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#76 stevep

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 06:48 AM

Thanks Dave,

 

I had seen a couple of other serial numbers on the net, and along with mine led me to the conclusion that the first two digits were the year,

''pretty rare in the US'' I think they are pretty rare where ever you live, have seen 1 65mm here in the UK, no others that I know of,

 

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 09:42 AM

Hi Steve,

Yes, that's one of the reasons I bought this. I like to purchase a rare, interesting classic telescope like this and make a Youtube video about it for all to see. Unfortunately, I usually end up selling these scopes at a substantial loss some months later. But it's worth it to nab one for my video collection. 

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 11:38 AM

I have owned several Pentax refractors and all were wonderful optically. Recently I bought two 105SDs, one went to a fellow Pentax fan in Slovenia, the other is here and I recently did a little side-by-side with an excellent C102F. Both scopes turned in excellent images.

 

The first which has a rubber protection ring on the dew shield and a 7x50 finder, gone off to the new owner:

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 11:38 AM

The second, and “no” I did not paint the house to match the scope! It is an older version and has the 6x35CI finder:

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 02:32 PM

Nice Scopes,

 

I would not mind a look through one of those, but not seen one on this side of the pond,

 

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 02:45 PM

Hi Steve,

Yes, that's one of the reasons I bought this. I like to purchase a rare, interesting classic telescope like this and make a Youtube video about it for all to see. Unfortunately, I usually end up selling these scopes at a substantial loss some months later. But it's worth it to nab one for my video collection. 

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Hi Dave,

 

Well I have viewed through a good few scopes over the past 40+ years, and I know you have had a good few as well, I would say these scopes are about as good as it can get when compared to others in the same size/class, sensibly perfect optics,

my only gripe with these is that once the mount is built it won't fit through a single doorway,

 

something tells me you may hold on to one of these !

 

Steve



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Posted 10 June 2018 - 11:43 PM

Hi Dave,

 

Well I have viewed through a good few scopes over the past 40+ years, and I know you have had a good few as well, I would say these scopes are about as good as it can get when compared to others in the same size/class, sensibly perfect optics,

my only gripe with these is that once the mount is built it won't fit through a single doorway,

 

something tells me you may hold on to one of these !

 

Steve

Yes, have several nice ones to select from. I also have a little J60.

 

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The optics on this little thing are wonderful. I just had it out to look at Jupiter. Great views! Here's my video on the J60: https://www.youtube....S5YsHFsk&t=158s


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Posted 11 June 2018 - 03:26 AM

 

By the way, here's a picture of my superb Pentax 85 (thanks Stew!)

 

 
 
You can see a video about this beautiful instrument at: https://www.youtube....uSx4FldCXE&t=3s
 
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Beautiful scope!

 

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Posted 11 June 2018 - 03:28 AM

Hi Steve,

Yes, that's one of the reasons I bought this. I like to purchase a rare, interesting classic telescope like this and make a Youtube video about it for all to see. Unfortunately, I usually end up selling these scopes at a substantial loss some months later. But it's worth it to nab one for my video collection. 

- Dave

Your videos are one of my favorite things! Here's hoping you break even in the future!

 

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Posted 11 June 2018 - 02:24 PM

Yes, have several nice ones to select from. I also have a little J60.

 

 

 

The optics on this little thing are wonderful. I just had it out to look at Jupiter. Great views! Here's my video on the J60: https://www.youtube....S5YsHFsk&t=158s

Another nice video Dave,

 

The J series were very good, Here is the J80 I owned a few years ago, OTA and rings only with a vixen RA finder, this is what got me interested in Pentax scopes, optics were very very good, best I had experienced in an 80mm scope, I have also owned a late1950's Jupiter that I restored again great optics, this now resides in a museum in Spain, 

 

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Posted 01 December 2018 - 10:59 PM

This was taken back in May and I put it in the Refractors thread but realised that'll be worthy of sharing here too. My Pentax 125SDP on my Vixen AXD doing a little astrophotography of NGC 7000 :-

 

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 08:07 AM

Another nice video Dave,

 

The J series were very good, Here is the J80 I owned a few years ago, OTA and rings only with a vixen RA finder, this is what got me interested in Pentax scopes, optics were very very good, best I had experienced in an 80mm scope, I have also owned a late1950's Jupiter that I restored again great optics, this now resides in a museum in Spain, 

 

Steve

I have two of these J80 scopes - one is a very early serial number in great shape and the other has a few more "miles" on it, including a small clamshell chip in the objective.  The second mount is also somewhat incomplete, but could be a good source for parts. 

 

In terms of other classic Pentax gear, I also have the small black J60c (quite different from the J60) that is an interesting little package.   Plus I was lucky enough to obtain a vintage ep set (two orthos and a kellner) that used to accompany their long ED scopes.  It is a bit of a mishmash of a collection, but I have always had "a thing" for Pentax astro gear.


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