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Roger Ceragioli 6" f/6 Lurie Houghton Optical Set

Auction No.:
13200
Current Bid:
$405.00
High Bidder:
Manuel Cavazos
Bid History:
27 Bids [View History]
Location:
Stamford, CT - United States
Started:
09/12/2021 04:58PM
Ends:
09/15/2021 04:58PM
Shipping:
Buyer pays shipping
Payment:
PayPal, Cash
Hits:
317
This set of Lurie-Houghton optics was made by Roger Ceragioli, an award-winning optician who won an award for it at RTMC 2003. It is a 6", right around f/6 with a spherical primary and a 2-element corrector lens at the front - essentially a catadioptric Newtonian.

Roger has made a few very nice amateur scopes over the years as well as working at the Steward Mirror Lab in Arizona. He sold the scope to Lurie's son and daughter-in-law and eventually the scope changed hands one or two more times before making it to me. Unfortunately, along the way the OTA was warped severely out-of-round (problematic for the corrector lens and collimating it) and the inside of it was coated with what is essentially stucco which constantly flakes onto the optics. I do have the tube for anyone interested in the possible historic value of it, but it is worth less than the cost of shipping and is probably next-to-impossible to get round again, and the scope does not work in that configuration, so this listing is just for the optics. I have the spacing info, so constructing a new scope is a matter of obtaining a tube and focuser and drilling holes etc.

The corrector lens, corrector cell, and secondary are in fantastic shape. The primary coating is a little cloudy and as such it could use a recoat - it is also glued to a well-made 9-point mirror cell. I do not have a test report for these optics, but I can 100% certify that they were made by Ceragioli. I have a full binder of emails and information exchanged between Ceragioli and Holly Lurie. Given that I got a great deal on these as well as the fact that I am unsure what they are worth I have elected to auction them off to the highest bidder and I plan on donating a portion of whatever these sell for to multiple nearby astronomy clubs including the one I got this scope from. The documentation I received with the scope is also included.

Buyer pays shipping from 06905 with full insurance.
Time Placed User Bid Amount
09/15/2021 02:20PM Manuel Cavazos $405.00
09/15/2021 01:37PM Peter Glus $380.00
09/15/2021 05:25AM Manuel Cavazos $365.00 [ Auto Bid]
09/15/2021 05:25AM Hyunkook Cho $360.00
09/13/2021 09:23PM Manuel Cavazos $355.00
09/13/2021 09:19PM Dave Radosevich $350.00 [ Auto Bid]
09/13/2021 09:19PM Manuel Cavazos $350.00
09/13/2021 09:18PM Dave Radosevich $325.00 [ Auto Bid]
09/13/2021 09:18PM Manuel Cavazos $320.00
09/13/2021 09:18PM Dave Radosevich $315.00 [ Auto Bid]
09/13/2021 09:18PM Manuel Cavazos $310.00
09/13/2021 09:15PM Dave Radosevich $305.00 [ Auto Bid]
09/13/2021 09:15PM Manuel Cavazos $300.00
09/13/2021 09:15PM Dave Radosevich $255.00 [ Auto Bid]
09/13/2021 09:15PM Manuel Cavazos $250.00
09/13/2021 09:14PM Dave Radosevich $232.50 [ Auto Bid]
09/13/2021 09:14PM Manuel Cavazos $230.00
09/13/2021 09:14PM Dave Radosevich $212.50 [ Auto Bid]
09/13/2021 09:14PM Manuel Cavazos $210.00
09/13/2021 07:04PM Dave Radosevich $184.50 [ Auto Bid]
09/13/2021 07:04PM Steve McDaniel $182.00
09/13/2021 07:03PM Dave Radosevich $164.50 [ Auto Bid]
09/13/2021 07:03PM Steve McDaniel $162.00
09/13/2021 03:59PM Dave Radosevich $157.00
09/12/2021 10:33PM Steve McDaniel $154.50
09/12/2021 10:12PM David Simons $103.50
09/12/2021 09:55PM Steve McDaniel $51.00