Recently, there may have been a misconception that my favorite pastime is breaking lenses and mirrors. I would like to deny these false rumors by presenting an example of the activities I devote to when I am not breaking glass. I spotted the Towa 60/900 telescope on an advertising portal in Germany. It cost little, because the owner was not sure if the equipment was operational and could not check it. I was also unable to judge it from the photos. They testified to the poor condition of the instrument. However, I decided to take a risk, despite the fact that it is a brand that does not enjoy the recognition of connoisseurs too much. So why Towa?
First of all, I remembered a very good Towa 60/700 refractor with exceptionally good optics, which I saved some time ago. Secondly, this model seems to me to be one of the most classic "classics", thanks to the characteristic, switchable finder integrated with the main lens. For me, this patent is a symbol of the 1970s and 1980s, and for a long time I had a feeling that it is appropriate to have at least one example of this unique solution in the collection. And here was the opportunity and the seller, that was determined enough to agree to put the effort into packing the equipment and shipping it to Poland.
I'm not even sure what the model is, there were probably few similar Towa telescopes on the same mount, with the same finder, differing in small details - incl. focal length (900, 910). However, I have the impression that at one time it was a kind of "flagship" of this manufacturer, which called at the ports of many retail chains, such as Sears, Neckermann, Quelle, etc. This time the ship marked as "Olympia" went to some place unknown to me - perhaps it was some sort of French trading network judging from the name?
After the prolonged adventures with transport caused by DPD, a huge box filled with a large number of carefully cut cardboard scraps to protect historic Japanese optics, has finally reached me...
Edited by LukaszLu, 29 April 2021 - 03:19 PM.