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#326 Scott99

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Posted 18 July 2016 - 09:55 AM

I got my FC76 used from Japan, and it still has the sticker.  I guess the tort laws in Japan have become as bad as here?   :lol:   or maybe it's just CYA for the American market.



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Posted 18 July 2016 - 07:12 PM

I have since put on a CAA and replaced some of the focuser with a Feathertouch, was about as much as buying a MEF-3 :)
Planning on getting some Baader Clicklock bits but they're not high up on the priority list.

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Posted 25 July 2016 - 05:38 PM

 

 

Looking at the picture I'm pretty positive it is a FS-128. The FS-152 makes the 128 look almost like a grab & go.

 

That's what I was thinking, too.  I have a FS-128, but didn't realize that it was that much bigger than a TSA-120.

 

Actually they are pretty close as far as I am concerned. I had both for a brief moment.

 

doc, i think i have a fever...must...start...looking for......fs152, unless new fc150 is released soon


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Posted 25 July 2016 - 08:31 PM

 

 

 

Looking at the picture I'm pretty positive it is a FS-128. The FS-152 makes the 128 look almost like a grab & go.

 

That's what I was thinking, too.  I have a FS-128, but didn't realize that it was that much bigger than a TSA-120.

 

Actually they are pretty close as far as I am concerned. I had both for a brief moment.

 

doc, i think i have a fever...must...start...looking for......fs152, unless new fc150 is released soon

 

 

I'm pretty much banking on this unless my number comes up on the AP130GTX - Not holding my breath though...  FC160?  :D



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Posted 25 July 2016 - 10:54 PM

I have already sent my order directly to Takahashi for the FC175DL..... 175mm F8.8 fluorite doublet,  yummy !!!


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Posted 26 July 2016 - 01:21 AM

I have already sent my order directly to Takahashi for the FC175DL..... 175mm F8.8 fluorite doublet,  yummy !!!

 

Sounds tempting.

 

A TOA-185mm f/8.2 would be nice, too...

 

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Posted 26 July 2016 - 01:42 AM

I would settle for an FC125 f8.


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Posted 27 July 2016 - 02:35 PM

 


 

In recent years (decades?), Takahashi has been very slow in introducing large apo's, i.e., anything bigger than 120mm.  Methinks the reason is the longterm, sorry state of the world economy.  Big scopes just don't sell well.  Japan, for example, seems to be in perpetual recession.  And methinks that, generally, observers, especially in Japan, prefer small, easily-transportable telescopes.  So, don't hold your breath waiting for another big Takahashi refractor.  Just buy a TOA-150, if you gotta have one.  Any other big Tak refractor isn't going to be better optically, anyway.

 

 

The TOA150 is the current incarnation of the old FCT150 right?   So, in a way their most legendary 6-inch apo is still here today. 



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Posted 28 July 2016 - 02:11 PM

The bigger brothers: FET-200, FCT-250, FET-300

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Posted 28 July 2016 - 03:26 PM

The bigger brothers: FET-200, FCT-250, FET-300

 

They are believed to exist, but the sightings are rare!   :grin:



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Posted 28 July 2016 - 05:40 PM

 

The bigger brothers: FET-200, FCT-250, FET-300

 

They are believed to exist, but the sightings are rare!   :grin:

 

They are bank breakers for sure. Talk about selling the house for one of them and then some.



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Posted 30 July 2016 - 04:46 PM

Well, lookey, lookey here, we have a new member in the family!!! FS-78 Short Version!!! Thanks CHASLX200 :)

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Posted 30 July 2016 - 05:51 PM

Enjoy  my baby. That was a 100x per inch power house.



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Posted 30 July 2016 - 06:25 PM

Beautiful, Sergio!  I saw the ad on AM and was tempted, but when I went back for a second look it was gone.  I was wondering who the lucky buyer was.   :waytogo:



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Posted 30 July 2016 - 06:34 PM

Beautiful, Sergio!  I saw the ad on AM and was tempted, but when I went back for a second look it was gone.  I was wondering who the lucky buyer was.   :waytogo:

I got swamped with callers.  He got it at a even much better price.


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Posted 30 July 2016 - 06:53 PM

I'm happy for Sergio.  He really needed a baby brother for his FS-152! :ubetcha:


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Posted 30 July 2016 - 06:54 PM

Chaz sold another scope?  I hadn't realized that 6 weeks had gone by already!  :lol: :smile:

 

That is one nice little scope, though...


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Posted 31 July 2016 - 06:20 PM

Sergio - 

 

Did you use your PJ's as the background for those pics?   :grin:  :lol:  :waytogo:


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Posted 01 August 2016 - 12:26 AM

1992 Classic FC-76 with red "F"

EM-1S with wood tripod

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Posted 01 August 2016 - 01:17 AM

Hi

Like to share my experience with the new FC-100DF and Binotron. Compared it with Orion ED100 & Stellavue SVRT90R, the ED at X243 showed little less detail and less sharpness vs the FC. The SV was overall darker at 90mm. Sharpness was better than ED though. Eyepieces used were pairs of Pentax XF 8.5 and Delite 7mm. 
Here is my experience with planetary in SW Florida over several nights:
Jupiter at X243: More details than ED & SV due to higher contrast and sharpness. Jupiter is low in the sky now and the red spot is less visible.
Saturn: Just overall sharper and cleaner picture. Delite 7mm at X243 were great but there was a little more detail in XF 8.5's at X200. Even tried X340 one night, but lost sharpness and some details.
Moon: Amazing sharpness up to X340 (Delite 5mm).
Paired it with Manfrotto MT057C3-G and DM4, dampening time due to tripod at high mag at X243 is 2-4 sec. Now I'm thinking if I should add the TSA 120 for even better views, but much higher cost & weight. Are the views of the FC comparable to the TSA 120 or even Vixen 115s, or is the difference hard to detect in LP skies?
Overall the excellent views and light weight are a level up form my previous scopes. Hope the mini review was enjoyable and I'd be happy for any suggestions.
Attached a pic of my new "lifetime" scope.

Clear skies - Pete

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Posted 01 August 2016 - 06:39 AM

Hi Pete,

  Nice review.  What mount is that in the pic?



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Posted 01 August 2016 - 07:15 AM

Hi

Like to share my experience with the new FC-100DF and Binotron. Compared it with Orion ED100 & Stellavue SVRT90R, the ED at X243 showed little less detail and less sharpness vs the FC. The SV was overall darker at 90mm. Sharpness was better than ED though. Eyepieces used were pairs of Pentax XF 8.5 and Delite 7mm. 
Here is my experience with planetary in SW Florida over several nights:
Jupiter at X243: More details than ED & SV due to higher contrast and sharpness. Jupiter is low in the sky now and the red spot is less visible.
Saturn: Just overall sharper and cleaner picture. Delite 7mm at X243 were great but there was a little more detail in XF 8.5's at X200. Even tried X340 one night, but lost sharpness and some details.
Moon: Amazing sharpness up to X340 (Delite 5mm).
Paired it with Manfrotto MT057C3-G and DM4, dampening time due to tripod at high mag at X243 is 2-4 sec. Now I'm thinking if I should add the TSA 120 for even better views, but much higher cost & weight. Are the views of the FC comparable to the TSA 120 or even Vixen 115s, or is the difference hard to detect in LP skies?
Overall the excellent views and light weight are a level up form my previous scopes. Hope the mini review was enjoyable and I'd be happy for any suggestions.
Attached a pic of my new "lifetime" scope.

Clear skies - Pete

The TSA 120 will deliver obviously but not overwhelmingly more on every object. The TSA 120 is not so much larger than the 100 as to be impacted by average seeing.

 

The optic in the TSA 120 is fantastically sharp and color free.

 

The TSA 120 will take more time to acclimate but not all that much more (it’s only 120mm)

 

The TSA (at 13 pounds bare OTA) should be fine on your DM4 (18 pound load capacity) but you will probably need a sturdier tripod.

 

I had a 102mm apo and moved to the TSA 120 6 years ago and would do the same today.

 

Bob



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Posted 01 August 2016 - 09:05 AM

Hi Pete,

  Nice review.  What mount is that in the pic?

 

I think it's a DM4.



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Posted 01 August 2016 - 01:13 PM

Checked with Diskmounts a few months ago and the DM4 can handle the TSA120 according to Tom Peters.


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Posted 13 August 2016 - 03:02 AM

Alright good people from the land of Takahashi... Just throwing something out there to get a consensus. I recently purchased a wonderful FS-78 short version. So far the views have been super sweet and I am loving it. However, there is a nice Sky 90II currently on amart for sale and I kinda want it. I had a Sky 90II a little while back which I sold but I still greatly miss. If you were I, would you go for the Sky 90II? I know they get a bad rap but the one I had was a great performer and I think that it had a lot to do with the fact that I used a prism diagonal instead of a mirror. Also, I purchased the FS-78 for a pretty decent price and I would have to sell it in order to finance the Sky 90II which I think it is a bit overpriced for a Sky 90II. Any comments and suggestions would be appreciated. Takitis is not an easy condition to deal with. LOL.




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