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#1 Chuck Faranda

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 10:24 PM

I picked up a GOTO Comet recently. All I know about this model is that it was first released in the 1930s. If there are any Japanese speaking people on the list I'd appreciate a translation of the labels and paperwork. Thanks in advance!! :bow: :bow:

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 10:28 PM

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 11:00 PM

Hey Chuck,

That's awesome! The Comet is quite rare. I have a few catalogs with it I can send you.

Do you have pictures of the scope? Just want to make sure it is the Comet and not the Diana. The Diana predates the Comet. The Comet did come out in the 1930's. Goto has an undated leaflet with a price of 55Y. Then, there is a pricelist from 1938 advertising the Comet for 70Y. I have this and will send to you. I also have a 1945 pricelist showing the Comet for 140Y. Goto believes the Comet was made from middle 1930's until the late 1950's.

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 11:20 PM

Hi Steve,

No labels on the scope at all, and no mount.

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 08:06 PM

Chuck,

In answer to your email, my 30-40mm looks like this. I am not sure all those adapter tubes really go with the eyepiece. If they do, I have no clue how it all fits together.

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 10:12 PM

Chuck that is very cool. I do like Goto! I saw this one after the last bids were made ... "Goto's Astronomical", never crossed my radar! Very nice addition to your Goto collection! I wonder where the mount and tripod are?

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 10:21 PM

Yeah, I asked about the mount and said he got the scope at a flea market, so it's all he had. I will cobble one together in time. :smirk:

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 07:50 AM

On my finished walnut tripod and 'faux' alt/az mount.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 09:47 AM

Come on Steve, tell us about that book the EP rests on. :question: :jump:

As for all the tubes, it shows in the schematic pasted to the box, but the instructions are all in Japanese. I think it's some kind of erect view contraption for terrestial use.... I'll take a pic later of it disassembeled to see what you think.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 10:05 PM

In 2006 I acquired a very rare Goto Kogaku 60mm with a Zeiss style dual counterweight system. The owner also gave me some old Vellum drawing of Goto planetariums. I really had no idea what they were. I would guess in about 2008 Keith Gordon offered to trade me some gold coins for the telescope. I accepted and also sent him the vellum drawings. He then contacted Goto Optical about the drawings which turned out to be drawings for the M1 planetariums to be shown at the Worlds Fair in NY. For all I know, they were the originals. Keith sent them off to Goto in Japan and in return, they shipped us the book you see above.

In 1996, Goto had a very big 70th anniversary party. These books were produced for the VIP attendees. The book covers every single aspect of Goto that you could imagine including the life of Seizo Goto from age 1 to death, and the history of Goto Kogaku. The book covers everything Goto has produced along with numbers, specs, etc. There are historical pictures of the Seizo, the Goto factories, everything. There is lengthy information on all the Goto distributors. Basically, if you want to know anything about Goto, it is in here. The book is in itself a work of art. Old world craftsmanship even in the book itself. It is split with each page being in Japanese and English.

I think they told Keith the cost of the book, it as mucho $$$. Goto sent these to Keith and I free of charge. Pretty cool! I think Dan S. now owns one too, not sure how he got it.


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Posted 21 December 2010 - 10:06 PM

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 06:58 AM

Steve,

I'd loved to leaf through the book one day. Thanks for sharing this info.

Here's an exploded view of that weird 30-40mm EP contraption.

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 04:21 PM

I added another EP today. It's an 1-1/4" 10-20mm. The box is dated 9/21/59 and inscribed with 'Tested on a star by B.D.' The barrel has 'Japan' stamped on the side (hard to see in pic)

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