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60x800 Classic Refractors - Who Made 'Em?

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#126 DouglasPaul

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Posted 28 March 2022 - 07:03 AM

I wonder who made this one? Looks like Towa, but no makers mark.

 

https://stockton.cra...7452084594.html


Edited by DouglasPaul, 28 March 2022 - 07:20 AM.


#127 Kasmos

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Posted 28 March 2022 - 03:15 PM

I wonder who made this one? Looks like Towa, but no makers mark.

 

https://stockton.cra...7452084594.html

I almost posted that one in the ads finds. It's a DK and is very similar to many of the Celestrons sold as Cometrons. Depending on the year and model the Cometrons can vary quite a bit in their components and focal lengths.

 

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While this one is likely a 900mm it has the same focuser, objective cell, finder, and alt-az mount.

 

Similar DKs were also sold by several well known and not so well known brands.


Edited by Kasmos, 28 March 2022 - 11:39 PM.

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Posted 13 May 2022 - 04:10 PM

           Most of these small refractors have great optics. I wish I had kept the "SWIFT"  I purchased 20 some years ago at a local pawn shop, it came with one of those wooden cases and if I recall two eyepieces, low and high power, also the standard moon and sun filters.(do not use the Sun ones) , but I sold it for $40.00 to the son of a club member, and he got much pleasure and use with it before they moved away several years ago. Nate Goodman (Nato). Salt Lake, Utah.



#129 Kasmos

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Posted 11 June 2022 - 03:01 PM

The SYW CA-60 alt-az telescope is a very uncommon 60/800mm telescope. 

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I've only seen a handful of them online with only about 3 ever coming up for sale.

 

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Most of them are strangely branded as Carton

 

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With it's beautiful fully geared and enclosed mount plus a 30mm finder

it's nice a step up from the SYW made 60/700mm Mayflower 814s and Manons

 

I wonder why more brands didn't import them?

My guess, it was almost as costly as a 60/900mm EQ model and the Towa AT2 was just economically a cheaper model to offer.

 

For more details see link below, but ignore post #3, since it's a completely unrelated scope

 

https://www.cloudyni...a-60-refractor/

 

BTW, Carton later called some of their 60/910mm EQ mounted scopes a CA-60


Edited by Kasmos, 11 June 2022 - 03:03 PM.

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Posted 11 June 2022 - 03:11 PM

Lovely outfit!



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Posted 12 June 2022 - 08:55 AM

I have a Galaxy branded model.

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#132 semlin

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Posted 12 June 2022 - 01:57 PM

I have a Galaxy branded model.

very nice scope and interesting to have both syw/tjk diamond export marks.  tjk is well known in binoculars as oriental trading company/toyo jitsugyo, which was the largest japanese export agent for binoculars, and eventually the main supplier to bushnell superseding kowa and fuji.  they did make their own binoculars but a lot of binoculars marked tjk in a diamond also have jb/je numbers indicating someone else made and assembled them.

 

and in binocular terms, any logo in a diamond is considered the exporter mark, not necessarily the maker or assembler.

 

not sure where that leaves us as regards syw.  i wonder if we will ever figure these things out.


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#133 Kasmos

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Posted 12 June 2022 - 02:18 PM

Here's couple of more SYW 60/800s with links to their postings below them

 

One is branded as Yosco

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https://www.cloudyni...1600/?p=5446017

 

And another as Perfex

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https://www.cloudyni...1600/?p=6435845

 

No TJK mark on either of them but the Perfex has a serial number.


Edited by Kasmos, 12 June 2022 - 02:20 PM.

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