Circle K on focuser-
Posted 05 September 2006 - 04:52 PM
I noticed a telescope on Ebay, http://tinyurl.com/rcxd7
and it has a circle K on the focuser, it's made in Japan. I'm not going to bid on it but just wondering does that mean it could be from Kokusai Kohki?? Just thought I'd ask the experts here, it kind of resembles a Pentax(?). It does have a ep tube with 15x-60x stops on it. Any info is appreciated, I have nothing to do with this telescope-owner, listing or otherwise, I did write to ask what was the letter on the focuser though.
Posted 05 September 2006 - 05:43 PM
Not a "he", I edited the first post, sorry for the trouble...
Here is the link again:
My bad! Sorry. And I didn't even notice you were from SE Louisiana too! Boy, my head was in the clouds.
Greetings from Houma.
Clear dark skies...
Posted 05 September 2006 - 05:53 PM
Posted 05 September 2006 - 10:06 PM
I've been told that the Company now known as Vixen used the Circle K logo until the late 1960's. I'm not 100 percent sure, but I believe the circle K on this scope probably indicates that it was made by Vixen before it was called Vixen.
I had a very nice 60mm scope in the mid 1960's with the circle K engraved on the focuser. From what I've been able to find out, it probably was a Vixen. Anyway, the shape of focuser and knobs on the one you're looking at appear identical to the one I had, although mine used interchangeable eyepieces rather than a fixed zoom eyepiece.
There a some very knowledgeable people on this forum who may be able to give you more and probably better information, but that's my guess.
Posted 05 September 2006 - 10:34 PM
I thought I might have read the same thing about Vixen somewhere, could have been here-someone describing a telescope in their collection and talking about the circle K logo, and also dropping in Vixen's name, now that you mention that. Barry Simon and others might know for sure. Another thin, the owner said her brother said the wooden legs look like teak or mahogany, but I'd think mahogany is kind of soft for that.
I appreciate the information, thank you.
Posted 06 September 2006 - 01:58 PM
Posted 06 September 2006 - 08:39 PM
Posted 06 September 2006 - 10:30 PM
I've seen quite of few Japanese made scopes from the 1960's and 70's that used Phillipine Mahogony (Luan) for the tripod legs. That's likely the wood that makes up the legs on the scope yoy've been looking at. Up until recently it was a very common and economical wood. It seems to be getting harder to find. I've used it myself to make tripod legs as it has some good physical qualities and can look really nice when varnished.