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#1 Gandalf

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Posted 04 December 2005 - 09:56 AM

Anyone know anything about these 1960's telescopes?

I have come across someone selling a 3 in (76mm) Royal R76T Refracting Telescope from the Astro Optical Company, Japan. Focal length F.1200mm.

It comes with the following: equatorial mount with 110v AC motor, 1 Barlow 2x lens, 3 eyepieces (SR 4mm, HM 12.5mm, H 20mm - Magnification 300X, 96X, 60X), Erecting prism Barlow lens, diagonal prism, Sun glass, Moon glass, Sun projection screen, and Instruction Manual. The whole is packed into a very strong wooden box.

The box is 36 in x 12 in x 11 inches.

The present owner claims it is of very high quality and a wonderful example of precision craftsmanship and engineering.

Are these telescopes any good and worth buying as a classic?

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Posted 04 December 2005 - 11:37 AM

If you can afford the shipping, buy it! This is probably the nicest vintage Japan made scope I have seen on Ebay in several years. There was a simlar Lafayette with that awesome helical focuser about 1 year ago, but it was a piece of junk. I am pretty sure John Siple bought that one so maybe he could give us an update.

This one appears to be in excellent condition. I have been in contact with the owner and shipping is going to be $200US. The auction is going to go for a good price due to the fact that the words "vintage, Royal, and Japan" are all missing from the title. But, we found it anyway!

Good luck! I will probably bid up to $200US, $400 total shipped. It is worth much more. You can have it above that ;) And, since you are right there, you can pick it up.

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Posted 04 December 2005 - 02:23 PM

Thanks for the recommendation Steve, I may well bid at that :)

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Posted 06 December 2005 - 09:39 AM

Anyone know anything about these 1960's telescopes?

I have come across someone selling a 3 in (76mm) Royal R76T Refracting Telescope from the Astro Optical Company, Japan. Focal length F.1200mm.

It comes with the following: equatorial mount with 110v AC motor, 1 Barlow 2x lens, 3 eyepieces (SR 4mm, HM 12.5mm, H 20mm - Magnification 300X, 96X, 60X), Erecting prism Barlow lens, diagonal prism, Sun glass, Moon glass, Sun projection screen, and Instruction Manual. The whole is packed into a very strong wooden box.

The box is 36 in x 12 in x 11 inches.

The present owner claims it is of very high quality and a wonderful example of precision craftsmanship and engineering.

Are these telescopes any good and worth buying as a classic?

Stuart


Hi Stuart.
I presently own an "ASTRO" 76mm f/16.4 equatorial refractor.
From the appearance of the eBay scope and it's accessories, it looks like mine is a close cousin to the Royal branded unit.
The eBay example appears to have a short pedestal (with eyepiece storage shelf) between the tripod legs and the equatorial head. The electric drive would be a nice feature which mine lacks.
It certainly appears to be a very neat, vintage 3" refractor.
I've enjoyed mine.

Good luck with the auction!!

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Posted 06 December 2005 - 05:09 PM

Hi Clive, thanks for the interesting comments and encouragement - I'm keeping an eye on it :)

Stuart

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Posted 06 December 2005 - 05:17 PM

Shipping should be under $50.00, if it's a wood box + tripod $75.00

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Posted 06 December 2005 - 07:41 PM

Well, I have written the seller several times over the past fews days and no longer get a response. I had decided this was going to be my Christmas present. I have a feeling the seller is content with the current price and not having to ship overseas.

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Posted 07 December 2005 - 05:43 AM

Hey Stuart
Sorry the owner isn't responding.
I own a Royal Astro Optical 60mm f20 scope from the same era maybe earlier
It outclasses many 80mm scopes that I have encountered.
It is extremely elegant and imaqges are textbook perfect.
I hope that you are able to buy the 76mm
I have posted some pics of mine on this forum

My Scope Thread

All the best

Steve

#9 Gandalf

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Posted 07 December 2005 - 09:20 AM

Hey Steve,

That's a nice scope you have, I've never seen anything quite like it! 60mm f20 - remarkable!

Still keeping an eye on the 76mm :)

Stuart

Hey Stuart
Sorry the owner isn't responding.
I own a Royal Astro Optical 60mm f20 scope from the same era maybe earlier
It outclasses many 80mm scopes that I have encountered.
It is extremely elegant and imaqges are textbook perfect.
I hope that you are able to buy the 76mm
I have posted some pics of mine on this forum

My Scope Thread

All the best

Steve




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