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During my last visit in the Provence for theATOS-project I visited my good friends Caroline and Jean-Luc Plouvier from the Domaine de la Blaque in Varages.  You should visit them.  It's paradise.

Was able to use Jean-Luc's Mesu 200 mount to make some astrophotos with the Zeiss Jena 1000mm f5.6…

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The Carl Zeiss Asiola was originaly designed as spotting scope for shooting ranges.
But is also very popular for bird spotters.  As to expect from Zeiss the quality of the Asiola is great.
The optics are blue coated and give a high contrast and a bright, sharp image.

The lens diameter is 63mm and the focal length is 420mm.  With the well known 10mm Ortho eyepiece you get a 42x…

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J&A Molteni, Paris, Single draw telescope, +/- 1863, leather and brass

In 1782 the Molteni company was founded in Paris.  Joseph Antoine Blathazar was an Italian maker of optical instruments.
In 1855 his brother Jules Molteni takes over the company and in 1863 together with his nephew Alfred Molteni they started the company J. & A. Molteni specialized in the…

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Maurice Manent 80mm refractor, +/- 1920

It's hard to predict how an antique telescope will perform.

The Manent is fantastic. Made in the 1920 - 1930 by the French telescope maker Mauric Manent. It's a pleasure to observe with. Even the lenses are uncoated it still gives a very good contrast and color. Sharp and beautifull color. Even at 250x the images were crisp and the color with no aberrations. The focuser is very nice.That's the kind of telescopes I like very much.…

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