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#1 jragsdale

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 01:01 PM

Saw this on a local FB ad. $180, claims from the 50s. "TECH INST CO." 76.2mm x 1000mm

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 01:42 PM

I'd buy it.



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Posted 19 February 2019 - 01:54 PM

Eh, not for an incomplete Alt-Az that's in poor condition sight unseen for that price.

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 01:57 PM

I have a feeling that the objective is Swift 831 clone.  Could be fantastic optically.  I'd get it if I could. 

 

1960's, not 50s.



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Posted 19 February 2019 - 01:59 PM

Yes, just based on that one picture and the price, I would be "jumping".



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Posted 19 February 2019 - 02:00 PM

I have a feeling that the objective is Swift 831 clone.  Could be fantastic optically.  I'd get it if I could. 

I was thinking the same thing.  The finder mount looks very similar and the eyepiece fittings look like compression fittings.  How many scopes have you seen that were 76x1000?  Interesting scope.



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Posted 19 February 2019 - 02:15 PM

It was probably sold by the same company that marketed this (TIC), Nihon Seiko Unitron 114 brother. The guy who posted it wondered what TIC meant. 

 

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 03:44 PM

I was thinking the same thing.  The finder mount looks very similar and the eyepiece fittings look like compression fittings.  How many scopes have you seen that were 76x1000?  Interesting scope.

Please get more pics of the scope if you can. I'd grab it as well.

 

My take is take is that the scope also does have a relationship to the suppliers who made the very late 1959 Swift 831 and also the 1959 Tasco 228 and SPI 527 6301 60mm x 1000mm scopes along with other 1959 S & S models among others.

 

The 1959 S&S ads show the Swift like models, but the 1960 ad is revised. Thus I think the scope is give or take 1959 time frame.

 

Now this "TECH INST CO." 76.2mm x 1000mm could be very early 60s being not a mainstream brand.

 

Any documentation or inspection tags or stickers can help to fine tune a time frame for the scope.



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Posted 19 February 2019 - 03:55 PM

Ref pics of Tasco 228 and SPI 100mm circa 1959.

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 04:18 PM

Yes, those white handled knobs look identical to the other pics in this listing. 

 

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 04:40 PM

Sent you PM of S&S ads.

 

Fits with yoke version of 1959/60 60mm model. But is more robust since 76mm version. Maybe two control rods, white and black...hard to tell in pics for sure. Still think later 1958 to 1960 time frame. Get pics of objective to make sure no clams based on dew shield.



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Posted 19 February 2019 - 07:32 PM

The scope is in Chuck H's home grounds ..

 

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 09:36 PM

The scope is in Chuck H's home grounds ..

Tell him to go get it and report back, I have no dibs and certainly have too many scopes already. Waiting for the seller to get me additional pics right now.



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Posted 19 February 2019 - 11:30 PM

I'm on a buying moratorium now, or I would ask an Idaho contact to pick it up for me.  Can't get away from work for a road trip for at least a month.



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Posted 20 February 2019 - 12:28 AM

I'm on a buying moratorium now, or I would ask an Idaho contact to pick it up for me.

It's not in Idaho, it's in West Jordan, UT.



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Posted 20 February 2019 - 08:33 AM

It's not in Idaho, it's in West Jordan, UT.

 

I don't do FB so I can't even see the ad.

 

But  that is just down the road from me.


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Posted 20 February 2019 - 01:19 PM

I'm on a buying moratorium now, or I would ask an Idaho contact to pick it up for me.  Can't get away from work for a road trip for at least a month.

https://www.facebook...05535246515585/

 

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Posted 20 February 2019 - 01:25 PM

Thanks Jon, I may go look at  it if I can contact him without joining FB.



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Posted 20 February 2019 - 02:34 PM

It's at a local self-storage place, somebody didn't keep up their rent.  I'm headed over there after work to take a look at it.  Stay tuned.


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Posted 20 February 2019 - 03:18 PM

It sure has an early Takahashiesque look to it!



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Posted 20 February 2019 - 04:41 PM

https://m.youtube.co...h?v=UPw-3e_pzqU

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Posted 20 February 2019 - 06:53 PM

Chuck;

 

Use your best negotiation skills.  You may be the only potential customer in the great basin... 

 

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Posted 20 February 2019 - 09:37 PM

There's good news, and bad news.  OK only bad news.

 

The objective is clammed.  Not big, but there it is.  Many of the parts seen in the pic are missing.  He got it from an estate sale and used the pic from the sale.  Apparently they didn't include a lot of it when he bought it.    Some of the eyepieces look like they were crushed in a vise.

 

I gave him a fraction of what he wanted and he accepted.

 

So, write this one off, folks.  I'm not going to work on it  any time soon.  I may test the objective just to see if it's up to Swift quality.  

 

Even though I got it for a song, it's so beat that I have buyer's remorse.   I can get it functioning again but don' t see the point of it any time soon.  The box is in very good condition, but that's the only thing that is.


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Posted 20 February 2019 - 11:15 PM

Sad that it was in that shape and that he used estate sale pictures that didn't truly represent it's current state. FB market, from what I've seen, is a lot like CL... Not sure it's really as good as CL actually, and that's NOT a good thing...Definitely let the buyer beware!

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 09:15 AM

Chip, I didn't pay much, and wanted to at least save it from the landfill, and not let somebody new to the hobby get it and become discouraged.  I'll post  some pics in coming days, it appears to be early Takahashi as some of us suspected.  The mount and tripod are in decent shape, at least.  With the clam blacked-out, it could be a stunning performer, essentially an alt-az Swift 831.  I may even stick my Swift 831 on that mount just to try it out.


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