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Which Classic Japanese 60mm Telescopes are Worth It?

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#226 tedbnh

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Posted 20 February 2024 - 05:11 PM

Cable scope pics.  Very similar to the JC Penney one in the above link, but without slow-motion Az control.  Also no thumbwheel on the altitude lock rod.

 

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Posted 20 February 2024 - 08:02 PM

Cable scope pics.  Very similar to the JC Penney one in the above link, but without slow-motion Az control.  Also no thumbwheel on the altitude lock rod.

It looks like the objective just presses into main tube. Is there another lens (possibly a image erector), at the other end of that assembly?

The closest scopes that look like the rest of it are the ones made by Diiachi Kogaku (DK). It's not exactly the same as the ones we've all seen but it looks like they use the same knobs. You might check the bottom of the focuser for a mark that looks like KD or pehaps there's another makers mark.

 

He're the closest example I found of a DK

 

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Posted 20 February 2024 - 09:34 PM

Don't have it but I think design (novelty) wise these two would be worth it:

 

Takahashi Teegul 60

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Skyline 60

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That mount with the Teegul refractor looks like a later Vixen which looks like the Chinese Sparta.



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Posted 24 February 2024 - 10:23 PM

Impressed with the Pentax J60 objective and the mount is very smooth on both axis !!

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Posted 28 February 2024 - 12:18 PM

Impressed with the Pentax J60 objective and the mount is very smooth on both axis !!

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Beautiful little scope Frank. I always loved those green J60s. Back when I was collecting I wanted one in the worst way. It just didn’t happen. They don’t come available very often. I think their owners like to hang onto them. That’s a good sign.


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#231 Kasmos

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Posted 28 February 2024 - 02:00 PM

Beautiful little scope Frank. I always loved those green J60s. Back when I was collecting I wanted one in the worst way. It just didn’t happen. They don’t come available very often. I think their owners like to hang onto them. That’s a good sign.

Yes, it seems like only one or two pop up each year.

I believe it was (Kenko Fan) Bomber Bob who mentioned they were actually made by Kenko.

 

There are some small differences on some of the Kenkos I've seen,

but there are enough similarities to see a connection.

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Note the focusers body and knobs

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This KDS-609 has the same finder as the Pentax but with different knobs

The Circle K on the sticker is more obvious on the original photo.

 

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The mount is embossed Kenko

 

All told, Kenkos are even rarer state side


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