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#76 Bomber Bob

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Posted 03 September 2021 - 01:03 PM

This little scope might be better than it looks. Idai 50/300 ST refractor made in Japan. According to CN threads this was most likely made by Daiichi Kogaku. They made scopes for Celestron , Meade & many others. It will be a very cheap grab , @ $9 now ,  32 hrs left ... I could be wrong & it is garbage ... https://www.shopgood...69#shipping-tab

Lots of plastic.  Crap accessories.  But, at $40 + shipping, it could be a good backpack RFT.  Optics should be about as good as the Tanzutsu Tasco F5 fracs.


 

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Posted 03 September 2021 - 01:08 PM

Bob , Thanks for the info & help. I will steer away from it ...

Lots of plastic.  Crap accessories.  But, at $40 + shipping, it could be a good backpack RFT.  Optics should be about as good as the Tanzutsu Tasco F5 fracs.


 

#78 RichA

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Posted 03 September 2021 - 01:18 PM

Here's a Criterion Dynamax 8 for a crazy price - $60 with mount, lens, etc - a whole kit in Glendora for those who want to roll the dice for quality

 

https://offerup.com/...tail/1266992101

Wouldn't matter the quality, easily resellable for $500, good tripod, eyepieces have some collectability.


 

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Posted 03 September 2021 - 02:53 PM

Celestron First scope C 80  wood tripod     24 years old  so  a classic next month for the new model years     50 bucks

 

https://www.cloudyni...p-detroit-area/


 

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Posted 03 September 2021 - 02:56 PM

1950s(?) ATCO 1253 (60/910) w/Hiyokkor Lens - $200 (overpriced) in Lilburn, GA - https://www.facebook...27692174935822/

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#81 Bomber Bob

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Posted 03 September 2021 - 03:11 PM

More photos of said scope.

The Hiyokkor-engraved cells are a few years older than the Yamatar-engraved lens cells -- mid-1950s vs. early 1960s...

 

This ATCO is the same as a "152x" pre-7TE Tasco, Space Scope 151, etc.  IF undamaged, the lens should be excellent to outstanding.

 

But... awful cosmetics.  And, it does not have the better quality bundled accessories:  No .965" Volcano-Tops, or the thick-capped EPs that came with my 1964 Monolux 4380...  I'd guess 1955, based on the lens cell S/N...


Edited by Bomber Bob, 03 September 2021 - 03:17 PM.

 

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Posted 03 September 2021 - 04:18 PM

Celestron/Vixen Polaris and small 100mm Cometron Newtonian.

Overpriced beyond barter room at $400. OTA is worth less than $100 and mount between 100 and 200.

 

The mount is better than some Cometron versions since it has the full rear setting circles on the RA. It also has the polar scope.

 

The latitude adjuser has a very steep angle so this is best for lower USA states. Look at the side picture of the mount. The lat adjuster is almost straight up. This would be great for close to the equator. 

 

The tripod and OTA are typical Cometron versions that are a notable step down from the "C" series. 

 

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Posted 03 September 2021 - 04:21 PM

Polarex 40/700 refractor kit ... Very nice ... EBay France ... https://www.ebay.fr/...C0AAOSwupJhMg59


 

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Posted 03 September 2021 - 04:33 PM

The Hiyokkor-engraved cells are a few years older than the Yamatar-engraved lens cells -- mid-1950s vs. early 1960s...

 

This ATCO is the same as a "152x" pre-7TE Tasco, Space Scope 151, etc.  IF undamaged, the lens should be excellent to outstanding.

 

But... awful cosmetics.  And, it does not have the better quality bundled accessories:  No .965" Volcano-Tops, or the thick-capped EPs that came with my 1964 Monolux 4380...  I'd guess 1955, based on the lens cell S/N...

And for better or (I think) worse this example and the ones you mentioned have a captive tube clamp, meaning you have to unscrew the objective to remove the OTA from the mount... which probably means it's the type that folds (origami style) intact into the box. which also means it's missing the accessory (drink) holder/leg separater.  That's all good if you just like them old and don't care if it's as user friendly as the ones from a few years later.


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#85 Bomber Bob

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Posted 03 September 2021 - 05:33 PM

And for better or (I think) worse this example and the ones you mentioned have a captive tube clamp, meaning you have to unscrew the objective to remove the OTA from the mount... which probably means it's the type that folds (origami style) intact into the box. which also means it's missing the accessory (drink) holder/leg separater.  That's all good if you just like them old and don't care if it's as user friendly as the ones from a few years later.

I'd care for $50 as a local buy; but, definitely not at $200 + shipping!


 

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Posted 03 September 2021 - 06:43 PM

"And for better or (I think) worse this example and the ones you mentioned have a captive tube clamp, meaning you have to unscrew the objective to remove the OTA from the mount... which probably means it's the type that folds (origami style) intact into the box. which also means it's missing the accessory (drink) holder/leg separater."

 

Yep, I had the Space Scope with that unopening tube clamp.  I have a Selsi 247 80x910, that is similar, and the Shrine Manons, et al, are like that too.

I do not like them.  Folding them to fit in a box is a good description.


 

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Posted 03 September 2021 - 06:55 PM

Love the scope, hate the oil derrick it’s sitting on! lol.gif

I like modern art... I don't know what to say?


 

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Posted 03 September 2021 - 06:55 PM

Anyone recognize this thing? DIY maybe?

 

https://www.facebook...977680675651600

I can't get this one out of my head.

The finder looks like it's just pipe made to look like a finder.

I see no working focuser or mirror. 

What I personally find most intriguing,  to me at least is it seems to be a equalateral mount at a set latitude. 

Still scratching my head 


 

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Posted 03 September 2021 - 07:04 PM

I can't get this one out of my head.

The finder looks like it's just pipe made to look like a finder.

I see no working focuser or mirror. 

What I personally find most intriguing,  to me at least is it seems to be a equalateral mount at a set latitude. 

Still scratching my head 

Yeah, I see carpet through the mirror cell.  But that cell uses wingnuts to "pull up" the mirror plate on (I guess) springs for collimation -- cool.  I also see an objective in the finder.

 

Old ATM without mirrors... what lunatic would buy one of those?  Uh....  IF Ole BB was close by... I would.  At worst, Garden Sculpture.


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Posted 03 September 2021 - 07:10 PM

I can't get this one out of my head.

The finder looks like it's just pipe made to look like a finder.

I see no working focuser or mirror. 

What I personally find most intriguing,  to me at least is it seems to be a equalateral mount at a set latitude. 

Still scratching my head 

It looks like the mirror, or an end cap, is on the floor right below where a mirror would be in a functional scope. Several months ago I sent a message asking for better pictures and if the scope is functional. The response was “Yes it is available.” as if the seller clicked on one of the FB prefab replies. Not worth it imho

 

@Piaget - The 50mm DK would be interesting with one of those 2” barrel non rotating helical focusers. The stock focuser significantly reduces the effective aperture.


 

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Posted 03 September 2021 - 07:11 PM

The mirror is on the floor I think. You can see it in the first photo.
 

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Posted 03 September 2021 - 07:22 PM

Meade LX50 of Unknown Size near Irvington, NY. Ad says it has a rolling stand, so scope buggy? For $260 worth checking out if you're in the area.

 

https://newyork.crai...7375021920.html


 

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Posted 03 September 2021 - 11:05 PM

4 Tasco Reflectors for $20 in American Fork, UT - https://www.facebook...44792125721621/

 

Mayflower 813 - $40 in Ft. Collins, CO - https://www.facebook...99973984710601/


 

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Posted 03 September 2021 - 11:40 PM

Polarex 40/700 refractor kit ... Very nice ... EBay France ... https://www.ebay.fr/...C0AAOSwupJhMg59

I wonder what it cost Unitron to use machined nuts and bolts?  Way above the usual grade of hardware.


 

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Posted 04 September 2021 - 12:10 AM

Lots of plastic.  Crap accessories.  But, at $40 + shipping, it could be a good backpack RFT.  Optics should be about as good as the Tanzutsu Tasco F5 fracs.

Wonder what the actual aperture is with 0.96 eyepieces?


 

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Posted 04 September 2021 - 05:27 AM

And for better or (I think) worse this example and the ones you mentioned have a captive tube clamp, meaning you have to unscrew the objective to remove the OTA from the mount... which probably means it's the type that folds (origami style) intact into the box. which also means it's missing the accessory (drink) holder/leg separater.  That's all good if you just like them old and don't care if it's as user friendly as the ones from a few years later.

Same as my Polaroscope 60x910 from the late 1950s  (Yamatar objective), the clamshell doesn't open up, you have to remove the objective and slide the OTA out. I haven't figured out an origami way of folding the whole thing, but I do have the handy shot glass tray / spreader.


 

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Posted 04 September 2021 - 05:33 AM

4 Tasco Reflectors for $20 in American Fork, UT - https://www.facebook...44792125721621/

 

Mayflower 813 - $40 in Ft. Collins, CO - https://www.facebook...99973984710601/

Four for $20.00? Each or for the lot? That is $5.00 each. I see both a white tube and red tube Lunagrosso, plus mounts. Hell, I'd pay $20 each for them.

 

Pleasepleaseplease let Utah be within 100 km of Ottawa. Oh. never mind.. grin.gif


 

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Posted 04 September 2021 - 08:20 AM

I can't get this one out of my head.

The finder looks like it's just pipe made to look like a finder.

I see no working focuser or mirror. 

What I personally find most intriguing,  to me at least is it seems to be a equalateral mount at a set latitude. 

Still scratching my head 

It seems to me that that particular scope was on eBay six or eight years ago and posted in this very thread.


 

#99 Bomber Bob

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Posted 04 September 2021 - 08:30 AM

It seems to me that that particular scope was on eBay six or eight years ago and posted in this very thread.

I thought it looked familiar... but there's so many scopes posted on CN, it's tough to be certain.  (Honestly, from 2017 until mid-2019, I don't think my brain was getting enough oxygen -- the Cow Valve really opened up that pipe!)


 

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Posted 04 September 2021 - 01:48 PM

Same as my Polaroscope 60x910 from the late 1950s  (Yamatar objective), the clamshell doesn't open up, you have to remove the objective and slide the OTA out. I haven't figured out an origami way of folding the whole thing, but I do have the handy shot glass tray / spreader.

It's posted somewhere how to do it and it's a tight fit in the box. All I can remember is that the tube stays connected to the mount, hub, legs and all... with the legs folded up and (I think?) the tube mount assembly is folded inside of them. Then legs are kept separated with by the little wood tray.  I always thought it leads to improper packing and it's associated damage to the scopes.


 


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