I have looked through many cloudynights forums for the last year or so but I never really needed to make an account, until now.
Recently I picked up this huge refractor from an antique market that caught my eye, but there are no markings whatsoever on the scope or the box so I am stumped on who, when, or where this was made.
The scope is ~6 feet long, and the lens is ~140mm in diameter. The guide scope is ~2 feet long and is ~50mm in diameter. Both scopes are made of brass and have a black coat of paint over the tubes. The primary lens has specks on it which I believe is silver tarnishing which means the telescope is at least made in the early 1900's.
What is most interesting and confusing about this telescope is that there are parts on the telescope that are made out of aluminum, which leads me to believe that at some point, certain parts of the scope were replaced.
Here are images of the box it came with. Another thing of note is that there is also what seems to be a pier adapter made out of brass that is also in the box, but the seller did not have a mount for sale.
Edited by mstatti, 13 June 2022 - 06:48 PM.