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#1 peter scherff

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 07:43 AM

Saturday I was at a small town fair with my wife. While there I spotted an interesting scope. A Penncrest 60mm f1000mm #2593 in a nice wooden box with most of the bits & bobs still with it. I was able to identify everything in the case except this. After a search I found other scopes that come with this, but I don't see it identified. I can guess what it is. However I hope the combined experience of this group can tell me for certain what it is.

 

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 07:48 AM

That's a whatchamacallit.

 

They're more common than you may think.


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 07:50 AM

Yes but this is a classic whatchamacallit.

 

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 07:56 AM

An inexpensive screw driver for assembling the telescope.
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Posted 14 October 2019 - 07:57 AM

It's a Screw Driver of sorts . To tighten the eyepiece tray slotted screws that hold the spreader brackets on all 3 tripod legs .........It's a Tool .....can put a string thru the hole to hang on the scope if displayed .


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 07:58 AM

That is what I think.  A screw driver


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 08:01 AM

An inexpensive screw driver for assembling the telescope.

Beat me to it waytogo.gif lol.gif posted at the same time lol.gif 



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Posted 14 October 2019 - 08:04 AM

Or could be used as a Telescope Collector's Amulet lol.gif


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 08:10 AM

That scope is almost certainly a Towa.  Be careful.  


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 08:12 AM

May we have a look at the telescope itself, please? 


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 08:42 AM

Here are a couple of pics of mine for comparison.

 

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Penn002.jpg

 

 


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 08:44 AM

Here is the whole package. My wife wants me to downsize. It was a delicate negotiation to authorize the purchase. Fortunately she had just purchased a few books, so I had some leverage with her.

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#13 Chuck Hards

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 08:48 AM

It should clean-up well.  Welcome to the Penncrest club!  



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Posted 14 October 2019 - 09:00 AM

Yes, that was my thinking. The glass is all good. The tube has some paint scratched off, but I think that I will leave it as is. When I was bought the scope I thought that it only had one eyepiece (6mm) so I thought that I would need to purchase a more user friendly eyepiece for it. Fortunately it had a 20mm eyepiece that I originally overlooked. It is missing the eyepiece tray illuminator and the original screws to attach the finder bracket to the tube. I won't worry about the illuminator but I want to find nicer screws for the finder bracket. It won't be as pretty as your scope but I think it will turn out to be a nice scope.

 

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 09:25 AM

I'm betting the scope will work just fine... Dare we ask how much it cost?



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Posted 14 October 2019 - 09:28 AM

$20, my guess is that it is worth at least twice that. Part of me wants to repaint it. However another part of me says that the paint would cost more than the scope did.

 

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 09:45 AM

It's worth more than 40.  Most regulars in this forum would cringe at the thought of repainting it. You have the 60mm at approximately F17 ratio, a nice find.

That screw driver plate is a very common item across many makes, primarily a screw driver but also an all around handy dandy that cost pennies to make.


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 11:09 AM

Most regulars in this forum would cringe at the thought of repainting it. 

With apologies for my having become somewhat of an irregular, horrors! I agree! You have the distinctive, original, blue Pencrest paint. Try polishing it clean before ending its good, original condition. You may find it acquires a better-than-new appearance, a mix of its original luster with the not the blemishes, but the enhancements that only time under the stars could bequeath it. 


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 12:33 PM

Don't worry, for me painting is a last resort. Cleaning, polishing and car wax is my preferred treatment for the paint on old scopes. The only reason that painting crossed my mind is this scratch on the tube. The metal is rough/sharp to the touch. I am going to burnish it and see how that works.

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 04:43 PM

Or could be used as a Telescope Collector's Amulet lol.gif

I was going to say the same thing, but you beat me to it.

 

I have several of these little screw drivers that have come with my scopes, and they are convienant. They would make for a nice conversation peice hung around a neck chain.

 

Use them once on a good tightning, and they dont look as pretty, but with a few dents they also have more character.

 

If your not up to the latest fashion trend of wearing it yourself, attach a little rope, and tuck it into one of your tripod legs when not in use, It can be a handly littlle tool when you need to losen a wingnut that has a screw head on the other side.

 

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Posted 15 October 2019 - 06:02 PM

A guitar pick?



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Posted 16 October 2019 - 02:02 AM

I also have the same model Penncrest, but it didn’t come with that neat little tool. 



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Posted 16 October 2019 - 06:31 PM

I have been working on my purchase. It cleaned up nicely.

 

Thanks,

 

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 06:52 PM

...you've got one of the Mk1 whatsits brother - they're still being made, although the Deluxe model has a hex-head spanner tool included & panders to people who have no idea what they are..! rofl2.gif

 

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 06:57 PM

You had to show that to me. Now I feel the need to upgrade. I fear that this is analogous to aperture fever. Is there a known cure?

 

Thanks,

 

Peter


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