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#2451 CharlieB

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Posted 08 June 2022 - 09:46 PM

Lovely 50!  Looks like a mix of AO & Eikow -- a very good provenance.

BA-50b

 

Outstanding !  Great to see another one out there.  Thanks for posting the Mirador badged one. 

 

You can probably "Grab and go" four of these at the same time.

Or more...

 

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Posted 08 June 2022 - 10:42 PM

BA-50b

 

Or more...

 

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Charlie

Well....that's an enviable collection of little guys !!!


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Posted 16 June 2022 - 08:34 PM

I stumbled onto this 9VR on ebay, cheap enough that the parts were worth it looks even if the lens were shot. Mechanically the focuser and slow motion head are very nice and cosmetics are good aside from rusty screw heads. I need new finder thumbscrews, though I’m probably going to remove the bracket and set it aside in case I come across another scope with the same focuser. It came in the original case and has the porro prism but not the original eyepieces or diagonal. It also has the long Borg 36.4mm to 1.25” adapter 

 

The lens looked awful at first, as if a screw had been bouncing around inside and as if it had been cleaned with something entirely inappropriate. A brief, gentle cleaning with alcohol and cotton swabs revealed no significant coating damage, so I’ll pull it and do a more thorough cleaning when I have time.

 

The view is nice and sharp at 10x with my 32mm smoothie super plossl.

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Posted 18 June 2022 - 07:35 AM

Picked up a Celestron-Vixen SP-C102 last weekend, from a member here who is just an hour or so away, Blake. He had it in the Classifieds while I was out on vacation, and I missed it. He put the ad back up again, at $350, and I could not let it pass. I'll post pictures soon. Missing the original finder and all the rest, but while the tube has had use, it's straight, as is the dew shield, and the objective looks good. He put a Telrad on top, added a motorized, 2" focuser, with a diagonal. Has what he said was a russian tripod (wood) and motorized EQ mount (non-computer guided).

 

Have not decided anything on it yet, other than cleaning the tube up and putting it all together. I have nice SP tripod with the Vixen tray. It came with a Towa EQ3 mount, with clam. I got it for my Sears 6344. Thinking about taking the clam off and putting a Vixen rail on it, and get a set of hinged rings and putting the C102 on it. May also swap out the motorized focuser to another 2" model. The GSO is fairly nice, and would easily mount on this tube. Undecided on the Telrad staying, but I like them on my 10" reflector.

 

I've been keeping my eyes open for one of these for a while now, and here one pops up in my back yard; can't believe it, lol. Blake is a nice, younger guy, with a huge interest in astronomy. He's on the hunt for Unitron, has interests in both visual and photo astronomy. Also is set up for and doing radio astronomy. How cool is that???


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Posted 18 June 2022 - 05:21 PM

While I’m sure these don’t count, they are asahi Pentax 7x35 ultra wide angles I picked up at the swap meetin Huntington Beach this morning. For $25. The field is flat, but there’s distortion toward the edge of the very wide field. But I think they’ll make for good sweeping binoculars in a dark sky. 
 

 

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Posted 18 June 2022 - 06:25 PM

While I’m sure these don’t count, they are asahi Pentax 7x35 ultra wide angles I picked up at the swap meetin Huntington Beach this morning. For $25. The field is flat, but there’s distortion toward the edge of the very wide field. But I think they’ll make for good sweeping binoculars in a dark sky. 
 

There's a classic bino thread that would love to give you feedback on these I'm sure.


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Posted 18 June 2022 - 06:47 PM

While I’m sure these don’t count, they are asahi Pentax 7x35 ultra wide angles I picked up at the swap meetin Huntington Beach this morning. For $25. The field is flat, but there’s distortion toward the edge of the very wide field. But I think they’ll make for good sweeping binoculars in a dark sky. 
 

i love the aoc asahi logo on the hinge cover.


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Posted 18 June 2022 - 07:26 PM

While I’m sure these don’t count, they are asahi Pentax 7x35 ultra wide angles I picked up at the swap meetin Huntington Beach this morning. For $25. The field is flat, but there’s distortion toward the edge of the very wide field. But I think they’ll make for good sweeping binoculars in a dark sky. 
 

One of the few items on my list of things to get! 11 degree FOV!

 

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Posted 18 June 2022 - 08:40 PM

One of the few items on my list of things to get! 11 degree FOV!

 

-drl

SMark is selling a bunch of classic binoculars right now in the classifieds.  He is one of the foremost CN classic binocular gurus, possibly the best seller you'll encounter.


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Posted 18 June 2022 - 10:27 PM

I finally have a relatively clear night and don’t need to be up at 4:30. The substitute pinion shaft I found for my ED80S isn’t a long term solution but it’s good enough to let me judge how well the objective performs. Tonight I’ve got fair seeing and very poor transparency. With my 3-6mm Nagler at 3mm, Polaris looks textbook in focus at 240x. The companion is popping in and out of visibility, so I don’t think I’ll stay up to try to catch Jupiter.

 

I got a quote on Thursday from ES for a new pinion shaft and knobs. At $100, they’re about double what the previous distributor charged. At that price, I’ve decided to just replace the focuser.

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Posted 20 June 2022 - 06:37 AM

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Not a bad week. Zen sent 9~18 pix of each. No surprises. Just in time for the planet parade 23rd~25th when I'm off. Be fun to see what can be done with Ozzie's balance and tweaky collimation, the SR-1000 looks like it'll be trouble free, and the Miz 100-SL f/6 is maybe the most intriguing - a really nice 100 f/6 flect would be a welcome addition =)


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