Making sense out of Kenko Mounts:
- KDS: compact AZ, with standard photo tripod 1/4-20 base socket, and Vixen clamp. OTA hangs off the side. Black, gray, or white paint.
- NEW KDS / KDS II: same as KDS, but the OTA rides on top. Black, gray, khaki, olive, or white paint. Lots of options (some 3rd party), like a longer and/or angled altitude arm.
- KES: 1st 1980s Kenko EQ. Big Barrel axis castings - identical diameters. Single-Axis drive. Dark gray / charcoal paint; some are apparently textured finish.
- NES: 2nd 1980s Kenko EQ. Resembles Mizar & Vixen same-era EQs. Dual-Axis drive capable. Dark gray paint. [Uncommon in the USA. Same mount as B&L / Bushnell Banner Series.] NES replaced by...
- SES: Sky Explorer 1990s to Present (?). China-made CG-4 / EQ-5 generic EQ. Dual-Axis drive, and Go-To capable. Usually white paint. [Very similar to Bresser EQ.]
- SDS: Sky Dream 2000s to Present. Economy Model EQ. Looks like a heavily modded Classic Towa EQ-2. Single-Axis drive (same clutch mechanism as EQ-2). Proprietary Hinged Rings per scope model. Kenko sea-foam green paint.
- SWS: Sky Walker 2000s to Present. Even cheaper version of the SDS. Closely resembles D-K version of the Towa EQ-2. Single-Axis drive. Charcoal "speckle" paint. * There's also an SWA - alt/az Sky Walker - standard yoke mount with altitude rod.
- SMS: Sky Memo 2000s to Present. China-made ultra-compact EQ, with standard photo tripod 1/4-20 base socket, and Vixen clamp. OTA "caps" the polar axis. Built-in polar alignment scope, and variable speed control. Some have a small LCD display. Mostly red, with some blue color schemes.
Edited by Bomber Bob, 13 December 2021 - 08:39 PM.