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Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982
      #5230281 - 05/19/12 10:16 PM Attachment (102 downloads)

Okay, so I picked this Tak fluorite refractor up at a pawn shop in Rialto. If anybody remembers when I bought the Mayflower in Echo Park, from the guy who originally wanted to trade for a rifle, this place was weirder than that! The shop had bars on the windows and doors, and when you stepped inside the front door, you were in a cage. The guy behind the counter had to push a button to let you out of the cage.

Anyway, I gave the scope a going over, tried to talk him down a bit on his asking price of $1K (as a matter of principle, of course!), and ended up agreeing on $900 plus tax, which put it almost at his asking price.

I just set it up, and am waiting for the sun to go down. There are a few things I'll need to tend to when I get home, but for now it's functional. First, some pics:

Edited by tim53 (05/19/12 10:18 PM)


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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: tim53]
      #5230286 - 05/19/12 10:19 PM Attachment (84 downloads)

2nd

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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: tim53]
      #5230289 - 05/19/12 10:20 PM Attachment (64 downloads)

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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: tim53]
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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: tim53]
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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: tim53]
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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: tim53]
      #5230306 - 05/19/12 10:32 PM

Okay, few things:

*the cool chrome knob that holds the counterweight is broken. I have several Tak counterweights with this screw at home for my EM-10, so I can use one of those while I look for a replacement.

*one of the finder scope screws is broken off in the bracket. The broken screw and nut is in the case.

*the screw-on cap for the center of the lens cap appears to be missing.

*That odd plug in the polar scope does come out and the polar finder does appear intact - yay! So I'll take that plug out and put the green plastic cap back on.

*Came with the Tak star diagonal and 3 orthoscopic eyepieces - 7, 12.5, and 25mm. No barlow. .965 only.

-Tim.


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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: tim53]
      #5230352 - 05/19/12 11:21 PM

Venus is stupidly low, but looks very nice!

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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: tim53]
      #5230358 - 05/19/12 11:31 PM

Tim, great catch! I hope to own a Tak one day. There's an astrograph about two hours away, but WAY out of my budget.

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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: tecmage]
      #5230374 - 05/19/12 11:48 PM

Saturn is gorgeous! The only hybrid diagonal is a plastic one that came with a
90s tasco 60mm. At least the prism is glass! So I'm using that so I can use a favorite UO flat top 6.8mm ortho, that seems to show the
Most detail without losing contrast too much.

The mount
Is very stable. I can keep the planet centered while holding the ra cable and not jiggle the image.


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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: tim53]
      #5230381 - 05/19/12 11:53 PM

Just switched back to the tak .965 diagonal and 7mm ortho and I like that combo the best. First time I've ever used quality .965 eyepieces! They're quite good!

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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: tim53]
      #5230459 - 05/20/12 01:35 AM

great score....everything about it looks quality.

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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: mustgobigger]
      #5230610 - 05/20/12 08:27 AM

Yes, that's one beautiful scope.

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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: Rich (RLTYS)]
      #5230651 - 05/20/12 09:23 AM

It also has a very nice polar finder, but with just two rings to the reticle. Took very little time to get good alignment. The illuminator is missing. It's a separate part, like it is for my NJP mount. For the NJP, I just turn on my cell phone and hold it near enough to see the reticle without washing out the sky.

About the RA control knob. Not only was I able to hold onto it while viewing, and not shake the telescope, but I was able to rest my arm on the tripod cap while holding the knob, still without shaking the scope!

I'm going to put some mylar over it for the eclipse today.

-Tim.


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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: tim53]
      #5230655 - 05/20/12 09:27 AM

I forgot to comment on the finder. It's not only huge, it's very nice too!

It needs repainting, though. Abundant chips from the alignment screws. Probably mainly from having the one broken off. When I got the scope, the finder was loose. I finger tightened the screws so I could align it. Since the broken screw was still in there, it was possible to adjust the other 5.

-Tim.


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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: Rich (RLTYS)]
      #5230656 - 05/20/12 09:28 AM

Tim, Very Nice..

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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: Dave M]
      #5230688 - 05/20/12 09:58 AM

Congrats!

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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: tim53]
      #5230717 - 05/20/12 10:22 AM

Tim,

That is a fantastic scope, congratulations! The FC 76 on the P2 is such a nice classic scope. It's performance on anything within it's lightgrasp is stunning. I had my first view through one of these in 1989. Could not believe the clarity of the image.


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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: tim53]
      #5230720 - 05/20/12 10:28 AM

TIM CONGATES !!! Awesome scope Great Optics!!

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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: clintwhitman]
      #5231299 - 05/20/12 05:40 PM

Hi Tim,

I'm glad one of us got it. If I had an extra $1,000 I would have bought (okay, instead of posting about first!).

LGM

PS. Do I get a finders' ,,,,not a fee, but a peek?


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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: tim53]
      #5231601 - 05/20/12 10:25 PM

Quote:

Saturn is gorgeous! The only hybrid diagonal is a plastic one that came with a
90s tasco 60mm. At least the prism is glass! So I'm using that so I can use a favorite UO flat top 6.8mm ortho, that seems to show the
Most detail without losing contrast too much.

The mount
Is very stable. I can keep the planet centered while holding the ra cable and not jiggle the image.




Hello Tim,

I knew you would like the view thru the scope. Splitting double stars at or above the theoretical limit is a real treat in this scope.

The scope being f8 will perform it's best especially at higher powers using the best prism diagonal you can get. Unless I'm using 2" eyepieces. I use the Baader T-2 Prism Star Diagonal, best prism I've used. On good nights, 100+ per inch is no problem. The scope loves to be pushed to it's limit.

Enjoy,
Stephen


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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: Stargoat]
      #5231914 - 05/21/12 03:07 AM

Tim,

Clint (Caveman) told me about your acquisition while we were observing the eclipse out in east Palmdale earlier today. Now I see what he was talking about when he said what an amazing find you made. Congrats!

(How was the eclipse from Cedar City?)

-Lew


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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: tim53]
      #5232105 - 05/21/12 09:06 AM

Great find. Congrats
I think you might still be able to get the R.A. drive from Tak.


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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: TxStars]
      #5232133 - 05/21/12 09:34 AM

Thanks for the congrats everybody. LGM, by all means you can have as many peeks as you want! Thanks for posting about it. I wouldn't have even seen the ad, because I search for "telescope" in the title and with pics (tired of sorting through all those car ads with telescoping steering columns!), and the seller didn't have "telescope" in the title. Only "Takahashi FC-76 refractor"! Yikes!!

We saw the eclipse from about a mile south of the centerline south of Newcastle, about a half hour west of Cedar City. Tim Hogle had scouted out a spot off the road on a dirt road up the side of a hill about 200 feet above the floor of the valley. We had a completely clear, cloudless, good seeing view of the entire event! Fourth contact occurred seconds before the sun started to set! I caught the whole thing with my Coronado Solarmax II on a super polaris mount with iOptron Gotonova kit installed, using a Pt Grey Scorpion 2MP firewire monochrome camera and Astro IIDC on my Macbook Pro. I set it to take a frame per second, and so the 16-bit video is about 34GB and over 7000 frames (I set it to take a 10000 frame video just in case, and simply stopped it when the sun disappeared below the horizon). At the very end, the gotonova HC beeped and said that the scope was pointed below the horizon, and it stopped tracking! So for that segment, I had to hit the RA fast button to keep the sun centered.

I also set up the Tak so people could watch the event in white light. I didn't make a full-aperture filter, just one over the hole in the center of the lens cap. But the definition on sunspots was amazing, and the scope got used continuously by others in my party throughout the eclipse.

I've got to drive to Tahoe today, but will try to process some of the video tonight and post it in the Solar forum. Maybe even my facebook page!

-Tim.


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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: tim53]
      #5232144 - 05/21/12 09:43 AM Attachment (41 downloads)

Here's a teaser screen capture, though:

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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: tim53]
      #5232736 - 05/21/12 03:58 PM

So I'm amazed I get signal out here. Hwy 50 about 100 miles wear of Eureka in the middle of East Jesus!

We were lucky yesterday. Clouds are rolling in from the west

Tim


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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: tim53]
      #5233297 - 05/21/12 10:42 PM

Quote:

Here's a teaser screen capture, though:




That's a 10!


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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: Datapanic]
      #5233379 - 05/21/12 11:44 PM

Are those solar flares visible at 3 o'clock and 4:30 (and 2:30, for that matter)?

Awesome.


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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: Nave]
      #5233772 - 05/22/12 09:47 AM

Yes.

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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: tim53]
      #5238268 - 05/25/12 12:22 AM

So, I'd like to take this puppy with me to RTMC tomorrow, but I don't know if I will.

I've been looking for accessories for it online, but no luck. No RA drives, no 1 1/4" visual back or extension tube (better still would be 2" adapters).

The scope has a nice camera bracket built into the tube clamp, and I've got this great old Meyer Optik 300mm lens that I could probably turn a 1 1/4" adapter to fit one of my firewire cameras. If I had a 1 1/4" visual back for the Tak, I could mount the clamp ring to a dovetail plate or directly to the EM-10 mount and guide with the Meyer Optik and image with the Tak while I'm at RTMC.

But I might just take one of my classic buddies up there instead... ...but which one?

-Tim.


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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: tim53]
      #5238300 - 05/25/12 01:10 AM

Now that's a pretty telescope! You'd better bring it to CSPAMP. Mars has been around for a few billion years, I think it can wait a while longer

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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: jwaldo]
      #5238796 - 05/25/12 11:21 AM

My scope is identical to the one in the center picture here, but with the short tripod and pier extension of the left picture, from 1981 (though mine is 82, based on the serial numbers on the scope and mount):

http://www.astrosurf.com/re/taka_telescopes_1981-01.jpg

I still don't know where to find a drive for it, though. Would love to ad one!
-Tim.


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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: tim53]
      #5238802 - 05/25/12 11:25 AM

Oops, sorry. more like this:

OTA and finder = center pic
Mount - right pic
Pier extension and tripod - left pic

Oh, the humanity!

-Tim.


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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: tim53]
      #5244656 - 05/28/12 08:54 PM Attachment (33 downloads)

It was cold Friday and Saturday nights at RTMC, and I left Sunday evening (even though the weather was beautiful then!), so I didn't set up the Tak there.

I did set it up this afternoon, though, so I could fiddle with it this evening. Here it is with a white light solar filter and the Vixen 1 1/4" adapter, Lumicon diagonal, and flat-top UO Orthos, all lined up and ready to gee whiz with!

I think they like it there!


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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: tim53]
      #5244658 - 05/28/12 08:55 PM Attachment (33 downloads)

A tad closer shot

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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: tim53]
      #5245380 - 05/29/12 10:34 AM Attachment (21 downloads)

In the dark

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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: tim53]
      #5245402 - 05/29/12 10:43 AM

Tim, How does those University Flat tops perform in the scope ?

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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: Dave M]
      #5245421 - 05/29/12 10:54 AM

They work very well. But I have to admit, the Tak .965s work just as well. I only wish I had more of them, and/or a Tak barlow.

One thing I might do is experiment with imaging with the .965 adapter and an adapter for my Flea2 camera to fit that. Since the ccd in the flea2 is 1/3", it shouldn't matter that the aperture is .965, so long as the tube wall isn't too thick.

-Tim.


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Re: Tak FC76 on P2 mount, 1982 new [Re: tim53]
      #5253237 - 06/03/12 11:14 AM Attachment (23 downloads)

I forgot to post this pic of the setup and site near Newcastle, Utah, where I imaged the annular eclipse on May 20th.

Edited by tim53 (06/03/12 11:16 AM)


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      #5258084 - 06/06/12 11:51 AM Attachment (22 downloads)

Here's 2nd contact with the Tak 76, taken from a video sequence that started just after first contact. I had the Tak stopped down with the filter over the opening in the lens cap for this. Later, I took that off and made a full-aperture filter.

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Re: Venus transit, 2nd contact, Tak 76 new [Re: tim53]
      #5258330 - 06/06/12 01:26 PM

What a great shot! That is one nice scope.
We were clouded out here in southern NH. Luckily, I have photos from the last TOV. As a sidelight, I was a professional musician most of my life and the was a march written by John Philip Sousa commemorating the 1882 transit. Not his best march, but still Sousa.


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Re: Venus transit, 2nd contact, Tak 76 new [Re: CharlieB]
      #5259089 - 06/06/12 09:32 PM Attachment (34 downloads)

I should post these here:

My setup for 1st and 2nd contact: Tak FC-76 and Coronado Solarmax II on Super Polaris mount with Gotonova kit.


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      #5259315 - 06/07/12 12:45 AM Attachment (33 downloads)

Same rig, in tower room so I could see the sunset:

Edited by tim53 (06/07/12 12:58 AM)


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      #5259325 - 06/07/12 12:59 AM Attachment (31 downloads)

And the sunset! With Venus about to contact the horizon!

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Re: Venus transit, 2nd contact, Tak 76 new [Re: tim53]
      #5259484 - 06/07/12 06:21 AM

That's an interesting picture. Thanks for the view.

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Re: Venus transit, 2nd contact, Tak 76 new [Re: tim53]
      #5260200 - 06/07/12 01:43 PM Attachment (22 downloads)

Quote:

Here's 2nd contact with the Tak 76, taken from a video sequence that started just after first contact. I had the Tak stopped down with the filter over the opening in the lens cap for this. Later, I took that off and made a full-aperture filter.




Tim, that's a really nice sharp picture thru the FC76.

I tried eyepiece projection with my FC76 using a 12.5mm UO ortho. Used a Baader visual solar filter and colorized the image to try and match an older 1000 Oaks glass filter.

Stephen


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Re: Venus transit, 2nd contact, Tak 76 new [Re: Stargoat]
      #5260203 - 06/07/12 01:46 PM Attachment (22 downloads)

Here is a picture of my setup for the transit.

Stephen


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Re: Venus transit, 2nd contact, Tak 76 new [Re: Stargoat]
      #5261010 - 06/07/12 10:43 PM Attachment (24 downloads)

Stephen:

These are awesome scopes, huh!?

I took some full aperture video just before the sunset sequence above, where I caught a number of planes and a couple clouds go across the sun's disk during the transit. Here's the first plane, with a thin cloud for a bonus:


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      #5261027 - 06/07/12 10:48 PM Attachment (21 downloads)

Second cloud transit. Note how Venus gets squashed a bit as the bottom of the cloud passes.

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      #5261043 - 06/07/12 10:53 PM Attachment (24 downloads)

2nd plane transit:

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      #5261048 - 06/07/12 10:55 PM Attachment (28 downloads)

3rd plane transit

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      #5261093 - 06/07/12 11:17 PM Attachment (27 downloads)

Another full sun, processed from video sequence. The sun didn't quite fit the vertical dimension of the frame, until it got low enough that refraction flattened it somewhat!

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Re: Venus transit, 2nd contact, Tak 76 new [Re: tim53]
      #5261094 - 06/07/12 11:17 PM

Quote:

Stephen:

These are awesome scopes, huh!?

I took some full aperture video just before the sunset sequence above, where I caught a number of planes and a couple clouds go across the sun's disk during the transit. Here's the first plane, with a thin cloud for a bonus:




WOW Tim, the resolution of the jet is outstanding and even more so considering how low the sun was getting. Indeed the FC76 is an awesome scope!

How/What did you shoot your video. I should have used the camcorder on the FC76.

Stephen


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Re: Venus transit, 2nd contact, Tak 76 new [Re: Stargoat]
      #5261146 - 06/07/12 11:41 PM

I used a Pt Grey Scorpion 1600x1200 monochrome camera and Astro IIDC software to take and process the videos.

-Tim.


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      #5261460 - 06/08/12 07:46 AM

Most impressive. Thanks for the views.

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      #5273192 - 06/15/12 04:22 PM

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Here is a picture of my setup for the transit.

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Stephen:

Been meaning to ask you about your 2" eyepiece adapter. Is it a Tak accessory? If not, who makes it and where can *I* get one?

Also, do you just have the OTA, or did yours come with the P2 mount? I'd like to add a drive to mine, but I'm not sure what's available. A motorized Dec slow motion would be nice as well, but I won't modify the mount to add it.

-Tim.


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Quote:

Here is a picture of my setup for the transit.

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Stephen:

Been meaning to ask you about your 2" eyepiece adapter. Is it a Tak accessory? If not, who makes it and where can *I* get one?

Also, do you just have the OTA, or did yours come with the P2 mount? I'd like to add a drive to mine, but I'm not sure what's available. A motorized Dec slow motion would be nice as well, but I won't modify the mount to add it.

-Tim.




Hi Tim, The visual back is Tak part #TOA0050 that I bought from Art at TNR several years ago. See photo.

No mount, only have the OTA with matched FC76 Focal Reducer and FS78 Temba carrying case.

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      #5274076 - 06/16/12 08:52 AM

Thanks, I'll see if I can find one! (or make one, I suppose)

-Tim.


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Re: Venus transit, 2nd contact, Tak 76 new [Re: tim53]
      #5274092 - 06/16/12 09:07 AM

Tim, you might be able to find something suitable from Baader Planetarium.

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      #5317356 - 07/14/12 12:13 PM

I took this scope with me to Utah week before last (yeah, it was full moon, but I was just testing things out), and really love the optics in the 76. But I had it mounted on my Super Polaris, which I adapted an iOptron Gotonova to ( Goto'd Super Polaris Mount) ), but I had a few alignment problems (that I should have expected). The Tak clamshell has two mounting holes (that oddly aren't on a perp line to the castings), so I mounted it to a dovetail plate and mounted that to the SP mount. So the OTA is not quite 90 degrees to the long axis of the SP saddle. And I remembered, while I was out there, that the iOptron works best when it is.

Anyway, that mount's for another project and another time. I'd really like to do astrophotography with the Tak on the original mount - if for no other reason than to be able to say that I can. But also because I have other scopes for AP.

I've posted twice now on the Tak yahoo group asking for info about where to get original accessories (especially a clock drive) for the P2 mount, but I haven't gotten any responses. Maybe a 30-yr old Tak isn't snooty enough against the modern offerings with all the gizmology available today? But there's also the "classic" factor of this scope, which probably needs a classic Tak group to be a better fit.

Or this forum!?

-Tim.


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      #5317381 - 07/14/12 12:33 PM

Hey Tim,

Fantastic telescope.

The mount can use the TG-HD Drive. Call ART at TNR for a quote.

http://www.takahashiamerica.com/manuals/TG-SP%20II.pdf

The original drive was the HD-4 and then the HD-5. The motors on these are cool in that they match the original green color of the mount. I see about 4-5/year for sale at

http://www.arsnv.co.jp/cat/

The owner here is Mr. Minowa (although I have not ordered from him in quite some time due to the poor exchange rate). Your last option is to watch the Yahoo Japan auction pages.

I think I have a 2" adapter for the FC-76. Can you measure the threads and let me know?


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      #5317401 - 07/14/12 12:44 PM

Just checked CAT...there is a reducer for the FC-76....that has got to be pretty rare, a camera adapter, and a manual for the P2.

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      #5317402 - 07/14/12 12:45 PM

Steve:

I'll do that! Gotta get a bunch of projects done this morning, so it might be a couple hours before I can go measure those threads.

Wish I could read Japanese. How hard is it to conduct transactions?

Yep, it's a terrific scope, and I'd love to plunk a camera on it for some wide field AP.

-Tim.


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      #5317406 - 07/14/12 12:46 PM

Steve:

Speaking of camera adapters, I found a NOS camera bracket that came with the 2120 I sold you. It's never been out of the baggie, and since I have nothing with the OD of the Meade cell, if you want it for your friend's scope, it's yours.

-Tim.


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      #5317409 - 07/14/12 12:50 PM

Well, that reducer is going to be a hit for some wide field AP.

It's all wire transfer with CAT. No phone, just email. They give you their banking info and you go to your bank and wire the funds. Really easy. Shipping is very reasonable and it is international EMS. Stuff you order on Thursday sometimes arrives by special carrier on Sunday.

I will send you Mr. Minowa's email address.


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      #5317421 - 07/14/12 01:01 PM

Steve

If its not too much trouble, also send me the links to the specific items, since I've never seen them before and don't want to order the wrong things


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      #5317427 - 07/14/12 01:06 PM

Just click on Takahashi on the menu on the left of the front page.

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      #5317431 - 07/14/12 01:10 PM

One thing about this s ope that I do NOT like: the veneer on the top and bottom of the case is VERY dry and brittle. It looks good, but the very first time I took it out of my car, the end grain edges of the veneer snagged the carpet mats in the Honda and tore large strips off! The biggest is on the top and about a half inch wide and 8" or so long! I've kept it, but I doubt I can glue it back and make it purdy again. Might try though. The stain they used is an opaque one, so it's not like it was a decorative veneer. And that might make the repair easier to hide, if I don't just replace the veneer.

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      #5328197 - 07/21/12 12:30 PM

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Just click on Takahashi on the menu on the left of the front page.




Hi Steve:

I got a reply from Art at TN, saying that he can order a new drive and other missing parts for me. I'm sure the price is astronomical, of course, but I'll see.

I couldn't make heads nor tails of the link you posted. Perhaps my browser isn't doing enough translating, because I can't read much of anything on that page. Maybe I need to try Internet Exploder from my windows virtual machine or something?

-Tim.


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      #5328270 - 07/21/12 01:10 PM

Sounds good. It should be interesting to see what the drive costs. As for the other web page, CAT, it works fine for me in Chrome, Safari, and IE. Even so, it seems the owner is only accepting postal money orders as payment from new customers. No more wire transfers. That makes it more difficult to buy from CAT in Japan.

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      #5785915 - 04/08/13 12:47 PM

I brought this scope and a slug of camera options with me to our dark sky site in Milford, Utah. Weather gods watched us drive the whole way. It's mid-40s today and scattered showers, changing to snow tonight and tomorrow!

-Tim.


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It's clear tonight!! But it might not stay that way, so I've rigged up and am just waiting for it to get dark enough to go out and get things aligned and running.

"Send men to summon WORMS!" -Stilgar, "Children of Dune"

Edited by tim53 (04/10/13 10:57 PM)


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      #5791531 - 04/10/13 11:02 PM

Before leaving home, I managed to get all my various firewire cables together for my Pt Grey cameras, and then safely stashed them in a box or bag that I didn't bring with me!

So, it's strictly USB for me! Which isn't so bad, since that leaves my ST2000, my Canon T1i, and a Meade DSI Pro and DSI Pro III to play with. If all goes well, I'll just shoot and guide with the ST2000.

-Tim.


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      #5792255 - 04/11/13 12:22 PM

Figures! I found the cables this morning... ...in my luggage, right where I put them!

So I got a few images with the st2000, but I couldn't shoot longer than a minute because I couldn't get the auto guiding to talk to the mount for some reason. If its clear tonight, I might try again. If worse comes to worst, I could guide manually through the Tak with one of the FireWire cameras while shooting some wide field piggyback stuff with one of the other cameras.

Tim


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