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#1 starman876

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 06:47 PM

harris 3.jpg For me it was the W Harris 1805 scope


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Posted 01 September 2017 - 06:50 PM

That didn't take you long to pick up on that topic  lol.gif .

 

BTW how much did you have to pay for that piece of BRASS ?  lol.gif


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Posted 01 September 2017 - 07:02 PM

Unitron mounts - $800. Came with 2 tripods, and even the 4" Unitron mount tray light!

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 07:12 PM

10" F/6 Cave/ATM   Drove 3 hours each way to get it.  FREE to a good home!

Here it was, right after I took it out of the car.....

 

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 07:16 PM

To date this had to be my best , not counting my gas money round trip . https://www.cloudyni...inds/?p=7822811


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Posted 01 September 2017 - 07:17 PM

Unitron mounts - $800. Came with 2 tripods, and even the 4" Unitron mount tray light!

No wonder I couldn't find a mount, you have them all! LOL


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Posted 01 September 2017 - 07:27 PM

10" F/6 Cave/ATM   Drove 3 hours each way to get it.  FREE to a good home!

Here it was, right after I took it out of the car.....

 

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Ya just can't beat FREE Russ .lol.gif  It's my favorite 4 letter word lol.gif 


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Posted 01 September 2017 - 07:48 PM

 I'd have to say that about the best "deal" I ever got was the Gustavson 12.5" f/7 Cave Astrola Observatory model from 1967.  Kept in an observatory for decades and still in excellent condition.  Came with enough goodies and old camera accessories that, when some of them were sold-off, they paid for the whole deal, and then some.  So essentially it was free and came with extra money thrown-in.  cool.gif  


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Posted 01 September 2017 - 08:12 PM

That didn't take you long to pick up on that topic  lol.gif .

 

BTW how much did you have to pay for that piece of BRASS ?  lol.gif

less than many of you paid for a 60mm Tascolol.gif


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Posted 01 September 2017 - 09:00 PM

I don't have a photo, but years ago got this for $150 at an estate sale:

 

C102f in mint condition, on a motorized SP mount, with two Televue EPs, and a whole set of UO orthos, plus tons of other goodies.


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Posted 01 September 2017 - 09:21 PM

I can't beat FREE, but at < $100 each, I got 2 cool 4" Classics:

 

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 09:53 PM

Craigslist has been good to me.  The best deal I got was on my like-new Crescent 80mm f/15 refractor (Towa 339 clone), in the original cardboard storage box AND outer shipping box for $65.  


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Posted 01 September 2017 - 10:28 PM

Of the many classic telescopes and microscopes I own (the newest is a 1992 Meade 10"newton f/4.5) I think the 1936 Bausch and Lomb 60mm is the best deal I ever and I mean even got. It wasn't the least expensive as a matter of fact I paid more than what I was comfortable with, it is what it is that made it such a deal. Often times all collectors of anything be it telescopes or hotwheel cars revel in the great deal, the one off or the rare bird. This 1936 telescope as soon as I saw it elicited a feeling, a memory that darn near brought tears to my eyes. This was the same model scope that my late mother had grown up with that had belonged to her father my Grandfather. Many times she spoke of how she would visit him in his office at night (I have been told he worked 16-18 hour days). I remember one of the last conversations with her before she pasted in 2004 had to do with that darn telescope and how she wished it was still around, I wish she was still around. The 1936 Bausch and Lomb will have to do.

New photos Of working B & L 2

 

PS- Just picked up an earlier Bausch and Lomb tripod for what looks like at least a 3" scope maybe 4" it is pretty heavy duty looking. Haven't gotten it yet but have seen detailed photos- I think a larger brother for my 60mm is in the future!


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Posted 02 September 2017 - 03:09 AM

I'm fortunate to have had a few good deals. I thought I'd never top my $15 Mayflower 814, but a free SPC-80 (from my neighbor), with three eyepieces and a barlow? The weird thing is, I was thinking about looking for one about a week before it happened.

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Where I get into trouble is when I start buying parts. bangbang.gif No more scopes built from parts! noway.gif

 


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Posted 02 September 2017 - 06:01 AM

My C-80 - on a Polaris - and I also had the older adjustable-stalk finder model- was one of the best-performing scopes I've ever owned.  You have a wonderful neighbour, to offer that scope and EP's (those Ultimas are no slouches themselves...) to you!

 

And....I totally agree with Chuck....the Cave shown above - with an ATM mirror and finder - that I got for free, and resto-modded, probably cost me $600 (and 600 hours) to get running.....


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Posted 02 September 2017 - 08:16 AM

Astro-Physics 180 f/9 best deal ever...

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Posted 02 September 2017 - 08:38 AM

I bought a Meade 8" SC on a barebones MTS mount for $150, then traded that for a pair of German WW2 anti aircraft 10x80 binoculars, then sold those for $1200. smile.gif Then bought myself several more telescopes.


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Posted 02 September 2017 - 08:49 AM

I found a Unitron 131c folded refractor in a second-hand shop here in town a few years back.  No mount, basically a bare OTA with .965" diagonal and one eyepiece, finder rings, and dew shield.  Marked price was $79.95.  Blemished coating on the objective.  I did a bit of research, and went back the next day and offered $45, we settled on $55.  

 

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Posted 02 September 2017 - 09:52 AM

In the < $200 Category:

 

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You don't have to spend a lot of $$$$ to get a decent Classic Scope... well, that is, until you start accessorising...


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Posted 02 September 2017 - 10:03 AM

 I'd have to say that about the best "deal" I ever got was the Gustavson 12.5" f/7 Cave Astrola Observatory model from 1967.  Kept in an observatory for decades and still in excellent condition.  Came with enough goodies and old camera accessories that, when some of them were sold-off, they paid for the whole deal, and then some.  So essentially it was free and came with extra money thrown-in.  cool.gif  

My 12.5" f/7 Transportable Observatory was a similarly-great deal.  I paid $1K for it and the 6" Deluxe (on the 1.5" mount) combined.  The 6" needs a full restoration, but everything works.  I should be able to get my purchase price for the pair by restoring and selling the 6" off.  ...after I get Cosmic Acres buttoned up!  And that will also give me a place to put/use the 12.5" more often than these days.

 

My best deal, though?  Gonna be a toss-up between a few of my scopes (maybe because I'm that cheap!).  Though it's incomplete (missing the original secondary and eyepieces), the Watkins and Smith gregorian is just too cool for words (it's my oldest scope at ~250 years, and the focus knob does appear to be ivory):

 

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Posted 02 September 2017 - 12:30 PM

Hello  Everyone! My best deal to date was the (Ahem!!) Tasco 11TR 4.5" reflector off ebay for Ninety Nine cents free shipping. Seller started the bidding at that and no one else jumped on it. Its the complete instrument with all accessories . I paid for shipping.  Garysmile.gif


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Posted 02 September 2017 - 03:08 PM

My best deal, though? Gonna be a toss-up between a few of my scopes (maybe because I'm that cheap!). Though it's incomplete (missing the original secondary and eyepieces), the Watkins and Smith gregorian is just too cool for words (it's my oldest scope at ~250 years, and the focus knob does appear to be ivory):

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Do you have a write-up on the Gregorian? I don't remember seeing it before.
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Posted 03 September 2017 - 11:10 AM

£12  ($18) got me a mint Carton 60mm F16.7. grin.gif

 

 

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 11:48 AM

Classic Beauty!  I understand the Carton GEM is better-made than many of the rivals, too.



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Posted 03 September 2017 - 11:49 AM

Best deal I ever got was my custom 8" f15.5 TEC MCT. The optical quality is off the charts, could not replace it for 3x what I paid for it new if at all. Second best is a custom Novak mount that I traded a case of wine and a few other things for, has held a 16" RC with ease. Has goto, tracks great, use it now for my 10" RC.


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