Pics of the 60mm f/20. Here it is mounted on the Edmund 5/8" shaft mount. Gosh, that's a long tube!
Pay no attention to the basement clutter behind it. Much of that stuff is my ex-wife's, still waiting for her to decide what to do with it- after four years! Then I can finally finish that room and fill it with telescopes. I'll claim the RC airplanes and telescopes. Anything wicker or in a box is probably hers.
Those who guessed SPI were correct. No. 060306. Can anyone date this telescope?
With the hybrid diagonal and 16.3mm Galoc.
Another view. That's my "sort-of" home-made tripod, in which I cut new, longer wood, but restored and re-used the hardware from an old tripod that had reached the end of the road.
I may mount my 50mm f/20 OTA on this one, something like a Unitronish arrangement of two refractors on one mount, one slightly smaller than the other.
The Orion tube rings fit perfectly when I replaced the paper-thin Orion felt with some thicker, adhesive-backed material, cut to the proper size. BTW, the old felt peeled right off with a little encouragement from a heat gun. The finder has a very nice achromatic objective, and the crosshairs are straight and intact. Vixen-style dovetail rail.
The stock focuser restored beautifully, from a cosmetic standpoint, but the pads and felt that the drawtubes ride in have to be replaced or shimmed out a bit. Too much wobble as-is. Also the eyepiece holder itself on this telescope is very poorly engineered and I don't trust it. I've watched heavy eyepieces slowly slide right out, despite my re-tensioning the sleeve.
But as I posted previously, I want to replace it with either a 2" R&P (preferred), or a 1.25" R&P if I can't aesthetically mate the larger focuser to the tube. We'll see what shakes out. I have an old Astro Physics 2" R&P that would be perfect on this tube.
If these images are rotated, don't blame me. I keep orienting them correctly on photobucket but sometimes it does't seem to "take".
Edit: I see this morning that all the images are oriented correctly. Perhaps it takes a little time for coding to propagate, for things like this?
This scope came in a stock wood box but it has only one complete latch, and much of the interior wood divider pieces are damaged or missing. It only came with a partial mount, no tripod or hub, so the equatorial mount head itself is not useable. Several eyepieces not worth mentioning in detail. Too much missing to do a full restoration, so I don't feel badly about the focuser upgrade.
Anybody know who made the SPI telescopes?