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#1 D_talley

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Posted 10 December 2023 - 12:32 AM

It is a shame that this has happened to this innocent scope.

 

 

https://www.ebay.com...:Bk9SR7j1_6GKYw


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#2 TomK1

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Posted 10 December 2023 - 12:56 AM

I hope the ad is wrong and he means he'll give $500 to anyone to take the scope off his hands.


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Posted 10 December 2023 - 01:07 AM

funny --- maybe for parts --- $500 seems optimistic. I'd thank someone to just haul it away --- "free". Otherwise, the Town Dump for sure.    Tom


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Posted 10 December 2023 - 01:39 AM

<"Forgot I had this thing."> Clearly..! rolleyes.gif



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Posted 10 December 2023 - 02:02 AM

Looks like something I’d pull out of a river with my fishing magnet, $500 lol.gif


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Posted 10 December 2023 - 02:31 AM

I'm sitting here wondering really hard how this could even happen. Perhaps the story alone would be worth 500 $ as a cautionary tale for others?

 

- Was he driving home from a star party with the scope loaded on the bed of his pickup truck driving at 60 mph, and hit a pothole, causing the telescope to be ejected at speed?

 

- Was he trying to mount the scope on the tripod over an ideal observation spot on the top of a rocky hillside, suddenly lost his grip, causing the scope to fall and roll a hundred feet down - onto a gravel road where it was hit by a passing truck?

 

- Was he immersed in observing in pitch black darkness, completely overlooking the fact that he had set up his observation post in the middle of the railroad track, and then a speeding freight train ... u' know.

 

On a serious note: the damage seems too complex and violent to be a result of an "observation accident" or a "star party mishap". It seems more like the result of a sort of traffic accident.

 

Has anyone seen anything like this before - and what was the cause?


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Posted 10 December 2023 - 03:33 AM

Yikes!  In the sellers notes, he said:  It’s missing the middle glass.

 

How do you lose the secondary mirror and keep the (filthy) corrector plate intact?

Did an angry person attack the scope with an aluminum baseball bat?

Are there any parts of this worth salvaging? Does not look like it to me.

Call CPS catadiatropic protective services.


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Posted 10 December 2023 - 03:44 AM

Quite. IMHO it's a deliberate con.

 

OTOH there is a corrector plate, if anyone wants one - and trash the rest.


Edited by luxo II, 10 December 2023 - 03:45 AM.

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Posted 10 December 2023 - 04:19 AM

I thought the same. The lx10 mount if it stillworks well is worth something as well, ditto the wedge. Ain't anyone currently lookin for a new corrector? My bet is the secondary was removed either to fastar it or to transfer it to another scope. Or relse removed while someone tried to collimate it, and couldnt put it back. The scope looks great, Actually.


Probably purchased used to replace the secondary on a "better" scope. Other that removal of the secondary it looks unmolested. I suspect it was bought in that condition as the primary (and corrector) does not seem to have suffered the dust storms the rest of the scope endured

Edited by rob1986, 10 December 2023 - 04:25 AM.

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Posted 10 December 2023 - 04:38 AM

Exactly. His starting bid is too high, but a local  buyer could make an offer at 200 and save it from the dump.Then sell the corrector to someone with a broken Meade 8" corrector.

 

Shipping this would be very expensive so only a local pickup would be worthwhile.


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Posted 10 December 2023 - 07:12 AM

That'll buff out...


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Posted 10 December 2023 - 07:28 AM

Here in the UK that would be a contender for the Turner Prize!


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Posted 10 December 2023 - 07:35 AM

Here is another scope that needs to be saved from the unwashed masses.  Well, it needs to be cleaned up at least. What is going on with that wedge? 

 

 

https://www.ebay.com...:Bk9SR7b1_6GKYw



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Posted 10 December 2023 - 07:48 AM

 Sorry, the corrector plate is cracked, but if you need a focuser knob, there you go.



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Posted 10 December 2023 - 07:56 AM

Exactly. His starting bid is too high, but a local  buyer could make an offer at 200 and save it from the dump.Then sell the corrector to someone with a broken Meade 8" corrector.

 

Shipping this would be very expensive so only a local pickup would be worthwhile.

Even if I needed the parts, I think his shipping cost (shows north of $80 for me) is more than I’d pay. This is an old telescope.  Old Meade 8” SCT’s aren’t very expensive and come up quite often with already matched optics and sometimes whole kits.  In this condition, I think $50 is fair, but only to the right buyer….not me.

 

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Posted 10 December 2023 - 09:21 AM

Not worth 500 new to me.



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Posted 10 December 2023 - 09:27 AM

Not worth 500 new to me.

Ouch! That’s cold shocked.gif


Edited by Stellar1, 10 December 2023 - 09:28 AM.


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Posted 10 December 2023 - 09:57 AM

Not worth 500 new to me.

But those optics might be freaky sharp under all that dirt! smile.gif


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Posted 10 December 2023 - 09:58 AM

But those optics might be freaky sharp under all that dirt! smile.gif

Yeah, that secondary was doing nothing but obstructing my view.


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Posted 10 December 2023 - 09:59 AM

I never saw a pre 1992 made meade SCT be freaky sharp. But they hit the ball out of the park with the later 90's LX200's.


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Posted 10 December 2023 - 10:11 AM

I never saw a pre 1992 made meade SCT be freaky sharp. But they hit the ball out of the park with the later 90's LX200's.

Just FYI, the LX10 was introduced in 1996 and it used the exact same OTA as the LX200s, so missing secondary aside, this might have been a good performer.

 

But, we'll never know. Sad tale.

 

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Posted 10 December 2023 - 10:29 AM

Just FYI, the LX10 was introduced in 1996 and it used the exact same OTA as the LX200s, so missing secondary aside, this might have been a good performer.

 

But, we'll never know. Sad tale.

 

Rick

Seems from around 1994 and later Meade had a long run of having good optics on avg. But still most of my freaky sharp SCT's were from Celestron and the worst were from Celestron.

 

Had one freaky sharp 2045 spotter but i think Mizar made them.


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Posted 10 December 2023 - 10:39 AM

The owner should be put on double-secret probation 😶
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Posted 11 December 2023 - 08:42 AM

At the bottom, it does say "make me an offer".


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Posted 11 December 2023 - 09:02 AM

At the bottom, it does say "make me an offer".

Send me $500 and I will dispose of it for you.


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