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#701 Matty S

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Posted 25 May 2021 - 04:41 PM

Scrubbed up the J60 to share a pic. Lens is ok, some spotty coating loss but seemed quite bright and sharp testing in daylight. I'm quite happy with it. Odd thing about it is the placement of the finderscope directly above the focuser - I bumped against it a couple times trying to take a peep through it.

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Posted 25 May 2021 - 04:47 PM

That’s a beautiful scope Matty! Tho I have never had one I have always admired them. What is it about green and Japanese scopes of the ‘90s? From mint, to sage, to sea foam, Pentax, Vixen, and Takahashi have all had their own particular shade. I love them all!


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Posted 25 May 2021 - 05:06 PM

That’s a beautiful scope Matty! Tho I have never had one I have always admired them. What is it about green and Japanese scopes of the ‘90s? From mint, to sage, to sea foam, Pentax, Vixen, and Takahashi have all had their own particular shade. I love them all!

Me too! They are a nice change from the typical white and black or shades of grey available.

I've taken a real shine to scopes of the 1970's and 80's (the ones that were new when I was a kid and teenager). This one and my little 9vr (Vixen) fit my new collecting criteria perfectly... umm, though I wouldn't pass up a deal on older "small" scopes... I'm having way too much fun on Zenmarket lately...jump.gif


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Posted 25 May 2021 - 05:16 PM

Love that Pentax!

 

The finder placement is Old School Japan.  My Theory:  Many Japanese observers were straight-through observers...  tough necks (rather than rough-necks!).


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Posted 25 May 2021 - 05:19 PM

I did some telescope trading with a friend yesterday and acquired this 1976 C5.

This one is going to need a total overhaul. 

Spider webs inside, and the little devil picked the secondary mirror and

baffle for it's hangout.

I think I can save it. I'm most worried about the inside of the corrector, I hope the

mineral? deposits have not etched the glass

Robert

 

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Looks like they let their dog lick the corrector a  lot.


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Posted 25 May 2021 - 05:36 PM

Looks like they let their dog lick the corrector a  lot.

lol...  funnypost.gif 



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Posted 25 May 2021 - 06:45 PM

No one's makeup can stand up to the flash bulb, unless you use Maybelline Marvel X like nurse

Mendy does.

 

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Posted 25 May 2021 - 06:56 PM

Monolux 4369
 
Picked up a Monolux 4369 and has outstanding optics, viewed Saturn this morning with 140X power and had clear view of orb and separation between the planet and rings.  So, the scope came complete from Goodwin auction ($9.99), except missing the finder scope.
Any ideas of how I can find one and/or somethin similar?
 
Thanks!
 
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Posted 25 May 2021 - 07:46 PM

 

 
 
Picked up a Monolux 4369 and has outstanding optics, viewed Saturn this morning with 140X power and had clear view of orb and separation between the planet and rings.  So, the scope came complete from Goodwin auction ($9.99), except missing the finder scope.
Any ideas of how I can find one and/or somethin similar?
 
Thanks!
 
-Phil

 

Nice little scope. For me the 60/700 format is the max end of the "small, grab 'n go" fracs.

Go bigger and/or longer and it becomes more of a bother to tote and set up.

Monolux scopes seem fairly common on the regular buying sites; CL, Ebay etc. SGW does bundles of small parts now and then. Pick up the correct size finder, repaint to match and go, go, go to the stars!


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Posted 25 May 2021 - 09:37 PM

 

 
 
Picked up a Monolux 4369 and has outstanding optics, viewed Saturn this morning with 140X power and had clear view of orb and separation between the planet and rings.  So, the scope came complete from Goodwin auction ($9.99), except missing the finder scope.
Any ideas of how I can find one and/or somethin similar?
 
Thanks!
 
-Phil

 

Phil, my Jason appears to have the exact paint job (color) as your Monolux, so my finder should be identical to the unit that came with your 4369.  I'm guessing yours has the smooth black satin enamel (not crinkle) finish - correct?  I should check it out to make sure all is well with it (been a while since I used it).  If you didn't realize, these 5x24s were/are indeed stopped down - just a heads up for you.  I can upload a few photos, tomorrow, to make sure (time and age can sometimes "nudge" a particular tone/shade).  There would be no cost other than shipping (or a share of it), which might be a few $, tops.

 

Best wishes and congratulations!

Dan

 

*Edit* (follow up):  finder/chrome/black enamel/silver-grey(or grey-silver)/ar coatings/crosshairs... all is minty, and everything's present.  -Late '60s vintage.


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Posted 25 May 2021 - 09:48 PM

In follow-up to this string of posts from this Classic Telescopes > Craigslist...etc. forum ...

"Telescope Collection" for $350 in North Hollywood. Someone go get and report back what you find!

 

https://losangeles.c...7322561401.html

Tim should be on his way.   I think I see what looks like a couple of guidscopes one of them maybe an AP guidescope.   The large mount looks interesting.

What did I miss? I was working on an adapter to put my EM-500 on my Bisque pier.

Craigslist ad from N. Hollywood, CA, offering a collection of refractors (the largest, in a wood case, appeared to be 3.5-inch or 4-inch or more [eyeball estimate based only on comparing focuser/eyepiece diameter to tube diameter]; a few others being smaller refractors and/or guidescopes), a large GEM consisting of pedestal, 3 cast legs for the base, and an equatorial head with large diameter shafts, black rectangular box at the end of the polar axis presumably containing the clock drive, and large plate with long tangent arm at the top of the declination axis, plus a vintage hardbound star atlas, a vintage microscope, and other artifacts.   Listing said these belong[ed] to a school teacher / astronomy enthusiast.  Asking price for the lot was $350.  ( I didn't see the pointer to the CL ad until just after starman876 indicated you were already on your way ... suggesting there was no point in me contacting the seller to make the purchase.   Was looking forward to hearing all the details from you here in the near future ! - ).

 

-- Jim
 

Nope, wasn't me.  If someone else on here got them, I'd love to see pics.

... I'm >90% certain that the German Equatorial Mount that member gcs111 seeks help identifying here:   https://www.cloudyni...lp-id-this-gem/  ... is the same one I was trying to describe in my reply to tim53 above.  In which case -- congrats(!) gsc111 first of all, and secondly maybe we can look forward to hearing more about all the other items in that large CL collection ?!!

 

         -- Jim
 



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Posted 26 May 2021 - 04:50 AM

Phil, my Jason appears to have the exact paint job (color) as your Monolux, so my finder should be identical to the unit that came with your 4369.  I'm guessing yours has the smooth black satin enamel (not crinkle) finish - correct?  I should check it out to make sure all is well with it (been a while since I used it).  If you didn't realize, these 5x24s were/are indeed stopped down - just a heads up for you.  I can upload a few photos, tomorrow, to make sure (time and age can sometimes "nudge" a particular tone/shade).  There would be no cost other than shipping (or a share of it), which might be a few $, tops.

 

Best wishes and congratulations!

Dan

 

*Edit* (follow up):  finder/chrome/black enamel/silver-grey(or grey-silver)/ar coatings/crosshairs... all is minty, and everything's present.  -Late '60s vintage.

Dan, please let me know how much for shipped finder and we'll handle offline?

Thanks!

 

-Phil



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Posted 26 May 2021 - 12:00 PM

Hubby and I made the two-hour round trip yesterday to pick up the $6.99 Sears Discoverer 3-4451 from SGW. Felt guilty about the price so I added a small donation on top, but I still consider it my $6.99 telescope.

 

Came without box and with only a single eyepiece, but it otherwise seems pretty much complete - even includes the infamous tray light (though mine is missing the bulb - anyone have any idea where to get a replacement?).

 

A couple of tiny scratches and a little dimple on the tube, some paint loss on the slow-mo knobs, and a slight bit of surface corrosion on the chrome-plated finder tube but otherwise in excellent condition. However, it is unbelievably, disgustingly filthy, from dew shield to tripod tip. Can't figure out how they had it stored where it got so dirty yet didn't rust or otherwise deteriorate significantly.

 

Cleaning it up should be a fun project!

 

(Edited to add: Can anyone give me an idea of what timeframe the scope is from?)

 

 

 

 

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Posted 26 May 2021 - 12:25 PM

Scrubbed up the J60 to share a pic. Lens is ok, some spotty coating loss but seemed quite bright and sharp testing in daylight. I'm quite happy with it. Odd thing about it is the placement of the finderscope directly above the focuser - I bumped against it a couple times trying to take a peep through it.attachicon.gifj60.JPG

I don't think you'll notice anything from the coatings.  I've got some old binoculars that have coatings that are less than pristine, but I never could notice anything from them and I really looked.


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Posted 26 May 2021 - 12:27 PM

No one's makeup can stand up to the flash bulb, unless you use Maybelline Marvel X like nurse

Mendy does.

 

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Nurse Mendy objectively the best telescope mechanic. smile.gif

 

Sorry, couldn't resist.


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Posted 26 May 2021 - 04:40 PM

Hi all! So, I was perusing the local Craigslist listings out of boredom yesterday for the first time in a month or so. In addition to all the usual low quality suspects there was this:

 

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It’s a Meade Mizar-made 320 in amazing condition for its age and with nearly all the pieces. I think it is only missing a couple caps and 2 of the tripod tips. It even came with the Meade Tupperware and paperwork!

 

It was dusty, cobwebby, and had a bit of tree gunk in a couple spots, but didn’t take long to clean. The glass was dusty but clearly UNTOUCHED! My first purchase in the classifieds here was the Towa version, the Meade 312, and I regretted selling mine in a bout of upgrade fever. I have followed some threads about classic scopes and this is my favorite. Here are some more pics:

 

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It cost $150, which I think was a very fair price. I still can’t believe this popped up two miles away!

 

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Posted 26 May 2021 - 05:56 PM

It cost $150, which I think was a very fair price. I still can’t believe this popped up two miles away!

 

Uh... yeah!  Worth more than $150 in my book.  Congrats!!  NEVER in Bama...


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Posted 26 May 2021 - 06:29 PM

Thanks Bob! 



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Posted 26 May 2021 - 07:09 PM

1988 TAK FC-100 on the Tall Pedestal Meade StarFinder:

 

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Posted 26 May 2021 - 07:50 PM

1988 TAK FC-100 on the Tall Pedestal Meade StarFinder:

 

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Oh, sure... just ignore the eyepiece turret, why don't'cha...

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I'm kidding, of course.  Sweet set up, sir. waytogo.gif


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Posted 27 May 2021 - 05:07 AM

1988 TAK FC-100 on the Tall Pedestal Meade StarFinder:

 

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Yes, very sweet indeed sir ... of course I'm also (especially?) admiring the mount with its tapered R.A. and Decl. axis housings and your tall pedestal, which would be an easy thing to substitute in place of the shorter version on the Meade GEM for sale here on CL that you helped me identify yesterday ....not that I currently have a 4"+  -aperture refractor to mount on it (maybe someday ?), nor for that matter room to store it for several years(?) in the meantime ... (though maybe this would be all the added incentive I'd need to [finally] clear out all the junk piled in the garage ? - ).    Not that my schedule for this week could easily accommodate a 150-mile (with traffic, 4-hr) round-trip "local pick-up" excursion....   But the old school "Starfinder" GEM operates as sweet as it looks ?   On second thought, don't answer that !   < I probably don't want to know the answer .... >



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Posted 27 May 2021 - 06:29 AM

Hi all! So, I was perusing the local Craigslist listings out of boredom yesterday for the first time in a month or so. In addition to all the usual low quality suspects there was this:

 

attachicon.gif93F5CF85-E7A3-4627-9B96-219E7C1613FA.jpeg

 

It’s a Meade Mizar-made 320 in amazing condition for its age and with nearly all the pieces. I think it is only missing a couple caps and 2 of the tripod tips. It even came with the Meade Tupperware and paperwork!

 

It was dusty, cobwebby, and had a bit of tree gunk in a couple spots, but didn’t take long to clean. The glass was dusty but clearly UNTOUCHED! My first purchase in the classifieds here was the Towa version, the Meade 312, and I regretted selling mine in a bout of upgrade fever. I have followed some threads about classic scopes and this is my favorite. Here are some more pics:

 

attachicon.gif655EEF06-D329-4C6F-92EE-31B5DF8877B2.jpeg

 

attachicon.gifD422A180-9A38-404D-BD78-37725041FFC9.jpeg

 

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It cost $150, which I think was a very fair price. I still can’t believe this popped up two miles away!

 

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Erin, Nice find. I have a mizar mount under my 80mm. 

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Posted 27 May 2021 - 06:42 AM

Thanks Walter! Very nice! What did you use for a new saddle? I was wondering if I could convert it to accept the vixen dovetail to use more scopes on it.



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Posted 27 May 2021 - 06:58 AM

I used one of the round vixen saddles. I had to elongate one of the holes for it to fit but it works well.


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Posted 27 May 2021 - 07:09 AM

Thanks for the tip!




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