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#51 starman876

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Posted 17 May 2019 - 10:56 AM

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.

The Jaegers 6" F10 must have been a wonderful scope if you still miss it.



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Posted 17 May 2019 - 10:57 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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Posted 17 May 2019 - 10:58 AM

Too little time, too many telescopes. 

 

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

Funny Chuck  You and Terra and the Towa connectionlol.gif


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Posted 17 May 2019 - 11:21 AM

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

Yes, the Starfire 152 f/12 was a very special scope. The original owner wasn't satisfied with the optics, so sent them back to A-P. Roland did a touch-up on the lens, and it came back with fantastic performance. The contrast in that scope was amazing. Superb scope for deep sky (smaller objects) as well as planetary. I really miss that scope, and it wasn't as difficult to set up as I had originally imagined. It also really attracted a crowd at star parties.

 

Sigh...


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Posted 17 May 2019 - 11:31 AM

Gave away a bunch of scopes. Ones that get the most use are a 114mm Towa reflector( surprisingly good) I gave to my flight instructor. He uses it with his grandchildren a good bit. The other is a Vixen Celestron C130 I gave to some friends in St Augustine. They use it every couple weeks.


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Posted 17 May 2019 - 11:53 AM

The Jaegers 6" F10 must have been a wonderful scope if you still miss it.


I actually got it back 1974 when I was in high school. I was the editor of the Gazers Gazette, the OKC Astronomy Club newsletter and I had first dibs on all for sale ads. I think it cost $125 with mount and clock drive.
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Posted 17 May 2019 - 11:54 AM

you said     'Gave away a bunch of scopes'

       I say    there is no regret when you give a telescope away and it is appreciated


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Posted 17 May 2019 - 12:14 PM

Funny Chuck  You and Terra and the Towa connectionlol.gif

When you have to test a couple dozen to find one good one, it tells you something.  Terra knows.


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Posted 17 May 2019 - 12:38 PM

When you have to test a couple dozen to find one good one, it tells you something.  Terra knows.

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Posted 17 May 2019 - 12:49 PM

I think I’ve had around fifty total. I’ve lost track. It’s now down to fifteen with one shipping out next Monday or Tuesday, (one came yesterday). I have really felt compelled to lighten the load over the years, (I went through a similar purge around fifteen years ago and went down to four. They’ve left by selling, trading, giving away to friends and family or donating. The ones that are gone I either enjoyed or didn’t enjoy. Some, I sadly had to get rid of, some I couldn’t wait to get rid of. I really don’t go down this road tho, it’s best to just move on and not obsess about the past. I like to just be in the present. Just remember, there’s always the half-remembered past, there’s always the unknown future, but the present is the most fleeting of all. Just enjoy it!
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Posted 17 May 2019 - 01:32 PM

"...it's best to just move on and not obsess about the past".

 

Words of wisdom, Terra.

 

I love the way Paul McCartney put it: 

 

"I just don't have time for nostalgia".


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Posted 17 May 2019 - 05:49 PM

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

 

 
 

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

 

 

 

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.

 

Jon

I would die for that RG, but my back says no.



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Posted 17 May 2019 - 07:45 PM

I actually got it back 1974 when I was in high school. I was the editor of the Gazers Gazette, the OKC Astronomy Club newsletter and I had first dibs on all for sale ads. I think it cost $125 with mount and clock drive.

I love it when an old friend returns.



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Posted 17 May 2019 - 07:48 PM

Yes, the Starfire 152 f/12 was a very special scope. The original owner wasn't satisfied with the optics, so sent them back to A-P. Roland did a touch-up on the lens, and it came back with fantastic performance. The contrast in that scope was amazing. Superb scope for deep sky (smaller objects) as well as planetary. I really miss that scope, and it wasn't as difficult to set up as I had originally imagined. It also really attracted a crowd at star parties.

 

Sigh...

AP's always draw a crowd.  Seems everyone wants to look through legend.


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Posted 17 May 2019 - 09:27 PM

TMB CNC 100/800  triplet


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Posted 17 May 2019 - 09:31 PM

One of my most favorite telescopes in the known universe.

 

TMB CNC 100/800  triplet



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Posted 18 May 2019 - 08:16 AM

TMB CNC 100/800  triplet

I understand your pain.  I still have the very early one I bought and the later one I bought.  Just cannot see letting go of either one.  


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Posted 18 May 2019 - 08:29 AM

TMB CNC 100/800  triplet

Best APO i had with my 105/650, but don't miss the 6" size and weight.



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Posted 18 May 2019 - 08:32 AM

One of my most favorite telescopes in the known universe.

They came in lightweight versions which uses a Vixen tube.  That is how my very early one is built.   There is a difference in optical quality between the early version and the later one.  Both lenses were made by LZOS.  



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Posted 19 May 2019 - 02:21 PM

My Brandon 94mm. Bought it new when they were on sale and had it for a few years back in the early 90s. Loved that scope, but sold it to get a 16" reflector.


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Posted 19 May 2019 - 02:55 PM

My custom-made 1988 D&G 5" F10 achromatic refractor.  Barry put a lot of work into it to control CA -- and it showed.  If I'd known I'd get my A/S beaten down with chemo, I would've kept it.

 

Lafayette Galactic -- knew the minute I boxed it up that I'd miss my tack-sharp Duo-Scope (76x910 + 40x500)...  My Vixen FL80S is more capable, but it's not a Royal.

 

Hino Mizar P-100 -- the 4" Newt that acted like a high F-Ratio 3" APO.  And the pedestal mount was so easy to use.

 

Monolux 4380 -- my first Classic.  That Hiyoshi lens was the brightest 60mm F15 that I've used so far.



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Posted 19 May 2019 - 11:31 PM

I've given away mostly and sold a few fine classics. When I purchase a new scope I usually take a bunch of photos against the barn wall to document. When I do sell or more likely give away a telescope I  delete those photos... no memory....no regrets! Works for me. I'm far more attached to what I have in my life, than what I had. 


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Posted 20 May 2019 - 01:49 AM

I had a Super C8 from 84 that was owned by one of the VP's at Celestron.  I don't know WHAT he was thinking... it had TERRIBLE optics.  I bitterly complained and sent it back with testing info under the "lifetime" warranty.  I got it back 4 months later with the best optics I've ever seen in a SCT.  Observed happily until being forced to sell by the ex-wife...  

  I miss that scope.

   Joe



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Posted 20 May 2019 - 05:20 AM

I had a Super C8 from 84 that was owned by one of the VP's at Celestron.  I don't know WHAT he was thinking... it had TERRIBLE optics.  I bitterly complained and sent it back with testing info under the "lifetime" warranty.  I got it back 4 months later with the best optics I've ever seen in a SCT.  Observed happily until being forced to sell by the ex-wife...  

  I miss that scope.

   Joe

Just goes to show SCT optics are all over the board from super bad to insane good.  Why they just can't even it out beats me.



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Posted 20 May 2019 - 08:52 AM

My Brandon 94mm. Bought it new when they were on sale and had it for a few years back in the early 90s. Loved that scope, but sold it to get a 16" reflector.

I sold my Brandon 94 to a man that has put it to good use.  They are great scopes.  Well worth every penny they are going for and then some.


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