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#1 CHASLX200

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 03:28 PM

If you could have a shot at any telescope before death what would it be?  I feel cheated with my orange fork mounted C14 with bad optics and would love another shot a super sharp fork mounted C14.

 

Same for a Meade 7" ED i had that was sent back to Meade so many times and never worked. Not sure if we would count it as a classic, but i want another shot a good one.


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Posted 04 May 2021 - 03:35 PM

My RV6 that I sold to you ;-)

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 03:43 PM

My RV6 that I sold to you ;-)

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It was every bit as good as two 6" ED's i had. 


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Posted 04 May 2021 - 03:47 PM

I have several nice classics already. (Doesn't mean I wouldn't get another one if the opportunity knocks on the door). We would like to be able to get out and look for a new place.  We can look, but don't want a bunch of people traipsing through our place right now. Where we are now isn't suitable to mount these scopes. So my new scope would be: "to be able to use the ones I have now".



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Posted 04 May 2021 - 03:57 PM

I would just want a few from my childhood.  I think a Questar in excellent condition would be nice.  I'd also like a 4" or more Unitron.  A nice 12.5" Cave with a Herring mirror would be nice too. 


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Posted 04 May 2021 - 04:08 PM

I have had everything I want and more. Now I have to figure out how to get rid of it all before I die.  


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Posted 04 May 2021 - 04:10 PM

I'd love a Classic C8 fork mounted on that nice grey cast mount. Being in New Zealand I have only seen a few in relative disepair. Also a nice 4" unitron. I have only repaired other peoples and not experienced owning one.

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 04:17 PM

There's a vast number of telescopes I'd really like to try out (basically all of them!), but I can think of only ONE, that I would TRULY like to own, more than anything else: Zeiss AS80/840 in the late version tube. 

 

 

Clear skies!

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 04:36 PM

I think that I have been able to have most of what I ever wanted. My remaining item in the telescope bucket list would be a pedestal mounted 4" Equatorial Unitron with that beautiful weight driven clock drive. Wishful thinking at its best. Just thinking about costs including shipping is enough to bring me back to the real world. My problem is the same one mentioned in an earlier post. How will I get rid of what I have before I kick the bucket? On the one hand I am enjoying what I have now more than ever and on the other I know that time is getting shorter every year. It's a dilemma hmm.gif


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Posted 04 May 2021 - 04:49 PM

An Apomax 5.2" f/12 OTA.

 

Only 25 units were made.

 

A friend owned one for a few weeks and I got to personally test it. He sold it a short time later.

 

Wanted one ever since that time.

 

<big sigh>

 

A really good optics C14 is also on my list. I have used a few that were stunning.


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Posted 04 May 2021 - 04:57 PM

That unobtanium due to cost, awesome Questar 7!


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Posted 04 May 2021 - 05:52 PM

I have had everything I want and more. Now I have to figure out how to get rid of it all before I die.  

Sell it all now while prices are insane.  Got a good 7" ED or C14 i gots the money honey.



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Posted 04 May 2021 - 07:02 PM

If money were not an issue i would go for something with history like the Crossley on Mount Hamilton. Its not really huge, 36" i think, and i dont think it gets used much anymore but what a productive career its had including two of Jupiters satelites. Its probably not for sale.

 Perhaps more realistic, a nice 6" or 8" GOTO refractor to go along with my collection of GOTO planetarium projectors that would be pretty neat.


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Posted 04 May 2021 - 07:11 PM

I only want one classic scope.

 

An ST-80 manufactured in the year 2036. It won't be a classic until 2061 and I'd like to use it to observe Halley's comet...

 

Not likely..  :)

 

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 07:18 PM

Sell it all now while prices are insane.  Got a good 7" ED or C14 i gots the money honey.

we have been down that road before and things did not go well



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Posted 04 May 2021 - 07:31 PM

I would like a blue and white Celestron.

 

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 09:31 PM

Now this is an uplifting topic! :rofl:


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Posted 04 May 2021 - 09:37 PM

Uh, I’m pretty happy with what I have. I’d like to just stay healthy and keep my mind and my eyesight so I can enjoy the telescopes I do have, and most importantly to enjoy my family, then when the time comes, to go gently into the other world in my sleep. I’m not concerned with the things I can acquire in the meantime.


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Posted 04 May 2021 - 10:06 PM

Now this is an uplifting topic! rofl2.gif

Chas has his moments


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Posted 04 May 2021 - 10:26 PM

Okay, Y’all...

 

In my few years on CN, what have I not tested?

 

- Astro-Physics Sooper Dooper Trooper Starfire Campfire  Mega Planetary EDT 

- Cave 8“ F7 loaded Newt

- Cave or other decent 10” / 12” Cassegrain

- C8

 

Potential Keepers still not in my Collection:

 

- Mizar FA-80

- Carton CST-100KX

- Takahashi FC / FS 100

- Vixen FL102S


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Posted 04 May 2021 - 11:13 PM

On the low side a 3" f15 Jaegers (or perhaps Edmund?) and GEM would be cool. On the high side a 6" refractor from them as well. I already have a slightly incomplete Edmund extra heavy GEM with pedestal that might work. At one time I would have said a classic orange fork mounted C14, but it's care and handling would probably intimidate me more than a long 6" refractor.

 

Truthfully I'm pretty happy with what I have.

 

I thought the way the topic was stated was a bit dark, but yes a 'before you die scope' is a bit different than a dream scope in that you think it's possible. Leave it to Chas. 


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Posted 04 May 2021 - 11:16 PM

My RV6 that I sold to you ;-)

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How good are they? Curious minds (mine) want to know..



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Posted 04 May 2021 - 11:24 PM

I've used one before and would like to own a 7" AP.

 

I've never had a really big Dob.  I might like one of those too.

 

I am happy with what I have and am having a ball trying out whatever I can get my hands on.

 

I want to die peacefully in my sleep just like my grandfather did...Not yelling and screaming like everyone else in his car.



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Posted 05 May 2021 - 01:35 AM

Lowell's Clark, with modern glass to swap now and then with the original objective. Never say never.

 

Actually, out of respect for the original, a replica would suffice.


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Posted 05 May 2021 - 02:06 AM

Porter garden telescope


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