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1965 Goto Refractor in Okinawa, Japan

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#1 karstenkoch

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 02:40 AM

I came across this 6" Goto refractor in a building in Naha, Okinawa, Japan. The building used to be an urban observatory but has since been converted into only a planetarium. It appears that the scope and mount were built in 1965. Just thought I would take a few pics and post them in case there are any Goto refractor fans out there. I'm not very knowledgeable of classic scopes, but my interest in the topic is slowly growing.

 

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#2 Herr Ointment

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 04:57 AM

The r.a. axis handwheel is something I've never seen before. 

 

U-joints!

 

The focuser flange plate seems a bit odd....

 

Cool beans!


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#3 terraclarke

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 05:44 AM

Absolutly beautiful, magnificent telescope. I have long sung the praises of Goto Optical's fine instruments, being the proud owner of a 3" F17 Goto refractor of similar vintage. We don't see them very often over on this side of the pond. Thanks for sharing.



#4 karstenkoch

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 05:56 AM

The r.a. axis handwheel is something I've never seen before. 

 

U-joints!

 

The focuser flange plate seems a bit odd....

 

Cool beans!

 

Here are close-ups of the focuser and hand wheel:

 

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#5 karstenkoch

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 06:06 AM

Absolutly beautiful, magnificent telescope. I have long sung the praises of Goto Optical's fine instruments, being the proud owner of a 3" F17 Goto refractor of similar vintage. We don't see them very often over on this side of the pond. Thanks for sharing.

 

It is a beauty. I wish it were available for use by the public, but sadly it appears to have been relegated to only being looked at.



#6 Rich (RLTYS)

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 06:43 AM

Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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#7 Geo31

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 07:22 AM

Wow, it's scopes like this that make me want a classic (or classic style) refractor.  Just a beautiful piece of work like you rarely see today.



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Posted 30 August 2014 - 08:08 AM

Very nice. Thank you for taking the time to post these photos.



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Posted 30 August 2014 - 11:06 AM

beautiful scope.  Talk about the holy grail of collecting.  How many like that has anyone seen?



#10 PhilCo126

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 11:31 AM

Absolutly beautiful, magnificent and stunning refractor setup... Thanks for sharing Your photos of this truly classic telescope.



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Posted 30 August 2014 - 12:12 PM

beautiful scope.  Talk about the holy grail of collecting.  How many like that has anyone seen?

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 12:19 PM

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 12:22 PM

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 12:24 PM

Here's a 8"

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 04:21 PM

 

The r.a. axis handwheel is something I've never seen before.

These were pretty common on early 20th century European GEMs, such as the ones from Zeiss that these Goto refractors are modeled after.

 

 

Clear skies!
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#16 mgwhittle

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 05:26 PM

How is Goto pronounced?



#17 terraclarke

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 06:22 PM

The 'to' rhymes with 'Go'. (Ie., both Os are long.)



#18 mgwhittle

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 06:41 PM

Thanks Terra!



#19 Stephen Kennedy

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 07:52 PM

Goto was one of many Japanese makers of real premium telescopes such as Mikage, JSO and Mitaka which are no longer in business.  I count myself lucky to own a 210 mm F/7 Mikage Newtonian with the weight of the exquisitely crafted OTA alone being 22kg.  It sits on a 140 kg Pentax MS-5 GEM.  While still in business, Pentax, along with Nikon, no longer makes telescopes.   The problem was these magnificant telescopes were actually over-built and expensive.  When the Chinese started making telescopes the days of these great Japanese telescope makers were numbered,



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Posted 31 August 2014 - 04:08 PM

If you all want to see some amazing pictures of a 6" Goto and some other amazing telescopes, check out the full moon star party thread that's pinned at the top.



#21 karstenkoch

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Posted 31 August 2014 - 04:57 PM

Wow! Thanks for letting us know. That's an impressive collection of pure refractorness.




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