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#1 MASILMW

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 02:49 PM

After seeing Chuck's post about his Goto Comet it got me off my duff to post about my Goto Apollon. I contacted Hiroki (Galakuma) and he told me that the Apollon was made from the late 20's for a period of about 10 years. He said it was very rare and that he only knows of one in Japan. I asked him if there was any way to determine what year it might have been made but, he has not yet responded. The only writing on it other than on the eyepieces is the #27 underneath the brace that's mounted to the tube for the altitude adjuster. But, I haven't taking it apart to any degree yet.

The Apollon has a 47mm aperture and a focal length of 800mm. The mount is very heavy for a scope this size, at least by today's standards.

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 02:49 PM

Scope & Mount

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 02:50 PM

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#4 Chuck Faranda

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 04:01 PM

Wow, this is a beauty!! I love the altitude adjuster. Please post more pics that show close ups of the various parts.

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 04:13 PM

Very nice scope Sheldon!

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 04:33 PM

wow! Very cool

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 08:01 PM

Hi Sheldon,


Amazing scope! 2 old Goto's posted in the same week :)

Here is a picture of Seizo Goto at the Solar Eclipse of 1936 using what looks like it might be an Apollon.

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 08:03 PM

I have several good contacts at Goto. But, unless they have uncovered some old hidden records just this year, they have actual records on almost nothing prior to 1954. This might be hard to read, but it is what is known about your telescope.

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 08:03 PM

And...

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#10 MASILMW

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 08:20 PM

Thanks, guys.

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 08:23 PM

Hi Steve,

I think the scope in the photo is this one. I took it out of the 1930 brochure which is to the right of the Apollon.

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 08:30 PM

Hi Steve,

I can pick out some words but, I can't read it all. When I enlarge the jpg it loses clarity. But, I appreciate you trying.

SF

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Posted 16 December 2010 - 03:20 PM

Here's my comet on the faux mount, still making the legs... Not as rare as the Apollon, but still a neat little scope (40mm X 750mm)

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Posted 16 December 2010 - 04:28 PM

Yes, it is. Have you had a chance to use it on the sky yet?

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 12:11 AM

Sheldon, Chuck,
Both very elegant telescopes!

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 07:15 AM

Hi Sheldon,
Maybe tonight, it was cloudy last night.

Here's a pic on the quickly cobbled together mount and tripod I made yesterday. I may try to replicate that Apolon mount when a get some real time to devote to it, it's very cool!

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 09:45 AM

Thanks, Clint


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Posted 17 December 2010 - 09:56 AM

When I get a chance I'll get some close-up images of the mount for you. One nice thing about these older Japanese mounts is, they did not skimp on the materials. They are solid.

SF

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 04:56 PM

Very nice scope Sheldon and only one that I could ever hope to own.

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 05:25 PM

Thanks, Eric

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