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Unitron Model 114 - a quick look
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I am amazed.
I’m 70 years old and I’ve been in this hobby for all but 13 years of that total.
And yet, I had never owned or tried a Unitron. I don’t know why. Their ads certainly competed with the effusive ads of Questar’s at the time (of which I have had a few), but somehow, I never succumbed.
Paradoxically, I now find myself the owner of a 114 (60mmF15 refractor on an Alt-Az mount)…….. and I love it.
The views are sharp and virtually color free due to their long focal ratio. The mounts are rigid, smooth, precise, and well matched to the scopes they were intended for. They were also well accessorized in their day, so if you can find a complete system for sale, you’re good to go.
They were made in the day that put performance and precision before stock valuations.
I’m currently observing the ½ moon through my office windows, and despite looking thru 4 optically imprecise glass surfaces, the views are crisp and contrasty (kudos to the window suppliers) and with absolutely no false color on the lunar limb. Tracking adjustments are smooth and jerk free. Focusing is easy and precise.
If today’s entry level scopes could offer this combination of optical performance and smooth/rigid mounts – the manufacturers wouldn’t be bedeviled by constant negative reviews.
But here’s the thing, if these people knew they could get these complete 60mm scopes for about what you’d pay for today’s bargain basement scopes – they’d be a lot happier.
If you can get beyond the fact that even a 60mmF15 scope is lonnnnng – then I would counsel any budding astronomer to plunk their money down on one of these little jewels instead of the current crop of ‘starter’ scopes.
I think I may have turned into a Unitron fan..
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