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#801 Bomber Bob

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 06:05 PM

Star Liner 6" F8 OTA (Restore Project) -- $75 shipped! --> https://www.cloudyni...-newtonian-ota/

 

Brian Dewelles is selling this one, and it would make a great restore project scope.

 

Orange Tube C5 Astro with Case --> https://www.shopgood...m/Item/43101270

 

Auction Ends in about 5 days.  Ships via FedEx.

 

Bauer & Richter (TOWA 60x800) AZ (no tripod) --> https://www.shopgood...m/Item/43103996

 

Old Towa with Asahi Pentax looking hardware.  Auction Ends in about 5 days.  Ships via USPS.

 

[Mercy!  I need a separate spreadsheet just to track all the re-brands of Towa scopes.]


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#802 terraclarke

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 06:39 PM

Monolux 4380, 60mm x 910mm,  RAO.  Looks in great shape!
 
https://www.cloudyni...tor-1962-japan/
 
 
 . . . Terra is selling another one from her classic collection.



I took my 1962 Monolux #4380 off the market! There were no serious takers and I didn't want to ship it, so I decided to give up and succumb to the collector mentality! It's a nice scope; I'll hang on to it, at least for a while longer. confused1.gif

I'd have snapped that scope up in a minute if I was going to be down that way any time soon.  I might be down in Louisville next June for some required training...


I have decided to keep it.
 

#803 Marc-Andre

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 06:43 PM

Star Liner 6" F8 OTA (Restore Project) -- $75 shipped! --> https://www.cloudyni...-newtonian-ota/

 

Brian Dewelles is selling this one, and it would make a great restore project scope.

 

Orange Tube C5 Astro with Case --> https://www.shopgood...m/Item/43101270

 

Auction Ends in about 5 days.  Ships via FedEx.

 

Bauer & Richter (TOWA 60x800) AZ (no tripod) --> https://www.shopgood...m/Item/43103996

 

Old Towa with Asahi Pentax looking hardware.  Auction Ends in about 5 days.  Ships via USPS.

 

[Mercy!  I need a separate spreadsheet just to track all the re-brands of Towa scopes.]

How did you determine the B & R is TOWA?  I don't see the (T).


 

#804 Bomber Bob

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 06:49 PM

The B&R is identical with a 1959 Stein Towa and a 1962 Monolux (with the (T)), so odds are it's an Old Towa -- highly unlikely it's an Asahi.  But as posted before, we have no idea which company Towa contracted with for the optics.  Could be a top-tier supplier.  That's the gamble with these old scopes.


 

#805 levidog2

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 07:38 PM

The B&R is identical with a 1959 Stein Towa and a 1962 Monolux (with the (T)), so odds are it's an Old Towa -- highly unlikely it's an Asahi.  But as posted before, we have no idea which company Towa contracted with for the optics.  Could be a top-tier supplier.  That's the gamble with these old scopes.

Looks a lot like the 60mm x 800mm Lafayette I sold recently, I'll try to get it.

60mm X 800mm Lafayette 7
60mm X 800mm Lafayette 9

 

#806 Kasmos

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 08:02 PM

The B&R can't be a Asahi. The focuser is different. Asahi's don't have a secondary sliding drawtube.

The B&R only has one screw on the top of the focuser just like my 1959-61 Towa made Crescent.

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My Crescent has a more conventional Towa style lens cell where as the B&R has the smaller diameter type (with press on dew shield), like I've seen on some older Selsi's.

My Crescent's optics are questionable but my other 60mm x 800mm lens & cell (shown below), is very good.

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Sheldon said the smaller one was a Carton. I'm not sure if it is but it performs well.

 

All that said, like Bob says, it's always a gamble.

 

I'd bid on it myself but the $63 shipping to CA is too much. Also take note that it doesn't include tripod legs.

 

 

 


 

#807 levidog2

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 08:11 PM

The B&R can't be a Asahi. The focuser is different. Asahi's don't have a secondary sliding drawtube.

The B&R only has one screw on the top of the focuser just like my 1959-61 Towa made Crescent.

attachicon.gifCresent-Focuser.jpg

My Crescent has a more conventional Towa style lens cell where as the B&R has the smaller diameter type (with press on dew shield), like I've seen on some older Selsi's.

My Crescent's optics are questionable but my other 60mm x 800mm lens & cell (shown below), is very good.

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Sheldon said the smaller one was a Carton. I'm not sure if it is but it performs well.

 

All that said, like Bob says, it's always a gamble.

 

I'd bid on it myself but the $63 shipping to CA is too much. Also take note that it doesn't include tripod legs.

Asahi, Asahi Jupiter and Lafayette comparison-

asahi comparasion 3
asahi comparasion 2
asahi comparasion 1
asahi comparasion 7

 

#808 Chuck Hards

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 08:15 PM

The B&R can't be a Asahi. The focuser is different. Asahi's don't have a secondary sliding drawtube.

The B&R only has one screw on the top of the focuser just like my 1959-61 Towa made Crescent.

 Also take note that it doesn't include tripod legs.

The OTA and mount are identical to the SPI 525-6324, except the SPI main tube is black wrinkle.  I'd bet they came from the same maker.


 

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 08:33 PM

 

The B&R can't be a Asahi. The focuser is different. Asahi's don't have a secondary sliding drawtube.

The B&R only has one screw on the top of the focuser just like my 1959-61 Towa made Crescent.

 Also take note that it doesn't include tripod legs.

The OTA and mount are identical to the SPI 525-6324, except the SPI main tube is black wrinkle.  I'd bet they came from the same maker.

 

Good point Chuck, here are some photos of my SPI-

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 08:39 PM

8" Cave mirror, from 1955?, and other stuff.

 

http://www.ebay.com/...wsAAOSwJI9Znt5o

 

. . . price is literally "astronomical".


 

#811 Bomber Bob

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 08:53 PM

All that said, like Bob says, it's always a gamble.

 

True, but if the price is low enough...  With GW, it's the ridiculous shipping charges that hurt sales these days.  (Fuel prices go down, and FedEx & UPS fees go up -- makes no sense to me!)

 

Food for Thought:  Many of the 1958-1964 Southern Precision Instruments (SPI) refractors were sourced from Astro Optical (ASC before 1958).  So, the SPI scopes are a safer bet than most of the Old Towa scopes.  After about 1964, SPI imported from Kenko, Mizar, Yamamoto, and others.  Still good to great scopes, but a Buyer needs to be more careful.

 

In my side-by-sides, 3 Old Towa refractors compared well with my ASC 60mm F15 & my Takahashi 50mm F14.  For all we know, those early Towas have lenses from the same suppliers as ASC/AO.  For $60 or less, I'd take a chance on an Old Towa 60mm if I didn't have any vintage refractors in that aperture.


 

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 08:56 PM

8" Cave mirror, from 1955?, and other stuff.

 

http://www.ebay.com/...wsAAOSwJI9Znt5o

 

. . . price is literally "astronomical".

There is a 10" Cave here on Cloudy Nights for $1200 bucks, all guts and feathers ! Don't know if it is still but doesn't say SOLD.


 

#813 terraclarke

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 08:56 PM

I have seen some early SPI 60mm scopes that had some parts which bore a striking resemblance to N-S stuff of that time.


 

#814 Bomber Bob

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 09:03 PM

IMO, prior to about 1968, Lafayette, Monolux, & SPI had higher than average import standards for the scopes bearing their brands -- among the smaller importers.  And Sears had better scope offerings than JCP during that same period -- look at all the very nice AO & Yamamoto refractors in those Sears catalogs back then.  I remember browsing the scopes at both stores (and their huge warehouse clearance centers in Atlanta), and the JCP scopes generally looked cheaper & flimsier to me.


 

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 12:01 AM

https://seattle.crai...6288473282.html

This is a fun game called "Find the Newtonian." And, is it an 8 or a 10 inch? I will take my answer off-line, thanks🤔😁
 

#816 JakeJ

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 12:49 AM

IMO, prior to about 1968, Lafayette, Monolux, & SPI had higher than average import standards for the scopes bearing their brands -- among the smaller importers.  And Sears had better scope offerings than JCP during that same period -- look at all the very nice AO & Yamamoto refractors in those Sears catalogs back then.  I remember browsing the scopes at both stores (and their huge warehouse clearance centers in Atlanta), and the JCP scopes generally looked cheaper & flimsier to me.

I would tend to agree.  Late 50's early 60's Lafayette/Monolux are ones to seek out.  Here's my old Lafayette 60mm, with gem.  Dandy little scope, high quality throughout.  Note the dovetailed storage box.

 

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Nice thing too, their boxes were actually dovetailed:

 

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 05:41 AM

Nice early, low four-digit serial number, bare-bones, orange C90 at an unbeatable price. These are wonderful little spotters. Very compact and nice, sharp, color free images.

 

https://www.cloudyni...rtified-optics/


 

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 07:43 AM

Meade 7" Mak on a modern EXOS-2 mount

 

https://www.cloudyni...r-exso-2-mount/

 

Nice rubberized C90

 

https://www.cloudyni...inder-pristine/

 

Vixen OTA handles (also usable as camera piggyback brackets I believe)

 

https://www.cloudyni...-carry-handles/


 

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 07:47 AM

Anyone here get the 102mm Vixen Fluorite or the black Celestron equivalent that I posted a couple of days ago? They both sold.

 

Not sure who got yours Terra but here is another Celestron fluorite in the Detroit area.

 

https://detroit.crai...6256107158.html


 

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 07:55 AM

Shelby Township. Fancy pants!


 

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 08:05 AM

Sears 6339a in Ann Arbor!  Owner says complete, with wooden box.

 

https://annarbor.cra...6287558809.html

 

 . . . this one has a very good price.

 

 

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 08:47 AM

8" Cave mirror, from 1955?, and other stuff.

 

http://www.ebay.com/...wsAAOSwJI9Znt5o

 

. . . price is literally "astronomical".

That mirror is f/12. That would be one hell of an OTA.


 

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 11:51 AM

Large Equatorial Mount, 2" shafts, 10" Mathis gears:

 

https://www.astromar...ified_id=957557

 

 . . . a Telescope World mount.


 

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 01:36 PM

Nice early, low four-digit serial number, bare-bones, orange C90 at an unbeatable price. These are wonderful little spotters. Very compact and nice, sharp, color free images.

 

https://www.cloudyni...rtified-optics/

That is a low number, but a couple of things:

 

IIRC, Just the other day someone in another thread said that the certificates that came with the scopes were factory hype and really didn't reflect individual testing. Also, it looks like there is quite a few spots on the mirror. It's sold now so I hope it's nice and the buyer is happy with it.


 

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 01:42 PM


Anyone here get the 102mm Vixen Fluorite or the black Celestron equivalent that I posted a couple of days ago? They both sold.


Not sure who got yours Terra but here is another Celestron fluorite in the Detroit area.

https://detroit.crai...6256107158.html

That one already sold on eBay. I was hoping someone here got it.
 


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