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#1 apfever

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 01:58 PM

http://www.ebay.com/...&_trksid=p39...

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.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 02:14 PM

Thanks Neil
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.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 02:38 PM

I think this could be a good thing. I've purchased scopes from a substantial number of this forums regulars. One of them, the Gramps, is directly in line with what you refer to. Tim53 found the scope being sold by a local person in CA. I bought it, but Tim got it, disassembled it and shipped it to me in 5 boxes. I'm still indebted to him for that.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 03:06 PM

Nah, Neil. I still feel bad that it cost more to ship it than to buy it! By about twice, wasn't it? :shocked:

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.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 03:12 PM

That wont go cheap, especially with all the bidders bidding.
If I didn't already have a Tak FSQ106
on a AP900-GTO ide be bidding. :grin:

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 03:34 PM

It will be interesting to see what it goes for. It's a very attractive scope. I love the yellow. Is is a standard Newtonian RFT type reflector? Looks like it would be very portable.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 03:36 PM

The epsilons are astrographs with hyperbolic primaries and multi-element correctors in the focusers. They take "tak sharp" wide-field images! :grin:

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 04:02 PM

I have phone contact with the seller and am set to look at the Tak tonight at 8:00.

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.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 04:11 PM

PM sent

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 04:23 PM

I have an educated contact to call while looking at the scope.

I won't say who. :whistle:

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 05:17 PM

You must be talking about Tim
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Posted 01 May 2013 - 05:32 PM

interesting scope. Not recommended for use over 100X. Not suited for high power applications. Older than the hills because there were no instructions for a CCD camera. Film only. There is a 4 lens corrector in the focuser. Make sure that is there Neil. I am glad in the pics I can see the eyepiece holder is there.
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.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 05:36 PM

the mount will handle about 13 lbs. Looks like everything except the tripod is there. Controller, battery pack.
Now does it work?

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 06:13 PM

Hi guys:

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.

-Tim.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 06:18 PM

The corrector is not fixed. When aligning the optics it is instructed to remove it and put it back in place when the optics are aligned. That is why I said make sure the corrector is inside the focuser.

Tim I am limiting my bidding to a certain amount. Feel free to bid. It is just a curiousity for me to buy it.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 06:23 PM

Here's a linked image of a 1984 epsilon 130 on a EM-1 mount (right image):

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And if you do a google search for epsilon 130 images, there are a number of excellent astrophotos taken with them.

-Tim.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 06:31 PM

Now I think about I did see the counterweight bar in the pictures, but did I see a counterweight ? There should be two of them for the 130.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 06:41 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.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 06:43 PM

Now I think about I did see the counterweight bar in the pictures, but did I see a counterweight ? There should be two of them for the 130.


Or maybe one. ;)

http://www.astrosurf...hi_epsilon.html

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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.

-Tim.


In the same box as the tripod?

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 06:58 PM

I am sure there should be two. There is only one when sold with the FC76

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 07:04 PM

http://www.takahashi...M_1S Manual.pdf

Only the EM1S is listed but I am sure it is the same mount

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 07:08 PM

I am sure your right. I am only going by what is in the pictures. ;)

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 07:14 PM

Too bad the tripod legs are missing, probably not easy to find originals.
There`s a picture here in this old ad of the tripod.
http://www.astromart...ified_id=532662

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 07:15 PM

I love hearing that I am right :lol:






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