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Old 11-01-2020, 12:09 PM
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Picked up my Televue Apollo 11 Commemorative eye piece this morning from Bintel
Beautifully presented box with a commemorative medal stamped with a serial number , eye piece has serial number as well
Canít wait to use it in my 12Ē Goto dob when we eventually get some clear skies along the east coast of NSW
Only 6 were issued to Australia (Bintel) from Televue, Bintel have one on display in their Sydney showroom , I have one and there are 4 others somewhere around the country
A very happy, lucky and proud owner of a unique astronomical eye piece
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Old 11-01-2020, 02:59 PM
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Rotate pics please
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Old 11-01-2020, 06:20 PM
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Pics taken on iPhone and sent via iPhone , correct orientation when viewed in iPhone
When viewed on laptop or Desktop they are sideways
Sorry about that but I use my iPhone 99% of the time
Any other comment ?
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Old 11-01-2020, 06:24 PM
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Congratulations on what is certain to be a nice thing to pass down to your kids.

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Old 12-01-2020, 12:11 PM
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Very envious , congratulations
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Old 12-01-2020, 05:16 PM
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Old 13-01-2020, 06:39 PM
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Old 13-01-2020, 07:47 PM
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To kind mate
I didnít think it was that important
I usually cross the Tís and dot the Iís
I must be getting lazy in my old age
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Old 13-01-2020, 08:19 PM
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Beautiful piece of memorabilia and a damn fine eyepiece.
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Old 14-01-2020, 04:07 PM
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Just arrived back down at my weekender to clean up a bit after the fire devastation on the south coast
Looks like most of the coastal areas and hinterland along Southern , Central and mid north coast NSW will receive some welcome rain on Thursday through to Monday in the order of 10 to 20mm , not enough but NSW will take anything at the moment
Testing of my Apollo 11 eye piece will have to wait at least another week or so
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Old 17-01-2020, 07:44 PM
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I ordered mine from Agena astro as it was out of stock when i checked the Bintel website.. and now their website says they have 1 eyepiece left.. annoying!.. my apollo 11 is stuck in melbourne customs... has been in customs for the past 11 days.. i bet they are calculating the duties to charge.. never really thought about duties till i started googling why a parcel might get held in customs.. any idea what the duties would be? Or if duties apply in this case at all? I was going through the customs webpage that says collectorís pieces are exempt? Will this apply here? And what happened to all the talk about Australia-USA free trade? Never had problems with orders from China.. Perhaps i should take my complaint to Mr.Trump!
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Old 17-01-2020, 08:12 PM
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I never trust stock levels on suppliers websites , I always call or go to store and enquire. I rarely purchase from OS websites too , had to many security issues over the years
I guess I was lucky as Bintel had another 3 allocated at a later date , I bought one , someone else bought one and they kept one for the store on display
Donít know much about duties, probably the most important thing is you finally receive your eye piece in good condition
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Old 17-01-2020, 09:51 PM
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Yes lesson learnt.. i just hope they donít open the package and smudge the lens
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Old 18-01-2020, 02:33 AM
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This eyepiece is double the cost of the Docter 12.5mm and doubt very much itís in the same league as cutting edge Zeiss technology that has gone into this eyepiece, They are not meant to sit in a box not being used and that has nothing to do with a green eyed monster called jealousy as I own eyepieces at the highest end of the game it just amazes me how people would pay over 2k for an 11mm eyepiece for its collectibility, Just my opinion so donít get all hot under the collar itís just how I see it when for a tad over that price I bought a Tak FC100DF,3035 FT R&P focuser,K-Aztec rings and other accessories it just doesnít make sense.......
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Old 18-01-2020, 07:13 AM
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I chose to buy this eye piece for many reasons, definitely not to expect a $2000 view
Some of the reasons are as follows ( not in order )

1/Historical ( 50 year anniversary of 1st lunar landing )
2/Al Nagler was involved with NASA and the lunar module simulator window optics, Televue founder and former president of the company, I have great respect and admiration for ďUncle AlĒ
3/ Limited edition ( only 300 made on the planet )
4/I grew up through the Apollo era and witnessed all the launches and landings on my parents black and white TV . I was a space kid
5/My Aunt in the US worked for a NASA contractor and would send me NASA and Apollo memorabilia during the late 60ís and early 70ís
6/ I can pass this commemorative eye piece down to my kids and grandkids in the future ( I have 4 kids and 3 grandkids with probably more to come ) something to remember me by and may be of some value in 30 or 40 years time who knows
7/ Its a beautiful optical instrument and beautifully presented

8/ The cost ( although outrageous for some ) didnít concern me at my stage in life

Hope you understand some of my reasoning

I was lucky to secure it

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Old 20-01-2020, 02:38 PM
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What a great looking eyepiece and packaging!


I'd stick it in a glass display cabinet but that's just me
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Old 20-01-2020, 09:45 PM
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I was thinking more of an historical iconic collectorís item in 20 or 30 years time for my grandkids ,..........

Buy them a Perth Mint Apollo 50th, 1 ounce gold coin instead.
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Old 20-01-2020, 11:03 PM
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Buy them a Perth Mint Apollo 50th, 1 ounce gold coin instead.
One thing to be said for gold,
As far as a collectible goes, it does have runs on the board, historically.
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Old 23-01-2020, 09:03 PM
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I didnít specifically buy this eye piece as a financial investment for the future
Itís a unique, historical, quality eye piece and Iím going to use it to compliment my existing swag of current Televue eye pieces. If itís worth something in the future when Iím long gone then my kids and grandkids may benefit in some way ( that makes me happy )
My Aunt who worked for a NASA contractor in LA during the Apollo Program sent me quite a bit of Apollo memorabilia when I was in senior primary and junior high school including an unmarked first day cover stamp of Apollo 8 ďEarth RiseĒ.
The Apollo 50th anniversary 1ounce gold coin sounds inviting
Thanks for the advice
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Old 23-01-2020, 09:20 PM
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will it fall in value if we never went to the moon
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