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    Default Re: Brief report on the Bushnell Sky Chief II - 60mm F/15 'frac



    Thanks for posting the photos and congrats on a great acquisition. If your hybrid diagonal is decent, you will definitely benefit from using better modern eyepieces. These longer focal length Japanese scopes really do approach APO view qualities in the 60 and 70mm aperture sizes.
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    Default Re: Brief report on the Bushnell Sky Chief II - 60mm F/15 'frac

    Quote Originally Posted by DeanD View Post
    Thanks for this Terry. A great pick-up for $20! It looks terrific, and almost pristine: like it has almost never been used.

    I will be interested to hear if there is any difference on the planet comparisons. Probably a bit less CA as you move up the focal lengths, but it might be hard to pick!

    Have fun!

    All the best,

    Dean
    Thanks Dean!

    Hard to tell from the pics, but there are actually a lot of scratches on the OTA, along with the wooden tripod. Looking forward to testing it out, but cloudy/rainy conditions this week and the coming weekend.

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter802 View Post
    Terry.
    Nice looking scope.
    Looking forward to your first viewing report.
    I do like seeing wooden tripods on older scopes.
    Clear skies.
    Thanks Peter! Re: wooden tripods - so do I!

    Quote Originally Posted by combat48 View Post
    Nice reporting, Terry...and great acquisition at that price! Except for the wear on the tripod legs, looks "unused"! Should provide some great views.

    By the way, if you are interested, here is a link to one of the later (1986) Unitron eyepiece price list's showing the available .965" EP's: EP Selection – Unitron History Project. It represents the .965" EP's that were available in 1952.

    Dave
    Thanks Dave! The OTA actually has a lot of scratches - hard to tell from the pics. Looking forward to testing it out - not sure if the objective lens are the original ones (objective cell says "Vixen"). Anyways, looking forward to testing the scope out with the 1.25" EPs!

    Thanks for the list! Interesting to see what was available in 1985...

    Quote Originally Posted by not_Fritz_Argelander View Post
    Can't beat it! Good find.
    Thanks Fritz! Heard good stories of the views through a 60mm F/15 so I'd been interested in getting one for a while...

    Quote Originally Posted by Eagleheaf View Post
    That is going to give you great views, Terry. I have the same scope. :-)
    Thanks Mark! Yes, I knew from your signature.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gabby76 View Post
    A beautiful looking refractor and mount Terry, I am looking forward to your reports using it.
    Thanks Gabby! Looking forward to testing it out...

    Quote Originally Posted by kanadalainen View Post
    These are great scopes. Yours appears to be in amazing shape, even the inspection stickers are like new. $20 is a jaw-dropping price for such an instrument.

    By all means, try a 1.25" diagonal on it.
    Thanks Ian! Actually, there are a lot of scratches on the OTA, but yeah, the stickers are in great shape.

    Hopefully the performance of this scope makes the $20 purchase price a steal. Looking forward to testing it out with better 0.965" EPs as well as the 1.25" ones.

    Quote Originally Posted by Trombatissimo View Post
    Thanks for posting the photos and congrats on a great acquisition. If your hybrid diagonal is decent, you will definitely benefit from using better modern eyepieces. These longer focal length Japanese scopes really do approach APO view qualities in the 60 and 70mm aperture sizes.
    Thanks Dean! I don't think I've used my hybrid diagonal before; I'll soon find out how well it performs. Or I'll try the supplied diagonal and use my 0.965" to 1.25" eyepiece adapter on it.

    Re: comparison with APOs - so I've heard about the view quality from these F/15 'fracs.
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    Default Re: Brief report on the Bushnell Sky Chief II - 60mm F/15 'frac

    The views can be quite amazing with these, hopefully you can enjoy it soon.
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    Default Re: Brief report on the Bushnell Sky Chief II - 60mm F/15 'frac

    Looking forward to checking out the views, Gabby! The daytime views through the supplied 2-element EPs looked OK, but need to test out with my better 0.965" Kellners and the 0.965" to 1.25" diagonal and/or the original 0.965" diagonal with a 1.25" eyepiece adapter.
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    Default Re: Brief report on the Bushnell Sky Chief II - 60mm F/15 'frac

    Quote Originally Posted by terrynak View Post
    Thanks Bryan! I especially like the looks and smooth movements on the EQ mount. This is the first 60mm scope with EQ mount that I've owned, besides being my first F/15.

    I'm curious how the views of the planets might differ between a 60mm F/11.7 (700mm FL), a 60mm F/13.3 (800mm FL), and a 60mm F/15.2 scope (910mm FL), when using the same magnification on all three. Fortunately I've got examples of all three types from which to test...
    Nice catch Terry! That would be fun comparison indeed. Let us know how it goes.
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    First of all, I'm new here. I know this is an old thread, but I just inherited a Bushnell Sky Chief II, Model 78-5100. It is all disassembled, and I don't know if it's all there. I'm trying to find a manual to help me with this. I was wondering if you could provide a copy of the manual?? I would be willing to pay you for your trouble. It wouldn't have to be a hard copy, a scanned file would be fine. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

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    Default Re: Brief report on the Bushnell Sky Chief II - 60mm F/15 'frac

    Quote Originally Posted by Tampatexan View Post
    First of all, I'm new here. I know this is an old thread, but I just inherited a Bushnell Sky Chief II, Model 78-5100. It is all disassembled, and I don't know if it's all there. I'm trying to find a manual to help me with this. I was wondering if you could provide a copy of the manual?? I would be willing to pay you for your trouble. It wouldn't have to be a hard copy, a scanned file would be fine. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

    Jim
    Hi Jim,

    Due to multiple issues afflicting this forum and lack of administrator support, the bulk of the active membership (including Terry, the original poster of this thread) have moved here: https://www.theskysearchers.com/index.php

    Hope to see you there.
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