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#2551 Kasmos

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Posted 31 August 2022 - 02:30 PM

I didn't see / notice the C/V scopes in R/L until ~1988 -- Polaris versions of the C80 & C4.5N -- and they were black.  In fact, I don't think I was aware of the orange-tube versions until I "discovered" CN...  TBH, I like all the Vixen color schemes; and, so far, haven't been disappointed with the performance of any Vixen scope -- including the Finders.

 

I'll DPAC this one -- hopefully this weekend.  

 

Ain't she sweet:

 

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My Mizar Comet has some serious competition in the prettiest display cattegory!

If it's anything like my C60 you will like it.

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Until the Tasco 227x was dialed in, it was obviously the top 60 I have.

That said, they are probably too close in performance to pick a clear winner.


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Posted 31 August 2022 - 02:58 PM

I'm pretty sure my green & white Vixen 60x700 started out as a guide-scope, yet it's typical Vixen quality -- excellent.  (I'm thinking of TOWA, where some models were made to a lower price point -- maybe too low, and Tanzutsu took over?)  For the time being, it'll be on the Custom AZ -- even though I don't care for this mount...

 

As for my "cute" green & orange V/H SPC-60L:  I'm leaving it alone - same as my Mizar Comet.

 

- NO ADM or SVBONY dovetail clamp to replace the original SP platform.

- Focuser stays .965" (but I reserve the right to use my TAK prism + spectros eyepieces).

- No Motor Drive -- old-fashioned manual slow-motions (I have plenty of motorized EQs now).

 

It'll be on display most of the time, but it's very easy to fold up the tripod, and tote the whole kit outside.  I must be on a 9 Year CN Cycle:  I'm back to a 60mm F15 on an EQ...

 

(TBH:  After I got it all spiffed-up, I couldn't help thinking, Wouldn't my old g&w FL80S look great on that EQ?)


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Posted 31 August 2022 - 03:28 PM

I didn't see / notice the C/V scopes in R/L until ~1988 -- Polaris versions of the C80 & C4.5N -- and they were black.  In fact, I don't think I was aware of the orange-tube versions until I "discovered" CN...  TBH, I like all the Vixen color schemes; and, so far, haven't been disappointed with the performance of any Vixen scope -- including the Finders.

 

I'll DPAC this one -- hopefully this weekend.  

 

Ain't she sweet:

 

attachicon.gifVixen HALLEY SPC-60L P05 - Complete (LS FL).jpg

 

My Mizar Comet has some serious competition in the prettiest display cattegory!

The mount is gorgeous and the round green Tupperware container looks exactly like the one that came with a Vixen refractors and GP mount that I purchased new in 2001. I still have the container.


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Posted 02 September 2022 - 07:50 PM

Today I received the Eikow 60mm f/5 scope that I'm going to use as a guide scope and possibly electronic finder with my C9.25.  It came packaged very nicely by zen as usual and arrived from Japan in 3 days via FedEx.

 

The glass is perfect.  The focuser needs cleaning and re-lube but is otherwise fine.  The tube is cosmetically nice, just needs a cleaning.  There is some adhesive goo on the focuser that looks like scratches at first but I think will clean off easily.  There is a spot to mount a finder, with two thumbscrews.  The focus knobs are plastic but everything else is metal and nicely made.

 

It did not come with any mount or bracket.  It came with an ancient, beat tripod head and a decent fine motion alt-az mount with 1/4"x 20 holes top and bottom.  I might make some rings for it or get a modern guide scope ring on a dovetail bracket thing.

 

It came with a .965" diagonal that needs cleaning and a .965" barlow.

 

Not bad for about $40 shipped.

 

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"SkyHawk 360"  I think

 

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 07:54 PM

The two weird extensions on the draw tube are M43 threaded.  This happens to fit the last adapter for the 1.25" visual back on Takahashi refractors.  I removed one spacer and with the visual back and adapter from my FS-60Q and a 25mm Paradigm I was able to hand hold pirate style for a very nice 12X view.  I could probably take off the other spacer and use a diagonal.  I couldn't see any color fringe on branches against the sky, so this is a well corrected objective at f/5!

 

I can think of a lot of uses for this little guy.

 

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Posted 03 September 2022 - 01:32 PM

I just bought a beautiful Sears model 6344 refractor, a complete set. I got it for a song. Putting it together now l, it’s in really good shape. However, I dropped the Finder scope when I was taking it all out of the box. It still works fine, but there’s a little discoloration on the edge of the objective lens. Looking for a new one. Hope to take it out tonight and check out Saturn and the moon. This is a great addition to my collection of classic refractors. I also have the Sears 6345.Randy

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Posted 03 September 2022 - 03:56 PM

No wonder the finder fell out. You have the box upside down! wink.gif

 

Great find - it looks beautiful!

 

Chip W. 


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Posted 03 September 2022 - 03:57 PM

Camera companies beat telescope companies in using exotic glass.  Fluorite was used by Canon back in 1969 and ED glass showed up in the mid-1970's.  Plus, if you consider thorium glass as a kind of ED glass, then camera lenses using that date back to the 1940's or earlier.

I've been wondering why camera lenses have so much better CA, despite unreasonably fast optics (by telescope standards).

 

although I suppose its all easy when you use 5 or 6+ elements,



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Posted 03 September 2022 - 04:06 PM

They trade off distortions in geometry and loss of light through more elements to avoid CA and also get a flat field. You can fix barrel or pincushion distortion, and vignetting in post, but CA or out-of-focus edges are a disaster. Most camera lenses also have fairly small apertures and focal lengths compared to telescopes. A fast, 1000mm, pro lens will make even high end telescope optics seem cheap. 

 

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Posted 03 September 2022 - 06:45 PM

"I just bought a beautiful Sears model 6344 refractor..."

Beautiful!   You may wish to read up on this....

https://www.cloudyni...6344-telescope/


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Posted 03 September 2022 - 10:00 PM

Took me about four hours to put the Telescope all together. I had to take things apart and re-grease and clean. Smooth as butter now. Going out tonight to look at the moon.


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Posted 03 September 2022 - 10:00 PM

Took me about four hours to put the Telescope all together. I had to take things apart and re-grease and clean. Smooth as butter now. Going out tonight to look at the moon.

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Posted 04 September 2022 - 06:26 AM

Nice looking scope


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Posted 04 September 2022 - 06:44 AM

Nice looking scope

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Posted 04 September 2022 - 09:21 AM

"I just bought a beautiful Sears model 6344 refractor..."

Beautiful!   You may wish to read up on this....

https://www.cloudyni...6344-telescope/

Thanks, that is a great link and I enjoyed going through it.  Randy


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Posted 13 September 2022 - 08:16 PM

Cleaned up the Eikow SkyHawk 360 60mm f/5 tonight and got it set up to be a finder/guide scope on my C9.25 or FC-100.

 

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I'm trying to figure out the objective, which is very nice.  There are no spacers and I think it has at least two elements.  Is it likely to be a cemented doublet?  Could it possibly be a triplet?  I also can't find any kind of retaining rings in the cell.

 

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Posted 14 September 2022 - 08:03 AM

I've been looking for one of these tiny Tasco/Vixen 60mm f/300 telescopes for a while and I finally found one for cheap. Seems to be complete in the box. I should receive it sometime next week hopefully.

 

Sorry for the low res photo. It's from the ad.

 

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Posted 14 September 2022 - 12:31 PM

I've been looking for one of these tiny Tasco/Vixen 60mm f/300 telescopes for a while and I finally found one for cheap. Seems to be complete in the box. I should receive it sometime next week hopefully.

 

Sorry for the low res photo. It's from the ad.

 

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I hope you realize that's the Diamond Z non-Vixen 999VR, not the 9VR.


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Posted 14 September 2022 - 12:44 PM

I hope you realize that's the Diamond Z non-Vixen 999VR, not the 9VR.

Yes, I saw the diamond Z but it was so cheap and the hardware looks almost identical so maybe the optics are as well. I had to get it because it's so cute. Either way it will end up in the hands of my kids for moon viewing. grin.gif


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Posted 14 September 2022 - 05:10 PM

Yes, I saw the diamond Z but it was so cheap and the hardware looks almost identical so maybe the optics are as well. I had to get it because it's so cute. Either way it will end up in the hands of my kids for moon viewing. grin.gif

The alt-az slow-motion head is very good and will attach to any standard 1/4x20 mount/head.

 

The objective in my own 999VR is very good. (I cut out the diaphragm behind the objective to allow full aperture).  I've read other accounts of Tanzutsu objectives that were not so good.

 

The tripod is handy, compact, and stable (for what it is).

 

The 5mm "Or" is actually a symmetrical, and it is pretty good (if you can manage the minimal eye relief).  I don't know about the other eyepieces, as mine was an incomplete second-hand purchase (gift from a friend).

 

The 6x30 finder is good.

 

The .965 visual back can be replaced with a Vixen 36.4mm back (for 1.25-inch eyepieces).

 

Congratulations on a nice find - especially when the word "cheap" is involved. grin.gif

 

Best wishes.

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Posted 17 September 2022 - 09:33 PM

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Missing Tupperware to spreader bolt, ~12mm ep, and barlow(?) i think. (V) 20, 7, 5 mm eps, ep adapter & extender, etc. present. Arrived clean and coll'd-ish. Day was good, finder good - aligned v. quickly, mount very smooth. TY, Zen waytogo.gif Saturn's up...

 

Coll needs tweak, but Sat, Jup, etc okay. 0530 work call, so no coll time.


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Posted 23 September 2022 - 10:17 AM

I bought a black C8 optical tube.

It might be a SPC-8, it came on a Super Polaris with refractor legs.

It has the special adapter plate to mate it to a Super Polaris but

it looks like it may have been made to fit outside the Celestron factory.

If it is a SPC-8 these were made from 1984 on to just scratching at the 1990's.

No serial number, ribbed cell, 6X30 Vixen finder.

1984 was the first year for the black tube.

Also the first year for a German equatorial SCT from Celestron.

It may also be a first Goto with the Vixen Sky Sensor computer.

I only bought the OTA.

It's in very nice shape. A sticky focuser, some image shift, out of collimation.

Telescope projects, I live for these. Really I can't stand broken things.

I have a dripping tub faucet that's driving me NUTS !

 

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Posted 23 September 2022 - 11:49 AM

My black 1984 was the best SCT i ever had. 500x on Jupiter was easy.  It was just a very freaky sharp one out of a 1000 SCT's.  You never know what you will get from any year.


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Posted 23 September 2022 - 02:21 PM

Here's some pictures. Isn't it fun when you get a new telescope.

 

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Posted 23 September 2022 - 02:27 PM

The SPC-8 adapter for mounting to a Super Polaris eq, and I adapted it to a D plate for my Unistar mount.

No serial number, I hit the site with high magnification and there was never a sticker 

stuck there. So I'm not sure it left the factory a SPC-8.

 

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