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#6626 Kasmos

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 02:43 AM

None of the above.

Sorry, but the eclipse had to interrupt this silly game.

Perhaps this will help. Perhaps not. hmm.gif

For comparison the box on top is my 1957ish Unitron 114's OTA box.

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The scope inside the bottom box came with a tripod, but it doesn't have a box, and I don't know if it ever did?


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#6627 Defenderslideguitar

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 11:38 AM

Unitron  looking box       I just don't know...........


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#6628 Kasmos

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 01:45 PM

Maybe this will help?

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 03:52 PM

Okay, one last clue.

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 04:37 PM

Whatever it is it looks very interesting. Asahi?



#6631 Defenderslideguitar

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 06:17 PM

So  I have to say I don't have the experience yet to get this right     

   but I am going to wait for others to make a more educated answer

        Looking forward to the answer for sure

            Enjoy it   and it seems like being that close to home that

                  Sometimes a scope finds you      just saying


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#6632 terraclarke

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 06:25 PM

Okay, one last clue.
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It looks pre-Unitron Nihin-Seiko, ~1950. Is this the one we discussed a couple of weeks ago? I made the same prognosis then. Good find!

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#6633 Chuck Hards

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 10:14 PM

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#6634 Kasmos

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Posted 22 January 2019 - 02:46 AM

Terra got it right.

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I'll be giving it it's own topic soon.


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#6635 Kasmos

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Posted 22 January 2019 - 03:49 AM

 

           it seems like being that close to home that

                  Sometimes a scope finds you      just saying

I was just thinking the same thing today.

Several times I'll see a scope for sale and get the feeling that somehow things will workout and I'll end up with it.

That feeling (The Force?hmm.gif ), was especially strong with the '74 C5, the second Sky Chief, the 114, and now this Soligor. 


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Posted 22 January 2019 - 09:37 AM

I'll be giving it it's own topic soon.

 

Good!  This scope deserves a thread -- very old & rare & downright cool!


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#6637 Chuck Hards

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Posted 22 January 2019 - 09:39 AM

Only four Soligor refractors have ever come to light on CN, and yours is the oldest, Chris.  Very nice find, looking forward to the dedicated thread!


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Posted 22 January 2019 - 06:44 PM

Looks like it has a Unitron finder.



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Posted 22 January 2019 - 10:41 PM

There's always been a spot in my arsenal for a super-short 60mm, when you don't have space for an 80mm, which of course would be preferable.  I've had Tasco 9VR, 99VR, Pentax J60C, and what beat them was the Vixen Mini-60s, basically a Vixen branded 9VR but with noticeable detail improvements.  So when I saw this Towa T-300 on eBay, I watched it curiously.   I also had a few bucks in my pocket from a recent big scope sale burning a hole in my pocket.  I had never seen one and since it was late Towa I was highly skeptical of the optical quality, especially at f/5.  It ended with no bids, but was relisted ten bucks cheaper, so I bought it.  Almost immediately I had buyer's remorse, sure that I had bought something that Terra would unleash the howling hounds at.  The low price didn't salve my conscience.  

 

To my surprise, I found a very nice little setup.  The mounting clamp was broken and unuseable but I think I can repair it, it appears to be reinforced thermoplastic.  If not I have an alternative.  For now I am testing it in my orphan Manon mount that serves many 60mm OTAs.  This one surely has the record for shortness.

 

What I thought might be fungus turned out to be just dust and crud on R4.  The objective cleaned off perfectly, revealing perfect coatings.  It uses a plastic ring spacer between the elements so I wasn't hoping for much.  However, on the test stand, it showed a very smooth figure with a 133lpi Ronchi.  Daylight tests show very crisp images.  The objective is not stopped-down internally to a reduced effective aperture.  The focusing tube is oversized, I think it could be T-threads throughout.  I need to test some T extensions in it on the weekend.  The whole thing was optimized for photographers, not visual use with .965" eyepieces.  The fully illuminated field is huge compared to the 10mm to 12mm on most long classic export refractors.  The included .965" diagonal is a prism, in my opinion this objective is too fast for a prism.  All of my hybrid diagonals use prisms, so until I can get a mirror diagonal to fit, I'll use the Parks hybrid.  

 

The finder objective cleaned up well also.  It needs new cross-hairs, not a hard task.

 

So I think the Vixen might have a run for it's money, but I still need to look at the sky with it so stay tuned.  The Vixen sets a high bar though.   The Towa is rock-solid on the Manon mount.  The orange color is hard to get used to.

 

A late Towa with an objective this nice is so out of my experience.  The universe got a little friendlier.

 

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 06:15 AM

That 30mm finder was one of the best made as Meade sold them back in the later 70's.


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Posted 23 January 2019 - 07:09 AM

That’s a cute little 60mm ‘shorty’ Chuck. I like the color. Overall, it looks pretty robust; the t-threads are a nice addition.
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Posted 23 January 2019 - 09:32 AM

That’s a cute little 60mm ‘shorty’ Chuck. I like the color. Overall, it looks pretty robust; the t-threads are a nice addition.

Thanks Terra.  Honestly, I was nearly to the point of avoiding late-production Towa scopes entirely, so this was a breath of fresh air.  They actually could sell a very good objective if they wanted to.  

I'll post more photos in coming days, as time permits.  I need to get familiar with all of the accessories and nail-down that large-diameter focuser thread.  With the proper adapter, this scope could take many 2" eyepieces with very minimal vignetting, thanks to the large-bore focuser.  Not quite 2", but close.


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Posted 23 January 2019 - 12:06 PM

Thanks Terra.  Honestly, I was nearly to the point of avoiding late-production Towa scopes entirely, so this was a breath of fresh air.  They actually could sell a very good objective if they wanted to.


You’re welcome Chuck! Perhaps that comes from their ability to make good finders? wink.gif

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 12:13 PM

Well, honestly 8X isn't going to tax even the worst achromatic objective.  :lol:    And they sold their share of howler finders, to be sure.  

 

Maybe the luck of the draw just broke my way for a change...


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Posted 23 January 2019 - 05:22 PM

I made the mistake of looking on Facebook Market Place and found that there was a Shrine Manon for sale locally.  It had been on there for over a week, and for $75 I couldn't pass it up.  The bad part is, I told my Classicaholic sponser that I was going to get it, but he didn't try and stop me!  4.gif lol.gif

 

It looks like I got lucky as it doesn't look like the previous owner ever touched the glass.  A gentle cleaning uncovered perfect glass.  Not a mark on it!  And it's a complete kit.

 

 

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 06:03 PM

Very nice, Keith!  These are excellent telescopes.


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Posted 23 January 2019 - 06:10 PM

It's your fault, with all those posts about how good they are!  wink.gif


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Posted 23 January 2019 - 09:05 PM

Mighty Fine Shrine -- that lens do shine!

 

Is it a Hiyoshi version?



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Posted 23 January 2019 - 09:24 PM

That little Shrine of thine,

 

I hope you let it shine,

 

Let it shine,

 

let it shine,

 

let it shine!


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Posted 23 January 2019 - 09:34 PM

The poets are in the house tonight!  waytogo.gif

 

It's an APL version JW.


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