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#1 starman876

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 07:53 AM

I have a had a few I never should have sold.

 

AP 5" F12

Intes MK 77

Coulter 13.1.  Had wonderful optics.

Celestron 102mm Fluorite

 


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 08:21 AM

I actually threw out my original Sears 24261 40mm reflector because I accidentally broke it. That was my first ever telescope (from the 70's) - I really miss it. :)

 

Sears 100x Telescope

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 08:38 AM

Several:

 

Cave 6” f/4 RFT

 

Cave Model “B” 8” f/8 Deluxe

 

Cave 10” f/7.5 ( I ground the mirror but Cave refigured it....)

 

Cave 12.5” Observatory complete with mount and 6” f/12 guidescope

 

Cave 10” Cassegrain with mount

 

Celestron 10” “white tube” with 4” f/15 guidescope, 40mm finder and beautiful original mount

 

Criterion 8” f/8 Deluxe Dynascope with mount including bell-shaped pier

 

Criterion RV-6

 

D&G 6” f/15

 

D&G 8” f/12

 

Edmund 6” f/8

 

Edmund 75mm refractor

 

Edmund 4” f/15 refractor

 

Jaegers 80mm f/15

 

Jaegers 4” f/15 with 50mm guidescope and 30mm finder on Jaegers Mount

 

Meade 8" F/6 Model 856 with Meade Equatorial mount (2 actually)

 

MILO 76mm F/18.4 refractor

 

Nikon 65ED APO and Nikon mount

 

Nikon 80mm F/15 on Nikon Eq mount

 

SPI 60mm F/20

 

Showa 100mm F/10 APO

 

Trekkerscope 8” f/8

 

Yamamoto Seisakushyo 4" F/15


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#4 Chuck Hards

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 08:43 AM

Too little time, too many telescopes. 

 

The only ones I don't regret selling were the Towas.  :lol:


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#5 Richard O'Neill

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 08:43 AM

 That's a lot of regret. Are there any on your list you'd like to buy again?



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Posted 16 May 2019 - 09:08 AM

Only one, my first astronomical telescope, an SPI 60x800mm on an alt-az mount. Four owners in three states and five years later it found it's way back to me. It's a keeper. smile.gif


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 09:20 AM

About 15 years ago I gave my RV6 to my (then) son in law. Well, he is no longer my son in law and I no longer have the RV6.  Think twice before giving away any gear!!!


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 09:22 AM

I regret a few scopes I sold.  Probably the most regret was selling that beautiful 8" f/6 Cave Model B Deluxe with the cool brown zolatone paint job.  It's in good hands now, though.  I wouldn't have had time for it for a very long time.

 

But my biggest regret still has to be parting out my Optical Craftsmen 8" Discoverer.  I only have the equatorial head (holding my 4" f/15 Goto at the moment), and the optics (in my Springfield).  The OC wasn't the stablest of 8" scopes, with that 1" shaft mount, but it was my first "real" telescope, purchased new in 1972.  My actual first ever telescope, a Tasco 4vte, is long gone and has been for almost 40 years.  But I have a mint original replacement with original box even, that I purchased several years ago to fill that hole in my soul.

 

-Tim.


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 11:12 AM

From a “best views” and “memorable views” standpoint, I regret selling the 10” f/6 Cave Model B Custom Deluxe the most. What awesome views that scope gave and able to take high magnification. I do not miss it’s size or weight at all though! It went to live with someone else who did a master refurb and polish job on her. Maybe he still has it. Beautiful scope!

 

As purchased 2009

 

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#10 George N

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 11:29 AM

The Edmund Scientific 4.25" 'Deluxe Space Conqueror' that I got as a Christmas present as a 14 year old in 1961. Over my high school years I had added just about all the accessories that Edmund sold - and used it for astrophotography with an old 35mm SLR. In later years I used it often.

 

A fellow at Stellafane asked me for it. He wanted to give it as a present to a fellow he had met when both were in a brain injury rehab center (auto accidents in both their cases). Both were out - but the other fellow had difficulty walking, etc -- and this guy said that the small 4.25" would be ideal for him.

 

I sold it. Hopefully the new owner got something out of it -- but I still miss it.

 

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What I don't miss selling --

One of those big Edmund GEMs.

My Byres 58 GEM. While it worked very well for about 10 years - I was really ready to move on to something more modern. I warned the buyer to be very careful with the electronics. Byres used a proprietary control -- and would do nothing to repair them - claiming that they did not work on very old product. About 3 or 4 years later I saw the guy advertising on A'mart for a "Byres 58 electronic control" -- don't know if he ever got it.


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 11:38 AM

 That's a lot of regret. Are there any on your list you'd like to buy again?

 

Minor regrets, no big deal.  If circumstances had been different, I would have hung onto the Cave 12.5" Observatory model, but it's in excellent hands now so I'm OK with it.

 

They are all just "things", with no intrinsic value at all.  Eventually we will let go of all of them; hopefully they will continue to bring joy to those who come after us.


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 12:10 PM

I regret a few scopes I sold.  Probably the most regret was selling that beautiful 8" f/6 Cave Model B Deluxe with the cool brown zolatone paint job.  It's in good hands now, though.  I wouldn't have had time for it for a very long time.

 

But my biggest regret still has to be parting out my Optical Craftsmen 8" Discoverer.  I only have the equatorial head (holding my 4" f/15 Goto at the moment), and the optics (in my Springfield).  The OC wasn't the stablest of 8" scopes, with that 1" shaft mount, but it was my first "real" telescope, purchased new in 1972.  My actual first ever telescope, a Tasco 4vte, is long gone and has been for almost 40 years.  But I have a mint original replacement with original box even, that I purchased several years ago to fill that hole in my soul.

 

-Tim.

I treasure it Tim.  I only wish I had more clear nights to use it more often.  So far only one good night but the view of the moon was awesome.  

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 12:15 PM

It seems with few exceptions every great old classic scope sold is soon regretted.  I've only sold one, a 1972 Cave 8" f/8 Deluxe and I regret it.


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 12:16 PM

The only ones I don't regret selling were the Towas.  lol.gif


Well if you get too nostalgic, just stick your ear out the door on a quiet night and listen for the distant howl! wink.gif

And you thought it was just coyotes! lol.gif

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 12:19 PM

I don’t miss the things that were once in my life, just the people who are now gone. frown.gif
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Posted 16 May 2019 - 12:19 PM

I regret nothing!


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 12:22 PM

Zeiss Telemator!

And perhaps the 60mm Pentax, my very first scope. But I concider to buy that one back, for $70.

 

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 12:31 PM

Nothing other than old friends.


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 01:42 PM

Non, rien de rien, non, je ne regrette rien
C'est payé, balayé, oublié, je me fous du passé
Avec mes souvenirs j'ai allumé le feu
Mes chagrins, mes plaisirs
Je n'ai plus besoin d'eux...

 

No, I regret nothing...

My preference for telescopes has changed through the years,

as my life conditions changed (living place, night skies, economy)

as the evolution of optics changed,

and as my experience using the equipment changed.

 

I feel I’ve had my dream scope each past decade

though my dreams have changed,

and I have let go of old dreams to allow space

for a new one to be born.

 

C’est la vie mon amie

Seize the day... smile.gif


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 02:14 PM

Non, rien de rien, non, je ne regrette rien
C'est payé, balayé, oublié, je me fous du passé
Avec mes souvenirs j'ai allumé le feu
Mes chagrins, mes plaisirs
Je n'ai plus besoin d'eux...

 
No, I regret nothing...
My preference for telescopes has changed through the years,
as my life conditions changed (living place, night skies, economy)
as the evolution of optics changed,
and as my experience using the equipment changed.
 
I feel I’ve had my dream scope each past decade
though my dreams have changed,
and I have let go of old dreams to allow space
for a new one to be born.
 
C’est la vie mon amie
Seize the day... smile.gif


L'amour passait, l'amour obsolète.
Pourquoi perdre sa vie a chercher l'or d'un coeur?
Je ne me noierai pas dans ce désert mystique.
Je ferme mes comptes et je repars.
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Posted 16 May 2019 - 02:15 PM

No Sales , No Regrets lol.gif


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 02:16 PM

I haven't sold anything but won't regret it when I do.

 

As Pee Wee Herman once said, "take a picture, it will last longer."


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 02:31 PM

Maybe some regrets but mainly I miss the good times I've had observing with friends and family...


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 03:08 PM

I wish I had kept my Celestron C100, 4 inch F/13 refractor with the orange tube.  They seem to be so rare I doubt I will ever see one again.


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 03:09 PM

No regret when I gave away my 1958 Monolux to a newbee who uses it

       I do admit to missing it      




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