I was lucky enough to find a complete "Young Mans Christmas dream", come true! A 1957 or 58 Mayflower 76mm F15 (it has the white tube with the Black front cell and focus) it has the included LOONG locking chrome pull tube. Grey finished metal mount parts on the clam-shell and mount accys.. A fellow CNer here glmorri about 6 years ago made this wonderful old girl available to me.
Does anyone else here have the pre "ALL GREY cell/front cell/focus hardware and white tube)?
It is the most complete vintage scope I have ever received! The Wooden case had its memories in it and I repaired those, but it still had the original cloth tie downs for the legs, Sun projection screen, original .965 eyepiece It has a fantastic Royal optical objective. Tonight Jupiter and Saturn were amazing! they are low in the sky but this scope laser cuts through the skies like nothing! Some day I'd love to find an original owners manual for her, I have the price sheet showing a price of over $400.00 new! That was a huge sum of money back then!
I took the whole mount apart and de greased it, cleaned, then used Super Lube cut with a tiny bit by thin Super Lube. Here in N Iowa it has to be thinned a bit or our Sub Zero Winter temps make moving mounts very hard!!!
Even tho it is only 76mm Jupiter is fantastic and Saturn is also a treat. I would have laughed 10 years ago that a 3" refractor could show so much difference.
How do the 3" Tasco systems of the same size compare? I'll get pix posted soon, she really cleaned up well. Another big plus was finding a matching Grey motor drive 120V AC for it..
I have been away for awhile sorry about that...