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#1 clamchip

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 07:38 PM

I picked up my Craig's List telescope today and its neat so I'd like to 

share it with all of you.

These photos are "as found" I just assembled it right out of the case.

Its in remarkably great condition.

I quickly found out why it was $30, not a very sharp focus, it has a 

problem, no telescope made in Japan is going to look like that thru

the eyepiece.

I see a circle T on the label, I'm pretty certain that its Towa, I can't say

for certain because I'm not completely sure, there are a few different

circle T's out there, and this one is built differently than any I've seen.

Still, more than likely its a Towa only it is built so lightweight, its unbelievably

light, like it was made that way to keep weight to a absolute minimum, like

weight was of extreme concern, to escape earth's gravity possibly, but

probably for export shipping.

It reminds me of the tin toy's the Japanese made in the 1950's, those

super thin tin cars and trucks with printed on paint jobs, and usually

battery powered, airplanes, cool robots, all kinds of neat things, blinking

lights, and they move by themselves with a electric motor or a key

wound spring motor. 

Its 60mm x 750mm f/12.5, a odd focal length 750mm.

Interesting eyepieces that appear to be made differently than the other

Sears color coded eyepieces.

Robert

 

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 07:40 PM

If you look close you can see Sears above the tower.

If you click on the photo it will enlarge.

 

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 07:43 PM

Here's a remarkable sight, the original lens cover and even the one for the finder!

Lucky because they are gold, gold plastic.

I noticed quite a lot of Bakelite in this telescopes construction too.

 

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 08:52 PM

Nice find!!

 

I've posted this information before, but for those of you who are not familiar with this Tower 6332, here is a little information on this scope.

 

This Tower 6332 model 60mm x 750mm is only listed in the Sears general catalogs from Fall/Winter 61 thru Fall/Winter 62.

 

There was a book originally in the upper lid LH side.

 

This was the earliest version which is confirmed by the Tower logo on the wood box name plate with a black circle with the name Sears inside the circle. Same on the focuser name tag as your photos show. 

 

The later gold Tower scopes do not appear to have the black circle inserted in the Tower.

 

The scope is similar to the Tasco 12TE during the same time frame.


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Posted 10 July 2017 - 08:55 PM

I found the optical problem, the crown lens was flipped, a very easy to do mistake.

With most of these lenses if you look at the crown on edge the sky side will have a

shallower curve, and the eye side's curve will be more obvious when comparing the

two with your eye.

The flint element's sky side is concave so almost never flipped. You can run into the

pair both elements flipped together and end up with a similar view, poor focus.

I think this Tower may have come out of the factory flipped, the purchaser probably

didn't know any better, or said a few R rated words and bought a scope from Edmund

or Criterion and put this one in the back of the master bedroom closet behind the

Charles Atlas weight set.

I see no Export Inspection Sticker on this telescope and its in pretty nice condition.

If I remember correctly the optical export inspections began in the late 1950's and from

what little I could find on the gold Towers they were made around 1962-63 so it should

have been inspected. 

Now it focuses nice and sharp. I'll find out how sharp soon.

Look at the interesting cell, I've never seen one like this. The elements are spaced with

a fairly thick metal ring spacer, and no Newton's rings are visible under florescent light

because of the wide air space.

Robert

 

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 08:58 PM

Nice find!!

 

I've posted this information before, but for those of you who are not familiar with this Tower 6332, here is a little information on this scope.

 

This Tower 6332 model 60mm x 750mm is only listed in the Sears general catalogs from Fall/Winter 61 thru Fall/Winter 62.

 

There was a book originally in the upper lid LH side.

 

This was the earliest version which is confirmed by the Tower logo on the wood box name plate with a black circle with the name Sears inside the circle. Same on the focuser name tag as your photos show. 

 

The later gold Tower scopes do not appear to have the black circle inserted in the Tower.

 

The scope is similar to the Tasco 12TE during the same time frame.

Wow thanks for the info Stephen!

Its great to have a date pinned down.

 

Robert



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Posted 10 July 2017 - 09:03 PM

Where's the image of the clam?


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Posted 10 July 2017 - 09:11 PM

I found the optical problem, the crown lens was flipped, a very easy to do mistake.

With most of these lenses if you look at the crown on edge the sky side will have a

shallower curve, and the eye side's curve will be more obvious when comparing the

two with your eye.

The flint element's sky side is concave so almost never flipped. You can run into the

pair both elements flipped together and end up with a similar view, poor focus.

I think this Tower may have come out of the factory flipped, the purchaser probably

didn't know any better, or said a few R rated words and bought a scope from Edmund

or Criterion and put this one in the back of the master bedroom closet behind the

Charles Atlas weight set.

I see no Export Inspection Sticker on this telescope and its in pretty nice condition.

If I remember correctly the optical export inspections began in the late 1950's and from

what little I could find on the gold Towers they were made around 1962-63 so it should

have been inspected. 

Now it focuses nice and sharp. I'll find out how sharp soon.

Look at the interesting cell, I've never seen one like this. The elements are spaced with

a fairly thick metal ring spacer, and no Newton's rings are visible under florescent light

because of the wide air space.

Robert

 

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I've come across a number of Circle T scope from the very late 1950s up to around 1962/63 approx that have this same style of objective cell. Here are examples found on a Tasco 12TE and Tasco 6TE as well. So guess Circle T was getting or had on hand objectives from two different suppliers best I can figure.

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 09:17 PM

My Monolux 4348 (Towa 50x600) uses that cell design.  Seems like I've seen it used on some 50mm binoculars, too.



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Posted 10 July 2017 - 09:32 PM

Nice find Robert. I have the little brother- a gold Tower 50mm x 600mm by Towa with an identical label. It's a sharp little scope. I set it up for my grandson to use when he is visiting. It's wonderful for the moon.


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Posted 10 July 2017 - 09:32 PM

I picked up my Craig's List telescope today and its neat so I'd like to 

share it with all of you.

These photos are "as found" I just assembled it right out of the case.

Its in remarkably great condition.

I quickly found out why it was $30, not a very sharp focus, it has a 

problem, no telescope made in Japan is going to look like that thru

the eyepiece.

I see a circle T on the label, I'm pretty certain that its Towa, I can't say

for certain because I'm not completely sure, there are a few different

circle T's out there, and this one is built differently than any I've seen.

Still, more than likely its a Towa only it is built so lightweight, its unbelievably

light, like it was made that way to keep weight to a absolute minimum, like

weight was of extreme concern, to escape earth's gravity possibly, but

probably for export shipping.

It reminds me of the tin toy's the Japanese made in the 1950's, those

super thin tin cars and trucks with printed on paint jobs, and usually

battery powered, airplanes, cool robots, all kinds of neat things, blinking

lights, and they move by themselves with a electric motor or a key

wound spring motor. 

Its 60mm x 750mm f/12.5, a odd focal length 750mm.

Interesting eyepieces that appear to be made differently than the other

Sears color coded eyepieces.

Robert

 

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Beauty Good scope karma!

 

-drl



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Posted 10 July 2017 - 09:38 PM

Here's a remarkable sight, the original lens cover and even the one for the finder!

Lucky because they are gold, gold plastic.

I noticed quite a lot of Bakelite in this telescopes construction too.

 

attachicon.gifIMG_7871.jpg

I have some Selsi wide angle 35mm binos from that period and they have gold plastic lens covers.

 

-drl


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Posted 10 July 2017 - 09:40 PM

Hey, it wasn't spray-painted!  Lousy ad pic, you lucked-out.  Great find, Robert!

 

I've had a Tasco or two with that same style cell.  50mm.



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Posted 11 July 2017 - 12:02 AM

There may be clamchip in the finder objective, I'll investigate further, theres got to be one somewhere, it would be

unnatural if I bought or owned anything that was not chipped.

Here's some more that came with this interesting telescope:

Sun and moon filters mounted in brass cells. The moon is really very green, I'm excited to try it out, the Sun

should not be used because of the risk of failure and permanent sight loss we now know about.

The Tower Barlow is Bakelite with a strange aluminum extension snout, I'm not sure what's that's all about or

for.

The prism star diagonal, not shown, is also Bakelite with a unusual knurled inlet with set screw rather than the

typical Towa T-slot.

Robert

 

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 12:11 AM

You probably noticed the spreaders are on top of the eyepiece shelf and not underneath, the spreaders are too wide to go

underneath, yes I know, odd. 

 

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 12:29 AM

I figured that would be a great find. It's you.

 

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 06:45 AM

How fortunate that the crown element was flipped! That prevented the scope from being used, so that you now have new old stock.

(Albeit sad for the original owner, who may have been turned off from astronomy.)

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 07:10 AM

I just realized that I have one of those exact same mounts.  Always wondered what it originally carried.  Now I know!  I'll get some pics when I get home from work today.



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Posted 11 July 2017 - 07:58 AM

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 11:11 AM

I love this hand written Accessories Diagram on the inside of the case.

Japan must have been quite different in 1961.

Soon they would be really busy supplying the world's appetite for transistor

radios,musical instruments,  just about anything and everything optical, motorcycles

and scooters, and eventually automobiles. 

 

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 11:17 AM

Yes! The Japanese are masters of the exploded diagram. In some of the old catalogs there are extensive diagrams of the equipment, which was designed as a complete system.

 

I always mount my tray with the edges pointing up, so that things will not roll off the shelf. That would put your tangs underneath.

 

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 11:30 AM

 

Here's a remarkable sight, the original lens cover and even the one for the finder!

Lucky because they are gold, gold plastic.

I noticed quite a lot of Bakelite in this telescopes construction too.

 

attachicon.gifIMG_7871.jpg

I have some Selsi wide angle 35mm binos from that period and they have gold plastic lens covers.

 

-drl

 

Ditto for my Selsi 20x60 binoculars -- classy!



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Posted 11 July 2017 - 11:33 AM

Nice SCOPE scope!

 

Before yours, I thought Royal Astro contracted for the multi-colored eyepiece caps -- as with my 1964 Sears 6336, or the much-sought-after Sears 6345 with its color-coded slots in the RAO version of the Unihex.



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Posted 11 July 2017 - 12:39 PM

Nice SCOPE scope!

 

Before yours, I thought Royal Astro contracted for the multi-colored eyepiece caps -- as with my 1964 Sears 6336, or the much-sought-after Sears 6345 with its color-coded slots in the RAO version of the Unihex.

The 6344s were SYW and had five color-coded eyepieces- 22mm, 12.5mm, 9mm, 6mm, and 4mm. My gold 50mm x 600mm Sears Tower by Towa has two- 20mm and 8mm. My Tower also has the exact same diagonal as Robert's, but my 6344 has a round-back diagonal. I think the color-coded eyepieces must have been a Sears spec thing along with the nice plastic eyepiece cans for all their models for a while, regardless of who made them.



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Posted 11 July 2017 - 12:40 PM

I love this hand written Accessories Diagram on the inside of the case.

Japan must have been quite different in 1961.

Soon they would be really busy supplying the world's appetite for transistor

radios,musical instruments,  just about anything and everything optical, motorcycles

and scooters, and eventually automobiles. 

 

attachicon.gifIMG_7879.jpg

Reminds me of highschool drafting class. Looks like it was run off on a blueprint machine. I bet that was done over here.




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