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#1 mdowns

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Posted 31 August 2023 - 10:23 PM

For the September restart I reached out to long time Cloudy Night member and frequent contributor to the classics forum,Compressorguy,and asked about his background and interest in our hobby.Scott had this to say and share.

 

“Hello everyone my name is “Compressorguy”, which comes from what I’ve done in my professional life the last 32 years—large compressed air systems for manufacturing. I like seeing all the different names everyone uses and glad we are doing member highlights to learn more about each other. Like many of you I have always been interested in history and the sciences.  When I was a kid I collected insects, arrowheads and loved astronomy and the night sky. At the time we lived somewhat out in the country and had a good view of the night sky. The “Milky Way” was highly visible on a clear night, not so much now as it’s all developed. I remember when I was 10 to 12 yrs old going door to door selling magazine subscriptions to get prizes and that’s how I got my first telescope. I remember it being a cheap cardboard affair but it was a telescope. I remember going to KMart and the display of “Focal” telescopes and how I lusted for one of those and something bigger and better. I would also circle them in the Sears and Penney’s catalogs at Christmas time. As a teenager in the 80’s my interest shifted to girls and cars and I didn’t think of telescopes for a long time. It wasn’t until after married with kids and in 1997 witnessed comet Hale-Bop. Also a few years later I witnessed a meteor storm and was blown away at the hundreds of meteors we saw in about 30 min. It rekindled a love for the night sky again. Fast forward to 2009 I joined Cloudy Nights and purchased a couple of old telescopes which I really enjoyed fixing up and I was hooked. I still have a few today but mostly use my TV Genesis and old Orange tube C8 and think of those times that brought me here.”

 

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Thank you Scott for sharing this bit of yourself.I cannot help but wonder when reading the introductions, just 'how many of us had one of those cardboard scopes' that you referenced.

 

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Let's remember everybody, there's no one place that has all the best-used scope finds just as there's no one place that never has anything. All have something. No need to beat subjective matter, whatever the topic, into the ground. For the sake of all of us who love the classic forum, please keep moving the thread forward. Remember that many of your fellow forum members are already vintage themselves. Instead of restating your opinions over and over, consider sharing something new, insightful, or otherwise constructive to the topic at hand.

 

 


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Posted 31 August 2023 - 11:07 PM

They took my base!!!

 

https://www.govdeals...192&acctid=7265

 

Near Mint late 70s C8 near Toronto.  Approx $615 American equivalent.

 

https://www.kijiji.c...cope/1670572323


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Posted 01 September 2023 - 09:28 AM

Here's a BIG one! 17.5” Dobsonian for $3255: "The mirror is remarkable, it comes from a Coulter and it tests out well. The truss is a Sky Designs kit and has several modifications", and he claims "you can see color in the Orion Nebula"!

Will ship anywhere for $300 from Dubuque Iowa.

 

https://www.facebook...19-7998c273447e


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Posted 01 September 2023 - 10:32 AM

They took my base!!!

 

https://www.govdeals...192&acctid=7265

 

Near Mint late 70s C8 near Toronto.  Approx $615 American equivalent.

 

https://www.kijiji.c...cope/1670572323

 

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Posted 01 September 2023 - 10:41 AM

Free Tasco 7TE-5 in Sugar Hill, NH

https://www.facebook...234019115870257

 

Starliner 8" f/8 - $400 in Champaign, IL

https://www.facebook...494978847916939

 

 

Big brass antique - $1350 in St Louis, MO

https://www.facebook...259973393581306



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Posted 01 September 2023 - 10:47 AM

Here's a BIG one! 17.5” Dobsonian for $3255: "The mirror is remarkable, it comes from a Coulter and it tests out well. The truss is a Sky Designs kit and has several modifications", and he claims "you can see color in the Orion Nebula"!

Will ship anywhere for $300 from Dubuque Iowa.

 

https://www.facebook...19-7998c273447e

Should be able to see color in the nebula with a lot of scopes even in light polluted skies.   Saw color with the 10" dob I had.   Saw it in the Meade 10" SCT and others.


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Posted 01 September 2023 - 10:53 AM

 

 

Starliner 8" f/8 - $400 in Champaign, IL

https://www.facebook...494978847916939

 

 

 

That was posted some time ago. There were several comments about how cool it was using the labeled pill bottles for the eyepieces...



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Posted 01 September 2023 - 12:24 PM

Should be able to see color in the nebula with a lot of scopes even in light polluted skies.   Saw color with the 10" dob I had.   Saw it in the Meade 10" SCT and others.

Interesting. It's been a very long time since I've gotten my 7" classic LX200 MAK under the sky. At 55lbs it's now way too heavy for this old geezer's aching back. It's still the largest aperture scope I have, and maybe the long 2670mm focal length at f/15 is too slow to bring out the colors? At least I don't recall seeing colors the last time I viewed M42 with the MAK, but that was some time ago.

 

Frank

 

Edit: the orange sand cast C-8 I acquired last August still hasn't been under the sky either, still hunting for a tripod and wedge for it. Maybe this winter I'll see some colors!


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Posted 01 September 2023 - 01:38 PM

Interesting. It's been a very long time since I've gotten my 7" classic LX200 MAK under the sky. At 55lbs it's now way too heavy for this old geezer's aching back. It's still the largest aperture scope I have, and maybe the long 2670mm focal length at f/15 is too slow to bring out the colors? At least I don't recall seeing colors the last time I viewed M42 with the MAK, but that was some time ago.

 

Frank

 

Edit: the orange sand cast C-8 I acquired last August still hasn't been under the sky either, still hunting for a tripod and wedge for it. Maybe this winter I'll see some colors!

Hey Rocky Mountain High, I hope you are high in Colorado. I have a Celestron Locked Triangle tripod made for the C8, in very nice condition. Denver area, roughly.



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Posted 01 September 2023 - 01:59 PM

Interesting. It's been a very long time since I've gotten my 7" classic LX200 MAK under the sky. At 55lbs it's now way too heavy for this old geezer's aching back. It's still the largest aperture scope I have, and maybe the long 2670mm focal length at f/15 is too slow to bring out the colors? At least I don't recall seeing colors the last time I viewed M42 with the MAK, but that was some time ago.

 

Frank

 

Edit: the orange sand cast C-8 I acquired last August still hasn't been under the sky either, still hunting for a tripod and wedge for it. Maybe this winter I'll see some colors!

Seeing color in nebula is highly dependent on light pollution and visual acuity. Exit pupil size is important, so with a slower scope you may need a longer focal length eyepiece.



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Posted 01 September 2023 - 02:01 PM

Hey Rocky Mountain High, I hope you are high in Colorado. I have a Celestron Locked Triangle tripod made for the C8, in very nice condition. Denver area, roughly.

If 9000ft elevation is high, then I am high! Dude, wouldn't that be the one we saw when my better half and I visited you last July? Thought you said you wanted to hang on to it? Also I'm thinking it wasn't original to my older sand cast C-8? 

 

Probably should PM me to continue this conversation (don't wanna highjack this thread) cool.gif

 

Cheers,

Frank


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Posted 01 September 2023 - 06:11 PM

That was posted some time ago. There were several comments about how cool it was using the labeled pill bottles for the eyepieces...

I would go $800 if someone is coming to the beach in FL.


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Posted 01 September 2023 - 06:13 PM

Seeing color in nebula is highly dependent on light pollution and visual acuity. Exit pupil size is important, so with a slower scope you may need a longer focal length eyepiece.

Never saw any color in M42 with even 26" scopes in dark skies. Always green to me.  I have seen blue in some PN Nebs.



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Posted 01 September 2023 - 08:54 PM

Older Tasco, looks similar to a Space Scope:

 

https://www.ebay.com...:Bk9SR4D8r7nKYg

 

It could be a nice buy if the price doesn't go too high.


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Posted 01 September 2023 - 10:35 PM

All your base are belong to us

ROFL somebody set us up the Bomber Bob!

 

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Posted 02 September 2023 - 07:10 AM

I would go $800 if someone is coming to the beach in FL.

I thought about going after this until I reread old posts about all the issues with Starliner scopes and mounts.



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Posted 02 September 2023 - 07:51 AM

I thought about going after this until I reread old posts about all the issues with Starliner scopes and mounts.

My OTA i had built in 1993 was super good. 10" F/8.3.  The mount is like all the other brands with clutch slop and no big bearing surface so they were all jitter and sticky city kitty..

 

A light 8" would work fine on them mounts but 10" and up is too much.


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Posted 02 September 2023 - 10:08 AM

Older Tasco, looks similar to a Space Scope:

 

https://www.ebay.com...:Bk9SR4D8r7nKYg

 

It could be a nice buy if the price doesn't go too high.

I've had my eye out for a Tasco 152x for quite some time. I'll take a shot at it (dibs!) but that's a big price at that condition. I don't need another 60mm classic, but that one has always intrigued me as being the first Tasco model.


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Posted 02 September 2023 - 10:34 AM

I've had my eye out for a Tasco 152x for quite some time. I'll take a shot at it (dibs!) but that's a big price at that condition. I don't need another 60mm classic, but that one has always intrigued me as being the first Tasco model.

 

 

I've had my eye out for a Tasco 152x for quite some time. I'll take a shot at it (dibs!) but that's a big price at that condition. I don't need another 60mm classic, but that one has always intrigued me as being the first Tasco model.

Yes, that's 50s for sure. Identical to my 1959 Daylite other than the branding. Black crinkle throughout, other than the objective cell and the leg finish - mine are white enamel. The box on mine is like a military foot locker. I can stand on it. It is painted battleship grey.

 

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Posted 02 September 2023 - 02:43 PM

Yes, that's 50s for sure. Identical to my 1959 Daylite other than the branding. Black crinkle throughout, other than the objective cell and the leg finish - mine are white enamel. The box on mine is like a military foot locker. I can stand on it. It is painted battleship grey.

 

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I have a feeling your Daylite is a Circle K (they usually are) and because of your description of the box

 

Box for my Kenko TA710

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Big box for a little 60/710mm scope


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Posted 02 September 2023 - 04:21 PM

I have a feeling your Daylite is a Circle K (they usually are) and because of your description of the box

 

Box for my Kenko TA710

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Big box for a little 60/710mm scope

Yes it is stamped Kenko but it is identical to an AO Monolux with the same 60/910mm parameters. The objective cell is identical. The elements are the same thickness. The performance is identical. I assume the optics are from the same source as the later AO scopes.

 

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Posted 02 September 2023 - 05:58 PM

Takahashi 22x60 opera glasses

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Posted 02 September 2023 - 06:19 PM

What the heck happened to this Ultima??

 

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Posted 02 September 2023 - 06:33 PM

Never saw any color in M42 with even 26" scopes in dark skies. Always green to me.  I have seen blue in some PN Nebs.

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Posted 02 September 2023 - 08:19 PM

Unitron, Unihex, Deutron, brackets, eyepieces.

 

https://www.ebay.com...:Bk9SR9rt1InLYg

 

I don't think the buy it now price is bad.  The stuff is worth more, IMO.


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