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#26 Chuck Hards

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 09:48 AM

Still collectible, I guess.

For the Tasco collector, it's a must-have.  I'm currently using mine as my office scope, left set-up all the time for early-morning peeks and lunchtime solar, but will probably replace it with something else in coming months.  

 

It's... "different".  And the objective is really quite nice.


 

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 10:41 AM

Both are in great condition, but NO WAY that I'd pay $200 + shipping for a 60x700 alt/az...


 

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 11:21 AM

60mm f/20 on the bay

out of japan. Looks interesting, maybe way too high on price though

https://www.ebay.com...VQAAOSwQDdblba~


 

#29 Bomber Bob

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 11:24 AM

Celestron / Vixen C4.5 OTA -->  https://www.cloudyni...-newtonian-ota/

 

Brian is giving this one away.  Christmas will be here before you know it, and these are great Starter Scopes -- way better than a 60mm refractor -- for young astronomers.


 

#30 Chuck Hards

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 12:24 PM

60mm f/20 on the bay

out of japan. Looks interesting, maybe way too high on price though

https://www.ebay.com...VQAAOSwQDdblba~

That's the AO version of the SPI 60mm f/20.  Same scope and very nice.  Not $600 nice however.  


 

#31 Tom Duncan

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 12:26 PM

Regarding the Tasco 19T, note there is a separate compartment at the bottom of the tube that is for the bits and pieces. See this 'unpacking' thread.

 

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#32 sdedalus83

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 01:24 PM

That's the AO version of the SPI 60mm f/20.  Same scope and very nice.  Not $600 nice however.  

The seller is questionable as well.  Prices don't seem reflect value($600 for a recent production,$80 chinese 60mm, $600 for a 60mm f20 RAO, that kind of thing), generic descriptions, many of the listings have 10-12 pictures, but are just the same two pictures duplicated multiple times.


 

#33 John Rogers

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 02:47 PM

Here is an interesting 10".  Looks homebuilt for a specific latitude.  It might be worth $50 with a local pickup for the parts.

 

https://www.ebay.com...ch/163256828089


 

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 04:04 PM

https://detroit.crai...6711296485.html

 

 a nice looking RV6, only 65 bucks.

 


 

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 04:09 PM

https://detroit.crai...6711296485.html

a nice looking RV6, only 65 bucks.

I messaged the seller yesterday. No response yet.

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#36 Littlegreenman

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 04:17 PM

The seller is questionable as well.  Prices don't seem reflect value($600 for a recent production,$80 chinese 60mm, $600 for a 60mm f20 RAO, that kind of thing), generic descriptions, many of the listings have 10-12 pictures, but are just the same two pictures duplicated multiple times.

I've seen several sellers in Japan in the last few years who have a similar pattern:

A variety of items, as opposed to a seller specializing in one field.

Priced in the couple of hundred dollars and up.

Overpriced by 25-100%

and, "generic descriptions, many of the listings have 10-12 pictures, but are just the same two pictures duplicated multiple times,"

and "many of the listings have 10-12 pictures, but are just the same two pictures duplicated multiple times."

and "many of the listings have 10-12 pictures, but are just the same two pictures duplicated multiple times." (I thought it was witty after the first repetition).

As I said, more than one seller with those attributes. I suspect script kiddies:

 

https://www.google.c...ent=firefox-b-1

 

or maybe some outfit in Japan is selling "How to make $$$ selling on eBay in the USA."

I can imagine a list in that How-to book, computer program or whatever it is, if it exists, listing things Americans buy up: watches, telescopes, 1970's Japanese audio...

There are other, classier Japanese sellers that focus more on antiques, that sometimes include telescopes and Miyauchi binoculars.

This current seller has a few telescopes, a pair of Vixen giant binoculars.

I recommend caution over fearlessness.

Although, I really want this; it will fit in nicely with my Hello Kitty collection:

 

https://www.ebay.com...ZsAAOSwdZdbn1TA


 

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 04:18 PM

I messaged the seller yesterday. No response yet.

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Keep us posted on that please. Good luck.


 

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 04:38 PM

https://detroit.crai...6711296485.html

 

 a nice looking RV6, only 65 bucks.

 

Wow, survivors don't get a whole lot better than that.  And the price!  The EPs are worth the asking price (well, almost).


 

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 07:26 PM

Both are in great condition, but NO WAY that I'd pay $200 + shipping for a 60x700 alt/az...

In a way I can understand it if it's a really nice one and because they are made pretty well. The trouble is, they are somewhat common so they can also show up on Craigslist for $40-$75.

 

That said here's two of the same type (Mayflower & Bushnell), that are not that cheap. 

 

https://ventura.crai...6710062331.html

 

https://medford.crai...6707307103.html


 

#40 Kasmos

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 07:31 PM

I've seen several sellers in Japan in the last few years who have a similar pattern:

A variety of items, as opposed to a seller specializing in one field.

Priced in the couple of hundred dollars and up.

Overpriced by 25-100%

and, "generic descriptions, many of the listings have 10-12 pictures, but are just the same two pictures duplicated multiple times,"

and "many of the listings have 10-12 pictures, but are just the same two pictures duplicated multiple times."

and "many of the listings have 10-12 pictures, but are just the same two pictures duplicated multiple times." (I thought it was witty after the first repetition).

As I said, more than one seller with those attributes. I suspect script kiddies:

 

https://www.google.c...ent=firefox-b-1

 

or maybe some outfit in Japan is selling "How to make $$$ selling on eBay in the USA."

I can imagine a list in that How-to book, computer program or whatever it is, if it exists, listing things Americans buy up: watches, telescopes, 1970's Japanese audio...

There are other, classier Japanese sellers that focus more on antiques, that sometimes include telescopes and Miyauchi binoculars.

This current seller has a few telescopes, a pair of Vixen giant binoculars.

I recommend caution over fearlessness.

Although, I really want this; it will fit in nicely with my Hello Kitty collection:

 

https://www.ebay.com...ZsAAOSwdZdbn1TA

Check that sellers sold items and/or his feedback. Looks like he's not sold one high priced item. Instead only a bunch of moisturizing tissue for less than a dollar.


 

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 07:44 PM

I'm impressed that I got to clean up some off-topic banter on Day One. Whenever I have any doubt, I can always check in here and feel loved.

 

 

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Anyway, to contribute to the off-topic theme myself:

 

1.) My philosophy is to let a couple of generations of comments slide by. For example, somebody comments on an advertisement and somebody else comments on that comment then so be it. If the comments start to develop a life of their own, I'll split them off if they are "interesting", but if they're just complaining then I'll disappear them. I try not to disappear them too quickly, because that would be stingy. Other CN staff may behave differently because we're all a little different.

 

2.) As for me, I do try to keep discussion oriented around older telescopes and astronomy gear. Not usually anything newer than 25 years. Not usually automobiles. Not usually fishing rods. Not usually birds (nice Egrets, Rolo!) I let the TEC go because it was just so unusual. Yeah, it's a bit arbitrary sometimes. I'm sorry, but I know that you will forgive me because you are my friends. See #4 below.

 

3.) The ignore feature is of limited utility. Although perhaps difficult to stomach, it is probably healthier to realize that others do have a right to post in threads and, if you say something, they have a right to comment about that, too - so long as they aren't being offensive (or way off topic - See #2 above). Rather than get uptight about the foibles of others, try to recognize the blessing that you have received in the form of a ring-side seat in one of the grand comedies of life.

 

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#42 Kasmos

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 08:59 PM

Did anyone else watch this unmentioned Goodwill auction?

 

https://www.shopgood...m/Item/58024071

 

This type of Carton made 60mm has been on my radar for sometime and I was surprised what it sold for.

BTW, I never bid since it looked like it was going to end in a bidding war.

It ended up selling for twice the amount I thought it would.

 

 


 

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 09:59 PM

https://detroit.crai...6711296485.html

 

 a nice looking RV6, only 65 bucks.

This looks like one of the good versions. Moon feet but it gets better. I believe this one has the cast iron DEC housing instead of the aluminum one. The iron DEC is far better even though not as long. This might mean it has the iron focuser body too, which is superior to the aluminum one. It's hard to tell the focuser from the pictures.  The seller may test the parts with a magnet. I've had sellers on the phone while they tested parts with a magnet and I've found the sellers are usually interested in the testing.

The above is just a plus, it's a great deal either way.


 

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 10:06 PM

here's another, seller says it's a 1971 tasco, looks to come with some eyepieces, a barlow, and a yoke-type pedestal tripod, asking price of $40, located in fowler, co:

https://www.facebook...458084771356493


Would you be willing to get that for me and bring it to OTSP? PM me if so.
 

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 10:18 PM

Did anyone else watch this unmentioned Goodwill auction?

https://www.shopgood...m/Item/58024071

This type of Carton made 60mm has been on my radar for sometime and I was surprised what it sold for.
BTW, I never bid since it looked like it was going to end in a bidding war.
It ended up selling for twice the amount I thought it would.

I wish I had seen that -- I would likely have bid it higher.

I have that exact scope, as well as the Orion version. It's a sweet little scope. My Parks does not have the original finder or bracket. I've looked for one for years. I may make something that would work, as it's a unique bracket. I use it almost exclusively as a white-light solar scope with a 1.25 Herschel wedge as it closely matches my Coronado 60mm Ha, and set them up side-by-side.

Edited by twhite, 03 October 2018 - 05:22 PM.

 

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 10:26 PM

Tasco 10TE seller is a house flipper and found it in a recently purchased house. $40 OBO! Just wanted it gone!

 

https://www.facebook...product_details

 

Don't anyone jump for this one, it's already in my living room! Complete kit, a little dirty but it should clean up real nice.


Edited by Astrolite, 02 October 2018 - 10:27 PM.

 

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 10:37 PM

S&T, I've contacted the seller to buy some time, see if some one can get these and ship some to me. I could use 45 through 54. I'm complete from there forward, with a scant scatter of some in the 45-54 area.

I'd cover cost and then some.

 

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Edited by apfever, 03 October 2018 - 06:32 AM.

 

#48 Myk Rian

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Posted 03 October 2018 - 06:28 AM

Keep us posted on that please. Good luck.

It's been sold. Anyone on CN get it?

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#49 Littlegreenman

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Posted 03 October 2018 - 01:41 PM

An very early C8

 

https://www.ebay.com...EUAAOSwV45btE5W

 

The following little notes quotes are in the description, with some comments by me in brackets:

  • "Lens Coating:  None, too old, no coatings in 60's" [Is this true?]
  • "Bottom line here, the orange C-8's with no holes in the forks, suck optically." [Um...hmmm....erh.... scratchhead2.gif

[“Ignorant people think it is the noise which fighting cats make that is so aggravating, but it ain't so; it is the sickening grammar that they use.”

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  • "This includes the telescope only, no visual back..." [There is an issue with the visual back threading on the older C8's not working well with later C8's. It is a solvable problem, but be aware. Does anyone know if the early early C8's have and even earlier thread on the visual back?]

 

Next, same seller, a Tuthill C11 dew shield.

https://www.ebay.com...vwAAOSwG3RbtEUv

 

Free advice, and worth every cowry shell:  (turn volume to low) https://www.youtube....h?v=_pIkkzDagsY

 

The above items are not in California or Florida. lol.gif


Edited by Littlegreenman, 03 October 2018 - 01:46 PM.

 

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Posted 03 October 2018 - 04:48 PM

https://www.cloudyni...buto-newtonian/


 


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