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Home > Classifieds > Astromart Classifieds > Telescope - Reflectors > Classified #228979

For Sale: 12.5" Cave "portable" f/5 newt. (1976) $1850

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I offered this one a couple months ago and there was a lot of interest in it, but no one was willing to drive all the way to Houston, Texas to pick up the scope, so let's lower the price $150 and see what happens. I bought this all-original scope back in April, had the mirrors recoated by QSP (standard aluminum on primary and endurobrite on secondary), had the tube painted silver by an auto body shop (it was orange), and put it all back together. It is a dandy scope optically, but I do not like the roll around mount with 1.5" shafts. In my opinion it really isn't enough mount for the scope. I understand that there are things that can be done to tighten it up quite a bit, but I am anticipating moving before long, and I think the easiest thing for me is to sell this one, wait til I get settled down in a new place, and then buy another one. Maybe by that time I can built an observatory and put it on a permanent pier! At any rate, the mirror is not signed, but is marked Cave Astrola with the serial number and date (1976). The rotating rings work fine. There is some slop in the declination motor assembly, and the RA drive tracks beautifully. Because of the nature of these mounts (I had a 6" on a portable mount with 1" shafts for years), it is difficult to center objects at high power, and since I really enjoy high-power planetary observation, for which this scope really should be fantastic, and am too busy and too lazy to worry about modifying this mount, I am selling to anyone willing to pick it up in Houston Texas. I will try to add a picture, but in case I can't figure out how to, or in case the resolution is low, email me and I will send a nice clear high resolution picture of it. Email with any questions. Thanks for looking. Dark Skies!

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