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#526 Linn

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Posted 13 April 2021 - 08:11 PM

Checking Zenmarket's payment page, they convert yen to the currency of Poland.

 

Yes, I am an enabler! 


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Posted 14 April 2021 - 02:26 AM

Both myself and Bomber Bob have imported scopes directly from Koji Matsumoto in Japan.

Where would i find him? is it Zen Market, what's his user name?

 

I recently "almost" bought a FC50 like BB's a bit worn looking for £500,but the vendor claimed 90 days delivery, this rang alarm bells for me as 90 days is way longer than any of the other vendors were quoting, it's also the point where paypal wash their hands of any transaction and payments can't be cancelled. The issue for me with distance buying is you can't just go round and knock on their door if there's a problem.

 

I would probably buy from Koji Matsumoto as you all have had good dealings with him.


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Posted 14 April 2021 - 05:28 AM

I think it's about this Koji Matsumoto: https://koji-matsumoto.com/

 

I also try to protect myself by buying through PayPal, I always pay for buyer protection, but the truth is that I have never used it, despite some evident cases. Some time ago I bought a mount in Germany, which arrived cracked. Before the shipment, the seller showed me a film which clearly confirms that the crack was caused by transport. But when I asked him to file a complaint and try to get compensation, as I paid to insure the shipment, he brazenly refused and accused me of extorting the damages and an insurance offense. I should immediately file a claim with PayPal or a chargeback request at the bank - but I prefer to ignore such people than deal with them in disputes...

 

The best way is to avoid them and buy from a reliable source - like Mr Matsumoto - if you have the choice. For me, the most accessible source of "classics" are, unfortunately, ordinary advertising portals and finds called by the Germans "Kellerfund", with the comment "I don't know anything about it, I sell what you see in the photo". However, this form of buying has an additional entertainment value, as it is a kind of lottery... :-)


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#529 Defenderslideguitar

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Posted 14 April 2021 - 07:22 AM

Koji  is very trustworthy   and he sells only stuff he would own. Just received the FC-76  1992  rare    red "F " model from him. He packs the scopes like a fine violin.....I am so happy he got this one for me......

 

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Posted 14 April 2021 - 11:01 AM

Koji is awesome to deal with, bought an FC-76 from him as well. His communication and packaging was outstanding. 

 

Mine came secured with rope as well!

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Posted 14 April 2021 - 11:30 AM

Are you all having to pay import taxes on these scopes from Japan?



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Posted 14 April 2021 - 12:20 PM

Are you all having to pay import taxes on these scopes from Japan?

I didn’t! Shhhhh, don’t tell the Man! 4.gif


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Posted 14 April 2021 - 12:30 PM

Hmm, I was curious because it seems like, with a low declared value, one stands to lose big should an insurance claim be needed.



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Posted 14 April 2021 - 12:43 PM

I never paid tax when shipped post office EMS. FedEx and UPS have whole departments devoted to taxing every little item in a box. Oh, then they add their fee for the service. EMS shipping is on pause from Japan to the US due to not enough airliners flying to here. EMS shipments go in the cargo holds.



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Posted 14 April 2021 - 01:21 PM

I never paid tax when shipped post office EMS. FedEx and UPS have whole departments devoted to taxing every little item in a box. Oh, then they add their fee for the service. EMS shipping is on pause from Japan to the US due to not enough airliners flying to here. EMS shipments go in the cargo holds.

Mine came EMS. Just superb packing by Koji too!



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Posted 14 April 2021 - 05:41 PM

Well no        I of course would pay such fees if required but

I think it has to be over a certain amount to trigger fees    thought it might be 1900  1800 ?

    He knows to keep most items well under the  limit which I believe I learned would trigger the fees   I have not seen any listing for 2k 3k  4k   where fees would be accessed 

 

I know UPS added customs fees on a Fender Telecaster I got from Canada years ago


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Posted 14 April 2021 - 06:03 PM

I know UPS added customs fees on a Fender Telecaster I got from Canada years ago.

 

Yep!  On the APM 152ED, UPS said anything over $2000 triggered it; and, the fees were on the price of the item, not the total purchase $$$$.  IIRC, it was maybe 6%...


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Posted 14 April 2021 - 08:19 PM

Good to know. Thanks, y'all!

 

 

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Posted 15 April 2021 - 02:42 AM

European prices for astro gear are high, When i bought my Telementor 2 i paid £390, in Germany at the same time a well known vendor of used Zeiss gear was asking 790 euros. The same vendor was also selling the ortho's that came with the Telementor for 160 euros each! Roughly worked out i got the scope, mount, tripod and a Zeiss 25H eyepiece for less than 3 ortho's.

 

Similarly i recently bought a Zeiss E50/540 lens/cell for £60 which i last saw being sold in europe for well over 100 euros, I think you'll agree Lukasz that the Americans are so lucky having such a large market with so many classic brands available at reasonable prices.

Hi GreyDay,

 

390 pounds for the T2 was a steal!!  looking at the price of the other T2 i assume i sourced mine from the same vendor.... 

 

Carlos


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Posted 15 April 2021 - 03:53 AM

Hi Carlos, I knew at the time the Zeiss was too good a price to pass on. The optics are pristine, the OTA has been drilled/tapped and 2 flat head bolts inserted to hold a finder (bottom of the tube between ep holder and rear gunsight) I wondered why underneath? but then with the focuser horizontal the bolts were top left of the tube where a normal finder would be. I can only assume it's been used in tube rings on another mount.

 

The only other bad points? are missing red/white caps for the locks/adjusters and one bent adjuster, oh.. the leather strap on the tripod had also snapped/worn out. I havent bothered replacing the caps or the strap (maybe one day) but i did straighten the adjuster by putting 4 or 5 nuts on the threaded section to protect the threads, then light taps with a ball peen straightened it out. It's still about 5 degrees from straight but nothing to be bothered about. I was holding my breath with every tap of the hammer, so when i got that close i quit while i was ahead smile.gif

 

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Posted 15 April 2021 - 06:58 AM

Well no        I of course would pay such fees if required but

I think it has to be over a certain amount to trigger fees    thought it might be 1900  1800 ?

    He knows to keep most items well under the  limit which I believe I learned would trigger the fees   I have not seen any listing for 2k 3k  4k   where fees would be accessed 

 

I know UPS added customs fees on a Fender Telecaster I got from Canada years ago

Don't feel too bad, Canada Revenue Agency is happy to reciprocate on goods shipped to Canada. Places I used to deal with were happy to label items "Used Motorcycle Parts" to get around some of the loopholes. Strictly speaking, it was true - they were parts for a used motorcycle.


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Posted 16 April 2021 - 05:08 AM

 

. It's still about 5 degrees from straight but nothing to be bothered about. I was holding my breath with every tap of the hammer, so when i got that close i quit while i was ahead smile.gif

 

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I have been considering to made new rods for my T2 as the original seem to be very fragile during transportation. it is to easy to damage them!

 

Carlos


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Posted 16 April 2021 - 08:17 AM

I have been considering to made new rods for my T2 as the original seem to be very fragile during transportation. it is to easy to damage them!

 

Carlos

I decided that if it broke i'd drill and tap the main shaft and insert a cut off bolt or threaded rod secured by a grubscrew. The nylon inserts that hold the rods on mine are still okay but look tatty, so that will be another item to tinker with :)



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Posted 18 April 2021 - 06:57 AM

There's a rough looking Sears 4454 not too far from me: https://www.facebook...64-d6aa3842ee09

 

Please let me know your thoughts on this:  Here's a couple of photos of the lens:

 

 

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Posted 18 April 2021 - 07:03 AM

You're in the wrong thread unless you bought it.
It is gone now.

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Posted 18 April 2021 - 07:19 AM

You're in the wrong thread unless you bought it.
It is gone now.

Like my old gramma always said ‘ he who hesitates is .......ed ‘ ! Applies in this hobby as well.



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Posted 18 April 2021 - 07:48 PM

Not a new find but...

We had to bring some things down from the attic today and those items are still in my way to grab a telescope to have a look at the moon tonight. 

We have had so much cloud cover lately I felt I may lose it.

But... under the bed I have a friend. 

First light for this very clean Mayflower.

Light as a feather and great optics.

Sometimes it's the simple things.

 

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Posted 18 April 2021 - 07:57 PM

Down on my knees again for a peek. 

No problem.  Nice view. 

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Posted 18 April 2021 - 10:44 PM

Telescope duty is currently 8% FOB (item value only), $2K threshold in the past 4 years? Other fees, duties, sub-tariffs can apply with CoO adjustments, but generally not to one-off purchases CNers are likely to make directly with sellers or thru eBay, Zen, etc.



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Posted 19 April 2021 - 08:18 AM

The interesting finds seem to have tapered off over the past year or so. I wonder why? If more and more stuff has found it’s way into collections and the supply is drying up? Interest waning? People just full up and out of space? We’re definitely an aging population here and I suspect that has much to do with it.


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