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#1 edif300

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 04:27 AM

Takahashi has announced today a new series of Abbe eyepieces in FL of 6, 9, 12.5, 18, 25 and 32mm. Four elements in two groups (three of them cemented).

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 04:31 AM

Wow! Seems the recent announcements of the death of the orthos were wildly exaggerated. The UO HD orthos are coming back and now this.


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Posted 19 July 2013 - 05:30 AM

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 05:41 AM

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 06:11 AM

We need pics and comparos ASAP!

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 06:47 AM

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 07:00 AM

Cool! Televue...are you listening???

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 07:22 AM

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 07:36 AM

Takahashi has announced today a new series of Abbe eyepieces in FL of 6, 9, 12.5, 18, 25 and 32mm. Four elements in two groups (three of them cemented).


Just the TAK news I wanted to hear!

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 07:39 AM

Great news. The spread from 32mm down to 12.5 is nice. They really need to flesh out from the 9 to say a 5mm or even 4mm in 1mm increments. A 9 to a 6 is way to big a jump in magnification except for the shortest of focal lengths.

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 07:42 AM

They are here:

http://www.takahashi...ws_ts-abbe.html

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 07:54 AM

Starbase Tokyo has them also listed:
Using Google English Translator for Starbase Tokyo , and clicking on the menu bar on left side under the "Whats New" department, one sees their new TAK Abbe listings including prices.

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 08:12 AM

32mm Ortho? That is unusual. Not sure if I'd go for that.

I had a Vixen Ortho 40mm for a while, eventually sold it. Not so good for my f/5-ish Dobs. 46 degrees AFOV in a low-power, wide exit pupil eyepiece. 2" format. Might even have been a 2-2 symmetrical according to some, rather than a true Abbe ortho. Plenty of long eye relief. Plenty of outer field aberrations: astigmatism, FC? I just knew I did not like it, even with a Paracorr.

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 08:18 AM

Great news. The spread from 32mm down to 12.5 is nice. They really need to flesh out from the 9 to say a 5mm or even 4mm in 1mm increments. A 9 to a 6 is way to big a jump in magnification except for the shortest of focal lengths.

Jim


Yep. They need to give us a 7, 5 and 4 like the other Abbe ortho series we are used to, plus an 8mm.

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 08:21 AM

Plenty of eye relief for the 32mm. If I'm reading the chart on the Japanese website correctly, that's 28mm eye relief.

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 08:25 AM

No word on ED glasses employed with these new Abbes. Looking at the prices, they are - by TAK standards - quite economically priced. The question is, if these new Abbes can and will play in the ZAO-II league.

JPY pricing according TAK homepage:

9mm 10,500 JPY = 114 USD / 85 EUR
18mm 11,550 JPY = 125 USD / 94 EUR
32mm 15,330 JPY = 166 USD / 125 EUR


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Posted 19 July 2013 - 08:57 AM

I wonder if they are made by this company?

http://ohi-optical.co.jp/base.html

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 10:54 AM

32mm Ortho? That is unusual. Not sure if I'd go for that.


You might be pleasantly surprised. I have a 32 Brandon and a 31 Nagler. At that focal length the Nagler gets about 80% of the focuser time due to field/navigation considerations. But the 32 Brandon gives me a noticeably sharper and contrasty view. Although you wouldn't think it, Milky Way fields are actually better - just quite a bit smaller.

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 11:27 AM

Takahashi has announced today a new series of Abbe eyepieces in FL of 6, 9, 12.5, 18, 25 and 32mm. Four elements in two groups (three of them cemented).

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I hope they're much better than the .965 ortho eyepieces they marketed many years back.

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 11:30 AM

this is great news! If the quality is good, the 32mm is sure to be popular. People are paying crazy amounts for 34-35mm premium orthos and plossls to complete their ZAO sets.

The timing makes one wonder if these optics are from the same source as the new UO orthos. The old Tak orthos were different from the UO.

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 01:12 PM

And the build and cosmetics look like typical Takahashi quality. I've long said my set of Tak LEs are the best built eyepieces I've owned/used, and they're pretty good through the field lens. Good for them and it'll be interesting how these compare to the UO, ZAO, Baader, etc.

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 01:16 PM

32mm Ortho? That is unusual. Not sure if I'd go for that.


You might be pleasantly surprised. I have a 32 Brandon and a 31 Nagler. At that focal length the Nagler gets about 80% of the focuser time due to field/navigation considerations. But the 32 Brandon gives me a noticeably sharper and contrasty view. Although you wouldn't think it, Milky Way fields are actually better - just quite a bit smaller.


I have a Brandon 32mm but hardly ever use it. In my 10" f/4.8 Dob, I like the view better through my ES 82 30 or Titan-II 40, especially in the Paracorr. Lately I've been taking those two to the dark site, but leaving my Brandons home. Now I use the Brandons mostly for planet/lunar or bright DSO viewing with my smaller grab-n-go scopes at home.

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 01:25 PM

Funny, no one noticed ZAO I had a 32 as well. :praying:

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 02:12 PM

It's a 34mm, the ZAO I.

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 02:28 PM

I have a Brandon 32mm but hardly ever use it. In my 10" f/4.8 Dob



I understand this perfectly, but I think that a pair of 32mm orthos is going to be a godsend for those who binoview with long focal ratio scopes. The price certainly isn't bad and if the new 32mm Tak orthos are as good as my 25mm Zeiss'es, I need a pair for when I do solar binoviewing on the 85mm f/19 Zeiss and the seeing is a little iffy.

It's certainly awesome and interesting news. Especially in this build quality and very acceptable price point. Finally, the planetary enthusiasts and optics fanatics have something new in the ortho class to rave about again.


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