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#51 memento

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Posted 03 August 2018 - 01:18 PM

I'd like the Vixen 90L but shipping would probably be astronomical.

According to a short online check, it would be around 120 Euros with UPS. But then it's also subject to customs and all that stuff. I ordered three eyepieces from Optcorp U.S. for my classic telescopes and it was overall 1 month until I finally got them, had even to drive to a customs office here in Germany to pick them up. undecided.gif

 

Are Vixen 90Ls so hard to find in the U.S.? It's kind of rare here yes. But even a pristine tube with no clamshell in the lens should never exceed 250-300 Euros, that's at least what I'd guess.

Vixen 80Ls are a little bit more common, often they come as a set with a New Polaris mount, cause that's how most were sold new until the early 2000's. There is one on offer right now for 360 Euros in Germany. It's maybe the second or third one that I've seen this year:

https://www.ebay-kle...594198-187-1428

But the Super Polaris is a nicer mount for the 80L. Also much better tube rings! A Super Polaris 80L or Great Polaris 80L should be 400-550 Euros. But so far this year, I haven't seen any of those come up for sale.

And then there is a Vixen 102L with 1500mm f/l, that one is also rare. I never really care for that cause it would be too big for my mounts anyway. Then I'd personally rather have a shorter ED or FL refractor and a smaller mount. Thomas


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#52 Defenderslideguitar

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Posted 03 August 2018 - 01:47 PM

I agree the price is fair.  However,  Seeing a price tag of over $1000 even with all the extras is great.  However, normally a 128 goes for around $500-600. Clock drive about $300-400, camera $125, Unihex $150, so $1100 is a fair price. 

right it is the sum total of all the  parts ...    all together in one kit .... obviously well taken care of  by someone who knows what they are doing.. On ebay  maybe not so comfortable.... always  a chance to do well or poorly on ebay

 

  and someone who cherishes a scope like that  will know how to ship it like a fine violin.....just saying 

 

 I wonder if my lovely wife Diane ever wanted to go see the rock and roll Hall of Fame  out that way? 


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#53 GoldSpider

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Posted 03 August 2018 - 02:14 PM

Thoughts on an 11" Starhopper of unknown condition for $500 (obo)?  Pictures show some grime on it and no pictures of the optics.

 

Looking for a candidate for my first re-craft into a portable truss-tube Dob.

 

Edit:  It's a bit of a drive too.


Edited by GoldSpider, 03 August 2018 - 02:43 PM.

 

#54 Defenderslideguitar

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Posted 03 August 2018 - 02:45 PM

https://www.astromar...strola-15-mount

 

restored? cave astrola mount


 

#55 starman876

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Posted 03 August 2018 - 04:21 PM

https://www.astromar...strola-15-mount

 

restored? cave astrola mount

sure is pretty


 

#56 Defenderslideguitar

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Posted 03 August 2018 - 04:43 PM

when folks restore a mount like this  do they take it all apart  clean and lube  and paint and reassemble?


 

#57 Kasmos

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Posted 03 August 2018 - 05:17 PM

when folks restore a mount like this  do they take it all apart  clean and lube  and paint and reassemble?

Depends on it's condition and one's idea of the definition, but that's usually the case.

 

If you take something apart, clean it up, and re-grease you might consider it just rebuilt.

If you make something look and function as new by re-painting, replacing worn or broken parts, possibly re-plate some parts (like a counterweight shaft or hardware), re-grease and reassemble that would surely be considered a restoration.


 

#58 CHASLX200

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Posted 03 August 2018 - 05:41 PM

when folks restore a mount like this  do they take it all apart  clean and lube  and paint and reassemble?

I did 2 times.


 

#59 Defenderslideguitar

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Posted 03 August 2018 - 05:46 PM

https://www.ebay.com...&LH_TitleDesc=0

 

Hi  so on ebay there is  this Rare   ( I know that is someone's pet peave)  aka rare Sears scope    2 bids up to 76 dollars   it is so rare  it might be one of those models that did not come with a diagnal?

Just kidding    I dont know much about this

 

    It is somewhere down south      a  swamp state   I think..

   In a state that has a good college football team...


 

#60 Garyth64

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Posted 03 August 2018 - 06:13 PM

There is also another rare 4454 in Missouri.


 

#61 Augustus

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Posted 03 August 2018 - 06:40 PM

Very nice Astroscan kit:

 

https://www.shopgood...m/Item/55791123

 

Black C5:

 

https://www.shopgood...m/Item/55792357


 

#62 Kasmos

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Posted 03 August 2018 - 06:52 PM

waytogo.gif That C5 is a sand cast model painted black!

Possibly a good candidate for restoration, but no images of it's optics. mad.gif

It currently has 11 bids so I'm sure they already know.


 

#63 jcricket

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Posted 03 August 2018 - 06:53 PM

There is also another rare 4454 in Missouri.

The best thing to do with one of those rare meade's is throw it in a fire and cook it till it is well done!!! 

 

Yeah, good thing they tell it is rare, otherwise I might not have known I needed to pay them so much for their otherwise overpriced, pos that I am too stupid to know anything about........


 

#64 CHASLX200

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Posted 03 August 2018 - 06:55 PM

It's not the factory gloss ross. Someone had to do a repaint.


 

#65 Chuck Hards

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Posted 03 August 2018 - 07:46 PM

https://www.ebay.com...&LH_TitleDesc=0

 

Hi  so on ebay there is  this Rare   ( I know that is someone's pet peave)  aka rare Sears scope    2 bids up to 76 dollars   it is so rare  it might be one of those models that did not come with a diagnal?

Just kidding    I dont know much about this

 

    It is somewhere down south      a  swamp state   I think..

   In a state that has a good college football team...

It's a Towa Sears, not Royal Astro, so adjust your expectations accordingly.  Meade, Orion, others sold clones.  That said, the 80mm Towas are among their best efforts, from my experience and testing.  EQ-3 mount.  

 

It's long after Sears "Golden Years" of telescope offerings, but still a decent scope if the price is right.


 

#66 Kasmos

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Posted 03 August 2018 - 07:53 PM

As for rare scopes, I prefer them well done... son.

 

That last part was for Chaslx200


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#67 Littlegreenman

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Posted 03 August 2018 - 09:26 PM

"Rare" does not equal valuable.


 

#68 WoodyEnd

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Posted 03 August 2018 - 11:32 PM

"Rare" does not equal valuable.

Rare and desirable do.


 

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Posted 04 August 2018 - 05:57 AM

How high will it go?

 

https://www.ebay.com...353.m1438.l2649


 

#70 Geo31

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Posted 04 August 2018 - 07:44 AM

waytogo.gif That C5 is a sand cast model painted black!

Possibly a good candidate for restoration, but no images of it's optics. mad.gif

It currently has 11 bids so I'm sure they already know.

Oof.

 

If y'all hadn't noticed, it's been deforked, although it looks like the screws are there.  It's just sitting in the forks (the seller at least knows it's supposed to go there).  Everything is probably OK, but the crummy paint job and deforked and all, it gives me pause.  Could be a decent buy if it's not bid up too high.  It would require a total disassembly, stripping, repainting etc. to be restored correctly.  But again, I wonder what we don't see (even beyond the optics).

 

The other concern a person should have (as I've often mentioned) is there is no wedge.  The proper wedge, while not exactly rare, is uncommon and seldom comes up for sale (possibly why it was deforked).  Somewhat less uncommon, but also not exactly common is the correct tripod.  It's a little more common because it was shared with the C8 (unlike the wedge).

 

For the right person at the right price, this could be a good restore scope.  It's the unknowns that one needs to consider here.


 

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Posted 04 August 2018 - 07:47 AM

How high will it go?

 

https://www.ebay.com...353.m1438.l2649

Are you kidding me????

 

That's just bloody stupid.  IMHO it's the most over-rated EP.  I think I paid $40 for mine.  I then gave it away (the guy was a veteran and I didn't need the money).


 

#72 Garyth64

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Posted 04 August 2018 - 08:17 AM

A price drop on this Sears 6305a, it was too high before:

 

https://detroit.crai...6632452924.html

 

Looks like a nice little kit, with everything there in the wood box.

 

(I did a write up on a 6305 and a 6305a.  The 6305a was made a little better, and the tripod legs were beefier.  They both gave good views.)


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Posted 04 August 2018 - 08:41 AM

How high will it go?

 

https://www.ebay.com...353.m1438.l2649

That is insane


 

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Posted 04 August 2018 - 08:59 AM

Are you kidding me????

 

That's just bloody stupid.  IMHO it's the most over-rated EP.  I think I paid $40 for mine.

 

Good Grief!  A quick check would show that the RKE 28mm's go for around $45 on eBay.  They are not rare.  I like the views, but they're not Tele Vue...


 

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Posted 04 August 2018 - 09:20 AM

Some of the balscope/spacemaster orthos have gone in that range, in line with prices for boxed Meade RGs. Ebay bidding wars are hilarious. 


 


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