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#1 Brian Risley

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Posted 08 May 2017 - 07:15 PM

This is a continuation of the previous thread. I'm locking the old thread but it will age off in a few days.
There are some new rules. Please read.

1) The basic guideline for this thread is to list ads and auctions that others may be interested in. It is not intended to replace CL or eBay as a site to find all possible classic ads. Please keep your posts to actual "classic" equipment. If you have to ask if it's classic, it probably isn't.

2) Do not post your own ads or the ads of your friends, this includes items you may be trying sell for someone else. This is considered sale promotion in the open forums and is a violation of the CN TOS. Please post your own ads in the Swap & Shop forum or the Cloudy Nights Classifieds.

3) Do not post photos from ads, this is a TOS violation. If you must have some reference to a photo in the post, post a link to the photo, not the photo itself.

4) Do not post the entire ad text, or large blocks of it, without permission from the author.

5) Concentrate on the item for sale, and not the seller.

6) Although not mandatory, when posting ads, including a short description of the item is a courtesy to others who don't have time to click on every link. It also provides some data when the link is no longer active. Be a little specific.

Here's an example of a good post:
4" f/8 Jaegers OTA on eBay. LINK

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4" telescope. LINK

7) Please post a live link to the item. Do not post "PM me for link". We realize that this is an honest attempt to prevent non-CN member flippers from finding the posts, but most of the hard-core flippers are CN members already. Flippers look for bargains, they won't be outbidding you at top-dollar because they won't make any money on the item. Most of the time you are outbid, it is by a fellow Classics CN member.

8) Please limit yourself to one "found" post per hour. If you find more items within that time, just edit your post and add them, or wait until you have finished looking at all the ad sites and post them all at once.

9) Short discussions can take place about the items listed. When quoting a post, edit the quoted post to include only the part you are replying to. Do not quote an entire string of replies. If not quoting, make a note of what your reply pertains to, so others won't misinterpret your reply. Please keep these discussions limited to the actual items posted. If the discussion becomes protracted or the noise level gets too high, these posts will be moved to a new thread. Further comments on the item should then be made in the new thread.

10) Ads that are odd or have humor may find a better home in the Favorite Used Telescope Ad thread.

Posts that do not follow these posting guidelines or are for items not appropriate for this thread may be removed at moderator discretion.
Buyer Beware- CN is not responsible for any of the ads or auctions posted here or their content. There are some scams floating around, so do your homework before pursuing any ad.

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Remember, keep to the ads and the equipment in them, not the seller or others.

Remember the main TOS theme: Be Nice.

Posts that do not follow the guidelines may be deleted in their entirety. Don't keep quoting posts that you know do not follow the guidelines. Your entire post will be deleted, not just the quoted section.

No more posts complaining about parting out equipment. There are other threads for that issue.


 

#2 AstroPhys

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 10:08 AM

"And may your first child be..........." Oh wait, wrong forum.

 

Nice little 40mm Selsi at a great price if you are in the market for one: selsi telescope 25x30x35x45x50x D=40mm  http://www.ebay.com/...2QAAOSwhvFZD9Vr

 

Uh oh, another 40mm: SEARS TOWER TELESCOPE! W/TRIPOD & BOX! 30X, 40mm  http://www.ebay.com/...J0AAOSwaeRZESUW

 

 

Moving up a bit: Vixen heritage but the simplest mount ever: I'd say overpriced for the condition but make an offer. Celestron-Cometron CO-60  http://www.ebay.com/...RkAAOSwuxFYtwm1

 

 

 

GOTO -HY-SCORE Model no. 451 Refractor Telescope OTA:  http://www.ebay.com/...aUAAOSwK6RZD61l

 

9VR, the good one: TASCO TELEPHOTO LENS TELESCOPE #9VR  http://www.ebay.com/...uAAAOSw44BYhlZy


Edited by AstroPhys, 09 May 2017 - 11:35 AM.

 

#3 Littlegreenman

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 10:38 AM

This is a scam, hijacked eBay account. If you missed the discussion on hijacked eBay accounts in this forum a week or two ago, familiarize yourself with the look of this listing.

How it works: you are enticed to contact the seller directly. In this case there in a website you can go to. Then they try to make a deal off of eBay. You send money and they vanish.


Edited by Littlegreenman, 09 May 2017 - 02:09 PM.

 

#4 AstroPhys

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 11:36 AM

 

This is a scam, hijacked eBay account. If you missed the discussion on hijacked eBay account in this forum a week or two ago, familiarize yourself with the look of this listing.

How it works: you are enticed to contact the seller directly. In this case there in a website you can go to. Then they try to make a deal off of eBay. You send money and they vanish.

 

Sorry, I did not read that far on the auction page. Thank you. I have deleted the listing from my post and reported it to Ebay.


 

#5 ftwskies

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 12:12 PM

Here's an interesting CL ad from the Dallas area.  Short on specifics, but sounds legit / earnest and could be a goldmine...

 

https://dallas.craig...6121976548.html


 

#6 rolo

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 04:14 PM

Most are 60mm refractors....thumbsdown3.gif vomit.gif


 

#7 boxerdaddy

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 04:17 PM

Here's an interesting CL ad from the Dallas area.  Short on specifics, but sounds legit / earnest and could be a goldmine...

 

https://dallas.craig...6121976548.html

I didn't know BomberBob lived in Dallas? ;-D


 

#8 Geo31

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 04:30 PM

Don't know if this has been listed yet....

 

Tasco 10TE $300

 

https://austin.craig...6087975303.html

 

80mm Mayflower WITH drive  $350

 

https://austin.craig...6080882966.html


Edited by Geo31, 09 May 2017 - 04:31 PM.

 

#9 boxerdaddy

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 04:33 PM

I wasn't sure if anyone had listed this one yet.  Local pickup only in Ft Myers, FL ending in less than 5 hours.

 

60mm / 910mm FL Tasco Serial# 0461993 (Is Bob cataloging these too? What model is this?)

 

https://www.shopgood...G-39379463.html


 

#10 madeline

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 04:42 PM

I wasn't sure if anyone had listed this one yet.  Local pickup only in Ft Myers, FL ending in less than 5 hours.

 

60mm / 910mm FL Tasco Serial# 0461993 (Is Bob cataloging these too? What model is this?)

 

https://www.shopgood...G-39379463.html

Looks like a 7TE.   


 

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 04:45 PM

Don't know if this has been listed yet....

 

Tasco 10TE $300

 

https://austin.craig...6087975303.html

 

80mm Mayflower WITH drive  $350

 

https://austin.craig...6080882966.html

To re-beat the already dead horse, I suspect that the supposition posited here in the past is correct and that this forum has infact driven the price up. These used to be rather common in the $175 - $250 range.


 

#12 Augustus

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 04:57 PM

Newer 2080, local pickup only in PA

 

https://www.cloudyni...ny-pickup-only/

 

Super Space Conqueror mount head

 

https://www.cloudyni...-head-1-shafts/

 

RKEs

 

https://www.cloudyni...-8mm-pair-15mm/


 

#13 deSitter

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 05:08 PM

 

Don't know if this has been listed yet....

 

Tasco 10TE $300

 

https://austin.craig...6087975303.html

 

80mm Mayflower WITH drive  $350

 

https://austin.craig...6080882966.html

To re-beat the already dead horse, I suspect that the supposition posited here in the past is correct and that this forum has infact driven the price up. These used to be rather common in the $175 - $250 range.

 

I spent 300 for my 10TE and it's worth more. RAO perfect optics.

 

-drl


 

#14 leveye

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 05:26 PM

Don't know if this has been listed yet....

 

Tasco 10TE $300

 

https://austin.craig...6087975303.html

 

80mm Mayflower WITH drive  $350

 

https://austin.craig...6080882966.html

I'd love to have that clockdrive for my ATCO that's on the Mayflower. Looks like they added another finder bracket with some bar thing. Maybe for counterweight? Sure not original at this point but sharp views I bet!


Edited by leveye, 09 May 2017 - 05:27 PM.

 

#15 CHASLX200

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 06:05 PM

Most are 60mm refractors....thumbsdown3.gif vomit.gif

Yuk. Unless it is a Tak 60mm to use as a finder.


 

#16 sgorton99

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 06:14 PM

 

Most are 60mm refractors....thumbsdown3.gif vomit.gif

Yuk. Unless it is a Tak 60mm to use as a finder.

 

Probably still better than looking through a car windshield...


 

#17 Stargoat

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 07:26 PM

I wasn't sure if anyone had listed this one yet.  Local pickup only in Ft Myers, FL ending in less than 5 hours.

 

60mm / 910mm FL Tasco Serial# 0461993 (Is Bob cataloging these too? What model is this?)

 

https://www.shopgood...G-39379463.html

This scope is what Tasco calls the "304 Power" model. It would be a 7TE.

 

This is the second version of the "304 Power" 7TE based on the border around the instruction manual. Based on my documentation, the 7 digit serial numbers beginning with 041XXXX have been found with the border on the manuals. This scope is 0461993 serial number.

 

Per information from the selling GW store, they were kind enough to tell me that the newspapers packed in the box had Nov. 1959 dates. And best they could tell from ref photos I sent them, that the foil rectangular PASSED inspection sticker appeared to be the silver version as opposed to gold or a very faded gold. if someone here on CN picks up the scope, please let me know to confirm the foil sticker color.

 

This all fits into my revised dating estimation for this 0461993 serial numbered scope which falls into the mid/late 1959 to early 1960 time period. And it appears we have another silver foil inspection sticker found on estimated late 1959 or 1960 scopes as well. More about this later.

 

Back to serial numbered Tascos to put this all in perspective. The lowest range of Tasco "304 Power" 046XXX scopes go back to before May 1959 based on sales receipt. And the first version of the instruction sheets are sans the border outline.

 

It appears that after the 046986 (highest known 046XXX) serial numbered 7TE, that once 046999 was assigned, that Tasco (AOC) started then using 0461XXX serial numbers for those keeping tract. Then finally went to using 060XXX serial numbers possibly as early as mid 1960.


 

#18 Brian Risley

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 07:52 PM

 

I wasn't sure if anyone had listed this one yet.  Local pickup only in Ft Myers, FL ending in less than 5 hours.

 

60mm / 910mm FL Tasco Serial# 0461993 (Is Bob cataloging these too? What model is this?)

 

https://www.shopgood...G-39379463.html

This scope is what Tasco calls the "304 Power" model. It would be a 7TE.

 

This is the second version of the "304 Power" 7TE based on the border around the instruction manual. Based on my documentation, the 7 digit serial numbers beginning with 041XXXX have been found with the border on the manuals. This scope is 0461993 serial number.

 

Per information from the selling GW store, they were kind enough to tell me that the newspapers packed in the box had Nov. 1959 dates. And best they could tell from ref photos I sent them, that the foil rectangular PASSED inspection sticker appeared to be the silver version as opposed to gold or a very faded gold. if someone here on CN picks up the scope, please let me know to confirm the foil sticker color.

 

This all fits into my revised dating estimation for this 0461993 serial numbered scope which falls into the mid/late 1959 to early 1960 time period. And it appears we have another silver foil inspection sticker found on estimated late 1959 or 1960 scopes as well. More about this later.

 

Back to serial numbered Tascos to put this all in perspective. The lowest range of Tasco "304 Power" 046XXX scopes go back to before May 1959 based on sales receipt. And the first version of the instruction sheets are sans the border outline.

 

It appears that after the 046986 (highest known 046XXX) serial numbered 7TE, that once 046999 was assigned, that Tasco (AOC) started then using 0461XXX serial numbers for those keeping tract. Then finally went to using 060XXX serial numbers possibly as early as mid 1960.

 

Its local to me so I will try for it.

Brian


 

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 07:54 PM

Good Luck at Goodwill!!


 

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 08:04 PM

 

 

Most are 60mm refractors....thumbsdown3.gif vomit.gif

Yuk. Unless it is a Tak 60mm to use as a finder.

 

Probably still better than looking through a car windshield...

 

I clean it more than look thru it.


 

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 08:44 PM

I have some nice 60mm scopes. But they are 60mm scopes. More a collector thing for me. Fun to play with and use on occasion. Voyager 6001 compact, uses 1.25"EP's  easy to put in a suitcase, superb optics. Zeiss Traveler is what every other 60mm wants to be. They are not.. It's art. I've had 15 Japanese 60mm ( maybe closer to 20) Some decent, some dogs. I like my F20 Goto Kogaku just for fun. It's funky. Bakelite cells, ludicrously long and a strange lens design.

Sold or gave away most of the lower end stuff. Some were good, but do I need eight 60mm Japanese refractors?


 

#22 Brian Risley

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 08:56 PM

Someone else got the GW tasco.

Brian


 

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 09:56 PM

Great deal on a fairly early (mid to late 1950s) Unitron model 128 (60mm eq. model):

 

https://www.cloudyni...torial-vintage/

 

It's not often that you see a Untron equatorial model go for $500 bucks and this one is pretty complete. (It looks like it has holes for missing solar projection panal brackets, missing original diagonal, etc.)


 

#24 AstroPhys

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 12:05 AM

Don't know if this has been listed yet....

 

Tasco 10TE $300

 

https://austin.craig...6087975303.html

 

80mm Mayflower WITH drive  $350

 

https://austin.craig...6080882966.html

Isn't that Mayflower pretty. And seems a decent enough price with the clock drive. Good thing I'm not closer to the Circuit of the Americas!!


 

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 08:10 AM

 

Don't know if this has been listed yet....

 

Tasco 10TE $300

 

https://austin.craig...6087975303.html

 

80mm Mayflower WITH drive  $350

 

https://austin.craig...6080882966.html

To re-beat the already dead horse, I suspect that the supposition posited here in the past is correct and that this forum has infact driven the price up. These used to be rather common in the $175 - $250 range.

 

Probably right, and probably justified! I spent hours at the eyepiece with the 10TE the last two nights on Jupiter, Saturn, and the Moon, and was floored by the amount of detail shown in such a small scope. I suspect this magnificent performance originates as much in the smoothness of the figure as in its accuracy. Not only is it optically fantastic but it's a pleasure to use even fully manually, and I've been spoiled by motorized drives.

 

-drl


 


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