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#76 rolo

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:52 PM

believe it or not the Meade Series II Orthos are even better than the RGs.

 

Not the ones I have.  My RG Orthos are from 1979-1981 and are far superior to my newer (late 1980s) Series II Orthos.

In all my years of observing I haven't seen any Ortho be far superior to any other. All the differences I've seen have been subtle at most. A little more contrast, a little less light scatter,a hair sharper, etc.


 

#77 Bomber Bob

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:56 PM

Bought the OR7 brand new from one of the smaller vendors advertising in S&T at that time -- it was about $100 with free shipping.

 

I don't think it was placed by mistake.  I think it's entirely possible that Meade sourced from more than one assembler, and Tani got the nod for that batch.  Similarly, there are Celestron Vixen accessories with the (V), and others that look just like the Vixen, but don't have the (V) -- could be Mizar, Tani, etc.  I also wonder:  If Meade had Nikon make RGs, isn't that something they would advertise?  I don't recall seeing that 40 years ago.


 

#78 jragsdale

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 11:46 PM

Does anyone know what this Is? The mount looks formitable. https://eastidaho.cr...6090902755.html


 

#79 CHASLX200

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 05:34 AM

Does anyone know what this Is? The mount looks formitable. https://eastidaho.cr...6090902755.html

Nothing i would want.


 

#80 Bomber Bob

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 07:18 AM

1910 Clark 4" OTA with Finder & Case on auction at A-Mart --> https://www.astromar...uction_id=19861

 

Closes on 21 MAY.

 

ATM 56mm Spotter with Carl Zeiss S-Tessar Lens --> https://www.shopgood...e-39561089.html

 

Polished aluminum OTA on a tabletop AZ stand.  Includes a Tele Vue 32mm Plossl.  Ships via FedEx.  Auction Ends on 5/18/2017 5:00:00 PM PT.

 

1968 Edmund Palomar Jr. --> http://www.ebay.com/...~gAAOSwlndZEFua

 

Auction Ends on SAT.  Seller says it's all original.  OTA very good cosmetically.

 

Intes MK-65 OTA --> http://www.ebay.com/...2oAAOSw42dZDmgF

 

BIN for $500 + shipping.

 

Platoron MSZ-500 4.5" F8 Newtonian + Mount & Tripod --> http://www.ebay.com/...acAAOSwq1JZFMI8

 

BIN for $100 + shipping.  Vixenish green mount & OTA trim; Mizarish retooling of a TOWA EQ-2 mount; purchased in Japan?


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#81 deSitter

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 07:20 AM

 

believe it or not the Meade Series II Orthos are even better than the RGs.

 

Not the ones I have.  My RG Orthos are from 1979-1981 and are far superior to my newer (late 1980s) Series II Orthos.

In all my years of observing I haven't seen any Ortho be far superior to any other. All the differences I've seen have been subtle at most. A little more contrast, a little less light scatter,a hair sharper, etc.

 

I'd agree - for me the difference is in the edge - the very best ones have absolutely jet black, razor sharp field stops. Since the whole point of the Ortho is to have a uniform field of view from edge to edge without distortion, that is the real tell that you've got a good one. My favorites are still the blue-and-white lettered Meade Series II.

 

-drl


Edited by deSitter, 12 May 2017 - 07:20 AM.

 

#82 terraclarke

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 09:16 AM

I like my circle T orthos. I like my Meade RG orthos. I see no evidence nor any need to believe on faith that they are in any way related other than in basic design.


 

#83 boxerdaddy

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 09:59 AM

C8 on fork mount and tripod.  Olathe KS $300

https://kansascity.c...6128452748.html


 

#84 clamchip

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 10:46 AM

Edmund drive for the one inch shaft mounts:

https://www.cloudyni...-1-shaft-mount/

 

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#85 Garyth64

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 03:37 PM

Old Meade 826c, Wixom, MI.  It looks very good shape.

 

https://detroit.crai...6125746094.html


 

#86 Garyth64

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 03:50 PM

Edmund drive for the one inch shaft mounts:

https://www.cloudyni...-1-shaft-mount/

 

Robert

variation on that TV ad:

 

"Dude, that is so you."  and I say, "I saw it, and like, . . . I have to have it!"    "Is it Edmund?"   "I love Edmund."

 

I have thought of getting it, as it will fit my Edmund mount.  Just in case something would go wrong with the current clock drive, I'd have a spare.  They are very hard to find.  (you know Murphy's Law.)


Edited by Garyth64, 12 May 2017 - 03:51 PM.

 

#87 Fhuyu

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 03:18 AM

Takahashi FC-50 on Takahashi FC-50 Theodolite Mount (from our fellow Dave Trott smile.png ) 

 

https://www.astromar...ified_id=948331


 

#88 Bomber Bob

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 02:58 PM

1950s Criterion Dynascope 6 (Wood Tripod) --> http://www.ebay.com/...msAAOSwGJlZFiex

 

BIN for $300 + shipping?  (Ad text says LPO.)  No pedestal.


Edited by Bomber Bob, 13 May 2017 - 03:04 PM.

 

#89 Steve_M_M

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 05:02 PM

 

 

This is still there, probably complete, worth the price.

 

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

 

-drl

 

Maybe if it were the long case version.

 

Well I have that scope, it's definitely the Astro Optical objective, and mine is as good as they come!

 

-drl

 

Price is now $250.


 

#90 Garyth64

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 06:31 PM

Sans and Strieffe, 60mm x 900,  BIN price doesn't include shipping.  A bit dirty, no tripod, no wooden box, and I don't see any accessories.  So, it's high. 

 

http://www.ebay.com/...Z8AAOSwY3BZFiJY

 

On the other hand, we have yet another lower price on this J. C. Penney 60mm x 1000mm.  Price is BIN and shipping included.  These 1000mm lenses are suppose to be pretty good.  There is no wooden box, but there are accessories.  If it goes any lower I'm going to get it.

 

http://www.ebay.com/...ycAAOSwkShY-m-6

 

Edit: She dropped the price again since I made this post.


Edited by Garyth64, 13 May 2017 - 07:52 PM.

 

#91 apfever

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 07:12 PM

Meade model 826 for $200, local to me but I'm sure there's a couple here now downstairs. Looks like it should definitely be well checked over first. Bare metal mount instead of black but it is an 826 and not the 791 Crown.

 

https://denver.craig...6130570487.html


 

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 07:19 PM

Crossed a line on TOS and shouldn't have posted Xavier's photos.  Have encouraged him to add them to his ad.  Sorry.  As below, contact me if there was something you wanted to see again, or better yet PM Xavier. grin.gif

 

Contacted Xavier on his Goto 106.  He sent me some more photos that show an almost complete setup for this scope.  Also the saddle has a scratch through the paint that looked like a crack to me.  It isn't.  Simply a deep scratch.  The little parts compartment likely has the various screws for the solar display head.  Nice scope. PM me for additional pictures if interested in digging a little deeper.


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#93 tim53

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 12:08 AM

Meade model 826 for $200, local to me but I'm sure there's a couple here now downstairs. Looks like it should definitely be well checked over first. Bare metal mount instead of black but it is an 826 and not the 791 Crown.

 

https://denver.craig...6130570487.html

Looks like a 628, actually.  I used to paint those piers.  No primer.  I would bevel the ends on a big bench sander (went through lots of sanding disks doing that), dip them in solvent that dissolved the gloves I wore (and probably will give me cancer), and put them on a stand made from a dec shaft and a couple 2x4s, and rotated it while spraying it hammertone grey.  No primer, so they rusted.  Sometimes rather quickly, like the loaner I had for a few months.  I left the mount out on my back porch while I had it.  

 

I'd love to find one of these with the cast aluminum clock cover.  Those were early, like 1978.

 

-Tim.


 

#94 rolo

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 06:07 AM

Imhad the one with aluminum motor cover and manual,RA knob that broke the motor. They soon got rid of that knob! One of my favorite scopes!


 

#95 tim53

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 10:37 AM

We didn't like to recommend the drives with the RA knob on the motor.  The motors had clutches on them that made that possible, but they were non-adjustable and could loosen as they wore out.  And the motors with them always came in a wide range of stiffness.  I couldn't imagine using them in place of a drive corrector.

 

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 11:58 AM

Any idea what the gray thing is up where the focuser should be?
 

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 12:40 PM

Looks like a piece of metal strapping.  Maybe to adjust a focuser farther away for eyepiece focus.  I have a Meade Schmidt Newt that needs a focal extender just to change from 5mm to 12mm.  Ridiculous design.  I don't think there is a focuser with this newt.


Edited by Stew44, 14 May 2017 - 05:17 PM.

 

#98 Linn

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 02:33 PM

Down in the panhandle of Florida, an 80mm Towa refractor:

 

https://okaloosa.cra...6130683050.html

 

and it looks like it might even have a tray light!


Edited by Linn, 14 May 2017 - 02:35 PM.

 

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 04:48 PM

Pretty! Looks like someone came unglued!
 

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 05:14 PM

 

Meade model 826 for $200, local to me but I'm sure there's a couple here now downstairs. Looks like it should definitely be well checked over first. Bare metal mount instead of black but it is an 826 and not the 791 Crown.

 

https://denver.craig...6130570487.html

Looks like a 628, actually.  I used to paint those piers.  No primer.  I would bevel the ends on a big bench sander (went through lots of sanding disks doing that), dip them in solvent that dissolved the gloves I wore (and probably will give me cancer), and put them on a stand made from a dec shaft and a couple 2x4s, and rotated it while spraying it hammertone grey.  No primer, so they rusted.  Sometimes rather quickly, like the loaner I had for a few months.  I left the mount out on my back porch while I had it.  

 

I'd love to find one of these with the cast aluminum clock cover.  Those were early, like 1978.

 

-Tim.

 

Is this related?

https://houston.crai...6102362821.html


 


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