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#2026 Chuck Hards

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 03:55 PM

Oh, Soligor is quite well known for their camera lenses.  Telescopes seemed to have been a very small, brief sideline that only returned for them once.  They sold some kind of Bird-Jones CAT years later, and again only briefly.



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Posted 12 February 2018 - 04:47 PM

 

 

Here's another one we don't see often, yet it's one of the consistently good ones and worth grabbing if the objective is free of damage.  Asahi Pentax 60mm x 800mm. 

Chuck, does this Asahi Pentax and or the Soligor have foil spacers between the elements?

 

 

This is what I get for posting old pics.  lol.gif

 

My memory is that both use the foil spacers, but of course I'll have to dig them out to verify.  Will let you know when that happens.  Might take a while.

 

Yeah the photos did not look like they were from February. smile.gif

 

Reason I ask and I suppose we should do a new topic on the subject of these 60/62/63mm x 800mm scopes, if that if they do or do not have the foil spaces what is the optical quality star testing or DPAC.

 

I have a SPI 525 6324 62mm x 800mm. Objective has the foil spacers and cell is the smaller one with the slip on dew shield. Images are very good with good start test as well. See pic of objective.

 

Sears started listing this scope in the Spring 1956 catalog up thru Spring 1959. I don't know for sure where mine dates at...no inspection tag but looking at other versions of this model....estimate the date is somewhere between 1956 and 1958.

 

Getting back on track, at some point albeit in 1959 give or take I'm thinking some of these models objectives no longer had the foil spacers. I don't know if this is case by case depending on the imported model albeit Asahi, SPI, Soligor, Selsi or the plethora of other imported brand. Are the Towa objectives the ones that are not foil spaced or their objective supplier at the time.

 

Wonder if the scopes with the foil spacers have the better objectives (unknown supplier) or more so than the known Circle T labeled scopes with objectives that do not have foil spacers. As Kasmos pointed out is his photos, the Towa cell sans the spacers was not good.

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 06:05 PM

I vote yes on a dedicated thread. Sort of like having one stop shopping that can be bookmarked for info related to the variations and quality of these scopes.



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Posted 13 February 2018 - 06:33 PM

My Meade RG 880 now dusted off and properly configured thanks to the many helpful comments by CN members. You guys and gals are great!attachicon.gif Meade Cal.JPG

Very nice calbear.  Does this mean you're going to keep the scope?  Also, the declination shaft looks a few inches longer than the one that came standard on the RG880.  Is that from an RG1010 or RG1210?



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Posted 13 February 2018 - 09:56 PM

SPI 527-6301  60x1200mm f/20.  My 5'-3" wife Kelly is in one of the pics for scale.  Many thanks to Keith S. for helping me complete this scope!  Just the tripod left to refinish, and it's not bad as-is. 

 

The other, silver scope is a TOPIC brand 60mm.  Dwarfed in comparison.

 

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#2031 Jim Curry

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 06:52 AM

That's quite the mount for that size scope.

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 08:18 AM

Thanks Jim, it is a cool mount, kind of art-deco & streamlined.  Others have commented on the lines of the mount, it is a bit unique.  Very solid and precise.  Current thinking is that Royal Astro was the optics and parts supplier for this model, regardless of the maker's mark of the final assembler.  

 

I've been trying to post scopes from my collection that can be considered "no brainer" acquisitions for newcomers to classic collecting.  Scopes that won't disappoint them optically or mechanically, those that are a cut-above the ubiquitous Towa, in all of it's guises.  


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 11:56 AM

Thanks Jim, it is a cool mount, kind of art-deco & streamlined.  Others have commented on the lines of the mount, it is a bit unique.  Very solid and precise.  Current thinking is that Royal Astro was the optics and parts supplier for this model, regardless of the maker's mark of the final assembler.  

 

I've been trying to post scopes from my collection that can be considered "no brainer" acquisitions for newcomers to classic collecting.  Scopes that won't disappoint them optically or mechanically, those that are a cut-above the ubiquitous Towa, in all of it's guises.  

I thank you for doing this Chuck. I'm new to classic telescope collecting. Lately I have been sorting through the tons of info here trying to learn as much as I can before any attempt at a purchase. I really enjoy seeing the transformation from what they are at the time of acquisition into the beauties the are intended to be. 

 

 The searching out of one that catches my eye. Doing research to determine if it is worth the purchase and, then is it a restoration candidate or a parts donor.  The patients to find the exact piece needed for the particular scope to bring it back to life.

 

I am rather good with my hands with a 20 year background in carpentry and also v-twin engine mechanics. I have an understanding of how things work and why. I've constructed a few telescope related projects for myself and have enjoyed every bit of it.

 

The part I fall short is that being 43 years old, many of these gems are before my time. I don't know anyone that owns or has owned a classic. I will be depending on the community here for my guidance with the classics. The information gained here is priceless. I have seen quite a few members here with no or limited experience end up with truly amazing telescopes they restored with the help and guidance from others here with more experience and know how. This is why I feel no matter what issue I might come across in a restoration project, some member here knows how to remedy it. Even if they don't I have seen countless times the masses come together and discuss or guide the individual toward a solution or felloe member who can or knows a solution. There is such a wealth of information here on this forum. 

 

As soon as I can afford to purchase one that is a worthy candidate you'll be reading about the restoration.

 

P.S. sorry for rambling, I just wanted to thank you for posting some out of the ordinary scopes that are know preform well.(as it is the out of the ordinary I would like to restore/save someday)


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Posted 15 February 2018 - 07:59 AM

Allan, if you can pound nails and swing wrenches, there's nothing in these vintage scopes that will be beyond you..... you just have to study things a bit to figure out how the heck they got that grubscrew or whatever in there, but humans built them, a human can restore them.


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Posted 17 February 2018 - 12:05 PM

Hi all,

 

my first post here ... I am Hannes from Stuttgart / Germany and .. as you all ... I like classical scopes ... :-)

 

here is my "Band of Gypsys" :-)

 

- Vixen Polaris SA 70 (Semi-Apo Triplett; the scope of my daughter)
- Weltblick 609 (76/1200mm); the blue on
- Royal Astro R-74 (76/1200mm)
- Vixen 90/1300mm
- Vixen Pulsar 102M 102/1300mm
- Vixen Sensor 200 Newtonian 200/1000mm

 

Best regards Hannes

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 12:46 PM

Hannes, welcome to the forum!!  Those are some really nice scopes - excellent collection!  The danger of this forum is that you might have twice that amount by the end of the year!! lol.gif


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Posted 17 February 2018 - 12:46 PM

SPI 527-6301  60x1200mm f/20.  My 5'-3" wife Kelly is in one of the pics for scale.  Many thanks to Keith S. for helping me complete this scope!  Just the tripod left to refinish, and it's not bad as-is. 

 

The other, silver scope is a TOPIC brand 60mm.  Dwarfed in comparison.

 

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Love those scopes, Chuck! Beautiful condition. Thanks for sharing.


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#2038 akman1955

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 02:09 PM

Takes a lot of eggs to make an omelet!

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 03:12 PM

Hannes, Welcome to The Classics!  Your "Band of Gypsys" is wonderful.  Until this Forum, I had no idea Vixen had such a large & diverse product line, with reliable quality, too.  I'd say you have the bases covered.


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Posted 17 February 2018 - 04:25 PM

Hi all,

 

my first post here ... I am Hannes from Stuttgart / Germany and .. as you all ... I like classical scopes ... :-)

 

here is my "Band of Gypsys" :-)

 

- Vixen Polaris SA 70 (Semi-Apo Triplett; the scope of my daughter)
- Weltblick 609 (76/1200mm); the blue on
- Royal Astro R-74 (76/1200mm)
- Vixen 90/1300mm
- Vixen Pulsar 102M 102/1300mm
- Vixen Sensor 200 Newtonian 200/1000mm

 

Best regards Hannes

SWEET! Looks like my house :) Your Weltblick is identical to my Sears 6344 and your Astro Optical to my Tasco 0TE-5. I also have a 90/1400 AO. Love the 8" Newt!

 

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 09:22 PM

I believe a Japanese Meade 226 with a Meade MA25mm .965" ep is a classic, right?  I was going to sell this little scope, but decided it was too nice.  With a little cleaning, and polishing, it is a nice little scope.  Just perfect for my little nephew, and his older siblings.  Granted, a telescope is difficult for a little person, but he is fairly exceptional, and his siblings are 10+ yrs older than him.  It isn't a showpiece, so it isn't a travesty if it gets knocked around a bit, but it has very nice views.  

 

He was very excited about it, and for a 2 yr old kid ALL over it.  His momma texted me later to tell me that he is already pretty possessive of it, and bossy with the older kids.  He is giving them instruction on the proper use of HIS "scelescope".  Now I have to keep my eyes open for another .965" ep or two.  

 

I wasn't sure where else to post this, so I hope that this thread is ok.  It had to be posted somewhere, though.  lol.gif 

 

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Posted 18 February 2018 - 05:17 PM

I ran across some pictures of my 3 inch f/30 Beelerscope.

Back in the 1940's you sent your $1.95 to North Hollywood Calif. and got yourself

a Beelerscope kit postpaid.

I found one of these kits on ebay unopened. I sat and wondered if I should build the

Beelerscope, or should the well preserved little time capsule remain in its box.

I decided to go ahead, and I built it exactly as drawn and described.

It's a singlet, and even at f/30 shows some color. I should get it out again and play with

it. I never did try out the yellow filter, and some other experiments I wanted to do.

I think its interesting, this is 'the way it was.'

Robert

 

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Posted 19 February 2018 - 02:30 AM

Hi all,

thanks for your kind welcome ;-)


yeah, this "Band of Gypsys" (oh, I like Jimi Hendrix, he was the greatest ;-) ) ist not all ... there is also a Zeiss Telementor, a Zeiss AS 80/1200 (in a self build tube) ... a Lichtenknecker FH 110/1500 ... and until last week a great Tasco 13-V (now sold)  ... also a complete (second) Royal-Astro R-74 ...

Here´s  the sold Tasco-13-V; a 80/910mm refractor; early 80ties ...

 

Have a nice day :-) regards Hannes

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Posted 19 February 2018 - 06:48 AM

Hi all,

 

my first post here ... I am Hannes from Stuttgart / Germany and .. as you all ... I like classical scopes ... :-)

 

here is my "Band of Gypsys" :-)

 

- Vixen Polaris SA 70 (Semi-Apo Triplett; the scope of my daughter)
- Weltblick 609 (76/1200mm); the blue on
- Royal Astro R-74 (76/1200mm)
- Vixen 90/1300mm
- Vixen Pulsar 102M 102/1300mm
- Vixen Sensor 200 Newtonian 200/1000mm

 

Best regards Hannes

RE the Weltblick, a naive understanding of German suggests that "vergütet" means "corrected" (tempered), but I suspect it really means "hard coated" - nicht wahr? My Sears 6344 which is the same scope simply says "COATED".

 

-drl



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Posted 19 February 2018 - 09:42 AM

Weltbeck is also a German Nihon-Seiko (Unitron/Polarex) label. 


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Posted 19 February 2018 - 03:09 PM

A Tasco like a Celestron/Vixen SP-C80. Never knew Tasco sold those. Pretty cool!



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Posted 20 February 2018 - 11:22 AM

A Vixen Tasco ... nice !!

 

 

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would be great to see an image of the objective.


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Posted 22 February 2018 - 09:11 AM

I know it isn't me with a telescope, but my wife seemed to think it was a great bday present.

 

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Posted 22 February 2018 - 09:11 AM

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Hi

 

I try to find a picture ... maybe a little bit difficult because the old Tasco is sold ... but somewhere I must have a pic ;-) 

 

regards hannes


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Posted 22 February 2018 - 10:34 AM

Hi all,

 

my first post here ... I am Hannes from Stuttgart / Germany and .. as you all ... I like classical scopes ... :-)

 

here is my "Band of Gypsys" :-)

 

- Vixen Polaris SA 70 (Semi-Apo Triplett; the scope of my daughter)
- Weltblick 609 (76/1200mm); the blue on
- Royal Astro R-74 (76/1200mm)
- Vixen 90/1300mm
- Vixen Pulsar 102M 102/1300mm
- Vixen Sensor 200 Newtonian 200/1000mm

 

Best regards Hannes

 

Willkommen Hannes.

 

Ausgezeichnet!


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