The more I look at the OTA I can see that it is glued together. There are two halves. Interesting way to make a tube. It appears that the three baffles in the tube are wood also. Does this help at all. Also, near the end of the tube I now see where there were three holes where square flat nuts used to reside. The flat nuts I am sure where original to the tube as that is how the lens cell attaches to the front of the tube with flat nuts and small bolts. Talking about lens cell. I take it the knurled ring on the front of the cell is what comes loose to take the lenses out. Looking at the back of the lens cell I see another knurled ring that can only be reached when you take the lens cell appart. Does this sound familiar to anyone?
As of the date of the May 14th post, here is what you can take to the bank:
The mount was made by Mogey long after the OTA was produced.
The OTA was not made by Mogey.
The OTA was not made by Henry Fitz, because they had a different construction of their wood tubes. Four sections, not two halves. I think that might also rule out John Byrne, Fitz' protege, who made only a few wood tubes and I think may have even bought the tubes from Harry Fitz.
The finder was made later than the rest of the telescope. Aluminum wasn't used much until after WWII. I think it's an ATM job by someone who was a real observer. They understood the idea of low power, wide field for a finder.
Edited by oldscope, 08 July 2021 - 01:05 PM.