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Advice for an Optica b/c reflector

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#1 strandoo

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Posted 13 June 2020 - 07:40 AM

Hi. New to the forum. I picked up this telescope from a garage sale sometime in the 90s when I lived in San Francisco. I had some fun with it but it’s been neglected for some time, so thought I’d learn more about it. As you can see from the photos, it’s an Optica b/c. I can’t find much about this brand/type except for what I’ve seen on this site (old, good quality optics, collectable).

 

I know it’s missing the counterweight and rod (it didn’t come with one) and I suspect there would have been an accessory tray; the way the legs bolt together looks dodgy.

 

Can anyone tell me anything else about it and where I might get those missing parts? I now live in the UK; I don’t know if that will make things more difficult or not. Thanks.

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Posted 14 June 2020 - 08:15 AM

You have a fine little scope.  Optica b/c imported these scopes in the mid-to-late 1970s.  I have the tabletop version of that scope.  Your scope has the clamshell that holds the tube, so you can rotate the scope for a comfortable viewing position.  Mine is bolted to the tube, so it cannot rotate.  

 

Finding those parts may be difficult, as it's a pretty rare scope.  Most any small counterweight could be adapted, but the shaft for the counterweight that screws into the mount must have matching threads.

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Posted 15 June 2020 - 05:51 PM

where I might get those missing parts? I now live in the UK; I don’t know if that will make things more difficult or not. Thanks.

 

Try Astroboot.co.uk they have loads of spares. just took a quick look and they do have a eyepiece tray £3.30 plus P&P

 

they probably have the required bolts and wingnuts too, search the site and you may find what you need :)
 


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Posted 26 June 2020 - 09:16 AM

Thanks CharlieB and GreyDay. Thanks esp for that Astroboot link; I'll check it out. I'm sure I'll have lots of questions for this forum.




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