Another thing, I'm glad you guys mentioned the I-7 I-6 thing as I've also seen that on 800mm and 1000mm scopes. Somewhere in all this mess someone mentioned perhaps it's the year. I was wondering the same. Maybe we've only seen the I-6 and I-7 because they didn't do it before and stopped marking them that way after 1957? It does seem like most scopes of this type came with a foil label came after '57.
As for foil vs ring spacers, it depends on what style objective cell is used.
The cell on the top has a metal ring spacer and all of them I've seen and kept photos of do
The cell on the bottom uses foil spacers and the same can be said of them
Here's another shot of the cells
The one on the left is from my Crescent (marked Towa)
The one on the right from a Selsi and it came with only a unmarked Selsi focuser.
From the Lafayette ads it appears the cell style change took place in 1958
but I seen scopes that don't seem to follow this rule.
Don't confuse this Crecent's cell with most typical Towa cells.
It has a different retainer, it's lens placement is further forward and it's chunkier.
Stephan dated their use as being from 1959 thru '61
but as mentioned, some of the 1958 Lafayette ads show them.
Here, the Crescent is on top and the bottom is from my 1963 9TE
The '63 9TE type of cell probably wea first used in '61 or '62 and seems to have been used up thru the 70s.
The weird thing is some later Towas have a big fat clunky cell and it seems not to be completely tied to a year.
Edited by Kasmos, 16 January 2022 - 03:08 AM.