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Rare Emil Busch 68mm Refractor 1900s-1910s(?)

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This was to be a restoration project but unfortunately it's one I now lack time for. This Emil Busch scope was made sometime between the late 1890s and around 1920. It's a 68mm with a focal length around 800mm. The scope is collimated, though the objective lens could probably use cleaning. It takes 0.965" eyepieces and includes an 18mm, 9mm, and a screw-on terrestrial eyepiece which I have not tried. The 18mm eyepiece works quite well; I could see the Cassini division easily, while the 9mm is completely unusable. The tube and mount are in good shape with a few wear marks and small paint chips as can be seen in the photo, of course along with some fading to the white paint. The legs are absolutely beautiful with no wear to the wood and mild wear to the metal leg tips.

The scope is missing the adjustable center column for the mount to mate to the tripod. A piece of copper, steel, or aluminum tubing would suffice. The wooden case is fairly worn on the outside but the inside is fine and there is no actual damage to the wood.

Asking $400 + shipping or best offer, can send additional pictures on request.