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#1 34Crewboat

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 05:37 PM

I’ve got a complete, Parks optical 1” equatorial mount from 1985-86 era.
It was set up for an 8” Newtonian.
It’s been in Clean storage for many years.
Clock drive still works well.
Is this something that still has value and would it be worth selling?
Just curious.

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 05:56 PM

Should be worth 150 i would say. I had one made in the 90's with a 8" F/6 that was so bad the scope bounced around like crazy everytime i touched it.


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Posted 30 July 2020 - 06:36 PM

Show a picture of your mount. If it's the Parks Petra mount with 1" axes, it listed for $3700.

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 06:45 PM

This definitely was not the $3700 version.
I did have pretty good success with it for observational use, but it had too much play and backlash to be good for photography.
I’ll take some pics and post them tomorrow. I have it all put back together.
Thanks for the replies

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 07:40 PM

Pictures tells the whole story.   Would be nice to see.

 

 

http://www.parksopti...e/images/eq.htm

 

 

http://www.parksopti...ame=Petra Mount


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#6 34Crewboat

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Posted 31 July 2020 - 04:30 PM

I added a makeshift platform to the top for dslr etc.

not pretty, but it works fairly well.  
I’m hoping to upgrade shortly.   

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Posted 31 July 2020 - 06:00 PM

I am sure your version is better than mine. I would say $200 or around there.



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Posted 31 July 2020 - 06:15 PM

Pictures tells the whole story.   Would be nice to see.

 

 

http://www.parksopti...e/images/eq.htm

 

 

http://www.parksopti...ame=Petra Mount

Those websites are like ghost ships trapped in a time vortex!


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Posted 31 July 2020 - 07:19 PM

I added a makeshift platform to the top for dslr etc.

not pretty, but it works fairly well.  
I’m hoping to upgrade shortly.   

looks like a nice mount.  Seems you got a lot of weight on it.  How does it track with all that weight?

 

is that a polar scope you rigged up?


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Posted 31 July 2020 - 07:56 PM

Actually the platform is just thin plexiglass. 60mm guide scope and a telrad. The camera, depending on the lens is the only real weight on it.
I made a small bracket, and strap an 8x50 finder scope to it for polar alignment. Works pretty well.
I do 3-5 minute exposures with round star images.
Old school but it works.
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Posted 01 August 2020 - 12:41 AM

Pictures tells the whole story.   Would be nice to see.

 

 

http://www.parksopti...e/images/eq.htm

 

 

http://www.parksopti...ame=Petra Mount

 

 

Those websites are like ghost ships trapped in a time vortex!

The second link is copyright 2020.  Still in business?  I looked at the optical tubes, then some other stuff. The prices appeared to be completely absurd for a lot of it.  Not sure what to make of the listing.


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Posted 01 August 2020 - 08:07 AM

The second link is copyright 2020.  Still in business?  I looked at the optical tubes, then some other stuff. The prices appeared to be completely absurd for a lot of it.  Not sure what to make of the listing.

Someone bought up all the stuff duff years ago and is trying to make a killing. Even plenty of tubes left over and at break neck prices. Not even a G11 is worth the price they are asking for that mount.



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Posted 01 August 2020 - 10:12 AM

The second link is copyright 2020.  Still in business?  I looked at the optical tubes, then some other stuff. The prices appeared to be completely absurd for a lot of it.  Not sure what to make of the listing.

look at some of the delivery times.  Some are up to 2 years.  They must think they are AP.



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Posted 01 August 2020 - 12:44 PM

look at some of the delivery times.  Some are up to 2 years.  They must think they are AP.

Hey! It takes time to rev up the Wayback Machine!


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Posted 01 August 2020 - 01:11 PM

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