Longtime contributor and go-to guy for many classic lovers, Dave Trott, is sharing his favorite classic to start our August thread. When I asked Dave about a preferred classic he had owned, he had this to say.
"My favorite classic telescope is the Unitron 128. What I like most about the 128 is the fact that it is a miniature version of a Unitron 4 inch telescope with all the bells and whistles. It has the cute little finder scope, fine latitude adjustment, slow motions and the solar screen mechanism. After the early years they added exquisite setting circles and even had an electric clock drive available as an option. The first ones were quite spindly looking and had a fixed cradle making a sliding counterweight on the tube a necessity. The sliding weight system is one of my favorite features of the earliest 128. Later models came with the signature Unitron tube clamp system that allowed for balancing the scope by sliding it back and forth. The mount also became more robust. In any given year the Unitron 128 was a faithful representation of the contemporaneous 4 inch scope. It was a scaled-down work of perfection!
I made a video that shows the evolution of the Unitron 128 with several examples side by side for comparison: https://youtu.be/PPaGVlqPACo"
Thanks Dave for sharing this favorite classic with us,a fine start for the August thread!
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