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#26 YourNotSirius

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Posted 12 August 2022 - 06:50 PM

Please write down or take photos of serial numbers it makes it so much easier identify stolen property. If you have something stolen REPORT IT. I can’t stress this enough get it in the system. There is a national law enforcement database get it in the system. Also if you have any doubts a about something you have purchased second hand have the serial number run by the police. In Michigan we can do it right from
the car I suspect most states can as well and certainly any department can have their dispatch run it through state and federal databases.

The serial number is available in the ad in the link I provided. However, just to make certain that it is show, here is an image of it.

 

 

 

If ANYONE sees ANYTHING then please, contact your local authorities or me via PM. It really stinks to have such a nice and moderately uncommon collectable stolen. My worst fear is that it was all tossed into an industrial dumpster somewhere.

 

Thanks,

 

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Posted 28 August 2022 - 01:15 PM

https://www.limaohio...lescope-stolen/

 

I'm actually in Lima now.  Really sad this happened. 


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Posted 21 October 2022 - 05:29 PM

Please keep an eye out in the Phoenix area. My trailer was broken into while prepairing for the SOL event taking place this weekend. 

 

My 28” is ok but a ton of other stuff was stolen.

 

Please keep an eye out on Phoenix Craigslist and such. Most of my TeleVues have glow tape around the top so their easy to ID.

Lunt 60 with b1200 DS60
Scope serial: 0001240

FotoPro Eagle E-9 tripod

Glatter collimator 2/1.25”
Blug 2”
Cross hair
Grid
Circle grid

 

Tool bag

Eyepiece case:
55 Plossl
41 Panoptic
31 Nagler
27 Panoptic
24 Panoptic
21 Ethos
17.3 Delos
17 Ethos
13 Ethos
13 Delite
10 Ethos
8 Delos
8 Ethos
6 Ethos
4 Delite
2” Astronomik OIII
2” Astronomik UHC
2” Lumicon H-Beta
2” Baader Skyglow
2” Baader neodymium

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#29 Chucky

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Posted 23 October 2022 - 08:35 AM

Really sorry for your loss.


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Posted 08 November 2022 - 10:57 AM

Glad to see this is here. Unfortunately, i'm here to report that literally ALL of my astronomy equipment was stolen from my vehicle in the parking garage of my apartment in Austin texas. I've still not yet documented everything but below are the big, painful parts

 

- Astro Physics 130GT OTA in gray case (i have serial number)

- William Optics GT71 in padded black case

- iOptron HEM27 mount with tripod

- Brown, Wooden Burlebach tripod

- 2 black plastic cased filled with eyepieces

-- -- 35mm Televue Nagler and several others i cant remember and will update soon

- ZWO ASIAir Plus

- ZWO 533 MC camera

- ZWO 120 guide camera

 

I'll update this once ive actually documented all of my losses.

thank you

 

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Posted 08 November 2022 - 11:01 AM

Glad to see this is here. Unfortunately, i'm here to report that literally ALL of my astronomy equipment was stolen from my vehicle in the parking garage of my apartment in Austin texas. I've still not yet documented everything but below are the big, painful parts

 

- Astro Physics 130GT OTA in gray case (i have serial number)

- William Optics GT71 in padded black case

- iOptron HEM27 mount with tripod

- Brown, Wooden Burlebach tripod

- 2 black plastic cased filled with eyepieces

-- -- 35mm Televue Nagler and several others i cant remember and will update soon

- ZWO ASIAir Plus

- ZWO 533 MC camera

- ZWO 120 guide camera

 

I'll update this once ive actually documented all of my losses.

thank you

 

-john

It is probable that someone at the apartment watched you move your gear in and out of that car multiple times and then waited to strike.

 

When you replace your gear, you should bait them again with nice new, empty, boxes in your car and run a hidden cam to catch them in progress.


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#32 Martin A Cohen

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Posted 27 December 2022 - 11:07 PM

THEFT OF TELESCOPES AND EYEPIECES, December 2022
 
Last month, someone broke into my storage and stole several of my most cherished telescopes. The Santa Monica Police Department is working with me to resolve the case and hopefully find the perpetrator(s). The most valuable scope is a William Optics 123mm F/6 LZOS triplet in a carrying case, also containing a TS APO flattener. Also came with a diagonal and a Stellarvue 60mm finder. The serial number of the lens is 030. If anybody encounters this telescope, please let me know. Only a very limited amount were sold. I will gladly send photographs if you think you may have a lead.
Then there is a William Optics 110mm F/7 triplet, no serial number on that one. Several smaller refractors were stolen as well (a Meade LX-70 R5 - 120mm F/8.3) with upgraded dual-speed Crayford focuser in a light blue Meade soft carrying case, also holding a 9x50 Apertura finder scope, a CED-1 2" diagonal and a Meade 8.8 mm eyepiece; a Sharpstar 76 triplet with reducer in an aluminum carrying case that also contained a Stellarvue 4mm 82 degree eyepiece; a small Radian 61 Raptor in the black backpack; an aluminum case with 14 eyepieces, among them a 30mm 82 degree Explore Scientific and an ES 20mm 100 degree; and finally two ZWO cameras, the ASI071 MC and a ASI224MC, in a black Apache case with cables and adapters.
 
Here is a link to my Astromart announcement, which has photographs:

 

https://astromart.co...tolen-equipment

Any information that leads to the arrest of the thieves will be rewarded. Thanks so much!


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Posted 29 December 2022 - 07:59 PM

A C14 and mount showed up in the classifieds today at a suspiciously low price of $3500.  Makes me wonder.


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Posted 29 December 2022 - 08:21 PM

A C14 and mount showed up in the classifieds today at a suspiciously low price of $3500.  Makes me wonder.

LOLZ... it's an older 14"... it's a reasonable deal 


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#35 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 01 January 2023 - 12:39 PM

LOLZ... it's an older 14"... it's a reasonable deal 

 

Currently the price is $2700. The seller is a long time CN member (18 years) and a well known amateur astronomer.

 

Jon


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#36 ElevatedAstronomyTours

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Posted 13 January 2023 - 11:17 PM

in north Denver Colorado, I had two telescopes and a welder stolen out of my van.

 

1) Lunt LS60THa Solar Telescope Pressure Tuned with B600 Blocking Filter serial # 1835

 

2) Celestron Advanced VX 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope and tripod with star sense auto align (currently working with Celestron to find serial # from order # will update with their reply)

 

3) Titanium Easy-Flux 125 Amp Welder

 

any info please reach out to me directly at 303.324.5831 or Luke@AstroTours.org

 

Thank you for looking out!



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Posted 05 February 2023 - 11:41 PM

Maybe our profile signature is attracting undesirable eyes.  I just removed mine.

Hoping that everybody recovers their stolen property.  



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Posted 05 February 2023 - 11:47 PM

Maybe our profile signature is attracting undesirable eyes.  I just removed mine.

Hoping that everybody recovers their stolen property.  

Very little of what's in my line is at my house or in my vehicle.

I also don't expect petty thieves to follow an enthusiast's website, most thieves steal targets of opportunity...


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Posted 20 February 2023 - 11:07 AM

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I am feeling what is probably grief. I picked this up a couple of weeks ago, mostly for the tripod. I had the scope set up on my covered deck, in the gate....fiddling with it and tuning up the mechanisms......playing, you know. Well, yesterday morning it was gone. I had set it up for astronomy and bird watching. A right angle finder, a "real view" diagonal, and a nice 10mm-30mm zoom I picked up on the net. I haven't told anyone else........should have shut the gate.

 

In the last few years hundreds of new condos have been built in my neighborhood. This is the kind of telescope that would look good in the corner of someone's living room. I suspect one of my new neighbors.


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Posted 15 March 2023 - 11:40 PM

Within the last month, I had 2 items stolen from my stargazing events, while providing free outreach star parties in Arizona and New Mexico.

Really bummeb because the eyepieces were donated to our organization just 7 months ago. The thing is, that I am very detailed with my equipment, keep lists and tabs on everything, because each item is essential and used to it's fullest potential. Everything is kept inside my truck, or trailer, which are closed all night near my table. I am speaking to people at my scope but I am never the one staring through the scope, im the presenter. If they wanted to take somthing, they'd have to resort to opening the truck, which would illuminate the inside. Or, they would have to open the trailer to get inside, which isnt hard at all, just a bar latch, but its a hurdle to get past unoticed. Lastly my eyepiece case sometimes is on my table when i am using filters for visual. This is how they took the eyepieces, because when I was packing up, I noticed it missing, but was speaking to somone. It racked my brain because it was there at the start when I pulled out the celestron 40mm to align, which is next to it. Anyways, I am frustrated and confused, but someone knew the values and targeted the green text. If you see these, please let me know. Thanks.

 

Televue Nagler 9mm 1.25in - Something not easy to miss or leave behind., now gone - My only quality high(er) power EP.

Televue Panoptic 41 2in - My best eyepiece Ive ever had and 1st  and only Televue I ever bought. I do have a Baader Hyperion 36mm, but its nowhere near as nice. 

 

I hope they are using it half as much as I was. I am so sorry to the donor. I'll be better and try to avoid this happening again at all costs. 

 


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Posted 09 April 2023 - 01:45 AM

Thanks for the thread - it's crazy to see what some people have lost due to a few despicable individuals.  I'm big into cycling, and as you can imagine security is a huge focus for many in that community - but theft rates vary highly by locale.

 

And I found out the hard way that extends to stuff inside cars, too.  My brother and I flew out to San Francisco for a trip to Yosemite last August/September.  We had one day in the city - 27 August 2022 - and while street parked near the Fisherman's Wharf, our rental was broken into (like 100 cars/day in San Francisco, as we learned).  We were very lucky in a number of ways - that there were bystanders and a caring local resident who held the bags they didn't take and called the police immediately, an undercover officer nearby that was able to address the case quickly, and that my brother's work iPhone was undiscovered in one of the bags that they took - letting the San Francisco PD track down our bags that were dumped within an hour.  While the thieves took off with thousands of dollars in camping gear and clothing, they abandoned all of that and only took my binos.

 

Unfortunately, those were my Canon 10x42L IS WP binoculars - easily my most expensive astro equipment.  We have a case with the San Fran PD of course, and they're reported stolen through that system.  But in case anyone comes across them, they're serial # 37800118.  They had no caps when stolen, as I always left the caps at home - I just took the strap and case when travelling.

 

Insurance has been a pain to deal with so far - Amex didn't cover any of the contents of the vehicle, and my brother's home insurance deductible is $1000 so that doesn't help much.  And it took until now for Amex to get back with us, so I'm just now moving to file with my renter's insurance, which thankfully has a deductible of just $500.

 

Anyway, some tips for anyone visiting San Francisco or other similar high-theft area:

  1. San Francisco alone has about 100 car break-ins a day.  When we went back to Hertz, the guy checking us in said it was the 6th car that day he had dealt with that had been broken in to.  There are signs everywhere warning of break-ins and not to leave any valuables in your vehicle.  THEY ARE NOT KIDDING.  lol.gif
  2. The San Francisco PD is top-notch when it comes to dealing with victims of theft.  They did everything we could reasonably expect them to.
  3. Smash and grab theft tactics take as little as 20 seconds to break into your vehicle and make off with the bags inside.  This makes them very hard to stop.
  4. Thieves in touristy areas look for out of state license plates, and for rental serial tags/bar codes, to identify vehicles with a high probability of expensive items inside.  Get a rental car with an in-state plate if possible.
  5. Putting your bags kind of (or even completely) out of sight doesn't entirely work to eliminate a break-in.  The officer on our case says even sedans get broken into (and the trunks opened) sometimes, though at a lower rate than hatches.  I would definitely want a sedan next time.
  6. The officers told us parking ramps are much more secure than street parking, since they're both out of sight and do not provide as easy escape for thieves.  We thought street parking would be more visible and discourage a break-in - but that apparently does not work, at least in San Francisco.
  7. Trackers can really work to recover your stuff - though I don't think Air tag style trackers would have worked nearly as well as a GPS tracker such as an entire iPhone.  But I would put Air tags or Tiles or Galaxy tags into any bag you are concerned about being stolen.
  8. Make sure you have 'Find your iPhone' or the equivalent set up on your other phone if you have more than one (or on your partners', etc.) - my brother had to call his wife and get updates from her as she had his work phone set up, but he didn't on his personal phone.
  9. If you're visiting a high-risk area, better to leave your stuff at the hotel and take transit around town.  Hotels will let you check bags in to secure storage for the day, even when you're checking out.

Much of this came as somewhat of a surprise to me, as here in Michigan, even in very high crime areas of Detroit, such break-ins are relatively rare - but they do happen.  Carjacking and grand theft auto are probably not more common, but they get way more exposure here.  But there aren't nearly as many tourists in Detroit, and there's lots of chop shops here.  Though I do think the stolen car rates in Detroit went down after they busted an organized car theft ring that some corrupt police were involved in.


Edited by Ben L, 09 April 2023 - 11:00 AM.

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Posted 19 April 2023 - 04:29 PM

Is anyone missing an atlas EQ-G mount head? Someone without any astronomy knowledge is listing one under highly unusual circumstances in around the Orlando area. PM me for details and listing.


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Posted 21 April 2023 - 08:45 PM

It is with deep regret that I must add to this topic. Been at this less than a year and now my very first galaxy season is ended as all of the equipment in the attached photo was stolen from my backyard in Oakland, CA last night:

 

ZWO AM5 + pier + counterweight bar, ASIAIR Plus, ASI294MC Pro, ASI462MM

Orion 8" Classical Cassegrain

Explore Firstlight 102mm Doublet that I using as a guidescope

Explore Scientific tripod and counterweight from Exos2GT PMC8

Bluetti EB3A battery

And the USB stick with about 3 hours of data I got from the night before my kit walked away.

I don't hold out any hope of getting anything back. Just looking for some sympathy i guess. I hope renter's insurance does right by me but right now, waiting with baited breath.

Actually, I seem not to be able to figure out how to attach a photo, so maybe there won't be one.

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#44 MJB87

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Posted 30 June 2023 - 08:28 PM

A friendly reminder to please say on topic. Commentary here is not relevant -- just reports of stolen equipment or its potential recovery. Those posts have been removed.



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Posted 06 July 2023 - 11:15 AM

Last Monday on Tuesday night there was a burglary at Robtics in The Netherlands.
They stole quiet a bit and through this way I would ask people in and around The Netherlands to keep an eye out for suspicious products and prices offered at selling sites and so on.

Here is a Google translated version of their mail with the objects stolen.
If you find anything suspicious, you can head over to https://www.robtics....llerUri=contact and fill in the contact form or use the mail address mentioned there.

 

I'm not affiliated with the shop but just want to help them out.
Thanks in advance.

 

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Dear amateurs

We were burgled in the night of July 3 to 4.
In a way that is almost impossible but happened anyway.
Even the police thought it was a hussar piece.
They must have been connoisseurs and aware of the situation.
What have we lost a provisional list.

 

Televue, we don't have everything 100% on the netflies yet
Minimum 3 ethos of each size all in box
But for example the 10mm, there were 6
Dissolve at least 4 of each size, but not 6 mm, all in a box of 25 pieces in total.
Panoptic 24mm 5 pieces 35mm 3 pieces and 41mm 2 pieces
Televue plossls from 11 mm up to 40 also in box also about 25. Less than 2 days ago we received a load from televue that has all disappeared again
Explore Scientific eyepieces
20 /14 /9 mm 100 degrees each 3 no box, have all been removed
30 and 24 mm 82 degrees each 2 to 3 no box
30mm 100 degree 2.5kg beast with 3 inch zenith mirror
what's the use of nothing no box
2inch and 1.25 explore scientific filters UHC O11 etc in box
Takahashi binoculars no box
100 76 and 60mm fluorites.
Askar 230 apo 200 Tele F4 180 and 135 apo the small sizes
Askar V80 set in soft case is the only set in the Netherlands
60 mm daystar sun viewer, red edition, no box
Quark unit no box
Asiar plus units at least 8 pieces
Atik one, no box, no cables and software

If you notice anything suspicious on the internet then email us
We will not let this put us off.
But that we wish them hell is one thing that is certain.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation

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Rob, Menno, Bert, Gabor


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#46 Paul Hyndman

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Posted 26 July 2023 - 07:33 PM

Maybe our profile signature is attracting undesirable eyes.  I just removed mine.

Hoping that everybody recovers their stolen property.  

It's possible, but I removed mine when it seemed too boastful.

 

Here's to hoping the stolen equipment listed here is recovered soon and intact. Much of this stuff represents a lifetime of dedicated gathering.


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Posted 29 July 2023 - 03:41 PM

Saw this pop up for sale on FB and thought the photo and description was odd.

 

Anyone missing this scope?

 

 

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Posted 29 July 2023 - 05:17 PM

What was odd?  Can you post the ad description?

 

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Posted 20 September 2023 - 05:21 PM

It has been over a year since the incident I reported in post number 24 of this forum occurred. It seems that we may, hopefully, have some resolution at hand. Over the past week a telescope identical to the one stolen appeared on one of the social media platforms. The one that everyone uses, of course. It appears that the seller really does not know anything about astronomy or telescopes which makes perfect sense. I have had some very good communications with CN members via the PM system and we may be very close to discovering if this is indeed my dad's missing equipment. The serial number, or lack thereof, will be the determining factor. Once it is proven to be our stolen equipment then the police will be brought in to close the deal. Needless to say, we are all on pins and needles until this happens.

 

Even if it turns out to not be our gear the equipment will be purchased so that we can use it to replace what was lost.

 

Since I had been using the classics forum for alerting members about the possible recovery the mods have asked for me to create a new place for this conversation. They believe and I agree that it does not really belong in the Craigslist, etc. section. Even though it is a rare classic item. I hope this will serve the purpose for them.

 

The point is that the astronomy community has stepped up to the plate and proven just how special everyone is on this web site. If one person had not noticed the ad and had no knowledge of our earlier posting here, this would never have happened. We likely would have lost our special prize forever. We cannot thank the community enough even if it turns out to not be our equipment, at least we can get a replacement.

 

For now, that's all I have to report. Once the hammer drops I will be able to divulge more information. Meanwhile, the mods may move some of the conversations to this posting.

 

Thank you to all,

 

Quinton (a.k.a "Q")


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Posted 22 September 2023 - 06:12 PM

Unfortunately, that thought never occurred to me and it may have actually happened. I may have blown it. I don't know yet.

 

I guess my excitement and hope of justice overwhelmed me and clouded my judgement.

 

Thanks,

 

Q




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