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#526 rolo

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 06:50 AM

If it has good optics i would leap like a creep.  But please try to use it first. There are some bad C14's out there and many so so's and a few that are very sharp. Shipping would cost a arm and leg meg. Try to meet half way and use the scope if you can. I know that would be hard to plan out.

Probably impossible to meet half way, set up, test, evaluate and hope for good seeing....Sometimes you gotta take a chance when you have nothing too lose...


 

#527 rolo

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 06:52 AM

I am 675 miles away. I e-mailed the seller about driving half-way to meet me. With a set of Wheelie Bars, maybe I could push it the few feet in and out of my garage. Just got a Tak FS-102, but have always wanted a C-14. 

 

I also inquired about the shipping cost.

 

What think you all? Should I leap?

 

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Pick it up cause the way that OTA is packed is guaranteed to shatter the corrector if shipped.


 

#528 Augustus

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 07:07 AM

I am 675 miles away. I e-mailed the seller about driving half-way to meet me. With a set of Wheelie Bars, maybe I could push it the few feet in and out of my garage. Just got a Tak FS-102, but have always wanted a C-14. 

 

I also inquired about the shipping cost.

 

What think you all? Should I leap?

 

Sincerely,

 

Steve

It comes with a Baader visual back (at least $100) and one of those cheapo Celestron 2" eyepiece sets, which by itself is probably $100 or so. So you're getting a complete C14 for less than a grand.


 

#529 rolo

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 07:17 AM

It comes with a Baader visual back (at least $100) and one of those cheapo Celestron 2" eyepiece sets, which by itself is probably $100 or so. So you're getting a complete C14 for less than a grand.

Its a good deal for sure. I calculated shipping GA and its no more that $300. If I was healthy it would be on the way...That OTA would  need better packing...


 

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 07:44 AM

I am 675 miles away. I e-mailed the seller about driving half-way to meet me. With a set of Wheelie Bars, maybe I could push it the few feet in and out of my garage. Just got a Tak FS-102, but have always wanted a C-14. 

 

I also inquired about the shipping cost.

 

What think you all? Should I leap?

 

Sincerely,

 

Steve

I'm a big advocate of wheeling big scopes in and out of a garage, fully assembled!  


 

#531 rolo

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 08:19 AM

same here. I have two scope buggys and two wheelie bars...


 

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 08:46 AM

I use a decent sized tractor with the forks on it.  The small stuff like 12" or 16" sits on a dolly, but those are dobs so no tripod buggy needed. 

Two of the three above are classics.


 

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 09:39 AM

Orange C14 for quite little - if I knew the shipping cost and could convince my parents I'd buy it myself!
 
https://www.ebay.com...n4AAOSwL4tb120L
 
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https://www.ebay.com...rgAAOSwb8Vb10O6


If you look closely at the picts and read the description "no tracking motors" I think this C14 is
a Compustar without the controller and power supply.

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#534 Darren Drake

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 12:41 PM

Old and rare 62mm Unitron cheap!  Its not in very good condition but still a great deal. If it was near me I'd grab it in a heartbeat.

https://grandrapids....6735737509.html


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#535 Dave Trott

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 01:02 PM

That is a very old Unitron, pre-1956 I think. The mount is one of the very early "turn-around" style mounts. It is a pain to use but fascinating because of the evolution of the Unitron mount during the 50's. For more details see my video: 

 

https://www.youtube....MhE88d6U&t=134s .

 

The mount is demonstrated about 4 minutes into the video.

 

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Edited by Dave Trott, 30 October 2018 - 01:06 PM.

 

#536 Steve Allison

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 02:40 PM

Thanks for the feedback, gang!

 

Well, the seller does not want to drive half way and in truth, I probably would have trouble driving that far myself. And after my initial excitement at the prospect of finally owning a C-14 wore off, reality kicked in and I knew I would have trouble handling such a beast, bewheeled or not.

 

Buying, or dreaming of buying interesting telescopes can easily turn in to a compulsion. For me, anyway. Maybe I should avoid this thread and the classifieds for a while and enjoy what I have. I know that sounds radical to some, but at some point acquisition rather than observing can end up the main goal and I think this is a shame.

 

So, no C-14 for me unless and until the siren call of my local Craigslist offers up that which I dare not hope for...

 

Steve


 

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 03:51 PM

Old and rare 62mm Unitron cheap!  Its not in very good condition but still a great deal. If it was near me I'd grab it in a heartbeat.

https://grandrapids....6735737509.html

It is pretty beat  up. 

 

(Chicago to GR is that far.)


 

#538 Garyth64

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 03:58 PM

When I find a classic scope, on GW, or Ebay, or even from here on CN, I try and post it.

 

Tasco 12TE-2:

 

https://www.shopgood...m/Item/59299166

 

. . . it looks like a nice little kit.

 

Unitron:

 

https://www.ebay.com...bBvQr:rk:4:pf:0

 

little on the high side even with the unihex.

 

(there are more, but posting a whole list of scopes just makes my eyes glaze over.)


Edited by Garyth64, 30 October 2018 - 04:05 PM.

 

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 04:09 PM

If you look closely at the picts and read the description "no tracking motors" I think this C14 is
a Compustar without the controller and power supply.

Kevin

I don't think that's a Compustar.  I think it's a standard C14 base, and it's just missing the power cord and hand control.

 

Even if that were the case, the OTA is worth the price alone.


 

#540 Garyth64

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 04:24 PM

Maybe the C14 needs it's own post. smile.gif


 

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 05:06 PM

Thanks for the feedback, gang!

 

Well, the seller does not want to drive half way and in truth, I probably would have trouble driving that far myself. And after my initial excitement at the prospect of finally owning a C-14 wore off, reality kicked in and I knew I would have trouble handling such a beast, bewheeled or not.

 

Buying, or dreaming of buying interesting telescopes can easily turn in to a compulsion. For me, anyway. Maybe I should avoid this thread and the classifieds for a while and enjoy what I have. I know that sounds radical to some, but at some point acquisition rather than observing can end up the main goal and I think this is a shame.

 

So, no C-14 for me unless and until the siren call of my local Craigslist offers up that which I dare not hope for...

 

Steve

 

wish more thought like that


 

#542 John Higbee

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 05:21 PM

I'm a big advocate of wheeling big scopes in and out of a garage, fully assembled!  

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Me too, Tim!

 

John


 

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 05:52 PM

I'm a big advocate of wheeling big scopes in and out of a garage, fully assembled!  

My garage is not big enough and too much traffic and head lights dwight.


 

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 05:54 PM

I don't think that's a Compustar.  I think it's a standard C14 base, and it's just missing the power cord and hand control.

 

Even if that were the case, the OTA is worth the price alone.

The Compustars were all black jack. Plus they had them big covers on the top of the fork arms. They came out in 1988 during the black years.


 

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 11:41 PM

The Compustars were all black jack. Plus they had them big covers on the top of the fork arms. They came out in 1988 during the black years.


Not ALL Compustars were black. Many existing C14 and C11 orange tube telescopes were converted
to the Compustar controll system. I know because I was the person who did this work for Celestron.
If you look at the photo showing all the parts boxed up the fork arm on the left has a
Compustar dec drive gearbox installed. n
 

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Posted 31 October 2018 - 05:14 AM

Not ALL Compustars were black. Many existing C14 and C11 orange tube telescopes were converted
to the Compustar controll system. I know because I was the person who did this work for Celestron.
If you look at the photo showing all the parts boxed up the fork arm on the left has a
Compustar dec drive gearbox installed. n

 

Not ALL Compustars were black. Many existing C14 and C11 orange tube telescopes were converted
to the Compustar controll system. I know because I was the person who did this work for Celestron.
If you look at the photo showing all the parts boxed up the fork arm on the left has a
Compustar dec drive gearbox installed. n

Converted maybe but never saw a ad for a orange one.


 

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Posted 31 October 2018 - 07:20 AM

114 Unitron in great condition

 

https://www.cloudyni...reat-condition/

 

here on CN

 

152 Unitron, rescue scope

 

https://www.cloudyni...2-rescue-scope/

 

also here on CN


Edited by Garyth64, 31 October 2018 - 07:23 AM.

 

#548 apfever

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Posted 31 October 2018 - 07:30 AM

This Edmund red tube 6" is way overpriced.

In case any one was interested, pm me.

 

https://astromart.co...-tube-newtonian


 

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Posted 31 October 2018 - 10:15 AM

This poor scope has been used, abused, beaten up, scarred, and broken.

 

https://www.ebay.com...bitZX:rk:1:pf:0

 

The price has continued to drop, but it still is too high (with out the shipping it isn't going anywhere.)

 

I've afraid it's going to wake up one morning and find itself in the dumpster.  Too bad, there may be some useable parts for some other scopes.  Or maybe just let it find peace as it returns to the Earth.


Edited by Garyth64, 31 October 2018 - 10:16 AM.

 

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Posted 31 October 2018 - 10:35 AM

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152 Unitron, rescue scope

 

https://www.cloudyni...2-rescue-scope/

 

also here on CN

While not high collector grade, the price is very good and it seems a really nice opportunity for anyone interested in doing some good stargazing with a long focus, traditional refractor. Plus it comes with a first-class pedigree, at least for the last two owners! waytogo.gif


 


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