'Focal' 60mm Japanese made refractor
Posted 29 October 2006 - 10:18 PM
Posted 30 October 2006 - 12:35 AM
OTOH, a very good lens-designer friend of mine always refered to the brandname as 'Fecal'... for this reason only have I avoided them.
Posted 30 October 2006 - 12:45 AM
Posted 30 October 2006 - 12:50 AM
I'd get it. I paid $75 for each of mine, but I would have paid up to $100. Sometimes they go for more.
Posted 30 October 2006 - 01:23 AM
Posted 30 October 2006 - 08:18 AM
I owned a pair Focal binoculars back in the late 1970's.
At some point during the 80's, K-Mart dropped the "Focal" brand began to deal almost exclusively in Tasco products.
A lot of Tasco merchandise was sold by K-Mart during this period, and most of it was later-Tasco stuff who quality was seriously lacking, compared to previous Tasco incarnations. This K-Mart/Tasco period, IMO, did much damage to Tasco's reputation and it was during this period also that Tasco earned (rightfully or not) the label of "junk optics".
Clear dark skies...
Posted 31 October 2006 - 03:49 AM
Funny how things made in Japan are seen as better quality now, but this time 30 or 40 years ago...
Posted 01 November 2006 - 10:56 AM
Posted 01 November 2006 - 01:09 PM
Posted 01 November 2006 - 09:01 PM
I cant relate to most of the equipment on this forum. Some people here have setups that cost more than my truck, and I got it brand new ( 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 ).
I vote for more photos and storys about little 60mm jap refractors. I can see me trying one out for myself. Cant say that about a Takahashi.
One mans boredom is another mans good time. And I am not beating on you specifically Lew - it just been a attitude towards budget gear I think is too much in presence on here.
Posted 01 November 2006 - 10:14 PM
Is that a diamond Z watermark on the focuser? Wouldn't it mean it was made by Tanzutsu?
I'll let you know Gene - I pick it up in a couple of days. Ive never heard of Tanzutsu. Is there a thread that explains the diamond watermarks?
Im getting in to the swing this classic scope thing (not that 'Focal' really qualifies) Interesting all the same. Who knows where it will end up - there are a couple of Unitrons on Aussie ebay....