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Meade 1st gen 1.25" 3x Telenegative from Towa Japan Sold!

Price - $35.00

Ad Number: 168733

Posted: 19 Apr 2019

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Ah, these are pretty rare and I have not seen one since I was observing with the late Al George of PGO back in the early '90s (I was barely a teen). Having this in my grasp does bring memories.

This is the original Meade Model 123 3x Telenegative (barlow). These were made from around 1977-1984. This one is the first generation because I have the catalog that first mentions it for sale dated 1977. It also appears up to 1979. But by 1980, the Model 123's label now says "Multi-Coated". On this one it does not; indication it is fully coated (and glancing at the reflections off the doublet will confirm this as well).

Of all the barlows I have collected in my lifetime with being obsessed with vintage telescopes, this is the tallest one by far. It stands exactly 8.38-inches and weighs precisely 6 ounces. Yes, that is a 25mm SMA next to it (not included).

The black body is milled aluminum and the silverish barrel is brass. Since the lens is located down there as well, the barlow is quite bottom-heavy and will not tip easily.

Really quite interesting to use with vintage reflectors and had some mighty good lunar and Jupiter views with a Cave 8 Student.

Cosmetics are great on the black body and brass barrel. The black body has some rusty, reddish-brown speckling that can be removed with patience. The original decal is easily legible. No dents or deep scratches to the body anywhere. The set screw is not crooked.
Optics are very clear with no dust, fungus, figure-deep scratches, and no chips. There are some minor coating pits here and there and I can see 2 coating scratches. But given its age, I am confident to say the optics are still excellent.

Price doesn't include shipping. Will ship to anyone on Earth.


  • Condition great
  • Location Veradale, WA

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