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#1 oldtimer

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 12:13 PM

My new year's resolution is to 'absolutely' stop rescueing small telescopes from Goodwill.  However I find I must still stop in to see what might be there. Today I found two 10 pound counterweights. They were not from any weightlifting equipment as they were both bored to 20mm and had set screws. Since I have two mounts with 20mm dec shafts and they were only $2 each I grabbed them.


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Posted 11 January 2017 - 01:02 PM

My new year's resolution is to 'absolutely' stop rescueing small telescopes from Goodwill.  However I find I must still stop in to see what might be there. Today I found two 10 pound counterweights. They were not from any weightlifting equipment as they were both bored to 20mm and had set screws. Since I have two mounts with 20mm dec shafts and they were only $2 each I grabbed them.

 

A rule of thumb:

 

Anytime one makes such a resolution or feels as if the lineup is finally finished and there will be no more purchases, another purchase is just right around the corner..

 

Jon


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Posted 11 January 2017 - 02:06 PM

 

My new year's resolution is to 'absolutely' stop rescueing small telescopes from Goodwill.  However I find I must still stop in to see what might be there. Today I found two 10 pound counterweights. They were not from any weightlifting equipment as they were both bored to 20mm and had set screws. Since I have two mounts with 20mm dec shafts and they were only $2 each I grabbed them.

 

A rule of thumb:

 

Anytime one makes such a resolution or feels as if the lineup is finally finished and there will be no more purchases, another purchase is just right around the corner..

 

Jon

 

Boy! Is that all I have to do to find new scopes? Then I resolve to stop buying scopes! 


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Posted 11 January 2017 - 02:33 PM

Thrift stores are addictive!  :lol:

 

When you least expect it there is always something that you just can't pass up.

 

The price is always right, especially if you only go on the days when everything is 50% off. :like:

 

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 02:59 PM

Today I found two 10 pound counterweights.

 

Just curious, are they 10 pound weights or 11 pound = 5.0 Kilo weights?

 

Jon



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Posted 11 January 2017 - 03:40 PM

Every time I've been in our local Goodwill, it's only old toasters, coffee cups, beat-up books and clothes. Nothing ever really interesting...


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Posted 11 January 2017 - 07:06 PM

I routinely visit all the thrift shops (Goodwill Salvation Army etc) in the area.  I've never seen anything other than junk toy level telescopes.  I have seen a few decent microscopes.  Left them all hoping that someone worthy would end up with them.  Probably wouldn't do the same with a desirable telescope.  More than once I've gone back for a book that caught my eye.



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Posted 11 January 2017 - 07:57 PM

I routinely visit all the thrift shops (Goodwill Salvation Army etc) in the area.  I've never seen anything other than junk toy level telescopes.  I have seen a few decent microscopes.  Left them all hoping that someone worthy would end up with them.  Probably wouldn't do the same with a desirable telescope.  More than once I've gone back for a book that caught my eye.

I went to a church donation center last week and walked out with an EQ1 version type mount for small scopes. Needed a new leg and 2 knob screws which I ordered very cheaply. I tore the mount completely apart and removed the original glue grease and replaced with Super Lube.The cost of the mount was $10! Waiting for a few small parts so I can pull out of storage my Jason 311 60mm refractor with a Crawmach 1.25" (one of the last made before Crawmach stop making them) focuser! I will post pictures of the Mount and scope with in 2 weeks as soon as the final parts come in and get painted. Got lucky I guess as the mount was $25 then $18, then $10. The people at the church had no idea what it was let alone how to use it, nor did those coming in to look at and buy items, until me!

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 10:09 PM

Over the last six years I have Goodwill scored;

 

Two 60mm refractors (one being an ETX),  one 70mm, one 80mm reflector, a few nice tripods and the counterweights.


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Posted 11 January 2017 - 10:17 PM

No scopes, but I have gotten some 7X35 and 10X50 Nikon binoculars at the thrift store..



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Posted 12 January 2017 - 11:02 PM

Not Goodwill but a local re-sale shop with an incredible array of junk.

 

I was in there one day and saw a really nice old binocular that looked like a Zeiss made unit.  Very sharp optics.   Price was $15.

 

The lady running the shop looked kind of shocked when I didn't try to talk her down.

 

I went home and posted on CN Classifeds and sold it for $75 three hours later. 

 

I wish I were that good at picking stocks.. LOL. 


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Posted 21 January 2017 - 02:51 PM

 

I went to a church donation center last week and walked out with an EQ1 version type mount for small scopes. Needed a new leg and 2 knob screws which I ordered very cheaply. I tore the mount completely apart and removed the original glue grease and replaced with Super Lube.The cost of the mount was $10! Waiting for a few small parts so I can pull out of storage my Jason 311 60mm refractor with a Crawmach 1.25" (one of the last made before Crawmach stop making them) focuser! I will post pictures of the Mount and scope with in 2 weeks as soon as the final parts come in and get painted. Got lucky I guess as the mount was $25 then $18, then $10. The people at the church had no idea what it was let alone how to use it, nor did those coming in to look at and buy items, until me!

Cheers

Don

Well the parts came in for the EQ-1 Tripod I bought for $10. The parts consist of 3 new tripod legs and 2 locking knobs needed for the RA & Dec Axis. Total cost to get the mount up and running = $35. After tearing the RA & Dec apart to remove the "glue" grease and replace with Super Lube, both axis's are smooth as can be!

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NOTE: The small refractor (Jason Constellation 311) 60mm f/11.6 was NOT found at a Goodwill or Garage Sale. It was given to me as a birthday present 42 years ago! Over the years I modified it with a new Regal Blue paint job and replaced the junk 5x24 finderscope with a vintage Edmunds 6x30 finderscope. I also got rid of the .965 focuser and replaced it with a 1.25" Crawmach Focuser Crayford Style Single Speed. It was just about the last focuser Dan Crawmach made before he stopped making focusers for small refractors! Collimation is spot on and the views are pin points! It then sat in a box stored away for over 20+ years because I did not have a small mount for it as my other refractors were using mounts I had for them. Thus when I saw the EQ-1 for sale one day I thought it would be a good project and bring new life to the scope that started my astronomy journey from the get-go.

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Below are some pictures I promised now that the mount is completed.  IMG_2731.JPG IMG_2732.JPG IMG_2733.JPG IMG_2735.JPG IMG_2736.JPG IMG_2737.JPG


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Posted 23 January 2017 - 09:10 PM

Nice job. A fun project and a 'keeper'


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Posted 23 January 2017 - 10:05 PM

Nice job. A fun project and a 'keeper'

Thank you oldtimer! 

Cheers

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Posted 23 January 2017 - 11:19 PM

they were only $2 each I grabbed them.


Waste of $


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