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#1 mdowns

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Posted 30 June 2024 - 08:38 PM

For the July restart I reached out to long time member,davidmcgo, to find out how he got interested in the hobby and classics.Dave had this to share.

 

  "I  didn’t get interested in classic scopes as a vintage thing so much as I mainly gravitated towards the unobtanium that graced the ads in Sky and Telescope back around 1980, when I first got interested.  I was a pre teen hooked on anything space, Apollo, Skylab, the then fledgling Space Shuttle, the Voyager encounters at Jupiter and Saturn, and oh yeah, Cosmos on the local PBS station.  My first telescope was a Tasco 6TE-5 that belonged to my oldest sister’s boyfriend.  I guess he wanted me out of their hair, but when I realized I could actually see all this stuff first hand, I was hooked!

 

I had a hodgepodge of pretty simple stuff early on, a Tuthill Star Trap RFT, a C90 spotter, and a 5” RFT refractor I made with a surplus 27” f5.6 aerial camera lens.  Eventually I traded up to a Coulter Odyssey 8, then a 1975 sand cast C8 in 1990.  So not a classic back then, just a 15 year old cat.  But it had really well corrected optics and is still in my stable today.

 

Early on while I still had just the little borrowed Tasco, my dad took me to the local university when they had an open house.  I remember climbing up a spiral staircase onto the roof of the physics building and then into a small dome.  The dome had a Celestron blue and white C10 and it was aimed at the just past first quarter moon.  I still remember the view now.  Huge, sharp, bright and so. Beyond anything I could see at the time.  When one of these showed up in a CN ad back in 2004 or 2005 from Bill Cook, I just had to have it.  I had Craters and Freighters pick it up at Captain’s Nautical, build a wood crate, and ship it down to San Diego.

 

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It needed some work so I had the mirrors recoated, a new backplate machined, and later scrounged up the portable pier and matching guide scope with tangent coupler. So that was the first scope I bought as a classic per se.  Since then I have added a 1976 sand cast C5, 1982 Celestron C11  inherited from a dear friend, an original Comet Catcher, Meade 2044, a Unitron 114, and a Questar 3.5.

 

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They all get a decent amount of use, mainly at home for casual viewing.  I love time away from the computer and a vintage scope, paper star atlas, and a quiet evening pondering the infinite is always a nice break.  The optics in these satisfy me every bit as much as the new stuff, and they feel much longer lasting than a lot of the modern equipment.

 

Thanks much Dave, for sharing this of yourself .Great pictures as well.

 

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Posted 30 June 2024 - 09:00 PM

https://astromart.co...r-planetary-apo

 

Astro Physics 206mm F15 APO lens   only $20,999.    


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Posted 30 June 2024 - 10:55 PM

https://astromart.co...r-planetary-apo

 

Astro Physics 206mm F15 APO lens   only $20,999.    

Monster but cheap compared to what some AP have sold for.  



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Posted 01 July 2024 - 05:50 AM

Monster but cheap compared to what some AP have sold for.  

Needs a AP1600.


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Posted 01 July 2024 - 07:20 AM

https://astromart.co...r-planetary-apo

 

Astro Physics 206mm F15 APO lens   only $20,999.    

I've been reading about all the folks who want longer FL apos. Hard to do better or longer or larger or more reasonably priced than this. So?

 

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Posted 01 July 2024 - 07:40 AM

I've been reading about all the folks who want longer FL apos. Hard to do better or longer or larger or more reasonably priced than this. So?

 

Bob

Short f/l brings in significant spherochromaticism because of the steep curves and 3 lenses. You might not even notice this on an ED doublet. I remember reading an essay by Roland C. about balancing the color correction taking into account spherochromaticism and how it affected the star test, which would get people in a tizzy. "If the scope is good in focus, that's what matters." Obviously! :)

 

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Posted 01 July 2024 - 08:48 AM

Short f/l brings in significant spherochromaticism because of the steep curves and 3 lenses. You might not even notice this on an ED doublet. I remember reading an essay by Roland C. about balancing the color correction taking into account spherochromaticism and how it affected the star test, which would get people in a tizzy. "If the scope is good in focus, that's what matters." Obviously! smile.gif

 

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AP's new, fast, F6 110mm triplet is extremely well controlled at the far ends of the spectrum in both color error and Strehl ratio. No one will see any aberrations in that scope.

 

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Posted 01 July 2024 - 10:00 AM

Nippon 6.5cm. I had one of these and it was optically excellent.

 

https://www.ebay.com...ition=3000|7000


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Posted 01 July 2024 - 11:33 AM

Nippon 6.5cm. I had one of these and it was optically excellent.

 

https://www.ebay.com...ition=3000|7000

1 - I'd love to have those eyepieces!

2 - Would like to compare it with my TS-65S / 1000.  Friendly contest, of course.

3 - You reminded me:  I've never tried / tested a Classic Nikon.


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Posted 01 July 2024 - 11:59 AM

Nippon 6.5cm. I had one of these and it was optically excellent.

 

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And I believe I still have it.


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Posted 01 July 2024 - 02:12 PM

Estate sale in Jackson, MI 49203 - July 20, 21

 

Some interesting astro gear -

 

A Criterion Dynamx

Celestron Ultima

C90

Couple of boxes of eyepieces

 

The Ultima is probably an 8 - but it looks a little long - might be bigger...

 

Everything looks minty - wish I lived in Michigan!

 

https://www.estatesa...n/49203/4086498


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Posted 01 July 2024 - 02:50 PM

Estate sale in Jackson, MI 49203 - July 20, 21

 

Some interesting astro gear -

 

A Criterion Dynamx

Celestron Ultima

C90

Couple of boxes of eyepieces

 

The Ultima is probably an 8 - but it looks a little long - might be bigger...

 

Everything looks minty - wish I lived in Michigan!

 

https://www.estatesa...n/49203/4086498

C9.25 I think

 

-drl


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Posted 01 July 2024 - 04:25 PM

$75 for 3 = $25 a pop... VG Deal.   Mizar Red-Letter OR9 & OR5 + Vixen OR5 .965" Eyepiece Trio:   https://zenmarket.jp...ode=u1140200272

 

My RL Mizars compete with my Tak ORs; and, I regularly use Vixen OR12.5 & OR4 -- very sharp glass!

 

FYI:  Black C80s look Great on this EQ...   Kenko NES EQ w/ Tripod:   https://zenmarket.jp...ode=q1135698339

 

$160 + shipping.  Good Deal.

 

An eye-watering Christmas Gift...   Kenko A80M + NES EQ:   https://zenmarket.jp...ode=u1139863786

 

$180 + shipping.

 

Seller REALLY wanted a Finder on this scope...   Takahashi TS-65P OTA w/ Cradle:   https://zenmarket.jp...ode=o1142859313

 

Yeah, Hazy Lazy Dayz of Summer!

 

Gift... Yourself??   Takahashi EM-100 EQ + Half Pier + Dual Axis System:   https://zenmarket.jp...ode=d1142133278

 

$1290 + shipping.


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Posted 01 July 2024 - 06:04 PM

I've been reading about all the folks who want longer FL apos. Hard to do better or longer or larger or more reasonably priced than this. So?

 

Bob

Not so easy to slug a OTA that heavy over 7ft high on a mount so that is the reason i am gonna pass plus a mount to hold it would cost another 10 to 16k.  


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Posted 01 July 2024 - 06:58 PM

Needs a AP1600.

Tube would be around 75lbs, unless there were some measures taken to make it lighter.  Carbon Fiber would be thousands of $$$, but "in for a penny..."



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Posted 01 July 2024 - 08:47 PM

Tube would be around 75lbs, unless there were some measures taken to make it lighter.  Carbon Fiber would be thousands of $$$, but "in for a penny..."

But, might save you a pound.... 



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Posted 01 July 2024 - 09:38 PM

1 - I'd love to have those eyepieces!

2 - Would like to compare it with my TS-65S / 1000.  Friendly contest, of course.

3 - You reminded me:  I've never tried / tested a Classic Nikon.

I recall how crisp and well corrected the optics were. I'm sure sure I still have the double pass test of it somewhere.

 

And I believe I still have it.

I forgot that you were the one who bought from me smile.gif


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Posted 01 July 2024 - 09:40 PM

$75 for 3 = $25 a pop... VG Deal.   Mizar Red-Letter OR9 & OR5 + Vixen OR5 .965" Eyepiece Trio:   https://zenmarket.jp...ode=u1140200272

 

My RL Mizars compete with my Tak ORs; and, I regularly use Vixen OR12.5 & OR4 -- very sharp glass!

 

FYI:  Black C80s look Great on this EQ...   Kenko NES EQ w/ Tripod:   https://zenmarket.jp...ode=q1135698339

 

$160 + shipping.  Good Deal.

 

An eye-watering Christmas Gift...   Kenko A80M + NES EQ:   https://zenmarket.jp...ode=u1139863786

 

$180 + shipping.

 

Seller REALLY wanted a Finder on this scope...   Takahashi TS-65P OTA w/ Cradle:   https://zenmarket.jp...ode=o1142859313

 

Yeah, Hazy Lazy Dayz of Summer!

 

Gift... Yourself??   Takahashi EM-100 EQ + Half Pier + Dual Axis System:   https://zenmarket.jp...ode=d1142133278

 

$1290 + shipping.

That Kenko is a real beauty!


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Posted 02 July 2024 - 08:36 AM

Celestron Firstscope Accessory Kit - Collectors item for somebody?

 

Kind of odd that Celestron would have marketed this considering the Firstscope's were already fitted with a finder scope and eyepiece at point of purchase. Did Celestron ever sell just the Firstscope OTA's separately?

 

https://shopgoodwill.../item/203526373



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Posted 02 July 2024 - 08:40 AM

https://shopgoodwill.../item/203526373

I think that is a modern kit. China.
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Posted 02 July 2024 - 08:56 AM

Estate sale in Jackson, MI 49203 - July 20, 21

 

Some interesting astro gear -

 

A Criterion Dynamx

Celestron Ultima

C90

Couple of boxes of eyepieces

 

The Ultima is probably an 8 - but it looks a little long - might be bigger...

 

Everything looks minty - wish I lived in Michigan!

 

https://www.estatesa...n/49203/4086498

Amazing amount of "stuff", representing one family's entire life. I love the old camera equipment, I still have my father's old Polaroid camera (the one on the left in the photo). As a kid I was blown away watching the black & white image develope right before your eyes. Then the photo had to be coated by hand with an applicator containing a "stop" solution to preserve the photo. Cutting edge technology back in the day...

 

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Posted 02 July 2024 - 09:06 AM

Celestron Firstscope Accessory Kit - Collectors item for somebody?

 

Kind of odd that Celestron would have marketed this considering the Firstscope's were already fitted with a finder scope and eyepiece at point of purchase. Did Celestron ever sell just the Firstscope OTA's separately?

 

https://shopgoodwill.../item/203526373

They're meant to go with the mini Dobs Celestron (and others) started selling. https://shopgoodwill.../item/202882724


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Posted 02 July 2024 - 09:11 AM

That makes sense. Thanks


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Posted 02 July 2024 - 09:17 AM

Amazing amount of "stuff", representing one family's entire life. I love the old camera equipment, I still have my father's old Polaroid camera (the one on the left in the photo). As a kid I was blown away watching the black & white image develope right before your eyes. Then the photo had to be coated by hand with an applicator containing a "stop" solution to preserve the photo. Cutting edge technology back in the day...

 

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My Dad had a 104 camera which took cassette film, but otherwise was the same as the roll film used in that camera. He said - "Here, you're probably better at this than I am. You're in charge of photos." Which was my introduction to photography! I figured out that the exposure was controlled by the little eye to the side of the lens, and if put a piece of tape over that to block the light, the shutter would stay open. One night when Orion was rising over the neighbor's house, I propped the camera up on a book with the electric eye light meter blocked, and very carefully pressed the release - heard the click of the shutter open - held very still for 10 or so seconds, then released the button and heard the click of the shutter closing. Pulled the film and waited the right amount of developing time - then - WOW!! There was Orion in full star-chart glory, plus a surreal scene of the neighborhood illuminated by the popular gas mantle lamps in the front yards of various houses. A pivotal moment! thanks to my Pop.

 

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Posted 02 July 2024 - 09:24 AM

My Dad had a 104 camera which took cassette film, but otherwise was the same as the roll film used in that camera. He said - "Here, you're probably better at this than I am. You're in charge of photos." Which was my introduction to photography! I figured out that the exposure was controlled by the little eye to the side of the lens, and if put a piece of tape over that to block the light, the shutter would stay open. One night when Orion was rising over the neighbor's house, I propped the camera up on a book with the electric eye light meter blocked, and very carefully pressed the release - heard the click of the shutter open - held very still for 10 or so seconds, then released the button and heard the click of the shutter closing. Pulled the film and waited the right amount of developing time - then - WOW!! There was Orion in full star-chart glory, plus a surreal scene of the neighborhood illuminated by the popular gas mantle lamps in the front yards of various houses. A pivotal moment! thanks to my Pop.

 

-drl

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