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    Default Re: Your oldest astronomical equipment?



    Quote Originally Posted by dodgerm37 View Post
    Parks Jovian 4. Bob
    How old is that?

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    Default Re: Your oldest astronomical equipment?

    In a few months my refractor will be a quarter century old. It's a 4" TeleVue Genesis and I use it very regularly. Equally old are my 4.8mm Nagler, some TV Plössls, a TV widefield and two TV Barlows (1.8 and 2.5x). I bought it all for a six month visit to Bhutan.

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    Default Re: Your oldest astronomical equipment?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ruud View Post
    In a few months my refractor will be a quarter century old. It's a 4" TeleVue Genesis and I use it very regularly. Equally old are my 4.8mm Nagler, some TV Plössls, a TV widefield and two TV Barlows (1.8 and 2.5x). I bought it all for a six month visit to Bhutan.
    Wow...
    Which was more expensive... The trip, or the gear?

    I do understand that by still having the gear, you can pro rate over 25 years...
    But you still have memories and maybe pics of the trip, so that gets pro-rated as well...
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    Default Re: Your oldest astronomical equipment?

    Hi Mark and all. Well, my old 3" Tasco that I had in the early and mid 60's is long gone. However, the oldest astronomy articles still in my possession are:
    A 32mm Plossl eyepiece from A. Jaegers in 1974, a 50mm Hastings eyepiece from Criterion in 1975, and a 16mm Konig eyepiece from University Optics in 1976. These are all single coated, as although most SLR cameras had multicoated lenses at this time, this did not catch on with amateur astronomy eyepieces for a few more years later. And, that "military surplus" 32mm Plossl eyepiece from A. Jaegers is still as good as any commercial Plossl that I have seen today. Thanks for your fun thread Mark, and best of regards to all.
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    Default Re: Your oldest astronomical equipment?

    My oldest gear would be my Sirius binoculars from the mid 60's, built to last more than a few years.
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    1975 vintage C8 with wedge and tripod bought for $60 about a month ago. It rocks!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodscavenger View Post
    1975 vintage C8 with wedge and tripod bought for $60 about a month ago. It rocks!!!
    Wow, now that sounds like a bargain!

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    This one is not mine, but it looks just like it...
    224188-1384704371Celestron_3-large.JPG
    It's a Celestron C-60 60mm refractor made in Japan in 1984/1985 and take 0.965 inch eyepieces.
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    Trynda1701, The ads I've seen for the Jovian-4 were from mid 1980's. It's a nice, small sct that can go just about anywhere. Bob
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    The only thing I have left that is still in service is a Meade 6600, 6" Newt from the mid-80's. It resides in our second home in Florida and only gets used during winter visits. The old wooden tripod still solidly holds the very nice old Mizar Eq mount. I think I paid around $325 for it new.

    Interestingly, I found one about a year ago here in Nevada on Craigslist for $35 that I attempted to salvage. Sadly, the objective mirror was beyond serviceable after fooling around with it for about a month. The only thing left is the Mizar mount, as I gave up on the project.

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