If this is redundant, feel free to delete it, but I have enjoyed most of the threads with pictures on the classics forum already. Who doesn't love seeing the beautiful classics and reading some intimate details about them? I personally would enjoy hearing from the members here regarding your favorite and most valued classic scope, details on how it was acquired (interesting or not), why it is your favorite, and maybe how it performs vs how much you love it. Any other info would be great too.
Maybe I am just jonesing for some classics to ogle, but it seemed like a good topic. Pictures are definitely required.
Even though I am more interested in hearing/seeing everyone else's posts, but I should start since I am asking...I guess. Much of my info was already in another thread, but my favorite is the SPI 527-6301 that my Grandpa bought brand-new. Grandpa and the family used it for years. My dad remembers looking at a solar eclipse in the early 60s ('63?). The whole family always bragged about how "powerful" it was. I remember it sitting in my grandparent's storage room, and being boosted up to look through it one time. I remember being unimpressed, because I saw NOTHING through the .965" ep. LOL. It was long gone by the time I was hooked by the astro bug in 2017. With some help from my dad, we tracked it down and I bought it back into the family earlier this year.
It is my favorite because it was my dad's. While it is an excellent scope with a great optical heritage, the fact that it connects me to Grandpa and Dad makes it a keeper ad infinitum. I envy the era, even though I had a great time as a boy myself, during which my dad grew. The time when space was yet unexplored, and sci-fi was entirely plausible even to an adult, let alone a bike-riding, baseball playing, bb gun shooting, tree climbing, kid. That scope has privileged our family, Grandpa's drinking buddies, Dad's neighborhood pals, and now my kids with their friends, with amazing views of our solar system and more. It ain't going anywhere.
Here is a picture to comply. My dad and my grandma during the scope's first light in many years.