$20US...$30Aus. Just before heading off to a funeral this morning I noticed an ad on an online buy & sell (Gumtree) for this scope...on ringing the guy said he would take $40 & his wife would be home so we could look at it after we had been to the service - it was only 15 minutes up the road, probably the main reason why I decided to have a look at it.
Ok, checked it out & said "$30" & his wife rang him & he said ok...deal done.
Now I know I wasn't going to buy another scope until I had sorted out the Eikow & the Royal Astro LN4... (on that score I now have the recoated 4" RA's mirrors back so this project "should" move over the Xmas break! )
But I thought "why not?" 'cos I'm what we call in Oz a "magpie" & it was just asking for someone to buy it..! (there's another bird down here called the "Spangled Drongo" who is an inveterate collector - & Oz slang has a word for half-wits, "drongoes!" )
A quick clean (the ota was almost new-looking with hardly a mark on the surface) & the only missing part is the little "slug" that sits in front of the knurled knob that locks the azimuth rotation - I'll make that soon enough - & the little altitude scale...the rest is as new almost...
Of course I did a quick bit of homework before ringing the seller & it seems it is about 1969...I'll try it out tonight & report back. (have cleaned the air-spaced doublet objective as well as the dinky finder's lenses & given the entire thing a wipe-down, all it needed tbh...)
My final argument for buying it was that one day I'll donate all these to some kids or schools...but why "Bob"..?
Almost everyday we are at home we motor up to the Onkaparinga River & get a local coffee & eat our lunch in the carpark on the riverbank...a motley crew of folks are often seen as well as the ever-present kayakers - & Bob was one of the motley mob...
A bit larger than life & I made the mistake of thinking we would not have much in common until one day us & Bob were the only ones at the carpark: half an hour or so later & we both realised we were about the same age & although from entirely different background had many similar outlooks but above all a sense of the ridiculous - especially when it comes to laughing at ourselves! In Oz the phrase is "taking the p*** out of ourselves" btw.
Trouble was that Bob was a hardened smoker & even though he was on the final countdown as far as his life was concerned he wouldn't give up - this led to some rough times & about a month or 2 ago he blacked out while I was standing next to his vehicle talking to him...I actually thought at the time that he was shuffling off his mortal coil!
But he didn't, & he still kept driving down to the carpark at the river most days (he lived nearby) to have a fag or 3 & check out the racing results plus yarn with us or anyone else around...& last week he died in his sleep - a good gambler's result for him!
Anyway, Bob's gone & Pat & myself are richer because of his brief friendship...so after the funeral we went & bought this Tasco/Towa...& its' name is now Bob!