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#901 Augustus

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 08:01 AM

14" Compustar

 

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#902 CHASLX200

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 08:05 AM

Would love it if the Optics were super.  Have no need for the CAT , just give me the DEC and RA slow - mo like on a normal C14.


 

#903 leewardesigns

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 08:06 AM

I just wanted to warn people here about the rampant shill bidding that's happening on the Goodwill website. If you are going to bid on a vintage scope, just take a few precautions like waiting until the last minute to bid. Don't put in a large bid with lots of time left as it will be bid up to exactly one dollar below your max bid, but strangely enough never over it (even with unusual dollar amounts).  I am seeing this in way too many auctions. Apparently, this is a well known problem as there's quite a bit about this online with the Ripoff Report, Consumer Affairs, etc. I still love buying old scopes and binoculars here, but I am bidding a lot more carefully now.


 

#904 Augustus

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 08:07 AM

 

Would love it if the Optics were super.

 

"This scope has great optics, a very clear corrector and perfect mirror."

 

Sounds like they are.


 

#905 Chuck Hards

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 08:32 AM

Bushnell Skychief III here in CN Classifieds:

 

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#906 CHASLX200

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 08:47 AM

 

 

Would love it if the Optics were super.

 

"This scope has great optics, a very clear corrector and perfect mirror."

 

Sounds like they are.

 

One persons great optics don't mean i will think they are great.  Even Celestron says that they are great and i have seen some true mush dogs. My Orange C14 was a total mush dog.


 

#907 tim53

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 11:02 AM

I'd jump if I had the room.  But I'd probably break something upon landing.


 

#908 tim53

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 11:06 AM

 

 

 

Celestron Schmidt camera - would be fun to modify for use with a digital sensor, e.g. for video.

 

https://www.ebay.com...-8/183005727166

 

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You can forget that idea untill the day they make curved CDD sensors.

 

Looks to me that you just use 35mm flat film like in a regular camera, and that's way bigger than a video sensor.

 

-drl

 

You use a film holder that deforms the film into the proper curve. Focus is set at the factory and never ne de messing with...   ...unless some doofus tries to modify it for use with a ccd. 

 

Tim

 

I didn't bid.  It sold for a bit under $300.  Did someone here get it?  

 

I did decide that I could probably do as well or better (and more frequently and easily) with my Tak Epsilon 130, since I can shoot digits with that and not have to develop film.

 

I could also probably make an astrograph with a fast Newtonian mirror and a Paracorr, leaving the secondary out of the mix and mounting a camera at the prime focus.  


 

#909 davidc135

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 01:21 PM

 

 

 

 

Celestron Schmidt camera - would be fun to modify for use with a digital sensor, e.g. for video.

 

https://www.ebay.com...-8/183005727166

 

-drl

You can forget that idea untill the day they make curved CDD sensors.

 

Looks to me that you just use 35mm flat film like in a regular camera, and that's way bigger than a video sensor.

 

-drl

 

You use a film holder that deforms the film into the proper curve. Focus is set at the factory and never ne de messing with...   ...unless some doofus tries to modify it for use with a ccd. 

 

Tim

 

I didn't bid.  It sold for a bit under $300.  Did someone here get it?  

 

I did decide that I could probably do as well or better (and more frequently and easily) with my Tak Epsilon 130, since I can shoot digits with that and not have to develop film.

 

I could also probably make an astrograph with a fast Newtonian mirror and a Paracorr, leaving the secondary out of the mix and mounting a camera at the prime focus.  

 

I've read that with these very fast Schmidt cameras it can be difficult to achieve consistently good results. Ultra sensitive and too apt to go out of collimation and/or focus. Although I've seen some good photos as well. Hopefully, a CNer will be using this instrument and maybe post some snaps.

David


 

#910 Paul Hyndman

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 03:17 PM

I just wanted to warn people here about the rampant shill bidding that's happening on the Goodwill website. If you are going to bid on a vintage scope, just take a few precautions like waiting until the last minute to bid. Don't put in a large bid with lots of time left as it will be bid up to exactly one dollar below your max bid, but strangely enough never over it (even with unusual dollar amounts).  I am seeing this in way too many auctions. Apparently, this is a well known problem as there's quite a bit about this online with the Ripoff Report, Consumer Affairs, etc. I still love buying old scopes and binoculars here, but I am bidding a lot more carefully now.

Thanks for the reminder!

 

I’m not a poker player, but do enjoy auctions (we love antiques etc) and I’ve always felt it better to not show your hand until the final moment. Why telegraph your interest and drive up the price?


 

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 06:15 PM

First, a Selsi Model 339 80/1200:

 

https://portland.cra...6461786608.html

 

A little Tasco 6TE-5:

 

https://sfbay.craigs...6461213794.html

 

A Towa branded Model 339 80/1200:

 

https://columbiamo.c...6462436843.html

 

And finally, a SP-C8 with some goodies:

 

https://denver.craig...6462481137.html


 

#912 Augustus

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 06:21 PM

TV Oracle

 

https://newyork.crai...6464465570.html


 

#913 CHASLX200

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 06:38 PM

First, a Selsi Model 339 80/1200:

 

https://portland.cra...6461786608.html

 

A little Tasco 6TE-5:

 

https://sfbay.craigs...6461213794.html

 

A Towa branded Model 339 80/1200:

 

https://columbiamo.c...6462436843.html

 

And finally, a SP-C8 with some goodies:

 

https://denver.craig...6462481137.html

Way too much for the SP-C8.


 

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 07:04 PM

I think I know the owner of the SP-C8,  he has an early Fecker 6" that had proto type assembly like the finder directly in front of the focuser so....it's not real useable.  At one time I believe it was first on the registry after some going over by folks here.  I'll have to see.


 

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 07:15 PM

Rini's own 13.1" Odyssey

 

https://www.cloudyni...45-coulter-dob/


 

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 07:42 PM

Rini's own 13.1" Odyssey

 

https://www.cloudyni...45-coulter-dob/

if the optics in that scope are anything like the one i had i would buy that scope in a heartbeat.


 

#917 Augustus

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 09:07 AM

 

Rini's own 13.1" Odyssey

 

https://www.cloudyni...45-coulter-dob/

if the optics in that scope are anything like the one i had i would buy that scope in a heartbeat.

 

I don't think Rini would have kept a bad scope.....


 

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 09:18 AM

 

 

Rini's own 13.1" Odyssey

 

https://www.cloudyni...45-coulter-dob/

if the optics in that scope are anything like the one i had i would buy that scope in a heartbeat.

 

I don't think Rini would have kept a bad scope.....

 

Knowing Paul, I Am sure it is quite good! And I love the little 3” Newtonian finder. If I lived closer, and had a garage and concrete driveway, I would get it without hesitation and put it on wheels.


 

#919 Augustus

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 09:29 AM

That 60mm refractor that's been neglected in NYC and points at the ground has been reduced in price. I can pick it up and ship it if requested.

 

https://newyork.crai...6453460955.html

 

OT C90. Secondary baffle fell off inside the tube.

 

https://www.ebay.com...ZgAAOSww85aXtxn

 

Another OT C90. A bit worn, and it's from the typical "I bought this from an estate sale for nothing, know nothing about it, and want to profit from selling it to you despite my ignorance".

 

https://www.ebay.com...dAAAOSwf15aXobH

 

Palomar Jr. pier

 

https://www.ebay.com...q0AAOSwXzNaYLPG

 

Zeiss 16mm Ortho

 

https://www.ebay.com...VAAAOSwhcNaXaIN

 

Astroscans

 

https://www.ebay.com...KgAAOSwcuZaXpyt

 

https://www.ebay.com...cMAAOSwAWlaXq4h


Edited by Augustus, 19 January 2018 - 09:30 AM.

 

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 03:12 PM

From one of our own:  Tecnar by Swift - 816 and 815 Satellite Scopes - $240 for both....

 

https://www.astromar...ified_id=969207


 

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 03:46 PM

Cave 8" f/4.5

 

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 04:25 PM

Help! I need to share my pain with others who might understand! I ordered a vintage refractor from ebay (my first and last purchase there) and the beautiful wood box was shipped with NO protection! They just taped the label to the outside and shipped it! It's now in pretty bad shape. To top it off, it was left outside in the pouring rain! I am afraid to open it, I am absolutely heartbroken and sick to my stomach. I paid a premium for this as it looked to be in really good condition. Has anyone else had this happen to them? What did you do, just send it back?

Seems that the seller would have some culpability. If you used PayPal you can initiate a claim through them. Certainly sounds justified, in my opinion.

I would add, don't send it back. I think the claim is termed something like, "Item significantly not as described".

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 05:50 PM

Help! I need to share my pain with others who might understand! I ordered a vintage refractor from ebay (my first and last purchase there) and the beautiful wood box was shipped with NO protection! They just taped the label to the outside and shipped it! It's now in pretty bad shape. To top it off, it was left outside in the pouring rain! I am afraid to open it, I am absolutely heartbroken and sick to my stomach. I paid a premium for this as it looked to be in really good condition. Has anyone else had this happen to them? What did you do, just send it back?

How was it is shipped the shipping company also may have culpability here if it was left in the rain.
Photograph everything and yes open it and photograph any damage inside to send to the seller and shipper.
 


 

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 06:18 PM

I'm no expert on eBay but I'd think you'd want to address this with the seller first and then eBay if the seller tries to weasel out off their screw up.  The wood case is PART of what you bought.  By not taking steps to protect the item during shipping (if you'd bought a ceramic plate, would it be acceptable to just slap a stamp on it????) it is reasonable to expect it would be damaged during transit.  If they don't give you a full refund I would definitely file a complaint against the seller with eBay.  The seller damaged the item after sale through reckless neglect. 

 

What kind of rating did the seller have in eBay?  That was just a stupid move on their part and now no one wins.  The kit won't ever be in as good a shape again, you're unhappy and will have to go through the hassle of a return, and they aren't going to get anywhere near what you bought it for in any future sale.  


 

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 07:13 PM

If that was only the 1.5" mount. But it's in Cali.


 


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