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#1 Jesse P

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Posted 12 November 2020 - 04:04 PM

Hello, I am new to this forum.  Back in the 1980's I traded a bunch of tempered glass (used to own a construction glass company) for a Carl Zeiss telescope.  The telescope has a lot of brass and oak in the tripod, and is white.  It says on the telescope:  Germany, Carl Zeiss, Jena, serial #10875.

I am getting older, and will be parting with this one day.  Can someone tell me what they can about this telescope, including it's approximate value?  Jesse & Elaine---



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Posted 12 November 2020 - 04:10 PM

Photo?

 

That would be helpful - especially any label plates that might have info. Even lacking identifying marks, there are enough Zeiss-o-philes here that can probably identify your scope. Photo of the front lens also would be good.

 

good luck and welcome to CN.

 

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Posted 12 November 2020 - 04:10 PM

A picture would be helpful... The description could be of any number of scopes. The serial number tells us very little, except a date shortly after WW1. 

 

 

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#4 Jesse P

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Posted 12 November 2020 - 04:26 PM

OK, good, thank you all.  I will figure out how to get a picture or two of it---Jesse & Elaine---



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Posted 12 November 2020 - 05:25 PM

Here is a picture of the telescope---thank you----



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Posted 12 November 2020 - 05:28 PM

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Posted 12 November 2020 - 05:31 PM

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Posted 12 November 2020 - 05:32 PM

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Posted 12 November 2020 - 05:50 PM

looks like a zeiss traveling telescope.  Very nice.



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Posted 12 November 2020 - 05:50 PM

Hello, I am new to this forum.  Back in the 1980's I traded a bunch of tempered glass (used to own a construction glass company) for a Carl Zeiss telescope.  The telescope has a lot of brass and oak in the tripod, and is white.  It says on the telescope:  Germany, Carl Zeiss, Jena, serial #10875.

I am getting older, and will be parting with this one day.  Can someone tell me what they can about this telescope, including it's approximate value?  Jesse & Elaine---

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Posted 12 November 2020 - 05:53 PM

It’s called the Zeiss Travel Telescope. It’s a 63mm dia. air spaced objective that is around F14. It’s worth typically $1700 to $3200 depending on what accessories it comes with and if original case is present and in good condition.


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Posted 12 November 2020 - 09:25 PM

That is a beautiful telescope. 

 

congrats 



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Posted 12 November 2020 - 10:32 PM

That objective is perfect!



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Posted 13 November 2020 - 05:41 AM

Not a bad deal to trade this beauty for a bunch of tempered glass!


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Posted 13 November 2020 - 10:56 AM

Do most people differentiate between the East German Zeiss, Jena, and the West German, Oberkochen I believe? From what I understand there should not really be a difference in quality in products built in West or East while there were still two Germanies.

 

Or does anyone disagree?

 

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Posted 13 November 2020 - 11:13 AM

The quality standard of Zeiss products in both East and West were and still are outstanding. It was only much more difficult for the communist run Jena works to gain access to advanced western production methods. They compensated this shortcoming by putting highly skilled people to achieve what precision (computer-run) machinery in the West would be capable of doing at fractional cost. Any Zeiss Telementor is a precision handmade optical instrument and that makes it such a charming telescope to own.


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Posted 15 November 2020 - 12:43 PM

Do most people differentiate between the East German Zeiss, Jena, and the West German, Oberkochen I believe? From what I understand there should not really be a difference in quality in products built in West or East while there were still two Germanies.

 

Or does anyone disagree?

 

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To my knowledge Zeiss west, which was created by a bunch of Zeiss Jena MANAGERS after WW II, have never made any telescopes, eyepieces, or mounts.

 

Zeiss Jena is the one that is the TRUE Zeiss from the 1800s.  They’re the ones that created all of the things we crave as amateur astronomers.


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Posted 15 November 2020 - 03:15 PM

I agree, Zeiss Jena the mothership of telescope production. But there is examples out of the Zeiss Oberkochen works like this Ritchey Chretien:

 

https://www.lsw.uni-...kable/Zeiss.php


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Posted 15 November 2020 - 06:16 PM

I agree, Zeiss Jena the mothership of telescope production. But there is examples out of the Zeiss Oberkochen works like this Ritchey Chretien:

 

https://www.lsw.uni-...kable/Zeiss.php

I wonder if that was just a ”one off”?



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Posted 16 November 2020 - 03:07 PM

Among my astronomy friends here in Germany, Zeiss means Zeiss Jena. Period. In the 90s I heard of a conversation between an amateur astronomer and a Zeiss engineer about a SC telescope. The engineer reportedly said "If we made that, it would cost DM 30k ($15k)...and it would be perfect!" Exactly this standard of excellency is why Zeiss telescopes are so sought after.
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