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#1 mdowns

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Posted 30 September 2021 - 09:23 PM

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Longtime contributor and our resident expert on vintage 50mm refractors,CharlieB has offered up these images of his favorite classic to start our October thread. I had expected it to be the Swift in his avatar but instead he said this "Choosing my favorite scope is a tough one, but I guess it would have to be my 1956 Nippon Kogaku 50mm f/15.  The optics are incredible and it's build quality is superb. The scope is in remarkably good condition.  It doesn't look like it was used much before I picked it up.  It had been sitting in the previous owner's basement for over twenty years after they had rescued it from the neighbor's trash.  The original owners bought it for their son, but he lost interest in it, so it stayed in the case until they decided to toss it away.  Since I bought it, I've managed to find the zenith prism, finder prism, 25mm Huygens eyepiece and recently came across the terrestrial erector prism with the 40mm eyepiece.

There aren't many of these still around - especially in this condition."

 

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Thanks much Charlie,that's a beautiful classic!

 

 

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#2 jragsdale

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Posted 30 September 2021 - 11:39 PM

Good shape Sears 6305 (60/900) - $150 in Pampa, TX

https://www.facebook...15482792098547/

 

Dynamax 8, good shape other than the optics lol.gif - $425 in Chicago, IL

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Posted 01 October 2021 - 07:41 AM

Dynamax 8, good shape other than the optics lol.gif - $425 in Chicago, IL
https://www.facebook...46564919500788/


The asking price is much too high unless it has the Golden Pyramid tripod.
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Posted 01 October 2021 - 10:37 AM

Meade 7" LX200 Mak - $1500 in Albany, OR

https://www.facebook...36243628472489/

 

Black C90 with some nice EPs - $50 in Loudon, TN

https://www.facebook...05300550862074/



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Posted 01 October 2021 - 12:24 PM

https://www.ebay.de/...7-127634-2357-0

Been saving your pennies? Here is a Zeiss APQ 150/1200. Only 19900€ at APM!

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#6 Defenderslideguitar

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Posted 01 October 2021 - 01:00 PM

Oh my    that would be sweet to have in one's observatory

Nice Zeiss        price includes vat



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Posted 01 October 2021 - 02:44 PM

Wanted to share this Classic among Classics here too in case anyone missed it at the end of last month's thread. 

 

Publicly available, antebellum, 5"+ Fitz refractor in apparently good condition. Auction ends in 9 days and while I thought my $5 symbolic bid might win, the price is already up over $1200.

 

 

https://www.ebay.com...d-/353700406707


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Posted 01 October 2021 - 03:31 PM

Vixen Great Polaris with Skysensor 2000 PC

 

https://www.cloudyni...sensor-2000-pc/


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Posted 01 October 2021 - 04:18 PM

Wanted to share this Classic among Classics here too in case anyone missed it at the end of last month's thread. 

 

Publicly available, antebellum, 5"+ Fitz refractor in apparently good condition. Auction ends in 9 days and while I thought my $5 symbolic bid might win, the price is already up over $1200.

 

 

https://www.ebay.com...d-/353700406707

The Henry Fitz is getting quite a few bids    it sure is nice    but we will just be a spectator on this one


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Posted 01 October 2021 - 04:39 PM

It is a beauty , but out of my neighborhood unfortunately ... 

The Henry Fitz is getting quite a few bids    it sure is nice    but we will just be a spectator on this one



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Posted 01 October 2021 - 09:31 PM

The Henry Fitz is getting quite a few bids    it sure is nice    but we will just be a spectator on this one

And still eight days to go. It will be interesting to watch its price ascend to stratospheric heights in the last remaining hours. The poker players are all laying low right now.


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Posted 02 October 2021 - 12:51 AM

Vixen Great Polaris with Skysensor 2000 PC

 

https://www.cloudyni...sensor-2000-pc/

From the listing:

"For the sake of shipping I separate the mount head and tripod.

I ask 750 for complete set of mount head + shipping (~80 to US) + PayPal fee. Option wooden tripod with hub for 100 + shipping."

 

This one of my pet peeves. I got into this hobby about 25 years. It used to the norm that the hub of a mount always went with the head. A particular hub is usually compatible with only one or a few mounts. But a lot of hubs use the similar sized attachment for legs. It the last 5 or so years I am seeing more and more hubs separated from the head. A naive buyer can get stuck trying to find the compatible hub. Sometimes hard to find. Smart buyers who do not have the right hub lying around are slow to buy hubless heads. (Great name for rock band?)

End of rant, but I hope someone selling mount is listening.

 

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Edited by Littlegreenman, 02 October 2021 - 10:19 AM.

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Posted 02 October 2021 - 07:57 AM

When I bought my Great Polaris from godelescher I was pleasantly surprised that he included the hub, it gives me so many more options.  


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Posted 02 October 2021 - 10:27 AM

I agree so strongly that I feel the additional cost of tripod plus 'hub' is a bunk markup sales ploy. Hubs go with the heads, not the legs. 

Yes, a Vixen hub (there are several different ones) can sell for $35-ish dollars. And I cannot remember the last time I saw a plain Polaris hub, not a SP/GP hub, for sale on it's own.

I can understand a naive seller looking at the tripod and thinking, "If I take this hub off (also known to the naive as this top-thingy , and I use that term not to ridicule people not familiar with our hobby, but to amuse you readers), then the tripod-thing would collapse and fall apart. And look at all those bolts. Better leave the top-thingy on the tripod."

Maybe we should all send a PM to the seller, and try to educate him about this thingy business?


Edited by Littlegreenman, 02 October 2021 - 11:46 AM.

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Posted 02 October 2021 - 12:33 PM

A Scope scope for sale    i rescued a 60 mm for 30 bucks once....

this one is the 76mm model

 

https://www.cloudyni...m-x-1200mm-f16/


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Posted 02 October 2021 - 12:46 PM

4"? Unitron for $900 in New Jersey

 

https://cnj.craigsli...7388471194.html


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Posted 02 October 2021 - 12:55 PM

For Zeiss fans:

 

https://www.ebay.de/...=p2471758.m4704

Obs:

Early Amateurfernrohr Steinheil AS 63/840 (~1950) — rare!!

Lots of accs. — including Zeiss Colci solar prism — rare!!

Original Zeiss astro-bino with barlow — (semi) rare!

Ditto position ring (for double star PA meadurement).

Objective size glass next to the pos. Ring — Was Isst Dass??

 

Buyer must arrange shipping. 
Not sure all parts of original mount are included.

Later T1 mount seems to be complete.

Missing specs & condition of eyepieces.

 

If collectors are bidding, the price may go exponential…


Edited by AllanDystrup, 02 October 2021 - 01:15 PM.

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Posted 02 October 2021 - 01:16 PM

I missed this Vixen 80 f/5 by 5 minutes. 

 

https://www.cloudyni...metron-wslo-mo/


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Posted 02 October 2021 - 01:17 PM

4"? Unitron for $900 in New Jersey

 

https://cnj.craigsli...7388471194.html

I think it's not a Unitron Goto? Or really early?

Not familiar with those legs


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Posted 02 October 2021 - 02:53 PM

I think it's not a Unitron Goto?

Lordy, I would be there in a second. Go get it someone!


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Posted 02 October 2021 - 03:05 PM

Edmund Scientific red reflector on fork mount. $25. Northern Virginia No pic of the optics. 

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Posted 02 October 2021 - 03:24 PM

4"? Unitron for $900 in New Jersey

 

https://cnj.craigsli...7388471194.html

Looks like a 4.  Not a bad price slice if the lens is clean.
 


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Posted 02 October 2021 - 03:53 PM

This is a pretty rough 8 inch Criterion SCT near Phoenix. No way is it worth $499. The tripod and wedge are included, though, and seem to be in better shape than the rest of the scope, but that isn’t saying much. I suppose if someone needs an optical component, you may be able to bargain them down. Of interest, but seemingly applicable to nothing pertinent, is the SKU label on the base. 

 

< https://phoenix.crai...7386966451.html >


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Posted 02 October 2021 - 03:59 PM

Criterion RV6 with motor drive near Colorado Springs. Looks complete and in fairly good shape. $275 may be a bit much though.

 

https://cosprings.cr...7388181247.html >


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Posted 02 October 2021 - 04:15 PM

4"? Unitron for $900 in New Jersey

 

https://cnj.craigsli...7388471194.html

Somebody here needs to get that! It’s an old one in great shape and at a great price!


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