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Home > Classifieds > Astromart Classifieds > Telescope - Refractor > Classified #156497

For Sale: Complete starter set for a budding astronomer

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This is a 1970s-era Kmart Focal 60mm f/11.7 achromatic refractor. It isn’t your typical department-store toy. It’s an aluminum tube with an air-spaced glass doublet objective, smooth r&p focuser, and durable construction.

Over the years, I have made several improvements to the telescope to enhance performance. These include blackening the inside of the main tube, a red-dot finder, a hybrid prism diagonal, and building a sturdier mount.

This would make a great beginning telescope for some amateur astronomer. It comes with:

60mm refractor telescope
original 5x24 finder scope
Daisy red-dot unity finder scope
2 - .965" prism diagonals
Hybrid .965" - 1.25" prism diagonal
2 - 2X Barlow lenses
20mm .965” Huygens eyepiece
12.5mm .965" Vixen Modified Huygens eyepiece
Homemade .965" eyepiece salvaged from binoculars

You also get the eyepiece case shown here. It is a converted Plano tackle box. The bottom side also opens up, and I've removed all the dividers from it to allow room for star charts, red flashlight, etc. (not included).

I am also including two 0.965" screw-into-the-eyepiece solar filters. I had great success in viewing sunspots with them. However, I took some simple precautions such as checking the filters for pinholes before each use, not using them for more than a few minutes at a time, rotating their use, etc. Use them at your own risk.

There are some cosmetic scratches on the tube, which comes from years of heavy use. The optics are in EXCELLENT condition. I've viewed most of the Messier objects, other open clusters, the Cassini Division in Saturn's rings, cloud bands on Jupiter, and dozens of double stars.

The homemade tripod is described in more detail on my website. It is constructed with 3/4" plywood and 2x2 legs.

I still have the original telescope box, as well as the original tripod mount. Both are included. I'm asking $175 + actual shipping. I will ship to the CONUS only, and will accept cashier's check or money order.
 

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