There is a Nishimura telescope for sale on Yahoo auctions right now that is being discussed in the "ads" thread. These are amazing telescopes and it got me wondering if anyone here actually owns a Nishimura telescope? If not own, have you ever seen one in person?
I had one in 2008/2009 and it was truly amazing. But, the CN classics forum was still new back then and I had no real idea how scarce these were. So, when I got an offer of $2,000 for it with eyepieces, I jumped as Chas would say. I thought how could a 6" telescope be worth $2,000???? The person who sold it to me had purchased it at a garage sale for $25! Selling that scope is one of my top 5, maybe top 3 regrets.
Attached are some eye candy pictures of various Nishimura telescopes. I also have a lot of research on Nishimura and Biela Observatory who sold them in the US. I have the original US catalog too, feel free to ask me for a scanned copy (I think it is already on the catalogs site)
For me, I have owned the 6" and stood next to a 10" once.