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Home > Classifieds > Astromart Classifieds > Eyepieces > Classified #787860

For Sale: Celestron 12.5mm ortho illuminated unique [SOLD]

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Heh, heh! Yup, you doubted me again when I said I am REALLY into rare vintage things. This is one of my favorite guider eyepieces and the nostalgia behind it is awesome! But I can't keep everything or else I can't go play with new scope toys. So what we have here is an ultra rare 1976 Celestron 12.5mm ortho illuminated reticle made by (T) of Japan. No, I did not say this was a (V)! Much rarer! (T) goes back to pre-Vixen years and was also a major optics supplier for Cave's Orthostars and Kellners.
"Hen's fangs? Really Andy!" No, I'm not kidding, this is the COMPLETE set. It comes with the almost never mentioned or seen brightness control module by Cosco (not COSTCO!) and has the ability to adjust brightness of the cross hairs and whether you wish to draw power from an AC or DC source. In other words, your vintage Celestron guider eyepiece WILL NOT work without this stock device.

The cosmetic and functional condition of the reticle ocular is a solid 9+ out of 10; simply astounding for a nearly 40 year old Celestron product. The optical coatings are not tarnished or scratched to my keen eyesight and the cross hairs fully function. The last photo proves this as that is the cross hairs being illuminated by this exact unit. There is a tiny dustie in the optics here and there, but NOT intrusive to functionality. And it isn't even a smidge dirty enough to warrant a squeeze on your dust-blowing, boar's hair bulb. The AC outlet plug-in to box is a Radio Shack component from early 1990 and is in 10 condition. To my vast, VAST knowledge of old Celestron products, the box never came with the power cord. You had to buy the eyepiece, box, and cord separately.
The original power cord feeding both to the reticle and to the male insert into the Cosco power box is in 10 condition. The old skool Cosco box is in 9- maybe, MAYBE 8++ condition depending on you. If you ask me, the fact that this works makes me give it a solid "7". The fact that all the stock painted labeling is present, the fact that there is no rust or missing parts, the shininess of the aluminum brightness adjust knob, and the still-can-reflect-light black paint, puts this squarely in show/display condition at minimum. And remember, the white sticker with the note on the Cosco box and the velcro strip on the back CAN BE REMOVED EASILY. I can remove it for you on your request if you'd like before it ships-out. I have done guiding with this setup before, but only on my old stuff; you know? Like my Cave or Unitron. I understand many are laughing at a 32-year old who dinks around with seriously way outdated equipment like this. But if you are the one who laughs, I cannot ever explain how rich the history of early backyard astronomy beams through this vintage setup. And if you are the one who's jaw is dropping onto your keyboard, this is for you! I assure you, it will be a long time before you find a Celestron guiding product of this age and in this condition.
Comes complete with both caps for the eyepiece.

**I am willing to separate these items out**

12.5mm ortho guide eyepiece with eyepiece-to-power box cord = $78.00
Cosco brightness control unit = $29.00
AC power plug = $6.00

I will sell to anyone located at any sector of the lithosphere...BUT insurance will be mandatory as this cannot be replaced overnight, next month, or in a year. If using paypal (my fave!) I kindly ask you please add 3% please; 4% for classic collectors outside the US. I don't refuse checks from trustworthy-proven users. Best of luck friends!

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