"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars"
The tiny Polarex 127 has an aperture of no more than 40 mm and a focal length of 700 mm. It was built around 1965.
It is remarkable how many fine details it shows on the Moon.
The images were captured with a ZWO ASI120MM camera.
Polarex (or Unitron in the USA) was a much longed for telescope.
It was very expensive, so not many could afford one.
In 1963 this tiny telescope (the smallest from the stable) was for sale in The Netherlands for 128 Dfl (ca. €76), that is equivalent to €500 in 2019.
MOON - 40mm Polarex refractor
MOON - 76.2mm Royal Astro refractor
The elegant Royal Astro R-74 is a refractor with an aperture of 3" (76.2 mm) and a focal lenght of 1200mm. It has a beautiful contrast. This one is build in ca. 1974.
Royal Astro delivered many high quality telescopes in the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's. This particular model was also brought on the market by Tasco as their famous Tasco #10TE.
Although the mount isn't as robust as Unitron/Polarex' mounts, the telescope as a whole is very much underrated nowadays. The optics however are just as good, if not better, than that of it's Unitron/Polarex counterpart, the 131.
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