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#26 deSitter

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 04:14 PM

That is so funny.  All those ETX products are so cheaply made.  It is a shame, because the optics in them are really not that bad. 

They are not cheaply made. The drive system is very well made. The go-tos are on the money and the tracking is excellent. You cannot compare it to something from the past, except optically, and there it compares favorably. The nearest comparison is to a superb Nikon autofocus lens, with its plastic body and excellent glass.

 

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#27 CHASLX200

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 04:42 PM

They are not cheaply made. The drive system is very well made. The go-tos are on the money and the tracking is excellent. You cannot compare it to something from the past, except optically, and there it compares favorably. The nearest comparison is to a superb Nikon autofocus lens, with its plastic body and excellent glass.

 

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I say they are cheap made slade. Mine has the worst focuser i ever used.  Image shift and mirror flop is the worst in any of the 230 scopes i have had. But at least my 125 etx has the best optics i have seen a while. Optics need to be removed and a new OTA built.


 

#28 JakeJ

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 04:46 PM

Due to the RTMC, we see some really neat ATM's here in SoCal every once in awhile.

 

Here's a nice Merit Award winner from 1992:

 

https://sandiego.cra...6549025451.html

 

Some neat ideas - this could have been put into production and been successful, I'd wager.


 

#29 starman876

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 05:10 PM

They are not cheaply made. The drive system is very well made. The go-tos are on the money and the tracking is excellent. You cannot compare it to something from the past, except optically, and there it compares favorably. The nearest comparison is to a superb Nikon autofocus lens, with its plastic body and excellent glass.

 

-drl

The drive system is first rate. That is why everyone is looking for parts for themsmirk.gif


 

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 05:13 PM

Due to the RTMC, we see some really neat ATM's here in SoCal every once in awhile.

 

Here's a nice Merit Award winner from 1992:

 

https://sandiego.cra...6549025451.html

 

Some neat ideas - this could have been put into production and been successful, I'd wager.

now that is an  interesting scopewaytogo.gif


 

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 06:52 PM

Yes it is!!  It's a Hiyoshi version -- identical to my very first Classic (that my DOG tumbled with).  I may have to contact the Seller, and see if we can work around that PUO...  (If y'all have seen the Mars photos I made with mine, my interest in this one makes sense).

 

Then again, this Sans & Streiffe Model 600 with a BIN of just $165 is pretty interesting, too!  https://www.ebay.com...675.c100623.m-1

What a shame... I was just in that neighborhood last week.  I'd have been happy to pick that up for you.  Don't see myself going back any time soon.  I'm going to get to stay home for a week (yay) then off to Jax FL for a week.  Will see what kind of trouble I can get into there :-D


 

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 06:54 PM

Sears (Towa) 60x700 AZ IOB --> https://www.shopgood...m/Item/50866640

 

Looks early 1970s to me.  Even back then, this was a mostly plastic clunker with unusable mount & shaky tripod.  But, GW will ship.  Auction Ends in a couple of hours today.

I received one of these for Christmas in 1965.  The lens cell is plastic and attached with 3 screws.  The finder is a 1/2" empty sight tube.  The focuser is plastic and is simply a piece of rubber tube on the focus shaft that presses against a flat area on the focus tube.  It tended to slip when cold.  The mount material is cheap cast pot metal.  It cost $24.50 at the time. I got a "nostalgic" replacement for it a few years back.  Views were not bad when mounted on a Criterion mount.

 

Edit:  The tube is rolled sheet metal and has a crimped seam.


Edited by Marc-Andre, 02 April 2018 - 09:59 AM.

 

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 06:54 PM

That is a regular Polaris yes? Not a GP. I bought mine for under $100 dollars and the legs where original. Those are not it looks to me.

Those don't appear to be Vixen legs to me, either.  Way too thin and the tray/spreader is wrong.


 

#34 kansas skies

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 09:27 PM

Those don't appear to be Vixen legs to me, either.  Way too thin and the tray/spreader is wrong.

It's my understanding that it is the Cometron version of the Polaris mount and tripod. It is a somewhat lighter and less robust version, but overall, not bad at all. I have one just like it that I use with my Celestron/Vixen Premium 80 refractor, and for visual use as a grab-and-go, I find it works quite well. The one in the ad appears to be missing the larger counterweight, which could be a bit of a problem as it is threaded onto the shaft. The tripod is correct for this version.

 

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 09:31 PM

Vintage C-8 south of Raleigh.

 

Super tempted to get this.

https://raleigh.crai...6544800678.html


 

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 09:46 PM

Vintage C-8 south of Raleigh.

 

Super tempted to get this.

https://raleigh.crai...6544800678.html

I would have been there half hour ago.


 

#37 JakeJ

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 09:52 PM

Vintage C-8 south of Raleigh.

 

Super tempted to get this.

https://raleigh.crai...6544800678.html

 

Vintage C-8 south of Raleigh.

 

Super tempted to get this.

https://raleigh.crai...6544800678.html

How did it not disappear in 1 hour????  That is a fantastic bargain!


 

#38 apfever

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Posted 02 April 2018 - 12:34 AM

It's my understanding that it is the Cometron version of the Polaris mount and tripod. It is a somewhat lighter and less robust version, but overall, not bad at all. I have one just like it that I use with my Celestron/Vixen Premium 80 refractor, and for visual use as a grab-and-go, I find it works quite well. The one in the ad appears to be missing the larger counterweight, which could be a bit of a problem as it is threaded onto the shaft. The tripod is correct for this version.

 

Bill

the whole point is, why do that knock down for the current price when you can get the far better version COMPLETE WITH SCOPE for less.

 

Compare the good:

Good Polaris

 

to the well overpriced Polaris:

bad Polaris deal


 

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Posted 02 April 2018 - 10:28 AM

Large Wollensak mirrotel. Have I seen this before?

The seller may be having a severe attack of optimism:  “Lenses may need cleaning. As shown.”

 

https://www.ebay.com...5&ul_noapp=true


 

#40 JakeJ

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Posted 02 April 2018 - 10:32 AM

Large Wollensak mirrotel. Have I seen this before?

The seller may be having a severe attack of optimism:  “Lenses may need cleaning. As shown.”

 

https://www.ebay.com...5&ul_noapp=true

Looks like someone tried to clean the corrector with a brillo pad!  Look at the last photo where the reflection is - YIKES - scratch city!


 

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Posted 02 April 2018 - 10:32 AM

Large Wollensak mirrotel. Have I seen this before?

The seller may be having a severe attack of optimism:  “Lenses may need cleaning. As shown.”

 

https://www.ebay.com...5&ul_noapp=true

Yes! You have seen it before. So have I.

 

https://www.cloudyni...lensak-project/


 

#42 terraclarke

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Posted 02 April 2018 - 10:34 AM

Yes! You have seen it before. So have I.

 

https://www.cloudyni...lensak-project/

And:

 

https://www.astromar...auction_id=6211


 

#43 Marc-Andre

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Posted 02 April 2018 - 10:37 AM

Looks like someone tried to clean the corrector with a brillo pad!  Look at the last photo where the reflection is - YIKES - scratch city!

And a hotbed of fungi. 


 

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Posted 02 April 2018 - 12:17 PM

16" convertible Newt/Cass - only $1000

 

https://newjersey.cr...6549613156.html

EDIT: On here now as well.

 

https://www.cloudyni...all-kennedy-16/


Edited by Augustus, 02 April 2018 - 02:03 PM.

 

#45 Geo31

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Posted 02 April 2018 - 02:34 PM

16" convertible Newt/Cass - only $1000

 

https://newjersey.cr...6549613156.html

EDIT: On here now as well.

 

https://www.cloudyni...all-kennedy-16/

I don't believe this scope won an award at Stellafane.  I was there in '76 and don't remember this scope.  Now, I don't remember them all, but this would have stuck in my mind.  I checked the awards for '76 on the Stellafane web page and it does not seem to support the claim (nor any year within a few years of '76).


 

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Posted 02 April 2018 - 03:26 PM

I don't believe this scope won an award at Stellafane.  I was there in '76 and don't remember this scope.  Now, I don't remember them all, but this would have stuck in my mind.  I checked the awards for '76 on the Stellafane web page and it does not seem to support the claim (nor any year within a few years of '76).

Woah! Hold on there pardner! They transposed the last two digits. It was built in 1967 and went to Stellafane that year.

 

http://www.sheephill...rg/history.html


 

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Posted 02 April 2018 - 04:26 PM

Woah! Hold on there pardner! They transposed the last two digits. It was built in 1967 and went to Stellafane that year.

 

http://www.sheephill...rg/history.html

It's not listed in the competition winners group for 1967 either, but it is pictured in the 1967 historic pictures.  https://stellafane.o...ic/photos2.html


 

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Posted 02 April 2018 - 04:37 PM

Glorious 2.3x40s from USSR

 

https://www.cloudyni...noculars-wcase/


 

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Posted 02 April 2018 - 04:53 PM

I don't believe this scope won an award at Stellafane.  I was there in '76 and don't remember this scope.  Now, I don't remember them all, but this would have stuck in my mind.  I checked the awards for '76 on the Stellafane web page and it does not seem to support the claim (nor any year within a few years of '76).

I loved those days of Stellafane when you would sit outside the pink clubhouse for the evening Shadowgrams while eating your chicken dinner!


 

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Posted 02 April 2018 - 05:38 PM

I don't believe this scope won an award at Stellafane.  I was there in '76 and don't remember this scope.  Now, I don't remember them all, but this would have stuck in my mind.  I checked the awards for '76 on the Stellafane web page and it does not seem to support the claim (nor any year within a few years of '76).

I remember seeing it in SKY- TELE i think.  


 


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