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#1 javago

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 02:24 PM

Yesterday I found a Royal Astro Tokyo LN 6E on a Dutch sales site.I had never seen one before so it must be quite rare I thought.After a two hour drive I met the seller and bought the thing without hesitation......he had several phone calls during my trip to collect the scope so more people did wanted it.
I have to clean and lubricate some parts and hopefully we have some clear nights next week.It should be a very good telescope for what I have read so far.......
Serial number is L-715024.

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 02:26 PM

picture of the mount.....

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 02:27 PM

focuser.......

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 02:29 PM

Question......did Royal Astro also rebranded these LN 6E's ?

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:08 PM

Man that's nice!

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:16 PM

Super Nice scope.. :waytogo:

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:19 PM

Yeee Haaa! Nice scope!

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 06:10 PM

Looks cherry. Probably from the 60's early 70's too! Has the same type of threaded on CW's my 20TE has and the same motor box too. Good score. ;) Mike

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 06:47 PM

That's one great find. There was one auctioned last year on Astromart and it's the only one I've ever seen. I have the LN4-E and it's a great scope.

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 06:51 PM

Question......did Royal Astro also rebranded these LN 6E's ?


My 4" version of it is an Optica b/c, so they did rebrand them.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 09:09 AM

Good thing you drove fast. I'd have swum to Holland to buy that!

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 10:11 AM

Wow! Nice scope. Congrats.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 03:50 PM

Very lovely scope. Congratulations.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 04:52 PM

So tall and classic looking! Great scope.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 04:58 PM

@CharlieB nice Optica b/c LN 4E you have there!Great condition by the looks of it.

Thanks for all the thumbs up !.....It seems that in the US they are rare also.Price was around $575 including the drive ( late sixties ).Don't know of this was a high price at the time.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 05:42 PM

The interesting thing about the pedestal for the 4" is that you can switch out the mount head with any Royal Astro 60mm mount and use it as a pedestal refractor.

In the 1968 Optica b/c catalog, the price for the 6DTC (same as your scope) was listed as $479 plus $75 for the motor drive. That was a lot of money in 1968. As a comparison, the 4" was $196 plus $75 for the clock drive. Their 76mm refractor with a pedestal and clock drive was $752. The 6" observatory refractor was a mere $5,000. I still kick myself for not buying that 6" reflector when is was auctioned.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 05:49 PM

I was wondering if there were knobs on the levelers on your scope. There were on my 4", but one knob was missing, another was broken and the third was intact. I found some modern replacements that were nearly identical - the knobs were about 1/2" wider. They really make leveling the scope a lot easier.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 10:44 PM

I've only seen one before for sale here in Japan after three years of looking and it was in terrible shape. Yours is beautiful. Congrats!

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 04:17 PM

After looking a bit closer at the photos of your scope, I noticed the drive motor on your scope is different than the ones in the 1968 Optica b/c catalog. They are, however, exactly like the one in the 1975 Optica b/c catalog, and its catalog designation was LA-150. Also, the price is different in 1971, the scope sold for $1,130, and the price for the motor drive was available upon request! Robert Provin's great site has a 1978 version of this catalog:

http://geogdata.csun...telescope78.pdf






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