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#26 Augustus

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 03:16 PM

Three: My first ETX, my 16" Dob, and my CG-5 mounted orange C8.


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 03:26 PM

I think a lot of us in the beginning had a scope we wish we still had.  However, what I found was that after I understood more what good optics were really all about,  I let some really good scopes slip through my fingers. 


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#28 Bonco2

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 04:09 PM

Regret selling:

Cave 10 inch f/6 Custom Deluxe

6 inch f/8 Triplet.

But I needed garage space for motorcycles.

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 04:11 PM

I had a Jaegers 6" f/10 refractor that I sold back in 1995 that was painted orange. Sure would like to have that back.



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Posted 16 May 2019 - 04:18 PM

edmund 6 inch space conqueror 



#31 Chuck Hards

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 04:32 PM

No Sales , No Regrets lol.gif

 

No more room!  Are you sleeping in the camper yet?  lol.gif

 

Leave enough money in your estate to endow your telescope museum for future generations.  wink.gif


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 04:43 PM

I had a Jaegers 6" f/10 refractor that I sold back in 1995 that was painted orange. Sure would like to have that back.

Orange is good!



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Posted 16 May 2019 - 05:37 PM

Only 2, for different reasons. 

 

1) Takahashi FS-128. Fantastic optics with great contrast. 

2) Unitron RF-75. Not because it was a great scope, just because it was so rare. 

 

Maybe a 3rd if I actually do decide to send it to a new home. Still on the fence. 


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 05:59 PM

Only two, really...

 

1) Astro-Physics Starfire 152 f/12, that had the best optics of any scope I've ever seen and that I was forced to sell at a time of financial difficulties. 

 

2) Dollond 3" brass-tubed refractor on alt-az mount with full set of eyepieces, diagonal and case that I foolishly sold and regretted the moment that I accepted payment. 

 

Lots of other great scopes have come and gone, but those are the only ones that I truly regret. 



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Posted 16 May 2019 - 06:05 PM

Just one - the Dynamax 8 I built at the plant.
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Posted 16 May 2019 - 06:42 PM

Too many to list.


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 09:05 PM

To many to list you regretted selling?   



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Posted 16 May 2019 - 09:06 PM

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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Still have it Scott. Glad you sold it when you did. Thank You.

 

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 09:21 PM

Still have it Scott. Glad you sold it when you did. Thank You.

 

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What a beautiful scopewaytogo.gif


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 10:50 PM

I kinda miss my Lafayette Arcturus.  It was very complete and rather unique with the wheel focuser.  Still, I have been able to document most all of the good ones here so can revisit whenever I feel the need. waytogo.gif 


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Posted 17 May 2019 - 03:45 AM

Regret selling my old-school 8” f/7 Newtonian .... big equatorial mount like the Cave above. But as a student I had moved to student digs the big city, so nowhere to put it and it had to go frown.gif

 

it it was vastly superior to the orange C8 that followed.


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Posted 17 May 2019 - 05:16 AM

Regret selling my old-school 8” f/7 Newtonian .... big equatorial mount like the Cave above. But as a student I had moved to student digs the big city, so nowhere to put it and it had to go frown.gif

 

it it was vastly superior to the orange C8 that followed.

Newts always beat out SCT's.


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Posted 17 May 2019 - 07:38 AM

Still have it Scott. Glad you sold it when you did. Thank You.

 

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Glad you still have it. I do miss the views from that scope. What a remarkable job. Simply GORGEOUS!


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Posted 17 May 2019 - 08:06 AM

I do miss the two 60mm x 800mm Asahi-Pentax refractors I parted ways with a few years back.  

 

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And I have a certain longing for an RV-6, I miss that scope as well. 

 

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Whether I would use them if I had them back, hard to say.  I do not miss the 12.5 inch Meade in the photo.  I have a Dob that does that job nicely and takes up much less space.

 

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Posted 17 May 2019 - 10:03 AM

I regret selling my D&G 6 inch and the OpticCraft mounting it was on right now

as I write, what a fine set up.

In a hour or so I'm predicting I'll be missing Bluey my 17.5" Coulter blue tube.

I'm stiff from climbing out of bed and Bluey was a big girl quite a wrestling match

to navigate her big fanny around the heavens.

Robert

 

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Posted 17 May 2019 - 10:49 AM

I regret selling my D&G 6 inch and the OpticCraft mounting it was on right now

as I write, what a fine set up.

In a hour or so I'm predicting I'll be missing Bluey my 17.5" Coulter blue tube.

I'm stiff from climbing out of bed and Bluey was a big girl quite a wrestling match

to navigate her big fanny around the heavens.

Robert

 

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I came close to buying one of those some years back.  I am kind of sorry I did not.  Would have been fun to use.  



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Posted 17 May 2019 - 10:52 AM

Regret selling my old-school 8” f/7 Newtonian .... big equatorial mount like the Cave above. But as a student I had moved to student digs the big city, so nowhere to put it and it had to go frown.gif

 

it it was vastly superior to the orange C8 that followed.

8" Long focal length newts are always pretty good.   Most good mirror grinders have a hard time messing that up.  



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Posted 17 May 2019 - 10:53 AM

I kinda miss my Lafayette Arcturus.  It was very complete and rather unique with the wheel focuser.  Still, I have been able to document most all of the good ones here so can revisit whenever I feel the need. waytogo.gif

always thought it would be great to own a Lafayette Arcturus with the wheel.  I think those look so cool.


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Posted 17 May 2019 - 10:54 AM

Just one - the Dynamax 8 I built at the plant.

Do you have any pictures of the scope?



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Posted 17 May 2019 - 10:55 AM

Only two, really...

 

1) Astro-Physics Starfire 152 f/12, that had the best optics of any scope I've ever seen and that I was forced to sell at a time of financial difficulties. 

 

2) Dollond 3" brass-tubed refractor on alt-az mount with full set of eyepieces, diagonal and case that I foolishly sold and regretted the moment that I accepted payment. 

 

Lots of other great scopes have come and gone, but those are the only ones that I truly regret. 

That starfire 152 F12 must have been awesome. The 5" F12 I had was just the best 5" scope I have ever looked through.


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