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#1 xavier

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 01:29 PM

Hello,
This scope was locally put for sale as a Polarex. The only photo published was a Polarex Herschel Wedge.

It isn't a Polarex.

Any guesses? ;-)

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 01:36 PM

Perhaps this can help?

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 01:39 PM

looks to old to be anything that came of japan in the 50's

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 01:52 PM

Some parts are Japanese
The lens of the Guidescope (GOTO Tokyo) and the focuser (Polarex).

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 01:53 PM

This must help a little more...

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 01:57 PM

It looks like a really cool scope whatever it is.

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 02:00 PM

That last one did help.

http://en.wikipedia....t_von_Steinheil

Could be a knock-off though.

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 02:15 PM

I was going to say that is a Steinheil lens :lol: Is that where the Steinheil lens system came from with the flint forward?

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 02:19 PM

Is that where the Steinheil lens system came from with the flint forward?


Yes.

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 02:37 PM

The scope and mount are probably made by Piet Meesters a famous Dutch telescope maker. It's a 4" f:15
This telescope had history of a lot of owner who changed and customized the mount and scope. Sometimes interesting adaptations, sometimes not so intelligent.
The scope came with two lenses and one lens cel. The seller explained me that one lens was for visual observations and the other for photography.
The lenses are in good condition. There are no inscription on it. So it will be some puzzling
I think the scopes dates from the early 1950's.
It seems to be very complete. Need to mount it check it out.
In older photos the telescope tube was brass. One of the things will be removing the ugly blue color.
The focuser works fine.

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 02:43 PM

Nice acquisition. Hopefully it finds a permanent home with you.






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