First of all, wishing all the loyal followers of the "Unitron History Project" thread...and all our great friends on the Classic Telescopes Forum...a very happy holidays!
Just want to let you know while things have been relatively quiet of late, the dedicated staff continues to work day and night to seek out truth and knowledge. I have been in contact with Alex Boot, proud owner of the Polarex/Unitron Model 900: http://www.unitronhi...tron-model-900/. He has relocated the 9 inch refractor from the Netherlands to his home in the UK and plans to have it operational over the holidays. Hopefully we will have a "first light" report in early 2019.
I also had a surprise contact in September from a source whose hometown is Nozawa, Japan but who is currently living in Germany. According to him: "I think Nihon Seiko still exists in Nozawa, Setagaya-ward of Tokyo, in the same area of town that Goto's factory used to be. Their family-owned company used to have a wooden factory in a residential neighborhood where they constructed their telescopes (apparently local children used to go there to get surplus optics like prisms to play with, unfortunately I didn’t hear about this treat until I became an adult and it was too late), but it was torn down and replaced with an apartment. As far as I heard several years ago, the founding president, Mr. Eido Kobayashi’s son (or grandson, this was unclear) was still working at that home Nozawa address designing eyepieces. They don’t have a website but their company is still incorporated. I’m talking from memory, but the rumor was that they were designing Unitron-derived eyepieces for Kasai Trading. I have heard that this address used to have a small factory + showroom, so customers could go there directly and buy the telescopes from them in the 1980’s."
While some of this information appears credible, and we know Kasai Trading was marketing Unitron branded products into the early 1990's, I wouldn't plan on putting in orders for Unitron eyepieces just yet! The source has told me that he plans to follow-up on this his next visit to Japan...and I have been in contact with Barry Kawa, who now lives in Japan, and he is willing to follow-up on this lead as well.