Well, the vintage telescope collecting bug has hit me hard. I figured it would, and guess what..... I was right!
At any rate, I just today received my Penncrest 60 x 1000, which looks exactly like a Sears 6333-A. It's unfortunately a bit of a horror story as far as the packing job is concerned. The styrofoam inserts were missing, which I didn't know, but also didn't ask about before purchasing (my fault entirely). The Ebay seller, though, just sort of jumbled all the parts into the wood case with some bubble wrap, and made no attempt even to separately wrap the major components. There were a whole bunch of nuts, bolts, wingnuts and washers floating and rattling around free. Then, instead of boxing the wood box, he ran a bunch of packing tape around it and slapped a shipping label right onto the wood Some of the tape went right over the Penncrest label on the box, which of course came unmoored with the tape.
Now for the good news... All the parts are present and nothing seems to be any worse than what I expected, judging from the photos. I plan to do a full restoration on this scope anyway, wood box and all, so it probably doesn't matter too much. I have drawn my inspiration for this telescope from the excellent photos posted by Cloudy Nights member Chuck Hards. Sure is pretty. Since the styrofoam inserts are missing, I might partition the interior of the wood box like earlier 1950s scopes. I recently bought a 62mm Selsi (a real beauty!) from another Cloudy Nights member that has a box like that. The Selsi will be the subject of a future post.