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#1 Brian Risley

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 12:44 AM

This is a continuation of the previous thread. I'm locking the old thread but it will age off in a few days.
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1) The basic guideline for this thread is to list ads and auctions that others may be interested in. It is not intended to replace CL or eBay as a site to find all possible classic ads. Please keep your posts to actual "classic" equipment. If you have to ask if it's classic, it probably isn't.
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Posted 20 January 2018 - 12:53 AM

Read those rules.  Learn them.  Know them.  Love them.  Practice them.  

 

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#3 bartine

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 09:04 PM

And - to kick it off - a Meade 6600 6" f5 reflector in Mechanicsburg PA for $150 - comes with 3 eyepieces - a couple of MAs and a 4mm ortho.

 

I had one of these years ago, and it was a lovely scope - very sharp optically, and the Mizar mount was really solid for that scope

 

https://harrisburg.c...6466515421.html


 

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 09:25 PM

Some of them blue tube Newts were pretty good in the mid 80's.


 

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 10:31 PM

did Chas notice the C5 wedge for the small base for sale on CN?


 

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 03:01 AM

Just so folks know, that wedge is actually a C90 Astro wedge but (as the ad shows), it works for the small base C5.

 

 https://www.cloudynights.com/classifieds/item/126758-early-celestron-c5-and-wedge/


 

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 03:07 AM

Looks like the same wedge as the white-tube C5 used.


 

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 03:18 AM

Beat-up Tasco 31T, in need of some love.  LINK


 

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 05:09 AM

Unusual NS scope, called Polaris

 

https://www.ebay.com...is/173111262737

 

-drl


 

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 05:12 AM

Unusual NS scope, called Polaris

 

https://www.ebay.com...is/173111262737

 

-drl

Parts of that scope and the mount remind me of my Unitron 114.  


 

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 06:50 AM

did Chas notice the C5 wedge for the small base for sale on CN?

I bought it.  Sending the seller the money honey.


 

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 07:17 AM

Looks like the same wedge as the white-tube C5 used.

Doesn't the white tube C5 have the large base?  It would certainly make sense for Celestron.  It reduces their inventory and part numbers.  I think the white tube base is shared with other models of the C8, just the same as the other die cast C5s.  Celestron didn't think that through very well (from a business perspective) when they built the small base C5.


 

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 07:44 AM

 

Looks like the same wedge as the white-tube C5 used.

Doesn't the white tube C5 have the large base?  It would certainly make sense for Celestron.  It reduces their inventory and part numbers.  I think the white tube base is shared with other models of the C8, just the same as the other die cast C5s.  Celestron didn't think that through very well (from a business perspective) when they built the small base C5.

 

The white tube in the early 90's was a total diff ball game and had a total diff kind of wedge.  Celestron stopped making the fork mounted C5 around late 1985. Then came out with that one arm bandit around the early 90's.  


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Posted 21 January 2018 - 08:06 AM

 

 

Looks like the same wedge as the white-tube C5 used.

Doesn't the white tube C5 have the large base?  It would certainly make sense for Celestron.  It reduces their inventory and part numbers.  I think the white tube base is shared with other models of the C8, just the same as the other die cast C5s.  Celestron didn't think that through very well (from a business perspective) when they built the small base C5.

 

The white tube in the early 90's was a total diff ball game and had a total diff kind of wedge.  Celestron stopped making the fork mounted C5 around late 1985. Then came out with that one arm bandit around the early 90's.  

 

I'm not talking about the forks or the table top wedge.  I'm strictly talking about the base itself.  I've seen various bases and they all appear to me to be derived from versions of the C8 in production at the time.


 

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 08:27 AM

Edmund pier

 

https://www.ebay.com...SE/282814023508

 

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 08:47 AM

 

 

 

Looks like the same wedge as the white-tube C5 used.

Doesn't the white tube C5 have the large base?  It would certainly make sense for Celestron.  It reduces their inventory and part numbers.  I think the white tube base is shared with other models of the C8, just the same as the other die cast C5s.  Celestron didn't think that through very well (from a business perspective) when they built the small base C5.

 

The white tube in the early 90's was a total diff ball game and had a total diff kind of wedge.  Celestron stopped making the fork mounted C5 around late 1985. Then came out with that one arm bandit around the early 90's.  

 

I'm not talking about the forks or the table top wedge.  I'm strictly talking about the base itself.  I've seen various bases and they all appear to me to be derived from versions of the C8 in production at the time.

 

I think the base is the same from the 1977 up until the mid 90's.  But i bought a newer what i think what they call a Classic C8 made in the later 90's with the newer forks. That was a cheap made system as the forks were nothing like the much stronger forks on the older C8. Them forks had the jitters big time.


 

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 08:51 AM

Need legs for your Towa?

 

https://www.ebay.com...pIAAOSwnCFaLcSu

 

Meade 8" f/6 in Kentucky

 

https://www.ebay.com...SoAAOSwUH5aXwDO


 

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 09:02 AM

Need legs for your Towa?

 

https://www.ebay.com...pIAAOSwnCFaLcSu

 

Meade 8" f/6 in Kentucky

 

https://www.ebay.com...SoAAOSwUH5aXwDO

Hefty price on the 8" Starfinder. I had one back in 1993.  Good mount and optics in mine.  I was not crazy about the cheap strap rings.


 

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 09:05 AM

 

Need legs for your Towa?

 

https://www.ebay.com...pIAAOSwnCFaLcSu

 

Meade 8" f/6 in Kentucky

 

https://www.ebay.com...SoAAOSwUH5aXwDO

Hefty price on the 8" Starfinder. I had one back in 1993.  Good mount and optics in mine.  I was not crazy about the cheap strap rings.

 

It's an 826, not a Starfinder.


 

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 10:12 AM

The 826 was Meade's product/answer to the RV-8 and the preceded the starfinder series which is the scope in question.

Now was the scope in question labeled a 826 Starfinder? That I am not aware of. 


 

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 10:13 AM

 

did Chas notice the C5 wedge for the small base for sale on CN?

I bought it.  Sending the seller the money honey.

 

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 10:19 AM

 

 

Need legs for your Towa?

 

https://www.ebay.com...pIAAOSwnCFaLcSu

 

Meade 8" f/6 in Kentucky

 

https://www.ebay.com...SoAAOSwUH5aXwDO

Hefty price on the 8" Starfinder. I had one back in 1993.  Good mount and optics in mine.  I was not crazy about the cheap strap rings.

 

It's an 826, not a Starfinder.

 

Thats not the older 8" Meade from the late 70's and 80's.  


 

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 10:21 AM

The 826 was Meade's product/answer to the RV-8 and the preceded the starfinder series which is the scope in question.

Now was the scope in question labeled a 826 Starfinder? That I am not aware of. 

Mine was just like that scope and called a Starfinder.  I don't know of any 826 with a cone shaped polar axis.


 

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 10:28 AM

 

Unusual NS scope, called Polaris

 

https://www.ebay.com...is/173111262737

 

-drl

Parts of that scope and the mount remind me of my Unitron 114.  

 

I wondered when someone was going to post that one.  It basically is a Unitron Model 127 (40 X 700mm).  According to the paperwork, it was imported by Polaris Optical, a Michigan company.  The phone number places it to early 60's or so.  The clamshell and mount are identical to the 127 on the Unitron History site, but with the black knobs instead of the silver ones. Somebody on here should get this one.   


 

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 10:32 AM

 

 

Unusual NS scope, called Polaris

 

https://www.ebay.com...is/173111262737

 

-drl

Parts of that scope and the mount remind me of my Unitron 114.  

 

I wondered when someone was going to post that one.  It basically is a Unitron Model 127 (40 X 700mm).  According to the paperwork, it was imported by Polaris Optical, a Michigan company.  The phone number places it to early 60's or so.  The clamshell and mount are identical to the 127 on the Unitron History site, but with the black knobs instead of the silver ones. Somebody on here should get this one.   

 

Yes, was also numbered the 740 and some were 40mm 750mm f.l. They listed for $75.00 in 1967.


 


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