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#26 Bomber Bob

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 02:44 PM

Go JW. Empty out that retirement account

On the 20TE?  Naw!  Now, one of Percival Lowell's refractors...


 

#27 starman876

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 03:15 PM

That would be above your pay grade


 

#28 Garyth64

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 04:16 PM

If I were to buy a 20TE, for $4800,  it would need more than a rare great looking scope with all the accessories, that gave great views.  It would also have to be used all the time, be a great grab and go, easy set up, not too heavy to assemble myself, or be put in a small roll off.  Cripe, I'm don't want to assemble my Unitron 128 for fear I may scratch the paint.  My hands would be trembling setting the 20TE up.

 

No, I don't think I could own an expensive scope.

 

However, if I were out in CO, and did have an observatory, I might buy a 12-14" SCT and put it on a great mount.  That's were I could justify 4-6 grand.  That's was/is going to be my retirement reward.  For now, I'm satisfying my needs with a few cheap classics, and my homemade scopes.  (yep, feeling a little melancholy this evening.)


 

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 04:27 PM

Would the 20TE be better than, say, an FC100* for about half that?

 

It's a rare, beautiful, and valuable classic and I'm not disputing its value.  Just curious as to what can be achieved in a near perfect 100mm long f/l achromat compared to modern offerings.


 

#30 Bomber Bob

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 04:36 PM

Cripe, I'm don't want to assemble my Unitron 128 for fear I may scratch the paint.

 

That's the rub with owning uncommon and/or expensive Classics.  Do you dare use it??  I used the Mogey much more often before I got it all purdeed-up...

 

The Tinsley is my early-retirement gift.  And thanks to Dave, it takes little effort to roll it out of the shed - I (hopefully!) have many years left to enjoy its views.  The Questar is my Old Fogey scope for when I can't lift & move heavy scopes.

 

IMHO, the Tasco 20TE deserves an observatory.  OTOH, imagine setting it up for a public showing - lots of Wows!


 

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 04:37 PM

It's not about if the 20TE was better than a FC100, I believe it's about owning a rare classic.  I believe my 6"  newt would give better views, but that's not the point either.  Is that 4" Unitron for sale for 7 grand better than the 20TE?  They both probably have great lenses.  I couldn't own that 4" unitron either.

 

Those scopes are expensive toys for the ones who have the big bucks. Dollar for dollar, I get  way more satisfaction with my stuff.


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#32 Bomber Bob

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 04:48 PM

Dollar for dollar, I get my way more satisfaction with my stuff.

 

Both my Royal 76mm refractors beat the Mogey for color correction; but I gotta give that old lens credit, it can show about the same fine detail at the same magnification.  On some objects, my $150 Criterion RV-6 is better than any 4" refractor that I've used -- Dakin, Edmund, or Unitron.  You don't have to spend a lot to get a lot of performance.


 

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 04:57 PM

It's not about if the 20TE was better than a FC100, I believe it's about owning a rare classic.  I believe my 6"  newt would give better views, but that's not the point either.  Is that 4" Unitron for sale for 7 grand better than the 20TE?  They both probably have great lenses.  I couldn't own that 4" unitron either.

 

Those scopes are expensive toys for the ones who have the big bucks. Dollar for dollar, I get my way more satisfaction with my stuff.

I totally agree Gary, I think us bottom feeders do just nicely and have plenty of fun at our "Pay Grade"


 

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 07:22 PM

Criterion Dynamax RV (I think 6").  Pick up only at North Versailles, PA ShopGoodwill.  With rings, finder, pedestal, clock drive, etc.

 

https://www.shopgood...e-38585669.html


 

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 07:30 PM

I don't see a pedestal?


 

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 08:28 PM

Edmund Scientific 1" Heavy Duty with non-stock refractor legs from

the 1950's:

https://www.cloudyni...-for-refractor/

 

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#37 Bomber Bob

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 08:47 PM

Edmund Scientific 1" Heavy Duty with non-stock refractor legs from

the 1950's:

https://www.cloudyni...-for-refractor/

 

Robert 

Slightly different from mine.  These are great mounts for carrying those LONG tubes - near zero friction means you can leave both axes unlocked and manually track without causing vibrations.  Brian finds some great stuff - again.


 

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 12:35 AM

I don't see a pedestal?

Deepwoods1

 

I think you are right.  On closer inspection I only see pedestal feet.  Sorry for the mistake.


 

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 01:16 AM

Isn't the pedestal in the box under the legs with the other mount parts. It's the first pic in the ad the grey tube.


 

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 01:20 AM

Isn't the pedestal in the box under the legs with the other mount parts. It's the first pic in the ad the grey tube.

I think you are correct. It's camouflaged by the legs!


 

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 03:42 PM

Perhaps a bit pricey at $600, but it is an Ultima.  Can't tell whether it's the one with the hard to replace lead-acid batteries, or the later 9 volt?

 

https://losangeles.c...6078173267.html

 

I've wanted one of them those for a long time, but not now that I have 2 fine C-8s, a 9.25 and a 2045.

 

-Tim.


 

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 07:59 PM

http://www.ebay.com/...3sAAOSwB-1Y3sDG

 

here is a telescope for JW to restore


 

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 08:14 PM

http://www.ebay.com/...XoAAOSwCU1Y2D4q

 

very pretty tasco 7TE

 

 

http://www.ebay.com/...sd=361947004216

 

comet tracker


Edited by starman876, 08 April 2017 - 08:15 PM.

 

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 10:02 PM

http://www.ebay.com/...sd=361947004216

 

comet tracker

 

 

overpriced finder scope


 

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 10:55 PM

Claiming to be a good Dynamax 8:

 

https://vermont.crai...6079243847.html


 

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 11:00 PM

Claiming to be a good Dynamax 8:

 

https://vermont.crai...6079243847.html

That DX8 has been on the market for quite some time.  At $750, it'll stay on the market for a good long while.


 

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Posted 09 April 2017 - 08:16 AM

I wonder who's going to pick up that orange C14 in  Alabama?


 

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Posted 09 April 2017 - 08:37 AM

http://www.ebay.com/...sd=361947004216

 

comet tracker

 

 

overpriced finder scope

Junk.


 

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Posted 09 April 2017 - 09:19 AM

 

http://www.ebay.com/...sd=361947004216

 

comet tracker

 

 

overpriced finder scope

Junk.

 

I know but it will fit in the vettelol.gif


Edited by starman876, 09 April 2017 - 09:20 AM.

 

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Posted 09 April 2017 - 10:17 AM

 

http://www.ebay.com/...sd=361947004216

 

comet tracker

 

 

overpriced finder scope

Junk.

 

False, the Spiratone are not junk , the price of that unit is a robbery, but when they are at a low price, as well said Bob the Spiratone is a nice finder  waytogo.gif (it has more personality, than most of the current finders).

 

In person it looks very good and with finishes of another time wub.png , is a finder with a retro touch very interesting for some of us (but at low price of course, not to what it asks that crazy vendor ph34r.png blink.png ).


 


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