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#1 nicknacknock


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Posted 23 September 2020 - 11:44 PM

This thread is intended to be used for members to report stolen astronomy equipment, either their own personal equipment; stuff stolen from an observatory with which they're affiliated; or other items which they have personal knowledge of and information about.


NO CHIT-CHAT, please. We intend for this thread to be used as a means by which folks can hopefully locate stolen equipment by giving our members a heads-up about it possibly being out in the market, and chit-chat will only clutter things up and get in the way. Any posts unrelated to the intention of this thread as stated above, will be removed without warning.


If you think you've stumbled across stolen merchandise that matches something posted here, please contact the poster directly via PM. We also hope this thread doesn't have to be used much! Thanks for your help and cooperation! smile.gif

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Posted 24 September 2020 - 12:34 AM

Saw an ad for a UC Obsession selling for $320 in Offer Up in the Los Angeles area.

Maybe 16-18". This put up an alarm. If you know of anyone who has had one stollen contact me. Gerry

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Posted 24 September 2020 - 01:52 AM

I had stolen from my Santa Ana, CA apartment, likely a service person, about a year ago, but I am still finding small things missing....


6” Celestron black tube f8 refractor OTA, w red Moonlite crayford refractor focuser, rings, vix rail


8” Orion black f6 newt ota, rings etc.


Celestron SP mount, had a Takahashi tray with it.

Luminos 31mm 2” 82deg in its box.

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Posted 24 September 2020 - 10:06 AM

I purchased a Questar Standard 3.5" scope from a fellow in the Cincinnati area.  It was picked up by FedEx, brought to the Cincinnati FedEx facility, .....and was promptly lost.  I suspect the FedEx driver may have taken it, but have no proof.  The scope is a 1993 vintage with vinyl case and the Powerguide II system installed.  The serial number is 1-10187.  The shipping date was July 8, 2020.  Please keep an eye out for this scope!  Thanks much..........Steve Snider

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Posted 25 September 2020 - 10:34 AM

In case it makes its way to the USA  https://stargazerslo...olen-telescope/

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Posted 25 September 2020 - 02:24 PM

I purchased a C-8 Ultima 2000 in the Los Angeles area. May be stolen. If you know anyone who has had one taken please contact me. Thanks, Gerry

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Posted 05 October 2020 - 04:28 PM

Due to the Oregon fires I evacuated some of my equipment to a storage unit in Gresham, Oregon. The unit was robbed sometime between Sept. 12th and Sept 27th of this year.  Here is what was taken:


* William Optics 80mm F7 Apochromatic Refractor vintage about 2006 to 2008.  The OTA is shiny candy apple red. There is one small mar on the OTA.  


The telescope came with a William Optics aluminum case which also contained a William Optics 2" Carbon Fiber 2" Dielectric 90 degree diagonal.  It was in the case with the telescope.  There may have been a 1.25" diagonal in there too. 


* My eyepiece collection, kept in an aluminum tool case from Home Depot fitted with foam cut to hold each object.  It contained:

 1) 2" Meade 30mm ep

 1) 2" Guan Shen 25mm ep

 1) 1.25" volcano top University Optics 7mm Ortho ep

 1) 1.25" Burgess Optics TMB 6mm planetary ep

 1) 1.25" 14mm Pentax XL ep  

 1) 1.25" 9mm Plossl ep of some kind, probably Celestron.

 1) 2" Sean's Astronomy Shop 2X Barlow 

 1) Starlight self-centering 1.25" to 2" eyepiece adapter


The case also held a 2" Howie Glatter laser collimator and a 2" Televue Visual Paracorr.  Also some small tools, a head lamp, little red lights, and other assorted little astrogeek stuff.  


They also took my LowePro camera bag with my Pentax K90D camera with an 18-55mm Pentax zoom lens and a Pentax 55mm-250mm zoom lens, and the light tripod I used.


They also got my dad's WWII medal ribbons and his sterling silver submarine service pin, my great-grandmother's multicolored gold pocket watch with a small diamond (about a 1.5" in diameter), and an Aria Cedar acoustic slotted head guitar with lovely abalone inlay in a Washburn hard case.  I mention these items in case someone sees all this stuff together at a flea market they might alert someone that these items are all stolen.


If you see these things for sale or advertised I'd really appreciate it if you please would contact me.



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Posted 19 October 2020 - 09:20 AM

Not a recent theft, but will post, just in case someone comes across the item(s). Not like a lot of these come up for sale very often and we are a fairly small and tight knit community. I will speculate that this ended up at a Pawn shop, since the thieves left the telescope, but stole the tripod and a fishing tackle box and a couple fishing poles from the storage unit.


Place: San Jose, CA

When: Hard to remember, but mid 1990's, probably '95 or '96

What: A Meade Tripod and Wedge for a 2120 LX5, with the large padded blue Meade carrying bag and in the zipper pouch, the 3 mounting screws.


While I don't necessarily expect to find this, I'm hopeful that maybe, just maybe, someone might step forward and say they picked it up years ago.

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