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#376 davidmcgo

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Posted 20 May 2018 - 09:01 AM

I did just that, there were pics of the optics added later and for quartz if figured it could be a good buy since everything looks pretty much unused.  Never had a Questar before, and I’m  really looking forward to getting it!

 

I’m a sucker for smaller scopes, the ones I have get a lot more use than my big ones and it will be fun running this alongside my 1976 C5 and Unitron 114 ;-)

 

Dave

 

 

 

1965 Vintage Questar 3.5" TELESCOPE w Leather Case+Manual-Only used a few times

 

5-QTZ-2181

 

Pros:

  • Beautiful era.
  • Nice condition
  • Manual

Cons:

  • No optics photos, but Ebay guarantees "fully operational and functions as intended."

Buy-it-now price is high, but a smart bidder might grab this with a $2000 bid in the final seconds because of the slightly high starting bid - I predict the virtually identical one that ends the day after this will fetch a higher price because it started at $500 and has more bid activity.


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Posted 20 May 2018 - 10:00 AM

Congratulations on a good buy!

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Posted 20 May 2018 - 09:22 PM

Just won the auction for this one... grabbed it for $1,975. 

 

Was this a good deal? 

 

To be honest, i'm a little concerned because there are no pictures of the optics.

 

https://www.ebay.com...=p2471758.m4704


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Posted 20 May 2018 - 09:32 PM

Jag, I think you did very well.  That case looks like a treasure, and the color of the barrel is stunning.  Don't sweat the optics, and have faith in the "EX+" condition and Ebay standard guarantee: "fully operational and functions as intended." 

 

Interesting that the two similar scopes came out virtually the same.  I had thought this would go for ~$2200.


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Posted 20 May 2018 - 09:41 PM

Ben,
Thanks a lot. When it arrives, do you have a good way of evaluating the optics that I can do at home you would recommend?

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Posted 20 May 2018 - 09:55 PM

Ben,
Thanks a lot. When it arrives, do you have a good way of evaluating the optics that I can do at home you would recommend?

Funny you should ask...



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Posted 21 May 2018 - 08:30 AM

QUESTAR 3.5" Telescope with Zerodur Mirror & Broad Band coating + Powerglide (sic) II

 

9-10921-Z-BB

 

Pros:

  • "Excellent condition, exquisite optics. No dust, fog, fungus or blemish."
  • Powerguide II
  • Good photos
  • Fair starting price
  • Really looks like a new scope would.

Cons:

  • None at all for those who like this era and the new look.

Not a steal at the starting bid, but a fair price for the right buyer.  A real alternative to a new scope.

...annnnd he just raised the starting bid AGAIN from $2900 to $3200.  This guy is crazy and doesn't understand this will never sell!

 

Started at $2500.  No bids.  Raised it to $2900.  No bids.  Raised it to $3200 just 2 days before the auction ends.  I think this will definitely be a Questar that ends up living on eBay for the next year being reposted.


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Posted 21 May 2018 - 08:54 PM

...annnnd he just raised the starting bid AGAIN from $2900 to $3200.  This guy is crazy and doesn't understand this will never sell!

 

Started at $2500.  No bids.  Raised it to $2900.  No bids.  Raised it to $3200 just 2 days before the auction ends.  I think this will definitely be a Questar that ends up living on eBay for the next year being reposted.

Except it did:

 

https://www.ebay.com...true&rmvSB=true



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Posted 21 May 2018 - 10:24 PM

RichA,

 

Yahoo, that one beat us all to hell.  BIN $3250 wins out over a starting bid of $2500.  Bet the buyer worked a deal on this one.

 

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Posted 26 May 2018 - 03:20 PM

So my 1965 quartz 3.5 got here today and looks fabulous!  A couple of flecks of dust on the mirror and I would like to clean inside of the corrector due to a little film in a few spots but everything works fantastic, eyepieces, Barlow, and prism all dust free and clear.

 

My current spanner isn’t up to fitting safely in the notches so just going to leave it alone until I eventually send off for a clean and lube.  Now just need it to clear up tonight.  Brief glint of Sun on a glass insulator is pinpoint sharp!

 

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Posted 26 May 2018 - 04:56 PM

...I would like to clean inside of the corrector due to a little film in a few spots but everything works fantastic, eyepieces, Barlow, and prism all dust free and clear.

 

My current spanner isn’t up to fitting safely in the notches so just going to leave it alone until I eventually send off for a clean and lube.

Dave, I'm glad to hear how well it's going! 

 

Search "lens spanner" on ebay and for $12 you'll have one from China in a few weeks.  I use mine frequently.


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Posted 26 May 2018 - 05:33 PM

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Thanks Ben,

 

Just ordered one and decided one more try and managed to unscrew the barrel at the back end.  So just got it off, used my rocket blower on the mirror and a microfiber cloth on the inside of the corrector and she looks like new!

 

As soon as I find a new resizer app I will post a picture or few.

 

All of your threads and posts are a fantastic resource, by the way.  I’m very grateful to find all your tips and instructions a few clocks away.

 

Dave

 

 


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Posted 29 May 2018 - 11:24 PM

Very nice 1995 Q3.5 on Amart.  PG-1 (I've never seen a PG-1 on a 95), extra 8mm Brandon, serviced in 2005 (light use since), BB, Pyrex, looks great and very clean.  $2,800.

 

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Posted 31 May 2018 - 09:57 AM

The one item I noticed after using my "new" Q for a bit is the finder objective is showing signs of separating cement along one edge.  It isn't noticeable viewing through it, but I'm curious if the finder objective tube is removable from outside the control box (assuming the mirror bracket is removed) or if the control box needs to be removed to take out the finder lens.

 

If it can be accessed to re-cement without a full disassembly, I'll do it myself, but otherwise I may let it go until such time as the scope eventually needs a service.

 

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Posted 31 May 2018 - 12:29 PM

The finder lens can usually be removed without removing the control box.  The retaining ring simply unscrews.  However, these are normally sealed so it may take some special effort - not sure what type of sealant or solvent you'd dare try.  I just had a stubborn one come off after wrapping it in my magic blue vinyl tape then using nylon jaw pliers on it.


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Posted 31 May 2018 - 07:29 PM

Very nice 1995 Q3.5 on Amart.  PG-1 (I've never seen a PG-1 on a 95), extra 8mm Brandon, serviced in 2005 (light use since), Pyrex, looks great and very clean.  $2,800.

Bill

 

Price lowered to $2,500  & BB removed (no coating)


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Posted 01 June 2018 - 10:47 AM

This may be a silly question, but can you post a link?  When I look for Amart online, all I come up with are links to furniture, women's clothing and sports equipment.  frown.gif

 

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Posted 01 June 2018 - 10:54 AM

This may be a silly question, but can you post a link?  When I look for Amart online, all I come up with are links to furniture, women's clothing and sports equipment.  frown.gif

 

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https://www.astromart.com/



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Posted 01 June 2018 - 11:38 AM

DOH!  Yes, that *was* a silly question.  Sorry for my feeble brain function!

 

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Posted 01 June 2018 - 02:19 PM

lol.gif  Welcome to the “Feeble Brain Club”! I think my wife would like your link better than mine!


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Posted 01 June 2018 - 09:02 PM

smp,

 

A link for that Q3.5, sorry about not posting it sooner.  We all are Feeble because we love the Questar.

 

https://www.astromar...5-bb-sn-5-10588

 

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Posted 01 June 2018 - 09:19 PM

A high quality 1978 Q3.5 on Amart.  You have to see this one to appreciate a very nice package.

 

https://www.astromar...-broadband-1978

 

Also on CN:

 

https://www.cloudyni...broadband-1978/

 

Bill


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Posted 08 June 2018 - 08:36 PM

Ben has lowered the price for his beautiful 1978 Q3.5, now $1995 (a righteous price).

 

https://www.cloudyni...ior-to-auction/

 

Bill



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Posted 09 June 2018 - 07:28 AM

Very nice 1995 Q3.5 on Amart.  PG-1 (I've never seen a PG-1 on a 95), extra 8mm Brandon, serviced in 2005 (light use since), Pyrex, looks great and very clean.  $2,800.

Bill

 

Price lowered to $2,500  & BB removed (no coating)

I bought this one.  It does not have broadband, but it does have the standard MgFl. Personally, I prefer the PG-1 as I had a '92 with it and liked the convenience of just switching on the drive without having to plug anything in.  I suspect PG-2 was a cost saving measure as less costly to retrofit to older Qs. So, this will be my 3rd 3.5 over the last 10 years and hopefully a long term keeper. And a perfect complement to my IntesMicro M715 big mak on a GM8 which is a pretty nice scope with .98 strehl optics, but I suspect the Q will get more use!  And guess what? My new Q comes with Brandons 8, 16 and 24 and I rummaged though my eyepiece kit and found my mint 12 and a vintage 32 to round out the package! Always fun getting a new scope! I have a nice used Manfrotto 028B coming as well as a new SkyWatcher Wedge for mounting up the Q.

 

Let us have a good Q day..... Dilly Dilly!


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Posted 09 June 2018 - 12:26 PM

I bought this one.  It does not have broadband, but it does have the standard MgFl. Personally, I prefer the PG-1 as I had a '92 with it and liked the convenience of just switching on the drive without having to plug anything in.  I suspect PG-2 was a cost saving measure as less costly to retrofit to older Qs. So, this will be my 3rd 3.5 over the last 10 years and hopefully a long term keeper. And a perfect complement to my IntesMicro M715 big mak on a GM8 which is a pretty nice scope with .98 strehl optics, but I suspect the Q will get more use!  And guess what? My new Q comes with Brandons 8, 16 and 24 and I rummaged though my eyepiece kit and found my mint 12 and a vintage 32 to round out the package! Always fun getting a new scope! I have a nice used Manfrotto 028B coming as well as a new SkyWatcher Wedge for mounting up the Q.

 

Let us have a good Q day..... Dilly Dilly!

Congratulations! I’ll be interested in a report once you get to use it. I’ll also be interested in what you think of the 8mm brandon. With the Mars opposition around the corner, it might give so good looks if the seeing ever permits. Exciting.




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