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#1 hypergolic

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Posted 25 February 2021 - 09:55 PM

Found a 1979 Astroscan (based on manual print date?), Serial 51746 inside the focuser, listed locally on FB Marketplace, with the original peep site, bag, strap, manual, top and eyepiece dust caps. The only thing missing was the RKE eyepiece. Looks brand new. Got it for my daughter Sarah, SparksN7, who is definitely worth it.

 

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Posted 25 February 2021 - 10:22 PM

That’s a sweet find!

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Posted 25 February 2021 - 10:52 PM

Nice find! it looks bigger than what I imagined.



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Posted 25 February 2021 - 11:00 PM

Awesome!  I have 3 of these now and love them all.  The peep sight actually is very useful with the 28mm RKE which hopeful you can acquire.  I am no expert, but I think your serial number is after production returned from Japan to the US and is more like 1997 rather than 1979.  The 1979 edition of the manual was shipped for many years after 1979.


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Posted 25 February 2021 - 11:05 PM

Curious, how does the Orion FunScope compare, smaller?



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Posted 25 February 2021 - 11:22 PM

Sarah tops out at around 5'4".



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Posted 25 February 2021 - 11:37 PM

Already playing with the scope and doing smartphone snaps.

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Posted 25 February 2021 - 11:40 PM

Smaller, spherical mirror. Sarah has the Celestron version that she paid 5 dollars for. The Astroscan has a 4 1/8" mirror, parabolic, superior. Lots of coma, but its an F/4.5.

 

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Posted 26 February 2021 - 07:55 AM

The scope belonged to the seller's Dad. She may have the RKE eyepieces of which I have inquired. Would be great if we can get those too. Needless to say, I've racked up a whole mess of Daddy points on this one. Sarah literally LOST HER MIND on this scope. It brings so much joy to see my 28 year old girl so happy.

 

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Posted 26 February 2021 - 08:03 AM

I've racked up a whole mess of Daddy points on this one. Sarah literally LOST HER MIND on this scope. It brings so much joy to see my 28 year old girl so happy.

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Posted 26 February 2021 - 08:47 AM

Only 100 dollars. 


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Posted 26 February 2021 - 10:18 AM

I got one for grandsons, and another for granddaughters, and also send one to a niece doing homeschooling.  I also made a simple stand with off the shelf Lowe's parts to bring it to a usable height.  I posted on this project last July, here;  

 

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Posted 26 February 2021 - 04:44 PM

I know you said it’s a ‘79, but that made in the USA sticker was put on the later models. Looks to be in fantastic shape. I received one as Christmas gift 36 years ago. It has seen countless nights under dark skies across the country. 

 
 
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Posted 26 February 2021 - 10:06 PM

When I first wrote my post, the manual had a print date of 1979....I have since been inflamed that Edmund used that print date for a long time.

 

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I know you said it’s a ‘79, but that made in the USA sticker was put on the later models. Looks to be in fantastic shape. I received one as Christmas gift 36 years ago. It has seen countless nights under dark skies across the country. 


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Posted 27 February 2021 - 03:43 PM

Sarah went to the grandparents this weekend and also took an ASI120mini with her. Yeah, its a low rez, bw guide scope, but it will fit in the drawtube. We share all our gear anyway.


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Posted 27 February 2021 - 11:38 PM

I wanted one of those so badly as a kid back in the 80s - seeing the ads in Odyssey magazine (anyone else remember that)??


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