Posted 01 May 2013 - 01:58 PM
This is getting a bit customized outside of the CL/EB string. I'm in direct contact with the seller now. I can look at this today or tomorrow. The seller seems to be rather accommodating. I think she will let me open, pry, prod, and do all the things I do when I look at a scope. I'll take my 'classic' credentials with me. I'll also get pictures.
We are in email now, hopefully a call shortly. She has my number. So far, the only thing that would be better is a number sent in pm so I can contact a good TAK person while I'm looking at it. I'll check it out either way, but if I'm on my own - then I'm on my own. I know the basics well enough.
Posted 01 May 2013 - 02:14 PM
We are starting the classic exchange program here. I live in Washington DC. If anyone sees anything in my part of the country they want more info on let me know. Maybe we can start a seperate thread for the Classic Exchange Program.
Posted 01 May 2013 - 02:38 PM
Posted 01 May 2013 - 03:06 PM
I'm going to let Johann go for the Tak. As I was telling him, I think it dates to the mid-80s, as I've not seen a mount with the olive green knobs newer than about 1985 or so. The epsilon 130s were made starting in 1984, and the EM-1 in 1983, so that guestimate is a pretty safe bet.
Posted 01 May 2013 - 03:12 PM
If I didn't already have a Tak FSQ106
on a AP900-GTO ide be bidding.
Posted 01 May 2013 - 03:34 PM
Posted 01 May 2013 - 03:36 PM
Posted 01 May 2013 - 04:02 PM
The seller did not want to move anything so the pictures were taken with everything in the box. Nothing has even been taken out. The tripod legs are not there, she looked everywhere. I don't know about any hub part that might have been integral to the legs. What you see is what you get.
So far no one has sent me a phone number in pm. If any one would like me to call while I have the scope in front of me then pm the number. I will call ONE person while there. I will discreetly state that I have a contact if I get a number, no names. I don't monitor the computer so if I get multiple numbers then I will confirm with the contact and let the others know that I have chosen one.
If I don't get ANY number to call from any of you, I'll consider the weather and drive, and Heck, I might even get interested myself (but I very seriously doubt that).
So far, so good.
Posted 01 May 2013 - 04:23 PM
I won't say who.
Posted 01 May 2013 - 05:32 PM
Can only be used with parfocal Tak eyepieces otherwise you might bang up against the corrector lens and it wont come to focus.
Well there it is in a nut shell. Agreat camera lens for taking widefield pics with your SLR.
Posted 01 May 2013 - 05:36 PM
Now does it work?
Posted 01 May 2013 - 06:13 PM
I did send Neil my phone number in a PM this morning, but I'm going to hold off on bidding if Johann still wants it. If you've changed your mind, let me know.
I would imagine the scope would work well with most digital cameras these days. It is definitely widefield, at f/3.3. I think the corrector is fixed in place or doesn't easily come out. Considering the condition of the rest of it, I would think it's still there.
It really is too bad the tripod isn't there, and puzzling why not, since the eyepiece tray and tripod head are there.
Posted 01 May 2013 - 06:18 PM
Tim I am limiting my bidding to a certain amount. Feel free to bid. It is just a curiousity for me to buy it.
Posted 01 May 2013 - 06:31 PM
Posted 01 May 2013 - 06:41 PM
Posted 01 May 2013 - 06:46 PM
Ouch! I think you're right - there's no counterweight. I think there should be one, though. Problem is, getting one the right color will be difficult, and Tak weights are expensive - I bought one for my EM-10. A 10 pounder, I think, that was over $100. Everything Tak is expensive.
In the same box as the tripod?
Posted 01 May 2013 - 06:58 PM