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#1 eric_zeiner

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Posted 29 June 2022 - 09:17 AM

I've got my eye on one of these and I think it would make a fine addition to my collection.  I have heard that APL makes nice optics and aside from being dusty, the scope looks good.  I'll keep y'all posted.


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Posted 29 June 2022 - 10:31 AM

Do it!  It's a wonderful scope.


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Posted 29 June 2022 - 11:44 AM

Do it!  It's a wonderful scope.

Cool beans!



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Posted 29 June 2022 - 12:20 PM

It will be 57 years this October for me and my APL Mayflower 60mm x 700mm. It’s truly been a wonderful and very versatile little scope. I hope you get it.


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Posted 29 June 2022 - 02:34 PM

Yes, according to the owner it is either of 1967 or 1968 vintage.  Does that sound about right?


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Posted 29 June 2022 - 02:42 PM

Yep, early to late '60s is correct.


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Posted 29 June 2022 - 03:08 PM

Yep, early to late '60s is correct.

Awesome!


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Posted 29 June 2022 - 04:32 PM

Well it's now a waiting game as the auction ends on the 5th.  I put a fairly decent bid in with some wiggle room as well.


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Posted 29 June 2022 - 04:32 PM

Better manon 60/700 or Jupiter 50/700? As quality

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Posted 29 June 2022 - 04:37 PM

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Posted 29 June 2022 - 08:04 PM

Love the look of these    Manon        or     Mayflower     white tube   gray mount   sweet

 I had the apl  Mayflower       very nice to look at  and to look through

   in the show us your grab and go thread     Kasmos shows his  Mayflower 814      post 5?    wonderful   one hand grab and go    should have held onto mine 


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Posted 29 June 2022 - 08:12 PM

and speaking of Kasmos    and the Schine manon and Mayflowers     I found this thread     but some strange coincidence  it appears in   post 5 again.....    love these color schemes

 

https://www.cloudyni...4#entry11528531

 

 

Finally,    Gary had a nice   apl manon in the color scheme I love

 

 

https://www.cloudyni...-great-classic/


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Posted 30 June 2022 - 02:10 AM

Interesting that a Shrine Manon popped up a few days ago on the German Ebay, to be delivered from the USA. I assume the seller offered it for international bidding. The freight charges were outrageous.

Hope you get it!

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Posted 30 June 2022 - 03:27 AM

I didn't think I liked the Black and Silver ones that much until I restored one.

 

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Now I love it. You really have to see it in person to appreciate what a little jewel it is


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Posted 30 June 2022 - 06:14 AM

I didn't think I liked the Black and Silver ones that much until I restored one.

 

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Now I love it. You really have to see it in person to appreciate what a little jewel it is

Great looking scope!


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Posted 30 June 2022 - 09:31 AM

I didn't think I liked the Black and Silver ones that much until I restored one.

 

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Now I love it. You really have to see it in person to appreciate what a little jewel it is

Can you please tell me what you used to get all the shiny bits shiny.  Judging by the pictures of the one I am bidding on, all the unpainted hardware is going to need some TLC.



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Posted 30 June 2022 - 12:01 PM

I have had good luck with modern automotive finish products on old telescope paint.  The one step ones that polish out scratches and leave a protective finish work really well.



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Posted 30 June 2022 - 01:26 PM

Can you please tell me what you used to get all the shiny bits shiny.  Judging by the pictures of the one I am bidding on, all the unpainted hardware is going to need some TLC.

On chrome stuff I always use Nevr-Dull and Blue Magic metal polish. The Nevr-Dull is the original formula in the blue can. The stuff in the silver can is not the same and not worth using. Blue Magic is a mild polishing cream and it can be used on plastics and even paint. That said, I usually use polishing compound on paint.

 

http://www.nevrdull.com/

 

You might like to see just how rough mine was and the process I went thru to brng it back to life.

 

https://www.cloudyni...y-it-was-dirty/

 

My Mizar was another scope that was in very rough shape. 

Both threads show how good you can bring them back with just a good cleaning and touch ups

 

https://www.cloudyni...p-68r-681000mm/



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Posted 30 June 2022 - 01:58 PM

I looked at your restoration thread on the Mayflower and it looks wonderful.  You also gave me some good ideas as to how to approach this scope should I win it.


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Posted 30 June 2022 - 02:06 PM

Your Mizar thread is inspirational and your obvious patience and attention to detail is amazing.waytogo.gif


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Posted 02 July 2022 - 08:06 AM

Rubbing with plain old tinfoil (aluminum wrap) can do wonders. No kidding! Give it a try and see.



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Posted 02 July 2022 - 08:09 AM

Rubbing with plain old tinfoil (aluminum wrap) can do wonders. No kidding! Give it a try and see.

When you say rub with tinfoil, are you referring to the shiny bits?



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Posted 02 July 2022 - 10:33 AM

When you say rub with tinfoil, are you referring to the shiny bits?

Yes. It cleans up chrome and nickel plating nicely.



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Posted 02 July 2022 - 10:40 AM

Cool, I will try it should I win it.  For that matter my initial bid is holding fast.


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Posted 02 July 2022 - 01:21 PM

Well I received a message from eBay that I was out bid, so I submitted a new bid and I am at the max of what I want to spend on this scope.  Let's keep our fingers crossed.




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