A few of my vintage scopes. All fun to observe with.
Added a few more pics. Better ones of my excellent Edmund Scientific Voyager 6001 with original ES amici prism diagonal with RKE 15mm installed - nestled in a wonderful Unitron Alt Az mount.
What a wonderful small aperture scope. The Rank designed thick doublet is superb! When compared to the 70mm TV Ranger I have to state that lunar views - with similar eyepieces - are equally as sharp and contrasty. Amazingly the Rank doublet was almost color free at similar powers to the Ranger! For a short tube travel (Voyager) scope this ranks as excellent - except for the quirky ES focuser - which is not as smooth as the Ranger's system. Love both of them though for birding and viewing the heavens when traveling or back yard quick looks.
The other red scope is my venerable Tasco 10VR which always fasinated me as it was like an after-thought mod to the Cometron-type 60mm refractors during the Halley comet return. Someone came up with the unique idea of designing the 80mm front end and adapt it to the 60mm back end. Works great though. Unique and fun to use. Only complaint is the lack of due shield with this. Only about an inch of overhang to protect the doublet on this scope. Silly to have marketed it in this fashion, but I guess they needed to keep the price down and make it competitive. I purchased a Vixen 1.25 inch eyepiece adapter which is included in the pictures. That and the dielectric 1.25 diagonal with the TV plossl make this a fine addition to my "grab and go" stable of small refractors. Works great with my Baader Amici prism diagonal also for daytime viewing of wildlife. Mounted on a cool Tasco slo mo system piggybacked on the Orion Paragon 2 mount/tripod.
Very light and stable for birding and even astro gazing.
......Oh yeah, added my little Bicky 30mm prismatic baby scope for fun also. Unique design - not a DSO scope, though.
Love these little legacy scopes and feel fortunate to enjoy the views with them.
Now if the rain will stop over Long Island soon I will enjoy them some more.
Edited by starmason, 19 May 2018 - 02:17 PM.