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#26 Terra Nova

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Posted 10 June 2017 - 12:11 PM

No, I am just a stickler as you well know for period consistency. It's like mixing italic and block lettered Unitron stuff. Shudder! uhhh5.gif

 

Here is a picture of my the T2 Mount:

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Posted 10 June 2017 - 12:16 PM

No, I am just a stickler as you well know for period consistency. It's like mixing italic and block lettered Unitron stuff. Shudder! uhhh5.gif

you mean just like your Zeisssmirk.gif



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Posted 10 June 2017 - 12:17 PM

Once the auction is over, I'll have some comments on our Pricing yak thread.

you talking about the fact you priced it too low?



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Posted 10 June 2017 - 12:24 PM

Here is my T1 with its T1 mount:

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Posted 10 June 2017 - 01:08 PM

you talking about the fact you priced it too low?

 

No.  I placed it here first to give CNers a chance to own a Zeiss without spending a fortune.  No takers, so it went to eBay, where ANYTHING can happen.


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Posted 10 June 2017 - 01:09 PM

At one time you did have a t2 mount with that scope


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Posted 10 June 2017 - 01:10 PM

you talking about the fact you priced it too low?

 

No.  I placed it here first to give CNers a chance to own a Zeiss without spending a fortune.  No takers, so it went to eBay, where ANYTHING can happen.

You are such a great guywaytogo.gif


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Posted 10 June 2017 - 01:11 PM

It also shows you what a bunch of cheapskates there are on CNlol.gif

Which is clasical in the way most of them say how the price is always to high on just about everything. So very true for the high end stuff.


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Posted 10 June 2017 - 01:14 PM

 

At one time you did have a t2 mount with that scope

Huh?

 

It's being sold with the mount it came with...

 

This was for Terra JW.  


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Posted 10 June 2017 - 01:15 PM

you are right Terra. It is a hodegpot of parts.  We need to report this to the bidding police.

We Are " The Bidding Police " lol.gif


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Posted 10 June 2017 - 03:03 PM

 

you talking about the fact you priced it too low?

 

No.  I placed it here first to give CNers a chance to own a Zeiss without spending a fortune.  No takers, so it went to eBay, where ANYTHING can happen.

You are such a great guywaytogo.gif

 

Don't I know it.  Modest, too.

 

I've gotten some great deals on CN, and/or because of CN Members, so I don't mind returning the favor.

 

When I talk about free advice that affects scope buys:  Terra recommended Royal scopes; Terry, Robert, and several others recommended Edmund refractors; LOTS of members recommended RV-6 reflectors.  I haven't regretted any of those purchases.  (Not just recommendations:  We get into nitty-gritty details, as in this very thread.)


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Posted 10 June 2017 - 03:37 PM

It also shows you what a bunch of cheapskates there are on CNlol.gif

Which is clasical in the way most of them say how the price is always to high on just about everything. So very true for the high end stuff.

I think you overestimate the appeal of that scope.

 

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Posted 10 June 2017 - 04:00 PM

 

It also shows you what a bunch of cheapskates there are on CNlol.gif

Which is clasical in the way most of them say how the price is always to high on just about everything. So very true for the high end stuff.

I think you overestimate the appeal of that scope.

 

-drl

 

I think you underestimate you cheapskates in this forum.



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Posted 10 June 2017 - 04:07 PM

 

 

It also shows you what a bunch of cheapskates there are on CNlol.gif

Which is clasical in the way most of them say how the price is always to high on just about everything. So very true for the high end stuff.

I think you overestimate the appeal of that scope.

 

-drl

 

I think you underestimate you cheapskates in this forum.

 

Possibly, but speaking for myself, a 60mm scope at 10 bucks per mm is of zero interest to me. I'm not a collector, and this scope has zero fun factor, and in fact BB is letting it go because he has 60mm Japanese scopes that are better - for him. So do I. I'm sure this Zeiss is the ne plus ultra of Euro-optics but frankly, it's ugly and boring to me.

 

-drl


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Posted 10 June 2017 - 04:23 PM

 

 

It also shows you what a bunch of cheapskates there are on CNlol.gif

Which is clasical in the way most of them say how the price is always to high on just about everything. So very true for the high end stuff.

I think you overestimate the appeal of that scope.

 

-drl

 

I think you underestimate you cheapskates in this forum.

 

I bought a beat up scope on Ebay, a 60mm f/12 alt-az, for the wooden legs. 22 bucks. The scope was was caked in 50 years of dust. The mount was broken. I got my legs and was about to commit the remainder to the parts pile but what the hell - I cleaned it up. Focuser - smooth. Lenses - clear and no chips. Tube - some scratches, not many, no dents. She looked nice all spiffed up. I fixed the mount. Nice positive motion. Turned it on the sky. Floored. Utterly perfect star test. Junk scope turned out to be a keeper. Now a prized possession. Not for sale. I use it all the time.

 

Before that - bought a Tasco 10TE that was overpriced at $300, or so they say, but it was in great shape and I wanted an Astro Optical scope. It also has become a prized possession. I also use it all the time.

 

I have many thousands of dollars in my "real" scopes with custom optics and hour upon hour of assembly, fabricating, testing, adjusting, refitting, etc. work. I don't get to use them much in my light polluted city. I love them just like I love my $22 noname blueboy 60mm Towa that performs like a champ and goes out day after day. Does that make me a cheapskate? If so I'll wear the badge proudly.

 

-drl


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Posted 10 June 2017 - 04:52 PM

I'm sure this Zeiss is the ne plus ultra of Euro-optics but frankly, it's ugly and boring to me.

 

If the T2 trounced the Goto, the Goto would be going.  But yeah, a couple of years ago, I suggested that the current "vintage" scopes that would survive us nostalgic Boomers would be the pretty ones -- at least for the Scope As Static Display buyers / collectors.  Future amateur astronomers should know which brands & models are likely to have the best optics (thanks in part to this Forum), but how many of those folks will be around 30 years from now?  (We've had lots of separate discussions on whether our hobby is shrinking or growing among the younger people.)

 

Consider my Criterion RV-6 and my Mizar P-100.  Both are competent reflectors, but if either survives for long after I'm gone, I'd give better odds to the P-100.  It's prettier, and has a smaller footprint -- along with its original box & documentation.

 

The first time you use a Telementor, you can't believe it's such a small refractor.  Functionally, it's almost peerless.  But it's not pretty, and it's not rare.  I hope my grandchildren's generation will appreciate its performance, but who knows?



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Posted 10 June 2017 - 05:30 PM

I think you guys have been looking a japanese refractors too long.  I will gladly take any Zeiss telescope over a Tasco, Royal, Towa and so forth.   The Zeiss tripod beats jus about any japanese tripod, the way the ota is constructed is way better than any tasco, The mount is sure more stable and the optics in most are without peer.  


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Posted 10 June 2017 - 05:47 PM

I think you guys have been looking a japanese refractors too long.  I will gladly take any Zeiss telescope over a Tasco, Royal, Towa and so forth.   The Zeiss tripod beats jus about any japanese tripod, the way the ota is constructed is way better than any tasco, The mount is sure more stable and the optics in most are without peer.  

Better than your Unitrons?



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Posted 10 June 2017 - 06:17 PM

I think you guys have been looking a japanese refractors too long.  I will gladly take any Zeiss telescope over a Tasco, Royal, Towa and so forth.   The Zeiss tripod beats jus about any japanese tripod, the way the ota is constructed is way better than any tasco, The mount is sure more stable and the optics in most are without peer.  

True, but not everyone can afford to pay the Zeiss price.  And, it's still a 60mm-class refractor.  And, it's not the prettiest 60mm-class refractor.  Yes, it has superior contrast & resolution, but there are billions & billions of Japan-made 60mm refractors that perform well for their prices.  Yes, it's built like a tank, but that means it's much heavier than its Classic peers -- Mayflower 815, Monolux 4380, Tasco 7TE.

 

And I imagine there are lots of amateur astronomers asking, "Why buy a 60mm achromatic refractor?"



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Posted 10 June 2017 - 06:46 PM

 

I think you guys have been looking a japanese refractors too long.  I will gladly take any Zeiss telescope over a Tasco, Royal, Towa and so forth.   The Zeiss tripod beats jus about any japanese tripod, the way the ota is constructed is way better than any tasco, The mount is sure more stable and the optics in most are without peer.  

Better than your Unitrons?

 

Maybe



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Posted 10 June 2017 - 06:47 PM

 

I think you guys have been looking a japanese refractors too long.  I will gladly take any Zeiss telescope over a Tasco, Royal, Towa and so forth.   The Zeiss tripod beats jus about any japanese tripod, the way the ota is constructed is way better than any tasco, The mount is sure more stable and the optics in most are without peer.  

True, but not everyone can afford to pay the Zeiss price.  And, it's still a 60mm-class refractor.  And, it's not the prettiest 60mm-class refractor.  Yes, it has superior contrast & resolution, but there are billions & billions of Japan-made 60mm refractors that perform well for their prices.  Yes, it's built like a tank, but that means it's much heavier than its Classic peers -- Mayflower 815, Monolux 4380, Tasco 7TE.

 

And I imagine there are lots of amateur astronomers asking, "Why buy a 60mm achromatic refractor?"

 

Good point, why do you guys keep buying 60mm refractors??????????


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Posted 10 June 2017 - 08:56 PM

 

 

I think you guys have been looking a japanese refractors too long.  I will gladly take any Zeiss telescope over a Tasco, Royal, Towa and so forth.   The Zeiss tripod beats jus about any japanese tripod, the way the ota is constructed is way better than any tasco, The mount is sure more stable and the optics in most are without peer.  

Better than your Unitrons?

 

Maybe

 

I wouldn't trade a complete 128 for Teletormentorlol.gif


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Posted 11 June 2017 - 06:06 AM

 

 

 

I think you guys have been looking a japanese refractors too long.  I will gladly take any Zeiss telescope over a Tasco, Royal, Towa and so forth.   The Zeiss tripod beats jus about any japanese tripod, the way the ota is constructed is way better than any tasco, The mount is sure more stable and the optics in most are without peer.  

Better than your Unitrons?

 

Maybe

 

I wouldn't trade a complete 128 for Teletormentorlol.gif

 

 

The problem with the Telementor is the obsession of collecting the Zeiss accessories that go along with the scope.  The unattainable 8mm orthoscopic eyepiece, the mythical finder scope, monocentric unicorns.


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Posted 11 June 2017 - 06:50 AM

 

 

 

 

I think you guys have been looking a japanese refractors too long.  I will gladly take any Zeiss telescope over a Tasco, Royal, Towa and so forth.   The Zeiss tripod beats jus about any japanese tripod, the way the ota is constructed is way better than any tasco, The mount is sure more stable and the optics in most are without peer.  

Better than your Unitrons?

 

Maybe

 

I wouldn't trade a complete 128 for Teletormentorlol.gif

 

 

The problem with the Telementor is the obsession of collecting the Zeiss accessories that go along with the scope.  The unattainable 8mm orthoscopic eyepiece, the mythical finder scope, monocentric unicorns.

 

I believe that is the problem with Zeiss in general.  You used to be able to go to APM or Baader and find lists of old Zeiss stuff.  I bought a lot of things from those lists.  Zeiss eyepieces showed up frequently on Amart and looked old or weird and you could get them for a song.  I only owned one Telementor and never the mount, but know three Zeiss collectors, and when I got tired of some of those Zeiss accessories I set my price with two of them and they didn't even flinch, just forked over the cash.  My Telementor moved on and I am Zeiss-less.  At present my little 60mm Mayflower fills the role the Telementor played.  I think it every bit as good optically as that Telementor was and don't miss it at all!


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Posted 11 June 2017 - 06:56 AM

I like the looks of Telementors. They have a cool, heavy-handed industrial look, and the tripod is made out of the same wood that our old school desks used to be made of. They are unique! I liked my T2 but I like my T1 better. I can see parallels with them and Tinsley scopes in that industrial, minimalist, no nonsense look.


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