Old Manon/Mayflower and Pentax Geared Alt/Az mount
Posted 27 June 2004 - 07:47 PM
I am wondering if anyone has seen this mount before. I searched long and hard on goggle (web and groups) and astromart from the beginning of time and can find nothing. If anyone has any information on when this mount was sold by Pentax, original price, or any advertising history, I would be most appreciative. The mount, after several hours work, is smooth as silk. Just amazing. (The scope mounted on top is an Ashanti Pentax 60mm, 800mm fl.)
The second mount is a Manon. Another geared alt/az mount. My understanding is that Manon may have been the European version of Mayflower, the poor man's Unitron. Ill take poor if this is the mount I can get! It is unbelieveably smooth with no slop whatsoever. the scope on top is a Manon 60mm 700mmfl. The lens is the best of all my small old refractors.
Once again, looking for help with age, original price, advertising, etc.
Posted 01 July 2004 - 04:34 PM
Posted 02 August 2004 - 05:19 PM
This mount was also shared with Bushnell for their scopes from the 1960's. Bushnell's 60 mm scope is called the "Sky Chief, Jr." The tube is a silvery gray with a dark blue objective cell, dew shade and focuser. This matches the alt-azimuth mount and cradle which has the same dark glossy blue finish.
What I really like about these mounts is the long fork arms and the fact that the alt-azimuth mount fastens to a cradle, not the telescope tube itself. This allows for much better balance of the telescope tube.
Like the Mayflower, the Bushnell Sky Chief Jr. also came in a wooden dovetail storage box.
I would be very curious to find out if there was a Bushnell Sky Chief, Sr. and exactly what that might be.
Posted 14 August 2004 - 02:11 AM
Posted 13 December 2005 - 02:02 AM
Posted 13 December 2005 - 08:00 AM
Posted 15 December 2005 - 04:06 AM
Looking at these photos, I can finally see how the tube ring was "transformed" from its original purpose into the ahem, mounting method, it was turned into.
I'm going to try and make it more respectable, but I doubt I can ever get the equipment to set it up the way it once was.
Posted 15 December 2005 - 07:37 AM
I have an older vintage made in japan "Sky Chief 1", which is a 60 X 700 that was originally mounted on a small yoke (I remounted mine on a small eq). It's a fairly nice scope for a DST with an all metal focuser that is very smooth, but I understand that later models are not of the same quality.
In this Thread is a restored "Sky Chief II" which is a 60mm F/15.2 that is mounted on what is a really nice EQ for a 60mm scope.