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#51 Don W

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 10:49 PM

We had a local shopping paper called the Shop-O-Gram. Came out on Thursdays. In the mid 90s, I saw an ad for a Quantum 4. A local doctor had purchased it new and stuck it in a closet. Had no signs of ever being used. He died and his wife put it up for sale for $500. I jumped on it. Basically a new in the box, forkmounted Quantum 4. Used it for a few months and made a deal with a guy for a Televue Genesis and $500. I referred to the Genesis as my 'free' scope.

 

In 1986 my wife saw an ad for a set of Halley's Comet special binoculars. A college student needed the cash. Turned out to be 20X120 Japanese ship binoculars in their original wooden case. He asked $200. I paid him without discussion. Took them to Astrofest in 1987. Had a number of trade/cash offers. Best one was from Roland Christen. He was going to trade me a new 5" refractor. His wife, Marge scolded him and told him he was already too far behind in his orders. Sold them the next year for $1800.


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Posted 08 September 2017 - 03:35 PM

Lets see. Was it the 1964 Sears 6333A for $15 off CL?

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No it was the 1962 Cave 12.5" Cass/Newt for $300 from Gary Hand!

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Of course they still need restoration, which starts this winter.
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#53 Mike W

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 03:50 PM

I think Gary got the upper HAND on that deal! LOL


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Posted 08 September 2017 - 07:05 PM

that was a great deal for that cave.  Will be fun to restore



#55 Chuck Hards

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 07:07 PM

With a genuine Rube Goldberg RA drive!  Rare.  waytogo.gif

 

 

 

Safety Edit:  Do NOT plug that thing in!  lol.gif


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#56 roscoe

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 06:56 AM

For rebuilding Cave tubes (and others) that look like they were once downrange at a rifle range, I found some white marine epoxy at my local hardware emporium that I used on mine.  It's not perfect, but for those who don't want to do a whole repaint, it's an acceptable repair.


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Posted 19 September 2017 - 05:50 PM

So, it's not quite the deal that my free Cave 10" was....but I just scored a looks-intact RV-6 for 50 bucks!  I'm picking it up Saturday.


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#58 Dan /schechter

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 07:25 PM

My contribution to this thread is a Zeiss Colzi Prism found on Ebay with a Buy-It-Now for $69. I must of set a world's record for how fast I pushed the Buy-It-Now button. It is almost brand new condition.

 

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#59 Joe Cepleur

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 07:33 AM

Cool! What's a "Colzi prism?"

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 12:59 PM

Looks like a device for viewing the sun.



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Posted 03 October 2017 - 01:54 PM

Indeed it is.

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 04:40 PM

OK - found a few photos of my C102f.  $150 on a SP mount (motorized), included 2" Lumicon diagonal and 2" Lumicon O-III, UHC, Several TV eps, set of orthos, etc.  The scope and all items all appeared to be unused. 

 

 

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 04:44 PM

Wow! That is amazing! Beautiful scope, by the way! 



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Posted 03 October 2017 - 05:05 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on one of the Best Classic Deals of 2017!!


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Posted 04 October 2017 - 12:40 PM

Jake,

WOW! on just the scope, not to mention what came with it. What a score!


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Posted 04 October 2017 - 01:12 PM

Classic orange C8 on a criterion golden pyramid tripod and wedge along
with a case. Optics near perfect with great null test with and overall condition near mint.
$400

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Posted 04 October 2017 - 02:14 PM

OK - found a few photos of my C102f.  $150 on a SP mount (motorized), included 2" Lumicon diagonal and 2" Lumicon O-III, UHC, Several TV eps, set of orthos, etc.  The scope and all items all appeared to be unused. 

That is a thing of beauty, a work of art, and an unbelievable deal!



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Posted 05 October 2017 - 12:13 AM

Wow! That is amazing! Beautiful scope, by the way! 

I about fainted when I found it.  I was at an estate sale - they hadn't even mentioned a telescope.   I was there to look at camera equipment, as was everyone else.  I don't think they or any of the other shoppers even realized what this was.  The EP collection with it was extensive - also had a few Galocs.  And the condition mint.  Like I said, I almost fainted - then pulled out my cash quickly.


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Posted 07 October 2017 - 05:51 PM

Over the years there have been a few, more recently the Unitron #114 mount for $30 

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 09:19 AM

Does this qualify? How about an older Boyd Observatory.... For FREE??

 The photos of it are on the Observatory thread...."Thoughts on value" ... It is now in my driveway, ready to be mounted!

(I'm still seeing if it is a dream)


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Posted 12 November 2017 - 08:34 PM

For me, best quality:cost ratio probably was the one I posted about here... I really need to actually take it out there and use it, though.

 

Behold the Mighty Milben. Go ahead! Laugh! I am immune to your jibes and guffaws. I will assert to my dying day, with utter disregard for any evidence presented to the contrary, that we're looking at $29.99 worth of LNIB thrift-store telescope right there. This purchase answered the pressing question posed to me by the item itself, which was, "What the @#$% is a Milben?" Box graphic is Copyright 1985, and it explicitly red-flags itself as a "Halley's Comet Watcher." The 60/415mm scope actually is appropriately designed for that function, though, without the usual 3000X power claims, or Palomar photos of the Horsehead on the package. The MILBEN label on the focuser reads "Japan," but has no optical house symbol. Tube/dewshield are metal; most other parts are plastic. It came with 20mm and 8mm Huygens EPs, both of which have gone into the Big Bag O'.965s; I keep a 12.5mm in the box, and am most likely to use a cannibalized binocular EP anyway. The less said about the tripod, the better, probably. Optically the thing really is not horrible. It competently does what it was designed to do, and one can't fault it for that. Also in the box were the "A Key to Worlds Beyond" booklet (Tasco, 1966, actually a quite informative intro to observing) and a little blurb for the Tasco #5VTE scope (also 1966). Even if nothing else, you gotta love the screaming yellow color.

 

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 08:45 PM

I think this is my newest "best deal", $400. 1967 Questar Field model with quartz mirror updated by Questar to a "Birder" about 2002.

 

Came with 2 original eyepieces, camera adapter and Questar 2x barlow.

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 09:30 PM

Ya just gotta scan Craigslist every few days.....



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Posted 13 November 2017 - 09:53 PM

Ya just gotta scan Craigslist every few days.....

Hah! 

 

I scan mornings and evenings, Monday through Friday, and four times a day on weekends. The really good stuff is gone in under an hour. 



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Posted 14 November 2017 - 06:13 AM

Ya just gotta scan Craigslist every few days....

All i ever see is plastic junk and Junk C8's for over 900 smackers. Prices are triple in FL compared to other states.




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