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#1 Bowlerhat

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Posted 10 June 2021 - 12:07 AM

I was digging through old threads when this one caught my attention.

 

https://www.cloudyni...cope-a-mystery/

 

To think about that, it's true. As a big optic manufacturer it'll make sense if they ever expanded by making telescopes. The first link was dead, but it seems that this was the image they're referring to

(from http://vanveluwen.nl...m/concepts.htm)

 

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gallery_40204_3325_106582.jpg

 

Turns out it has been discussed years before from across the pond:

http://yumarin7.saku...yy.cgi?page=408

 

It was a Goto. User greju was right. There was a note that "third party telescope is used" but seems the notes was missing inbetween.

 

But not all mystery solved. Both posts #18 and #20 claimed that there was a 4" bluish refractor in NYC. Coincidentally, there was this thread as well, asking about an ad of olympus refractor a year before.

https://www.cloudyni...06mm-refractor/

 

But like wind, it disappeared too. And it was 4".

 

I couldn't find more info other than these strings of posts, and I think it's really interesting.

I wonder if the rumor is true, that olympus manufactured refractors?


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Posted 10 June 2021 - 02:47 PM

Many of the photo companies in Japan made or licensed telescopes under their own name, Nikon and Pentax being the most prominent (both of them made their own). I think they were the only two of the Big 4 to do that as Canon and Minolta did not.



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Posted 10 June 2021 - 05:39 PM

Many of the photo companies in Japan made or licensed telescopes under their own name, Nikon and Pentax being the most prominent (both of them made their own). I think they were the only two of the Big 4 to do that as Canon and Minolta did not.

I've seen a minolta on a refractor before..but I don't know if it's astronomical or not. It's huge. But I'm not sure if they do. Nikon have scopes made by Hino, which makes metalwork for asahi and pentax too. I wonder if this one me mentioned is their own or OEM.




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