I'm starting this topic as a spin off of the 60mm Crayford focuser thread, so it's another chance to vent your opinions.
When I say worth it?, I mean worth buying, collecting, using, or spending time and or money modifying them.
I think we should limit the conversation to 60mm Japanese made achromats since that's what shows up the most in ads and everyone knows that a Zeiss is a different animal.
I have my opinions, but for starters I'll say, if I knew then what I (think), I know now, I'd limit the ones I bought to makes of known quality and only have 3-5 based on their focal lengths, rarity/uniqueness. I also have sort of been on a personal quest to see which ones perform the best.
Those things said, I don't completely understand why some seem to chase after every low priced Towa (Sears, Tasco, Jason, etc), that comes along. I do understand it if you had one as a first scope.
Maybe Terra can (copy), repost her comments from the Crayford thread as they were also a good starting point.
I also know there's a number of people who think all of them are worthless, or maybe only good for being a finder or guide scope.
Since it adds interest, post photos of your hits and maybe your misses.
p.s. if this topic seems redundant to you, ignore it and it will go away.