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#351 tim53

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Posted 13 September 2021 - 05:05 PM

I bought a new 1969 6" f/8 Optical Craftsmen using most of my savings when I was in high school.  I wish I still had it.  To my then 16-year old eyes, the views were comparable to a 6" Cave that another member of my astronomy club had.  

I did side by each imaging tests between my 8" f/6 Springfield (optics from an OC Discoverer), an 8" f/6 OC Discoverer OTA, an 8" f/6 OC Connoisseur, and a Cave 8" f/7 Lightweight Deluxe.  At the time, I thought that the Cave was a microtad better than the OCs, but in retrospect there probably really wasn't much difference between them.  The OC OTA seemed to be poor, until I discovered that the mirror clip screws were too long and pinching the primary.  After I corrected that, it takes very nice images.  I still have that OTA and the Springfield.  Sold the Connoisseur and the Cave.

 

ETA:  I compared the Discoverer before I took the optics out of it and put them in the springfield, with a Meade 826 (with Coulter optics) I had on loan while working at Meade.  The OC beat its pants off by quite a margin.

 

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#352 Defenderslideguitar

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Posted 13 September 2021 - 05:19 PM

Like the Tower scope

 I have the little 50mm from D'Mala's  estate   quality lens  good views in a small package

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#353 Augustus

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Posted 13 September 2021 - 05:24 PM

Like the Tower scope

 I have the little 50mm from D'Mala's  estate   quality lens  good views in a small package

I know a guy up at UConn Storrs with one of these, surprisingly nice views 


 

#354 Defenderslideguitar

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Posted 13 September 2021 - 05:57 PM

Speaking of the Tower in the ad    and other smaller scopes   At the classics booth at Neaf  (miss Neaf btw)  Charlie B   and Al   always set up a nice table of small refractors. Of course he had the larger Swifts set up in back. But we always got a lot of discussion about the smaller ones  and which ones were so under rated 

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#355 apfever

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Posted 13 September 2021 - 07:14 PM

RAO? On a pedestal? $50 in Watertown, WI

https://www.facebook...100772589936964

 

 

 

Seller sent me this photo of the scope. Anyone close? Might be a goodie!

I have that OTA and mount. The picture looks like the OTA might be rough but I'd be all over that ad for $50 if local. The Mayflower 80mm was made by multiple manufacturers (different Japanese symbols), and also made in the 76.2mm size.   I have the same label as shown with cursive HOC.   Hopefully the OTA posted is in better shape than the focuser picture, and worth a lot more than the asking price if so.  That is one scope to check into.


 

#356 Bomber Bob

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Posted 13 September 2021 - 08:04 PM

I have the same label as shown with cursive HOC.

 

My very 1st Classic, a 1964 Monolux 4380, had a 60mm F15 Hiyoshi objective -- brightest LONG achro that I've used so far (& that's A LOT of fracs!).  Over 7 years ago, it made this amazing image of Mars with a cheap Orion StarShoot 2 camera (my 1st digital imager):

 

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FYI:  Hiyoshi made mostly binocular optics -- and Swift used some of them in their binos.

 

Here's a couple of uncommon & interesting Kenko refractors...

 

Kenko ED60 F8 APO OTA:   https://zenmarket.jp...e=n1005015496  

 

Based on the focuser knobs, a mid-1980s model.

 

Kenko G-SCOPE 540 (60mm F9 achro) OTA:   https://zenmarket.jp...ode=x1005059668

 

Lens needs some serious mold removal, but at a low enough price...

 

BLUE Carton AZ Mount & Tripod:  https://zenmarket.jp...de=s1004957692 

 

These are highly regarded -- I'm not surprised.

 

Astro Optical SGM (Super Guidescope Mount):   https://zenmarket.jp...ode=u1005047405


Edited by Bomber Bob, 13 September 2021 - 08:43 PM.

 

#357 Kasmos

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Posted 13 September 2021 - 08:48 PM

I had to take a second look at that 80mm Mayflower HOC. It has a regular tripod head at the top of the pier so it's is a owner mod.

Regardless of that, for $50 I'd be jumping fast.


 

#358 YourNotSirius

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Posted 13 September 2021 - 09:49 PM

Some of those Zenmarket links don't work. Anyone know why?

 

Here's one that we don't know: https://zenmarket.jp...ode=t1005008028

 

Nice: https://page.auction...ion/p1005027894

 

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#359 sdedalus83

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Posted 13 September 2021 - 10:02 PM

Some of those Zenmarket links don't work. Anyone know why?

 

Here's one that we don't know: https://zenmarket.jp...ode=t1005008028

 

Nice: https://page.auction...ion/p1005027894

 

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Sometimes the CN system doesn’t handle links correctly if they’re just entered as text. They seem to always work when inserted as links.

That Shimadzu looks like a Carton.


 

#360 jkmccarthy

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Posted 13 September 2021 - 10:31 PM

BLUE Carton AZ Mount & Tripod:  https://zenmarket.jp...de=s1004957692 

 

Try this link instead:  https://zenmarket.jp...ode=s1004957692 
 


 

#361 jragsdale

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Posted 13 September 2021 - 11:05 PM

I had to take a second look at that 80mm Mayflower HOC. It has a regular tripod head at the top of the pier so it's is a owner mod.

Regardless of that, for $50 I'd be jumping fast.

He offered it to me for $30. I think he just wants it gone. And he said the glass looks good, but you know how that goes.


 

#362 ccwemyss

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Posted 13 September 2021 - 11:22 PM

I have an ATCO branded HOC 80mm in the student loaner set and it’s probably the best optically of the whole bunch.

 

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#363 Kasmos

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Posted 14 September 2021 - 02:46 AM

Sometimes the CN system doesn’t handle links correctly if they’re just entered as text. They seem to always work when inserted as links.

That Shimadzu looks like a Carton.

It is indeed a Carton. Amongst other things you can tell from the style of the objective cell and the focuser 

 

Here's the same model but branded Carton:

 

https://zenmarket.jp...Code=o494392830


 

#364 YourNotSirius

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Posted 14 September 2021 - 05:10 AM

It is indeed a Carton. Amongst other things you can tell from the style of the objective cell and the focuser 

 

Here's the same model but branded Carton:

 

https://zenmarket.jp...Code=o494392830

At least the links are working now. However, for whatever reason, the photos on Zen never can be displayed. I need to go to the Yahoo! site to see the product. However, since this auction is over then all I get is a notice telling me it has ended. Oh! The joys of computers! LOL

 

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#365 norvegicus

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Posted 14 September 2021 - 06:07 AM

I see the photos right on zenmarket.  Your browser might be blocking something with some anti-ad ware or similar.


 

#366 dusty99

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Posted 14 September 2021 - 09:36 AM

GOTO 80mm f/15 on CN:

https://www.cloudyni...m-semi-apo-f15/


 

#367 Russell Smith

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Posted 14 September 2021 - 10:45 AM

FS 102 Got Fluorite?

https://www.ebay.com...1-127632-2357-0
 

#368 reverse_syzygy

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Posted 14 September 2021 - 01:58 PM

(I'm continually out of my element here, folks.  hope the ones I've posted are of interest)

 

Atco Japanese Telescope

(model 1252?)

Youngstown, Ohio.  $40

https://www.facebook...324272956118586


 

#369 reverse_syzygy

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Posted 14 September 2021 - 02:06 PM

(still clueless)

 

Sears Discoverer model 4 6305-a ("T")

$100 +$20 shipped, Palm Coast FL

https://www.facebook...392661689072768


 

#370 Terra Nova

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Posted 14 September 2021 - 02:51 PM

Like the Tower scope

 I have the little 50mm from D'Mala's  estate   quality lens  good views in a small package

I have that same OTA mounted on a larger yoke mount and wooden tripod. I gave it to my grandson. It’s a good Towa and has a surprisingly sharp objective.

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Posted 14 September 2021 - 03:21 PM

(I'm continually out of my element here, folks.  hope the ones I've posted are of interest)

 

Atco Japanese Telescope

(model 1252?)

Youngstown, Ohio.  $40

https://www.facebook...324272956118586

This one is really interesting. It has a lot of aspects that resemble the late 50s Space Scope/Tasco 7te, with a mount that looks like an early version of what became the Shrine Manon mount. Even without the tripod I’d definitely buy it at that price.


 

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Posted 14 September 2021 - 05:20 PM

Lunt ED 80 MM Doublet Optical Tube w/ Case ... https://www.shopgood.../Item/129977625


 

#373 norvegicus

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Posted 14 September 2021 - 05:57 PM

(I'm continually out of my element here, folks.  hope the ones I've posted are of interest)

 

Atco Japanese Telescope

(model 1252?)

Youngstown, Ohio.  $40

https://www.facebook...324272956118586

But you have the best userid.  I think I'm going to use it for a beer name...


 

#374 YourNotSirius

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Posted 14 September 2021 - 07:07 PM

I see the photos right on zenmarket.  Your browser might be blocking something with some anti-ad ware or similar.

I'm currently running Firefox on WindSucks-10. I was using W-7 but, the HD took a dive so, I'm using the bigger box right now. It is likely that the ad-blocker is interfering which is not an issue for me. I like the layout of Yahoo better. However, I really miss my XP-Pro! It was perfect! Just to make things worse, we now have WindBlows Eleven coming out! ARRRRRGH!!! MAKE IT STOP!!!!

 

By the way, that ATCO in Youngstown is already gone. Thank goodness! I would have liked to see it, though. The upside is that the old man has once again been denied an excuse to run back to his old stomping grounds! Saved again!

 

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Posted 14 September 2021 - 07:29 PM

I'm currently running Firefox on WindSucks-10. I was using W-7 but, the HD took a dive so, I'm using the bigger box right now. It is likely that the ad-blocker is interfering which is not an issue for me. I like the layout of Yahoo better. However, I really miss my XP-Pro! It was perfect! Just to make things worse, we now have WindBlows Eleven coming out! ARRRRRGH!!! MAKE IT STOP!!!!

 

By the way, that ATCO in Youngstown is already gone. Thank goodness! I would have liked to see it, though. The upside is that the old man has once again been denied an excuse to run back to his old stomping grounds! Saved again!

 

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I use the OPERA web browser on ALL my devices now... Win7 & Win10 PCs, Surface, mac Mini, & iPad.  Fast, secure, and more private than Google Chrome, MS Edge, or Firefox...  no issues rendering any web sites, content, etc.


 


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