First Light Takahashi FC-76 DC
Posted 17 October 2012 - 01:10 PM
Posted 17 October 2012 - 01:12 PM
It is 22”” long as pictured and weighs 3 LBS 6 OZ
Posted 17 October 2012 - 01:13 PM
It is 17” long and just under 3 lbs with the dew shield removed. This scope is not like the Vixen 80 as far as the dew shield removal is concerned. On that scope, you can turn the dew shield around and screw it back on so you can transport it as a very short scope, on this scope because of the silver ring as shown it is not possible to turn the dew cap around and thread it back on.
Posted 17 October 2012 - 01:16 PM
In one of the ads it is said that this is the same focuser as the FC-60. The inside diameter of the focuser is about 1 7/8” so 2” is not possible without some kind of diagonal that would thread directly onto the focuser threads (I know of no such item). So there are a couple of parts that get you to an 1 ¼” adapter.
A different feature about this telescope is that the focuser only has an 1 1/8” of travel. In comparison my Televue Ranger has almost 2 ½” of travel with its drawtube and helical focuser. So the Takahashi relies on the additional adapters to reach focus, but in one of those moments when first taking the scope out I could not reach focus with an Orion 1 ¼” diagonal because I did not have enough in focus. I contacted the previous owner and he assured me with the Takahashi diagonal it had reached focus. So looking around I happened to find that I had a shorter piece called a coupling which fits in between the visual adapter and the eyepiece adapter
Posted 17 October 2012 - 01:18 PM
Posted 17 October 2012 - 04:51 PM
Look forward to a second light report!
Posted 18 October 2012 - 03:33 AM
Posted 18 October 2012 - 04:46 PM
I purchased the FC-76DC scope used. It was purchased new in August and I recently purchased it from the original owner. I saw it in the mart and decided to give it a try. I have to come to think that 5 Lbs is about as heavy as my mount and carrying in my luggage will take so it is an interesting scope. First light showed pinpoint stars and a black background. The double double split cleanly at 43X. Andromeda Galaxy was also beautiful with a kind of a wispy look to it at 43X. Jupiter low in the sky showed the two main bands with nice color. The dimmer star in Polaris was also obvious at 43X. It seems to perform very nice. I do not take photos so I cannot comment on its photo capabilities. Some Pics and specs to follow.
You CLEANLY split the Double Double at 43X ??
I reckon I was doing brilliantly to get a clean split at 51X- and only on a night of great seeing with my 102mm Kson.
Most nights 77X is the lowest I can go for for a clean split.
Posted 19 October 2012 - 08:13 AM
Posted 19 October 2012 - 12:48 PM
Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:09 PM