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#1 rolo

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 05:51 PM

Well the little spotter got here today from National Camera Exchange. It was on clearance at a great price so I offered 15% less and they accepted.

It was very well packed and arrived in perfect condition.

I've had a few of these and most were pretty decent with good views and decent star test. One was pretty bad. This one will be DPAC'd, tested and evaluated.

 

Inside the bottom of the metal case was a 34 year old sheet of Newspaper....

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 06:01 PM

Initial visual test on my usual land subjects are very good. Very sharp even with a 7mm Nagler at 142x there was no loss of sharpness though It was much dimmer.

 

Here's hand held iPhone pic of a Dish Network receiver a few houses down.

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 06:16 PM

I think this one is specifically the 1022 spotting scope.  They were sold along side the mounted 2040.  The actual 2045's came a bit later on with a slightly different foot locker.  They also had a slightly different secondary holder.

 

I'm very interested in seeing your DPAC results.  Is there a serial number on your scope?  It might say on the bottom by the tripod mount.  I really have a soft spot for these 4" Meade SCTs.

 

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 06:37 PM

Well the little spotter got here today from National Camera Exchange. It was on clearance at a great price so I offered 15% less and they accepted.

It was very well packed and arrived in perfect condition.

I've had a few of these and most were pretty decent with good views and decent star test. One was pretty bad. This one will be DPAC'd, tested and evaluated.

 

Inside the bottom of the metal case was a 34 year old sheet of Newspaper....

Very nice Rolo.  


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Posted 26 October 2018 - 06:39 PM

I had the same scope and it was dead sharp clark.  Had 4 astro versions, 3 were total mush dogs and the last was pretty good.


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Posted 26 October 2018 - 06:54 PM

I had the same scope and it was dead sharp clark.  Had 4 astro versions, 3 were total mush dogs and the last was pretty good.

Yes, I've heard that a couple hundred times...Here's one from 2011...Thanks!

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 06:58 PM

I think this one is specifically the 1022 spotting scope.  They were sold along side the mounted 2040.  The actual 2045's came a bit later on with a slightly different foot locker.  They also had a slightly different secondary holder.

 

I'm very interested in seeing your DPAC results.  Is there a serial number on your scope?  It might say on the bottom by the tripod mount.  I really have a soft spot for these 4" Meade SCTs.

 

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It may a 107D. Serial 4-00287


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Posted 26 October 2018 - 06:59 PM

And when i say dead sharp clark i mean sharp. It was my number 2 best SCT.  Would you rather i say it was sorry and bad?  Seem you post something rude everytime i post something.


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Posted 26 October 2018 - 07:00 PM

That photo is pretty amazing. And any SCT that is sharp with a 7mm eyepiece is a keeper.
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Posted 26 October 2018 - 07:02 PM

Corrector is

 

And when i say dead sharp clark i mean sharp. It was my number 2 best SCT.  Would you rather i say it was sorry and bad?  Seem you post something rude everytime i post something.

Not at all. I appreciate your input. flowerred.gif heart.png love.gif  


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Posted 26 October 2018 - 07:04 PM

That photo is pretty amazing. And any SCT that is sharp with a 7mm eyepiece is a keeper.

Gil, this thing is sharp, razor sharp even! Refractor like on land objects.


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Posted 26 October 2018 - 07:06 PM

The corrector plate was hazy and needed cleaning. It was almost impossible to unscrew the front cell. There's no outer retaining ring on these, its on the inside

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 07:24 PM

It may a 107D. Serial 4-00287

 

I was under the impression the 107D is the non-SCT mirror-lens version which came in the later style footlockers as well.  It doesn't help that the original literature rarely comes with these second hand scopes, leaving one to guess its identity. 

 

I have the 1020 telephoto version, which comes in the same style footlocker as the one you have.  It is part of the System 1000 line up which included the 1020, 1022 (Spotter), and 1037 (Astro).  My serial number is 4-00623, which leads me to think your scope might be a 1022.

 

Either way, it looks like you got a nice one!  Hope you intend to keep it.

 

 

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 07:47 PM

Looks good, Rolo. I find Meade blue to be appealing.

 

My astro version 2045 is not a mush dog luckily, but dead sharp!

 

I spent a lot of time collimating mine to perfection and it made a noticeable difference. I know you will do the same with yours.

 

I would love to see your DPAC results...

 

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 07:58 PM

I also have the spotter version of the 2045. I swapped out the finder for a laser pointer...

 

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When mounted on a DS-2000 it makes a great little GoTo/Point-To scope.

 

 

 


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Posted 26 October 2018 - 08:04 PM

I was under the impression the 107D is the non-SCT mirror-lens version which came in the later style footlockers as well.  It doesn't help that the original literature rarely comes with these second hand scopes, leaving one to guess its identity. 

 

I have the 1020 telephoto version, which comes in the same style footlocker as the one you have.  It is part of the System 1000 line up which included the 1020, 1022 (Spotter), and 1037 (Astro).  My serial number is 4-00623, which leads me to think your scope might be a 1022.

 

Either way, it looks like you got a nice one!  Hope you intend to keep it.

 

 

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Thanks for the info. I’m not too concerned with the specific model, to me they’re all a variation of the same. The one I would avoid is the one that’s say “ mirror lens” on the front ring. How are the optics on yours? Any tests?


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Posted 26 October 2018 - 08:06 PM

I also have the spotter version of the 2045.


Would you care to share your serial number as well? Check near the tripod mount. Perhaps I should start a registry for these Meade 4 inchers.
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Posted 26 October 2018 - 08:07 PM

Looks good, Rolo. I find Meade blue to be appealing.

 

My astro version 2045 is not a mush dog luckily, but dead sharp!

 

I spent a lot of time collimating mine to perfection and it made a noticeable difference. I know you will do the same with yours.

 

I would love to see your DPAC results...

 

Steve

This one is very touchy, and requires only a tiny turn of the collimating screws to dial it in. 

 

The artificial star star test looks excellent. No astigmatism, no zones, no spherical aberration I can detect and virtually identical inside and outside of focus. I’ll post a DPAC image later. 


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Posted 26 October 2018 - 08:14 PM

Sure...

 

SN = 4-3462, Japan.

 

Cutest little SCT ever made. :)



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Posted 26 October 2018 - 08:22 PM

Sure...

 

SN = 4-3462, Japan.

 

Cutest little SCT ever made. smile.gif

John, How would you rate the optics?



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Posted 26 October 2018 - 08:26 PM

This one came with .965 visual back, diagonal and eyepieces. I had an extra 1.25 VB and diagonal so much improved!

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 08:59 PM

"John, How would you rate the optics?"

 

The optics in mine are fair. I need to spend some time with it to check the colimation. I use it primarily as a grab'n go scope and I haven't used it much with high magnifications.


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Posted 26 October 2018 - 10:40 PM

Gil, this thing is sharp, razor sharp even! Refractor like on land objects.

I bet it will do 600X and still keep goingtongue2.gif



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Posted 27 October 2018 - 05:28 AM

Odd how some of these were super sharp and then so many astro versions super bad.



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Posted 27 October 2018 - 07:16 AM

The 2045 Astro that I had was comparable to the white C5 spotter; and both were no match for my current orange C5 Astro (c. 1976) for planetary observing.  Luck of the draw, I guess.  Last I heard, the 2045 buyer is very happy with it...


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