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What do we know about Dan Beam branded scopes?

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#1 deSitter

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Posted 20 June 2018 - 01:53 PM

User juha posted a very nice example of a 60/910mm refractor with some parts that go far back in Japanese import history, but which by its JTII tag and condition must be from the mid-late 70s. Please post any examples you may have!

 

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Posted 20 June 2018 - 01:55 PM

I keep thinking Eddie Bauer and wonder if these scopes were marketed that way...

 

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Posted 20 June 2018 - 02:01 PM

More info.

 

 "As woodsman says, it seems "circle k" telescopes where made by Kenko. Their telescopes were offered under various brands, including OKKK, Yamatar, Tasco, Royal Astro and even Towa. This specific model has highly regarded optics, some even compare them to Unitrons. I can not say so, never used a Unitron, but I can attest the optics are outstanding.

Apparently, the company that selled OKKK telescopes was Kyanon Kamara Kompany. Since that company changed it's name to Canon Camera Company in 1969, this telescope is at least 40 years old."


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Posted 20 June 2018 - 02:49 PM

Does this have anything to do with Jim Beamsmirk.gif are they related?


Edited by starman876, 20 June 2018 - 02:49 PM.

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Posted 20 June 2018 - 03:45 PM

Sad, thought it might be a small 50's or 60's manufacturer I never heard of. Just another rebranded 70's Japanese 60mm :-(


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Posted 20 June 2018 - 03:47 PM

I'm not certain that circle-K is Kenko.  Might be Dai-ichi.


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Posted 20 June 2018 - 04:14 PM

I'm not certain that circle-K is Kenko.  Might be Dai-ichi.

Circle K is Kenko on camera equipment such as lenses and filters. Dai-ichi is KD


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Posted 20 June 2018 - 04:26 PM

Thanks Terra, I had forgot about that.

 

My Kenko from 1959 has an objective which is identical in cell design, finish, element dimensions, coatings, and performance to my Monolux from 1963. I assume the optics are from the same place. I can actually unscrew one cell and put it on the other with no change. Even the hard plastic dew shield covers are interchangeable.

 

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