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#1 mdowns

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Posted 31 January 2024 - 11:16 PM

I reached out to Russell Smith this month, a frequent visitor to this forum, and asked him about his interest in the classics. He had this to say and share.

 

  "My story as it relates to astronomy is not very long.

As a child in the 1970's, I received a very small reflector with plastic eyepieces of which only one actually worked to any degree.

I was blown away however at seeing clear sharp views of craters on the surface of the moon.

After a short time and with no mentoring, I soon became bored and moved back indoors to my microscope and chemistry set.

Life did as life does and I did nothing else in astronomy until shortly before joining Cloudy Nights in 2017.

 

I was spending some time browsing a local pawnshop and spotted an aluminum case with MEADE on the side.

It was a blue four inch 2045 with the ac drive. complete kit. Even the warranty card was intact.

After that I joined this site and my education in astronomy and vintage Telescopes really got under way.

I read and read and read some more, mostly in the classics section and began meeting some of you fine people.

Bomber Bob sent a Mayflower 814 to me through the free to a good home thread for the cost of shipping.  (my first refractor and I saw my first DSO with it.) Later I passed it forward to the daughter of a friend as she showed an interest in stargazing. I am told she still uses it.

I have had the good fortune to be able to give some parts to help others as well as receive that hard to find item. Being able to help someone is always special and I could not begin to remember all the help received from members here in the form of advice or actual hardware.

Over the years a fair number of classic scopes have passed through my hands " four Unitrons, Three 10 TE's eight and ten inch Meades as well as many others. I still own and use a handful of scopes as my signature shows.

For me, I enjoy the hunt as much as anything and as of today, have too many "projects" But still, I look every day.

Clear skies and good hunting!

Russ

 

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Thank you Russ for the insight and the pictures,a great way to start the month!  Btw,he told me the vixen sourced orion flourite has been his favorite

 

The basic guideline for this thread is to list ads and auctions for classic/vintage scopes and associated accessories that others may be interested in. Do not post your own ads or the ads of your friends, this includes items you may be trying to sell for someone else. We request that you do not post photos from ads. If you must have some reference to a photo in the post, post a link to the photo, not the photo itself. Concentrate on the item for sale, and not the seller.

Please post a live link to the item.  Do not post "PM me for the link".Short discussions can take place about the items listed. When quoting a post, edit the quoted post to include only the part you are replying to. Do not post the entire ad text, or large blocks of it, without permission from the author. Keep on topic, please!

    Buyer Beware- CN is not responsible for any of the ads or auctions posted here or their content. There are some scams floating around, so do your homework before pursuing any ad.

                                                              and this note from the moderators

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.


 

#2 jragsdale

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Posted 01 February 2024 - 09:45 AM

C14 - $1600 in Thousand Oaks, CA

https://losangeles.c...7713164762.html


 

#3 John Rogers

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Posted 01 February 2024 - 11:59 AM

Anyone need a clock drive for an Edmund 6"?

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/395163317830


 

#4 deSitter

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Posted 01 February 2024 - 12:53 PM

C14 - $1600 in Thousand Oaks, CA

https://losangeles.c...7713164762.html

Wow if that is intact, great buy.

 

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#5 deSitter

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Posted 01 February 2024 - 12:55 PM

Anyone need a clock drive for an Edmund 6"?

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/395163317830

Looks like the fine adjuster is missing. It's a silly little cam arrangement.

 

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#6 jragsdale

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Posted 01 February 2024 - 01:07 PM

CI-700 Mount - $495 in Aledo, TX

https://www.facebook...029745214784769


 

#7 starman876

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Posted 01 February 2024 - 01:42 PM

CI-700 Mount - $495 in Aledo, TX

https://www.facebook...029745214784769

here is a chance for Chas to get another one.  That is a great price


 

#8 bartine

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Posted 01 February 2024 - 02:03 PM

Wow - if you had a really fast car, like a Corvette or something, you could do a quick roadtrip to California! 

 

Pick up a C14 for $1,500, then drive back through Texas on your way home to grabe a CI-700 for $495 - 

 

I mean, it is like a 40 hour drive from Florida going the speed limit - but throw that out the window and go all Gumball Rally!  I'd help drive if someone else pays the speeding tickets...

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Seriouisly - Both these are really nice deals - I'm hoping someone from this group grabs them...


 

#9 Russell Smith

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Posted 01 February 2024 - 02:08 PM

I'm not too far from the mount. I messaged the seller but have not gotten a reply yet. I don't need it but...
 

#10 Steve_M_M

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Posted 01 February 2024 - 03:41 PM

I'm not too far from the mount. I messaged the seller but have not gotten a reply yet. I don't need it but...

Ill send you his phone number.


 

#11 upwinddan

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Posted 01 February 2024 - 03:44 PM

I reached out to Russell Smith this month, a frequent visitor to this forum, and asked him about his interest in the classics. He had this to say and share.

 

  "My story as it relates to astronomy is not very long.

As a child in the 1970's, I received a very small reflector with plastic eyepieces of which only one actually worked to any degree.

I was blown away however at seeing clear sharp views of craters on the surface of the moon.

After a short time and with no mentoring, I soon became bored and moved back indoors to my microscope and chemistry set.

Life did as life does and I did nothing else in astronomy until shortly before joining Cloudy Nights in 2017.

 

I was spending some time browsing a local pawnshop and spotted an aluminum case with MEADE on the side.

It was a blue four inch 2045 with the ac drive. complete kit. Even the warranty card was intact.

After that I joined this site and my education in astronomy and vintage Telescopes really got under way.

I read and read and read some more, mostly in the classics section and began meeting some of you fine people.

Bomber Bob sent a Mayflower 814 to me through the free to a good home thread for the cost of shipping.  (my first refractor and I saw my first DSO with it.) Later I passed it forward to the daughter of a friend as she showed an interest in stargazing. I am told she still uses it.

I have had the good fortune to be able to give some parts to help others as well as receive that hard to find item. Being able to help someone is always special and I could not begin to remember all the help received from members here in the form of advice or actual hardware.

Over the years a fair number of classic scopes have passed through my hands " four Unitrons, Three 10 TE's eight and ten inch Meades as well as many others. I still own and use a handful of scopes as my signature shows.

For me, I enjoy the hunt as much as anything and as of today, have too many "projects" But still, I look every day.

Clear skies and good hunting!

Russ

 

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Thank you Russ for the insight and the pictures,a great way to start the month!  Btw,he told me the vixen sourced orion flourite has been his favorite

 

The basic guideline for this thread is to list ads and auctions for classic/vintage scopes and associated accessories that others may be interested in. Do not post your own ads or the ads of your friends, this includes items you may be trying to sell for someone else. We request that you do not post photos from ads. If you must have some reference to a photo in the post, post a link to the photo, not the photo itself. Concentrate on the item for sale, and not the seller.

Please post a live link to the item.  Do not post "PM me for the link".Short discussions can take place about the items listed. When quoting a post, edit the quoted post to include only the part you are replying to. Do not post the entire ad text, or large blocks of it, without permission from the author. Keep on topic, please!

    Buyer Beware- CN is not responsible for any of the ads or auctions posted here or their content. There are some scams floating around, so do your homework before pursuing any ad.

                                                              and this note from the moderators

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.

Enjoyable and interesting narrative. I also have the same Edmund. It’s a big hit at a star party, but certainly a challenge to transport and assemble. 


 

#12 starman876

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Posted 01 February 2024 - 04:18 PM

https://www.cloudyni...telephoto-lens/

 

Questar 700 telephoto lens.  


 

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Posted 01 February 2024 - 07:02 PM

here is a chance for Chas to get another one.  That is a great price

Shipping would add 500 more to the price. Just gonna get a AP1200 or 1600 or 900 or 800 or 1100 when one pops up local in about 40 years.  That C14 for cheap would be a killer deal if it was freaky sharp but what are the chances it gets broken in shipping 10,000 miles away from Cali?


 

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Posted 01 February 2024 - 07:03 PM

Wow - if you had a really fast car, like a Corvette or something, you could do a quick roadtrip to California! 

 

Pick up a C14 for $1,500, then drive back through Texas on your way home to grabe a CI-700 for $495 - 

 

I mean, it is like a 40 hour drive from Florida going the speed limit - but throw that out the window and go all Gumball Rally!  I'd help drive if someone else pays the speeding tickets...

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

 

Seriouisly - Both these are really nice deals - I'm hoping someone from this group grabs them...

Never gonna happen. Driving to meet you was the longest trip i ever took in a car. First time out of state in my cars. I am a wash in mounts. Ever since i got my CI-700 a 1000 have popped up for sale. Sure is odd.


Edited by CHASLX200, 01 February 2024 - 07:06 PM.

 

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Posted 01 February 2024 - 08:59 PM

Tak Collector Candy...   Takahashi 80th Anniversary FS-60CB w/ Cradle:   https://zenmarket.jp...ode=j1123188910

 

Vixen Collector Candy...   Limited Edition Brass Vixen A80M OTA w/ Finder & Rings:   https://zenmarket.jp...ode=u1092599292

 

$330 BIN.

 

Tricksee Polaris [Gollum!  Gollum!]   Vintage Vixen Polaris-3 80 F15 EQ Kit w/ Wood Cabinet:   https://zenmarket.jp...ode=q1123409614


Edited by Bomber Bob, 01 February 2024 - 09:33 PM.

 

#16 starman876

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Posted 01 February 2024 - 09:43 PM

https://www.cloudyni...case-and-rings/

 

TMB 100/800.  Good price on a fantastic scope. It is a classic in its own right.   One of the best refractors in the world.


 

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Posted 01 February 2024 - 11:32 PM

Never gonna happen. Driving to meet you was the longest trip i ever took in a car. First time out of state in my cars. I am a wash in mounts. Ever since i got my CI-700 a 1000 have popped up for sale. Sure is odd.

I stopped buying them all up. 


 

#18 tim53

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Posted 01 February 2024 - 11:33 PM

That Parks/Meade 12.5" Newt is listed now.  $2000:  https://www.facebook..._type=top_picks


 

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Posted 02 February 2024 - 06:11 AM

That Parks/Meade 12.5" Newt is listed now.  $2000:  https://www.facebook..._type=top_picks

 

If only it was a 16" HIT.


 

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Posted 02 February 2024 - 06:14 AM

That Parks/Meade 12.5" Newt is listed now.  $2000:  https://www.facebook..._type=top_picks

if it wasnt so far away.. my other dream scope.. side note.. they can keep the buggy, looks as if its maxed out.
I have better thank you ..
 

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Posted 02 February 2024 - 06:48 AM

That Parks/Meade 12.5" Newt is listed now.  $2000:  https://www.facebook..._type=top_picks

OTA is just too heavy to mount up.


 

#22 deSitter

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Posted 02 February 2024 - 07:41 AM

That Parks/Meade 12.5" Newt is listed now.  $2000:  https://www.facebook..._type=top_picks

That's a great deal assuming even an average mirror.

 

-drl


 

#23 DouglasPaul

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Posted 02 February 2024 - 09:11 AM

C-11 with a whole bunch of    bling?

 

https://zenmarket.jp...ode=k1123553640


 

#24 Steve_M_M

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Posted 02 February 2024 - 11:02 AM

C-11 with a whole bunch of    bling?

 

https://zenmarket.jp...ode=k1123553640

I was considering re-wiring my house.  This might fit the bill!


 

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Posted 02 February 2024 - 11:23 AM

C-11 with a whole bunch of    bling?

 

https://zenmarket.jp...ode=k1123553640

I dunno why find that so highly amusing.

 

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