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Posted 11 July 2017 - 01:17 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.

 

Robert's colored EPs are the three part type it appears, with a barrel, optics assembly, and retaining cap - only the latter is colored in these. I want one of those 20mm yellow Kellners! This is just a great find. It's so 60s.

 

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 01:21 PM

I think the color-coded eyepieces must have been a Sears spec thing

 

Yeah -- don't see them with JCP or Monkey Ward branded scopes of that period.

 

Okay... which came first:  The color-coded Royal HEX, or the color-coded eyepieces?


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Posted 11 July 2017 - 01:57 PM

Def the eyepieces, that hex didn't show up until 1970 with the 6345. The 6th slot was white - there was actually a 6346 that was the 6345 with a zoom eyepiece that went in the white slot!

 

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 06:23 PM

My Sears eyepiece collection:

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 06:42 PM

My memory finally started working this afternoon.  I went through the stacks and came up with this.  Tower 6331.

 

Looks to be the "budget" version of the 6332.  Same OTA but on a simpler mount.  This one didn't come with any kit, I stuck a spare diagonal in there and random eyepiece from the box.  Different cell.  Carries a Towa mark.  Same plastic dust cover.  Provision for a leg chain, but it was missing with my example.  I could also put the spreader attachment tabs under the tray and shove them in all the way.  Objective gives nice clear views.  No clams, finder optics are in great shape as well.  Appears to have a glass cross-line reticle that a prior owner has drawn bold, black lines on.  Way too thick, I'll have to clean the ink off one of these days.  Cardboard box.

 

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 07:47 PM

In regards to cells in post #5 and #8. 

I'm kind of surprised that Robert has never seen this style.

 

Maybe it's just the way things workout, but I would have never thought they were uncommon.

Having only two Circle T 60mm scopes, a Crescent 60x800 and what's left of an old Mayflower 806, and they both have them!

 

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 07:57 PM

My Sears eyepiece collection:

Oh man! Jealous!

 

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 08:24 PM

I got the set of 5 with my Sears 6336.  Not a mark on them.  The green KE22 is a wonderful .965" eyepiece, and has a place of honor in my .965" eyepiece case.


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Posted 11 July 2017 - 08:34 PM

In regards to cells in post #5 and #8. 

I'm kind of surprised that Robert has never seen this style.

 

Maybe it's just the way things workout, but I would have never thought they were uncommon.

Having only two Circle T 60mm scopes, a Crescent 60x800 and what's left of an old Mayflower 806, and they both have them!

 

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Wow interesting.

All the Towa's I've ever owned have had a male retainer that screws into the cell rather than these female retainers

that screw over the cell.

Its probably because the Towa telescopes I've owned have been newer, late 1960's on into the 1980's Towa's.

 

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 08:48 PM

I weighed the Tower today, its heavier than I thought at 81/2 lbs. Still, incredibly lightweight. 

I tightened up all the mount fasteners and now the mount is surprisingly stable for such a dainty thing.

The lens is extremely nice, and so is the focuser. I have switched over to a hybrid diagonal so I can

use my pet eyepieces.

If its clear tonight I'll see how Saturn looks through the Tower with it's 12.5 focal ratio. I'm pretty sure

Jupiter won't be visible from my house anymore, night before yesterday it was slipping away out of reach.

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 08:55 PM

This is gonna end up being one of your prized scopes.

 

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 09:10 PM

This is gonna end up being one of your prized scopes.

 

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Only when there's a chicken in the photo.  Then it's official.


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Posted 11 July 2017 - 09:12 PM

 

This is gonna end up being one of your prized scopes.

 

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Only when there's a chicken in the photo.  Then it's official.

 

Or a small, translucent, glowing dinosaur! ;)


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Posted 11 July 2017 - 09:13 PM

 

 

This is gonna end up being one of your prized scopes.

 

-drl

 

Only when there's a chicken in the photo.  Then it's official.

 

Or a small, translucent, glowing dinosaur! wink.gif

 

Or a doll. 


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Posted 11 July 2017 - 09:13 PM

 

 

 

This is gonna end up being one of your prized scopes.

 

-drl

 

Only when there's a chicken in the photo.  Then it's official.

 

Or a small, translucent, glowing dinosaur! wink.gif

 

Or a doll. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All three in the pic, and he'll be buried with it.



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Posted 11 July 2017 - 10:50 PM

OMG! Glowy! we haven't seen Glowy for a while have we!


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Posted 12 July 2017 - 12:18 AM

Long time no see Glowy!

Glowy says its ruff getting up to a planetary power with only a 750mm focal length.

He spent most of the night with a 8mm RKE, and seeing wasn't the greatest.

No Cassini, 3 of Jupiter's moon's visible.  

 

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 01:20 AM

Geez, In my haste to post earlier I forgot to say NICE SCOPE! waytogo.gif 


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Posted 12 July 2017 - 05:23 AM

I love my 60/800mm Towa (more or less the same scope as this + a few years). You'll definitely eventually see Saturn better than that! Favorite view is with one of those crazy 0.965 40mm Kellners (MAs) that have a tiny FOV. It's a surreal looking view! Only 20 power and like being a long way from the field stop.

 

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 05:55 AM

Long time no see Glowy!

Glowy says its ruff getting up to a planetary power with only a 750mm focal length.

He spent most of the night with a 8mm RKE, and seeing wasn't the greatest.

No Cassini, 3 of Jupiter's moon's visible.  

 

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Now it's official! waytogo.gif


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Posted 12 July 2017 - 09:56 AM

I can tell the Tower has a great lens, it was just really poor seeing. Saturn looked like a rainbow popsicle from

something atmospheric. Jupiter was a pleasing cream color but behind the trees by the time it got dark.

The scope takes a little getting used too, its so light, any manipulation of the focuser or mount really upsets

the instrument, but it settles immediately.

Its wonderful having slow motion controls on a alt/az, and I found myself using these most of the time.

 

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 10:02 AM

I can tell the Tower has a great lens, it was just really poor seeing. Saturn looked like a rainbow popsicle from

something atmospheric. Jupiter was a pleasing cream color but behind the trees by the time it got dark.

The scope takes a little getting used too, its so light, any manipulation of the focuser or mount really upsets

the instrument, but it settles immediately.

Its wonderful having slow motion controls on a alt/az, and I found myself using these most of the time.

 

Robert

Yes and on mine they are very positive with no slack in azimuth and a tiny amount in altitude. I got mine for 22 bucks! It's optically fantastic, nearly perfect star test and no color. Mine is missing the badge but I think it's a Penncrest. Definitely Towa, with the male retainer though.

 

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 10:13 AM

Is she not pretty? :)

 

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 11:01 AM

Yes very pretty! I love the blue.

 

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 11:17 AM

They should mate and have Meades :) Ah! That explains it!

 

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