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#1 Augustus

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 05:54 PM

There's an auction on a site right now for a 2045; I could get it for under $130 shipped. It's one of the earlier aluminum case ones.

Should I pull the trigger or no? Looks really tempting as a grab n' go/travel scope.

 

EDIT: Well, I got outbid. Appears to be someone from this site, probably because someone posted the link in the comments. Not paying over $180 for the thing. Please lock.


Edited by Augustus, 12 January 2018 - 06:17 PM.


#2 DLuders

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 05:57 PM

Do you mean the Meade 2045 4" f/10 Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope?  Try this: https://www.ebay.com...T4AAOSw8H1aUqnH



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 06:03 PM

Do you mean the Meade 2045 4" f/10 Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope?  Try this: https://www.ebay.com...T4AAOSw8H1aUqnH

SSSHHHHH

 

That's the one I bid on. I don't want someone else to take it!


Edited by Augustus, 12 January 2018 - 06:06 PM.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 06:13 PM

Hope you get it! waytogo.gif



#5 Augustus

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 06:15 PM

Hope you get it! waytogo.gif

I was outbid. I'm not paying $175+ for it.



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 06:18 PM

 

Hope you get it! waytogo.gif

I was outbid. I'm not paying $175+ for it.

 

Still looks to be at $96?



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 06:20 PM

 

 

Hope you get it! waytogo.gif

I was outbid. I'm not paying $175+ for it.

 

Still looks to be at $96?

 

Shipping is over $75 because apparently the case is lined with lead.

 

I tried bidding again and the max bid was well over $110. Definitely not paying $200+ for it. I'm pretty sure that the guy that just won saw this thread and clicked the link by DLuders. There's a reason I didn't post the link.....


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 06:23 PM

 

 

 

Hope you get it! waytogo.gif

I was outbid. I'm not paying $175+ for it.

 

Still looks to be at $96?

 

Shipping is over $75 because apparently the case is lined with lead.

 

I tried bidding again and the max bid was well over $110. Definitely not paying $200+ for it. I'm pretty sure that the guy that just won saw this thread and clicked the link by DLuders. There's a reason I didn't post the link.....

 

I agree but this is a good reason to not ask such questions when the Item is still up for grabs.



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 06:23 PM

Ah...that's a bummer! frown.gif Hope another one or something better shows up for you.



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 06:24 PM

 

 

 

 

Hope you get it! waytogo.gif

I was outbid. I'm not paying $175+ for it.

 

Still looks to be at $96?

 

Shipping is over $75 because apparently the case is lined with lead.

 

I tried bidding again and the max bid was well over $110. Definitely not paying $200+ for it. I'm pretty sure that the guy that just won saw this thread and clicked the link by DLuders. There's a reason I didn't post the link.....

 

I agree but this is a good reason to not ask such questions when the Item is still up for grabs.

 

Yeah, but if you don't post the link you're usually safe, especially with the time I had left. DLuders allowed whoever sniped me to find it as soon as they clicked on this thread.



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 06:31 PM

You'll Have To Learn ......... MUMS the Word !


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 06:47 PM

It's up to you to take a crap shoot. 7 out of 10 chances it has not great optics.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 06:48 PM

Lots of links, just like the one in this thread, posted on the "Craigslist, Ebay, and other..." thread.  Not sure that Dluders is culpable.   



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 07:33 PM

I sold quite a few of these when I had a Meade agency, rather good little telescope, can't recall ever having a lemon despite testing every one before sale.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 07:38 PM

I have one I picked up in a pawn shop. Has everything in the kit. other owner never even sent in the warranty card. I really like mine. 



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 10:27 PM

its all in the collimation with an SCT. Just a little off and you go from 1/4 wave to 1/2 wave or less.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 10:44 PM

its all in the collimation with an SCT. Just a little off and you go from 1/4 wave to 1/2 wave or less.

I don't really know what I was thinking bidding on this looking back. My 2080 was easily worse than 1/2 wave and I spent an hour collimating it on Polaris.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 11:31 PM

 

its all in the collimation with an SCT. Just a little off and you go from 1/4 wave to 1/2 wave or less.

I don't really know what I was thinking bidding on this looking back. My 2080 was easily worse than 1/2 wave and I spent an hour collimating it on Polaris.

 

Because like all of us, you wondered what it would be like to have one, with the wishful thought of winning the optical lottery.

 

After the fact, you wonder why this "temporary insanity" hit you, because you see the downsides or losing of the lottery.

 

Ask yourself this question - what would this new addition do for you ... that your existing ones don't do? What would you do with it ... if it was a total loss? How long will it take to unload? What will it keep you from acquiring?

 

Hard questions of what do you really want.


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 06:20 AM

 

its all in the collimation with an SCT. Just a little off and you go from 1/4 wave to 1/2 wave or less.

I don't really know what I was thinking bidding on this looking back. My 2080 was easily worse than 1/2 wave and I spent an hour collimating it on Polaris.

 

 

 

its all in the collimation with an SCT. Just a little off and you go from 1/4 wave to 1/2 wave or less.

I don't really know what I was thinking bidding on this looking back. My 2080 was easily worse than 1/2 wave and I spent an hour collimating it on Polaris.

 

I never had a good pre 1995  SCT from Meade. But had two very good 10" LX200's made the later 90's and one 12".



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Posted 13 January 2018 - 06:28 AM

I'm pretty sure that the guy that just won saw this thread and clicked the link by DLuders. There's a reason I didn't post the link.....

 

I don't really know what I was thinking bidding on this looking back. My 2080 was easily worse than 1/2 wave and I spent an hour collimating it on Polaris.

 

I'm awaiting your apology.


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 02:30 PM

Things tend to work out for the best Augustus. You sold your ETX and it would have been a better scope. Those 4” Meade SCTs are known to be dogs and even tho the ones in the metal case are the better ones, there were in no way exceptional. At any rate, 

“You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em,

Know when to walk away and know when to run.
You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table.
There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done.”

 

And I think D’luders comment was in jest. Certainly no apology is necessary.


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#22 Augustus

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 02:52 PM

You sold your ETX and it would have been a better scope. 

The fork was dead, but I still have the OTA. The corrector has fungus and I've cleaned it with alcohol, lens cleaner, etc. to no prevail.



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Posted 13 January 2018 - 04:29 PM

 

You sold your ETX and it would have been a better scope. 

The fork was dead, but I still have the OTA. The corrector has fungus and I've cleaned it with alcohol, lens cleaner, etc. to no prevail.

 

I think they work better on other mounts. And unless the fungus is significant in size, no effect. The only issue I've found with ETX's (old ones, not the newer ones with less QC) has been residual SA - if you don't have that, you're miles ahead.

 

I saw that one on eBay, and I doubted it would compete well with my surprise orange C90 (*and I've been through huge numbers of bad ones*). Also, it was heavier/less compact, so no advantage for travel.

 

Yes, you could've got it. But maybe if everyone else hadn't bid, perhaps it was a "lose" even for 50+shipping. Likely.


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Posted 14 January 2018 - 07:21 PM

 

You sold your ETX and it would have been a better scope. 

The fork was dead, but I still have the OTA. The corrector has fungus and I've cleaned it with alcohol, lens cleaner, etc. to no prevail.

 

get a little polishing compound. cleans fungus like a dream.



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Posted 14 January 2018 - 08:00 PM

 

 

You sold your ETX and it would have been a better scope. 

The fork was dead, but I still have the OTA. The corrector has fungus and I've cleaned it with alcohol, lens cleaner, etc. to no prevail.

 

get a little polishing compound. cleans fungus like a dream.

 

I would think that be murder on the glass.


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