I have always had this thing for large vintage refractors, especially with brass tubes. Whether it's a Clarke, Brashear, Fitz, Bardou, Carl Zeiss, Sagemueller, Grub Parsons they all hold a special fascination to me.
I would like to hear from anyone who owns or has owned one of these scopes from the 19th century. Also, your experiences looking through these "babies" with various types of eyepieces, both vintage and modern.
Your comments on how they perform on Lunar, Planetary and Deep Sky.
And, even though it maybe a little unfair, comparisons between the vintage achromats and modern achromats and apochromats.