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#301 NTR180

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Posted 17 October 2021 - 08:05 PM

Mid 80's super C8 with wedge in Vista, CA for $300.  https://www.facebook...ory_type=post  


 

#302 jragsdale

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Posted 18 October 2021 - 09:45 AM

Decent looking Meade 8" newtonian for only $60 in Westfield, NJ

https://www.facebook...610490673470747

 

Swift 831 OTA, $150 in Fair Lawn, NJ

https://www.facebook...12826337128513/

 

Free 12.5" Dob in Fishers, IN

https://www.facebook...53659925369068/


 

#303 Steve C.

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Posted 18 October 2021 - 12:16 PM

Questar 7 and mount on Astromart - $8200

 

https://astromart.co...uestar-7-520306


 

#304 apfever

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Posted 18 October 2021 - 04:25 PM

Decent looking Meade 8" newtonian for only $60 in Westfield, NJ

https://www.facebook...610490673470747

 

That is a Meade 8" Starfinder GEM with the DEC slo-mo tangent arm. I'd be giving one big tip to the seller if it was an estate sale, inherited, or other form of the 'ignorant grandmother' situation. I'd give the $60 asking price if it was a flipper's find.  No, I'm NOT calling them to say it's worth more, or calling for any reason. 


 

#305 tim53

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Posted 18 October 2021 - 05:38 PM

That is a Meade 8" Starfinder GEM with the DEC slo-mo tangent arm. I'd be giving one big tip to the seller if it was an estate sale, inherited, or other form of the 'ignorant grandmother' situation. I'd give the $60 asking price if it was a flipper's find.  No, I'm NOT calling them to say it's worth more, or calling for any reason. 

I only told one seller that what they had was worth a lot more than they were asking because he was selling the scopes for his mom after his dad ran off with another woman.  I felt she deserved more than she was asking.  And then I paid that higher price.

 

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#306 CHASLX200

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Posted 18 October 2021 - 05:57 PM

Questar 7 and mount on Astromart - $8200

 

https://astromart.co...uestar-7-520306

Ouch on that price.  I paid around 6500 smackers back in the 90's.


 

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Posted 18 October 2021 - 05:58 PM

I only told one seller that what they had was worth a lot more than they were asking because he was selling the scopes for his mom after his dad ran off with another woman.  I felt she deserved more than she was asking.  And then I paid that higher price.

 

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I would go 300 smackers. I had one and the mount was much better than my 826 mount. Had one back in 1993.


 

#308 1939Dodge

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Posted 18 October 2021 - 06:18 PM

Sold American!


 

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Posted 18 October 2021 - 07:53 PM

20" Tectron Dob in Austin

 

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Posted 18 October 2021 - 07:56 PM

20" Tectron Dob in Austin

 

https://www.cloudyni...b-waccessories/

I would jump all over it if local and would fit thru my door. I had a 18" and loved the scope build but the mirror in mine was a dud.


 

#311 RichA

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Posted 18 October 2021 - 08:21 PM

Ouch on that price.  I paid around 6500 smackers back in the 90's.

 

 That's $10,500 in 2021 dollars.


 

#312 Bowlerhat

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Posted 18 October 2021 - 10:20 PM

Rich noted the same scope in posting #267 (previous page).

 

I'm in agreement regarding optical design - cassegrain of some sort.  The focusing mechanism looks to incorporate both fine and very coarse helicoids.  I would think the telescope was designed for terrestrial use over long range.  My initial guess was a Gregorian design, but the accessory shown with the package may be an image erector, which would not be needed for a Gregorian scope.  Perhaps it's something else (a reducer? - to help with what must be a very long focal length?).  -Or perhaps it doesn't belong with the scope at all.

 

The eyepiece is a Lomo microscope ocular, about 40mm focal length.  Barrel was originally 32mm, so the eyepiece port may be 32mm, or the eyepiece barrel was turned/sanded down to fit a 1.25-incher (31.7mm).

 

I don't recall ever seeing another example of this particular scope.

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I think it might be atm scope, because it doesn't have proper arrangement for mounting, also lack of baffles. The barrel is...way too long, I wonder if the secondary is wayy too small for it's size?

Maybe someone at lomo having fun making a prototype?


 

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Posted 19 October 2021 - 12:07 AM

I think it might be atm scope, because it doesn't have proper arrangement for mounting, also lack of baffles. The barrel is...way too long, I wonder if the secondary is wayy too small for it's size?

Maybe someone at lomo having fun making a prototype?

I think the existing tube ring has lost its twin (another ring very likely existed).  It's also movable (8th photo shows a definite ring clamp hex-head screw).  The ring's current position at the front end of the scope is incidental and incorrect.

 

-But, yes: the primary's "native" focal length is extremely long for its aperture.  The central/sub-aperture mounting area for the secondary may be exactly that - a mounting "footprint" (for a missing stalk and secondary mirror) rather than the actual secondary mirror, itself.  It would be very interesting to see a photo view "up into" the scope from the rear port.

 

Definitely rare.  Prototype? - quite possible.  -Or an instrument made for military or laboratory applications, rather than as an astronomical telescope for "general" retail public consumption.  (Maybe a field /long-range microscope?)

 

Best wishes.

Dan


 

#314 flywing1

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Posted 19 October 2021 - 11:50 AM

Unitron 3" (Model 142?) on ebay

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/265367332928


 

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Posted 19 October 2021 - 12:05 PM

Sears

 

seller    not sure if price is too high or low   I would like to see more pics

 

https://www.cloudyni...complete-setup/


 

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Posted 19 October 2021 - 12:06 PM

This one is a Unitron  114    from right here in the classics    nice       and  with good pics    

 

https://www.cloudyni...escope-package/


 

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Posted 19 October 2021 - 02:27 PM

Sears

 

seller    not sure if price is too high or low   I would like to see more pics

 

https://www.cloudyni...complete-setup/

It looks like a nice scope, but, it is not RAO, it is Circle T, but still could have a very good lens. (seller says it's good).  That mount is really not adequate for a scope that size. 

IMO, price is too high.


Edited by Garyth64, 19 October 2021 - 08:11 PM.

 

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Posted 19 October 2021 - 04:29 PM

Here is a really cool VNTG Mizar Kaiser 80mm Refractor Telescope with helical focuser ... I think it is A fairly old model , Too bad it's PU only Arizona , I'd be all over this one ... https://www.shopgood.../Item/132232541


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#319 Piaget

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Posted 19 October 2021 - 04:54 PM

Here is an unbranded 80/400 ST refractor. The OTA is light blue , So it might be I-optron. Lens is very clear ... Could be a cheep cheep grabngo scope for someone ... https://www.shopgood.../Item/132223665


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#320 RichA

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Posted 19 October 2021 - 05:40 PM

Here is a really cool VNTG Mizar Kaiser 80mm Refractor Telescope with helical focuser ... I think it is A fairly old model , Too bad it's PU only Arizona , I'd be all over this one ... https://www.shopgood.../Item/132232541

That ring on it is interesting.


 

#321 flywing1

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Posted 19 October 2021 - 07:12 PM

Mizar Altair-15 with clock drive

 

https://zenmarket.jp...Code=1013381635

 

info: https://www.cloudyni...izar-altair-15/


 

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Posted 19 October 2021 - 09:07 PM

That ring on it is interesting.

Steering wheel for the non rotating helical focuser.


 

#323 Bowlerhat

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Posted 20 October 2021 - 04:15 AM

-But, yes: the primary's "native" focal length is extremely long for its aperture.  The central/sub-aperture mounting area for the secondary may be exactly that - a mounting "footprint" (for a missing stalk and secondary mirror) rather than the actual secondary mirror, itself.  It would be very interesting to see a photo view "up into" the scope from the rear port.

 

Definitely rare.  Prototype? - quite possible.  -Or an instrument made for military or laboratory applications, rather than as an astronomical telescope for "general" retail public consumption.  (Maybe a field /long-range microscope?)

It would be still weird though, the mounting is glued like that? usually it's more solid even with some adjustment screws?

Pretty tempting, th eseller says that he can provide pictures if asked..


 

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Posted 20 October 2021 - 06:11 AM

I would jump all over it if local and would fit thru my door. I had a 18" and loved the scope build but the mirror in mine was a dud.

I had a 15" F5 Tectron with a Galaxy mirror. The mirror was one of the best I have seen. Perfect star test in that baby. I don't think the Nova mirrors are as good. 

 

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Posted 20 October 2021 - 06:42 AM

My Galaxy 25" mirror was lacking in an Obsession. My Swayze 25" was awesome. My current Tectron has an IMO by Vaughn Parsons and it's a good one. All my Swayze have been very top notch.


 


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