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#826 Optics Patent

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Posted 06 November 2019 - 06:49 AM

I didn’t see that anyone suggested that paint color was thermally more important than substrate. The question is whether the selection of a white surface will reduce insolation compared to other color surfaces?

Do black cars get hotter in the sun than white cars?

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 04:15 PM

A recent acquisition to be reported elsewhere when it arrives reminded me that Ebay is now collecting retail sales tax based on the state of the purchaser. 

10% to Ebay, 3% to PayPal, ~8% to the state.  Ouch!


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Posted 08 November 2019 - 04:59 PM

Ben, you didn't buy that "white" field Ranger- did you???wink.gif



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Posted 08 November 2019 - 11:18 PM

A recent acquisition to be reported elsewhere when it arrives reminded me that Ebay is now collecting retail sales tax based on the state of the purchaser. 

10% to Ebay, 3% to PayPal, ~8% to the state.  Ouch!

Nice to see Ebay and Amazon put on the same footing as retail stores which still have much higher overhead and for that sometimes you can actually go in an see what it is like before buying it.


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Posted 09 November 2019 - 03:00 PM

I did grab the white Ranger. The focal reducers added lots of value and will likely appears in the classifieds.

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 07:43 PM

I did grab the white Ranger. The focal reducers added lots of value and will likely appears in the classifieds.

Nice scopewaytogo.gif I was going to bid on it but found a better deal on a field model. It did peak my interest though.



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Posted 09 November 2019 - 11:28 PM

Someone just bought this Q with damaged coatings...Not sure its with it specially if its BB coatings...


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Posted 10 November 2019 - 07:33 AM

Someone just bought this Q with damaged coatings...Not sure its with it specially if its BB coatings...

I saw this and was curious about it regarding the price. The optics are trashed...


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Posted 10 November 2019 - 08:41 AM

That scope probably just needed a $70 mirror recoat to be great and probably was a good deal

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Posted 10 November 2019 - 08:41 AM

That scope probably just needed a $70 mirror recoat to be great and probably was a good deal

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Posted 10 November 2019 - 11:28 AM

That scope probably just needed a $70 mirror recoat to be great and probably was a good deal

As long as they do the work themselves, otherwise not so much.


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Posted 11 November 2019 - 12:27 PM

As long as they do the work themselves, otherwise not so much.

Agreed, and removing the optics on a Q and sending in for recoat and then reinstalling correctly is an endeavor most people are not capable of.

 

Certainly credit to Ben for all the help if you wish to try though!


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Posted 17 November 2019 - 04:26 PM

A recent acquisition to be reported elsewhere when it arrives reminded me that Ebay is now collecting retail sales tax based on the state of the purchaser. 

10% to Ebay, 3% to PayPal, ~8% to the state.  Ouch!

Amazon just charged me sales tax for an item shipped from Japan. Somehow, I don't think a company in Japan is cutting the State of NJ a check for sales tax. 



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Posted 17 November 2019 - 11:24 PM

Amazon just charged me sales tax for an item shipped from Japan. Somehow, I don't think a company in Japan is cutting the State of NJ a check for sales tax. 

Technically, you're paying a use tax. Probably the tax you paid never made it to Japan.

 

http://www.tax-rates..._jersey/use-tax


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Posted 18 November 2019 - 07:51 AM

Field (sic - Duplex) Model Questar 3.5" Standard Telescope with Carrying Case & Instructions

 

Eyepieces (pre-Brandon) and case (post English leather - non-slant lid) suggest ~1969 production.

 

Pros:

  • Complete kit
  • Decent condition
  • Nice starting price
  • Photos are credible, and highlight minor cosmetic issue.

Cons:

  • "light crazing around the outside edge" of mirror.  Presumably needs recoating
  • Photo lighting doesn't reveal level of polish.  Diffuse lighting conceals surface condition. Probably needs a good polishing.
  • Lack of serial number means this may be an unrestorable Broadband coating model.

This may be ideal for someone who wants a very restorable scope, if serial number is verified non-Broadband.  If the corrector needs restoring that adds significantly to the cost.

 

If non-BB, good deal at opening bid, fair deal at $1500.



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Posted Yesterday, 12:22 AM

Field (sic - Duplex) Model Questar 3.5" Standard Telescope with Carrying Case & Instructions

 

Eyepieces (pre-Brandon) and case (post English leather - non-slant lid) suggest ~1969 production.

 

Pros:

  • Complete kit
  • Decent condition
  • Nice starting price
  • Photos are credible, and highlight minor cosmetic issue.

Cons:

  • "light crazing around the outside edge" of mirror.  Presumably needs recoating
  • Photo lighting doesn't reveal level of polish.  Diffuse lighting conceals surface condition. Probably needs a good polishing.
  • Lack of serial number means this may be an unrestorable Broadband coating model.

This may be ideal for someone who wants a very restorable scope, if serial number is verified non-Broadband.  If the corrector needs restoring that adds significantly to the cost.

 

If non-BB, good deal at opening bid, fair deal at $1500.

I hope the high bidder asked for pictures of the optics...Hope they like fungus


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Posted Yesterday, 07:40 AM

I hope the high bidder asked for pictures of the optics...Hope they like fungus

I won't be surprised to see this relisted in a few weeks.  Either shill bidding or an unhappy naive buyer.

I note from my recent exploration into camera lens restoration that hydrogen peroxide can remove fungus nicely.  Any damage to the coating may remain but it makes for a clear lens that works well.



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Posted Yesterday, 08:17 AM

I won't be surprised to see this relisted in a few weeks.  Either shill bidding or an unhappy naive buyer.

I note from my recent exploration into camera lens restoration that hydrogen peroxide can remove fungus nicely.  Any damage to the coating may remain but it makes for a clear lens that works well.

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Posted Yesterday, 09:04 AM

I hope the high bidder asked for pictures of the optics...Hope they like fungus

Rolo, fungus doesn't seem to scare you, doe's it?wink.gif . That front corrector looks familiar to you(one recent purchase that cleaned up quite wellbow.gif ).


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Posted Yesterday, 08:59 PM

Rolo, fungus doesn't seem to scare you, doe's it?wink.gif . That front corrector looks familiar to you(one recent purchase that cleaned up quite wellbow.gif ).

I would leave it looking like new but currently at over $1800 no way. If the seller doesn't post that pic or accurately describes the condition of the optics he may be in for a for a return of an item that's not as advertised.




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