I have had one of your little Royal 50x500 mm for 50 years. It came in a lovely little wooden box which I also still have. As a 12 year old member of the Royal Queenland Astronomical Club I was embarrassed that my 'scope was the smallest of all the older member's instruments. I was also mortified that it had the little peep sights that you still have on yours. I screwed them off and replaced them with a tiny finder 'scope so that it looked more professional! I wish I had kept the peeps. Despite quite a few OTA bumps and scrapes, the objective lens is still in first class order and displays a great set of Newton's Rings. Viewed objects are necessarily tiny but always sharp. The disc of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, Omega Centauri and many wonderful clusters and double stars are very sharp in a good viewing atmosphere. However, any eyepiece shorter than 10mm is quite useless because of image dimness. All things considered, the instrument really does perform. Nevertheless, nostalgia is a powerful emotion and everytime I walk into the room where the little Royal sits on a cupboard shelf, I cannot help but smile, until that is, I see the three little holes where those peep sights used to be!
PS. When I use the Royal I always detach it from the unstable little table top tripod and wack it onto a big stable platform. It makes a world of difference but it does look a bit strange on a DM6!
Edited by IanT, 08 March 2016 - 06:21 AM.