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#1 mdowns  Happy Birthday!

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Posted 31 July 2022 - 10:18 PM

Longtime contributor and go-to guy for many classic lovers, Dave Trott, is sharing his favorite classic to start our August thread. When I asked Dave about a preferred classic he had owned, he had this to say.

 

"My favorite classic telescope is the Unitron 128. What I like most about the 128 is the fact that it is a miniature version of a Unitron 4 inch telescope with all the bells and whistles. It has the cute little finder scope, fine latitude adjustment, slow motions and the solar screen mechanism. After the early years they added exquisite setting circles and even had an electric clock drive available as an option. The first ones were quite spindly looking and had a fixed cradle making a sliding counterweight on the tube a necessity. The sliding weight system is one of my favorite features of the earliest 128. Later models came with the signature Unitron tube clamp system that allowed for balancing the scope by sliding it back and forth. The mount also became more robust. In any given year the Unitron 128 was a faithful representation of the contemporaneous 4 inch scope. It was a scaled-down work of perfection!

I made a video that shows the evolution of the Unitron 128 with several examples side by side for comparison: https://youtu.be/PPaGVlqPACo"

 

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Thanks Dave for sharing this favorite classic with us,a fine start for the August thread!

 

 

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 01:11 AM

Lets start this one off with some fresh listings (<24 Hours old):

 

Atlas 50x50 (unsure of this one, but it looks unique) - $20 in Denver, CO

https://www.facebook...335814923178041

 

1962 Swift 831, complete and good shape - make offer in Westport, CT

https://www.facebook...236907253722931

 

Jason SS1 Shuttlescope! (coolest and lamest telescope all-in-one) - $60 in Rocky Hill, CT

https://www.facebook...590804795785165

 

C8 Sandcast, overpriced, but cool wooden tripod - $900 in St Charles, MO

https://www.facebook...770636584352931

 

Glorious Sears 6339 (RAO 76/1200) - $120 in St Marys, OH

https://www.facebook...235406430333894


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Posted 01 August 2022 - 06:44 AM

A beautiful Tele Vue Genesis-sdf, right here on CN:

 

https://www.cloudyni...nesis-sdf-mint/


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Posted 01 August 2022 - 06:50 AM

Here's a classic wooden tripod base in Montreal for $10.00:

https://www.kijiji.c...cope/1627290631

 

Translating the ad: "Old wooden tripod for a telescope. The legs are a minimum of  27" and a maximum of 48" long. The height is from 29" to 50" max. From before the age of the invention of plastic! Probably for a Japanese telescope from the 1970s because the accessory tray has three 1.25" holes, not 0.925". The bubble level does not look original. Of no value for astronomical use. Could serve as decoration or the base of a lamp."


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Posted 01 August 2022 - 09:22 AM

Very good price on the 6339a in Marys, OH.


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Posted 01 August 2022 - 09:38 AM

Thanks, Rags - SS1 should be heading home, to sit among what may now actually be 1/2 of the U.S. based Kaisers - what a lovely way to start August! 

 

Wouldn't it be keen to bury a stubby ED 60~80 something in a Shuttle body... 


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Posted 01 August 2022 - 10:44 AM

A beautiful Tele Vue Genesis-sdf, right here on CN:

 

https://www.cloudyni...nesis-sdf-mint/

And posted Sunday, a robust equatorial TeleVue Systems Mount (and tripod hub, sans legs) to go with it:

 

https://www.cloudyni...-systems-mount/
 


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Posted 01 August 2022 - 11:02 AM

A beautiful Tele Vue Genesis-sdf, right here on CN:
 
https://www.cloudyni...nesis-sdf-mint/


I would make double sure it's in collimation, I had a poor experience with the
seller!

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Posted 01 August 2022 - 11:14 AM

And posted Sunday, a robust equatorial TeleVue Systems Mount (and tripod hub, sans legs) to go with it:

 

https://www.cloudyni...-systems-mount/
 

VG Deal, and IIRC, Sheldon has some NOS TV single-axis drives for these...


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Posted 01 August 2022 - 11:29 AM

A beautiful Tele Vue Genesis-sdf, right here on CN:

 

https://www.cloudyni...nesis-sdf-mint/

pretty sure that is the one that sold about a week ago on a canadian website for c$1450 asking.

https://astrobuysell....php?view=64447


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Posted 01 August 2022 - 02:33 PM

I'm really tempted by this '80s Edmund Voyager, but I'm nowhere near Iowa and the price quoted for USPS shipping for such a small package is ridiculously high - 

 

https://www.ebay.com...n=3000#shpCntId



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Posted 01 August 2022 - 02:53 PM

That Swift in Westport CT is intriguing ......one town over

 And of course we do not need another 3 inch scope here 

  Best offer this week can be interesting as well...


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Posted 01 August 2022 - 04:53 PM

pretty sure that is the one that sold about a week ago on a canadian website for c$1450 asking.

https://astrobuysell....php?view=64447

Yes, it's a flip.  So $1100 U.S. approx to $1,600. 



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Posted 01 August 2022 - 05:03 PM

Wouldn't it be keen to bury a stubby ED 60~80 something in a Shuttle body... 

I want to get a really serious scope and mount the Shuttlescope on top as a finder. Just flip down the nose cone to impress all your astro friends!


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Posted 01 August 2022 - 06:11 PM

And posted Sunday, a robust equatorial TeleVue Systems Mount (and tripod hub, sans legs) to go with it:

 

https://www.cloudyni...-systems-mount/
 

I would love the mount. Never crossed my mind to try a TV scope. Maybe that will be next on the get list for kicks.


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Posted 01 August 2022 - 07:07 PM

[Haze] Takahashi Fluorite FC-76 Lens barrel D=76mm F=600mm 0.956"/ 24.5mm

 

https://www.ebay.com...4UAAOSwtsZi2kB0

 

It might be possessed by Jimi, there is a (purple) haze on the objective.

Ships from Japan.  

Says the lens was still hazy after a cleaning.  Maybe it was cleaned while listening to Simon & Garfunkel between 21 Dec and 21 March.


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Posted 01 August 2022 - 08:04 PM

Here’s a nice looking, reasonably priced Meade 2045 in original packaging. 


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Posted 01 August 2022 - 09:01 PM

I'm really tempted by this '80s Edmund Voyager, but I'm nowhere near Iowa and the price quoted for USPS shipping for such a small package is ridiculously high - 

 

https://www.ebay.com...n=3000#shpCntId

Just a quick check on a guesstimate 12x12x24 8lb pkg from Iowa City to Page, Priority Mail, $57 vs the ~$78 listed - I'd assign the diff to handling & packing materials. I can't get to the Parcel Select rate listed - we don't ship anything aside from care pkgs to Oz and HI. 

 

I dunno, a decent looking 6001 for at least ~$208 doesn't seem unreasonable (to me).

 

I look at that 6001 like this: "Oi! There's a decent looking one! My! It's not too much yet! Ah! It can be shipped!" and then, unless it's really off-planet, I "Note & Ignore" shipping generally - and in m'haid that offsets the growing number of Pick Up Only-s. I won't tell you that's a wise approach, but my list shortens more quickly than when I was pickier and empty-handed-ier.


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Posted 01 August 2022 - 09:48 PM

I love my little Voyager as well    mine had no finder    no eyepiece    a  hair over 100   bucks i think but  it shipped from California 2 years ago for about 39.00     but that lens is so good 

in an easy table top or  car top  scope    great lens   almost a back packer scope  depending on the back pack  And      wait for it          Diane allows it on the book case shelf in her family room..= priceless   


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Posted 01 August 2022 - 09:52 PM

I would love the mount. Never crossed my mind to try a TV scope. Maybe that will be next on the get list for kicks.

Like the carton tv mount as well     my   tv np 101 rides on a Gibraltar   but that mount   and from a very knowledgeable  seller I trust and like  here in Connecticut      I like it



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Posted 01 August 2022 - 11:05 PM

That hazy Tak FC-76 was up back in May or Jun, I believe. I'm still tempted, having an almost certainly incorrect feeling that I could somehow very, very gently buff that haze out. What a world of opportunity that technique, that process, that skill would create. Currently, there is a vestigial shard of thinking-brain that says "no one else has gone after it - take the hint". Trying would be taking a plunge into 40s~60s Sci-Fi science when we didn't admit to knowing enough to say some things aren't really possible. Who's to say - perhaps a bit of Green Slime would clean it right up... 

 

I think this was mentioned recently :  Vixen POLARIS-90L D=90mm F=1300mm  which, with shipping, will run you over a $1K, and it really shouldn't but... but... really a nice scope and if you've spare geld and are in a rush of sorts, I'd support your decision - longo 90s are fab! and long, and awkward. IIRC, that's a set that shipped ~$30 or $40 cheaper in 2 mouths (boxes) than in one, even including the original parcel cancel fee.

 

Its stubby cousin (also posted recently, IDK):  Vixen CUSTOM-90M D=90mm f=1000mm   much better priced, blocked but will ship with an unblock request. Tide you over til a less pricey 90/1300 appears.


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Posted 01 August 2022 - 11:50 PM

[...]

I think this was mentioned recently :  Vixen POLARIS-90L D=90mm F=1300mm  which, with shipping, will run you over a $1K, and it really shouldn't but... but... really a nice scope and if you've spare geld and are in a rush of sorts, I'd support your decision - longo 90s are fab! and long, and awkward. IIRC, that's a set that shipped ~$30 or $40 cheaper in 2 mouths (boxes) than in one, even including the original parcel cancel fee.

 

Its stubby cousin (also posted recently, IDK):  Vixen CUSTOM-90M D=90mm f=1000mm   much better priced, blocked but will ship with an unblock request. Tide you over til a less pricey 90/1300 appears.

Must be your mental telepathy reception powers at work, since I (and likely other regular Zen-Market watchers here) have thought several times about posting the POLARIS-90L auction here, but did not.  In my case, I just couldn't bring myself to recommend it (or tempt anyone with it) at that price.   This is its second re-listing, and the seller has not lowered the opening bid amount after receiving zero bids ... not yet, anyway.

 

Meanwhile the Vixen 90M is likely to be a sweet OTA, if the two I've had to play with recently (now down to a more reasonable quantity of 1) are any indication.  IMHO the only thing that would make it even better is an SP equatorial mount, but I realize many enjoy using alt/az mounts as much if not more.

 

         -- Jim

 


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Posted 02 August 2022 - 12:17 AM

Near the end of July, Bomber Bob in this post ( https://www.cloudyni...7#entry12049247 ) wrote:

 

GW Deals....

 

Carton 60 F15 EQ Kit in Wood Case:   https://shopgoodwill.../item/148885129

 

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Vixen Great Polaris Deluxe Mount Head:   https://zenmarket.jp...ode=b1058552081

I sure hope the SGW Carton's D=60mm / F=910mm objective lens turns out to be a much better performer (!!) optically than the one in the Carton 619-A kit local to me that jragsdale spotted on FB marketplace.  Meanwhile seeing the present high bid amount in the SGW auction provides me some consolation (having paid "just" the FB seller's $150 cash asking price here locally) in what optically-speaking has so far been a tale of woe (https://www.cloudyni...lem/?p=12051779  undecided.gif ).   But once I get it all sorted out optically, I'll post pictures of it assembled in the Vintage Finds thread ... fingers crossed !

 

Personally I was surprised that sage green Vixen GPD mount head had no takers by auction's end at US $204 (the exchange rate has risen slightly since).  It did not automatically renew, but the seller now has it relisted here:

 

https://zenmarket.jp...ode=q1059312184

 

... giving anyone who might be interested a second chance.   Note there is no counterweight included, which offers overseas buyers some potential savings on shipping it from Japan.  From the photos, it looks to me more like "paint scraped off in spots" than the more ominous-sounding "paint peeling in some places" description offered by the seller, but please judge for yourself.

 

Good luck,

 

       -- Jim


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Posted 02 August 2022 - 12:38 PM

Dirty dob that might be a gem to restore; nice focuser, rotating rings, scope buggy - $80 in Bonanza, OR

https://klamath.crai...7516263429.html


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Posted 02 August 2022 - 02:32 PM

interesting minty looking carton 72mm f5.8 spotting scope at a tempting price.  i want to guess it is early 1980s.  limited internet research indicates the adlerscope design used mirrors instead of prisms to erect the image.  that is intriguing.  

 

https://www.ebay.com...iMAAOSw1JphDB8u


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