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Cave Astrola 8" f/5 on craigslist--Seattle-Tacoma

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#1 habsburg8

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 06:02 PM

Scanning www.craigslist.com shows that there is a simply gorgeous Cave Astrola 8-inch f/5 for sale at $500 in the Seattle, Wash. region. It has an extensive accessory listing including a guidescope, and looks to be in mint condition. Has anyone from the Seattle area looked at this scope in person yet? It just showed up today on September 24, 2006. Great reference photos of a great vintage collectible. I am not the seller of the telescope, nor do I know anything about it other than noticing the for sale advertisement on craigslist. [NOTE: Listed as "Telescope 8 inch F5"]

#2 Darenwh

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 07:07 PM

Would love to be able to get this scope. Unfortunately, got to be happy with the RV-6 I just purchased.

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Posted 25 September 2006 - 03:40 PM

Very sweet. I hinted to my brother in Portland that this would make an excellent birthday gift. lol...

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Posted 27 September 2006 - 10:15 AM

Yesterday, I met the gentleman that had the scope for sale.He told me that the scope had not been used for the past 15 years. The scope was in really good condition for its age. There were same scratches and paint scuffs on the mount but no rust, the setting circles were in excellent condition, some minor scratches on the OTA here and there, barely noticeable. The scope was mainly used for astrophotography.The original rack and pinion focuser was removed and replaced with an aluminum helical focuser. Also, there was a second focuser hole cut about 1-1/2" in diameter "masked" by one of the guide scopes. The main mirror had the Pancro sticker on it and optics appeared to be untouched. This was confirmed when I removed the main mirror cell. Mirror was "dusty" but in excellent condition, coatings were intact without any scratches. On the mirror's edge I could read:

Cave Optical, 40-3/16" F/5 May 10-1973. There was also a code: M 738212.The secondary mirror was in very good condition with intact coatings and no scratches.
The scope came with a bunch of accesories, a dual axis drive corrector,camera adaptors, two illuminated reticle eyepieces, one Lumicon nebula filter and two Televue 7.4mm and 26mm Plossl eyepieces.
I heared that the Cave's mirrors used in "faster" scopes were not as good as the mirrors in the "slower" ones but due to the great condition of the scope, I decided to buy it.I plan to use it for "deep sky" and I also believe that it will make a great restauration project.

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Posted 27 September 2006 - 10:30 AM

The hungry astronomer......:-)

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Posted 27 September 2006 - 11:02 AM

Nice, Vic! When I read about a nice classic scope being for sale, my pulse quickens and I get nauseated at the thought of spending money I shouldn't, even if it's a good deal. That one would have been tough to resist..

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Posted 27 September 2006 - 12:06 PM

It was hard to resist indeed. I liked it so much that
I did not want to bargain for it. A new deck behind my house is half finished but it still could wait. The scope could not... :grin:

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Posted 27 September 2006 - 02:11 PM

Geeze if you got it for $500 I don't think you could have gone wrong. Sure miss my Custom 10 inch F/6 Cave.
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Posted 29 September 2006 - 01:05 PM

I'm glad a CN'r could pick it up. Enjoy...

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Posted 29 September 2006 - 01:27 PM

This site has so much information to tap into that I have a hard time imagining being able to grasp this hobby without being a part of CN. I'd generally assume that ANYBODY buying a nice piece of astronomical equipment is aware of this site.

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Posted 29 September 2006 - 05:00 PM

Thank you guys for your kind words.I will surely enjoy it.CN is a great Web site with great people!
Actually I found the info on CN and I could have missed the scope if I had not noticed habsburg8's post. I do not go to the Craigslist too often...
Thank you John !

Vic

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Posted 29 September 2006 - 08:20 PM

Thank you habsburg8 !


I'm sure John (habsburg8) is absolutely tickled that someone got to it before he did. :lol: Sounds like you got a good deal, Vic.

BTW John, how is it going with your 'new' RV-6?

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#13 Venetia2004

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Posted 29 September 2006 - 10:26 PM

Keith,

I still have time to re edit my message...

Vic :lol:


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