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#1 Steve_M_M

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 10:01 PM

This is interesting.  A friend of mine in Japan just sent me this picture of his that is an Astro Optical MEGA mount.  We hardly ever get anything new and unseen in this forum anymore, but this one is new to me.  Ever seen one before?

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 10:16 PM

Talk about rare!  Did he say what scope it was built for?  I would think that's a 1980s / 1990s mount.  Wow!!



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Posted 27 February 2017 - 11:05 PM

Agreed.  I don't think it is too old, but maybe late 70's.  It's got that Vixen Saturn or Mizar on steroids look to it.



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Posted 28 February 2017 - 12:20 AM

Looks like a mini-Tak NJP :)



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Posted 28 February 2017 - 05:05 AM

DIN plug on the clock drive - built-in polar scope - probably mid-late 80s. I'll bet a Newtonian rode on it.

 

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 05:27 AM

I found it in the Astro Optical catalog from 1986 - see Astro1986.pdf here (tons of good stuff on this page!) It held up a 6" f/9 refractor on a pier and a 7" f/5 (!) reflector on the hybrid tripod. You could also buy it separately. There are wonderful exploded diagrams in the meticulous Japanese manner in the catalogs.

 

http://yumarin7.sakura.ne.jp/retrokan/

 

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http://yumarin7.saku...n/Astro1986.pdf

 

Astro Optical's catalog is the best ever!

 

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 06:04 AM

I would die to have it.



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Posted 04 March 2017 - 06:29 AM

Looks vaguely similar to the Carton equatorial circa 1980 which had identical worm drive castings and also had DIN connectors for the motors, though Carton used smaller motors that turned out to be woefully inadequate (I replaced mine with motors from floppy disk drives). Also the plate for mounting the scope looks identical to the Carton one.


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Posted 04 March 2017 - 08:33 AM

Looks like Tak knock-off.



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Posted 04 March 2017 - 08:40 AM

I found it in the Astro Optical catalog from 1986 - see Astro1986.pdf here (tons of good stuff on this page!) It held up a 6" f/9 refractor on a pier and a 7" f/5 (!) reflector on the hybrid tripod. You could also buy it separately. There are wonderful exploded diagrams in the meticulous Japanese manner in the catalogs.

 

http://yumarin7.sakura.ne.jp/retrokan/

 

Direct link

 

http://yumarin7.saku...n/Astro1986.pdf

 

Astro Optical's catalog is the best ever!

 

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That 6" f/9 looks under mounted on the Mega. 



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Posted 04 March 2017 - 09:25 AM

I would die to have it.

Then why not buy it? http://cat.arsnv.co.jp/

 

Direct link: http://cat.arsnv.co....oducts_id=14154

 

Just 158000 yen ($1382)

 

 

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Posted 04 March 2017 - 09:42 AM

 

I would die to have it.

Then why not buy it? http://cat.arsnv.co.jp/

 

Direct link: http://cat.arsnv.co....oducts_id=14154

 

Just 158000 yen ($1382)

 

 

Clear skies!

Thomas, Denmark

 

Never seen one pop up for sale.



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Posted 04 March 2017 - 09:55 AM

 

 

I would die to have it.

Then why not buy it? http://cat.arsnv.co.jp/

 

Direct link: http://cat.arsnv.co....oducts_id=14154

 

Just 158000 yen ($1382)

 

 

Clear skies!

Thomas, Denmark

 

Never seen one pop up for sale.

 

No, me neither. That's why I gave you a link to one that is for sale... In fact, it's the same one as in the OP. 

 

Seller doesn't ship overseas, but there are ways around that, if one is desperate enough. 

 

 

Clear skies!

Thomas, Denmark



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Posted 04 March 2017 - 10:04 AM

 

 

 

I would die to have it.

Then why not buy it? http://cat.arsnv.co.jp/

 

Direct link: http://cat.arsnv.co....oducts_id=14154

 

Just 158000 yen ($1382)

 

 

Clear skies!

Thomas, Denmark

 

Never seen one pop up for sale.

 

No, me neither. That's why I gave you a link to one that is for sale... In fact, it's the same one as in the OP. 

 

Seller doesn't ship overseas, but there are ways around that, if one is desperate enough. 

 

 

Clear skies!

Thomas, Denmark

 

I don't need it that bad.  Just never saw one before.



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Posted 04 March 2017 - 10:13 AM

I've never seen one before, either (I actually saw it yesterday, by pure coincidence, as I rediscovered the sellers' homepage in one of my bookmark folders). I've seen a LOT of different things and have spent some time investigating the Japanese amateur telescope history. This is the first time I've ever seen pictures of one "in the wild" outside the Astro catalogue.

 

 

Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark



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Posted 04 March 2017 - 10:38 AM

I would die to have it.

Why die? Just get a new Takahashi GEM, or maybe even better yet, one of the old ones.

 

https://www.optcorp....de-tsm6001.html

 

or:

 

http://www.ebay.com/...doAAOSw-0xYV1tW



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Posted 04 March 2017 - 10:59 AM

 

I would die to have it.

Why die? Just get a new Takahashi GEM, or maybe even better yet, one of the old ones.

 

https://www.optcorp....de-tsm6001.html

 

or:

 

http://www.ebay.com/...doAAOSw-0xYV1tW

 

I just like rare stuff i guess. I would also love a 1980's Tak NJP 160.  But as of today all my stuff will be gone.  So maybe i will start up again after a break.


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Posted 04 March 2017 - 11:20 AM

 

 

 

I would die to have it.

Then why not buy it? http://cat.arsnv.co.jp/

 

Direct link: http://cat.arsnv.co....oducts_id=14154

 

Just 158000 yen ($1382)

 

 

Clear skies!

Thomas, Denmark

 

Never seen one pop up for sale.

 

No, me neither. That's why I gave you a link to one that is for sale... In fact, it's the same one as in the OP. 

 

Seller doesn't ship overseas, but there are ways around that, if one is desperate enough. 

 

 

Clear skies!

Thomas, Denmark

 

He will ship overseas and its incredibly fast too.



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Posted 04 March 2017 - 11:49 AM

Really? That's nice! There was a notice on his site, where it said they didn't ship overseas at the moment.

 

 

Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark



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Posted 04 March 2017 - 12:29 PM

I've never seen one before, either (I actually saw it yesterday, by pure coincidence, as I rediscovered the sellers' homepage in one of my bookmark folders). I've seen a LOT of different things and have spent some time investigating the Japanese amateur telescope history. This is the first time I've ever seen pictures of one "in the wild" outside the Astro catalogue.

 

 

Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark

Going through those catalogs (and there are many) one sees an enormous variety of gear, very little of which ever shows up today (at least in the US).

 

-drl



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Posted 04 March 2017 - 02:12 PM

 

I've never seen one before, either (I actually saw it yesterday, by pure coincidence, as I rediscovered the sellers' homepage in one of my bookmark folders). I've seen a LOT of different things and have spent some time investigating the Japanese amateur telescope history. This is the first time I've ever seen pictures of one "in the wild" outside the Astro catalogue.

 

 

Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark

Going through those catalogs (and there are many) one sees an enormous variety of gear, very little of which ever shows up today (at least in the US).

 

-drl

 

One thing that is also immediately apparent, is how far ahead and how modern the Japanese scopes are, compared to the rest of the world at that time. It is obvious that it is these scopes and mounts (apart from the dobsonian and to a degree the SCT) that has shaped the amateur equipment today. Modular mounts with polar scopes, digital setting circles and GOTO, aluminum tripods, short focus apochromats. It's all there in 1985 - 1990, some of it even much earlier. 

 

 

Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark




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