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#1 CCD-Freak

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Posted 01 July 2018 - 08:30 AM

Here is a Unitron that posted a few days ago.....https://easttexas.cr...6628907906.html

 

Looks fairly complete.

 

 

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Posted 01 July 2018 - 09:04 AM

Here is a Unitron that posted a few days ago.....https://easttexas.cr...6628907906.html

 

Looks fairly complete.

 

 

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I can’t believe it’s still available! :foreheadslap:


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Posted 01 July 2018 - 10:10 AM

Very nice RV6

 

https://www.cloudyni...on-with-extras/


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Posted 01 July 2018 - 10:29 AM

Look at this hobbyland with I nice looking Celestron/Vixen C80

I won't be going but someone should go get it:

 

https://seattle.crai...6630751717.html

 

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#5 CHASLX200

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Posted 01 July 2018 - 10:40 AM

 Never seen one for sale within 150 miles of me.


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Posted 01 July 2018 - 12:17 PM

I can’t believe it’s still available!

 

Two Words:  Go-To & APO

 

I wonder...  If those of us old enough to see brand new Unitrons are the ones shuffling them between ourselves more often than younger folks buying them as artifacts from a bygone era.


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Posted 01 July 2018 - 03:32 PM

A beautiful Goto 60mm on an EQ mount. Complete kit checked out by Matsumoto Company, who does great work from what I've heard.  The ad is on AM. 

 

Goto 60


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Posted 01 July 2018 - 03:57 PM

Not sure if this is a classic or not, but interesting:

 

https://sfbay.craigs...6630475264.html

 

Tom 


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Posted 01 July 2018 - 04:05 PM

SP-C8 with case and original plastic packaging!

 

https://newyork.crai...6631842810.html


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Posted 01 July 2018 - 05:02 PM

Not sure if this is a classic or not, but interesting:

 

https://sfbay.craigs...6630475264.html

 

Tom 

Ugly whatever it is.


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Posted 01 July 2018 - 05:03 PM

SP-C8 with case and original plastic packaging!

 

https://newyork.crai...6631842810.html

Best C8 version ever made slade.  I would dump the C8 and use the mount for whatever.



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Posted 01 July 2018 - 05:43 PM

Ugly whatever it is.

It is an outdoor spotting scope. I kinda like the appearance.* Reminds me of streamlined planes, trains and automobiles from the middle of the last Century.  Or Gort in The Day the Earth Stood Still. Most of the time I side with the aliens in this movie.

Go Gort!

 

But the appearance is constrained by the 100% waterproof requirement for being permanently installed outdoors. This is the kind of thing you would pay to look through at a National Park. Insanely expensive, but again dictated by the waterproof requirements. And maybe avarice.

 

http://www.hispyview...elescope-viewer

 

*"Good taste is the first refuge of the witless."—Victor Hugo


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Posted 01 July 2018 - 05:51 PM

I have a Gort, I named it Gort because ordinary drill bits just bounce off his Titanium

body.

All Edmund Scientific 4-1/4" Pal Jr inside.

Robert

 

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Posted 01 July 2018 - 07:49 PM

My daughter had that 2.4" equatorial mount on one of her first telescopes. This week she told me how much she hated working with it back then. She loved it when she got an early Celestron Pacific C5 (age 11), which she still uses as she finishes her thesis work (age 23). Doesn't like counterweights I think.

 

None of my kids have evinced much of a like for the "art of the classic refractor", and they favor Dobs and SCTs. Even with an APO there's this perceived allergy to "the color purple" (I can't see it) that surprises. And they are far more obsessive about collimation than I am. A completely different story than I lived. It may also be the case that having made scopes with my Dad and making own instruments with metal lathe, mill, and other fabrication work makes things different - most kids don't have that anymore as it went away in schools.

 

They don't have much appreciation for the fine balance of a long tube and the mechanisms to gently coax it into place. However, they hold onto their mom's classic C8 Orange tube out of the memories of doing hundreds of school star parties, when we had a set of them and the whole family was engaged in covering the sky with them. (Logistics of fitting a family in a sedan with four telescopes is just barely possible with SCT's - they each held onto a scope + fork + wedge, drivers went in the trunk with all the "locking triangle" tripods.)


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Posted 01 July 2018 - 08:32 PM

Not sure if this is a classic or not, but interesting:

 

https://sfbay.craigs...6630475264.html

 

Tom 

very interesting.  Would be nice to have something like this setup outside for quick looks.  



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Posted 01 July 2018 - 08:34 PM

SP-C8 with case and original plastic packaging!

 

https://newyork.crai...6631842810.html

 

I had one of these years ago.  The C8 had good optics. Good enough for me to sell the Intes Mak I had.  Mount was pretty good also.



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Posted 01 July 2018 - 08:37 PM

It is an outdoor spotting scope. I kinda like the appearance.* Reminds me of streamlined planes, trains and automobiles from the middle of the last Century.  Or Gort in The Day the Earth Stood Still. Most of the time I side with the aliens in this movie.

Go Gort!

 

But the appearance is constrained by the 100% waterproof requirement for being permanently installed outdoors. This is the kind of thing you would pay to look through at a National Park. Insanely expensive, but again dictated by the waterproof requirements. And maybe avarice.

 

http://www.hispyview...elescope-viewer

 

*"Good taste is the first refuge of the witless."—Victor Hugo

I agree with you 100%.  I have a 120mm version that is not waterproof.  Insanely heavy so it does not get used much.  If it was waterproof it would always be set up outside.



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Posted 02 July 2018 - 11:30 AM

I have a Gort, I named it Gort because ordinary drill bits just bounce off his Titanium

body.

All Edmund Scientific 4-1/4" Pal Jr inside.

Robert

 

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Where on earth (or off of earth) did you get a titanium tube that size?  A trash can outside Lockheed's Skunk Works?

 

https://en.wikipedia...iki/Skunk_Works

 

Background. The SR-71 spy plane and other planes in the 'family' were made at the Skunk Works. Most of it was made of titanium as it needed to withstand high temperatures during operation.


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Posted 02 July 2018 - 12:08 PM

I didn't build Gort but I'm sure it came from Boeing Surplus or a 'Lunch Box Special', something a

Boeing employee made at work, a little big to sneak out in a  lunch box though.

I bought many pieces of Titanium at Boeing Surplus for my jet engines I used to build. They were

mostly pulse jets, my biggest generated about 60 lbs thrust on propane,  much more on gasoline

and LOTS more on Propylene Oxide.

Boeing Surplus is gone now.

Robert

 

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Posted 02 July 2018 - 12:23 PM

I didn't build Gort but I'm sure it came from Boeing Surplus or a 'Lunch Box Special', something a

Boeing employee made at work, a little big to sneak out in a  lunch box though.

I bought many pieces of Titanium at Boeing Surplus for my jet engines I used to build. They were

mostly pulse jets, my biggest generated about 60 lbs thrust on propane,  much more on gasoline

and LOTS more on Propylene Oxide.

Boeing Surplus is gone now.

Robert

 

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Robert , You need to put that on your Doodle Bug .....rofl2.gif


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Posted 02 July 2018 - 12:35 PM

Kinda a classic and a real steal for someone in CA.

 

A dob structure for a 17.5" Discovery - no primary - local pickup only at $300

 

https://www.astromar...-primary-mirror


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Posted 02 July 2018 - 12:57 PM

Kinda a classic and a real steal for someone in CA.

 

A dob structure for a 17.5" Discovery - no primary - local pickup only at $300

 

https://www.astromar...-primary-mirror

Sad. I guess the mirror was broken carrying it separately. I had a friend with a big truss dob like that and he carried the mirror in a pizza box. I always figured it was only a matter of time. :bawling:


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Posted 02 July 2018 - 01:03 PM

Sad. I guess the mirror was broken carrying it separately. I had a friend with a big truss dob like that and he carried the mirror in a pizza box. I always figured it was only a matter of time. bawling.gif

If one actually thinks a pizza box or a wooden case is safer than the purpose-built mirror cell of their scope, then perhaps it's time for a new mirror cell.....



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Posted 02 July 2018 - 02:18 PM

Here is an early Celestron C8 on offer in Germany that puzzles me. It is the standard early-style C8 tube, but instead of orange it has a white tube with the usual greyish fittings and mount.

 

Next weird thing is that the dec rings are somehow oversized. And the finder is labeled "University Optics". The thing comes with a lot of electronic boxes to make the drive work. It seems to be an original USA unit because of the 110V drive.

 

Anyone has a clue what is going on here? Or is it just an aftermarket modification of an orange tube?

 

https://www.ebay-kle...035172-187-6831


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Posted 02 July 2018 - 02:25 PM

Here is an early Celestron C8 on offer in Germany that puzzles me. It is the standard early-style C8 tube, but instead of orange it has a white tube with the usual greyish fittings and mount.

 

Next weird thing is that the dec rings are somehow oversized. And the finder is labeled "University Optics". The thing comes with a lot of electronic boxes to make the drive work. It seems to be an original USA unit because of the 110V drive.

 

Anyone has a clue what is going on here? Or is it just an aftermarket modification of an orange tube?

 

https://www.ebay-kle...035172-187-6831

Just a repaint and some upgrades.


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