Nikon stopped making these fine telescopes in 1991 and they were never
imported into the US so they are very rare. The rugged 100mm F12 (1200mmFL) OTA is superbly crafted ( check out Rodger W. Gorden’s short focal length vs long focal length refractor article on Brayebrook Observatory's website “Forum”). The Nikon ED glass doublet, gives stunning, color-free images, Ed Ting says "I've seen reflectors with more color, it is right up there with Tak and AP, it perhaps preforms a bit better.” This is the best planetary scope around bar-none. I have viewed the moon and planets at 400x in moderately good seeing and it is still tack sharp, crater rims and central peaks jump out at you. (yes that is 100x per inch of aperture, and I wouldn’t have believed it had I not seen it myself). It gives pinpoint star images and is great for doublestar viewing as well as deepsky. OTA comes on Sturdy Nikon Pier EQ-mount, the EQ head is a bit stouter than a Losmandy G11. Includes dual drives with metal hand controller box (no plastic here), manual slo-mo controls on both axis. The counter weight shaft is threaded so the weight can’t slide off on your toes. Other features include, large focusing knobs, dew cap, a graduated draw tube (in inches), English language instruction manual, and a really cool 8x50 green illuminated-reticle finder. Cost of OTA alone was about $4200 on the west coast in 1991. Scope is .965 EP format but 2” adapters are available. Great condition $5999+S&H
Hardwood OTA case $250 additional.
For Photos of the telescope or Ed Ting’s and Brayebrook Observatory’s web address E-mail me.