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#1 AaronM

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:38 AM

Hello friends,

my new old classic babe arrived. I had one a few years ago and sold it, but ever missed him.
Now I got a new one – a nice Prinz again ! I bought it from a very friendly collectors-friend from UK and the telescope was in overall good condition.
So I had to do only a little refurbishment : I replaced the original ( little bit weak ) tripod with a selfbuilt one made of beech-wood. It’s much sturdier than the original one. I built it with fixed legs, but the nice thing is, that the wooden cabinet from the Prinz is sooo long, that the new legs easily fit in !
I commented on the Prinz 76,2/1250 mm a few years ago here, so it’s not necessary to repeat all things…

The goodies of this scopes are :
- A very long OTA ( no need to pull out such a long thin drawtube as at the Towa 339 for example
- F16
- Focuser with Vixen-style 36,4 mm thread, so you can easily adapt 1,25” accessories
- Very good optic ( this example ! )
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#2 AaronM

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:40 AM

As I said the former owner treated this scope very well, so I had only to do little refurbishment.
I cleaned the wooden cabinet and refreshed the paint/glaze. Minor repairmen were necessary
( loosen woodparts have to be new glued ). For better grip I added for example little discreet knobs on the wooden slides, but that are only cosmetic operations – nothing wild.

Overall a nice telescope, that I like very much !

Kind regards from Germany, Michael

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#3 AaronM

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:40 AM

one more

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:41 AM

other pic

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#5 AaronM

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:41 AM

last one

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#6 sgorton99

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 06:45 AM

Very nice Michael. And what great shape it is in!
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 07:59 AM

I have one too - lovely scope.
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 03:43 PM

Very nice ...

#9 desertrefugee

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:29 PM

Very nice telescope!

Forgive me, but I don't recall, what is the maker's stamp on the Prinz? The 1250 focal length is not the standard used by Royal Astro or Yamamoto.

Is it either of those or something different?

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 05:07 PM

circle k on the prinz 660
a mix of circle t and circle k on the rest of the range.
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:47 PM

That is a beauty for sure.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 10:50 PM

Beautiful scope Aaron.

#13 AaronM

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 11:59 AM

Hello,

and this mount is indeed more stable than the original one...

Kind regards, Michael

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 05:47 AM

Hello friends,

a little update after owning this nice refractor a few years now. I’m still very impressed by its very good optics with nearly no CA, but for practical use I have changed a few things. At first I replaced the original ( Kenko made ) mount ! This mount looks sturdy, but is in fact a very wobbly thing ! I replaced it with a Royal Astro mount of similar size, but the Royal Astro is clearly sturdier ! Interesting : my “Royal Astro” mount is a hybrid out of 2 spare mounts I have : the GEM head is from a Royal Astro mount, but the polar basement is from an Towa 339 mount !
Also I replaced the very weak original tripod with a homebuilt one. I made it from beech wood and it is much more stable than the original tripod from soft wood.

Of course I have stored all the original parts safe in a wooden cabinet, but I do not plan to sell this sweet little keeper !

Kind regards, Michael

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 06:43 AM

another view

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 06:49 AM

mount

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 09:40 AM

that is the reason mine rides on a hq5 mount on a solid pier.
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Posted 01 July 2013 - 07:22 AM

Hi Grendel,

I like observing in the old way like our fathers and grandfathers did...
I modified the Towa/Astro Royal mount in two ways :

first I add a kind of turnbuckle-screw to fix the latitude-alignment and second I made an extension for the Dec-lock-knob with a long brass rod. So I can sit on a chair behind the Prinz and can easily turn the scope around the declination.
See pictures - didn't it look like a little Unitron ? ;)

Kind regards, Michael

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 07:22 AM

pic 2

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 07:23 AM

sorry..

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#21 AaronM

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 07:26 AM

and another angle

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#22 nightfisher

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 01:14 AM

very nice, i have the same scope but its badged ST astronomical and it cme with a nice tasco 10 te mount

#23 AaronM

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Posted 21 February 2014 - 12:03 PM

Hello friends,

"news" from my Prinz...well , from time to time I modify this guy :smirk:

Maybe one time he will change in a UNIPRINZ ! ;) :grin:

Kind regards Michael

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#24 AaronM

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Posted 21 February 2014 - 12:09 PM

and a closer look...but I'm sure : thats not the final status :p

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Posted 21 February 2014 - 12:47 PM

Very nice Michael, beautiful lines with that long tube!






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