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#101 Defenderslideguitar

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Posted 10 January 2022 - 07:42 PM

A Vixen 102 fluorite. The order of preference would be one of the Vixen labeled white tube green focuser models. Second a black Celestron labeled model and third an Orion by Vixen model.

There's a keeper      easy to use as one ages   Honey of a lens   it is true and in a light and very manageable package   and yes   the Vixen  white with Vixen gray green trim is my favorite as well 

  I   sold my great Tak FC -100  1990   as part of the big move to get the dreamscope   just could not part with the C-102fl     f8.8 

in hindsight maybe I should have sold the C-102fl and kept the Taks together 



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Posted 10 January 2022 - 08:29 PM

Barry,

The big problem with the ST120 (Orion has now discontinued it) is that the stock focuser causes vignetting of the image because the drawtube intrudes too far into the objective’s light cone. You either need to saw it off or replace it with a low-profile model such as the Moonlight which costs as much as the ST120. I’ve had two of them and in both cases sold them. It’s a compromised design. I don’t think I will have another one. 


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Posted 10 January 2022 - 08:38 PM

Yes  meanwhile   another st 120 has popped up tonight in the classifieds      I will wait and look around see what else pops up over the next half a year or so    I see Paw Paw has found his

f 5    5 inch Jaegers lens  so his is almost  complete    cant wait to see his finished project.  if you do find one and decide to pass let me know please    meanwhile   those f 5   5 inch Jaegers lens are out there   but I might  be better off to grab one all put together but building one over time sounds like a good project

 

so    to the OP     What classic do I still want to buy?  Jaegers  5 inch f 5  would do nicely


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Posted 11 January 2022 - 05:13 AM

About six years ago, I donated a Sears 6333A 60mm f15 refractor as a door prize to a local astro club's annual convention and have regretted that move. Today, I bought another Sears 6333A refractor to replace it. This one dates back to the 1960's and I'm looking forward to receiving it and using it this Spring!!!


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Posted 11 January 2022 - 07:21 AM

Barry,

The big problem with the ST120 (Orion has now discontinued it) is that the stock focuser causes vignetting of the image because the drawtube intrudes too far into the objective’s light cone. You either need to saw it off or replace it with a low-profile model such as the Moonlight which costs as much as the ST120. I’ve had two of them and in both cases sold them. It’s a compromised design. I don’t think I will have another one. 

I am getting my ST120 today and it comes with a GSO so i hope it don't cut out some of the light path. Always wanted a fast 5" fract for sweeping only. 


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Posted 11 January 2022 - 07:23 AM

Terra said

"On the other hand, maybe a 5” F5 Jaegers? I always keep my eye out for one at Stellafane and just missed one a couple of years ago. That would be fun and it would be very happy on my big fork mount."

 

 

I think about the ST 120   but  know the pros and cons

I think about an easy wider sweeper like a Jaegers 5   f5   that would be a wonderful sweeper

so like Terra   I would add that for sure  and someone here has the Jaegers 5  f5 and just needs the lens   i  sold the U 150 and  some others  but kept the long fellow Jaegers 4 inch f 15.5   I love it and it is cool for showy outreach and it could be so cool to have the Jaegers 5  f-5  set up together

So  I recently cleaned house in a big way and ended up with a very big classic Starfire planetary  

Glad I did   but  so many good pieces were sold to do so    alas  it is all good

Always had a 5" F/5 Jaegers in my mind but one never seems to pop up near me.


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Posted 11 January 2022 - 09:26 AM

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Sorry I wasn't in contact with you back in 2016 Charles.I sold my last jaegers 5"f5 build back then.I had bought a 127mm apogee ota(minus the objective) from sheldon,a friend cut the tube,rearranged the baffles and cut the inner portion of the drawtube off and Bob's your uncle.Only 80 miles south of you and sold it cheap after I became disabled.

 

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Posted 11 January 2022 - 10:13 AM

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Sorry I wasn't in contact with you back in 2016 Charles.I sold my last jaegers 5"f5 build back then.I had bought a 127mm apogee ota(minus the objective) from sheldon,cut the tube,rearranged the baffles and cut the inner portion of the drawtube off and Bob's your uncle.Only 80 miles south of you and sold it cheap after I became disabled.

 

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That’s a nice scope!


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Posted 11 January 2022 - 10:30 AM

Anything that pops up close by that i want i plan to buy. Shipping prices have taken me out of the game on most things.


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Posted 11 January 2022 - 02:15 PM

I'd like John Dobson's Psychedelic Zebra or maybe the 24 inch Delphinium.

I guess I'll need a old school bus to haul it around too.

 

Robert 


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Posted 11 January 2022 - 02:58 PM

I'd like John Dobson's Psychedelic Zebra or maybe the 24 inch Delphinium.

I guess I'll need a old school bus to haul it around too.

 

Robert 

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Posted 11 January 2022 - 04:22 PM

I'd like John Dobson's Psychedelic Zebra or maybe the 24 inch Delphinium.

I guess I'll need a old school bus to haul it around too.

 

Robert 

If I don't start down-sizing again, I'm gonna need a Vanagon!!


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Posted 12 January 2022 - 12:19 AM

Barry,

The big problem with the ST120 (Orion has now discontinued it) is that the stock focuser causes vignetting of the image because the drawtube intrudes too far into the objective’s light cone. You either need to saw it off or replace it with a low-profile model such as the Moonlight which costs as much as the ST120. I’ve had two of them and in both cases sold them. It’s a compromised design. I don’t think I will have another one. 

Yeah I think I’ve had my 120ST for about 20 years, it was one of the early ones.  Was thinking I would sell it, but it now actually has some historical value.  I got rid of the original focuser years ago. Yes, the low power views did lack some, was probably due to the vignetting. 


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Posted 12 January 2022 - 10:36 AM

I have been made aware of a 6" Vega MakNewt that is now available. PM me if you're interested.



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Posted 12 January 2022 - 12:42 PM

Mayflower 60mm.


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Posted 12 January 2022 - 06:12 PM

Mayflower 60mm.

I have one of those. I bought it from craigslist 5 miles from my house roe $50. It has a gem and came in the original box. a Great find.


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Posted 12 January 2022 - 06:12 PM

I always wanted a blue/white celestron SCT. I have an orange C11 but it's been pretty disappointing.


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Posted 12 January 2022 - 07:07 PM

I always wanted a blue/white celestron SCT. I have an orange C11 but it's been pretty disappointing.

My friend had a C10 and nothing to write home about. 



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Posted 12 January 2022 - 07:30 PM

mY Mayflower  814   60mm was so sweet    alt az  not gem but it was so good for a small fry

miss it   


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Posted 12 January 2022 - 10:02 PM

If I don't start down-sizing again, I'm gonna need a Vanagon!!

Seriously.  I think I confused myself:  Having a few multi-scope mounts didn't require me to have many (too many!) scopes...  Gonna have to add another shelf to my refractor rack...



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Posted 13 January 2022 - 12:48 AM

The more I think about this the more telescopes come to mind.

Here's a few more I'd like:

 

Porter Garden Telescope https://americanhist...ct/nmah_1184878

I would like the real thing of course but I would be happy with a accurate reproduction or

better yet a casting kit.

 

Porter Springfield

Again a casting kit of raw castings I can machine.

I especially like this one because the eyepiece remains stationary while the telescope moves

about the sky. Perfect for me because I love observing seated.

Robert

 

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I would love to have the time to make another one of these:

 

Fred Ley photo, 1981 (before the rosewood faded):  

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Posted 13 January 2022 - 01:26 AM

Gorgeous Springfield!!!!

.... and that VW split windshield!!!! I'd wager @ a 1964 VW !!! 


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Posted 14 January 2022 - 09:20 AM

I have been made aware of a 6" Vega MakNewt that is now available. PM me if you're interested.

The owners just informed me that their Vega is unused and complete. It's on display in a university planetarium...since 1962.


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Posted 14 January 2022 - 12:27 PM

Everybody who has recently posted(myself included!) reminiscing about classic cars will find those post removed from this thread.We simply got too far away from Charles topic of discussion,classic scopes we still want.I encourage you all to start a thread in OTO if you want to talk about those cars.


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