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Galileo DB135 1100X 135mm Dobsonian / Towa 339

Discussion in 'Vintage Telescopes & Equipment' started by Chicken_Grylls, Mar 8, 2016.

Galileo DB135 1100X 135mm Dobsonian / Towa 339

Started by Chicken_Grylls on Mar 8, 2016 at 2:50 PM

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  1. Chicken_Grylls

    Chicken_Grylls New Member

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    Hi all,

    I hope it is ok to post here, I threw an enquiry out on Instagram and was lead here so hopefully in this community of experts :) i'm hoping someone can shed some light on a new scope I picked up today adding to my small collection of vintage scopes.

    i) Towa 339 - 80mm x 1100mm
    ii) Astral 500 - 60mm x 910mm
    iii) Galileo DB135 135mm x 1100mm

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    It is the Galileo that has me puzzled. There is very little mention of it through Internet searches and an odd characteristic is that it has a metal Warner Bros shield plaque on the front.

    As per the telescope buying law, it will be cloudy now for the next week but I can't wait to get it out for Jupiter viewing.
     
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    Hey @Chicken_Grylls seems like the photos were not posted correctly. I tried to take a look at it myself to fix it but wasn't sure if there was suppose to be more than 1 image posted.

    You can also upload images to the thread post with the "Upload a File" button below instead of hosting them off site.
     
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    Thanks George, I'm easily confused these days and with forum links/images it's no exception. I only added the 1 picture but your reply prompted me to add the others.
     
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    Welcome to AstronomyConnect Chicken_Grylis.

    I know virtually nothing about vintage scopes. However, I'd venture to guess the Galileo as being one sold by Apogee, Inc. a few years ago. Apogee, Inc (not to be confused with today's Apogee Imaging Systems) sold a range of low-mid end astronomy products for a few years, but folded perhaps 6-8 years ago. They branded several of their products as "Galileo" and the logo/font on your scope is exactly like what they had. If I am correct, I'm afraid this scope may not be worth much (optically and $-wise).

    I'm sure the other vintage experts here can corroborate or deny this.

    Harry D.
     
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    Right after posting above, I Googled a different combination of keywords and chanced upon this link:

    http://www.qvc.com/Galileo-DB135-1100X-135mm-Dobsonian-Reflector-Telescope.product.E214371.html

    This certainly looks like the one you have, and now that I see the logo on the base clearly in the QVC photo, I'm certain that this is an Apogee telescope from the late 1990s or early-mid 2000s. The QVC bundle above includes a "Mars Eye CIR electronic finderscope" which was actually a very good and well known Apogee product.

    Harry D.
     
  7. Dave In Vermont

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    I rather like the wooden-tripods and mounts under the two refractors. They look like fun for someone back-in-the-day!

    Nice finds. Thanks for posting these.

    Dave
     

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