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#776 AstroKerr

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Posted 17 June 2021 - 06:02 PM

Wow! Congratulations on your Vixen treasures! I simply adore my 90mm and, unlike many here, also love my Vixen alt-az mount. Hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

I believe it was you who put me on to the Joys of the old Vix 90s a few years back - finally got one  waytogo.gif

 

Many Thanks!


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Posted 17 June 2021 - 08:13 PM

I believe it was you who put me on to the Joys of the old Vix 90s a few years back - finally got one  waytogo.gif

 

Many Thanks!

 

Please let us know what you think. And make sure to share more pics when they arrive!


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Posted 17 June 2021 - 08:33 PM

Congrats on the Unitron 62mm ... great find !!


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Posted 20 June 2021 - 07:21 AM

 

A few of the recent finds:
 
Example: ¥10,700 (Scope & Mount) + ¥2,070 (in country Shpg) + ¥20,615 (UPS) + ¥1800 (Reinf, photos, Zen fee) =  ¥35185 = $318.66. Not a SGW $300 deal, but you get so much more, it will arrive intact and have no surprises, even at 19.190kgs in a 71cm x 41cm x 47cm box. Yay!
 
Always a Pleasure
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Always Reliable.

My my, haven't YOU been the busy one lately! Like the looks of that Vixen mount but I'm a sucker for fine alt/az's...cool.gif
 


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Posted 20 June 2021 - 08:44 AM

My my, haven't YOU been the busy one lately! Like the looks of that Vixen mount but I'm a sucker for fine alt/az's...cool.gif
 

that's a few of them, yup. Zen and JYA have been great - esp. for buyouts - V/M/P/T's pop up and you can vanish'em *poof* - pure cherry picking bliss if you put in the time, make some adjustments to your schedule. 


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Posted 23 June 2021 - 04:58 AM

Quickly:

 

 
It's pointed low because CLOUDS obliterated everything in the gorram sky MOMENTS after getting it out and up. Distant streetlights and intervening branches, school security lights and the textured ceilings they illuminate to check focus / optics a little. Focuses sharply, snap - no easing into it - but very sharp, repeatable. I am very happy with the whole setup, so I buyout'd a DD-1 controller to use / copy (Card Fabbing is what I'm actually best at)
 
If I let Syb's trade-in my Elantra for a pretty red Pick Up, she'll get me a small dog! What a bargain! What a deal! Sybs and Clouds - lucky me! Let's get some rest.

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Posted 23 June 2021 - 06:15 AM

Greetings everyone, 

 

I just acquired this Tasco 15 TEA yesterday. Looks like i have a lot of work ahead of me. Will Hopps #9 work on the corroded parts? 

The objective lens is really, really dirty; not even sure where to begin on this project. I saw someone posted an external link to a Tasco 15 TEA manual, but the link is dead unfortunately. 

https://drive.google...iew?usp=sharing


https://drive.google...iew?usp=sharing

 

 

https://drive.google...iew?usp=sharing

 

https://drive.google...iew?usp=sharing

Any advice, suggestions, links would be greatly appreciated!

 

 


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Posted 23 June 2021 - 06:43 AM

Greetings everyone, 

 

I just acquired this Tasco 15 TEA yesterday. Looks like i have a lot of work ahead of me. Will Hopps #9 work on the corroded parts? 

The objective lens is really, really dirty; not even sure where to begin on this project. I saw someone posted an external link to a Tasco 15 TEA manual, but the link is dead unfortunately. 


Any advice, suggestions, links would be greatly appreciated!

Hi, this is an amazing scope, worth every effort to bring it back to life! Maybe my own thread on RAO R-74 mount renovation would help: https://www.cloudyni...mble-the-mount/

There are also other great threads that might be helpful here on CN:
https://www.cloudyni...mount-overhaul/

https://www.cloudyni...sco-3-eq-mount/
https://www.cloudyni...em-restoration/

https://www.cloudyni...co-10te-5-find/

You could also try to visit my blog and see my RAO R-74 renovation reports: http://astrostrona.p...l-astro-r-74-2/ - blog is in Polish but you can use Google translation (option available in the page footer).

 


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Posted 23 June 2021 - 06:52 AM

Greetings everyone, 

 

I just acquired this Tasco 15 TEA yesterday. Looks like i have a lot of work ahead of me. Will Hopps #9 work on the corroded parts? 

The objective lens is really, really dirty; not even sure where to begin on this project. I saw someone posted an external link to a Tasco 15 TEA manual, but the link is dead unfortunately. 

https://drive.google...iew?usp=sharing


https://drive.google...iew?usp=sharing

 

 

https://drive.google...iew?usp=sharing

 

https://drive.google...iew?usp=sharing

Any advice, suggestions, links would be greatly appreciated!

Congrats on a great scope!

 

I just posted a "rust removing" question a few days ago.  There were some good responses to my question(s).  Ultimately, I found that Evaporust gel produced the best results in my situation.

 

If the parts are small enough (hardware, nuts, bolts, etc) allowing them to sit in a vat of the liquid Evaporust has worked well for me in the past.  Otherwise, the gel is great.  I eventually allowed the gel to sit on my project over night.  Then, the rust really did "evaporate".

 

Here is the thread with responses from more educated and experienced members than I. I hope it helps!


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Posted 23 June 2021 - 08:25 AM

Greetings everyone, 

 

I just acquired this Tasco 15 TEA yesterday. Looks like i have a lot of work ahead of me. Will Hopps #9 work on the corroded parts? 

The objective lens is really, really dirty; not even sure where to begin on this project. I saw someone posted an external link to a Tasco 15 TEA manual, but the link is dead unfortunately. 

https://drive.google...iew?usp=sharing


https://drive.google...iew?usp=sharing

 

 

https://drive.google...iew?usp=sharing

 

https://drive.google...iew?usp=sharing

Any advice, suggestions, links would be greatly appreciated!

I have seen offers made here to clean objectives for people, regardless, I would proceed with much caution myself dealing with cleaning the lens. That's a nice telescope, congratulations.


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Posted 23 June 2021 - 10:46 AM

beautiful.

 

did not know about a "tea" designation for tasco raos.  that is weirdly reminiscent of the original ferguson tractors, which were te20 or tea20 depending on the motor used (or to20 if assembled overseas)



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Posted 24 June 2021 - 10:35 AM

My finds are the GW  SPI 60/800 appears complete to hopefully be a better deal than the partial set from last year's auction; AND an eBay Selsi 60/910 just because I've a fondness for Selsi based on using Selsi binoculars for 45 years.

 

About the only 60mm left to acquire is an f20.


Edited by BigC, 24 June 2021 - 12:07 PM.

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Posted 25 June 2021 - 08:36 PM

I found a listing in Facebook Marketplace for a restored Criterion RV6.  1959 vintage. Seems located in CT.

Not sure if already discussed here.

 

httpsps://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/182844360429437/

 

In case someone might be interested.

 

Thanks!



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Posted 26 June 2021 - 01:13 AM

My inaugural Zen-market purchase (a Vixen 80mm f/15 refractor that included a Polaris EQ mount head -- thanks Bomber Bob for the tip ! - ) arrived late today, and so I immediately set aside what I was working on and proceeded to unbox it and re-assemble it ... here for your vicarious enjoyment is an album containing 22 photos:

 

 
((Also, here is what should be a "slideshow" link:   https://www.cloudyni...ow/album-17082/ in case you might prefer this to the album's thumbnail view.  On a windows laptop or PC, pressing the F11 key should toggle you into / out-of full-screen viewing mode.  Also, if you hit pause and right-click on the photo being displayed, selecting "Open image in a new tab" [at least on Firefox and/or Chrome] will let you see the photo at the full size that I uploaded ... which won't exceed 1920 x 1280 pixels in size, after cropping to minimize the amount of clutter >visible< inside my garage currently ... rest assured there's plenty of it present, even if not much is visible in these photos after my judicious cropping : - )).

 

I was aware when I placed the first bid (and seller had first bid price = buyout price, hence this was an immediate purchase on Zen) that there were no photos of the objective with the lens cap removed, so this was taking a risk; upon getting my first look at it today, there is what appears to be mold(??) on the lens.  (In my amateur telescope browsing over the past few months, I recall running across a recommended cleaning procedure for mold on lenses like this, so I need to find that again and consider the pros + cons before deciding how to proceed ... but I'm hopeful the lens' appearance can be improved and/or optical performance won't be too badly impacted ..).   On the bright side, the cockeyed dew shield discovered upon un-bubble-wrapping the objective lens did not cause any permanent damage; the objective lens was packed separately from the tube, but with the dew shield and lens cap attached.

 

The one item not included with the mount (as it wasn't pictured in any of the Zen-market photos either, I wasn't necessarily expecting to receive it) is the bolt that connects the base of EQ mount to the tripod hub (aka tripod canopy) ... so I'll need to investigate whether the threads are metric or imperial, and what the appropriate bolt diameter and thread pitch values are.  But this is very minor.

 

Mechanically, the knob that tightens the polar axis elevation setting on the East side of the mount seems to "bottom out" (or at least becomes very hard to tighten further) before it applies any clamping force (there's a thick washer under it, that remains loose), so this too is something I need to investigate further ... in the context of my eventual cleaning and refurbishing (rebuild of ?) the Polaris EQ mount movements.

 

The aluminum tripod legs supporting the Polaris EQ mount were those I purchased from a local CN seller here in SoCal, Paul, some months back (https://www.cloudyni...al-axis-slo-mo/) but now having acquired two beefier EQ mounts (well, three counting the Polaris included with this 80mm Vixen OTA : - ), last week I decided to pass that EQ mount onto someone else, but I retained the legs for the explicit purpose of putting them into service here (sorry Keith : - ), at least for the time being.

 

Rather than consume a lot of bandwidth here in this thread, I invite anyone who might wish to make specific comments to enter them as comments attached to the relevant photo(s) in the album.  Naturally, it goes without saying that offering comments of a general nature / general interest is certainly appropriate right here in this thread also, of course.

 

Looking forward to the learning experience (and fun : - ) in store for me working on, and eventually observing with, this modest 80mm classic instrument ....

 

Thanks in advance to all sharing their insights, knowledge, and experience !

 

       -- Jim

 

EDIT:   Forgot to mention that the aluminum ruler seen in many of the photos (for scale) is 24-inches long, and is graduated in both inches and cm ... FWIW.


Edited by jkmccarthy, 26 June 2021 - 02:15 AM.

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Posted 26 June 2021 - 01:16 PM

The new acquisition arrived last night and I got around to unboxing and assembling today.

Complete kit from Japan (Zen).

The counterweight has rubbed the paint and scratched the dickens out of the tube (not all recent damage) and finder s a repaint in in order.

However, no dents grin.gif . I'm convinced this kit was stored for years or decades without use.

The whole kit, focuser and mount are quite sticky/grungy and in need of cleaning and lubing. One focuser shaft is slightly bent.

There was some mold on the lens; it cleaned off easily enough but left a small constellation of spots in the coating. I'm not unconvinced the large sleek on the edge wasn't caused by my being a little too overzealous in polishing...foreheadslap.gif

The box is messy but fixable. One problem is the the head doesn't tighten down the the mount collar with the supplied collar/bolt - it rocks slightly as if there should be a washer or something in between there somewhere. I'll have to investigate that further as I may have something backwards somewhere.

All in all I am pleased and look forward to getting this little jewel back to it's former glory.cool.gif

 

TS 50 Album


Edited by Matty S, 26 June 2021 - 01:19 PM.

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Posted 29 June 2021 - 06:42 PM

My GW Bushnell Sky Chief Iii arrived today. Well packed. 

 

The wood box is not from Japan; it is a well crafted homebuilt case I only wish I could do as well. Not fancy furniture construction but solid with customized inner dividers and foam padding.A place for everything. A bonus of three star books including Patrick Moore's pocket guide.The OTA looks fine.. former owner replaced leg to tray braces with turnbuckles -perhaps original parts broken?

 Overall quite pleased for $39 plus shipping. Keep in mind shipping is often about my same cost as a trip to fetch scopes in person.


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Posted 29 June 2021 - 06:47 PM

Sounds like your Sky Chief was well loved.
Now on to a new caretaker.
I feel it has faired better than many.
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Posted 29 June 2021 - 10:23 PM

Barely a classic and not really a find (was mentioned in the 'listings' thread), my new to me 1995 Takahashi FS-128.  Arrived in beautiful condition (thanks in part due to a heavy duty metal case).  I hope to use it for both imaging and visual to complement my Dob and SCTs.  It is my first Tak and first purchased refractor (I also have a 60mm 80's Celestron given to me when I was a kid as my first scope).

 

Fortunately the normal weather curse didn't really happen, so I've gotten several visual and imaging nights completed.  Star tests very nicely, as one would expect from a Tak.

 

Visual Config:

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Imaging Config:

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Posted 30 June 2021 - 08:39 PM

My inaugural Zen-market purchase (a Vixen 80mm f/15 refractor that included a Polaris EQ mount head -- thanks Bomber Bob for the tip ! - ) arrived late today, and so I immediately set aside what I was working on and proceeded to unbox it and re-assemble it ... here for your vicarious enjoyment is an album containing 22 photos:

 

 
 
((Also, here is what should be a "slideshow" link:   https://www.cloudyni...ow/album-17082/ in case you might prefer this to the album's thumbnail view.  On a windows laptop or PC, pressing the F11 key should toggle you into / out-of full-screen viewing mode.  Also, if you hit pause and right-click on the photo being displayed, selecting "Open image in a new tab" [at least on Firefox and/or Chrome] will let you see the photo at the full size that I uploaded ... which won't exceed 1920 x 1280 pixels in size, after cropping to minimize the amount of clutter >visible< inside my garage currently ... rest assured there's plenty of it present, even if not much is visible in these photos after my judicious cropping : - )).

 

I was aware when I placed the first bid (and seller had first bid price = buyout price, hence this was an immediate purchase on Zen) that there were no photos of the objective with the lens cap removed, so this was taking a risk; upon getting my first look at it today, there is what appears to be mold(??) on the lens.  (In my amateur telescope browsing over the past few months, I recall running across a recommended cleaning procedure for mold on lenses like this, so I need to find that again and consider the pros + cons before deciding how to proceed ... but I'm hopeful the lens' appearance can be improved and/or optical performance won't be too badly impacted ..).   On the bright side, the cockeyed dew shield discovered upon un-bubble-wrapping the objective lens did not cause any permanent damage; the objective lens was packed separately from the tube, but with the dew shield and lens cap attached.

 

The one item not included with the mount (as it wasn't pictured in any of the Zen-market photos either, I wasn't necessarily expecting to receive it) is the bolt that connects the base of EQ mount to the tripod hub (aka tripod canopy) ... so I'll need to investigate whether the threads are metric or imperial, and what the appropriate bolt diameter and thread pitch values are.  But this is very minor.

 

Mechanically, the knob that tightens the polar axis elevation setting on the East side of the mount seems to "bottom out" (or at least becomes very hard to tighten further) before it applies any clamping force (there's a thick washer under it, that remains loose), so this too is something I need to investigate further ... in the context of my eventual cleaning and refurbishing (rebuild of ?) the Polaris EQ mount movements.

 

The aluminum tripod legs supporting the Polaris EQ mount were those I purchased from a local CN seller here in SoCal, Paul, some months back (https://www.cloudyni...al-axis-slo-mo/) but now having acquired two beefier EQ mounts (well, three counting the Polaris included with this 80mm Vixen OTA : - ), last week I decided to pass that EQ mount onto someone else, but I retained the legs for the explicit purpose of putting them into service here (sorry Keith : - ), at least for the time being.

 

Rather than consume a lot of bandwidth here in this thread, I invite anyone who might wish to make specific comments to enter them as comments attached to the relevant photo(s) in the album.  Naturally, it goes without saying that offering comments of a general nature / general interest is certainly appropriate right here in this thread also, of course.

 

Looking forward to the learning experience (and fun : - ) in store for me working on, and eventually observing with, this modest 80mm classic instrument ....

 

Thanks in advance to all sharing their insights, knowledge, and experience !

 

       -- Jim

 

EDIT:   Forgot to mention that the aluminum ruler seen in many of the photos (for scale) is 24-inches long, and is graduated in both inches and cm ... FWIW.

I have had excellent results removing mold with a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide (3%)  and ammonia. In a shallow bowl with paper towel on the bottom to protect the lens. Soak for a couple of minutes, then hand wash in as hot as you can stand water and dawn dish soap. Rinse with distilled water and blow dry.  (the hot water helps the drying process)


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Posted 04 July 2021 - 10:36 AM

Wow!! Thanks so much!!

 

I just started the actual disassembly. 

What do you use to clean metal parts? I am thinking to use either WD40 or gun cleaning solvent. What do other folks use or recommend? Someone also suggested (on anothrer site) to use a rag soaked in lighter fluid to remove the grease?

 

 

Hi, this is an amazing scope, worth every effort to bring it back to life! Maybe my own thread on RAO R-74 mount renovation would help: https://www.cloudyni...mble-the-mount/

There are also other great threads that might be helpful here on CN:
https://www.cloudyni...mount-overhaul/

https://www.cloudyni...sco-3-eq-mount/
https://www.cloudyni...em-restoration/

https://www.cloudyni...co-10te-5-find/

You could also try to visit my blog and see my RAO R-74 renovation reports: http://astrostrona.p...l-astro-r-74-2/ - blog is in Polish but you can use Google translation (option available in the page footer).



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Posted 04 July 2021 - 02:22 PM

Picked up a Takahashi MC zoom last week. 

Takahashi MC zoom

 

It's 7-19mm, weird number. I was interested because there wasn't much info about it around.. And I was panicking when I popped it in my vixen and it doesn't work. It's rather finicky.. some scopes are usable with it only as a straight through. However, it fits and usable with the telementor. So it's my moon viewing setup now. Pretty convenient and sharp, but the FOV is rather tight. But who needs to chase around moon anyway..

 

Moon viewing setup
Moon viewing setup

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Posted 04 July 2021 - 02:48 PM

Wow!! Thanks so much!!

 

I just started the actual disassembly. 

What do you use to clean metal parts? I am thinking to use either WD40 or gun cleaning solvent. What do other folks use or recommend? Someone also suggested (on anothrer site) to use a rag soaked in lighter fluid to remove the grease?

Mineral spirits


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Posted 04 July 2021 - 05:06 PM

I have seen offers made here to clean objectives for people, regardless, I would proceed with much caution myself dealing with cleaning the lens. That's a nice telescope, congratulations.

Most people wreck objectives (chip them) by trying to take them out of cells the wrong way.  The correct way is to remove the retaining ring, then place the objective over top of a narrower cylinder, taller than the cell holding the objective with a soft cloth over it.  You then carefully lower the objective onto this, the cell will descend lower leaving the objective on top of the cylinder. Provides an even removal of the lens because it's tilting on removal (or replacement) or "dropping" the crown onto the flint element that chips the lenses.


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Posted 04 July 2021 - 07:12 PM

Picked up a Takahashi MC zoom last week. 

 

 

It's 7-19mm, weird number. I was interested because there wasn't much info about it around.. And I was panicking when I popped it in my vixen and it doesn't work. It's rather finicky.. some scopes are only usable with it as a straight through. However, it fits and usable with the telementor. So it's my moon viewing setup now. Pretty convenient and sharp, but the FOV is rather tight. But who chases around moon anyway..

 

Congrats.  It’s a fairly rare eyepiece and they do not show up for sale very often.  I have one and the FOV does get a little tight.  I mainly use mine with my AP Stowaway as a daytime spotting scope, where the zoom really helps.  


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Posted 04 July 2021 - 09:03 PM

Rescue on a Tasco 227x

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