I have a Very nice – near mint – Meade 80mm F/11 Japanese (I believe TOWA Made) refractor from the 80’s (Mod. 312). These were to compete with the Vixen/Celestron imports and are every bit as nice. All metal – the only plastic is the dew shield on the finder scope! Very nice 1 ¼ R&P machined focuser – even the knobs. Smooth. Optically it is typical Japanese quality – which is to say very nice. Very little false color, stars are pin point, and the scope can handle way more then the 50X per inch (I regularly take the scope to 200X+ without any breakdown). Cosmetically it is very nice with only a very small crease (really just out of round) on the dew shield that is hardly noticeable – you’d really have to know its there. Single clam shell ring.
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