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#1 Esso2112

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:41 PM

Well, I have added a Goto to my collection. Seller shipped scope today and the legs will go out tomorrow. It looks to be a complete, or near complete Goto Hy-score 451 altaz. The legs and mount look perfect in the pictures.  The scope OTA looks really good as well.  I'll know more once it gets here.  I know it has the diagonal, porro prism, 10-20mm eyepiece, finder, box, mount & tripod, and paperwork.  It also has the Goto logo cloth desiccant bags and a bunch of shredded papery looking stuff inside the box.  Don't know if the lens cap or other eyepieces are present, though. 

 

In the meantime, I noticed that the instructions for the 10-20mm eyepiece have the NTOE!! (I.e. NOTE) misspelled and I remember seeing that on a previous post about these scopes. Does anyone remember what year or years that typo occurred?  

 

For Bomber Bob, the complete warranty card in the sellers photos give it a serial number of #278.  Hopefully it'll have a Japan inspection tag too, but I'll have to wait and see. 

 

I promise to post pictures when it arrives.  I just love the Goto logo on the tripod leg bolts.  


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Posted 15 February 2018 - 07:46 AM

Check out my gallery images. Your sounds exactly like mine down to the papery stuff. Mine is NTOE, and is from late 1957. If I can be of help, let me know. Clear and steady skies.......


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Posted 15 February 2018 - 09:36 AM

You have a beautiful scope. I am hoping mine is as good as it looked in the pictures. How are the views?

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Posted 15 February 2018 - 06:52 PM

Very good views, though to be honest I really haven’t pushed it. Nice Lunar views. I used a hybrid diagonal with 1.25” eyepieces and hoped the compression fitting didn’t allow it to slide out. Haven’t pushed the eyepieces. Finder is ok. Nice mount. If you happen to be coming North for NEAF, it will be on display. Please post tagged images when you get it, so it can be found on the internet. 



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Posted 15 February 2018 - 07:30 PM

Unfortunately, won't be going to NEAF.  I will post plenty of pictures when it arrives.  It should be here by Tuesday. 



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Posted 20 February 2018 - 07:15 PM

The Goto arrived safe and sound. Did a quick cleaning of the optical tube and that's it.  It was very dusty.  Complete, except for the 6mm eyepiece and the objective cover. Complete warranty card with serial number of 278, Hy-score catalog, and telescope instruction manual dated 1957.  Also, this is the NTOE!! version of the 10-20mm eyepiece.  Legs were shipped later, so have to wait on them, but here's some glamour shots.  

 

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Posted 20 February 2018 - 07:21 PM

The Goto arrived safe and sound.

 

Very nice!  Love the mount.  The lens looks great, too.


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Posted 20 February 2018 - 07:25 PM

Thanks JW. The mount is wonderful with smooth action.  The removable finderscope was way ahead of its time, as was the rotatable focuser, which is very smooth in rotation.  


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Posted 20 February 2018 - 07:39 PM

Lots of Goto innovations, for sure, that make using them pure pleasure -- aside from the fine views.  My 452's EQ mount has dual clutches -- like the Polaris / SP mounts some 30 years later -- and an oversized tripod that keeps everything steady at high power.


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Posted 20 February 2018 - 07:46 PM

Lots of Goto innovations, for sure, that make using them pure pleasure -- aside from the fine views.  My 452's EQ mount has dual clutches -- like the Polaris / SP mounts some 30 years later -- and an oversized tripod that keeps everything steady at high power.

 

Your f20, I imagine, is stunning visually to look through.  I wish mine was a 452, but this one popped up on eBay looking near mint for a reasonable price and I jumped. It was only up for 20 minutes.  

 

Unfortunately, it's been cloudy for several days and looks to be for the foreseeable future. 


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Posted 20 February 2018 - 07:58 PM

very very nice

 

enjoy it


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Posted 20 February 2018 - 08:28 PM

It was only up for 20 minutes.

 

That doesn't surprise me -- glad you got it.



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Posted 20 February 2018 - 08:40 PM

Me too. 



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Posted 21 February 2018 - 04:58 AM

It will look great with legs!



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Posted 21 February 2018 - 07:22 AM

Congratulations! They are very nice. I had a mint specimen a couple of years ago that looked like it had never been used. They are extremely well mounted for their size. Exceptionally so, given how light-weight the tube is. That alt-azimuth mount is very well made in the same design as the early Unitron and closer to the size of the one used for the 3” Unitron; and the legs are beefy-very sturdy! And they have this cool, folding spreader. The legs are non-folding/non-sliding so they unfortunately don’t fit in the scope’s nice wooden cabinet. You did get the cabinet didn’t you? Goto made some of the nicest cabinets out there. They used premium wood.

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Posted 21 February 2018 - 08:37 AM

Yes, I have the cabinet. Lots of little compartments. The legs are supposed to ship today.
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Posted 27 February 2018 - 07:57 PM

The legs for the mount arrived yesterday. One is a little twisted, but still functional.  The metal rod spreader is so cool. Got it all set up and had a look at the moon through passing clouds tonight.  What a fabulous grab and go scope.  The moon with a 25mm Tak ortho was beautiful, nicely framed.  No hint of color, but I haven't pushed the magnification yet. 

 

 After my quick observing session, did some minor adjustments to the focuser.  One of the really tiny screws that put tension on the pinion was a little loose.  Tightened it up and now the focus knob turns smoothly.  

 

Now I need to clean and relube the azimuth on the mount.  It's a little too stiff when rotating it unlocked.  Altitude is fine, so just going to leave it alone.  

 

Bottom line, what a beautiful classic scope.  Can't wait to give it a run against my 1955 Unitron 114.  Bets on which one will be better?  

 

I know, I need to DPAC them, but I don't have a set up (yet).  


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