2014 - 10:33 AM

 

Here is a pix of the 128.  I picked it up at a garage sale the other week.  I offered $20 and they countered at $30, and I took it.  Original boxes as well.  Thanks for asking.

 

https://www.flickr.c...57646331632300/

 

Don

Great scope for the price. What a steal !  I'll give you double what you paid. Instantly, LOL !

 

I'LL double his offer! :lol:



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Posted 08 September 2014 - 10:37 AM

 For $30 you now have one of the better 60mm classic refractors that is perfectly usable today(tonight barring clouds!). 

 You'll not likely get such a deal on the Unihex but if you add that accessory it will make the scope more convenient to use.



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Posted 08 September 2014 - 09:01 PM

The Unihex is by far my favorite & most-used accessory.



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Posted 08 September 2014 - 11:59 PM

There is a Unihex for sale on Astromart...

 

http://www.astromart...ified_id=865696


Edited by crazyqban, 08 September 2014 - 11:59 PM.


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Posted 09 September 2014 - 05:11 PM

First I would like to thank everyone who posted advice on ways to get me up and running with my garage sale purchase.  To get started, I decided to get a .965 to 1.25 star diagonal, along with an 8mm-24mm zoom eyepiece, which would be easiest with all the grandkids.  And after more than a few youtube videos on how to set-up and use an equatorial mount, my wife and I had our maiden voyage last night.  The results, in a word, WOW!

 

We were actually very surprised how close, clear and rather exciting it was to see the intricacies of the moon surface.  Although we knew we could go to internet and see close-up photos of the moon, but for some reason, it was quite special and, somewhat addicting, to actually view it from our backyard.  We actually discussed which part of the surface we "liked" best.  Initially we tried it without the motor drive and as everyone knows, the moon just wouldn't stay put.  Once the motor drive was attached, it held the position with about 80-90% accuracy, which I attribute to not aligning perfectly beforehand.

 

Tonight we will attempt Saturn.

 

Cheers,

Don

BTW, if you want to get rid of the hybrid diagonal altogether, go to Astronomy Shoppe.com and you can get a replacement visual back for your Unitron.  It is a direct screw in piece and will allow the use of a 1.25" diagonal.  I got two and they are great.  Here's the link.  Click and scroll down the page a bit.

http://astronomy-sho...om/?page_id=188


Edited by choran, 12 September 2014 - 03:20 PM.


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Posted 11 September 2014 - 03:58 AM

Not finding that unitron visual back? Is link correct?



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Posted 11 September 2014 - 11:16 PM

I just clicked on it and it worked well.



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Posted 12 September 2014 - 05:49 AM

 

We were actually very surprised how close, clear and rather exciting it was to see the intricacies of the moon surface.  Although we knew we could go to internet and see close-up photos of the moon, but for some reason, it was quite special and, somewhat addicting, to actually view it from our backyard.  We actually discussed which part of the surface we "liked" best.  Initially we tried it without the motor drive and as everyone knows, the moon just wouldn't stay put.  

 

:waytogo: IME & IMO, it's always more enjoyable to see objects in the sky with my own eyes through a telescope.  Pictures just don't cut it.

 

Mike


Edited by Sarkikos, 12 September 2014 - 07:31 PM.


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Posted 12 September 2014 - 11:41 AM

If pictures alone were sufficient travel agencies would not exist.

There is a desire to  see things with one's own eyes.



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Posted 12 September 2014 - 03:18 PM

Not finding that unitron visual back? Is link correct?

 

Not finding that unitron visual back? Is link correct?

http://astronomy-sho...om/?page_id=188

and then scroll down the page.



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Posted 13 September 2014 - 12:03 PM

 

Not finding that unitron visual back? Is link correct?

 

Not finding that unitron visual back? Is link correct?

http://astronomy-sho...om/?page_id=188

and then scroll down the page.

 

OK!Thanks.



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Posted 14 September 2014 - 02:27 PM

Vixen adapter #7397 or something like that , I can't remember the number for sure but it was available for about 30 bucks . I know the thing is talked about in several threads . It's actually metal and I have one on an old Tasco 7T which now uses 1.25" stuff . 



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Posted 14 September 2014 - 05:21 PM

I also have the Vixen adapter on my Tascos and Manon/Mayflower ... but it didn't fit on my Unitron 128.  I have a custom-made adapter for it.  The Astronomy-shoppe one is the only other one I know of.

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Posted 14 September 2014 - 05:46 PM

Yep, the Vixens won't fit any Unitron.  Astonomy Shoppe's will, as well as an adapter made by Xavier, a CN member in Belgium.



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Posted 15 September 2014 - 12:03 AM

Yep, the Vixens won't fit any Unitron.  Astonomy Shoppe's will, as well as an adapter made by Xavier, a CN member in Belgium.

The best buy for this part is Celestron's visual back for SCTs.




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