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#26 tim53

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 01:02 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.

 

Yes. I'll post a link in when I get back to my computer



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Posted 03 September 2017 - 01:18 PM

AP traveler for $500


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Posted 03 September 2017 - 01:59 PM

AP traveler for $500

That was sweet



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Posted 03 September 2017 - 02:53 PM

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

No - it's perfect.


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Posted 03 September 2017 - 03:14 PM

Here's the thread on the Watkins and Smith Gregorian:

 

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 03:45 PM

Best classic deal I ever landed?  A Unitron Model 142 and a Model 145, both owned and used by Lawrence Fine and his children...plus two brand new 3 inch equatorial mounts...passed on to me by his Son, Philip during a visit to their Summer home on Cape Cod, MA...AND three hours discussing the life and times of Unitron, Inc and the Lawrence Fine family smile.gif

 

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 04:21 PM

Best classic deal I ever landed?  A Unitron Model 142 and a Model 145, both owned and used by Lawrence Fine and his children...plus two brand new 3 inch equatorial mounts...passed on to me by his Son, Philip during a visit to their Summer home on Cape Cod, MA...AND three hours discussing the life and times of Unitron, Inc and the Lawrence Fine family smile.gif

 

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 06:02 PM

Aries Chromacor N for $17


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Posted 03 September 2017 - 08:25 PM

Aries Chromacor N for $17

that was a great deal



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Posted 03 September 2017 - 08:44 PM

At the last row, as I was walking out, out of the corner of my eye, I saw these almost 5ft tall, wooden tripod legs at a vendor booth at a flea market. Normally these would be from a surveyor. Had to check them out. All wood with a light greenish hub attached. Nice condition. As I looked them over the purveyor of the booth pointed out that they went to a telescope in a box buried beneath some other detritus. Excitement subdued for obvious reasons, my eyes opened wide at the sight of a complete GOTO HyScore 451. Really? I had walked past this a few hours ago. An immediate deal was struck. Was it the "best deal"? Was to me. I own it. It's the oldest in my collection. The thrill of finding it, is worth it. There are others, with a similar thrill of discovery. That's the deal for me. Clear and steady skies....

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 10:22 PM

Gracious Sakes ! that GOTO is a beauty, has a mount that is very similar to my very early Unitron model 114, attached photo-

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 12:01 AM

 

Aries Chromacor N for $17

that was a great deal

 

Listed on ebay as a camera adapter for $10 plus shipping


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Posted 04 September 2017 - 07:09 AM

At the last row, as I was walking out, out of the corner of my eye, I saw these almost 5ft tall, wooden tripod legs at a vendor booth at a flea market. .........

There's a pretty good sized flea market half-an-hour from here, I ALWAYS keep my eye peeled for tripods leaned against the other junk....  Haven't found anything good yet, but still looking. 

I did see a lady one day setting up who had some nice older Bushnell binocs for $5, and I suggested she mark 'em up .... next pass, she said she had already sold them for $20.  (I didn't buy them because I already have binocs everywhere)



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Posted 04 September 2017 - 08:14 AM

Totally impossible to top many of the posts in this topic but I had some estate auction luck in the past: Complete Unitron 114- $80, 1968 Questar Duplex - $500.
I'm still waiting for any excellent to mint condition classic that comes FREE (but I would pay shipping if needed). I have a comfy chair, snacks, and a decent supply of adult beverages to help pass time.
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Posted 04 September 2017 - 08:20 AM

My best was a C4.5 Vixen Polaris setup for $35.  It's not a free Unitron or anything, but it got me hooked!


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Posted 04 September 2017 - 09:24 AM

 

 

Aries Chromacor N for $17

that was a great deal

 

Listed on ebay as a camera adapter for $10 plus shipping

 

I'll be checking the camera section closer of ebay now. grin.gif



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Posted 04 September 2017 - 01:50 PM

Nothing as nice as a lot of the posts in this thread, but my best deal was Super Polaris C8 for $50.


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Posted 05 September 2017 - 08:26 PM

Coulter Odyssey 1 for $250, glass is immaculate. It's a Coulter, so the figure is what it is, but for it's age, it's in great shape.

The 13 hour drive to pick it up was a pain, though.
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Posted 06 September 2017 - 12:42 PM

Tasco 7te-5 for $50, sold to me because the owner liked my honesty. When I told him that it was worth much more, but that I would keep it and use it if he sold it to me at that price, he told me that despite people calling him offering him hundreds more, he wanted it loved and used, not resold, so it became mine.

Near-mint Orange Tube C8 for free. Prior owner had held it twenty years after a former roommate cheated him, and then left it behind when he skipped town. He was happy to pass it on to appreciative hands.

When Margarita, the Salt Encrusted C8, was beyond my ability to repair, Tim53 referred me to our good friend, Duane Beach. Priceless! It came with a marvelous old Brandon that I described last fall to Mr. Yeier (spelling?), the maker, at NEAF, only to learn that he especially liked that vintage, despite people assuming that newer ones were better.

Complete 12" LX200 given to me by a friend who upgraded his astrophotography observatory with a Richey-Chretien.

Jason 313, my second telescope, for $75 in a consignment shop, a fair price, upon Google leading me to this forum via the WiFi from the adjacent pizza shop, to inquire whether it was worth that. It lead me deeper into astronomy, and on to all of you.

4" Criterion Dynascope, a gift from Jim Curry when he moved to St. Louis, a classic and a souvenir from a friend, the workhorse of his childhood.

This is so Cepleurean of me! Ask me my best classic deal, and I spout six. It appears I have been blessed!
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Posted 06 September 2017 - 05:28 PM

Best classic deal I ever landed? A Unitron Model 142 and a Model 145, both owned and used by Lawrence Fine and his children...plus two brand new 3 inch equatorial mounts...passed on to me by his Son, Philip during a visit to their Summer home on Cape Cod, MA...AND three hours discussing the life and times of Unitron, Inc and the Lawrence Fine family smile.gif

Dave


The three stooges Larry Fine?
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Posted 06 September 2017 - 07:31 PM

I most likely paid to much for this one , but , considering the condition , I couldn't pass it up lol.gif

 

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 08:10 PM

I was thinking about this the other day. I picked up a Carton 60x910 for $20 plus shipping. Arrived with a newly broken clamshell. Was able to fix the clamshell, The mount needed a regrease, lens was dirty,  tube was peeling. It was a mess. After some taking apart for regrease, the lower clamshell was cracked at the bottom. I honestly think they were angry that they didn't get more money and smashed the mount. The breaks were REALLY fresh. Still have the OTA. The mount had a bent shaft as well. Straightened the shaft and made a saddle for a 4.5" reflector and gave the whole thing to a friend. It was far more work and effort than it deserved. The OTA now resides on a Monolux mount that WAS worth the $20 I paid.  12.5" F5 Mirror dated 12/62 I picked up very cheap on a well known auction site. My 5.5" Maksutov was a good deal. Under $100 for a C8 that needed coatings and a bit of work. Condition was good otherwise. Had the mirrors coated ( double the price of the scope.), cleaned it up and machined a focus knob. It's one of the best C8's optically that I've used. 32mm Edmund Rank Erfle for $30. Sold it, but missed the lightweight wide field so I bought another used one.


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Posted 06 September 2017 - 08:21 PM

8" f/4 Mak/Newt...1960...all EPs and working mount. See avatar. $200 in 1969.
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Posted 06 September 2017 - 09:49 PM

8" f/4 Mak/Newt...1960...all EPs and working mount. See avatar. $200 in 1969.

That was a great find,



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Posted 07 September 2017 - 09:57 AM

 

8" f/4 Mak/Newt...1960...all EPs and working mount. See avatar. $200 in 1969.

That was a great find,

 

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