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#1 ryanr256

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Posted 03 July 2020 - 10:05 PM

I made the 3 1/2, maybe 4?, hour one-way drive from Cincinnati to Canton to check out/buy the red tube Edmund 4" f/15 refractor that was posted late in the June Craigslist, Ebay and other vintage/classic telescope ads thread:

 

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The Facebook ad had a $10 price, but that was for another item in the ad. When I contacted the seller I was told the price was $50.

 

After a brief inspection, I bought the telescope.It was dirty, but no obvious damage like dents, deep scratches in the paint or scratches or chips in the objective. The young lady told me it was her step-father's and he loved it.I told her a little about myself and that I wasn't looking to flip it, I was looking to buy it for my own enjoyment. She also told me other than myself there was no interest in it from both a yard sale and the Facebook post.

 

I loaded it in my car and paid her more than what she was asking. As it turns out, I probably paid close to market value because of an issue I did not notice until after I got it home and was taking pictures. But, there were a couple of unadvertised extras that kinda even things out.

 

I'll post replies to this post with pictures of the "as picked up" condition. I'll start with the tripod/mount first:

 

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The tripod is a long legged one. The wood is in very good shape with no major issues. Yes, they could use a good cleaning but I don't think a refinish is needed.

 

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Posted 03 July 2020 - 10:08 PM

Here' a picture of the hub. Again, nothing obviously amiss. Just needs a cleaning. I've seen pictures of this type of mount that have a large knob holding the two pieces together. This one has a large allen head cap screw (not pictured).

 

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Posted 03 July 2020 - 10:11 PM

Closer inspection revealed an issue. It looks like the threads in the hub are stripped. The allen screw threads into the mount, but just slides in the hub. My guess is that there was a nut holding everything together.

 

I will look for an original knob and see if I can get the threads fixed.

 

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Posted 03 July 2020 - 10:12 PM

No issues with the counterweight, other than neededing a good cleaning.

 

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Posted 03 July 2020 - 10:14 PM

The mount. Yes, it has a clock drive. I haven't tested it.The interesting thing is that there are nylon straps holding the OTA on and the black knob adjusts the tension. Loosen the knob and the tube will move, tighten it and it lock the tube down.

 

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Posted 03 July 2020 - 10:16 PM

Close up of the strap holding the OTA to the mount. There are rubber (?) bumpers protecting the tube.

 

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Posted 03 July 2020 - 10:17 PM

The clock drive.

 

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Posted 03 July 2020 - 10:18 PM

One of the tripod struts is bent. I think I can straighten it without much effort. All three have corrosion that will need to be cleaned off.

 

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Posted 03 July 2020 - 10:20 PM

The focuser. Not much to show. It works and is surprisingly smooth. I will still clean and relube it. Again, you can see the dirt.

 

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Posted 03 July 2020 - 10:20 PM

Lovely!

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Posted 03 July 2020 - 10:21 PM

The diagonal and extra #1. You can probably guess what's under the eyecup.

 

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Posted 03 July 2020 - 10:21 PM

Yep. You are correct. :)

 

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Posted 03 July 2020 - 10:22 PM

It, like everything else, needs a good cleaning.

 

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Posted 03 July 2020 - 10:23 PM

The label and finder.

 

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Posted 03 July 2020 - 10:24 PM

That's an amazing find and an excellent deal !!

 

Congrats !!


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Posted 03 July 2020 - 10:24 PM

There's a pattern developing. (hint: it involves lot's of lens cleaner)

 

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Posted 03 July 2020 - 10:25 PM

The tube has a faded sun warning label. This tells me that the telescope was very well taken care of at one time.

 

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Posted 03 July 2020 - 10:27 PM

Here's the part you all have been waiting for. The objective. No words, just a series of pictures.

 

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Posted 03 July 2020 - 10:27 PM

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Posted 03 July 2020 - 10:28 PM

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Posted 03 July 2020 - 10:29 PM

The writing on the edge of the lenses is visible. But, there's also what looks to be a chip? Maybe?

 

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Posted 03 July 2020 - 10:30 PM

I couldn't get the camera to focus on it. Here's my best effort. I've circled the area that concerns me. 

 

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Posted 03 July 2020 - 10:31 PM

Here's the other extra, or extras. An RKE 15mm in what appears to be a barlow, but the barlow is not branded.

 

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Posted 03 July 2020 - 10:32 PM

It follows the pattern of needing a good cleaning.

 

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Posted 03 July 2020 - 10:34 PM

The barlow is interesting. No markings, it has a dent and appears to have rubber, or at least flexible, rings holding the lens assembly in. Pictures follow.

 

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