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#151 Terra Nova

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Posted 09 October 2021 - 11:45 AM

"And for fun, when you just can't remember what these things are called...

https://www.facebook...43100219731556/"

 

 

 

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That’s great! I’ve discovered that I need that when I’m in outer space! I’ll get one before the next time I go up! :lol:


 

#152 sdedalus83

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Posted 09 October 2021 - 11:48 AM

Mondo Meade 6” F9 ED refractor:

 

https://www.cloudyni...f9-apo-emc-ota/

This would be worth the 20 hour round trip and gas, but I don’t have a suitable mount.


 

#153 Terra Nova

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Posted 09 October 2021 - 11:52 AM

This would be worth the 20 hour round trip and gas, but I don’t have a suitable mount.

It’s a two hr drive each way for me but I don’t have a suitable observatory! :lol:


 

#154 norvegicus

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Posted 09 October 2021 - 12:44 PM

Tasco/Vixen 9VR kit in case ... https://www.shopgood.../Item/131556096

I have that slow motion adjust alt az tripod head, it's very nice although not a wide range of travel.

 

There's a Vixen 5mm ortho eyepiece.

 

The focuser wheels look awfully close to the dovetail bar.

 

Would make a great guide scope.


 

#155 grif 678

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Posted 09 October 2021 - 12:45 PM

Makes you wish you were young again


 

#156 shredder1656

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Posted 09 October 2021 - 12:46 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.

I agree.  I do not understand that logic.  For me, if I AM THE BUYER, then I might offer more for a seriously under-priced scope.  However, MOST of the few times that has happened, the seller was well aware.  They just wanted it gone, like your seller.

 

If I am NOT the buyer, I mind my own business. 

 

Looking forward to hearing about your find.


 

#157 CHASLX200

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Posted 09 October 2021 - 01:21 PM

This would be worth the 20 hour round trip and gas, but I don’t have a suitable mount.

I'm in the same boat with a FS152 but no mount to hold it.


 

#158 SandyHouTex

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Posted 09 October 2021 - 03:08 PM

Mondo Meade 6” F9 ED refractor:

 

https://www.cloudyni...f9-apo-emc-ota/

That went quick.


 

#159 YourNotSirius

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Posted 09 October 2021 - 04:41 PM

It’s a two hr drive each way for me but I don’t have a suitable observatory! lol.gif

 

It would have been a much longer drive from New England! However, we have mounts that could handle it. The problem is that our bank book can't! LOL

 

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#160 MikeBY

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Posted 09 October 2021 - 05:09 PM

That went quick.

 

Wow -- It sure did!   Seller recently sold his Losmandy G11 mount. which also went fast. Perhaps buyers were lurking waiting for what's next?

 

It’s a two hr drive each way for me but I don’t have a suitable observatory! lol.gif

Similar dilemma.  Have the right mount (G11 with RA extension).
Have a line on a E -S.  AR152 and a Istar Perseus 150-10 but they are a lot to deal with and I suspect not particularly transport or setup-tear down friendly.
Would post but these are not "classic" scopes.

Sure is tempting though.  What's your opinion on these Achromats  vs the APOs as far as astrophotography?  The Istar optics I understand are supposed to be excellent.


Edited by MikeBY, 09 October 2021 - 06:08 PM.

 

#161 ccwemyss

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Posted 09 October 2021 - 05:58 PM

Yep. Great scope. As I said, mine comes about 90% close to matching my AP. But it does need a good mount. I put a handle on top of the rings, which makes it easy to carry, mount and dismount. It's setting up the mount that takes the extra effort. Unless you have a mount that can stay out under a 365 Scopecover, I do recommend an observatory. 

 

Not surprised it went fast at that price - $500 less than I paid for mine. It's not an early one - probably mid to late 90's. It has the screws for holding the focuser and cell, rather than using glue. But doesn't have the later, larger Meade logo. 

 

Somebody should be very happy with it. 

 

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#162 Littlegreenman

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Posted 09 October 2021 - 06:26 PM

It is Celestron Comet Catcher, a Schmidt-Newtonian. Looks clean, no pic of corrector. I like the tie-dye bands.

Reminds me of when I was a Hippie! The was when being a hippie meant Peace! Love! Then Charles Mansion came along and messed it up.

 

It comes with an Celestron 18mm ortho. Celestron included that eyepiece, at least with the orange tubs versions. Later version were black. It is an odd choice of eyepiece for this scope, since the design gives you wide view, and orthos do not.

 

Here is a post here on CN about them. There are a lot of posts on CN, I just picked one at random.

 

https://www.cloudyni...-comet-catcher/

 

Edit: I quoted a Russell Smith and erased the wrong ebay listing!  Fixed it. Corrected. Terra below was right!

(Memo to self. Coffee before internet posting in morning)

This got messed up. Skip the long version involving CN quirks and maybe my dumb browser.

I posted a reply to a post with links to two eBay listings. I deleted one of the links, but that was the one I should have kept. (This is the short version??  fingertap.gif). Finding my error (thank you Terra) I  edited and thought I fixed it. Nope. Just trying not to appear toooo stooopid.

Here is the correct link to what I was talking about:

 

https://www.ebay.com...3fffaa20a|iid:1


Edited by Littlegreenman, 09 October 2021 - 09:21 PM.

 

#163 Littlegreenman

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Posted 09 October 2021 - 06:55 PM

Prior post

Ben H, on 07 Oct 2021 - 4:05 PM, said:

    12" Parks for $1500 near Santa Barbara

   

 

Well, you might be drunk, I wouldn't know, but the tube IS oversized. I don't know why, but Parks uses an 18" tube for their 16" Newts and a 15 7/8" tube for their 12.5" scopes. 

I know why... whee.gif

 

 

Okay, I'll tell you.

Reason 1. $$$ It might be cheaper to get tubes in one size for a larger mirror and a smaller than getting 2 different sized tubes.  A larger tube might be an off the shelf item, esp if it used for something else in high quantities. A smaller tube might be a special order.  Add in issues of shipping boxes, spiders, etc.

Reason 2. They wanted to leave more space for air flow around the optics.

Reason 3. Somebody screwed up.


Edited by Littlegreenman, 09 October 2021 - 06:56 PM.

 

#164 AstroKerr

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Posted 09 October 2021 - 07:01 PM

This got messed up. Skip the long version involving CN quirks and maybe my dumb browser.

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https://www.ebay.com...3fffaa20a|iid:1

I used the mention of 'tie-dye bands' in the original reply as a guide and knew that of which thou spoke... waytogo.gif  

 

I find Kundalini Yoga (or parts of it) quite helpful - Thank you, Hindu(ism).


Edited by AstroKerr, 09 October 2021 - 07:26 PM.

 

#165 jragsdale

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Posted 09 October 2021 - 11:36 PM

Celestron Firstscope 80 (Vixen) - $75 in Flagstaff, AZ

https://www.facebook...34728071247341/

 

Tasco 152 - $25 in Glen Ellyn, IL

Wow, this one looks like it should be worth the trip. It's even stored correctly, you never see that on these late 50s origami style kits.

https://www.facebook...70652784142520/


Edited by jragsdale, 09 October 2021 - 11:38 PM.

 

#166 sdedalus83

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Posted 10 October 2021 - 12:41 AM

Cool 84mm Crescent Newtonian. The focuser and mount look Royal Astro. Maryland - auction ends this morning.


 

#167 Garyth64

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Posted 10 October 2021 - 09:51 AM

The Tasco 152 in IL for 25 is a no-brainer, whoever is close just go get it!  It is an old one.


 

#168 Terra Nova

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Posted 10 October 2021 - 10:41 AM

This is a great deal on an NP127 w/ Feathertouch focuser:

 

https://www.cloudyni...rtouch-focuser/


 

#169 Steve_M_M

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Posted 10 October 2021 - 11:57 AM

Pentax MS-3N mount.  No clamshell and the DC drive has been modified for AC.  These are awesome mounts and rare, but I'll be surprised if this non-operational one sells for $900.  I love the Pentax branded battery pack on mine...so cute.

 

https://www.cloudyni...1-pentax-ms-3n/


 

#170 reverse_syzygy

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Posted 10 October 2021 - 02:04 PM

Model No. 313 Jason 454X Equatorial Refractor Telescope - $50 (Hiram) 
(halfway between Cleveland/Akron and Youngstown, OH)

https://akroncanton....7385938648.html


 

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Posted 10 October 2021 - 03:55 PM

Unitron on eBay


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

#172 CHASLX200

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Posted 10 October 2021 - 04:48 PM

That is by me. Never knew there was a Unitron within 200 miles of me.  Sure not worth 999 smackers. Looks like a 60mm with a 40mm finder slapped on. If it were a 3" i would have jumped.


 

#173 Defenderslideguitar

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Posted 10 October 2021 - 06:08 PM

With the guide scope on it   I thought it might be a model 140   but  looking closer at the lens shot   it is the 60mm 

seller calls it   Rare     but what is Rare is that it is near Chas......


Edited by Defenderslideguitar, 10 October 2021 - 06:15 PM.

 

#174 Garyth64

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Posted 10 October 2021 - 06:51 PM

Opening bid is about 2x too much.  Another dreamer.


 

#175 jragsdale

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Posted 10 October 2021 - 06:54 PM

1800s Fitz scope on eBay went for $10,088!

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


 


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