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#1 terraclarke

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Posted 31 December 2018 - 09:11 AM

For me, it was my 1977 die cast C8 and my TV Genesis SDF (and I got rid of more than I bought  thankfully :lol: ).

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#2 Brett Waller

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Posted 31 December 2018 - 09:52 AM

I picked up a first generation TV Genesis as well, and a 1957 Space Scope in the original case along with the original packing materials.  I've been impressed with both acquisitions.

 

Sadly, I can't claim to have gotten rid of more than I bought. My hat's off to you Terra !

 

Happy New Year,

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Posted 31 December 2018 - 10:00 AM

Congrats, Terra.  Both are stunning.

 

I am embarrassed to list the classics I bought...and sold.  Never intended to get so carried away or go through so many.  But, it was/is fun and I have learned a lot, plus, I have some nice scopes to hang onto.  Can't say I don't regret a few that I have let go, but learning is not always easy.  lol.gif

 

I will say that I have kept these from the last year and do not see them going anywhere any time soon; Celestron SP-C102F, SPI 527-6301, Edmund 3001, and Swift 838.  

 

 

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Posted 31 December 2018 - 10:18 AM

I picked up a super clean, complete 1969  Tasco 7TE-5 for $150  :)

 

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Posted 31 December 2018 - 10:55 AM

I've bought hmmhmm.gif  not that many, in fact, I'm having a hard time remembering themscratchhead2.gif

The one that stands out the mostess is this big boy, a Meade DS-16.

I have been doing a awful lot of playing with my old toys, I mean scientific instrumentsgraduate.sml.gif !

It's fun because I can't remember how the views are, so it's like getting a new telescope!

Only these are all fixed up!

Usually when I buy a telescope it has one foot in the grave!

Robert

 

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Posted 31 December 2018 - 11:34 AM

Gone but not forgotten:

 

Celestron C60Es - Barn finds, gave one to a friend, sold the other one

 

Astroscan, loaned from local club and promptly returned - they really do suck

 

2120 LX6 from local club - returned it, now doing research for the AAVSO

 

Monolux 4380 - Got from other local club, now owned by Defenderslideguitar

 

Meade Model 312 - Got from Defenderslideguitar without legs and missing some mount parts, never got around to fully restoring and sold it

 

Edmund Super Space Conqueror - Got from other local club, restored it, returned it for outreach use

 

1980 C8 OTA - Bought from Bartine, sold it, then it got sold again, currently in the possession of randy_1701 (owner #5) - kinda miss this scope and the CG-5 it rode

 

Various ETX-90s - Sold or donated them all

 

10" Meade Starfinder - Craigslist find, parted out because it was falling apart and I needed some of the components

 

ShortTube 80 - Bought off CN, sold because I never used it

 

Orange Franken-C5 - Returned to local club after I bought and donated a fork for it, because I don't need it or have a wedge/tripod

 

Still here!

 

1973 Celestron C8 w/Bob Goff optics - Found in mint condition at local club and they let me take it. Loaned to girlfriend, getting it back by the end of next month

 

1978 Criterion RV6 - Got from original owner just a few miles away from me in near-mint condition. One of my all-time favorite scopes.

 

1979 C90 Astro - eBay find, currently trying to sell because I don't need it anymore for my trip to Hawaii


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#7 Scott Horstman

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Posted 31 December 2018 - 11:44 AM

For me, it was my 1977 die cast C8 and my TV Genesis SDF (and I got rid of more than I bought  thankfully lol.gif ).

 

I had to sell off a bunch of stuff to buy a truck earlier this year (as you know ;-)  but amongst other things ended up with TMB92, a TV Oracle (yours for the asking to keep Mr SDF company) a few sweet Vixens and somehow a Dynascope showed up.

Oh and a early 20" Obsession 


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Posted 31 December 2018 - 11:47 AM

Bought no scopes. Did get a Vixen LVW 17mm. This eyepiece surprised me with how good it was for less than half the price on the used market of a Delos. Got it for a couple few reasons; It has superb eye relief for outreach, has very easy eye placement, it is 2" and 1.25" and it was just over $100 shipped.  Turns out it is sharp to the edge. TRULY sharp, not just a little less fuzzy than and Erfle.


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Posted 31 December 2018 - 12:00 PM

I had to sell off a bunch of stuff to buy a truck earlier this year (as you know ;-)  but amongst other things ended up with TMB92, a TV Oracle (yours for the asking to keep Mr SDF company) a few sweet Vixens and somehow a Dynascope showed up.

Oh and a early 20" Obsession 

 

The Oracle is a sweet little early TV 3”, but I am trying my best to resist!

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Posted 31 December 2018 - 12:35 PM

Been busy this year.

 

1977 C-5 guide scope with tangent assembly:

 

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Selsi 80mm

 

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#11 Scott Horstman

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Posted 31 December 2018 - 01:05 PM

The Oracle is a sweet little early TV 3”, but I am trying my best to resist!

They were a triplet. Quite better than the Pronto and Ranger but not quite up to Snuff with the tv 85. 


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Posted 31 December 2018 - 01:17 PM

Can't say I've bought any scopes over the past year. Mainly just tweaked the scopes l have.

Steve T  


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Posted 31 December 2018 - 01:24 PM

I bought 2 small Edmund surplus lenses from Paul Rini for a couple of ultralight scopes, and another Halleyscope 40mm , to replace the ones I keep giving away.
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Posted 31 December 2018 - 02:23 PM

Just one that I was fortunate enough to be able to check off my wish list this year, a C102F.


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Posted 31 December 2018 - 05:15 PM

For me was a little highlight the incoming of my mysterious 100/1732 mm refractor :

Kind regards, Michael

 

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Posted 31 December 2018 - 11:32 PM

Picked up a Super Polaris C8 local here in Phoenix. I can’t keep the OTA as I’m at my limit for space. But, keeping the mount. It was fun to have a SPC8 again, if just for a few months. I had one back when they were new, I have fond memories of combing all over So Cal trying to find good dark sky sites.
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Posted 31 December 2018 - 11:54 PM

An f/17 4", very elegant, Aaron.  But you don't know the make?  Is it homemade?

 

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Posted 31 December 2018 - 11:57 PM

2018 ~

 

Scored a free (yep) classic refractor  - the Sears 80mm f/15 aka Towa 339.

Has a small 1/8 inch clamchip at the edge, but the views are pretty darn good.... my first long focus refractor since having a red Tasco in the '80s as a kid. Had to hunt down some .965 stuff after that but it all worked out.

 

One very fine equatorial -  the Vixen Super Polaris. This one has been a work in progress.... now sporting an ADM dovetail plate, Tangent/JMI Digital Setting Circles (very nice!) and somewhat future-proofed (to 2050) polar scope reticle. I Have a few more things underway on it, but all easily reversible if I want to run it in bone - stock mode. 

 

I guess could include the classic Minolta XK 35mm camera, but that is more outside the scope. Heh.

 

So Here's Two:

Cheers, and happy new year soon! 

 

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Posted 01 January 2019 - 12:15 AM

After all these years as a fan of Goto & Royal & Vixen and the many other classic Japanese scopes, I finally got two samples of Takahashi craftsmanship:  first, an EM-1S mount; then, an FC-50 fluorite.  

 

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Posted 01 January 2019 - 07:59 AM

I ended up buying a Unitron 114 in nice condition that was a local deal. Sold some of the extras and ended up with a basically free scope.

 

Strangely, I also purchased 2 Questars at about the same time. They both needed significant work and I ended up selling to an expert Questar restorer in Texas. Busy year, moved twice, retired and had a nasty bike/car accident in June. Glad to be down to just the 3 scopes in my signature line!

 

Best wishes for a healthy and happy new year.

 

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Posted 01 January 2019 - 03:27 PM

On Goto, on Royal, on (Donner) and Vixen...


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Posted 02 January 2019 - 08:01 AM

My classic find of a lifetime...

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Posted 02 January 2019 - 10:26 AM

My classic find of a lifetime...

All one can say is....wow.  


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Posted 02 January 2019 - 07:20 PM

Not much here, as I am pretty well set on scopes.  Unless I find an oddball 40 or 50mm scope, of course.

 

I did get this scope - likely a guide scope from a 4" RAO.  A 50/500mm scope.  It has no label, no place for a small finder and no peep sight.  Excellent optics.  This photo has it mounted on one of the neat little RAO EQ mounts.

 

I also found a nice, complete set of Optica b/c 1.25" interference filters that included the IR and UV filters. The UV is just about completely opaque and the IR is almost as opaque.  The nice thing about these 1.25" filters is that the glass also fits into the Optica b/c .965" holders.  I have searched for years to complete my .965" collection. These filters do just that.

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Posted 02 January 2019 - 10:00 PM

I sold a bunch of beautiful classic scopes in 2018. The only one I purchased was a beautiful 1983 Super C8 with Byers drive. I was lucky and I'm very pleased with the optics.

 

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