This is the first telescope I have purchased on the very first money I have earned working hard (gardening public orchards ).
~1982, USSR, NPZ (now TAL) "Alkor" 65mm Newt on Alt/Az pier (the image is not mine, I have both my classic Newts gifted to local youth clubs when moved to the US in 1999).
The box was extremely convenient to keep all my other astronomy gear in it organized and portable on a short notice.
And my second Newt purchased in early 90es, now Russian 110mm "Mizar" TAL-M1 (same NPZ factory) on the very nicely performing motorized GEM (stock image, can't find the M1 model live anywhere):
Both are "weapon-grade" cast aluminum
To be honest, not really a fan of the classic Newts on a GEM or any other EQ mount. The EP is always in a wrong position, so have to use rings to rotate it like for every object (today you can use an observations planner app to limit that, but in the past it was not that simple).
Edited by halx, 21 September 2020 - 12:04 PM.