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#1 mdowns

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Posted 30 November 2021 - 11:47 AM

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   This month, long-time member and active contributor Tim53 has offered this picture to start our thread. When I approached Tim about his favorite classic I was surprised by his response at first and then thought,' it is a restoration project of a unique scope'.Tim had this to say about it.

 

."This is my oddball C-14 on my bench, getting ready to be DPAC tested.  The OTA was part of one of my more interesting eBay auction wins from several years ago, when I purchased a pallet of several OTAs, including a couple of 6" and 8" Caves, an Optical Craftsmen 10", a Goto 4" refractor, and a complete Meade 856.  I've sold about half of that collection.  The C-14 was missing the corrector, so it took me some searching to find a replacement.  The OTA is about 2" longer than a stock C-14, and the primary baffle is 3 1/4" INSIDE diameter.  The secondary has a "C-14 prototype" in marker on the back, and a former Celestron employee seemed to recall it was a prototype from before the Edge HDs were made that was never finished.  The Intent must have been for full-frame or even medium format imaging, which is what I hope to use it for.  Because the Corrector didn't come with it, I plan to refigure the secondary to make the system perform as well as it can.  That can't be too hard, right?  grin.gif. All told, I might currently have about $300 invested in it."                         Thanks Tim!

 

 

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#2 jragsdale

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Posted 30 November 2021 - 12:15 PM

Nice Towa 339 (80/1200) - $150 in Coeur D'Alene, ID

https://www.facebook...282929283766857

 

60s Japanese Refractor (unknown brand)  - $275 in Palm Springs, CA

https://www.facebook...408183477477062

 

50s Lafayette 62mm - $80 in Tulsa, OK (I would want to see this one)

https://www.facebook...706826903041736

 

Old Selsi - $40 in Norfolk, VA

https://www.facebook...654380282635540

 

Looks like a Vixen Firstscope 80? - $25 in Long Beach, NJ

https://www.facebook...80625845969953/

 

Scope brand RAO 76/1200 - $175 in Franklin, PA

https://www.facebook...083016391800522

 

1958 Unitron 114 - $450 in Pepperell, MA

https://www.facebook...649245595112958

 

OLD EQ Mount - $200 in Coopersburg, PA

https://www.facebook...652553932787357

 

Criterion RV6 w/motor - $175 in Columbus, OH

https://www.facebook...421286013031884


Edited by jragsdale, 30 November 2021 - 01:47 PM.

 

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Posted 30 November 2021 - 01:33 PM

barely classic?  2004 Meade 6" f/8 refractor in GA for $750.  A great price with the GoTo mount and JMI cases.

 

https://www.cloudyni...atic-refractor/


Edited by norvegicus, 30 November 2021 - 01:35 PM.

 

#4 mdowns

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Posted 30 November 2021 - 01:41 PM

 

 

Criterion RV6 w/motor - $175 in Columbus, OH

https://www.facebook...421286013031884

This RV6 ota looks great, very nearly new and with the drive corrector.I hope someone here grabs this!


 

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Posted 30 November 2021 - 03:04 PM

 

Criterion RV6 w/motor - $175 in Columbus, OH

https://www.facebook...421286013031884

 

 

This RV6 ota looks great, very nearly new and with the drive corrector.I hope someone here grabs this!

It gets better. It has the optional slo-mo DEC control.  This is a nice looking RV-6 deal.

I don't know of any RV-6 that had factory end rings. The posted one does, and the end rings look nicer than usual atm. This scope is likely to have had special respect and care.

The sellers may not know much so Caution. The photos are with the OTA precariously perched on the saddle and the clamping knobs on TOP.  The only thing holding the OTA assembly on the mount are the two ring studs going through the holes in the saddle. 


 

#6 Kasmos

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Posted 30 November 2021 - 03:16 PM

A real Newtonian! 

Seems like a bargin for a really neat collectable.

Fairly rare plus made by VIxen

 

https://www.cloudyni...elescope-vixen/


 

#7 Steve_M_M

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Posted 30 November 2021 - 06:53 PM

Time for a new scope in my office :)

 

The buyer of the Vixen Newton is someone we all know and love and will do a great job of telling everyone the story and the quirks of this telescope.


 

#8 CHASLX200

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Posted 30 November 2021 - 07:14 PM

barely classic?  2004 Meade 6" f/8 refractor in GA for $750.  A great price with the GoTo mount and JMI cases.

 

https://www.cloudyni...atic-refractor/

Good price but the mount is really maxed out with that OTA.
 


 

#9 Terra Nova

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Posted 30 November 2021 - 07:15 PM

barely classic?  2004 Meade 6" f/8 refractor in GA for $750.  A great price with the GoTo mount and JMI cases.

 

https://www.cloudyni...atic-refractor/

I don’t think a 2004 scope is even barely a classic; it’s not even twenty years old.


 

#10 CHASLX200

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Posted 30 November 2021 - 07:52 PM

I don’t think a 2004 scope is even barely a classic; it’s not even twenty years old.

I don't even count my GP C102 as classic yet.


 

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Posted 30 November 2021 - 10:04 PM

And now for something different:

 

Dauer-Gelbon f=950mm.  It looks like it might be late 40s or early 50s. The mount is a tiny ball head with two solid pieces screwed together to clamp the tube and the ball. The objective appears uncoated and at most 50mm - the spacers look huge in comparison. There’s a bit of a Goto vibe going on with the focuser.


 

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Posted 30 November 2021 - 10:52 PM

Classic Vixen "ICARUS DX" D=60mm F=910mm refractor on an alt-az yoke mount compete with tall wood tripod, eyepieces, and star diagonal, on Zen-Market:

 

https://zenmarket.jp...ode=m1023186574

 

Seller states that objective lens is clear, and the auction listing includes afocal images taken with a smartphone behind the included 20mm eyepiece (as well as through the 6x30mm finder).

 

         -- Jim


Edited by jkmccarthy, 30 November 2021 - 10:55 PM.

 

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Posted 01 December 2021 - 08:14 AM

Here's another classic Goto on Zen/Yahoo:

 

Science Education Promotion Law Standard Astronomical Telescope Astronomical Observation Telescope Current product

 

I let the translation stand as is because I think it's amusing, but you classic fans get the idea.  Looks like ~60cm very long f/l.  No tripod but otherwise looks like most of the pieces are there.  The lens cell is unmarked.


 

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Posted 01 December 2021 - 08:42 AM

Here's another classic Goto on Zen/Yahoo:

 

Science Education Promotion Law Standard Astronomical Telescope Astronomical Observation Telescope Current product

 

I let the translation stand as is because I think it's amusing, but you classic fans get the idea.  Looks like ~60cm very long f/l.  No tripod but otherwise looks like most of the pieces are there.  The lens cell is unmarked.

This is a model 105...60mm F/20.  The end of the OTA may be bent/damaged which could be why the objective cell is separated from the OTA.  Nice that it has the tripod tray unfortunately it has been orphaned from the mount.  


 

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Posted 01 December 2021 - 09:51 AM

barely classic?  2004 Meade 6" f/8 refractor in GA for $750.  A great price with the GoTo mount and JMI cases.

 

https://www.cloudyni...atic-refractor/

I'd have left off the picture of Saturn, it really highlights the color present in the fast achromat.


 

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Posted 01 December 2021 - 03:48 PM

I'd have left off the picture of Saturn, it really highlights the color present in the fast achromat.

Truth in advertising grin.gif   


 

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Posted 01 December 2021 - 04:12 PM

Unitron 152 with drive, super focuser, Unihex, eyepieces, all boxes. Looks to be a later 60's model. Well cared for, though not pristine.  $3500 in Chicago area. 

 

https://chicago.crai...7414997636.html

 

I'm the person referred to in the ad who has been providing some advice, as the seller reached out to me after I responded to a thread he started here. I have suggested adding an objective photo to the ad. 

 

Chip W. 


 

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Posted 01 December 2021 - 04:57 PM

That Vixen Firstscope 80 for $25 in Long Beach, NJ looks like a great deal !!


 

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Posted 01 December 2021 - 05:18 PM

I'd have left off the picture of Saturn, it really highlights the color present in the fast achromat.

:)

 

I tried one of those out of curiosity. I had the 5" f/9.5 achromat and it was on the edge of usability, but i wanted to see. It was impossible to get uncolored stars. At best focus there was a rosy fringe on all the stars. The 5" was OK with a Baader semi-APO filter. I thought about using a really big Fraunhofer refractor and how I would handle the color problems. I guess if Saturn is the size of a dinner plate it doesn't matter :)

 

BTW the famous cross-reference for aperture vs. CA is very accurate. This.

 

https://www.cloudyni...hart/?p=4560550

 

-drl


 

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Posted 01 December 2021 - 09:07 PM

He says he's now considering reasonable offers:  https://losangeles.c...7410670243.html

 

My reasonable offer would probably not appear so, as I only need the tripod and wedge.  I already have two of the OTAs (and we know how sought after those are!)


 

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Posted 01 December 2021 - 09:15 PM

goto-kogaku mount  but James in Japan   hints at the availability of other Goto's

 his collection    see last pic

 

 

 

https://www.cloudyni...eneration-more/


Edited by Defenderslideguitar, 01 December 2021 - 09:17 PM.

 

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Posted 01 December 2021 - 10:25 PM

A goto ending soon.

https://page.auction...ion/n1022101912

I can't seem to register for this site.

Would love a look if someone buys.


 

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Posted 01 December 2021 - 11:17 PM

A goto ending soon.

https://page.auction...ion/n1022101912

I can't seem to register for this site.

Would love a look if someone buys.

Here’s that listing on Zen Market. You have to use a proxy to buy something from yahoo.jp auctions and Zen is generally considered the best. You have to deposit enough to cover your bid, the fees, and domestic shipping before you bid.


Edited by sdedalus83, 01 December 2021 - 11:18 PM.

 

#24 deSitter

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Posted 01 December 2021 - 11:24 PM

Nice Towa 339 (80/1200) - $150 in Coeur D'Alene, ID

https://www.facebook...282929283766857

 

60s Japanese Refractor (unknown brand)  - $275 in Palm Springs, CA

https://www.facebook...408183477477062

 

50s Lafayette 62mm - $80 in Tulsa, OK (I would want to see this one)

https://www.facebook...706826903041736

 

Old Selsi - $40 in Norfolk, VA

https://www.facebook...654380282635540

 

Looks like a Vixen Firstscope 80? - $25 in Long Beach, NJ

https://www.facebook...80625845969953/

 

Scope brand RAO 76/1200 - $175 in Franklin, PA

https://www.facebook...083016391800522

 

1958 Unitron 114 - $450 in Pepperell, MA

https://www.facebook...649245595112958

 

OLD EQ Mount - $200 in Coopersburg, PA

https://www.facebook...652553932787357

 

Criterion RV6 w/motor - $175 in Columbus, OH

https://www.facebook...421286013031884

SCOPE scope is a really excellent looking classic! i would jump on that in the area.

 

-drl


 

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Posted 02 December 2021 - 01:05 AM

Here’s that listing on Zen Market. You have to use a proxy to buy something from yahoo.jp auctions and Zen is generally considered the best. You have to deposit enough to cover your bid, the fees, and domestic shipping before you bid.

Thanks so much. Do you mind sharing your search terms on zenmarket? I tried.


 


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