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Okay, let me state clearly that I want to show all aspects of this item so that you might offer wisely, but I have no expertise with telescopes, and some of the terminology I am using here, I learned from reading other listings of telescopes, so I won't be offended if you want to correct me. I do have quite a bit of experience with wood furniture, and based on the cases and the tripod, I would say this equipment dates to the 1950s or 60s. I do not have any papers with this telescope, but it is identified on the case, telescope, and lenses as "Unitron." The telescope, which is about 4 feet long and 3 1/2 inches wide on the "big end" says "D 75mm F 1200mm." The tube for lack of a better term looks and feels like aluminum to me. There are no dents or bangs, but there is a little paint loss that I think you can see in the photos. Most of the scratched paint is from the small side tube. The tripod, which is mostly wood, seems to be full height, no rotting or breaks, but I think it should have some kind of caps for the 3 feet. It looks like it is made to have them but they are not with the unit. I assume the 3 flat pieces of metal stock bolted together are part of the tripod assembly. Next we have a box containing 5 lenses. That box and lenses look to be in excellent condition. All of the lenses with this unit are clearly marked Unitron, but the 5 in this box are also marked as follows: SYM.ACH 7mm, SYM.ACH 9mm, K 12.5mm, K18mm, H 25mm. The last box contains a device that seems to have a reflecting or refracting lens in the middle, then the 6 tubes extending out from that center piece. I saw this device called a "unihex eye piece" and a "nuclear shield" in another. You probably know if that is correct or not, so judge that description based on YOUR experience. One of those 6 is larger than the other 5 and has a lens in it that is marked Unitron Monochro 40mm. One of the smaller tubes also has a lens in it marked Unitron Ortho 4mm. The other 4 tubes have plastic covers that look original to the set up. That device is also marked "Made in Japan." In addition, that box contains a 6 inch long metal tube that is threaded on one end. The thread matches/fits the threaded end of the main tube of the telescope. Over all, I would characterize this telescope, the lenses, tripod, and cases as in very good condition for an item in the neighborhood of 50 years old, maybe even older. I see nothing to suggest that anything is broken or missing, such as a holder in the case with nothing to fit in to it. If I have it, it is in one or more of the pictures. If you have questions, ask away, I'll do my best, and I check my email a minimum of twice a day and will respond as soon as I get them.
Good luck, I think this is a pretty good thing, and it belongs in the hands of someone that knows more about it than me.Extreme care will be taken to pad and pack this for shipping. Packing and shipping/delivery to any USA address is $75. Pick pick up by you or your designated party is welcomed and of course always free.
On Feb-07-11 at 07:11:05 PST, seller added the following information:
At the urging of a very helpful user, I have looked down the main lens from both directions. While I do not have the best eye sight in the world, I see no signs of damage, cracks, chips, or even dirt, in fact, if this would fit in my pocket, I would take it with me when I go out to eat so that I could read the menu better.