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Posts Made By: Neil Barnett

February 8, 2012 08:26 AM Forum: AstroMart FAQ

Support bonanza or "HELLLOOOOOOO"

Posted By Neil Barnett

Are the non-supporters missing something here?

I've supported twice (2 times) recently, for 3 months in Jan., and another 6 months just before the Super Duper Bowl (exciting game).

1.) I have the 3 months from Jan. support.
2.) I have the 6 more months from Feb. support.
3.) I have the cup coming for Jan. support.
4.) I have the shirt coming for Feb. support.
5.) I'm in for the Jan. drawing.
6.) I'm in for the Feb. drawing.
7.) My team won the Super Bowl and now I have the extra 6 months.

My support now goes closer to the middle of NEXT year.
Five (5) of the above are DEFINATE and the drawings are meant to be FUN so I get those too, win or not. That makes 7 of 7.

Am I wrong on the above or are people not seeing opportunity?

September 16, 2012 08:02 AM Forum: Eyepieces

Meade 56mm plossl, Japan/China, 4 or 5 element

Posted By Neil Barnett

I have a Meade 56mm Super Plossl, Japan.

Externally there are 3 varieties of these.
1. Smoothside, Japan
2. Rubber cup and rubber grip bands, Japan
3. Rubber cup and rubber grip bands, China

Internally there are 2 varieties.
1. 5 element, Japan
2. 4 element

I have the intermediate type of Rubber cup and rubber grip bands, JAPAN.

How can I tell if mine is a 4 element or 5 element?
Are all of the Japan versions a 5 element design, reguarless of external variety?
Are ONLY the smoothside versions a 5 element?

Please state your source of information, or qualifications. I've researched this a little and found too much indeterminate responses, mostly questions.


January 26, 2013 10:09 AM Forum: AstroMart FAQ

December 30, 2013 12:57 PM Forum: AstroMart FAQ

Pictures from deleted ads

Posted By Neil Barnett

I posted an ad in the past week, then deleted it. Unfortunately it has the only pictures of some things, and I need the pictures. I don't recall the ad number. Is there some way to get to the pictures? I know pictures tend to remain even on deleted ads. The ad was for a Celestron SP-C80.

Thank you.

March 6, 2014 10:13 AM Forum: AstroMart FAQ

Another ad down

Posted By Neil Barnett

I just posted an "ad" that was a request for help. It was also an amusing story I thought many members might enjoy, about an elk attack on an LX200. The ad is gone and I have no way to reference it now. I know AstroMart can still look at it. I posted a price of zero since it was a request for help. I'm not sure what was violated. If I can get the ad back, I'd be happy to modify it. I thought it was quite innocent and entertaining. I did make an incomplete reference to our astronomy group website, but not an official web link. The scope is MINE, and I'm donating funds AFTER help checking it out, only seeking the help. The group is a non profit, non 501-C3, voluntary group of 8 balls that just enjoy outreach.

Sorry about any violation. Herb, you're quick to do one liners (we all know that) which often have to be deciphered. Please advise with something specific besides a link to TOS since I thought it was OK. Nothing subversive intended.


May 1, 2014 08:11 AM Forum: A Day in the Life of the Administrator

Support options to pay NOW

Posted By Neil Barnett

Due to the changes, I'm not sure what's available.
I know the card option is offered.
What about paypal?
What other options are available to just get online and support NOW and be done.
I'm out of time today so I'm looking for NOW.


December 9, 2010 07:29 AM Forum: Antique/Classic/Vintage Optical Instruments

Dynascope RB-6

Posted By Neil Barnett


Click on my name in BLUE. That will bring up my profile. Then click on Send Private Message. I have an entire extra drive unit that I will need for a while. We are using it as a reference while rebuilding 3 Criterion RV-6's. Total nut and bolt restoration.

Here is a pretty good history of the scope:

Here is a pretty good history of the company:

I have an entry in this forum on the restoration. Sean has been out of town for a couple of weeks so I've taken the time to revamp the shop. I will be painting my tube candy apple red, and the color scheme WILL be awesome.


December 12, 2010 08:30 PM Forum: Antique/Classic/Vintage Optical Instruments

Cave in

Posted By Neil Barnett

The scope belonged to a smoker. The OTA is covered in brownish residue, but cleans up good with soap and water. The mirrors are covered with residue
to the point of me noticing that the primary looked dimmed like it had a light ND filter over it. The primary is PANCRO and has other writing on it.
I have not removed the primary yet. The coatings look good aside from the film.
The OTA has some mystery holes drilled and tapped in the retaining rings area. Everything seems to work OK.
The slip clutch is a little stiff, probably from smoker deposits if anything.

Any cave men or cave women that know anything particular, or anything to check, please let me know.


December 21, 2010 07:51 AM Forum: AstroMart FAQ

Used equipment sources

Posted By Neil Barnett

A lot of us are just a bunch of gear heads.
Buy a toy that interest us, play with it, keep it longer if we like it, sell it if it sits for months, or buy something for a particular event or project and then sell it. A lot of gear comes as package deals and a lot of the accessories are duplicates or not of interest. A WANT ad may come up and buy a part of a PACKAGE at a good price, rendering the rest of the PACKAGE to getting parted out.
This is probably most of us. I've bought from AM, garage sales, estate sales, craigslist, personal aquaintance, pawn shops, been given things for free, have given things for free, even traded substantial furniture for substantial astro gear, and more.

Then there are BLUE members who are ongoing sellers of particular products, or who are selling as a business or to make profit. This is different than just being one of us gear heads.

Either way, if you deal enough, you get a feel for the market and develope a style.

December 22, 2010 11:23 AM Forum: Antique/Classic/Vintage Optical Instruments

old telescope identification

Posted By Neil Barnett

Nice scope, I have no idea what it is.
A CN post would probably get it ID'd