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#101 ccwemyss

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Posted 12 February 2020 - 11:43 PM

I've had several donations to the loaner set that have been very generous. A Monolux 4380 (HOC), an early Meade 300 (Towa 339), an APL Shrine-Manon, an RV-6, and a Unitron 114 OTA. I'm very thankful that I can share them with my students, and that they helped me get the number in the set up to the point where I can cover a class with some flexibility for students with different circumstances. Then there was the donation to the school of C11 s/n 4, and subsequently the donation of an Exploradome to house it. 

 

A few of the ones I've bought for the set have also been good deals (e.g., an APL Shrine Manon for $35, an 8" f7 Dob for $100, and an HOC Selsi 247 for $100).

 

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Posted 13 February 2020 - 07:05 AM

$11.50.  Great optics.  According to Galakuma's web site, AO moved from Chihayacho, Toshima-ku on May 7, 1957, so this scope is, at the very latest, mid 1957.

 

 

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#103 starman876

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Posted 13 February 2020 - 08:19 AM

nice scope and nice lens.  What more can you ask for.



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Posted 13 February 2020 - 12:39 PM

Out of my Keepers, my two 6" Newtonians are my best Classics deals at $150 or less each.  Considering that my 1971 Criterion RV-6 Dynascope was just $150 for the complete system:  scope, mount with drive, eyepieces & Barlow, and original owner's copious observing notes...  STEAL is the better word.

 

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The ATM / Edmund 6" F4 rides on the Mizar AR-1 & ShortPod like they were made together!  I have to pay more attention to balance when I swap it for the F8 Dynascope, but it too rides smoothly on this platform -- and at a perfect eyepiece height most of the time.


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Posted 13 February 2020 - 12:55 PM

I've had a handful of good deals over the years.  Some more memorable than others.

 

I bought both these scopes, a Cave Model A Deluxe and a Cave Model D Transportable Observatory, for $1K.  The 6" needs a complete restoration, but the 12.5" only needs minor things fixed (broken panel lights for the setting circles) and the optics could stand a recoat (but work well even without).

 

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Posted 13 February 2020 - 01:12 PM

For me it's my vintage Takahashi FC-76!!

It has the finest optics I've ever looked through and can do 100x/inch plus!! I will never part with this one, ever!!


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#107 Bomber Bob

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Posted 13 February 2020 - 01:19 PM

For me it's my vintage Takahashi FC-76!!

It has the finest optics I've ever looked through and can do 100x/inch plus!! I will never part with this one, ever!!

Y'all know me:  Mr. Thrifty.  So "best deal" to me means... less than a couple hundred.  But yes, in terms of quality & performance, I can't say enough good stuff about my dinky Takahashi FC-50.  It'll go 100x / inch on the Moon & planets -- and the double stars it can grab.  Though it rides on larger scopes, it's half of an observing system, and not a glorified finder:

 

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Posted 13 February 2020 - 02:26 PM

For me it's my vintage Takahashi FC-76!!

It has the finest optics I've ever looked through and can do 100x/inch plus!! I will never part with this one, ever!!

I feel EXACTLY the same way about mine!



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Posted 13 February 2020 - 03:23 PM

I suppose my best deal was a Tasco 7TE that I got for $50. Cosmetically not in the best shape but the objective is perfect. Love this scope.

 

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Posted 13 February 2020 - 03:39 PM

My best deal in the RV6 Dynascope. It came to me piece by piece except for the pedestal for free. I paid for one about $40.00 or so including shipping. Great optics. The mount is kind of crude but it works well enough. This one is up for some resto work and mirror recoating. The little but excellent ETX-90EC popped up for the picture but no bargain here. It was bought new in 2002. 

 

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 02:30 AM

 

My best classic deal was the purchase of my Zeiss Telementor. When i was bidding to buy a T1 OTA in regular condition, another person reserved the scope, so i asked the seller if by coincidence he would have or know where to get a Telementor with blue tripod.

 

After a nice talk, It ended to be a nice Zeiss collector who wanted to get rid of 4 Telementors and one Takahashi !!!! so i was able to cherry pick the scope and I got an almost unused Telementor 2 in very good condition at a discount price on the condition to use the scope and not just to display it in the living room.  

 

This specific scope was traded by the original user to fund the purchase a pony for the owners daughter ca. 25 years ago. The scope did not see the night sky in all those years. 

 

Therefore i have nicknamed my Telementor as the "pony telescope" and oh yes, i goes outside regularly to keep it fit. lol.gif

 

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Carlos

 

 


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Posted 14 February 2020 - 07:29 AM

In the short time I have scavenged scopes I have had quite a few good deals.  The fun I have had with astronomy itself is enough, but the "treasure hunting" aspect is a nice bit of icing on the cake. 

 

Probably my *favorite* deal was the purchase of my SPI 527-6301 that was originally purchased new by my granddad.  My dad and his family used it in the 60s (50s too, according to Dad and my uncle, but that is debatable, based on the history given on CN).  It might be the first and ONLY telescope I ever attempted to look through.  I did not look through another until a few years ago, and it was all downhill from there.  Anyway, bought it back from the guy, who bought it at my grandparent's auction close to 20 years ago.  Shared some views through it with my grandma and my dad in the Spring of 2018. 

 

As far as *best* deal, that some would consider a steal, I have purchased Unitrons, classic binoculars, and other optics, at ridiculous prices.  In the beginning, the ridiculousness was mostly OVER paying, though.  LOL  The steals were few and far between, until the last year or two.  A little experience goes a long way.  lol.gif

 

Dad and Grandma during our session in 2018.

 

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#113 John Higbee

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 08:34 AM

My Tinsley Saturn 6" f/16 Alt-az (with rising pier) refractor...

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 08:52 PM

Not sure if it’s the SP-C8 I picked up for $50...

Or, what was in three small boxes the gentleman gave me for the $15 I had in my wallet, after I gave him $25 for a fixer upper RV-6.  Like the 16mm Clave eyepiece.

 

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#115 Paul Sweeney

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Posted 15 February 2020 - 01:26 PM

I picked up this Vixen 80L including mount, tripod for 60€. They were basically giving it away. Bought it and I am very glad I did. Superb optics! Picture won't upload.


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#116 Chuckfishes

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Posted 15 February 2020 - 02:49 PM

A Carton 60mm f/910.  $50

The original owner stated he set up the scope only once.  It is basically brand new and 100% complete.

 

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Posted 15 February 2020 - 03:23 PM

I found a like new 7te-5 in Joliet, but couldn't arrange a pick up while I was there. My uncle was able to snag it and now has a great little scope.



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Posted 15 February 2020 - 04:38 PM

This comes in a close second to the Tinsley: the 6" f/15 Spacek Refractor

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Posted 15 February 2020 - 05:28 PM

Without getting into crass details (I will not name scopes or individuals), the best deals I have had have been free and unsolicited. And I have reciprocated in kind. As far as monetary deals, I paid $75.00 for a scope, kept a couple of accessories that more than paid for that outlay, and turned around and sold it (what was left) for more than four times what I paid for it. However, I’ve been hosed a couple of time too. It all comes out even hopefully. What goes around comes around.


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Posted 15 February 2020 - 06:06 PM

I got the classic Tasco 102M (102/1000) with equipment (mount, eyepieces and so on) for only 200,- Euros a few weeks ago.
The owner observed only three or four times with his wonderful refractor...

(P.S.: in the background you can see my guest and telescope room...)

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Posted 15 February 2020 - 06:14 PM

A really good deal for me would be a telescope without a clamchip.

I would think by now the odds would be in my favor.

Someday I hope.

 

Robert


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Posted 16 February 2020 - 02:58 AM

Besides the free SP-C80 that was given to me by a neighbor,

this 60/1000mm Penncrest probably rates up there as the best of the paid for bargains. 

On a last minute whim I placed a low bid on a Pick Up Only Goodwill auction.

Opening bid was $19.99 and nobody else bid.

Adding the $3.75 handling fee it cost me a grand total of $23.74

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