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#51 Terra Nova

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Posted 04 June 2021 - 11:15 AM

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Posted 04 June 2021 - 11:23 AM

good insight Terra

my first scope was dynascope 4 inch

it was 50 bucks

that was a bit of money for me

 

my parents paid 17.5K for a new brick 3 bedrm house in 1960

that house is now 465K

 

apo scopes today that cost about 1400 to 1700 are a bargain


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Posted 04 June 2021 - 12:42 PM

lots of good info coming in from the old timerssmirk.gif


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Posted 04 June 2021 - 06:22 PM

At $389 in 1962 (and remember, that didn’t include shipping which was F.O.B.), that would have been a months take-home wages for someone in an entry-level professional career (~$5000 per year). It wasn’t by any means, a cheap telescope.

That was a year before i was kicking. My home bought in 1963 in Tampa was 18k. Lots on the bay were 4k back then. Now i would guess if there was a lot left it would be near a mil.   Last lot on the water went for 100k back in 1985.

 

As for the mint 8" Edmund like the one the OP just bought if that were local i may offer up as much as $800.    Never gonna find one in FL let alone anywhere in that good of shape.
 


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Posted 04 June 2021 - 10:33 PM

good insight Terra

my first scope was dynascope 4 inch

it was 50 bucks

that was a bit of money for me

 

my parents paid 17.5K for a new brick 3 bedrm house in 1960

that house is now 465K

 

apo scopes today that cost about 1400 to 1700 are a bargain

bought my first house in NY for $15K. That was 1971.  Big old place.  Bought my first new corvette in 1973.  That was $5700.   My how things have changed.  


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Posted 04 June 2021 - 11:13 PM

Checked the drive, it’s a ‘67
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Posted 04 June 2021 - 11:30 PM

My favorite Edmund catalog cover is from 1967:

https://archive.org/...1_0046/mode/2up

 

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Posted 05 June 2021 - 05:21 AM

My 8" was older.


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Posted 05 June 2021 - 06:33 AM

Checked the drive, it’s a ‘67

That was a good year Zane.  


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Posted 05 June 2021 - 09:57 AM

I bought a issue of Sky & Telescope in 1967 my first and I still have it!

I clipped the "send for free catalog" from the Edmund, Jaegers, and Unitron

ads so its pretty cut up.

I was 10 years old in 1967 and I was the proud owner of a Harmonic Reed

2-1/2" f/10 I still own it although I don't observe with it much.

Robert

 

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Posted 05 June 2021 - 10:01 AM

I’ve never tried one of those baby Newts. How good/bad are they?

If anyone is interested in looking through this beast it will be at WAA’s Starway to Heaven at Ward Pound Ridge tonight at 8:30. I will probably go after doubles to test the optics - not expecting to be wowed by DSOs under Bortle 4-5 skies and only 8 inches with light haze expected. Seeing should be nice though.
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Posted 05 June 2021 - 10:05 AM

I’ve never tried one of those baby Newts. How good/bad are they?

If anyone is interested in looking through this beast it will be at WAA’s Starway to Heaven at Ward Pound Ridge tonight at 8:30. I will probably go after doubles to test the optics - not expecting to be wowed by DSOs under Bortle 4-5 skies and only 8 inches with light haze expected. Seeing should be nice though.

The mirrors are pretty good, the eyepiece is not so hot and being built into the focuser

its not easy to replace it with a known good one.

 

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Posted 05 June 2021 - 10:08 AM

I’ve never tried one of those baby Newts. How good/bad are they?
 

The Edmund 3” F6 and F10 were actually surprisingly good. I built a 3” F6 Edmund kit scope it 1966 and I think my brother still has it. It was amazing to me for the times. I loved using it in conjunction with my Mayflower 60mm refractor. It was a really sharp little RFT. The first real relescope I ever looked thru was the Edmund 3” F10 that belonged to a friend a couple of years earlier. I still remember seeing Saturn’s rings with it for the first time! Wow! That’s what convinced me to get my Mayflower refractor.


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Posted 05 June 2021 - 05:10 PM

oh dam cant make it tonight 



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Posted 05 June 2021 - 10:12 PM

I had one of those when I was about 10 years old. I remember it fondly, but I don’t recall what became of it.


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