When i picked up a 3″ Samuel and Benjamin Solomons refractor for £100, I decided to remove the blue and black paint and refurbish the tripod and mount. Well why not! Now the clean and tidy-up is almost complete, here are some pics of what was under the paint!
Note to self: keep track of exact location of myriad screws during disassembly. Different threads and sizes abound!
2.5″ Cooke refractor
This scope dates from the 1860s, and was made by the famous English telescope maker Thomas Cooke and Sons. It’s a beautiful thing!
3″ Clarkson refractor, pre-Broadhurst!
It’s a terrestrial scope with no finder and one of those 20cm long rectifying eyepieces to turn the image right way up. Almost mint and an auction bargain at £60. The name ages it to the 1890s, give or take. ‘Tis a lovely thing! I just need a suitable mount.
BC Library Telescope
A different 3″ Broadhurst Clarkson library telescope, this time on a pillar and claw stand. Around 1920. Black crackle paint finish.