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Posted 22 November 2004 - 02:38 AM

On the recommendation of the nice guys on the Beginners Forum, i am reposting my inquiry here:

ciao ragazzi. i am new to the forum and have what is probably a stupid question but some people with experience with older telescopes might be able to help me. I recently reacquired the telescope I bought for my late father 26 years ago. The instructions are nowhere to be found. I think a piece is missing but I do not remember what it looked like. I have a couple of nephews who represent a whole new generation of skywatchers. The metal tag on the telescope says "Mayflower Astronomical Telescope Achromatic Coated Lens, D = 60mm, F = 700 mm" and "Made in Japan." There is a sticker on the tripod that says "Coast." That is all the meaningful information I can find. There is a tension adjustment and something labeled "Geared Elevator." I bought it in Long Beach, California in 1978 at high noon which meant I had a long wait for darkness so I could test it out on the moon. If someone knowledgeable about the unit can e me privately, I will telephone and maybe be talked through the process of organizing it. I do think that a piece is missing--something that connects the white tube to the black part that has the tension adjustment on it. Or maybe I just do not understand which way and when to turn the black knobs. ciao//optomh

#2 BarrySimon615

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Posted 22 November 2004 - 10:31 AM

Can you post a photo of exactly what you have? I have had both the Mayflower #814 which was the deluxe alt-azimuth 60 mm telescope with the quite interesting extended fork mount with a cradle that allows for tube balance within, as well as the #820 80 mm equatorial. Once again, a photo would be of great help.

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#3 Remy Bosio

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Posted 24 November 2004 - 01:06 AM

Hi Barry, back in the early 80's I remember refurbishing a Mayflower 80mm. for Paul Chatelain, the planetarium director.

I believe it had a unique color similiar to the Sears Discoverer line. I may be wrong, but I remember a sort of grey on grey paint scheme.


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