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#26 seafury

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 12:52 PM

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 12:53 PM

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 01:08 PM

Brilliant Gordon; thanks! I not a few small differences, suggesting that your's is either earlier or later than mine. I will try and get some piccies tomorrow if I can. Look after it, it's an uncommon beast, particularly in it's box.
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 01:14 PM

Hi I've it from new so it's all there and not used in 40 years until recently, now bought a Soligol 3.7 inch refractor and guess what its raining lol

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 05:54 AM

That Soligor sounds interesting; is it an old one? The rain is of course obligatory with a new scope!
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Posted 23 March 2012 - 08:14 AM

Hi Max looks like a well made bit of kit made in Germany in about 1993 as far as I can tell these are the details
93 mm, magenta hardcoated,f/l 1000mm, f/r 1:10.3,resolving power 1.33, german mount, and hopefully a poor pic attatched


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Posted 23 March 2012 - 01:19 PM

Hi Gordon,
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!
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Posted 23 March 2012 - 03:40 PM

Hi Max just been out looking at Jupiter and Venus and Mars, can just very faintly pick out the bands on Jupiter and seen Venus as a cresent and Mars no detail, images are a bit bigger and brighter than before max usable mag seems to be with a 10mm eyepiece ie 100X, trouble is I don't know what expect

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 07:02 PM

Hi Gordon,
I think it might be better, as we're getting off topic, to continue this privately, so I'll send a PM.
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Posted 13 January 2013 - 04:53 PM

Hi Max

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.

clear skies

Dave

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 05:05 PM

Hi Dave I still use mine although I have replaced the original optics with a Carton lens


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Posted 11 April 2013 - 08:43 AM

Just picking up this thread once more...I've always thought that the unusual grey paintwork on these Prinz Circle K scopes is reminiscent of the Swift refractors and some Greenkats.. does anyone know if these Circle K scopes share any DNA with the Swifties? I've now got a 660 76.5mm F15 with original wooden crate and am being offered a grey 550 like the ones pictured in this thread..am very tempted!

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 12:47 PM

Would be surprised if there are no "common genes"...maybe not the optics but surely the mechanics. Or is it a case of pure imitation?






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