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Vintage 1966-67 APL made Shrine/Manon Refractor w/ org wood case

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For consideration here's a very very nice vintage 1967-68 Japanese Shrine Manon D=60mm F=700mm doublet refractor with APL made Optics and original wood case. Can't say enough about the quality of these scopes. The views with good eyepieces are simply fantastic. This one is a real nice complete example. The only non original thing is the grey plastic carry handle on the case needed to be replaced. Besides that all original and has the hard to find cool red metal badge  on the case as well. If you want picture of the case I can supply.

This would make a wonderful and inspiring first scope for the budding Astronomer or a perfect grab and go scope for the Pro collector with it's super sharp views. 

It's a really fun, super quality scope to use that will last for lifetimes to come. They just don't make them like this anymore. Wonderful metal work. 

Comes with original .965 20mm Ramsden eyepiece, Japanese made.965 prism diagonal, erector/corrector for terrestrial viewing and .965 2.5x Extender Barlow lens.The Ramsden has some stains to the very edge but the center is clear and is quite usable giving wonderful sharp views. Super sharp main doublet lens as to be expected from APL optics. The Moon and Sun( with a proper solar filter!) are just wonderful with it and fit the FOV perfectly with a 20-18mm eyepiece.

If you'd like to use your 1.25 eyepieces and accessories Vixen makes a very inexpensive adapter from .965 to 1.25.

This one is in extremely good overall condition. The scope,mount and wood tripod are all original with some overall Patina.The dew shield is just ever slightly bent with some paint loss. I did have to replace some of the tripod leg and tray washers with a close match and a few screws here and there. Not even noticeable. The legs have the original finish and cleaned up nice with some beeswax and oil.

The entire mount and scope has been taken completely apart, deep cleaned, de-greased, re-greased and adjusted.The lens cell was removed and deep cleaned. It has a few marks and a small chip on the side of the front lens and some internal dust specs but nothing that will affect the wonderful views or images at all. No worries. The focuser was completely taken apart, cleaned and re-greased using good Nye damping grease. Finder scope was taken apart and all optics fully cleaned as well. Nice clear views and the crosshairs are intact.


$199.99 with insured shipping inside the continental USA. International shipping is available with proper duty and shipping charges covered.

I cannot accept Paypal at this time so a money order or personal check is fine. Funds must clear my bank before I can ship. 

Feel free to message me with any questions you may have. Be well and Look up!