Prinz Optics 550 - Anybody have one?
Posted 22 March 2012 - 01:08 PM
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Posted 23 March 2012 - 08:14 AM
93 mm, magenta hardcoated,f/l 1000mm, f/r 1:10.3,resolving power 1.33, german mount, and hopefully a poor pic attatched
Posted 23 March 2012 - 01:19 PM
I have to admit I don't think I've ever seen a 93mm before; a strange size. I hope it turns out to be a good'un!
Posted 23 March 2012 - 03:40 PM
Posted 23 March 2012 - 07:02 PM
I think it might be better, as we're getting off topic, to continue this privately, so I'll send a PM.
Posted 13 January 2013 - 04:53 PM
Just came across this thread and was interested as I used to own a Prinz 550 scope. My parents bought it for me I believe it was Christmas 1971 or thereabouts. Prinz was an "own label" at the time for Dixons photographic shops and they used to stock a full range of mainly refractors, numbered 100,220, 330,440, 550 and 660. The 550 and 660 were better quality buildwise, with Circle K Kenko optics and very sturdy mounts.
The lower numbers had Towa optics which were also good, but made with cheaper metal (and some plastic) components.
The 500 model was a much cheaper built later model from the 1980s, again built by Towa (Circle T) but in industrial quantities and using other non traditional colours such as royal blue and grey. A real step down on the earlier scopes, in my opinion.
The 550 model was a 60mm F15. As such, it was always going to be limited in performance, at only 60mm, but it was so well built that it could deliver great views of the moon, double stars and Jupiter/Saturn etc - enough to get young lads like me hooked on stargazing!
I've seen and used early Swift scopes and the finish and performance of both the 550 and 660 (3" F16.5) scopes were right up there with those iconic scopes.
Hope you are still enjoying yours.
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