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#1 grif 678

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Posted 09 October 2021 - 05:07 PM

I remember seeing some unbelievable telescopes ( to me that is ) when I received the Scope City catalog, from the early 80's I believe.

I do remember the 60mm refractors were very expensive as compared to other brands of 60mm telescopes. I do not remember them having a larger refractor than the 60, they may have?

But I remember some of the reflectors, especially the 16 inch on casters under the mighty equatorial mount with motor drives. I did not understand all the numbers that they used explaining the mirror quality, just it seemed awesome reading that.

As I read the info about that 16 inch scope, I thought that you could see anything in the sky with that. But I guess Parks priced themselves out of business. You occasionally see a parks 60mm refractor for sale, but the prices are still outrageous for them.


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Posted 09 October 2021 - 05:17 PM

No one could handle that 16" scope alone. It was like the same size mount Cave had with 2.5" shafts. The OTA alone would have been around 150lbs.


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Posted 09 October 2021 - 07:00 PM

Back in 1992, I got a Parks Optical(Towa) PRT-813, an 80mm f/11 achromat on an EQ2-class equatorial mount...

 

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That was my second telescope.  I gave it to a relation round 2003, and after I got my definitive 102mm/4" refractor, which isn't a classic, yet.  That Parks PRT-813 is just barely a classic, if at all.

 

This Sears(Towa) 60mm f/11 is my very first, and from round 1972...

 

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I consider it to be a later classic.

 

In 2003 or '04, I got a Parks Optical 8" /f/5(custom) Newtonian, just the OTA...

 

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It's not a classic, save perhaps its fibre-glass tube.

 

This Mayflower(Towa?) "Vari-Power" 60mm f/? refractor/spotting-scope is from the early 1960s(?), and is considered a classic...

 

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This Sears(Towa) 50mm f/12 from the late 1960s, that I've modernised for practical usage...

 

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...was once a classic...

 

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