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#51 starman876

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 05:32 PM

 

 

"Free solid gold counterweights with every purchase might induce me to become a member."- AS



I'm with you Fred. To me, it's like paying for a discount department store membership. I haven't done that yet either! No thank you!

Let me see.  A one time $12 membership fee.  I agree, that is a lot to pay for something that lasts a lifetime.  I can see why you guys are holding out.  I take it you guys never go out to eat. That normally costs a lot more than $12 :lol:

 

 

It's $12/year.  They changed it a while ago.

 

Say it is not so.


 

#52 Chuck Hards

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 05:39 PM

Reel it in, gang.  Stay on-topic.  Back to the ads.


 

#53 starman876

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 06:10 PM

had no idea we were fishing Chuck. We were discussing Astromart ads and who could read them and who could not.


Edited by starman876, 17 December 2014 - 06:11 PM.

 

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 06:25 PM

 

 

Celestron/Vixen C70 Fluorite 'ULTRA RARE' - $810 on Amart....

 

http://www.astromart...ified_id=874547

 

 

I saw that listing for the C70 come out early this morning and stared at it for a while.  I hugged the one I have fondly.  I had no clue that Vixen C70 was worth that much money?

 

 

I have a similar vintage C80F that someone overpainted white before I got it, sadly...  I wouldn't even let it go for $810.  It's that good.  The C70F is that rare.  The C50F is even rarer.  My C102F is the later black tube anyway.

 

Alas, though, since Herb decided to kick me (and many others) off Astromart a few months ago, I've missed some opportunities to pick up some interesting stuff.  This would be one of the most 'interesting' items I'd have seen.  Too bad they don't also sell on CN.  Someone will get a gem.


 

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 06:26 PM

Well i could post some fishing pics, but would rather reel in some deals in my local area.

 

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 06:31 PM

Wow! I wonder what you have to do to get kicked off of a pay service! I'm up for that! But that would mean I would have to pay before I could get myself kicked off! Oh well!! And yes, Johann, we go out to eat. Today in fact. Also, tomorrow and again on Friday. Its the principle of the thing. 12 dollars a year, just for the option of maybe buying something leaves a dirty taste in my mouth!

Edited by terraclarke, 17 December 2014 - 06:33 PM.

 

#57 Chuck Hards

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 06:38 PM

had no idea we were fishing Chuck. We were discussing Astromart ads and who could read them and who could not.

 

Yes.  This isn't the place to discuss AM policy.

 

Thanks!


 

#58 AstroPhys

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 07:14 PM

Polarex telescope refractor RA motor drive assembly

 

http://www.ebay.com/...=item2c936f1b97

 

For 128. I guess now we'll find what these will sell for.

 

But, then again, it's the wrong voltage.


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#59 Jim Curry

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 07:48 PM

 

Love that mystery mount. It almost makes me want to get a membership to Amart

That mystery mount has Losmandy written all over it.

 

 

I don't think it's a production mount.  Too basic.  Finely machined and looks like an anodized finish but no gearing, no drive, no slo-mo.  Aside from the milled flat mentioned and the 3 support plates it's a straight forward turning/boring job.  My thoughts anyway.

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Edited by Jim Curry, 17 December 2014 - 07:48 PM.

 

#60 Chuck Hards

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 08:07 PM

I agree, it's a one-off.

 

The housings are huge for 1" shafting, so either it has giant bearings or there's a lot of empty space inside.   The seeming lack of provision for a RA drive also argues against commercial work.


 

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 08:40 PM

 

I have been staring at this for an hour with my finger over the BIN....nope

 

http://www.ebay.com/...=item462f6964d8

not even for the three clave eyepieces :p worth about $1000.  Who knows what is in the barlow box.  The other eyepieces also look very interesting.

 

Wow what a cool scope. I'm not familiar with Clave eyepieces but the telescope is very nice.

 

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#62 Steve_M_M

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 08:45 PM

The ad

 

 

 

I have been staring at this for an hour with my finger over the BIN....nope

 

http://www.ebay.com/...=item462f6964d8

not even for the three clave eyepieces :p worth about $1000.  Who knows what is in the barlow box.  The other eyepieces also look very interesting.

 

Wow what a cool scope. I'm not familiar with Clave eyepieces but the telescope is very nice.

 

Robert

 

The ad was updated with a question....Yep, I would like 3 nice Clave's, what is probably a Clave barlow and some nice Orthos for $250. Geez


Edited by Steve_M_M, 17 December 2014 - 08:46 PM.

 

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 09:09 PM

I saw that listing for the C70 come out early this morning and stared at it for a while.  I hugged the one I have fondly.  I had no clue that Vixen C70 was worth that much money?

 

 

I have a Celestron price list from early '84 that lists the C70 Fluorite OTA at $840. I wonder what that translates to in today's telescope dollars?

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#64 mikey cee

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 11:03 PM

 

I saw that listing for the C70 come out early this morning and stared at it for a while.  I hugged the one I have fondly.  I had no clue that Vixen C70 was worth that much money?

 

 

I have a Celestron price list from early '84 that lists the C70 Fluorite OTA at $840. I wonder what that translates to in today's telescope dollars?

Bill

 

Well after a mere 127% of inflation how about $1,910.00. Not bad for a strong dollar huh?  :lol:  Mike


 

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Posted 18 December 2014 - 10:00 AM

Nice Carton 60mm equatorial in wooden box:

 

http://www.ebay.com/...=item51c4fd7186

 

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Even nicer Towa 60mm on EQ mount:

 

http://www.ebay.com/...197294982&rt=nc


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Posted 18 December 2014 - 10:03 AM

Nice Carton 60mm equatorial in wooden box:

 

http://www.ebay.com/...=item51c4fd7186

 

That's been on there for what, a month and a half?  Seller won't budge on his asking price. 


 

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Posted 18 December 2014 - 10:09 AM

I don't know from small refractors, but I did think that both those scopes seemed a bit pricey; however, both do look fairly minty and, given the manufacturers, the optics should be excellent.


 

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Posted 18 December 2014 - 02:01 PM

It isn't offered  new and I think it is a great scope:

Bushnell Ares 6 Dobsonian on ebay $149 to start..

but pick up only in Pennsylvania.


Edited by BigC, 18 December 2014 - 02:01 PM.

 

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Posted 18 December 2014 - 03:05 PM

 

 

Early Unitron 140 (75mm) here on CN and here in Houston (tempting) but in rather scary condition for me to take on as a project. 

http://www.cloudynig...el-140-w-boxes/

 

This 75mm needs to be completely restored.

 

The condition of the objective is uncertain and it is missing the finder objective.

 

But for $275 ...

 

I an sure someone here will pick it up !!

 

It really is not worth restoring for $275.  You will put far more into it then it is worth.

 

 

But on the other hand, what it is worth is not always the objective in restoration. Sometimes people just enjoy bringing new life to an old beat-up fill in the bank.


 

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Posted 18 December 2014 - 08:18 PM

Didn't see this mentioned

 

An old 1950's Criterion equatorial mount for 8" Dynascope with combo pier and tripod

 

http://www.ebay.com/...mCondition=3000

 

1.5" shafts and pretty cool the pier, says the motors work!  Could be a beaut if you have the right scope to put on it and a good place to mount that beast.  The seller is really working hard to keep shipping cheap too...


 

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Posted 19 December 2014 - 06:36 PM

8-1/2" f-12 refractor- Byers telescope

 

 

http://www.ebay.com/...=item4d2a30c1b4


 

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Posted 19 December 2014 - 06:45 PM

No dewcap is the deal breaker.  :>)  :>}


 

#73 Chuck Hards

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Posted 19 December 2014 - 06:50 PM

No dewcap is the deal breaker.  :>)  :>}

 

I was thinking that it would be funny to stick a tin can on there for a dewcap.  Probably give Ed fits. 


 

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Posted 19 December 2014 - 07:31 PM

 

No dewcap is the deal breaker.  :>)  :>}

 

I was thinking that it would be funny to stick a tin can on there for a dewcap.  Probably give Ed fits. 

 

Chuck, you might might want to think about getting a second paper route if you want to buy that scope... :lol:

 

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Posted 19 December 2014 - 08:07 PM

This may be blasphemy but if I am going to spend that much for a scope it is going to have a round tube.    ;)

I was thinking the same thing. What the heck is that.  A square tube.  Maybe in the 18th century, but not in this day and age.  Not for that kind of money.


 


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