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Takahashi FSQ-85mm ED Anyone?

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#1 AFScienceTime

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 03:15 AM

I decided that when I start astrophotography, I will start with a 80-90 mm refractor. So, I found the Takahashi FSQ-85 ED, and thought that this will be an excellent and portable telescope. The problem is, I can't find any good reviews. Does anybody own this telescope? Can you provide some information on it then? And some sample images perhaps?



#2 LewisM

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 04:00 AM

One word - SUPERB.

 

Cn you read German? Or at least use Google translate: http://astro-foren.d...39150#post39150

 

Basically, the FSQ85 has a sample Strehl of 0.975 (1 is perfect), so it is VERY sharp.

 

I own an FSQ85 - I won't be replacing it any time soon. I much prefer it to the Big Brother FSQ106



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Posted 17 August 2014 - 07:33 AM

There's a good owners review of the FSQ 85 and 106ED by Chris Thomasel on Astromart's review section.

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 02:59 PM

Do a search on astrobin's big wall for FSQ 85 and look at the work posted there.

 

You can also find some articles by searching google.

 

I have the "Q" 106 and ting it is great. The baby Q or 85 mm is just as good and only 8 pounds opposed to the 15+ of the 106. Your 85 should be about perfect or photography and works week visually should you wish. It is built like a tank and will hold about any camera.

 

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#5 AFScienceTime

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 06:50 AM

One word - SUPERB.

 

Cn you read German? Or at least use Google translate: http://astro-foren.d...39150#post39150

 

Basically, the FSQ85 has a sample Strehl of 0.975 (1 is perfect), so it is VERY sharp.

 

I own an FSQ85 - I won't be replacing it any time soon. I much prefer it to the Big Brother FSQ106

 

Thank you! I know some German, so that review was really helpful.



#6 AFScienceTime

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 06:50 AM

One word - SUPERB.

 

Cn you read German? Or at least use Google translate: http://astro-foren.d...39150#post39150

 

Basically, the FSQ85 has a sample Strehl of 0.975 (1 is perfect), so it is VERY sharp.

 

I own an FSQ85 - I won't be replacing it any time soon. I much prefer it to the Big Brother FSQ106

 

Thanks! I will check it out!



#7 AFScienceTime

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 06:54 AM

Do a search on astrobin's big wall for FSQ 85 and look at the work posted there.

 

You can also find some articles by searching google.

 

I have the "Q" 106 and ting it is great. The baby Q or 85 mm is just as good and only 8 pounds opposed to the 15+ of the 106. Your 85 should be about perfect or photography and works week visually should you wish. It is built like a tank and will hold about any camera.

 

Jack

 

OK! Although the aperture is quite small, I guess it will do for some open cluster and brighter object observing. How would it compare to a 130mm Newtonian (my current grab and go scope) for visual? I mean, the aperture is almost the half, but the optics are much more superb.



#8 BillP

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 01:13 PM

I guess it will do for some open cluster and brighter object observing.

 

 

It's really meant for imaging...

 

http://www.buytelesc..._refractor.jpeg

 

http://ollypenrice.s...POSITE FL-M.jpg

 

http://pics.sternguc...g-906372.mx.jpg

 

http://sirius-cma.im...809_2600794.jpg

 

http://www.nightpixe...40_ha3_full.jpg

 

http://www.astronomy...Ha_25012012.jpg

 

http://www.jbassoe.d..._mac4_66pct.jpg



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Posted 19 August 2014 - 05:09 AM

It is, but it is still one of my favourite visual scopes. VERY bright, sharp, and flat.

 

Just a delightful scope in every sense.



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Posted 31 August 2014 - 11:04 PM

It is, but it is still one of my favourite visual scopes. VERY bright, sharp, and flat.

 

Just a delightful scope in every sense.

 

Yes!

 

And you don't have to observe with it. Just sit and hold it and love it to death. My favorite Tak scope, for sure.


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