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#1 MJB

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Posted 13 January 2022 - 09:47 PM

I've had this little guy for 58 years. I'm not sure how it made it through all the moves, but it's still here and works very well.

 

It's a 1964 Eikow 6T-300 60/910mm f15 and 6x30 finder.

 

I thought I'd have a look at the moon tonight, and I was not disappointed. I'm using a Vixen .965 to 1.25 adapter - that piece screws right into the drawtube and works great. The best eyepieces tonight were a 26mm Celestron Silvertop,  a 13mm Televue Plossl and a  10mm Takahashi LE.

 

The objective is very sharp in my opinion, and at f15 the drawtube has a wide focus range that snaps in nicely. Almost no detectable color fringing on the lunar limb. The other refractor that I have to compare it to is a Tak FC100-DZ, so I'm really pleased with the optic. It's always delivered a pleasant image and I credit it with stoking my interest in astronomy as a kid. Thanks mom and dad ...

 

I'm reminded that this is the ideal grab-and-go for quick lunar sessions. 

 

I snapped a handheld  image off the 26mm eyepiece with an Olympus m4/3 camera just to try to give an idea of what I was seeing. 

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Posted 13 January 2022 - 09:48 PM

And here is the device:

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Posted 13 January 2022 - 10:30 PM

I have an Eikow ST3500 60mm f15, which looks identical to your picture. Indeed a very well made telescope, solid mount and  the optics are very nice! 


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Posted 14 January 2022 - 12:05 AM

I have a Polaroscope made by them that also likes identical.


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Posted 14 January 2022 - 01:12 AM

I have a Polaroscope made by them that also likes identical.

I've noted that the Polaroscope looks the same, as well as some others. Monolux, perhaps?



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Posted 14 January 2022 - 03:56 AM

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My 1962 Revue-Eikow 60/910mm. Bought this last year from the deceased owners son. This beauty came in a wooden box and it had the complete set of factory accessories. A little tlc later optical surfaces are now perfectly clear and fungus-free. Mechanics working like a charm after a thorough cleaning and relubrication job. Very sharp and contrasty image. Almost semi-apo like. Seems to me you can't go wrong with Eikow.

 


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Posted 14 January 2022 - 04:28 AM

Have the Zemex branded version...neat little scope although the lack of any azimuth rotation is a shortcoming of the nice EQ mount in other respects - a neat little counterweight also imho! ;)


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Posted 14 January 2022 - 06:58 AM

 

 
 
 
 
My 1962 Revue-Eikow 60/910mm. Bought this last year from the deceased owners son. This beauty came in a wooden box and it had the complete set of factory accessories. A little tlc later optical surfaces are now perfectly clear and fungus-free. Mechanics working like a charm after a thorough cleaning and relubrication job. Very sharp and contrasty image. Almost semi-apo like. Seems to me you can't go wrong with Eikow.

 

That’s a beautiful scope Stefan!


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Posted 14 January 2022 - 07:53 AM

Here are my 60 and 77mm examples.

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Posted 14 January 2022 - 08:08 AM

Have the Zemex branded version...neat little scope although the lack of any azimuth rotation is a shortcoming of the nice EQ mount in other respects - a neat little counterweight also imho! wink.gif

You can rotate the head with this polaroscope brand.

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Posted 14 January 2022 - 04:42 PM

You can rotate the head with this polaroscope brand.

So - by the look of them Mike & Stefan as well as me got dudded with our versions Walter!  But apart from that aspect I have to say it is a very nice little scope. :)


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Posted 14 January 2022 - 04:51 PM

always liked the original Eikow refractors.  Didn't see many in the 1960s / 1970s, but they were beautiful -- gave Unitron some competition on display appeal.

 

On the used market, they tend to be the Swift for the rest of us models -- generally cheaper.  (By Original, I mean before Eikow started selling re-branded Towa models.)


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Posted 14 January 2022 - 05:35 PM

another polarascope owner here with a near identical eikow scope.  lovely work. 

 

it is a beautiful thing.  i assumed late 1960s and did not think it was that old.

 

i also have an older polarascope version.


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Posted 15 January 2022 - 07:39 AM

Me too, my Polaroscope looks very similar. Unfortunately the views through mine can't compare.



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Posted 15 January 2022 - 08:10 PM

Me too, my Polaroscope looks very similar. Unfortunately the views through mine can't compare.

Do you think it's possible the objective crown and flint aren't mated as originally supplied?  As a kid I recall taking mine apart for some reason but I guess I got it back together OK. Also - if you haven't tried to use it with 1.25" eyepieces it's worth a shot.


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