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Vicky050373 last won the day on January 31 2016

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    Secretary for Wakefield and District Astronomical Society (WADAS)
    Member of Huddersfield and District Astronomical and Philosophical Society (HAPS)
    Member of The National Trust, English Heritage & RSPB
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  1. Looking at threads on SGL at the moment, there do seem to be a fair few people doing up these vintage long FL refractors, and many such as the Dixons Prinz 660 readily convert to accept modern 1.25" accessories just by replacing the old holder with this Vixen adapter. I'm wondering if that is why they are in such high demand / low availability at the moment. I'm just wondering why so many of these lovely vintage refractors are suddenly popping up everywhere.
  2. No worries Dave, I checked the usual popular auction site and it looks like they only have them as supplied from Japan on quite a long wait. Looks like www.bresser.de have one and the delivery to UK isn't too bad, giving a total cost of around £26 with a 3-5 working day delivery. However, I didn't click through to purchase so not 100% sure it is in stock. All the best, Vicky
  3. Hi Dave, I used one of these with 100% ease and success in the back of my vintage Prinz 660. Gotta love those old long FL refractors. Unfortunately, I was not able to find one using wanted ads, however, they are readily available and relatively inexpensive (in astro terms) to buy on-line. I paid around £20. You are probably already aware, this is also known as a Vixen 36.4 -31.7 eyepiece adapter. Good luck with the search
  4. The finder scope is very similar, as Dave says, to the finder that came on a vintage scope I picked up, which I believe is a Prinz 660. If it is the sane then it isn't a very good finder by modern standards, but does its job if aligned well. It is difficult to see the eyepiece fitting on the photos, but the scope I bought had the old 0.965" fitting. However, I found I could unscrew the end and fit a Vixen 36.4mm to 1.25" adapter (cost around £20) for a very easy upgrade. But, I can't tell if the scope in your post would convert the same. I've attached a couple of pictures of my scop
  5. Hi Eric, yes it is a pity that we no longer use the WADAS forum on SGL. I tried to continue with it, but found I was the only one using it. I mentioned at a recent meeting that we don't seem to use any of our chat groups/forums etc. But that being said, I don't think anyone has really managed to get out this season, so we are struggling finding things to post about. We will have a chat in the next meeting and see about getting some momentum going within our group. Also, I agree with you about needing somewhere to meet up for viewing/imaging but the season is disappearing fast.
  6. Thank you for your lovely comments. I wasn't offended by your previous post, and honestly meant my response to be light hearted. I really do love that scope and can't believe it would now be in landfill if my brother's mate hadn't have mentioned me to his work colleague. I was gutted I couldn't save the original mount, but I feel it important to keep things as useable as possible as there wouldn't be any point saving them if not. I am so pleased I found the Vixen adapter to enable the use of modern eyepieces without having to irreversibly change the scope. The original solar projection screen
  7. I looked up the "Circle K" when I first acquired the scope as it took me a while to pin down exactly which scope it was as there seems to have been a few very similar looking scopes with various branding. The optics aren't quite in the same league as my WO FLT-110, BUT... I have to say that the Prinz 660 does get dragged out into the garden more often for an enjoyable viewing session. Plus I am up and running in quite literally two minutes! As a quick update to my previous post, I have now re-attached the original finder scope, and also fitted the lovely long slow motion control knobs wh
  8. I feel as though my vintage frac has really let page 99 down in the "serious glass" category LOL
  9. Seeing Nakedgun's post showing that lovely vintage long focal length refractor has inspired me to show you the result of a little project I worked on last year. My brothers best mate knows I'm "into astronmy" and offered me a telescope that one of his work colleagues was wanting rid off and was free to a good home. Of course, I jumped at the offer without even knowing what was being offered as I'd never wish a scope of any description to be taken to the tip. I was warned that it came in a huge wooden box and there were loads of bits that looked damaged and or broken. I'll keep t
  10. Televue 5x Powermate withdrawn due to lack of interest - I will hang on to this for now 2" Moon filter still available
  11. 8mm and 18mm BST eyepieces are now sold, thank you Televue 5x Powermate and 2" Moon filter still available
  12. Hi, just letting you know that both the 8mm and 18mm BST eyepieces have now sold. Vicky.
  13. Hi there, had this thread pop up in my notifications. Just letting you know that I have received a PM overnight stating interest in both BST EPs and asking for payment details. Just thought I'd let you know that these will both be sold once payment is confirmed. However, as an aside, as you can read in my classified post and in my signature that I am a huge fan of the BST eyepieces and have the full range in my case, along with a 2" 32mm Panaview for widefield viewing. I use the BST eyepieces with all my scopes (8SE, Equinox 80 and Prinz 660 vintage refractor) and I cannot fault the view they
  14. Any offers before I try them on alternative selling sites?
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