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#26 Datapanic

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 11:24 PM

This thread ought to be a Sticky too!
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Posted 26 June 2010 - 11:24 PM

So, what am I missing? Showa is one, but that is a rare bird and I believe the actual optics were made by Hidaki. Goto says Goto and Nikon usually says Nikon or Nippon Kogaku.

Ahh yes, here's one...Star with Crescent moon-Nishimura

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Posted 27 June 2010 - 12:01 AM

This may be off topic because I don't think this Japanese optical company made telescopes, only eyepieces. But it's such a cool logo!

It's the Saturn symbol with a G and C - the Gailand Company - which made the famous Galoc eyepieces.

Here's my 7mm Ortho and original box. I also have the original Telescopics Co. invoice from 1969.

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Posted 27 June 2010 - 02:16 AM

Steve,

Wow. Have you had an intimate connection with many (all?) of these labels over the years or ? What a great collection of fine opticals! Thanks for compiling and sharing.

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Posted 27 June 2010 - 02:16 AM

Re: Diamond-Z = Tanzutsu. Is Tanzutsu actually a company or did this just come from the Tanzutsu ("pistol") telescope sold by Jason in the 80's? Is there any other sourcing for this?

I found this thread from a few years ago. Anyone heard of U.R. Corporation?

Diamond Z is mark of U.R.corporation.
http://www.ur-jp.com/index.html

U.R.corporation say below.

"We are gets high trust from customers through production of optics articles or the export of telescope or binoculars.
Above all, We supplied American three major brands as OEM in a field of a telescope, and the share boasts of the results to occupy the majority in America.
And we sold a lot of unique telescopes since the establishment of a business of 1965 domestically in a market."



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Posted 27 June 2010 - 05:58 AM

Awesome thread Steve! I agree - should be a sticky.

Here is an example of the Takahashi logo on the 8x50 finderscope on my Cave.

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Posted 27 June 2010 - 06:00 AM

Here's one I'm curious about. This is stamped on the handles of the case for my Sears 6344. Star with a crescent:

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Posted 27 June 2010 - 07:05 AM

Years ago the department store K-Mart sold Focal telescopes.

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Posted 27 June 2010 - 09:26 AM

Thats Takahashi???? I wondered when I would figure that out :foreheadslap: Here is my 1965 Cave finder Also its on the 1965 Astrola 6mm Triplane eyepiece.

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Posted 27 June 2010 - 09:35 AM

Thanks Jon for the Info.... Steve you are a Clasaholic for sure. HOC seems to be the rare one. I sure like the optics in the hand signed 80mm I found... Steve thanks for putting the time in to posting this. Maybe it will become the big data base for these trademarks. I was getting sick of looking on Europa!!!
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1961 Mayflower HOC, Has a Brass lens cell and hand signed under the finder. Condition as new....

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Posted 27 June 2010 - 04:00 PM

Here is one Keith just posted.

Hiroki (Galakuma) in Japan believes this is also Takahashi. Further research is being done.

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Posted 27 June 2010 - 04:24 PM

Here is one Keith just posted. Hopefully we can get some answers on Circle M, -, and this one....


Looks like the symbol for Infinity to me :)

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Posted 27 June 2010 - 09:37 PM

Oops! Wrong thread!

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Posted 27 June 2010 - 10:00 PM

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.



....and on my 10x70 Celestron Finder




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Posted 27 June 2010 - 10:34 PM

It's important to note that telescope company's did switch manufacturers from time to time and they may use different manufacturers for different models. Earlier in this thread, Steve posted a picture of his 76mm Mayflower made by SYW. Here is a picture of a 60mm Mayflower I had that was made by APL:

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Posted 27 June 2010 - 10:41 PM

Astro Optical did not always use its manufacturer's mark. Here is a picture of the focuser from a 50mm Astro Optical Co. Ltd scope from the mid 1950s. This scope was also made for Bushnell and Micronta.

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Posted 27 June 2010 - 10:48 PM

JamesE,

Did you notice that "Celestron" is misspelled on your 10X70 finder? That's a real conversation piece! I wonder how many of this particular finder were produced with this misspelling?

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Posted 27 June 2010 - 10:58 PM

Preston,

That's the one noted above as Type 2. It is great to see the old Astro label on a telescope. Have you ever seen another telescope like yours with the full ASTRO?

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Posted 27 June 2010 - 11:31 PM

Scope with Astro Optical trademark stamp.

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Posted 27 June 2010 - 11:32 PM

Koyu Co. Vixen

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Posted 27 June 2010 - 11:40 PM

Preston,

That's the one noted above as Type 2. It is great to see the old Astro label on a telescope. Have you ever seen another telescope like yours with the full ASTRO?


Hi Steve!

Nope, This is the only one I have seen with the full ASTRO.

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 12:18 PM

Great thread Steve! Maybe we could include your previous post relating to this. Here it is, dated 12-25-09;

Here are some I threw together...

Badge SOC=Showa Optical Company (Not the same as S.O.C)
Circle T-Towa
Circle Dash (-)-?????
Circle K-Kenko or Koyu (Pre-Vixen)
Diamond Z-Tanzutsu
Diamond SYW-Yamamoto
Circle Upside down Y-Eikow
Circle + (plus)-Shimadzu Seisakusho
Circle W-? Wannabe?
Diamond BOL-??? Bushnell Optical Labs
HOC-Hino Optical Company
Circle V-Vixen
Crown Goto-Goto Optical (why can’t they all be this easy!)
Circle A-Astro Optical
Circle G, backwards G, in a cross-Astro Optical-Older
COC-Carton Optical Company
APL-Apollo Business & Industry-Bought by Koyu, then Vixen.
AvA=Takahashi on Swift
Star on Crescent-Nishimura
KOL-King Optical

The attached file has pictures of these.

Any more????

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1956 Goto Optical 6" f15 Observatory Refractor
From the Titan Observatory as featured in S&T 1957-1959
1989 Astro Physics 6" f9 Nasa Glass Starfire Refractor
Kenko 100C TravelScope
Celestron C14 on Losmandy G11
Homemade 13.1" Dob
Scopes most missed-Tak FS128/FS152, Quantum 6, Mewlon 250, Bushnell "Blue Guy" 60mm-FOUND!.

Friends with a guy who owns a 9" AP Refractor-WOW

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 12:43 PM

This symbol has been discussed over the years, circle Y? found on a lot of classic ep's and accessories.

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 01:06 PM

Variation of the Circle Y? Looks like a Mercedes symbol. I am sure this one has been discussed before.

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 01:08 PM

Logo belongs to this eyepiece. Still cannot figure out how to post multiple pictures in one post.

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