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#26 Paul Hyndman

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Posted 19 July 2017 - 10:16 PM

Yes, yes, yes.... thanks guys (it's nice to know that at least a small amount of my gray matter is still intact)! I coveted those long focus scopes from a distance (and the inside covers of S&T) as a kid, so seeing this gear later in life gave me a real rush. IIRC, he had two of the larger scopes setup in an office by his desk. Really nice guy, too BTW.


 

#27 apfever

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Posted 19 July 2017 - 10:20 PM

 

- Rare ASTROMAK Maksutov Cassegrain 12" f/5 (one of only 17 that were ever built, 1987):

 

https://www.astromar...ified_id=954202

I spotted that earlier.  F5 Mak. That should be interesting.  At $15K it might take a while to sell.

 

 

Seems to be little info on these. The ad sure seems legitimate. The seller joined AM last month. The ad states "Photo is an original ASTROMAK",  it does not state the picture is THE actual scope for sale. Possible intentional play on words.

 

Seller took delivery mid 1987 and hasn't used the scope since early 90. Hmmmm.

When a scope has very limited runs, I wonder about some things:

1. Proved too expensive to make for market

2. Bad market timing against competition

3. Bad market timing for buyers

4. A billion other possibilities, one of which is....

5. The scope didn't perform and failed to impress


Edited by apfever, 19 July 2017 - 10:24 PM.

 

#28 TerryWood

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Posted 19 July 2017 - 10:35 PM

 

There was a place called Pauly's or Pauli's wholesale optics and he used to advertise in the back of astronomy and sky and telescope magazines back in the 90's. I wonder if this is the same guy?

 

Martin

Yes, it is.

 

I've bought several items from him lately and he's a good guy and very fast shipper.

 

V/R

 

Terry


 

#29 tim53

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Posted 19 July 2017 - 11:10 PM

 

 

- Rare ASTROMAK Maksutov Cassegrain 12" f/5 (one of only 17 that were ever built, 1987):

 

https://www.astromar...ified_id=954202

I spotted that earlier.  F5 Mak. That should be interesting.  At $15K it might take a while to sell.

 

 

Seems to be little info on these. The ad sure seems legitimate. The seller joined AM last month. The ad states "Photo is an original ASTROMAK",  it does not state the picture is THE actual scope for sale. Possible intentional play on words.

 

Seller took delivery mid 1987 and hasn't used the scope since early 90. Hmmmm.

When a scope has very limited runs, I wonder about some things:

1. Proved too expensive to make for market

2. Bad market timing against competition

3. Bad market timing for buyers

4. A billion other possibilities, one of which is....

5. The scope didn't perform and failed to impress

 

I remember these.  As I recall, though they took great wide field astrophotos, the secondary obstruction was gigantormous.

 

-Tim.


 

#30 LarsJ

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Posted 19 July 2017 - 11:35 PM

Edmund 6" Newtonian in the middle of Indiana  https://terrehaute.c...6226296343.html


 

#31 Kasmos

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 02:17 AM

Check the seller's other items, he has quite a few .965" filters and other vintage stuff.   NOS.

I had previously seen his stuff while doing a telescope parts search and wondered about the seller. 

The question is, why does a guy who sells optics have such bad (blurry and dark), photos and why are some backwards?


 

#32 Chuck Hards

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 07:14 AM

Lafayette 60x800mm EQ on eBay.  LINK

 

Looks to be pretty much complete and in good condition, same mount as my Stellar 60x1200.


 

#33 starman876

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 08:29 AM

 

Check the seller's other items, he has quite a few .965" filters and other vintage stuff.   NOS.

I had previously seen his stuff while doing a telescope parts search and wondered about the seller. 

The question is, why does a guy who sells optics have such bad (blurry and dark), photos and why are some backwards?

 

I have bought a bunch of stuff from him and have talked to him. Really nice guy and straight forward.  Do not be afraid to buy anything from him.


 

#34 DrewBKing

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 08:36 AM

That Portland Dynamax got dropped down to $375 -

 

https://portland.cra...6206218527.html


 

#35 Linn

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 02:57 PM

 

 

 

- Rare ASTROMAK Maksutov Cassegrain 12" f/5 (one of only 17 that were ever built, 1987):

 

https://www.astromar...ified_id=954202

I spotted that earlier.  F5 Mak. That should be interesting.  At $15K it might take a while to sell.

 

 

Seems to be little info on these. The ad sure seems legitimate. The seller joined AM last month. The ad states "Photo is an original ASTROMAK",  it does not state the picture is THE actual scope for sale. Possible intentional play on words.

 

Seller took delivery mid 1987 and hasn't used the scope since early 90. Hmmmm.

When a scope has very limited runs, I wonder about some things:

1. Proved too expensive to make for market

2. Bad market timing against competition

3. Bad market timing for buyers

4. A billion other possibilities, one of which is....

5. The scope didn't perform and failed to impress

 

I remember these.  As I recall, though they took great wide field astrophotos, the secondary obstruction was gigantormous.

 

-Tim.

 

For a little more info on the AstroMak, the user's manual:

 

https://physics.unm....k Telescope.pdf

 

It says the CO is 20%, but of 12 inches of diameter, big in size, but not in percentage. Found some Astrobin images from Colorado from this year:  http://www.astrobin....4&camera_type=5


 

#36 deSitter

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 03:15 PM

Check the seller's other items, he has quite a few .965" filters and other vintage stuff.   NOS.

Thanks for the heads up! Bought his 6mm Vixen orthoscopic - been looking for one.

 

-drl


 

#37 deSitter

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 03:17 PM

 

Check the seller's other items, he has quite a few .965" filters and other vintage stuff.   NOS.

I had previously seen his stuff while doing a telescope parts search and wondered about the seller. 

The question is, why does a guy who sells optics have such bad (blurry and dark), photos and why are some backwards?

 

You have no idea how people struggle with digital life.

 

-drl


 

#38 Richard Whalen

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 04:50 PM

I remember these scope, were great for imaging just fairly expensive if I recall correctly. I think just poor timing as they were ahead of their time.


 

#39 Richard Whalen

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 04:54 PM

Here you go Chas, just a few miles down the road from you!


 

#40 CHASLX200

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 05:37 PM

Here you go Chas, just a few miles down the road from you!

Here is what?  Will it fit in the Vette?


 

#41 tim53

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 06:09 PM

 

 

 

 

- Rare ASTROMAK Maksutov Cassegrain 12" f/5 (one of only 17 that were ever built, 1987):

 

https://www.astromar...ified_id=954202

I spotted that earlier.  F5 Mak. That should be interesting.  At $15K it might take a while to sell.

 

 

Seems to be little info on these. The ad sure seems legitimate. The seller joined AM last month. The ad states "Photo is an original ASTROMAK",  it does not state the picture is THE actual scope for sale. Possible intentional play on words.

 

Seller took delivery mid 1987 and hasn't used the scope since early 90. Hmmmm.

When a scope has very limited runs, I wonder about some things:

1. Proved too expensive to make for market

2. Bad market timing against competition

3. Bad market timing for buyers

4. A billion other possibilities, one of which is....

5. The scope didn't perform and failed to impress

 

I remember these.  As I recall, though they took great wide field astrophotos, the secondary obstruction was gigantormous.

 

-Tim.

 

For a little more info on the AstroMak, the user's manual:

 

https://physics.unm....k Telescope.pdf

 

It says the CO is 20%, but of 12 inches of diameter, big in size, but not in percentage. Found some Astrobin images from Colorado from this year:  http://www.astrobin....4&camera_type=5

 

That must be percent of area, not diameter.  Specs say the secondary is 5 1/2", which is, as I said above, gigantormous!

 

-Tim.


 

#42 tmaestro

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 06:48 PM

https://inlandempire...6228658532.html

 

Vixen Polaris with two big fat weights and extending wood legs with a 6" Newt on top. $150


 

#43 deSitter

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 07:27 PM

 

 

Check the seller's other items, he has quite a few .965" filters and other vintage stuff.   NOS.

I had previously seen his stuff while doing a telescope parts search and wondered about the seller. 

The question is, why does a guy who sells optics have such bad (blurry and dark), photos and why are some backwards?

 

I have bought a bunch of stuff from him and have talked to him. Really nice guy and straight forward.  Do not be afraid to buy anything from him.

 

The 6mm .965 Celestron/Vixen ortho I just bought 3 hours ago has already been shipped. Thanks Chuck! I was looking for a high power nice .965 eyepiece.

 

-drl


 

#44 Chirp1

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 07:59 PM

Brandon Vernon scope 80mm triplet bin. $329.00 wow. http://m.ebay.com/it...e678b%7Ciid%3A2
 

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 08:00 PM

Brandon Vernon scope 80mm triplet bin. $329.00 wow. http://m.ebay.com/it...e678b%7Ciid%3A2

good low pwer scope.  These were meant to be birders.


 

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 08:01 PM

 

Here you go Chas, just a few miles down the road from you!

Here is what?  Will it fit in the Vette?

 

I doubt it will fit in the Vette. Maybe for now you should stick to spotting scopeslol.gif

 

I think they are talking baout the 12" Mak in FL.


 

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 08:34 PM

C8 (Celestar?) complete with wedge, tripod, JMI Motofocus, and some Ultima eyepieces. In Manhattan!

 

https://newyork.crai...6228266859.html


 

#48 Littlegreenman

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 11:43 PM

https://inlandempire...6228658532.html

 

Vixen Polaris with two big fat weights and extending wood legs with a 6" Newt on top. $150

That is a good price. The "two big fats weights" are needed to balance that scope, unless you extend or get a longer counterweight shaft.

I had a version of this scope. My prior uses of GEMs was with much lighter scopes. First time I set it up was in the field [error!] and in the dark [error!!].  When I loosened the clutches to balance the tube it it swung around and conked me in the head. Ouch!

The lesson: get a buddy or relative to set things up.


Edited by Littlegreenman, 20 July 2017 - 11:44 PM.

 

#49 Russianwolf

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 10:18 AM

Vixen Celestron Cometron 60mm x 300mm (missing most of the kit I think)

 

http://www.ebay.com/...sd=142450526539

 

Vixen Tasco 10VR 80mm x 400mm (missing the mount, but looks like everything else is there.)

 

http://www.ebay.com/...353.m1431.l2649

 

Meade 826 F6 8 inch scope on equatorial mount with clock drive in good condition $350

 

https://westmd.craig...6192008639.html


Edited by Russianwolf, 21 July 2017 - 02:34 PM.

 

#50 Garyth64

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 02:58 PM

Who wanted a Manon?

 

 . . . but this may not be the one you want:

 

http://www.ebay.com/...D0AAOSwTCZZcQ-2

 

It's dirty, has fungus, lens looks scratched, some bent parts,  some parts may be missing,  and the tripod legs don't look like they match.    But with some love, it may turn out to be good.  It may be just a good parts scope.  Did I say it was dirty?

 

Also, don't remember seeing a Shrine Manon with a gray tube and a black dew shield.


Edited by Garyth64, 21 July 2017 - 03:04 PM.

 


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