I hope you here at Cloudy Nights can help me... So, I have an old Nippon Kogaku telescope from a relative who was a professional astronomer (physicist?) and I have no idea where to start with this thing... It appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. All together, there is the telescope, tripod, and a wooden box with some accessories. It looks like it needs a little work in cleaning the glass, and it may be missing one or two pieces (spotting scope?)... from what I have read online, it doesn't appear to be a super common telescope. Does anyone know where to get started or what I should and shouldn't do to clean/refurbish this thing? For example, I do know a bit about woodworking. Can I do something small like refinish the tripod legs? Also, someone in another forum said that this telescope may be somewhat rare. If it is worth over $1000, could someone give me a price range? I'd like to add it to my personal property insurance (I've already had one house fire, and don't mess around with insurance).
Thanks for any help, I'm hoping to get some use out of this telescope.