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#1 CharlieB

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Posted 27 February 2019 - 05:33 PM

I had to end and start this thread a bit earlier than planned.

 

Now, for something completely different.  Fittingly, by Sun-Ra and his Arkestra

 

It’s worth listening to the whole thing – I guess.

 

Rocket Number Nine Take Off for the Planet Venus…
Second Stop is Jupiter

 

 

 

This is a continuation of the previous thread. I'm locking the old thread but it will age off in a few days.

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#2 Defenderslideguitar

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Posted 27 February 2019 - 06:00 PM

Sun Ra   with Lady Gaga   no less


 

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Posted 27 February 2019 - 06:40 PM

Ultima 9.25

 

https://www.ebay.com...PoAAOSwDXFcdbT9

 

Orange C8 Byers

 

https://www.ebay.com...N8AAOSwnwpcdtWe

 

Orange C8 OTA

 

https://www.ebay.com...m8AAOSwcyVcZAB2

 

Orange C8 fork

 

https://www.ebay.com...fcAAOSwfMlcWmOU

 

8" Pyrex blanks

 

https://www.ebay.com...3IAAOSwKk5cdXgp

 

https://www.ebay.com...5.c100005.m1851

 

12.5" f/8 Jaegers primary

 

https://www.ebay.com...5.c100005.m1851


 

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Posted 27 February 2019 - 06:44 PM

That 12.5" F/8 blank must be heavy for being that thick. Take a while for that to cool on a cold nite.  Would make a killer planet scope down my way on warm nites.  That U 9.25 could be a good deal for someone. That price on that late 83 Byers C8 is kinda stiff.


 

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Posted 27 February 2019 - 07:50 PM

Sun Ra!  Spacey  bigshock.gif

I used see Sun Ra records with hand painted album covers (!!!!) at Poo-Bah Records in Pasadena. I hadn't discover Jazz yet.

Poo-Bah' was,like the words of Zaphod Beebelbrax:
“I'm up to here with cool, okay? I am so amazingly cool you could keep a side of meat in me for a month."

 

Sorry to hijack this thread..but the moderator started it!  

 

I don't know if this has been posted:

Vintage Starmaster Precision telescope by Harmonic Reed Co. Rosemont, Pa.

https://www.ebay.com...b0yGE:rk:6:pf:0


 

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Posted 27 February 2019 - 07:57 PM

Sun Ra!  Spacey  bigshock.gif

I used see Sun Ra records with hand painted album covers (!!!!) at Poo-Bah Records in Pasadena. I hadn't discover Jazz yet.

Poo-Bah' was,like the words of Zaphod Beebelbrax:
“I'm up to here with cool, okay? I am so amazingly cool you could keep a side of meat in me for a month."

 

Sorry to hijack this thread..but the moderator started it!  

 

I don't know if this has been posted:

Vintage Starmaster Precision telescope by Harmonic Reed Co. Rosemont, Pa.

https://www.ebay.com...b0yGE:rk:6:pf:0

So there was a Starmaster before Starmaster Dobs i guess.


 

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Posted 27 February 2019 - 08:22 PM

I think its pretty cool.
Tells a story of the times and is a cross collectable IMHO.

Sadly,I don't feel I'm the one.
 

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Posted 27 February 2019 - 08:45 PM

The Celestron 9 inch scope at Seattle Goodwill that Augustus posted is not a C9.25 Ultima. Likely a C8. Not going to put a 9.25 in that case.


 

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Posted 27 February 2019 - 08:58 PM

The Celestron 9 inch scope at Seattle Goodwill that Augustus posted is not a C9.25 Ultima. Likely a C8. Not going to put a 9.25 in that case.

The fork mount and tube have the right aspect ratio to be a C9.25. An Ultima 8 doesn't look like that.


Edited by Augustus, 27 February 2019 - 09:45 PM.

 

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Posted 27 February 2019 - 09:34 PM

Sun Ra!  Spacey  bigshock.gif

I used see Sun Ra records with hand painted album covers (!!!!) at Poo-Bah Records in Pasadena. I hadn't discover Jazz yet.

Poo-Bah' was,like the words of Zaphod Beebelbrax:
“I'm up to here with cool, okay? I am so amazingly cool you could keep a side of meat in me for a month."

 

Sorry to hijack this thread..but the moderator started it!  

 

I don't know if this has been posted:

Vintage Starmaster Precision telescope by Harmonic Reed Co. Rosemont, Pa.

https://www.ebay.com...b0yGE:rk:6:pf:0

In Orange County it was Licorice Pizza.  Used to get LPs for $2.67


 

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Posted 27 February 2019 - 09:39 PM

Serial number on the secondary is 914341 (914 probably meaning it's a C9.25), and the fork mount and tube have the right aspect ratio to be a C9.25.

While I agree that it looks like an ultima 9.25 (the 9.25 and 11 ultimas had pathetic forks compared to the ultima 8), the serial number likely indicates it was made in 1991.


 

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Posted 27 February 2019 - 09:49 PM

While I agree that it looks like an ultima 9.25 (the 9.25 and 11 ultimas had pathetic forks compared to the ultima 8), the serial number likely indicates it was made in 1991.

Also, it states it is 9" in diameter.  C9.25's OTA's are larger they are 10.7" in diameter


 

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Posted 28 February 2019 - 07:30 AM

For the definitive Unitron collector, a real rarity in beautiful condition:

https://astromart.co...olded-refractor
 

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Posted 28 February 2019 - 07:46 AM

For the definitive Unitron collector, a real rarity in beautiful condition:

https://astromart.co...olded-refractor

That was posted back in December and I am surprised it is still for sale.


 

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Posted 28 February 2019 - 07:50 AM

That was posted back in December and I am surprised it is still for sale.


Because it’s a lot of money for a white elephant, however rare. I’d way rather have a good 4” apo!
 

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Posted 28 February 2019 - 08:03 AM

The Celestron 9 inch scope at Seattle Goodwill that Augustus posted is not a C9.25 Ultima. Likely a C8. Not going to put a 9.25 in that case.

I concur.  It's an 8.  The base gives it away.  And, as you said, so does the case.  Read the dimensions.


 

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Posted 28 February 2019 - 08:34 AM

https://www.ebay.com...&frcectupt=true

 

Sears    in Connecticut    60x700   not sure how old this one is        

 

 

 

 

 

  https://www.ebay.com...UHjm:rk:14:pf:0

 

Sears    55 vte    says  90mm   x  60mm ?  1966


Edited by Defenderslideguitar, 28 February 2019 - 08:45 AM.

 

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Posted 28 February 2019 - 09:29 AM

Because it’s a lot of money for a white elephant, however rare. I’d way rather have a good 4” apo!

What happened to the real rarity in beautiful conditiongrin.gif


 

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Posted 28 February 2019 - 09:35 AM

https://www.ebay.com...&frcectupt=true

 

Sears    in Connecticut    60x700   not sure how old this one is        

I received one of these for Christmas in 1965. I'ts a circle T. and cost $24.95 at the time.

 

The focuser is plastic and has no rack or gear.  It operates by friction between a rubber sleeve on the shaft and the plastic tube, which slipped a lot. 

 

The lens cell is plastic and attached to the tube with 3 short screws.   It can't be collimated. The lens elements are separated by a plastic ring.

 

The finder is an empty metal tube about 5/8" in diameter and 12" long.

 

The tube is rolled metal with a folded seam like a stove pipe.

 

The mount is alt-az and the simplest I ever seen.  It's made of white metal and easily broke.  It vibrated horribly.

 

Yet, with it, I first saw Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, and the moon.  I now have a "nostalgic" replacement. With the tube on a Tasco 7TE mount, it gives surprisingly nice views.  The 10.5 and 22mm EPs were useful without using the barlow.  Yes, with no further info on the dangers, I used the sun filter and saw sunspots. 


Edited by Marc-Andre, 28 February 2019 - 09:48 AM.

 

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Posted 28 February 2019 - 10:51 AM

Sears    in Connecticut    60x700   not sure how old this one is

 

Most are from ~ 1970.  IIRC, this is the Sears model where the tube's rolled steel seam is so big, the plastic lens cell actually has a "slot" that fits around it so the cell can rest on the tube's finished end...


 

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Posted 28 February 2019 - 11:01 AM

What happened to the real rarity in beautiful condition:grin:


Yes, there is all that, but it comes at a price most folks nowadays seem unwilling to pay. That and a design that has been completely superseded by the modern, shorter apo. You could have a very, very fine triplet of Japanese or American manufacture for that price.
 

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Posted 28 February 2019 - 12:58 PM

Yes, there is all that, but it comes at a price most folks nowadays seem unwilling to pay. That and a design that has been completely superseded by the modern, shorter apo. You could have a very, very fine triplet of Japanese or American manufacture for that price.

You guys have me confused - since I sold my funky 132C to one of you, after getting advice from the other LOL.

 

I will say this, the smaller footprint was pretty comfortable to use.

 

These Unitron folded refractors to me feel like a last attempt to fit into the new wave that was coming at the time. That gives them a certain unique position in the history of Unitron.


 

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Posted 28 February 2019 - 01:04 PM

Yes, there is all that, but it comes at a price most folks nowadays seem unwilling to pay. That and a design that has been completely superseded by the modern, shorter apo. You could have a very, very fine triplet of Japanese or American manufacture for that price.

It's a very fine & RARE Classic, but more than twice what I'd pay for it, having briefly owned a Model 152.  And it appears that Unitron fans aren't that interested in it, either -- at that price.  It would be MUCH prettier on display than my $600 Edmund kit, but I doubt it could deliver as fine a views -- those 2 mirrors are performance hits.


 

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Posted 28 February 2019 - 01:44 PM

You guys have me confused - since I sold my funky 132C to one of you, after getting advice from the other LOL.

 

I will say this, the smaller footprint was pretty comfortable to use.

 

These Unitron folded refractors to me feel like a last attempt to fit into the new wave that was coming at the time. That gives them a certain unique position in the history of Unitron.

There's lots of confusing statements in this forum. I often read comments that (to me), don't seem to fit with the point of owning a classic.


 

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Posted 28 February 2019 - 01:56 PM

It's a very fine & RARE Classic, but more than twice what I'd pay for it, having briefly owned a Model 152.  And it appears that Unitron fans aren't that interested in it, either -- at that price.  It would be MUCH prettier on display than my $600 Edmund kit, but I doubt it could deliver as fine a views -- those 2 mirrors are performance hits.

I am sure if the right rare scope cane along that you would want you all would pay a hefty price.   Everyone has that one scope they always wanted.   Just because it is not on your list does not reduce the value of the scope.   Sometimes I agree with you guys, but there are times what I hear does not make any sense. 


 


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