Hello everyone, Jim Baker here.
Last month, my wife and I stayed several nights in an AirBnB house just outside Malibu. My son, his wife and two young children were also staying. On a walk around the property we discovered two telescopes. Both were pointing straight up and covered in spiderwebs and dirt. My son and I commented to each other that they'd be fun to look at during one of the nights before we left. One was a Meade Model 390 and an older Celestron 80mm. That evening I grabbed some clean rags and the Meade. A short time later we had it pointed skyward. My son had a star app on his phone and pointed me towards Saturn. We were stunned when we realized that the rings were visible. Soon, we were talking turns. My 4 year old granddaughter was particularly interested. You can see what's coming next......
Once back home, I started researching and combing the sale ads. On offer up, I came across a Sears Discoverer Model 4 6333-A for $60. My research here on Cloudy Nights told me this was a great scope so I ended up bringing it home.
I believe it's a 1965 model with wood tripod and cabinet. The cabinet is lacking the packing but nearly everything else is present. The tripod chains and manual are missing but a Sears publication titled, How to Choose a Microscope and Telescope, was in the cabinet. Catalogs suggest this was only included in 1965. The scope and related gear are in excellent condition. The cabinet could use some attention but it's undamaged and solid. The tube has some superficial scratches and a minor dent near the objective. It is marked circle T. I have new rubber feet coming for the tripod and an adapter for modern eyepieces. The accessory tray light had experienced leaking batteries so a cleaning and rewire was completed. I also painted the bulb red.
Used terrestrially, the optics seem clear and crisp. I'm in San Diego so light pollution is excessive. I'll be heading for the mountains as soon as I learn how to use the Celestial mount and the dials.
I look forward to interacting and learning.
More pics to follow soon.