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#1 CharlieB

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Posted 31 May 2020 - 09:31 PM

How many of you grew up with this one?  Bad advice from Perry.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=Dmkg_E2evbg

 

Same rules.  Please take a minute to read them.

 

1) The basic guideline for this thread is to list ads and auctions that others may be interested in. It is not intended to replace CL or eBay as a site to find all possible classic ads. Please keep your posts to actual "classic" equipment. If you have to ask if it's classic, it probably isn't.

 

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6) Although not mandatory, when posting ads, including a short description of the item is a courtesy to others who don't have time to click on every link. It also provides some data when the link is no longer active. Be a little specific.

 

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Posted 31 May 2020 - 10:35 PM

https://nashville.cr...7133637933.html

 

10" meade equatorial $800

 

https://cleveland.cr...7131796415.html

 

Unitron 142  $1150  with Unihex this an old one.   Great price

 

https://milwaukee.cr...7130964581.html

 

Brass vintage military observation scope  $750

 

https://tucson.craig...7129175504.html

 

old Meade 80mm equatorial  $250


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Posted 31 May 2020 - 11:43 PM

Re. the Unitron 142:  Was the equatorial mount German-made, as claimed, or is the seller just confusing The origin with the style of mount?  These were made in Japan, correct?


 

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Posted 01 June 2020 - 01:08 AM

Tasco 6TE-5 (50/600) - $70 San Jose, CA - https://www.facebook...59585995281644/

 

Tasco Reg. 3560 60x60 Variable - $85 Peoria, IL - https://www.facebook...77926262720209/

 

Celestron SP-C 6" w/Vixen SP & Nice accessories - $600 Glen Mills, PA - https://www.facebook...91701058654132/

 

Sears 200 Power (60/700) - $15 Thomasville, NC - https://www.facebook...56369407745887/

 

And..... Wow!

 

6" f/15 Jaegers! - $1500 Southbury, CT - https://www.facebook...15447525341275/

Looks like the seller is a member from here too. Scope from this thread: https://www.cloudyni...wn-please-help/


Edited by jragsdale, 01 June 2020 - 01:31 AM.

 

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Posted 01 June 2020 - 05:33 AM

Re. the Unitron 142:  Was the equatorial mount German-made, as claimed, or is the seller just confusing The origin with the style of mount?  These were made in Japan, correct?

It was all made in Japan man Looks to be a later 1950's made Unitron. They don't build them like that anymore.  The 10" Meade is over priced by 300 smackers and the Meade 80mm looks near mint in the box.  If the lens on the Unitron is fog free i would jump if there was one ever in FL.  The SP C6 is a little high, maybe 475 smackers i can see.


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Posted 01 June 2020 - 07:05 AM

Re. the Unitron 142:  Was the equatorial mount German-made, as claimed, or is the seller just confusing The origin with the style of mount?  These were made in Japan, correct?

Seller has confused style of mount with where it was made.  All made by Nihon Seiko and its sub contractors in Japan.


 

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Posted 01 June 2020 - 07:27 AM

Maybe not a classic, but a work of art. 10" Dobsonian, entirely made of hardwood (well, not the optics) by an amateur astronomer who is also a professional carpenter in Quebec. The ad is entirely in French, but it says that the scope breaks down so that it easily fits into a Toyota Yaris, that the optics are very sharp, and that the selling price "reflects" the better part of the cost of the optics. $500 CAD, about an hour east of Ottawa:

 

https://www.kijiji.c...02500?undefined


 

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Posted 01 June 2020 - 08:03 AM

https://tucson.craig...7129175504.html

 

old Meade 80mm equatorial  $250

Late 1970s Model 339... Man!  How many of these did Towa make??  These boxed versions usually go for about $150, depending on condition.


 

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Posted 01 June 2020 - 08:15 AM

Late 1970s Model 339... Man!  How many of these did Towa make??  These boxed versions usually go for about $150, depending on condition.

I thought $250 was a bit high.  However, it does look mint.   Would be so much nicer with a wood case. Love those wood cases.  


 

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Posted 01 June 2020 - 08:24 AM

I thought $250 was a bit high.  However, it does look mint.   Would be so much nicer with a wood case. Love those wood cases.  

This 339 is in better than average condition.  If the Buyer can look at it first, and the lens is undamaged, start at $150, and maybe settle at $200.  Having owned a top-level 339, I can see where Towa went cheap on this one.  They do clean-up nice, and make great Displays.  At $200 or less, this 339 would be a very good First Classic for someone.


 

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Posted 01 June 2020 - 09:08 AM

A lot of really nice stuff out there to start the month off! Things appear to be looking up. ;)


 

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Posted 01 June 2020 - 10:10 AM

Maybe not a classic, but a work of art. 10" Dobsonian, entirely made of hardwood (well, not the optics) by an amateur astronomer who is also a professional carpenter in Quebec.

Interesting! I posted this one yesterday too, some cool wooden scopes out there! https://www.facebook...80399422884645/


 

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Posted 01 June 2020 - 10:23 AM

Sans & Streiffe 617 (60/900) on eBay - https://www.ebay.com...mCondition=3000


 

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Posted 01 June 2020 - 10:56 AM

Edmund 6" with eq mount and tripod:  https://denver.craig...7133795721.html

 

Hubble Golf balls anyone? https://cosprings.cr...7131912019.html

 

Any Astroscan equipment sellers to help this guy out?

https://boulder.crai...7117557022.html


 

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Posted 01 June 2020 - 11:30 AM

Soligor refractor in NH:

 

https://www.ebay.com...CkAAOSwH9hey85L


 

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Posted 01 June 2020 - 11:47 AM

Soligor refractor in NH:

 

https://www.ebay.com...CkAAOSwH9hey85L

That's the Nihon-Seiko Soligor... a cousin of the UNITRON 114, c. 1953.  Is the Seller pushing the lens out of the cell for the photo??   Fungus on it looks worse than my Mogey.  Lots of cleaning & polishing required, but definitely has potential.  Lens missing a spacer or two??

 

So many times, these are Orphan OTAs.  Nice to see a near 100% complete kit.  Note the big brass bow-ties + other leg bolt hardware.  I love stuff like this.

 

Almost a half-dozen of these in the Registry.  I see ASA on all 4 eyepieces.  The prism diagonal & erector are OLD TOWA style -- have tested very well.

 

I wouldn't pay more than $200 for it, but I have a '58 Goto.

 

I see that it's LPO...  If someone here gets it, and doesn't want to mess with the lens, send it to Ol' BB.  I'd like to DPAC one of these (& an Asahi 60x800)...


Edited by Bomber Bob, 01 June 2020 - 02:27 PM.

 

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Posted 01 June 2020 - 12:00 PM

That's the Nihon-Seiko style Soligor... UNITRON 114 clone, c. 1953.  Is the Seller pushing the lens out of the cell for the photo??   Fungus on it looks worse than my Mogey.  Lots of cleaning & polishing required, but definitely has potential.  Lens missing a spacer or two??

 

So many times, these are Orphan OTAs.  Nice to see a near 100% complete kit.  Note the big brass bow-ties + other leg bolt hardware.  I love stuff like this.

 

Almost a half-dozen of these in the Registry.  I see ASA on all 4 eyepieces.  The prism diagonal & erector are OLD TOWA style -- have tested very well.

 

I wouldn't pay more than $200 for it, but I have a '58 Goto.

 

I see that it's LPO...  If someone here gets it, and doesn't want to mess with the lens, send it to Ol' BB.  I'd like to DPAC one of these (& an Asahi 60x800)...

I thought we had talked about this scope about a week ago?


 

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Posted 01 June 2020 - 12:02 PM

Any Astroscan equipment sellers to help this guy out?

https://boulder.crai...7117557022.html

That's an old ad and the person used my picture of the beige one on the coffee table.  I'm OK with the picture for a want ad, at least they aren't trying to sell mine.


 

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Posted 01 June 2020 - 12:07 PM

I thought we had talked about this scope about a week ago?

I think the Seller pulled the original ad (BIN, IIRC), and re-posted it.

 

I didn't go into as much detail the first time...

 

I'm glad it's on this new thread -- it's a rare scope.  Registry says Chris (Kasmos) had one of these... hopefully he'll chime-in.


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Posted 01 June 2020 - 12:09 PM

Looks like it was in the old thread.  I didn’t see the eBay ad until this morning (I was searching “Telescope Tripod”).
 

 

I thought we had talked about this scope about a week ago?


 

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Posted 01 June 2020 - 12:31 PM

That's the Nihon-Seiko style Soligor... UNITRON 114 clone, c. 1953.  

I very much doubt it's a clone. Rather, I'm certain its an N-S product. These date from the early days of Unitron (United Trading Company) and Nihon-Seiko was no doubt specing and building scopes for various importers who branded them differently, not just Unitron; a trend that seems to have continued for N-S until the later days of Unitron. By the mid-'50s Unitron/Polarex had become their bread and butter but we still Nearly identical to identical offerings branded Polaris, Weltbeck, etc. Even in the 1980s we see Nihon-Seiko kit scopes, parts, etc. that are differently branded (University Optics, Vernonscope, and so forth). Nihon-Seiko was not unique to the Unitron label.


Edited by Terra Nova, 01 June 2020 - 12:37 PM.

 

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Posted 01 June 2020 - 12:40 PM

200mm? Seriously large mount. Must pick up in rural Japan.

https://page.auction...tion/c819565098


 

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Posted 01 June 2020 - 12:44 PM

200mm? Seriously large mount. Must pick up in rural Japan.

https://page.auction...tion/c819565098

Wow! That is a big boy!


 

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Posted 01 June 2020 - 12:56 PM

https://cleveland.cr...7131796415.html

 

Unitron 142  $1150  with Unihex this an old one.   Great price

 

 

 

 

https://tucson.craig...7129175504.html

 

old Meade 80mm equatorial  $250

That 142 in Cleveland has been for sale for months. It seems to disappear and then periodically reappear. I'm surprised that nobody from here has picked it up yet. The round base on the tripod hub indicates early 50's. The counterweight shaft isn't visible in the pictures, and it would be wise of a buyer to check that it's present. This version had the smooth shaft, and an older automotive standard thread in the Dec axis that is hard to find dies for now. (There is one of these standing behind me as I type this.)

 

The Meade 300 dates after August of 1976, when they switched to a white dew shield. 

 

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Posted 01 June 2020 - 02:29 PM

I very much doubt it's a clone. Rather, I'm certain its an N-S product.

 

I agree, and that's what I meant -- an N-S / Unitron 114 but branded Soligor.  I edited my description accordingly.


Edited by Bomber Bob, 01 June 2020 - 02:30 PM.

 


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