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Steve_M_M
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The Comprehensive List of Japanese Symbols
      #3888214 - 06/26/10 11:23 PM Attachment (575 downloads)

Just for fun I decided to go through and gather up some information on Japanese symbols so it is all in one place. We have had various discussions on symbols and tags, but I could not find one that was all inclusive. Some of this goes all the way back to the start of the Classic Forum on CN. You are all probably in possession of better pictures on some of these, so please add them to update the post. Also, as you can see, some of these are still not classified by me. I could have easily missed a post or two, so if you know what Circle M (maybe Mizar) is for example, please let us know.

It is going to take me an hour or so to get all these posted, and I am going to do them somewhat alphabetically. I will post a few distributors symbols and we can add more if you all like.

Let’s get started…

Here is Circle A-Astro Optical


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Steve_M_M
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Re: The Comprehensive List of Japanese Symbols new [Re: Steve_M_M]
      #3888216 - 06/26/10 11:24 PM Attachment (447 downloads)

More Astro Optical Symbols

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Re: The Comprehensive List of Japanese Symbols new [Re: Steve_M_M]
      #3888219 - 06/26/10 11:25 PM Attachment (317 downloads)

I will get to the Royals later....

APL-Apollo Labs or Apollo Business and Industry-Mostly on Bushnell and Mayflower brands, Did show up on a Jason Saturn.


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Re: The Comprehensive List of Japanese Symbols new [Re: Steve_M_M]
      #3888224 - 06/26/10 11:27 PM Attachment (322 downloads)

AvA-Takahashi...the unknown quiet Tak Mostly on Swift brands.

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Re: The Comprehensive List of Japanese Symbols new [Re: Steve_M_M]
      #3888226 - 06/26/10 11:28 PM

I saw a circle B once. I think it was Pentax. Anyone have a picture?

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      #3888228 - 06/26/10 11:29 PM Attachment (248 downloads)

C.O.C Carton Optical

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Re: The Comprehensive List of Japanese Symbols new [Re: Steve_M_M]
      #3888233 - 06/26/10 11:31 PM Attachment (195 downloads)

Diamond BOL-Mostly on Bushnell There has been much discussion about this one, but I could find no clear authority on the manufacturer.

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Re: The Comprehensive List of Japanese Symbols new [Re: Steve_M_M]
      #3888235 - 06/26/10 11:33 PM Attachment (240 downloads)

Ok, so I am a bit out of order

Upside down Y-Eikow. Seem to be all over. I have seen Eikow on many brands both well known and not.


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Re: The Comprehensive List of Japanese Symbols new [Re: Steve_M_M]
      #3888237 - 06/26/10 11:34 PM Attachment (210 downloads)

Another Eikow for fun.

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Re: The Comprehensive List of Japanese Symbols new [Re: Steve_M_M]
      #3888241 - 06/26/10 11:38 PM Attachment (281 downloads)

Circle K-This one I have a lot of trouble with. Before CN, I had a circle K telescope that had a manual with it, for the telescope, that was Vixen. Vixen was Koyu before Vixen. I believe those Vixen employees came from another optical house, just can't remember which one. Then came a bunch of peopple insisting Circle K was Pentax. Now, Circle K is Kenko. But KOL, King Optical, is also Circle K. So, make up your own mind. Here are some circle K's.

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Re: The Comprehensive List of Japanese Symbols new [Re: Steve_M_M]
      #3888243 - 06/26/10 11:39 PM Attachment (211 downloads)

Circle K on OKKK scope

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      #3888252 - 06/26/10 11:42 PM Attachment (167 downloads)

Circle K on King and link to King, KOL, on Hiroki's site.

King Manual


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Re: The Comprehensive List of Japanese Symbols new [Re: Steve_M_M]
      #3888253 - 06/26/10 11:43 PM Attachment (177 downloads)

One more Circle K

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Re: The Comprehensive List of Japanese Symbols new [Re: Steve_M_M]
      #3888257 - 06/26/10 11:44 PM Attachment (169 downloads)

Circle M-No clear decision on manufacturer. Is it Mizar? Seems to be mostly on eyepieces and mostly Celestron.

Edit: Confirmation from Japan friends is that Circle M is Mizar.

Edited by Steve_M_M (06/28/10 10:32 AM)


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Re: The Comprehensive List of Japanese Symbols new [Re: Steve_M_M]
      #3888263 - 06/26/10 11:46 PM Attachment (167 downloads)

Oh Shoot, I forgot Clint's favorite. H.O.C. Hino Optical.

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      #3888268 - 06/26/10 11:48 PM Attachment (291 downloads)

Royal Astro...you guys all know these. Seemingly the most coveted and also seem to be on most brands. Looks like TOWA took them out as the brands with Royal transitioned to TOWA.

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      #3888270 - 06/26/10 11:49 PM Attachment (185 downloads)

More Royal-with SPI, Southern Precision Instruments

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Re: The Comprehensive List of Japanese Symbols new [Re: Steve_M_M]
      #3888274 - 06/26/10 11:51 PM Attachment (228 downloads)

Royal with Lafayette-Top of the line Lafayette is the Arcturus, if you see one, buy it. Gigantic awesome scope.

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      #3888275 - 06/26/10 11:51 PM Attachment (267 downloads)

And the Tasco Royal prior to changing to TOWA

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Re: The Comprehensive List of Japanese Symbols [Re: Steve_M_M]
      #3888285 - 06/26/10 11:54 PM Attachment (259 downloads)

Next up is TOWA. I think we have all seen TOWA, circle T. It's everywhere.

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