Picked this up recently off CL, what looks to be a 4" Jaegers achromat with a cute little Jaegers 50mm guide/finderscope on what looks to be a 1" shaft Optical Craftsman EQ mount with working AC drive on top of what looks to be a hand made aluminum hub and wood legs.
Questions I have:
Is this indeed a Jaegers? I have one old Jaegers catalog but it doesn't show anything like this. The focuser and one photo of an apparently identical scope found with an internet search are the only evidence I have. The focal length is about 36" (rough measure from the center of the cell to the center of an EP) so this is likely an f9 or so.
The finderscope is straight through and has what looks to be the original 1.25" Jaegers eyepiece, no crosshairs, unmarked as to maker or specs of course but it looks all the world like a Jaegers. The focuser has just enough in-travel to let the image come to focus with this EP so a diagonal cannot be used.
Are the blue/green colors of the OTA and finderscope typical of Jaegers? The paint in both cases appears to be original but note they are slightly different.
Both objectives have severe discoloration (but no apparent separation) of the cementing between the two elements. I initially thought about re-cementing them but last night I used the scope on a star test, M13 and the Moon and the viewed images were incredibly sharp (with a 24mm Panoptic and a 10mm Pentax XW so they helped). I'm concerned about being able to get the same results after doing so. The Moon had quite an amber look to it.
The mount looks very much like an Optical Craftsman but can anyone confirm that?
The hub and legs look like they could be home-made...any comments?