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#51 R Botero

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Posted 09 September 2020 - 05:12 AM

They only get better with age!  waytogo.gif   

 

A 1991 - 152mm f/7.5 Starfire EDF from Astro-Physics:

 

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A 94mm f/7 Brandon lens (late 1980s?) made by Roland Christen inside this Moonraker OTA (early 1980s Vixen SP mount):

 

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And a mid-1980s Zeiss Telementor II:

 

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Posted 09 September 2020 - 06:02 AM

I posted this image before.   Anyone want to guess what this refractor that is not from the 80-90s might be?

 

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It's not my scope but to my eye, it has that classic look, more so than many true classics.

 

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Posted 09 September 2020 - 07:17 AM

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My 1986 AP 6” F12 reassembled after new paint job. 


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Posted 09 September 2020 - 07:30 AM

My early 90’s C80 with an upgraded 2” GSO focuser that really extends its capabilities. Mounted on a Porta II.

 

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Posted 09 September 2020 - 08:22 AM

1985 TeleVue Renaissance and late 80’s early 90’s Genesis

 

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Posted 09 September 2020 - 08:23 AM

I decided to keep the main tube classic white, but had some fun with the dew shield.

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Posted 09 September 2020 - 08:37 AM

I have this F5 Genesis from the late 80's or early 90's.  Sitting on top of a "Celestron" By Losmandy G11 from the first half of the 90's.  A great combination - especially as the G11 has been "hot-rodded" to current controls.

 

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I love all the pictures in this post.

 

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Posted 09 September 2020 - 09:51 AM

Here ya go, my gone but not forgotten, 1990s Vixen FL80S:

 

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Posted 09 September 2020 - 09:58 AM

Another very fine 1980s refractor that I should've kept, B&L / Bushnell (Mizar) Banner 1000:

 

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Posted 09 September 2020 - 10:11 AM

My 1988 D&G Optical 5" F10 + Jaegers EQ:

 

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I saved that wood surveyor tripod from a DRMO junk-pile, then had The Boys make a steel adapter plate + latitude hub (the first machining work they did for me).


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Posted 09 September 2020 - 10:47 AM

To quote the TOS, let’s keep this civil and friendly wink.gif

We need to drop it, before a Mod takes a weed-whacker to this thread...

 

Tasco (Vixen) 9VR + 93T Mount:

 

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Posted 09 September 2020 - 10:55 AM

A more updated photo of my TV Genesis with the addition of a finder scope. Don’t want to go off topic but I noticed several of the other TV Genesis and (SDF) post on here had finders added as well. I have found it very useful.

 

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Posted 09 September 2020 - 11:33 AM

A more updated photo of my TV Genesis with the addition of a finder scope. Don’t want to go off topic but I noticed several of the other TV Genesis and (SDF) post on here had finders added as well. I have found it very useful.

 

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Hi Scott, the optical finder In my photo is attached via one of Ken Dauzat’s rings (Remember Ken’s Rings and Things?). I also have the regular TV Clamshell with a TV StarBeam RDF on it and a TV Vixen rail. I use it to mount my SDF on a GEM. Another thing I have fallen in love with recently in conjunction with the SDF on my Gibraltar mount is a green laser finder. You should try that out sometime. It’s like the scope and mount were made for it.



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Posted 09 September 2020 - 11:34 AM

Please keep the discussion to the topic.  Anything else can be in the realm of PMs.  Thank you.

 

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Posted 09 September 2020 - 11:36 AM

I always heard great things about this scope.

Mid 1990s TeleVue Genesis SDF (101mm, F5.4):


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Posted 09 September 2020 - 11:40 AM

I mean this seriously, not smart arss.  I've always heard the fluorite scopes were great scopes.  If so great, why do you not seem them anymore.  I assume something better came along.  



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Posted 09 September 2020 - 01:24 PM

I have split the Takahashi serial number discussion into it's own topic.  There is worthwhile information in the discussion, but please keep it civil.  Here's the link to the new topic.

 

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Posted 09 September 2020 - 01:24 PM

I mean this seriously, not smart arss.  I've always heard the fluorite scopes were great scopes.  If so great, why do you not seem them anymore.  I assume something better came along.  

 

I believe the Fluorite was in the rear doublet rather than the objective.  

 

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Posted 09 September 2020 - 01:33 PM

Tak FC 76

 

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Posted 09 September 2020 - 05:07 PM

Are these pre-1980 Vixens? What models are they? The 102 and 80mm Fluorite you state in your telescope list?
 

Older vixens have black/white settings, just like the tak TS series.

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Posted 09 September 2020 - 05:15 PM

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Unitron factory made 80mm scope.  


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Posted 09 September 2020 - 05:25 PM

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very early TMB 100/800


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Posted 09 September 2020 - 05:41 PM

GOTO 80mm Semi-Apo F/12.5.....While I cannot date exactly the OTA and objective is likely built from 1980-85.  Goto Telescope Inc was unable to advise a date via the S/N.  I do know  these were designed at the same time the GOTO Mark-X mount was, which it resides on.  I just within the last two days acquired the original wooden tripod legs with this system which now makes it complete and original.  

 

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Posted 09 September 2020 - 06:14 PM

GOTO 80mm Semi-Apo F/12.5.....While I cannot date exactly the OTA and objective is likely built from 1980-85.  Goto Telescope Inc was unable to advise a date via the S/N.  I do know  these were designed at the same time the GOTO Mark-X mount was, which it resides on.  I just within the last two days acquired the original wooden tripod legs with this system which now makes it complete and original.  

 

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Never saw a mount that color.



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Posted 09 September 2020 - 06:44 PM

Never saw a mount that color.

Chas.......Not many made it to the US market.  I have a separate write up on the mount if you like:  

 

https://www.cloudyni...-with-a-mark-x/

 

 

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