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#126 LDW47

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Posted 13 September 2020 - 01:48 PM

So I scored the Tasco 9vr today for $50 from a local flipper who got it from some sort of auction (estate, I assume).

He's a reseller of all goods so didn't really know much about scopes. Tried to sell me a Galileo frac at the same time, I declined.

Told him a little about the Tasco but he wasn't really interested, just trying to make a buck. All good.

Anyway here's a few pics of the little guy after a cursory cleanup. Everything seems to be there. The glass showed a few smudges which cleaned right up to sparkling new with a couple of Zeiss wipes. Daytime views were sharp and crisp. I absolutely love this little one! Perfect companion to the little Starblast petzval for stargazing with a friend.

$50 are sure you didn’t steal it, lol ?



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Posted 13 September 2020 - 02:27 PM

$50 are sure you didn’t steal it, lol ?

Hey, I deserve a deal too, sometimes!

Funny though, the 9vr breaks my <80mm rule which I've broken only twice. Three's the charm, I guess.

I was a teen in the early 80's when this scope was new so it just spoke to me as something I would've wanted back then but didn't have the funds.

Once he took my first offer I couldn't resist. I think this scope "found" me! bigblush.gif


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#128 clamchip

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Posted 14 September 2020 - 06:28 PM

I finally found a pair of rings so I can mount my Coulter 13 inch to my

Star-Liner mount. They are in the mail as I write.

This is something I've wanted to do for a long time. 16 inch rings are 

hard to come by and I found them here on Cloudy Nights.

The reason for this undobbing is because the thin primary equalizes

very fast even in the closed tube. And the Coulter mirror is quite nice.

I'd much prefer a equatorial with electric drive for such a good scope.

My Star-Liner rings are a 1/2 inch too small at 15.44" for the Star-Liner

fiberglass tube (12.5") the Coulter tube is 15.91" (13.1")

Robert

 

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#129 Russell Smith

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Posted 14 September 2020 - 06:32 PM

Is the OTA staying red?
Inquiring minds and all.
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#130 clamchip

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Posted 14 September 2020 - 06:38 PM

Yes the OTA will remain original and original paint.

It will be quite a sight Big Red up on the Star-Liner!

Poor thing, Big Red was inches away from the land

fill, I bought him from Got Junk. He'll be flying high

soon.

 

Robert


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#131 Russell Smith

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Posted 14 September 2020 - 06:41 PM

Your neighbors will know you struck oil now that you have deployed anti whatever weapons. wink.gif

Should be an awesome sight.


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#132 DouglasPaul

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 08:57 AM

Yes the OTA will remain original and original paint.

It will be quite a sight Big Red up on the Star-Liner!

Poor thing, Big Red was inches away from the land

fill, I bought him from Got Junk. He'll be flying high

soon.

 

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How do you buy anything from Got Junk?



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Posted 15 September 2020 - 09:43 AM

@clamchip

 

How do you buy anything from Got Junk?

Here just a few miles from me they have 'garage sales' once in a while and

announce these sales on craigs list.

I saw the ad and saw Big Red in the ad photos! otherwise I probably wouldn't

have been interested.

Seeing Big Red in the ad the sirens went off in my head and I was down the

road in route to my big boy.

Got Junk saves anything worth saving and puts it away in a metal building the

rest of the junk they pickup gets recycled or goes to the dump.

 

Robert


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#134 Senex Bibax

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 09:45 AM

@clamchip

 

How do you buy anything from Got Junk?

I think they have stores in the U.S. where they sell items they have salvaged. Although they are originally Canadian, I don't think they have the resale side here.



#135 Defenderslideguitar

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 09:48 AM

love those Big Red Clifford Dobs

 

 Let's see   you have/had Big Bluey    Big Red   an you must have a Big White   some place?

 Red White and Blue ?  If you still had all three Bigs   it could be quite the Cannon set up Defending Clamchipland


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Posted 15 September 2020 - 10:01 AM

love those Big Red Clifford Dobs

 

 Let's see   you have/had Big Bluey    Big Red   an you must have a Big White   some place?

 Red White and Blue ?  If you still had all three Bigs   it could be quite the Cannon set up Defending Clamchipland

That would have been fun.

Bluey is gone, I have a Bluey Jr., I do have Big Red, and I do have a big white, my Star-Liner 12.5 inchlaugh.gif

 

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 11:20 AM

I do have a big white, my Star-Liner 12.5 inch...

 

Me like!  (Couple of nice Classic Newts you got there, Robert, but I do prefer the Cave & Star-Liner OTAs on Big EQs.)


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Posted 15 September 2020 - 11:27 AM

I do have a big white, my Star-Liner 12.5 inch...

 

Me like!  (Couple of nice Classic Newts you got there, Robert, but I do prefer the Cave & Star-Liner OTAs on Big EQs.)

Agreed! Old Meade too.


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Posted 16 September 2020 - 07:30 PM

love those Big Red Clifford Dobs

 

 Let's see   you have/had Big Bluey    Big Red   an you must have a Big White   some place?

 Red White and Blue ?  If you still had all three Bigs   it could be quite the Cannon set up Defending Clamchipland

Lol, for some reason I'm now picturing this.

 

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Posted 16 September 2020 - 08:02 PM

OMG ! goes to show just how dangerous gasoline is.

Reminds me of a friends potato cannon (these use hair spray for the propellant) he was a

expert potato cannon builder. He fired one off when I was visiting one day and I watched as

it disappeared from sight right before my speechless eyes, a whole baking potato.

 

Robert


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Posted 16 September 2020 - 09:24 PM

Lol, for some reason I'm now picturing this.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=dvwlWJ_SrXE

Disclaimer:  Please don't attempt this at home.  This video was made by professionals who took every precaution to be safe.  Don't forget to wear your PPE.

 

 

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Posted 17 September 2020 - 08:26 AM

Disclaimer:  Please don't attempt this at home.  This video was made by professionals who took every precaution to be safe.  Don't forget to wear your PPE.

 

 

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Stand back please, folks.. we're astronomers.



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Posted 17 September 2020 - 11:06 AM

Back to the topic, please.  Thank you very much.

 

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Posted 17 September 2020 - 06:08 PM

Comrades!  My Soviet Turist-4 10x30mm refractor came today.  I'll post some pix later.  CA is exactly 30mm; cemented doublet with blackened edges & perfect A/R coatings; wide-field eyepiece with diopter adjustments; all metal hardware; build quality at least as good as the vintage Tinsley Saturn 40mm spotters, but with more modern optics.  My 30mm / 40mm / 50mm Sub-60 Trio is complete.

 

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Posted 17 September 2020 - 11:27 PM

Disclaimer:  Please don't attempt this at home.  This video was made by professionals who took every precaution to be safe.  Don't forget to wear your PPE.

 

 

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Ah for the days when kids experimented and explored and didn't spend 90% of the free day on phones.


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Posted 18 September 2020 - 12:59 PM

Ah for the days when kids experimented and explored and didn't spend 90% of the free day on phones.

Party-Line Phone discouraged yakking...  I bought so much surplus optical stuff from ESC & Jaegers that I didn't have time for web surfing -- even if the Internet had been available back in 1969...


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Posted 18 September 2020 - 04:49 PM

Comrades!  My Soviet Turist-4 10x30mm refractor came today.  I'll post some pix later.  CA is exactly 30mm; cemented doublet with blackened edges & perfect A/R coatings; wide-field eyepiece with diopter adjustments; all metal hardware; build quality at least as good as the vintage Tinsley Saturn 40mm spotters, but with more modern optics.  My 30mm / 40mm / 50mm Sub-60 Trio is complete.

 

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Very nice. The objective should be very good/excellent based on the LZOS makers mark. 



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Posted 18 September 2020 - 05:14 PM

Very nice. The objective should be very good/excellent based on the LZOS makers mark. 

Gonna put it on the DPAC this weekend... Smallest lens I've tested, and the only LZOS / Russian...

 

Daylight views are very good -- CA is controlled better than I expected.  

 

If I can't adapt a diagonal to its draw-tube, I'll adapt the lens half to a standard 1.25" or .965" tube...


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Posted 18 September 2020 - 05:50 PM

Looks like it would make a dandy finder or mini-ride-along piggy-back scope too!



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Posted 18 September 2020 - 06:11 PM

My plan is to mount all 3 of my Sub-60s on one bar -- at least for the first few comparisons.  Got some internal blackening & exterior purdee paint work to do -- IF it ever dries out at The Swamp.  Sally dumped a lot of rain on us!!


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