For Trade ONLY:
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.
Vixen Polaris Mount in perfect condition (has only one scratch on the body and a few set screw marks on the dovetail). No play in either axis, mount is VERY smooth. Has the Vixen wood “Refractor” legs (adjustable type) and are the “import” versions (Metal Painted Vixen off white vrs. the Celestron Dark Grey). Also has the somewhat rare Vixen Dovetail blocks and universal dovetail plate. No drives or Polar scope but these are available for short money.
I’m looking for a Meade AR-6 OTA with Rings as a direct swap,
Would also consider:
Or a Jaeger 6” F/5 OTA + some agreeable cash amount on my part
Or a D&G 6” F9-10 + some agreeable cash amount on my part
Or maybe one of those RR Refractors 6” F/5-10
Basically I’m looking for a nicer then normal larger Achro to be used as a guide scope.
I'll try to post a Pic later....