Longtime contributor and our resident expert on vintage 50mm refractors,CharlieB has offered up these images of his favorite classic to start our October thread. I had expected it to be the Swift in his avatar but instead he said this "Choosing my favorite scope is a tough one, but I guess it would have to be my 1956 Nippon Kogaku 50mm f/15. The optics are incredible and it's build quality is superb. The scope is in remarkably good condition. It doesn't look like it was used much before I picked it up. It had been sitting in the previous owner's basement for over twenty years after they had rescued it from the neighbor's trash. The original owners bought it for their son, but he lost interest in it, so it stayed in the case until they decided to toss it away. Since I bought it, I've managed to find the zenith prism, finder prism, 25mm Huygens eyepiece and recently came across the terrestrial erector prism with the 40mm eyepiece.
There aren't many of these still around - especially in this condition."
Thanks much Charlie,that's a beautiful classic!
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