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#1 starman876

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Posted 14 June 2020 - 01:00 PM

Over the years I have bought and sold a lot of scopes.  I had to try everything I could get my hands on.   Out of all those scope ( do not ask me how many I lost count years ago)   There were a few that had that WOW factor that just made me gasp when I looked through them.   I still have some of these scopes.  They left me with such an impression etched in my mind that I just could not let them go.

 

1.  The Porta Ball one 12.5" with a Zambuto mirror.   The best view of the planets ever.   Felt like I was in orbit around the planet.  Detail was jaw dropping.

 

2.  APM 100/800.  This has to be one of the best 4" refractors in the world.  Amazing views.

 

3.  Meade 178 ED.  After all the reviews I had read and one came along at the right price I had to try it out.  Amazing views.  That is a lot of unobstructed aperture. 

 

4.  AP 152mm F8.   This is very early AP triplet without ED glass.  Still, if this was the only scope I could ever own I would always be a happy observer.  

 

5.  Early Unitron 155.  The lens is this Unitron put up straight bars in DPAC and the images at the eyepiece reflects a wonderful lens.  

 

6.  Takahashi CN 212.   Amazing scope.  A cassegrain and newtonian with awsome optics.  

 

7.  Takahashi MT160.  What a newtonian.  Another scope I would be very happy with if it was the only scope I could ever own.  



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Posted 14 June 2020 - 01:17 PM

That's quite a list. 

As a relative newcomer to Astronomy in general and starting with and so far staying with vintage equipment my first look at Jupiter with my 3 inch Tasco just blew me away. My 142 unitron is no slouch as well. 

Looking for and finding that WOW is so rewarding. 


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Posted 14 June 2020 - 01:36 PM

Having scopes with that wow factor is wonderful.  Also, knowing you can take those scopes out ( seeing permitting) and repeat those wow moments is awesome.  Showing a person Saturn for the first time  through on of those wow scopes makes for such a wonderful  moment in time.


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Posted 14 June 2020 - 03:12 PM

Of course there was also my first Unitron 142.   First look was a wow moment because as I was looking at Saturn and was thinking ,why had I bought the short focal length ED scope recently. These views were just as good and much more enjoyable because I was using a classic scope.  


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Posted 14 June 2020 - 03:30 PM

Wow factor concerning optics:

RV6

Unitron 142

Televu Genesis 

AP 6 inch f/8 triplet (twas a fool to part with it.)

 

Wow factor concerning mechanics and appearance:

Unitron models 142 and 128

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Posted 14 June 2020 - 03:42 PM

Over the years I have bought and sold a lot of scopes.  I had to try everything I could get my hands on.   Out of all those scope ( do not ask me how many I lost count years ago)   There were a few that had that WOW factor that just made me gasp when I looked through them.   I still have some of these scopes.  They left me with such an impression etched in my mind that I just could not let them go.

 

1.  The Porta Ball one 12.5" with a Zambuto mirror.   The best view of the planets ever.   Felt like I was in orbit around the planet.  Detail was jaw dropping.

 

2.  APM 100/800.  This has to be one of the best 4" refractors in the world.  Amazing views.

 

3.  Meade 178 ED.  After all the reviews I had read and one came along at the right price I had to try it out.  Amazing views.  That is a lot of unobstructed aperture. 

 

4.  AP 152mm F8.   This is very early AP triplet without ED glass.  Still, if this was the only scope I could ever own I would always be a happy observer.  

 

5.  Early Unitron 155.  The lens is this Unitron put up straight bars in DPAC and the images at the eyepiece reflects a wonderful lens.  

 

6.  Takahashi CN 212.   Amazing scope.  A cassegrain and newtonian with awsome optics.  

 

7.  Takahashi MT160.  What a newtonian.  Another scope I would be very happy with if it was the only scope I could ever own.  

For me, there are two. The first is a 6" f/9 Astro-Physics EDT. I bought this scope new from AP in 1992 and Saturn was the first object I looked thru. Many telescopes have passed thru my hands, both antique and modern until I bought a 7" Astro-physics f/9 EDT. This view thru this one blew and continues to blow my socks off.

 

Cheers,

Dan


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Posted 14 June 2020 - 04:05 PM

I bought this in “78” and still have it. Still kinda wow. Photo taken today.

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Posted 14 June 2020 - 04:17 PM

My Wows! are the scopes I keep, are always on display, and/or ready to go out & grab starlight:

 

Refractors -- Goto Hy-Score Model 452, Mogey 3, and Sears Model 6336.

 

Reflectors -- all 3 Wow! me at the eyepiece.  The ATM / Edmunds 6" F4 RFT has the most eye-catching tube, a shiny mix of gold & brown.  The long slender RV-6 has an elegance to it, with the upgraded AO focuser & Nihon-Seiko 50mm R/A finder.  And, the Meade 826 is a conservative eye-catcher, with its black & gray speckles on white tube, and color-coordinated 80mm RFT finder.  Adding that vintage-style helical focuser... Oh, yeah...

 

CATs -- 1958 Questar... 'nuff said.


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Posted 14 June 2020 - 05:20 PM

Two scopes qualify for me: 

 

1) 6" f15 achromatic refractor by Mike Spacek:

 

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Posted 14 June 2020 - 05:27 PM

2)  6" f16 Tinsley refractor (coming soon, fully restored, to a Classic Telescopes Forum near you)!

 

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Posted 14 June 2020 - 06:54 PM

AP Star 12ED.  In dead calm seeing in Houston back in '96 I saw amazing image of Jupiter in this scope while waiting for lunar eclipse in a friends backyard.  Caused me to badger the owner into selling that scope to me, finally succeeding three year later, and to own four of them over the last twenty-four years.  Now am quite happy with Meade 127ED getting same images and 7mm more aperture for a third the cost.  Still that Jupiter image remains fixed in my brain.

 

Second scope is an APOMAX 130 f/12 Super APO.  Up at Deadman here in Colorado Saturn was drop dead amazing at 557X with Tak 2.8 orthos binoviewed under the best skies I've experienced in Colorado ever.  

 

Both of these were WOW moments (actually many minutes each).  Nothing else really compares with these.


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Posted 14 June 2020 - 06:57 PM

wow

 

First it was the  old Tak FC-100

Then it was the C-102FL

  Finally,   FS-128  from Rolo     Still the wow

 

For wide field     Wow Televue NP 101



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Posted 14 June 2020 - 08:07 PM

AP 6" f9

Questar 3.5"

Pentax 85

HOC ATCO 1254 80/1200, especially when riding on the 142 mount. 

The school's C11

 

Before Celestron repaired it, the C14, but it's technically 3 years shy of being a classic. Still hoping I can get it back into WOW condition. 

 

Chip W. 



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Posted 14 June 2020 - 08:19 PM

First time I set the 142 up in public was last summer.
Not a star party or anything I just needed to get away from all the trees in my backyard. I young couple walking by asked about my setup. I had Jupiter again in the eyepiece.
First word was wow. I kinda live for that.
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Posted 14 June 2020 - 08:38 PM

A couple of them. Both of my Brandon 94s give very nice views. Nice rich fields and contrasty fields.

 

The other is my Selsi 80mm. For being an older achromat it gives some nice crisp views of the moon and planets.

 

Those are my 'do it old school' scopes.



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Posted 14 June 2020 - 08:47 PM

For me it's my vintage classic Takahashi FC76 from 1987. It has the best lens I've ever used in 50 years of owning/using small refractors and its build and mechanical quality is top notch!!


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Posted 14 June 2020 - 10:25 PM

Definitely my Sears 2535 76mm f/16 equatorial refractor. It has the wow factor just looking at it or looking through it. Second is my 100mm f/13 Carton objective refractor and third is the RV6 Dynascope.

 

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Posted 14 June 2020 - 10:44 PM

Self explanatory 36" Tectron. Still have it. 


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Posted 15 June 2020 - 07:28 AM

Self explanatory 36" Tectron. Still have it. 

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you mean this?  WOW



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Posted 15 June 2020 - 06:24 PM

Every telescope i've owned has given me WOW moments, from 40mm to 200 i push them to the limits and sometimes they surprise me.

 

my Zeiss Telementor 2 stands out though :)


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Posted 16 June 2020 - 04:24 AM

There have been a few. 
Gone

10” F6 Newtonian with a custom mirror.. as perfect an optic I have seen. Stupidly sold that mirror.

6”F 8.4 Newtonian, reworked criterion mirror by a local old expert. Star test was literally perfect. Views of Jupiter were better than any other 6” including some very expensive APOs. It was on loan from a friend. 
Still have

6” F10 Jaegers.  DPAC shows it 1/8 wave or so PV. Always impresses at public events. Let down A bit by inevitable CA.

5.5” Mak 60s DOD optic. Incredible images in a small package. It’s F9.8 with a largish CO. Best Cat optics I have used.

60mm Zeiss Traveler 1922. Perfect little 60mm.

Surprises on list.

80mm Celestron Polaris C80. Stupid good lens. 


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Posted 16 June 2020 - 10:28 AM

I'm bragging, but this one is still my wowest scope (8" f/6 Springfield I built in 1981):

 

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Posted 16 June 2020 - 10:45 AM

I've keep the ones that had the wow factor for me and let the rest go. ;)


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Posted 16 June 2020 - 10:51 AM

I've keep the ones that had the wow factor for me and let the rest go. wink.gif

So do you disclose to the new owner the scope lacks the wow factor?


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Posted 16 June 2020 - 11:32 AM

The WOW factor for me has been my latest 4" Newtonian. Portability, ease of use, and no batteries required, has reintroduced me to the joys of simple observing. This little scope has surprised me at how well it performs and how it can cut through the seeing when compared to my 6".

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