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#1 mdowns  Happy Birthday!

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Posted 30 June 2022 - 08:05 PM

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With membership going back long before astronomics became involved,frequent poster to all forums including classics,Jon Issacs has responded to my question about his favorite classic. Jon had this to say and share about the one he liked best.

 

"Like many classic scope stories, it all started by typing "telescope" into the Craigslist search window.  What came up was a Moving Sale with only the word "telescope."  I sent the Email.. slow reply. The second reply: "My husband checked out the telescope and found a problem, we would like to give it to you."  My sense was that I really didn't want this telescope but now I was obligated.  I made an appointment and my wife and I went for a drive..  It was an apartment building.  I remember what followed like it was yesterday.

 

Reluctantly, I got out of the car, climbed the outside stairway and knocked on the door.  They opened the door and after a bit of small talk, showed me the telescope. My eyes bugged out as they showed me a wooden case with a 60mm x 800m Asahi-Pentax.  OMG... Now I felt guilty, they were moving, they needed money, I only had $20.. I forced it on them.

 

I took the scope home, set it up.. It was unlike any classic 60mm I had ever used.  The robust tripod, no shakes, the unique slow motion controls, the scope itself was simple.  And it did have a problem, lots of coma. I figured maybe the lens was assembled incorrectly.  I reassembled it according to a drawing in Sam Brown's All About Telescopes and all was well. It had a full sized 1.25 inch drawtube and found that the eyepiece holder from an old Burgess 1.25 inch diagonal fit the odd ball threads.

 

I consider that scope to be the most optically perfect telescope I have ever owned. I still remember pointing it at Izar, I was surprised how clean and sharp it was. A double shadow transit of Jupiter with the 4.8mm Nagler. Clean and crisp.  Many memorable nights.

 

But alas, in a downsizing effort, I parted ways with this fine telescope.  But that is not the end of the story..  I am now the proud owner of another 60mm x 800mm Asahi-Pentax.  Prior to Covid, I purchased one from Chuck Hards.  The plan was that I would pick it up on our way through Salt Lake City on one of our trips to see our son in Lolo, Montana.  But Covid put a hold on that so while once again I am the proud owner of a 60mm A-P, Chuck still has it. This is not without it's benefits.

 

With the scope still in Chuck's hands, I am much less likely to give it away to someone in need of a good telescope."

 

All of us have seen Jon's countless posts across CN and some of us(myself included) have experienced his generosity firsthand.
Thanks Jon, for this unique story of the first Pentax as well as your finding another.A fine start for our July thread.

 

 

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Posted 30 June 2022 - 08:10 PM

From earlier:

Looks like a white Tasco 10VR.

 

 

Vixen Planet 80S (D=80mm, F=400mm, f/5) portable kit w/ matching finderscope, table-top tripod with alt-az head, carrying case, and 0.965" accessories (star diagonal, Herschel wedge, erecting prism, barlow, moon and sun filters, and paperwork ...):

 

https://zenmarket.jp...Code=1056075454

 

Scroll down for merged set of pictures ... objective lens looks clean + clear.

 

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Posted 30 June 2022 - 08:59 PM

Unidentified but nice looking reflector in Traverse City, MI. Unknown price. LINK. 
 

Happy 4th of July Holiday. 


 

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Posted 30 June 2022 - 10:25 PM

From earlier:

Looks like a white Tasco 10VR.

 

 

Vixen Planet 80S (D=80mm, F=400mm, f/5) portable kit w/ matching finderscope, table-top tripod with alt-az head, carrying case, and 0.965" accessories (star diagonal, Herschel wedge, erecting prism, barlow, moon and sun filters, and paperwork ...):

 

https://zenmarket.jp...Code=1056075454

 

Scroll down for merged set of pictures ... objective lens looks clean + clear.

 

         -- Jim

Maybe it's just my phone but that link isn't working.


 

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Posted 30 June 2022 - 10:28 PM

Maybe it's just my phone but that link isn't working.

Posting again:   https://zenmarket.jp...Code=1056075454   ... it seems that Jae copy/pasted from the original post as it appeared on his screen, capturing the link font and underline off the screen but not the working link BBCode nor the content that belongs in place of the ellipsis characters "..." in the abbreviated URL that is displayed.

 

The original post itself (from the month of June thread) is here, and it does contain a working link to the auction site:

https://www.cloudyni...ads/?p=11985654   
 

Regards,

 

       -- Jim


Edited by jkmccarthy, 30 June 2022 - 10:41 PM.

 

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Posted 01 July 2022 - 12:15 AM

Some fresh listings (posted within the last 24 hours):

 

Free EQ reflector mount in Chicago, IL

https://chicago.crai...7503308404.html

 

Older Monolux 60/800 (Towa) (1960-61ish) - $200 in Minden, LA

https://www.facebook...005283273451872

 

10" Meade Starfinder - $300 in St Augustine, FL

https://www.facebook...142043593026796

 

Montgomery Ward 7233 - Price drop to $200 in Belleville, MI

https://www.facebook...503475430086008

 

20' x 12' Roll Off Roof Observatory - FREE in Winchester, VA

https://www.facebook...921238794734468

 

Great shape 1959/1960 Towa, unknown branding, probably 60/800 - $25 in Wheaton, IL

https://www.facebook...086899461912275


Edited by jragsdale, 01 July 2022 - 12:25 AM.

 

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Posted 01 July 2022 - 04:31 AM

The Roll Off doesn't say pick up only grin.gif

 

Yeah the Towa is another 60/800 but has the slim obj cell  and black finder. I've seen a few others that had that redish-brown (maroon) stained box. I think they were always SPIs that had that color? But not all SPIs came that way.


 

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Posted 01 July 2022 - 10:17 AM

Hi-Power Tokyo labeled Towa 60mm in Grand Prairie, TX

 

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Posted 01 July 2022 - 01:36 PM

Posting again:   https://zenmarket.jp...Code=1056075454   ... it seems that Jae copy/pasted from the original post as it appeared on his screen, capturing the link font and underline off the screen but not the working link BBCode nor the content that belongs in place of the ellipsis characters "..." in the abbreviated URL that is displayed.

 

The original post itself (from the month of June thread) is here, and it does contain a working link to the auction site:

https://www.cloudyni...ads/?p=11985654   
 

Regards,

 

       -- Jim

Yes, the thread was locked so I copied and pasted but didn't allow the link to be captured....sorry about that.


 

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Posted 01 July 2022 - 02:18 PM

It's probably good that this SPI (Towa AT2) is pick up only

It's the first I've seen with I-5 on the focuser. Meaning it's likely from 1955

The porro is also different than others.

(btw, why do so many former owners take'em apart)

 

https://shopgoodwill.../item/146919333


 

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Posted 01 July 2022 - 02:55 PM

 

The porro is also different than others.

(btw, why do so many former owners take'em apart)

 

https://shopgoodwill.../item/146919333

OH wow cool, the porro is so cool looking. Way cool compared to those round versions. Maybe it could use a little cleaning even if it doesn't. Let's see what it looks like on the inside. Oh cool....


 

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Posted 01 July 2022 - 03:25 PM

It's probably good that this SPI (Towa AT2) is pick up only

It's the first I've seen with I-5 on the focuser. Meaning it's likely from 1955

The porro is also different than others.

(btw, why do so many former owners take'em apart)

 

https://shopgoodwill.../item/146919333

For the same reason that, if I buy something with a No User Serviceable Parts Inside sticker, I have to verify that.


 

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Posted 01 July 2022 - 07:57 PM

For the same reason that, if I buy something with a No User Serviceable Parts Inside sticker, I have to verify that.

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Edited by Matty S, 01 July 2022 - 08:01 PM.

 

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Posted 02 July 2022 - 02:09 AM

Some fresh listings (posted within the last 24 hours):

 

Montgomery Ward 7233 - Price drop to $200 in Belleville, MI

https://www.facebook...503475430086008

 

what is that? it has a strange mount and looks to be quite a short fl. 


 

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Posted 02 July 2022 - 06:37 AM

Big Tinsley Cassegrain on a 2” OC mount with Byers drive.

f=4800!

https://astromart.co...nal-byers-drive

Edited by norvegicus, 02 July 2022 - 06:39 AM.

 

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Posted 02 July 2022 - 07:21 AM

Big Tinsley Cassegrain on a 2” OC mount with Byers drive.

f=4800!

https://astromart.co...nal-byers-drive

Would love that mount for my Meade 826. I guess it is across the country from me.


 

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Posted 02 July 2022 - 07:32 AM

what is that? it has a strange mount and looks to be quite a short fl.


My guess is 60x700, distorted by wide angle photos. Very interesting mount.
 

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Posted 02 July 2022 - 07:34 AM

Unidentified but nice looking reflector in Traverse City, MI. Unknown price. LINK. 
 

Happy 4th of July Holiday. 

It’s an early Edmund 4.25” F10 Palomar Jr. that looks to be in great condition. They are nice telescopes.


 

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Posted 02 July 2022 - 11:35 AM

Big Tinsley Cassegrain on a 2” OC mount with Byers drive.

f=4800!

https://astromart.co...nal-byers-drive

That came from me, most of it.  I sold that OTA to that person, along with the 2" O.C. mount. A few years later he came back and bought the remaining 12.5" O.C. OTA minus the primary. He intended to make another classic cass out of the O.C. OTA.  I have some pictures he sent me of the restoration work but not like in the ad, the ad pictures are nicer.  The last picture in the ad is the O.C. 12.5" OTA he came back for around a year ago or so. Yep, that was mine. I have the primary, focuser, and finder from that O.C. 

 

Everything he sent me pictures of looked impressive. Thoughtful and well executed from what I could see, both engineering and cosmetics. I have some minor history on it, at least I used to. There should still be record of when I bought the entire O.C. 12.5" complete OTA and mount....I think it was on C.N.  not sure though.  I had a short write up on the scope from the seller to me. 

 

It looks like an awesome set up. I don't have any first hand info on the project or finale. I'm open to pm from interested buyer, not sure what I can come up with memory wise. The Tinsley 12" F16 OTA has some history in the archives somewhere that goes back at least two owners before me. The information is a bit scattered and would take some diligent research in archives. Seller did some very nice improvements on that Tinsley after getting it from me. 


Edited by apfever, 02 July 2022 - 11:40 AM.

 

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Posted 02 July 2022 - 11:54 AM

It's probably good that this SPI (Towa AT2) is pick up only

It's the first I've seen with I-5 on the focuser. Meaning it's likely from 1955

The porro is also different than others.

(btw, why do so many former owners take'em apart)

 

https://shopgoodwill.../item/146919333

First ever maintenance as a kid was to disassemble my Porro to clean it - and figure out how it worked! It was deuced hard to reassemble it properly collimated. 

 

-drl


 

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Posted 02 July 2022 - 12:34 PM

Fairly hyped Criterion RV-6 primary and secondary for the cost of a typical complete setup. Include the cell and spider for $200, the cost of a complete refurbished scope. I've found the RV-6 optics to be above average already, in general. Judge for yourself. 

 

RV6 optics

 

Just noted that the same seller is parting out more of just the OTA hardware for a total of $190.  Ad the glass and you have about 400 dollars in OTA parts without the tube or mount. But there they are if you just need a part. I admit that parts do part out for more.

 

RV6 parts

 

I've had around a dozen RV6, still have a handful or more here now from the earliest to the latest with all kinds of options including a full factory Dynascope substituted OTA and ring set. I'm not parting with anything now, nor parting anything. I get time, I build one, I have fun, I sell it for under $300 restored or fully refurbished, and try to add a collectible nifty. I probably have a planet killer set of optics out of 5 or 6 but they are all complete set ups, no parting. Retirement fun. 


Edited by apfever, 02 July 2022 - 12:39 PM.

 

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Posted 02 July 2022 - 12:42 PM

canadian sears 60x900 that looks to be a towa.  sears in canada (actually, "simpson sears") sourced at least some of their optics separately from the us division so not necessarily the same as us models.  

 

https://www.kijiji.c...case/1623537066


 

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Posted 02 July 2022 - 12:43 PM

It's probably good that this SPI (Towa AT2) is pick up only

It's the first I've seen with I-5 on the focuser. Meaning it's likely from 1955

The porro is also different than others.

(btw, why do so many former owners take'em apart)

 

https://shopgoodwill.../item/146919333

Wow! Yeah, I guess that is further confirmation of the I-X being the year theory. I've never seen an I-5 either. Nor an I-8.


 

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Posted 02 July 2022 - 01:17 PM

Wow! Yeah, I guess that is further confirmation of the I-X being the year theory. I've never seen an I-5 either. Nor an I-8.

Who knows, a I-8 might be out there, but I think by '58 most of the brands dropped the date code or switched to a conventional label. 


 

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Posted 02 July 2022 - 01:58 PM

what is that? it has a strange mount and looks to be quite a short fl. 

A rebranded Astro Optical R-63.  Not a lot of those around.  60/700mm.  Looks like the visual back and a few tripod parts are missing.

 

Charlie


 


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