Posted 04 January 2012 - 02:09 PM
Posted 04 January 2012 - 03:57 PM
Posted 04 January 2012 - 05:54 PM
I recently encountered a vintage Selsi 60mm alt-az scope that was Japanese, but had a plastic objective cell, and a metal tube with a seam - like a piece of stove pipe - along it. Many Selsi's are fine scopes, this one wasn't. Check this before you open your wallet......
On the other hand, you might have a fine deal in hand.....
Posted 04 January 2012 - 07:37 PM
I'd give that a shot for $75. Even though it is wrapped up, open the wrapping and check the optics. If you do it in daylight, you can still to a terrestrial check to make sure there are no gross errors in the optics. I'd check it if it was local to me.
Posted 04 January 2012 - 08:03 PM
See this thread for more info on Selsi scopes. Look for japan on the label and metal focuser knobs as a clue to quality, then check the optics. I have a vintage pair of Selsi binoculars that are absolutely the best I have ever used. At that price, it is a bargain if it is one of the good ones.
Posted 05 January 2012 - 02:03 AM
I would speculate that this is a 60mm X 700mm (very maybe 800mm). Although longer fl 60mm scopes were put on alt/az mounts (60 X 1000mm SPI) usually they were shorter fl. The silver tube and styrofoam inserts in the case remind me of a TOWA (would be a small circled T on the focuser) product marketed through Sears as well as other names Can't see too many details but the condition appears to be new which is pretty amazing for a 40 plus year old anything!
Please let us know what you find out.