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#76 jkmccarthy

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Posted 04 October 2021 - 09:51 AM

Yep, it’s not the Argonaut, but the upside is that it’s not the 150 either. That’s the earlier Synta 180mm (7”) Mak which still makes it a very good deal. They are currently retailing at just under $1300, (for the OTA).

Good catch ... from the length of the dovetail bar, I think you may be correct that it's the 180mm.

 

Odd that the seller's reply to me last night explicitly referred to it as a 6-inch in response to my inquiry about the scope and its aperture.  The single (maybe ~ 11-lb ?) counterweight shown in the picture is not nearly sufficient to balance it in R.A. if it is in fact the 180mm version (which would make it a much better deal, certainly).  The visual back and star diagonal in the photo are both 1.25" versions.
 


 

#77 Darren Drake

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Posted 04 October 2021 - 11:27 AM

It is the 180mm version he sent me a pic..


 

#78 CHASLX200

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Posted 04 October 2021 - 06:14 PM

I think that mount is barely adequate for a 7” Mak. That’s a substantial instrument, both weighty and something that requires some degree of dedication to get the most out of. It’s definitely not a grab and go and would require two hours minimum to reach thermal equilibrium on a good night in a temperate climate. Some of the thermal problems could be alleviated if the tube were properly wrapped in refletix as per instructions in the Cat forum. Otherwise, it would be best to keep it outside under a covered porch or something like that where temperatures would be close to ambient.

Them CG5 and clones don't cut it for a heavy Mak. A 6" is ok.
 


 

#79 norvegicus

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Posted 04 October 2021 - 07:02 PM

There a Bushnell Harbormaster brass scope on SGW.  I have no idea who made these or what they are like optically.

 

https://www.shopgood.../Item/130906923


 

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Posted 04 October 2021 - 07:12 PM

Optical Research OR-840 8" newt in Green Bay, WI.

 

Interesting mount / eyepiece arrangement.  Nice eyepiece.  Too expensive.

 

https://greenbay.cra...7389437868.html


 

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Posted 04 October 2021 - 08:02 PM

Optical Research OR-840 8" newt in Green Bay, WI.

 

Interesting mount / eyepiece arrangement.  Nice eyepiece.  Too expensive.

 

https://greenbay.cra...7389437868.html

...being unaware of what was meant by a "positive transfer element" lol.gif I had to look it up naturally: https://books.google...scope&f=false  

 

Certainly an interesting scope as far as varieties go! I like the comment about "putting a sock" over the counterweight! smile.gif


 

#82 reverse_syzygy

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Posted 05 October 2021 - 07:42 AM

I think I'll pass on the Mak for now, for multiple reasons. Beyond that...

 I'd recommend SVBony gold line (~$35 each) or AstroTech Paradigm / BST Starguider (~$60 each) as the best bang for the buck.

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Your little Dob should stay around as a grab and go, quick look scope.  It will benefit from the better eyepieces too.

I think this is where I'm currently at: Looking at picking up some improved EPs (and a Barlow) to upgrade the baby Dob (from kit Kellners,) and adapting the 7te-5 to accept 1.25" so that the EPs can do double duty (over 55yo Huygens.) 

(Also a T-ring, etc. to take basic moon/planet images.)


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Posted 05 October 2021 - 08:44 AM

There a Bushnell Harbormaster brass scope on SGW.  I have no idea who made these or what they are like optically.

 

https://www.shopgood.../Item/130906923

They are made in Taiwan. I would pass. It's a 60/750mm air spaced doublet with a tiny built in erector prism in the draw tube that adds a lot of magnification and a 1" threaded eyepiece with a very small FOV. I ended up fixing one up and had to replace the front element with a 60/900, machining a custom tube adapter to accommodate a diagonal and 1.25" EPs. Not worth it. And the finish on the tripod just rinses off in water and the brass is just a coating, not solid.


 

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Posted 05 October 2021 - 09:16 AM

VNTG Gilbert 80 Power Astronomical Telescope

 

Gilbert 80 Power Astronomical Telescope   

 

SGW offerings.


 

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Posted 05 October 2021 - 10:28 AM

Ooh, 7" A-P

 

https://www.cloudyni...with-4-focuser/


 

#86 Defenderslideguitar

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Posted 05 October 2021 - 11:01 AM

Yes    en  re    AP  180     if I recall correctly this was listed a month or so   on AMart  and was pending for several week and now is no longer listed as pending on Amart and C/N

 

Certainly a serious instrument 


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Posted 05 October 2021 - 11:31 AM

8" Meade in MI.

 

https://www.cloudyni...ctor-telescope/

 

Hmm, maybe I'll go check it out.


 

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Posted 05 October 2021 - 01:58 PM

8" Meade in MI.

 

https://www.cloudyni...ctor-telescope/

 

Hmm, maybe I'll go check it out.

 Yeah I saw that one.  I laughed at myself when I realized that the stated need for a mirror recoat is what made me interested because it means it's a classic scope and not a modern Chinese one.  

 

8 hour drive for me.

 

 

EDIT:  and now the ad is gone.  ?


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#89 Garyth64

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Posted 05 October 2021 - 02:45 PM

Well, here we go again.  In talking with the seller of the Meade 8" newt, she said she got many inquires.

 

Some said she wasn't asking enough.  Wow, seems like I just said that a short time ago.  It must happen much more that I know about.  She knew she could have asked for more, but felt it was a fair price.  But why do some of you guys feel you have to tell the sellers that?  It was her husbands and it has sat for many years.  She wanted it gone.  Because you can't get it, you want her to change her ad, and ask for more?

Some said it must have been painted red, because they didn't come that way.  Ah, but they did my Padawan amateur astronomer.

And whoever wanted to know, yes, it does have the original sticker on it.

 

She wanted it to go to a good home, and it did.  I am liking what I see, and will be very happy to clean it up and view Saturn and Jupiter this fall.  I was surprised how light the OTA is.

 

I'll do a write up on it later.


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Posted 05 October 2021 - 03:37 PM

Ahhh, $18,500.


 

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Posted 05 October 2021 - 06:02 PM

If it included the mount and was local i would find a way to stuff in the Bolt and drive it home.


 

#92 stmarch

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Posted 05 October 2021 - 06:41 PM

Mizar Kaiser 80mm telescope with wheel focusr set on Zenmarket. Heavy mount, had an Mizar AR, but the Kiaser mount is bigger and heavier. Thus costly to ship

I was fortunate to have CN member Galakuma donate a mount that required a restore.

 

https://zenmarket.jp...ode=k1010144034

 

Mine is a terrific classic telescope to use, not common in the US. From the Mizar catalog, many parts were made especially for this telescope from finder bracket, finder, mount etc.

Been using Zen for a few yrs now, these hardly came up for auction, This is the 3rd one this year I have seen for sale.


 

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Posted 05 October 2021 - 09:48 PM

If it included the mount and was local i would find a way to stuff in the Bolt and drive it home.

Nice, I drive a Bolt too. Here's me today loading up a C14 in a cartoony box with fragile on the side. About 2 minutes later I found out the corrector was broken anyways. But it fit in the Bolt no problem! 😅😭

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#94 Garyth64

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Posted 06 October 2021 - 07:32 AM

The word "fragile"  comes from the ancient words, "frag", and "ile".  "Frag" means to fragment or to make in pieces.  And "ile" can be interpreted as, me, or it.

 

So when you put "fragile" on a package, you're just asking for trouble.

 

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Posted 06 October 2021 - 08:42 AM

Fra gee lay

 

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Posted 06 October 2021 - 09:11 AM

It must be Italian! :lol:


 

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Posted 06 October 2021 - 09:36 AM

The word "fragile"  comes from the ancient words, "frag", and "ile".  "Frag" means to fragment or to make in pieces.  And "ile" can be interpreted as, me, or it.

 

So when you put "fragile" on a package, you're just asking for trouble.

 

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borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French fragile, borrowed from Latin fragilis, from frag-, variant stem of frangere "to break, shatter" + -ilis "subject to, susceptible to (the action of the verb)" (alteration of -ibilis -IBLE, originally by haplology after verb stems ending in a labial consonant)


 

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Posted 06 October 2021 - 10:26 AM

Final Questar price ... $1536 ... Fair ?

Questar on GW at $1300 , 2 days left. I understand that the quality of Questar is inherent with the brand , personally I cannot justify the amount to be expended without pictures of the lens to verify condition. Guess I am just an old cautious fuddy duddy ... https://www.shopgood.../Item/130922693


 

#99 RichA

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Posted 06 October 2021 - 12:33 PM

Final Questar price ... $1536 ... Fair ?

BB coated, according to the serial number so yes.


 

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Posted 06 October 2021 - 12:39 PM

A 60mm Selsi telescope, probably overpriced:

 

https://cincinnati.c...7390395047.html


 


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