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2 moons 130 years difference


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I reckon your right Phil, the Towa is sharper but the 1845 scope is pretty darn close.

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I like the comparison. My vote goes for the Towa as well. The Smith is still impressive though.

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Yep the towa has the edge but it has a better focuser. Ive fitted a dual speed cayford to it so it's a bit more predictable than the Smith internal R&p. I used the same settings for stacking and sharpening so processing was as close as I could get.


So I reckon it's a valid comparison. The Towa has coated objective so a slight advantage there.

The lens on the Smith is a contact doublet signed M Pillischer who was a 19th century instrument maker, known for microscopes but dabbled in other optics so they k ew what they were doing.


Very pleased with it, its always a gamble with antique optics.


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I wish my eyes were good enough to be able to see much of a difference !!

Maybe the Towa is a tad sharper on the top left part of the crescent ?

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