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#151 starman876

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Posted 11 July 2019 - 08:04 PM

Zero.  Because I have never sold any of them.  I think I have a problem.

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#152 RichA

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Posted 02 May 2020 - 06:10 PM

recently sold, in the last few months:

 

Tinsley 12" F16 OTA

2" shaft GEM O.C. mount

6" Edmund red tube great splayed leg fork scope

couple of ETX90

8"  O. C. like new old stock

XT12i

60mm ATCO

80mm ATCO

10TE

two Criterion Dynamax 8" with total disclosure and viewing by buyer

completely restored Meade 826

All except the bare tube Edmund 4.25"  P. Junior / Deluxe Conqueror

Something in the back of my head that says I'm forgetting something

ALL of my Unitron stuff.  That's parts, papers, very early 142 set up, whatever I find Unitron.

Celestron Polaris C6

Regrets:

None, zip, zero, sorry to be off topic.

 

Future intended sales:

Offered up the 36" Tectron Yard Scope II by way of a want ad, but getting cold feet on that one since confirming the mirror as good by Swayze.

Tons more.

 

Recent incoming:

Darn little, trivial in comparison to outgoing.

Original 1978 C8, 3 x Vernonscope/AP 92/94mm apos, TeleVue Oracle, Celestron Ultima 11, Celestron 70mm Fluorite, Takahashi FS-102.



#153 AstroKerr

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Posted 05 May 2020 - 04:25 PM

Haven't sold any. ever. only gifted. Should sell some, says Sybil. Can't buy the 'look at scope - blink-blink - look one of us - blink-blink - look at scope again' moment though... that leaves no room for regret. Poor Kid syndrome perhaps. Strangely, I still somehow have as many or more. have to look into that, we're about out of room and Sybil-grace...

 

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Posted 05 May 2020 - 04:36 PM

Yep, C8s are pretty darned portable! That’s a big part of their appeal and why mine is my light bucket. lol.gif

That's gone now too! Still no regrets! :lol:



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Posted 05 May 2020 - 04:38 PM

No Sales , No Regrets lol.gif

Well you can't still say the former Tom, I just hope you can still say the latter. (And I'm pretty sure you can!). ;)



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Posted 05 May 2020 - 06:12 PM

First classic I sold was my early 70's C8. Well my RV6 provided better planetary views, my Cave 10 inch would kill it in every way. Never got satisfaction with my C8 although I know many had good results. Seems I got a lemon. No regrets.

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Posted 05 May 2020 - 06:27 PM

First classic I sold was my early 70's C8. Well my RV6 provided better planetary views, my Cave 10 inch would kill it in every way. Never got satisfaction with my C8 although I know many had good results. Seems I got a lemon. No regrets.

Bill

Bill, I've had five SCTs, 5", 6", 8", 8", and 10" (3 orange Celestrons and two Meades), and not one implored me enough in its performance to want to keep it very long. I had this last one longer than any of the others, around two years. It was pretty ho-hum. Not bad, just not worth the trouble. Most of the time It was just a display.


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Posted 05 May 2020 - 06:36 PM

Only one regret but I was able to get it back. It was my Sears 3" f/16. It was sold in 1976 to an amateur friend. Twenty years passed and I got it back in a trade. It needed work but that part was fun. No other classic has left my place. Moderns, they come and go with exceptions.

 

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Posted 05 May 2020 - 09:57 PM

ALL OF THEM frown.gif


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#160 John Higbee

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Posted 09 May 2020 - 10:29 AM

No regrets:  Haven't sold any of them yet...my method (like what many of you do) is to "gift them":

 

My kids:             Two ETX-90s; one Towa 305 (it actually has good optics!): one RV-6

A school in GA:  Edmund Super Space Conqueror

A school in VA:   Orion 8" Dob

Naval Academy: Meade RG 12.5" f/6 Newtonian

 

My grandkids (when they reach middle school) will get -

         My original scopes from the '60s: Edmund Palomar Jr. 4 1/4" reflector; Tasco 5VTE 60mm refractor (if they take care of them!)

 

I've gotten several "cold calls" over the last several years from folks I've met at my clubs and at NEAF, asking me if I can find a home for their telescope with a school or a family - these are really rewarding encounters. 

 

I find myself running a "telescope orphanage" so to speak.  Acting as the middle man for good telescopes to find good homes (after refurbing to get them operable, if necessary), is worth the effort...particularly watching kids get their first view of the Moon, Saturn, Jupiter, or the Orion Nebula...priceless!


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Posted 09 May 2020 - 11:48 AM

My wife calls my collection a "Telescope Junkyard" up there with those "Smelly Magazines" my

my Mechanix Illustrated and other pulp mags.

It's my own little world:

https://www.youtube....h?v=puM1k-S86nE

 

Robert


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#162 John Higbee

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Posted 09 May 2020 - 01:49 PM

Here's a picture of folks encountering telescopes for the first time (2017 total solar eclipse)

 

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Posted 09 May 2020 - 07:10 PM

I'm sure I have sold many many more than I currently own (38).  I count the ones I sometimes wish I hadn't sold by how many of them I have bought a second, third and even fourth time or more.

 

Twice - Astrophysics 130 EDT f/8.35

Twice - Tak FC100

Thrice - Meade - 7" Mak

Thrice - Astrophysics 130 EDF,GT f/6

Thrice - Questar 7" Mak

Thrice - Meade 90 ETX

Four Times - Astrophysics Star 12 (120mm) f/8

At least Eight Times - Questar Standard or Deluxe or Duplex

 

Where I have loved the views from the various copies of each of these, favorite was the Astro Physics 130 EDT f/8.35.  As a visual observer it is the finest telescope ever created by Roland.  waytogo.gif

 

As to which of these I still own one of - Questar Standard, Broadband Coatings, PG1.



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Posted 09 May 2020 - 07:11 PM

ALL OF THEM frown.gif

Tom, you're the only guy I have ever known of that has actually sold ALL OF THEM.  lol.gif


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Posted 10 May 2020 - 06:16 PM

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

Some of them are "kind" of vintage.
 

4" Unitron Alt-Az ($200 at Stellafane)

70mm Celestron Fluorite

120mm Star12 Astro-Physics

3 x 92/94mm Vernonscope / AP Apos

My original 1978 C8

102mm Celestron/Vixen Achromat

My first Meade 12" LX200 (so I bought a second one)

Original Intes 6 inch Mak

7" Questar Widesky

3.5" Questar Field Model

3.5" Questar Standard



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Posted 10 May 2020 - 09:53 PM

I've always worked on comparing, eliminating, and trading up. I really do like the grouping that I have now more than what ai have in the past. So really, no regrets here! Less is more.


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Posted 11 May 2020 - 09:39 AM

I keep getting distracted off the main trail.

Theres always a cute mac or a big grizzly I just got to check out.

Maybe once I've seen everything I can settle down and be a good boy.

 

Robert



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Posted 27 June 2020 - 11:52 AM

I had a Coulter Odyssey 8 about 20 years ago and loved that scope!  Many of you can probably relate that I began upgrading aperture, eyepieces, etc and I sold it during that process for funds.  That scope had the most amazing mirror.   I purchased two more over the years and restored them but was never pleased with the mirrors like the first so I sold them as well.

 

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 01:17 PM

There are nights that I miss... that very fine Hino Mizar P-100 4" F10 Newtonian.  It was like a 3" APO made decades before the fluorites.  And, crazy as it sounds, I have at times missed that Criterion Dynamax 8.  Not for its views, but as a display.

 

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Posted 29 June 2020 - 01:03 PM

I had a Coulter Odyssey 8 about 20 years ago and loved that scope!  Many of you can probably relate that I began upgrading aperture, eyepieces, etc and I sold it during that process for funds.  That scope had the most amazing mirror.   I purchased two more over the years and restored them but was never pleased with the mirrors like the first so I sold them as well.

I had a 13.1 Coulter that had an amazing mirror.  Always sad I let it go.  Should have kept it. Would have prevented me from buying a lot of other scopes.  



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Posted 30 June 2020 - 01:58 AM

Heres one I regret parting with, several decades ago. The mount originally carried an 8" f/7 old-school newtonian and a 6"f/8, though here it has the 6"f/8 and a very strange little beastie in the square plywood tube, a 6" f/18. When I started at university I had to move into student digs in another city, so ultimately gave the scopes away to a friend better able to accommodate them. A few years later bought an orange-tube C8 secondhand, though that was never as good as the old 8" on that mount. BTW the 8" 243-tooth worm and worm wheel were home-made by a friend with a lathe, starting with smelting the alloy from old engine blocks from a wrecker.

 

Only when I conceded my mirror making years were done did I regret parting with the 6" f/18. Crudely made with no more than hand-tools, it worked quite well.

 

I'll let you guess what kind of scope that little 6" is. And no, it isn't a cassegrain.

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Posted 30 June 2020 - 02:48 AM

This Zeiss !

And I gave my Layeffett away !!! GRRR

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