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#1 Kasmos

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Posted 05 August 2020 - 01:28 PM

Often when you buy a used telescope there's other stuff that isn't original to it included in the box.

Sometimes it's a cool additional eyepiece, or other accessory, and other times just some junk or a strange or unrelated piece.

So I thought this might be an amusing topic. If not it will just fade away.

 

I'd already thought about this but a recent Unitron 114 on ebay prompted this thread. 

It had an exta part attached to what appeared to be some kind of home made acrylic tube mount.

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The same kind of part was in the box of my 9TE when it arrived.

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It looks very familar as in some kind of camera equipment but I can't place it.

What is it? 

 

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A plastic yellow filter for ski-goggles was also included.

 


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Posted 05 August 2020 - 01:42 PM

I found this dried up bottle of lens cleaner in my Unitron 150 OTA wooden box when I purchased it.   I still keep it with the OTA.  Kind of like a time capsule.

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Posted 05 August 2020 - 01:46 PM

Often when you buy a used telescope there's other stuff that isn't original to it included in the box.

Sometimes it's a cool additional eyepiece, or other accessory, and other times just some junk or a strange or unrelated piece.

So I thought this might be an amusing topic. If not it will just fade away.

 

I'd already thought about this but a recent Unitron 114 on ebay prompted this thread. 

It had an exta part attached to what appeared to be some kind of home made acrylic tube mount.

attachicon.gifUnitron -w:bracket.jpg

The same kind of part was in the box of my 9TE when it arrived.

attachicon.gifWhat-1.jpg

attachicon.gifWhat-2.jpg

It looks very familar as in some kind of camera equipment but I can't place it.

What is it? 

 

attachicon.gif9TE Extras.jpg

A plastic yellow filter for ski-goggles was also included.

the attachment is for a camera tripod.  It attaches to the top of the camera tripod. It is missing the 1/4 20 bolt that the camera normally is secured with.  


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Posted 05 August 2020 - 02:10 PM

Hi.

This glass plate with stellar spectrum, found in a plateholder of a well preserved Unitron 220 astro camera.

Regards

Dimitris. 

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Posted 05 August 2020 - 03:13 PM

the attachment is for a camera tripod.  It attaches to the top of the camera tripod. It is missing the 1/4 20 bolt that the camera normally is secured with.  

Thanks.

The textured side did make me think it looked like the top of a camera tripod, it makes sense that someone used it on that Unitron.  

I suppose the two swivel arms act as sort of a quick connect for attaching it to the tripod.



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Posted 05 August 2020 - 03:21 PM

Thanks.

The textured side did make me think it looked like the top of a camera tripod, it makes sense that someone used it on that Unitron.  

I suppose the two swivel arms act as sort of a quick connect for attaching it to the tripod.

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Posted 05 August 2020 - 04:08 PM

When I bought that Kenko 125C kit, it came with a HUGE cache of goodies...

 

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A good portion for old-fashioned film astrophotography.  I gave a lot of it away, but kept the Tele Vue Barlow piece -- converts my fracs with 30mm draw-tubes to 1.25" by simply threading in...


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Posted 05 August 2020 - 04:18 PM

One of my classic scope purchases came with a bunch of eyepieces.

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Posted 05 August 2020 - 05:14 PM

Wow, I see some some real cool extras so far.
My 10Te did come with two clock drives. The older one with gears, a new old stock extra 144 tooth gear, the newer clock drive with clutch but no bracket, and an optical craftsman catalog.

P.S. If Wisconsin Steve's RG set is complete, it means I'm only missing two. Nice find.


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Posted 05 August 2020 - 06:09 PM

 

P.S. If Wisconsin Steve's RG set is complete, it means I'm only missing two. Nice find.

The complete Meade RG set is 10 pieces, unless you distinguish between the MEADE ones and the Meade - then there would be 20!



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Posted 05 August 2020 - 08:01 PM

unpacking a Unitron 160 is fun.  They come with so many pieces.   

 

https://www.unitronh...tron-model-160/



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Posted 06 August 2020 - 01:48 AM

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Posted 06 August 2020 - 09:23 AM

When I bought my DX8, the Seller claimed that the original owner was a scientist who bought 2 identical scopes at the same time for laboratory work...

 

I have no idea if that's true, but my DX8 came with a small packet of lenses plus the 2 oddball assemblies:

 

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Corrective optics?  Weird eyepieces?  Or, just leftover lab junk?  We'll never know...


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Posted 06 August 2020 - 11:59 AM

Often when you buy a used telescope there's other stuff that isn't original to it included in the box.

Sometimes it's a cool additional eyepiece, or other accessory, and other times just some junk or a strange or unrelated piece.

So I thought this might be an amusing topic. If not it will just fade away.

 

I'd already thought about this but a recent Unitron 114 on ebay prompted this thread. 

It had an exta part attached to what appeared to be some kind of home made acrylic tube mount.

attachicon.gifUnitron -w:bracket.jpg

The same kind of part was in the box of my 9TE when it arrived.

attachicon.gifWhat-1.jpg

attachicon.gifWhat-2.jpg

It looks very familar as in some kind of camera equipment but I can't place it.

What is it? 

 

attachicon.gif9TE Extras.jpg

A plastic yellow filter for ski-goggles was also included.

You here have posted the top plate to a Vintage Davidson StarD Camera Tripod / "Most likely the Davidson StarD Conquest Model", similar to this one seen in these photos.

 

The tripod elevation uses a "I "shaped bar type design similar to some car jacks, rather than the typical tube design that is more common.

 

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I hope this helps Kasmos!

 

Its a cool little vintage camera tripod, and its space theme with its star shaped crank knob would make a interesting combo for a small grab and go vintage refractor telescope.


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Posted 06 August 2020 - 12:35 PM

Please note: Its not missing any bolts like suggested above, it is designed as a larger platform accessory to clip on top of the existing bolt and smaller mount platform of the tripod.

 

Here is one more photo, that helps shows its purpose.

 

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If its not a part you need and plan to sell, feel free to use my photos if you want to try and describe its purpose.


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Posted 06 August 2020 - 12:57 PM

You here have posted the top plate to a Vintage Davidson StarD Camera Tripod / "Most likely the Davidson StarD Conquest Model", similar to this one seen in these photos.

 

The tripod elevation uses a "I "shaped bar type design similar to some car jacks, rather than the typical tube design that is more common.

 

I hope this helps Kasmos!

 

Its a cool little vintage camera tripod, and its space theme with its star shaped crank knob would make a interesting combo for a small grab and go vintage refractor telescope.

That's the exact one.

I looked at it yesterday and noticed that there was no indication that it ever had a threaded insert or nut.

It's a very cool tripod and love the star on the end of the crank. They would never make something like that now.... a lawsuit waiting to happen!


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Posted 06 August 2020 - 01:04 PM

This was in the box of my circa 1959-61 60/800mm Crescent.

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I love the Mid-Century design.

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Posted 06 August 2020 - 01:33 PM

You here have posted the top plate to a Vintage Davidson StarD Camera Tripod / "Most likely the Davidson StarD Conquest Model", similar to this one seen in these photos.

 

The tripod elevation uses a "I "shaped bar type design similar to some car jacks, rather than the typical tube design that is more common.

 

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I hope this helps Kasmos!

 

Its a cool little vintage camera tripod, and its space theme with its star shaped crank knob would make a interesting combo for a small grab and go vintage refractor telescope.

I have an identical tripod.  It's one of my favorites.  Very stable, even extended.


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Posted 06 August 2020 - 01:57 PM

Here is a little more history,

 

http://tiltallsuppor...-d-tiltall.html

 

I have been picking up and selling vintage camera tripods for about 10 years now. I have been doing this for a while and way before I got interested in telescopes. The one I took photos of above is the 2nd Davidson model I have found of its kind, the other was sold several years ago.

 

Probably around 40-50 vintage camera tripods have gone though my hands, and I have just kept maybe 5 of them max at any given time.

 

They are common at goodwill, and I only purchase the older ones in nice condition, Sometimes If I have a color coordinated vintage camera in nice cosmetic condition, I package them together with a tripod and sell them locally as a display piece.


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Posted 09 August 2020 - 04:25 PM

This came with a recent purchase, any ideals what it's for?

 

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Posted 09 August 2020 - 07:47 PM

I looked at an old Atco that I ended up passing on but it had Hay in the wooden box



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Posted 09 August 2020 - 08:05 PM

One of the best things ever to come with a telescope purchase is this

blower thing I absolutely love it:

 

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Posted 09 August 2020 - 09:16 PM

So let me get this straight StrDst, your refractor came with a CAT? You lucky Dog! LOL!

 

Clear skies and stroke that CAT for Me!

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Posted 09 August 2020 - 09:22 PM

The Brandon 130 I got off the original owner came with several eyepieces, a Brandon 16mm, Brandon 48mm, Vernonscope 2” diagonal.  The surprise was the Leitz 30mm 88 deg eyepiece. I wasn’t aware of the eyepiece before, but it is a great eyepiece in the f8 and longer scopes. 


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Posted 12 August 2020 - 03:10 AM

I looked at an old Atco that I ended up passing on but it had Hay in the wooden box

Like this?

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I figured out real fast why Goodwill didn't include a photo of the inner box.

This type of packing was originally wrapped in paper packets with a rubberband holding it closed.

When the rubber band rots and breaks, bingo, instant mess.

 

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And lurking inside that mess was my new telescope mascot 'Froggy'

There was also a Lego block.

 

BTW, it's actually wood shavings

 

https://www.uline.co...wE&gclsrc=aw.ds

 

https://www.embalex....ckaging/news/23

 

Check this companies list of applications. There's one that's used inside a rather grim kind of box.

https://americanexce...om/wood-fibers/


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