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towinta
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Scope 2556
      #5787414 - 04/09/13 05:41 AM


Hello.
I like the old telescopes and in Spain don't really know anything about similar to your forum.
Three years ago that I have this: Scope 2556.
What do you think?
I think that was manufactured by Towa, but the brand is Scope.
A greeting.
Bernardo.





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Re: Scope 2556 new [Re: towinta]
      #5787514 - 04/09/13 07:38 AM

All I know is that's one nice scope and welcome to the CN Classic Scope Forum. I know you'll get the info you need on this forum.

Rich (RLTYS)


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towinta
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Re: Scope 2556 new [Re: Rich (RLTYS)]
      #5787662 - 04/09/13 09:25 AM


Thank you for the welcome.
I have seen some similar Sears brand, but as i had read, the circle, and the T are typical of Towa.
Greetings.


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bob midiri
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Re: Scope 2556 new [Re: towinta]
      #5787922 - 04/09/13 12:14 PM

Circle T is Towa. I have the same in the Sears model, and also have an older "SCOPE" but its the 76.2mm and made by Royal Astro of japan. Both scopes are excellent and yours appears to be a very fine example of one of these classic refractors!!

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Re: Scope 2556 new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5787965 - 04/09/13 12:31 PM

Nice telescope Bernardo. I have a Scope 60mm x 700mm that looks like yours. I have read that the Scope brand telescopes were sold in the Sears catalog at one time. They do look very much like a Sears.

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Re: Scope 2556 new [Re: snork]
      #5788752 - 04/09/13 05:21 PM

It looks just like a Sears from the 60's that sold cheap on ebay

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towinta
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Re: Scope 2556 new [Re: youngamateur42]
      #5788904 - 04/09/13 06:39 PM

Thank you.
The truth is that it is a very nice telescope, and gives some great images of the Moon, planets and double stars. Even better than my other Vixen 102 m Superpolaris telescope, which is that normally use on the field trips, for being more luminous. This is not vintage but it is also quite old.
I think that Towa was manufactured telescopes for various brands, Sears and Scope including, in this case are almost equal. I've seen the pictures of the Sears, who have the right finder and not kinked.
Also there is a model Scope 2556 (the same data on the rating plate) color white and identical to the Towa 339. A friend of mine has one, and not long ago, I saw another sale. These would be earlier and did not change the paint?


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Re: Scope 2556 new [Re: towinta]
      #5788941 - 04/09/13 07:02 PM

Bienvenido Bernardo. You will find us a congenial group who share a passion for fine older telescopes, both collecting them and using them. The group is a storehouse of information and good will. I am happy that you have joined us.

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towinta
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Re: Scope 2556 new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5788972 - 04/09/13 07:18 PM

Thank you Terra
I've been reading a while before registering, and find it me incredible that you have and as the leave as new telescopes.
I hope to learn from you.

P.D: Sorry, for my English. I understand this, but to write I am using a translator, and I imagine that it will be horrible to read me


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Re: Scope 2556 new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5788974 - 04/09/13 07:19 PM

We are all harmless and friendly. Well nearly all of us

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Re: Scope 2556 new [Re: starman876]
      #5789531 - 04/10/13 02:37 AM

Welcome Bernardo. Nice to have you aboard.

Is your SP-C102 made in Japan? If so, that is an excellent refractor. I was surprised when you said your Scope 2556 showed better images. Of course the 2556 is also a very capable performer. Enjoy!


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towinta
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Re: Scope 2556 new [Re: albert1]
      #5789618 - 04/10/13 05:15 AM

Hello Albert.

Yes, it is "made in Japan". It is indeed a very good refractor, and is that I normally use because it is much more luminous than the Scope, and although it is not very large you can also see some things deep-sky.

He said that the scope is better because in planetary to f15, i have not noticed any chromatic aberration while the Vixen in Jupiter if there is a slight bluish halo. Nothing annoying, but it is there if one is fixed well.

Although it may be unfair to say that is worse just because of this, because in truth the difference in opening makes in general is far greater than the Scope. With the, the stars are punctual in open clusters and nebulae, gives a lovely view and globular, resolves the major. For galaxies is little opening, but something you can see it.

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Re: Scope 2556 new [Re: towinta]
      #5789738 - 04/10/13 08:09 AM

I bet the "SCOPE" has a more pleasing image then the Vixen since the longer focal length shows far less false color. Both scopes are classic scopes though, so enjoy them. bob

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Re: Scope 2556 new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5795458 - 04/12/13 09:54 PM

Those 80/1200 optics do a fine job, enjoy your scope.
http://www.spacealberta.com/jan2513.jpg


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Re: Scope 2556 new [Re: towinta]
      #5795534 - 04/12/13 10:39 PM

Except for the color your scope looks exactly like a Tasco 10K I just bought.

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Re: Scope 2556 new [Re: ngc2289]
      #5795662 - 04/12/13 11:56 PM

Welcome to Cloudy Nights Bernardo! I started out with pretty much the same scope as you - actually it was the 76mm, not your 80 mm, but close enough and with the same cool colors too. It's a mighty fine scope and if you can use modern eyepieces with it, it will be fantastic!

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towinta
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Re: Scope 2556 new [Re: ngc2289]
      #5799958 - 04/15/13 07:26 AM


Have you already seen by this? What is it?


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towinta
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Re: Scope 2556 new [Re: towinta]
      #5799971 - 04/15/13 07:47 AM

Thank you.
It has an eyepiece 4 mm and a 7.5-22.5 pretty good zoom, but it is not what I normally use.
I have a some rare eyepieces:
I have a Televue Nagler 9mm type 1 and a Longperng LER 6 mm.
Also, I have some very good eyepieces from photogrammetric equipment. As old or more than the telescope (some are of the 1950s).



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Ann some more. Perhaps write about them in the eyepieces forum


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Re: Scope 2556 new [Re: towinta]
      #5800210 - 04/15/13 10:50 AM

You have some really neat eyepieces there Bernardo. I love those old precision optics eyepieces adapted from other devices. I have a number of them myself. They are some of my favorites.

We're you a photogrammetrist? I worked on an aerial mapping project as part of the exploration and excavation of large Roman archaeological site in Portugal near the Spanish border in the 1980s.


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towinta
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Re: Scope 2556 new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5800518 - 04/15/13 01:17 PM


Hello Terra. We have been colleagues.
You have lived in Portugal, or you manage the project from USA?
I have worked editing cartography and orthophotos for 20 years, until 2010 when it closed the company. A bad story.
The eyepiece number 1 is from a machine Zeiss for aerotriangulation. Fact in DDR perhaps in the 70s.
The numbers 4,5 and 6 are from photogrametric machines Wild A8 and B8, Switzerland 50s. Heinrich Wild Work with Carl Zeiss until 1920. After he founded Wild Heerbrugg, which ended joined wiht Leica

I have several pairs of different focal. Don't know if the lens is Zeiss or Wild, but they are very, very good.


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Re: Scope 2556 new [Re: towinta]
      #5800691 - 04/15/13 02:22 PM

Hi Bernardo,

How about that. It is a small world. I worked on that project in Portugal on and off throughout the 1980s and 90s. We finished it in 2000. I spent many happy summers over there. I was part of an interdisciplinary team; I worked on the mapping and did the archeo-geology, soils, and paleo-environmental reconstruction, as well as putting it in Arc-Info (Geographic Information System/GIS) and construction of a digital elevation model (DEM). The site is located about 100km west of BadaJoz Spain, and between Evoramonte and Portalegre in Alto Alentejo Portugal; a very beautiful, pastoral and ancient area.


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towinta
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Re: Scope 2556 new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5801040 - 04/15/13 05:17 PM

Really small and amazing coincidences. Are you a geologist?
It must have been a very nice work. Do you understand Portuguese?, the Spanish is very similar.
I was born in a people(village) in the South of Badajoz (Monesterio). In the same geologic area of Ossa Morena as the Portuguese Alentejo and with much seemed(much looked like) characteristics. I am a geologist, although I have always been employed at Cartography and later with Arcgis and GVsig in other projects.
(Yo nací en un pueblo en el Sur de Badajoz (Monesterio). En la misma zona geológica de Ossa Morena que el Alentejo portugués y con características muy parecidas. Soy geólogo, aunque siempre he trabajado en Cartografía y después con Arcgis y GVsig en otros proyectos.)


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Re: Scope 2556 new [Re: towinta]
      #5802322 - 04/16/13 10:52 AM

Sí Bernardo. Yo también soy un geólogista. Hablo Portugués y también un poco de Español.

Terracita


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towinta
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Re: Scope 2556 new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5803402 - 04/16/13 07:16 PM

Hello Terra.
It is a happiness to find someone with a formation and a few so similar hobbies. A pity that there are thousands of kilometers for way. I would like to chat and to share some night of observation with you.


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Re: Scope 2556 new [Re: towinta]
      #5804226 - 04/17/13 09:54 AM

That would indeed be very nice Bernardo. I would like that too.

Terra


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Re: Scope 2556 new [Re: towinta]
      #5804580 - 04/17/13 01:46 PM

Welcome, Bernardo! You do indeed have Cloudy Nights in Spain. Although started and still sponsored by an English-speaking American company, Astronomics, we are international. Thank goodness for Google Translator, so you can join us!

Puedo entender un pocatissimo de Espanol. Estudio en el colegio y en la universidad hasta muchos anos. But, I don't know how to type diacritical marks!

I have an eyepiece like your Number 8, but I can't see a Voll-Damm thing through it!

Great scope you have. Whatever I know, I learned here on Cloudy Nights. I've never seen one in person, but as a blue Towa, it's either identical to the similar Sears, or a close cousin.


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towinta
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Re: Scope 2556 new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5804620 - 04/17/13 02:06 PM

Who knows, perhaps some day.

I have read your review on Jupiter and it seems fantastic to me. Many years ago in a specializing magazine, testing this telescope with double stars, were saying that its resolution was over the theorist for its opening, and was managing to separate someone impossible for others from 80 mm. Magic?

I also was on Saturday night with the telescope, after some months of clouds it has been the first good weekend and everybody has gone out to observe.

The exotic eyepieces that you have: How are they?


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towinta
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Re: Scope 2556 new [Re: Joe Cepleur]
      #5804722 - 04/17/13 03:03 PM

Hello Joe.
The number 8 is to see the double stars, ja, ja.
It is a prank, I put it there like size reference.
Really the most similar thing is the Sears, I believe that it was making the two Towa.
A greeting.


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Re: Scope 2556 new [Re: towinta]
      #5804768 - 04/17/13 03:35 PM

Hi Bernardo

The more 'exotic' eyepieces I have are several widefield 2 inch eyepieces, one made from a WWII AntiAircraft Gun Site (its a Kellner, 38mm f.l.) a couple of military surplus 2 inch Erfle eyepieces, and 12.5mm and 10mm Wollensak eyepieces. The Wollensaks are among my favorites. They are quite heave, up to 9 elements, and sharp to the edge, nice pinpoint star images. I use these with my 6 inch and 5 inch F5 wide field refractors.


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Re: Scope 2556 new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5806118 - 04/18/13 06:07 AM

If that they are curious. I looked once through an Zeiss eyepiece from a german tank of the second world war and it was impressively good.

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