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#1 apfever

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 12:19 PM

First off I'm adding a link to unpacking this just to consolidate this thing. Unpacking starts at entry #7769

Link to unpacking this thing

 

I have no idea on a date for this but many here will have an idea. 

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 12:22 PM

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 12:39 PM

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 12:44 PM

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 12:47 PM

very nice Unitron  Love the big four inch   longfellow     show all the Unitrons I say never enough...I really like the old wooden boxes your Unitron comes in.....hey how did the wooden boxes survive the jolt in shipping?

 good use of the orange juice box    and   I like it in the kitchen 


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Posted 25 September 2019 - 12:49 PM

Absolutely click this link, for those in the know.

 

Daffy Duck nails it

 

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 12:56 PM

All the major missing hardware is in this box. I'm not sure what was originally in this box. Single photo here for resolution including eyepieces.

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 01:07 PM

This is a simple fix, nothing more than a little refurbish. It is the worst of anything, actually the ONLY 'issue'. 

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 01:12 PM

Obviously the lens stinks, totally worthless, drop it in the trash, sorry but I find pictures of optics to be a flake and fluke of options. Optics pictures can be made as nice or as horrid as one wants short of hiding blatant nuclear damage. . These are the worst of what I had, one isn't too bad. 

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 01:20 PM

The glass is wonderful. Not a hint of clam, typical light dust, maybe not coated, maybe never removed by close exam, very minor dew shield end. This is fine for As Is use now to check it.  It may not take more than an outside cleaning later. The 10X42mm has sharp double hair (usually since etched), but surface debris that needs a wipe. Finder glass looks good, as most eyepieces. The frequent user eyepieces show more exposure but all glass looks good. 

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 01:37 PM

I'm not moving the OTA to get to a legs in box picture. They look good. Mechanical items are negligible. Some movements are a little dry, some have condensed thickened old lube, but everything shows nicely preserved condition in spite of obvious use and appreciation by the original owner (not seller). This can be assembled and used AS IS.  I have no paper work and would be happy to print out a hard copy of any leads. The boxes are all sound. Some loose exterior lams but all there without the ratted missing ends. I'll wedge the large age cracks in the solid board mount box. The super focuser has an interesting flip assembly to go to 1.25" eyepieces, the black assembly shown in the previous focuser close up. I believe it is a complete factory set, at least for anything major. It is the Unihex option. The Unihex assembly is complete with box and in nice shape. The Unihex box was securely duct taped into the OTA box or mount box, can't remember which bigger box but I remember the duct tape.

 

An estimate of manufacture date would be appreciated. That's it for now.


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Posted 25 September 2019 - 02:28 PM

Straight letters
Lack of red paint
Shouldered Metal Super focus knobs
Early Nickel plated Setting circles
Early style mount base
Adjustment cable hex holes
Shouldered axis nut
Earlier eyepieces

I would guess very early 1960’s. The two zig zag metal pieces in the box are for the two mount levels not pictured. Love the Tray Light.

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 02:29 PM

Very nice find. Congrats and it looks good. It from the 50’s. 

 

Ill let the other Unitron folks narrow the time frame down better. 


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Posted 25 September 2019 - 05:23 PM

Yes, mid to late 50s. It looks a lot like the 1958 I used to have and like the one on the old Dennis The Menace episode, Innocents in Space, (season 1, episode 5) 1959.


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Posted 25 September 2019 - 06:46 PM

Thanks Terra, I'll link the episode for the string.

The scope shows up starting at 5:53, 5 minutes and 53 seconds. I better jump on getting some prodigy on this one if it's this old.  I think I can still get something substantial on the original owner that had it till recently. I'm not sure of that situation in detail yet, but I believe the sellers were gifted this from an estate. The condition of the scope would appear to be teetering to a novice and the sellers were definitely not interested in the hobby as a whole. I consider rapid transitions like 'estate-family-friend-selling' to be nothing more than a venue.  In situations like this, I think of myself as second owner but only if a rapid transition without a lot of user activity involved.  Months at the most, not years.

 

EDIT:  Just talked to the sellers and this was a quick pass through from the original owner family. The sellers are friends of the family and are going to send me a prodigy write up. Sellers will also make inquiry for any paper work or other related items that might have been dismissed. 

 

Dennis the Menace with Unitron 


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Posted 25 September 2019 - 06:49 PM

Mount and focus knobs look around 1958 to 62. My 1960 M-152 had the same parts as seen in the boxes.



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Posted 25 September 2019 - 06:50 PM

They are truly wonderful old instruments. Congratulations Neil, looks like you got a nice, old specimen. waytogo.gif waytogo.gif



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Posted 25 September 2019 - 07:56 PM

That is a beauty very nice.

 

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 09:52 PM

All the major missing hardware is in this box. I'm not sure what was originally in this box. Single photo here for resolution including eyepieces.

It was a tool box. Just by coincidence, Dave Trott was recently selling a fully outfitted one:

 

https://www.cloudyni...nitron-toolbox/

 

What a great find! The 152s look huge to me. But I'd love to get a look through one. Once you try it out, you can comment on the velvety black background thread (although it's locked now). 

 

https://www.cloudyni...es/?hl= velvety

 

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Posted 26 September 2019 - 06:38 AM

got to love a Unitron

 

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Posted 26 September 2019 - 07:47 AM

I'll hold the love but would still like to date it. She's pretty.

 

Never mind, this string sums up Unitron Production Timing.

Unitron Production Timing

 

I'll use the items mentioned above for dates and take a look at some S&T. I have all the issues from about 53 to present. The S&T DVD is a PITA, I have originals.


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Posted 26 September 2019 - 07:29 PM

Beautiful instrument !!

 

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Posted 08 October 2019 - 10:06 PM

OK Neil, it's been a couple of weeks now, and the suspense is killing us. Any first light report to share yet?

 

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Posted 08 October 2019 - 11:23 PM

Not yet,  I've gone back to work to help a friend with his construction business for the last couple of weeks.  I haven't punched hours on a clock for years. Now we have our first cold snap coming in fast and unusually hard in two days. Down to around 10 degrees and below freezing for over 24 hrs straight.  Otherwise it's been in the 70's even 80's and will be in the 70's tomorrow as we drop off the scale tomorrow night.  I heat with wood, been busy.  Will do though, will be a few more days. Have to help my friend pour a concrete foundation tomorrow to beat the cold, and Thurs. has snow all day along with the cold snap. 



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Posted 09 October 2019 - 09:10 AM

Ah, so it's going to be one of those years in Denver. I'm headed there in November for a conference, so it's good to know. A few years ago I was driving back to the airport in a blizzard and there were cars in the ditch all along the route. 

 

These rapid frontal passages make a mess of seeing. I guess we'll just have to be patient for you to get some time off and decent skies. At least you have about 4000' less air above you than I do. That's gotta help. 

 

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