A little over two weeks ago I was auctioneer at the 35th SJAA astronomical auction in San Jose, Ca. I started making my first telescope in 1967, (a six inch F/8 ) and completed it in 1968 in time to be used as my 8th grade science fair project. The mirror kit came from Optica B/C in Oakland Ca. I remember well the visits to the store and seeing the telescopes they had for sale. Priced WAAAAAYYY beyond my reach. Flash forward to two weeks ago. At this auction was a very dusty (about 1/4 inch layer on the mirror) Optica six inch reflector. I was the successful bidder and have spent my time since cleaning and restoring this object of a 13 year old desire! The mirror cleaned up and is in perfect condition. The back is inscribed Sept 10, 69 . LN6-E.jpg
Wow! How's this for a coincidence?
I have exactly the same scope in its entirety, including original clock drive etc.