Building the 54 mm x 762 (30") A. Jaegers refractor shown in the photo has been an ongoing project for some time, and it is finally finished. I purchsed the lens (one of two) earlier this year, and modified the OTA with objective cell from an old Japanese 60 mm scope to hold it. The 1.25" rack & pinion is a NOS unit from Jaegers, while the 6 x 30 finder is also Japanese from another vintage 2.4" refractor, and its holder matches the black wrinkle finish on the foucser and mounting.
The objective lens is also NOS, and is optically flawless. Observing Mars some weeks ago, the little Jaegers lens equalled or bettered the performance of my 60 mm refractor that I have always considered to have an essentially "perfect" objective.
The mounting (not shown in the photo) came form a 60 x 900 mm Japanese refractor, and is typical of all of the small EQ mounts from the 1970s and 1980s, except that I have replaced the original .965" eyepiece holder tray on the tripod with a wooden one that holds 1.25" oculars. The whole telescope fits in the wooden case (in very good condition except for a little light finish wear on the outside) that held the original 60 x 900 refractor.
If you like Jaegers equipment, this is probably the nicest small refractor that you will EVER have the chance to purchase. [As to the quality of work that I do, I would ask you to get in touch with Joe Sunseri, Gary Hand, or Bill Vorce for a reference.]
I am selling this scope without any eyepieces or star diagonal, assuming that serious collecters will have such things. [I'll include the (Japanese) Celestron 1.25" diagonal shown in the photo for an additional $25.00 if you really need one.] Based on what I have invested in this project -- and discounting most of the time involved -- I am asking $175.00, plus shipping.
Thanks for Looking and Clear Skies --
Milt Hays, Jr.