Sears 90mm Discoverer model #6345 Advertisement
Posted 02 May 2012 - 10:35 AM
just curious, has anyone seen, own, or has posted an original Advertisement of the Sears 90mm Discoverer model #6345 refractor from any of the vintage Sears catalogs? ron
Posted 02 May 2012 - 11:29 AM
Posted 02 May 2012 - 11:35 AM
Posted 02 May 2012 - 11:46 AM
Edit: Found it - Page 12.
Posted 02 May 2012 - 12:04 PM
Posted 02 May 2012 - 06:47 PM
The 6345 is a Huge scope. The OTA is nearly 5 feet long. They were made by Royal Astro optical, and only marketed through Sears in the 3 years mentioned. The optical quality of the scope is excellent. I've had a few vintage refractors, and the Sears is top notch. It beats out any refractor scope I've owned as far as optical quality.
I think the scope was so big that it wasn't popular in the consumer market. As you noted $500 was a great deal of money in the early '70s, however interestingly enough, the Tasco 20TE, which was just a bit larger, listed at $999 if I'm not mistaken. The Tasco however, had a very nice pier mount that accompanied it, and it was 1600mm in focal length compared to the Sears at 1400mm.
These old refractors are truly quality instrumentation.
Posted 02 May 2012 - 08:04 PM
I 'm assuming you are interested in this telescope and not just the advertising for it.
If you want the Sears 6345 education of a lifetime try this...
On the forums home page you will find (upper right side) some options...Forum archives-Entrance-Main Index- Search-My Home
Choose "classic telescope" forums...
Keyword... enter Sears 6345
Username... enter habsburg8
You will be offered many posts to peruse about this 90 mm scope. Habsburg8 (aka John Siple) is the 6345 man. He has owned a number of these scopes and still owns a few. He believes that only 400 were manufactured but only 20 or 25 have been accounted for through his efforts. I know John is always on the lookout for the next one to surface. I think 1.22 surface per year but that is just from 2008-present. John knows these scopes as da bomb!
Rich (aka woodsman)... Hi Rich! has the facts and history right too. They are a rather large (by department store standards) telescopes. I have a theory that classic telescope lovers are pretty much my age. In 1970-72 I was not looking at Sears Christmas Catalogs anymore. I was trying to maintain college credits, facing the draft board, and doing some stuff i won't mention here, as well as working a few jobs. If this scope had hit the market in 1966 I would have sold my soul to the devil for it. I think there was a limited market for such a relatively large scope because it came during an astronomical lull. There was a heck of a lot going on when Sears tried to market this beauty. I think bad timing kept the production numbers low. By 1970 I was done pining for the next refractor. I don't think I was unique in that.
I had mine out just last week. The 90mm ain't no 60mm or 76mm or 80mm. This baby can catch some light!
Posted 02 May 2012 - 09:14 PM
I'd guess the 6346 is a typo. I don't know what the F4 N before 6346 means but the N at the end means it was a Motorized Equatorial Mount (as all 6345s were). For the record, an L at the end means Equatorial and C means Alt./Az.
Posted 02 May 2012 - 09:19 PM
In a side by side comparison with any of my other refractors, the Sears beats them handily, and even against the Stellar Swift 831, it won as well, and the Swift has HIGH quality optics.
Good to hear from you bud. How's the beer these days?
Posted 02 May 2012 - 09:26 PM