For sale or trade 1980's vintage Vixen Fluorite 102mm refractor. Focal length 900mm, white tube, green highlights and rings, 30mm finder that mounts on tube (not on focuser housing). Focuser is
Paint in remarkable shape only one small paint chip on dew shield and some small smudges on green focuser housing. Objective coatings look very good. Images produced are very good for an older apo refractor--defocused defraction patterns look the same on either side of focus with slight color fringing. No false color on Saturn or Jupiter--nice images for a four inch scope. A little bit more "sparkling" on stars at high power with poor seeing than with newer high-end apos(i.e. not quite Tak 102 performance in this regard). Had it out recently--very nice views of doubles like Alnitak in Orion.
The focuser has some slippage (not at points of focus for my eyepieces) but is smooth. The last owner tightened it up to prevent slippage, but I would rather have a little slippage verses being too tight.
Asking $1100 to include shipping in US (a very fair price for a 4" apo) that is very close to Tak performance.
Would negotiate trade for a 6" f15 achromat objective plus some
Thanks for looking