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#26 jragsdale

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Posted 03 July 2022 - 12:29 AM

Selsi early 60s Towa - $200 (overpriced) in Cranford, NJ

https://cnj.craigsli...7503845104.html

 

Tasco 999VR - $45 in Torrance, CA

https://www.facebook...074950612531409

 

Looks like a decent 4" brass antique - $1500 in Revere, MA

https://www.facebook...191804237760690

 

Sandcast C8 (maybe C11?) w/C90, "the dustiest telescope I've ever seen" - only $175 in Savage, MN

https://www.facebook...788756209157010


 

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Posted 03 July 2022 - 01:35 AM

Selsi early 60s Towa - $200 (overpriced) in Cranford, NJ

https://cnj.craigsli...7503845104.html

 

Tasco 999VR - $45 in Torrance, CA

https://www.facebook...074950612531409

 

Looks like a decent 4" brass antique - $1500 in Revere, MA

https://www.facebook...191804237760690

 

Sandcast C8 (maybe C11?) w/C90, "the dustiest telescope I've ever seen" - only $175 in Savage, MN

https://www.facebook...788756209157010

The antique scope looks like it could be a nice one. Too bad they didn't post any good photos.

 

It's C8. Note the cinch jones plug in the base. (IIRC the C11 came out in about 1980 or so) It must be a very old one as the wedge isn't like any I've seen...  and like the tripod, it might be homemade 


 

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Posted 03 July 2022 - 05:31 AM

The antique scope looks like it could be a nice one. Too bad they didn't post any good photos.

 

It's C8. Note the cinch jones plug in the base. (IIRC the C11 came out in about 1980 or so) It must be a very old one as the wedge isn't like any I've seen...  and like the tripod, it might be homemade 

It's a 1974 C8. It can be cleaned and weaned.
 


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#29 Senex Bibax

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Posted 03 July 2022 - 08:12 AM

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

Looks like it could be a 6333. I used to have one but it was Haint Blue, not white. A fine scope it was for a Towa 60mm.


 

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Posted 03 July 2022 - 11:31 AM

$300 Meade 10" Starfinder GEM in Florida.  All original in expected condition. Local only so optics can be examined. Working electronics.

 

Not a bad deal for basic touch up and even recoat.

 

10" only in FLA


 

#31 Kasmos

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Posted 03 July 2022 - 01:46 PM

A very nice fork mount Orange C11

Probably the best one I've ever seen come up for sale.

Cool finder and neat wheels!

Another one of those scopes... glad I'm not near!

 

https://www.cloudyni...upgrades-1980s/


 

#32 jragsdale

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Posted 03 July 2022 - 02:39 PM

A very nice fork mount Orange C11

Probably the best one I've ever seen come up for sale.

Cool finder and neat wheels!

Another one of those scopes... glad I'm not near!

 

https://www.cloudyni...upgrades-1980s/

That's the one that was just for sale for $400. Looks like a nice quick flip profit.


 

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Posted 03 July 2022 - 03:11 PM

tasco 7te5 with a custom 1.25" focusser.  that is one way to solve the rao draw tube 1.25" adapter dilemma.  

https://www.astrobuy....php?view=64274


 

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Posted 03 July 2022 - 05:03 PM

Borg 76EDL f10 apo. I’d be all over this if I hadn’t just bought a Vixen ED80S.


 

#35 CHASLX200

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Posted 03 July 2022 - 05:56 PM

A very nice fork mount Orange C11

Probably the best one I've ever seen come up for sale.

Cool finder and neat wheels!

Another one of those scopes... glad I'm not near!

 

https://www.cloudyni...upgrades-1980s/

I would go 3k if it was freaky sharp. And my freaky sharp means one in a 1000.


 

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Posted 03 July 2022 - 07:30 PM

I would go 3k if it was freaky sharp. And my freaky sharp means one in a 1000.

And yet we saw a near mint one sell a couple weeks ago for $400 with accessories.   That was a deal.  An old C11 probably has similar light-throughput to 9.25" today.  Plus, of the old orange scopes I've seen actually tested, most don't match the quality of the average units being made today.  So spending $1500 or so is certainly cheaper than what you would pay now for a modern one, but they are considerably less-modern. 


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Posted 03 July 2022 - 10:51 PM

I agree but this is classics forum  its not really fair to compare old vs. new. As much as i like new stuff i appreciate old scopes for what they can do. I have had c8's and c14's and 9.25"  but never a c11 so i have to admit i wouldn't mind trying one.


 

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Posted 04 July 2022 - 02:56 AM

That's the one that was just for sale for $400. Looks like a nice quick flip profit.

I saw the recent black one for $350 but have no record of this one for $400 so must have missed it.

Perhaps when I was out of town in May.

 

Anyway, the old orange fork mounted ones have that nostalgic thing going for them.


 

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Posted 04 July 2022 - 05:43 AM

And yet we saw a near mint one sell a couple weeks ago for $400 with accessories.   That was a deal.  An old C11 probably has similar light-throughput to 9.25" today.  Plus, of the old orange scopes I've seen actually tested, most don't match the quality of the average units being made today.  So spending $1500 or so is certainly cheaper than what you would pay now for a modern one, but they are considerably less-modern. 

My friend got a mint 1982 C11 in 1999 that had the worst optics i ever saw in a SCT. I would have to test it out first.


 

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Posted 04 July 2022 - 06:48 AM

Koji has a very complete Teegul Sky Patrol III mount.  Expensive but nearly perfect, as usual.  Not sure why he's labeled it as an SP II, I guess it could be an SP II with an SP III controller, but AFAIK the controller is the only difference between the models, so I'd call this one an SP III.

 

https://astromart.co...dition-full-set

 

 


 

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Posted 04 July 2022 - 08:30 AM

My friend got a mint 1982 C11 in 1999 that had the worst optics i ever saw in a SCT. I would have to test it out first.

Mint condition might mean that it got the use it deserved.  David


 

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Posted 04 July 2022 - 08:47 AM

Mint condition might mean that it got the use it deserved.  David

I was thinking that.  Must have got sold a lot.


 

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Posted 04 July 2022 - 10:07 AM

Koji has a very complete Teegul Sky Patrol III mount.  Expensive but nearly perfect, as usual.  Not sure why he's labeled it as an SP II, I guess it could be an SP II with an SP III controller, but AFAIK the controller is the only difference between the models, so I'd call this one an SP III.

 

https://astromart.co...dition-full-set

This is a wonderful miniature Takahashi Mount. I think Koji got it right when he said it is a tiny version of the Space Boy mount. However, he may have missed a significant use of the mount and that is for eclipse chasing. This is so small that it makes easy carry-on luggage. Roger Angel has one of his typical superb reviews here:

 

http://scopeviews.co.uk/TakTeegul.htm

 

If you want to see one "in operation" check out my video: 

 

https://youtu.be/DIDyuoO_Pys


 

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Posted 04 July 2022 - 10:22 AM

I saw the recent black one for $350 but have no record of this one for $400 so must have missed it.

Perhaps when I was out of town in May.

 

Anyway, the old orange fork mounted ones have that nostalgic thing going for them.

https://www.cloudyni...5#entry11944783


 

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Posted 04 July 2022 - 10:25 AM

TAL-Alcor on FB in Maryland $125. Supposedly unopened. Beware the paint-eating foam!

https://www.facebook...ook_story_share
 

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Posted 04 July 2022 - 10:41 AM

This is a wonderful miniature Takahashi Mount. I think Koji got it right when he said it is a tiny version of the Space Boy mount. However, he may have missed a significant use of the mount and that is for eclipse chasing. This is so small that it makes easy carry-on luggage. Roger Angel has one of his typical superb reviews here:

 

http://scopeviews.co.uk/TakTeegul.htm

 

If you want to see one "in operation" check out my video: 

 

https://youtu.be/DIDyuoO_Pys

Indeed, I'm not using mine at all at home and I'm keeping it mostly in case I travel for the next eclipse.  The current tentative plan is to go to the southern tip of Illinois and camp on the grounds of a brewery. wink.gif

 

I'm kind of half-aware shopping for a used Berlebach 212 tripod for it and at some point I want to make a better polar wedge for it, to move the center of gravity over the center of the tripod.


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#47 jragsdale

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Posted 04 July 2022 - 11:23 AM

Happy 4th! Here's some red, white and blue scopes for ya. And a brown one....

 

8" Red Coulter Odyssey - $400 in Simpsonville, SC

https://www.facebook...075252786011577

 

10" White Meade DS-10 - in Castle Rock, CO

https://www.facebook...475427729579253

 

13.1" Blue Coulter Odyssey - $400 in Coeur D'Alene, ID

https://www.facebook...589047659403698

 

 

Also....

 

10.1" Brown Coulter Odyssey f/4.5 w/2 TeleVue eyepieces - $325 in South Lyon, MI

https://detroit.crai...7504457242.html


 

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Posted 04 July 2022 - 12:40 PM

Indeed, I'm not using mine at all at home and I'm keeping it mostly in case I travel for the next eclipse.  The current tentative plan is to go to the southern tip of Illinois and camp on the grounds of a brewery. wink.gif

 

I'm kind of half-aware shopping for a used Berlebach 212 tripod for it and at some point I want to make a better polar wedge for it, to move the center of gravity over the center of the tripod.

I was very lucky to find just the right casting in my scrap aluminum to achieve that as shown in my video. The Berlebach tripod would be superb with that mount.


 

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Posted 04 July 2022 - 12:57 PM

Happy 4th! Here's some red, white and blue scopes for ya. And a brown one....

 

8" Red Coulter Odyssey - $400 in Simpsonville, SC

https://www.facebook...075252786011577

 

10" White Meade DS-10 - in Castle Rock, CO

https://www.facebook...475427729579253

 

13.1" Blue Coulter Odyssey - $400 in Coeur D'Alene, ID

https://www.facebook...589047659403698

 

 

Also....

 

10.1" Brown Coulter Odyssey f/4.5 w/2 TeleVue eyepieces - $325 in South Lyon, MI

https://detroit.crai...7504457242.html

Nice!

 

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Posted 04 July 2022 - 06:20 PM

TAL-Alcor on FB in Maryland $125. Supposedly unopened. Beware the paint-eating foam!

https://www.facebook...ook_story_share

At that price it would be worth giving it a new paint make over.


 


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