Ok...this seems ridiculous - my first thread/post about becoming a "vintage Japanese refractor addict" seems to have become self-fulfilling...I'd say I need some serious help except I know that at 68 I'm way past that..!
I expect the Eikow/Zemex 60mm scope & mount kit & caboodle to arrive in the next few days...& a couple of days before Xmas Rafe will come home with the Royal Astro 4" f10 reflector on its pier mount setup...and, wait for it, the Dai-Ichi Kokagu 80mm achro should be picked up in Brisbane tomorrow for its journey to Adelaide..!
Add that to the little Sears 6333 I received from Milt in Florida a week or so ago & this all starts to seem absurdly ridiculous..!
There I was happily conducting hi-res Neptune & Uranus etc, etc imaging with the C14 about 3 weeks ago - & now this...
Not long back "Nersky" (Nathan) posted here on CN asking about the Dai-Ichi Kogaku he inherited from his late uncle, interested in its background & resale price...
After receiving Milt's Sears & buying the Eikow in Perth I saw an ad in an online trader advertising Nathans D-I Kogaku...after some further enquiries & negotiations we did the deal today...the only confession I have to make is that when roscoe suggested in a post that Nathan might clean the objective I replied advising him to leave it well alone - sorry roscoe, there was definitely vested self-interest motivating that post of mine then..! I was unaware of Nathan's CN post until after I started negotiating with him, & I understand his reasons for selling btw - at $120Aus ($90US) - reasonable from both perspectives imo.
The most drawn-out affair has been the Royal Astro 4" f10 - I blame Milt for that if I've made a blooper purchasing it - with his comment to me in a recent email: <"If it were me, I would buy it in a heartbeat, sight unseen. :-) ">
It was the "sight unseen" (500 miles away) that was the major impediment for me but the seller was very obliging & Rafe (my eldest son) inspected it the other night & used his phone & flashlight to take a whole lot of piks of the primary & secondary specifically...
I'm reasonably satisfied that any scratching is only surface coating &/or tolerable for something old...resurfacing in Oz is much more difficult & expensive because there is only 1 coater in NSW who does this in the whole of Oz..!
<.............................................................................................................................> "break in writing for a couple of hours to renegotiate Royal Astro terms & check re-coating prices with Wayne!!!
Actually just spoke to Wayne from Saintech in NSW & he'll do an enhanced aluminium plus overcoat for $150Aus including stripping old coating...
This is relevant in that one of the piks suggested someone - the seller denies any involvement, picking it up at an auction house some months ago - looks like they might have tried to use some sort of polish on the primary surface.....the bottle of "Silvo" on the bench next to where Rafe photographed it last night just being "circumstantial" evidence..!
The white depositions around/adjacent the mirror clips at least seems to indicate that the mirror has been rotated by a 1/4" or so not too long ago adds to that suspicion...as do the few little scratch-marks that Rafe also thought might be from ill-considered (if somewhat careful) polishing attempts!
However, the seller denies any involvement & I believe him on this score - he is an antique clock collector & restorer & knows well the damage that interfering in such delicate things causes...
So we have agreed on $100Aus ($75US) for the scope & mount...& I think I am happy ...I include some close-ups of the primary with the salient aspects & if anyone comments negatively, please be gentle in your prognostications!
I believe with a strip-back & recoat at worst, I am still on a winner - hopefully..!
But I hope that I might be able to get away without doing that for the near-future anyway after a good wash, something I am well-experienced in...
Incidentally, am I imagining "Mizar" or something similar etched onto the little finder ep end, which has a helical focus mechanism..?
The Dai-Ichi Kogaku should be picked up in Brisbane on Friday: I include a pikky that Nathan posted in his thread plus an image from a Japanese catalogue of yore of this very scope, the Model #8803.
I'll post a few of the piks of the primary for comments as well as the D_I Kogaku & a catalogue pikky I found here also.....I intend to restore each scope as best I can (Milt's is fine, I'm restoring a little similar-era Tasco EQ mount for that however) & perhaps down the track be able to show them off (hopefully) in all their refurbished glory!
But as importantly it will be nice to carry them outside or take them in the caravan on our regular imaging trips to set them up for some more relaxed AA activities!
ps: expect some folks with specific expertise in some of the scopes & issues I might encounter to be solicited for advice also down the track..!