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Tim
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NJP Takahashi Mount used or go new
      #5963205 - 07/09/13 11:14 PM

I am looking at getting a new mount either used or purchasing new - I have decided it will be a Takahashi. At this point I dont need a mount that can carry a large capacity but who knows what the future will bring and I dont mind being over mounted so willing to purchase one used that more mount than I need.

I have a potential used NJP available for sale to me, he is the second owner and is asking $5500 for it, my concerns are is that its probably well used and the polar scope will be soon out of date and this cant be upgraded. I guess you can still do drift alignment.. just wondering if you think this is a good deal hard to find out what they sold for new or even used not much info around.


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Re: NJP Takahashi Mount used or go new new [Re: Tim]
      #5963235 - 07/09/13 11:32 PM

Hi, Tim,

You might sign up for the UncensoredTakGroup Yahoo Group. Last year about this time TNR informed us there that the polar scope reticle could be replaced, though the mount would have to be sent to TNR and the polar scope removed and sent to Japan. That sounds like a pain, but it's not a surprising Tak move. I think it's great that Tak will service such an old mount. A-P and Tak service old mounts. You might call Art Ciampi at TNR if you are worried about it. The folks at TNR are pretty helpful, too, if you want to try things yourself.

The polar scope is half the beauty of the mount. I bought Tak mounts in part because I could polar align in 2 minutes and move on to imaging. But that requires the polar scope to be "engineered" into the mount, so Tak prefers to have the engineer do it.

The NJP is a wonderful mount.

Val


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Tim
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Re: NJP Takahashi Mount used or go new new [Re: Alterf]
      #5963281 - 07/09/13 11:56 PM

Hi thank you for the response - the polar scope is a concern of mine and I did talk with a customer service rep and the polar scope was replaceable at one point and is no longer an option and wont be one again. The polar scope is a big part of why I am hesitating buying a used mount.

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orlyandico
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Re: NJP Takahashi Mount used or go new new [Re: Tim]
      #5963389 - 07/10/13 01:15 AM

Expensive. Last two NJPs I looked at went for $4k. Without tripod though.

You can't buy a new NJP, it was replaced by the EM400. The used one that went on eBay the other day for $3.5k was a mind boggling deal. They are usually $7k+ used.

Needless to say if EM400s are going for $3.5k to $4k then an NJP for $5.5k is really a bad deal. But there are people asking silly money for NJPs. They don't sell.

Frankly I wouldn't buy a new Tak. The bang for buck isn't there and the depreciation kills you. If going new I'd go AP.

To illustrate: the EM400 costs about the same as the AP1100 and Paramount MX. But it carries less payload, has no PEC, and has a primitive hand controller that doesn't do GoTo. Of course neither does the PMX. But you get a lot of observatory automation capability.


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andysea
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Re: NJP Takahashi Mount used or go new new [Re: orlyandico]
      #5963678 - 07/10/13 08:53 AM

I would go AP like Orly said.
However I think the latest NJP's that were shipped had the updated polar scope. I think they were called JPZ. In essence it was an NJP with the EM-400 base.I Saw those go for +/-5K used.


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Tim
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Re: NJP Takahashi Mount used or go new new [Re: orlyandico]
      #5963682 - 07/10/13 08:57 AM

Thank you for your input - yes that was my gut feeling he was asking way too much for the mount - I was having a hard time finding sale history data to support it. It would be nice to find a EM400 in the 3.5k -4K price range.. I thought that The Takahashi mounts along with the other better quality mounts held their value fairly well - seems like they don't?

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Re: NJP Takahashi Mount used or go new new [Re: Tim]
      #5963693 - 07/10/13 09:11 AM

Quote:

It would be nice to find a EM400 in the 3.5k -4K price range..




It would, but don't hold your breath. The recent ebay sale was an anomaly. There's one now on Astromart auction that's up to $5200 with 9 days to go. You'll sometimes see an older, much-used NJP/Temma2 for $4000 or so, though. A nice, clean NJP/Temma2 will bring more. A USD model will bring less.


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orlyandico
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Re: NJP Takahashi Mount used or go new new [Re: jrcrilly]
      #5963797 - 07/10/13 10:33 AM

Last year when I was looking for such a mount there were two NJP Temma2's that went from $4K.

From astromart (note that astromart prices can be haggled a bit, in my experience) -
ad #816095 $3600 April 1, 2013
ad #815156 $3500 March 23, 2013
ad #810309 $5200 February 9, 2013 (sold by john ^)
ad #801824 $5000 November 26, 2012 (JP-Z)

Takahashi mounts don't hold their value very well because IMO they are overpriced. $6200 for an EM200 when a Mach1 is $6350 and has

1) a hand controller that can do GoTo! (the novelty!) (oh and can tolerate submersion)
2) Periodic Error Correction
3) lighter (32lb vs 34lb)
4) carries more weight (45lb vs 35lb)

Don't get me started on the 25lb capacity EM-11 which costs $4.3k!!!

This is the reason a used EM-200 goes for under $4k while a used Mach1 goes for $5.5k.

However... the expense of Tak mounts new (which is partially due to the strong yen, BTW) means buying used is attractive. The NJP Temma2 is probably the best payload-for-the-buck premium mount you can get, with a 70lb payload. An AP900 would not go less than $7K.

BTW - the guy asking $5.5k - it would be reasonable if (1) the NJP is fairly pristine and comes with a bunch of weights, BT Tech or Casady saddle, etc.; and (2) it comes with the Tak wood or metal tripod.


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Re: NJP Takahashi Mount used or go new new [Re: orlyandico]
      #5964027 - 07/10/13 01:02 PM

Not sure what the big deal with the polar scope being out of date is? Just ignore the numbers and use the Tak Align app to show where to put Polaris on the circle.

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andysea
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Re: NJP Takahashi Mount used or go new new [Re: Vagus]
      #5964145 - 07/10/13 02:22 PM

I agree. Even with the precession of the pole, my guess is that with the help of tak align you can estimate where polaris will be for another 10 years or so. After that you might need a new polar scope. If I remember well my NJP has circles that go until 2015. I haven't used it in a while tho so I might be wrong.

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Re: NJP Takahashi Mount used or go new new [Re: Tim]
      #5964261 - 07/10/13 03:26 PM

NJP is a very good mount at a reasonable price when compared to other high quality mounts.

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Re: NJP Takahashi Mount used or go new new [Re: maknewtnut]
      #5964691 - 07/10/13 08:29 PM

Tim,

Do you have the Tak polar alignment utility? If not, PM me and I will send you a link or the files themselves.

I've run the polar alignment utility forward 17 years and it gives just as accurate a reading on the polar alignment reticle grid as it gives today. After 2030 or so, it starts to get away from the lines a bit, but by then I'll have polar aligned enough that I am betting it will be readable and usable through at least 2040. :-)

I have to agree with Vagus. I'm sorry to hear Tak is not replacing the reticles any more (and I know folks have been concerned about it), but I'm not too sorry.

Val


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Hikari
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Re: NJP Takahashi Mount used or go new new [Re: Alterf]
      #5964724 - 07/10/13 08:49 PM

Tak mounts are great and just work. Their load specs are conservative and usually exceed what they publish. I find buying really well made equipment like Takahashi saves money because you simply don't have to keep chasing gear because the lesser mounts are lesser. It is not like the mount will wear out.

If you can afford it, I would go for a new mount.


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Re: NJP Takahashi Mount used or go new new [Re: Hikari]
      #5964902 - 07/10/13 10:49 PM

My point was to go AP rather than Tak if buying new... not to buy a lesser mount. The RAPAS is reputedly just as good as the Tak polar scope (unlike the unlamented PASILL4).

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Re: NJP Takahashi Mount used or go new new [Re: orlyandico]
      #5964921 - 07/10/13 10:58 PM

Yes I can vouch for the Rapas. As long as the mount is level in the E-W direction (within 1 degree) it's very accurate.

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Hikari
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Re: NJP Takahashi Mount used or go new new [Re: orlyandico]
      #5965020 - 07/10/13 11:56 PM

Quote:

My point was to go AP rather than Tak if buying new... not to buy a lesser mount. The RAPAS is reputedly just as good as the Tak polar scope (unlike the unlamented PASILL4).




I was not actually referring to your post and just saying to invest in quality. Personally, I would favor a Takahashi mount over and Astrophysics mount.


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Re: NJP Takahashi Mount used or go new new [Re: Hikari]
      #5965073 - 07/11/13 01:09 AM

Ah.. well I really can't see what Tak provides that AP does not... and AP is cheaper. Better support. Lower depreciation. US company. The only downside is that some of their mounts have a waiting list. I believe no more Mach1's till 2014.

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Re: NJP Takahashi Mount used or go new new [Re: orlyandico]
      #5965108 - 07/11/13 01:53 AM

Being an owner of both brands I second Orly's statement.. I will however buy a p2z if I ever find one.

Andy


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Re: NJP Takahashi Mount used or go new new [Re: andysea]
      #5965123 - 07/11/13 02:13 AM

So would I!!! P2Z or EM-10. Heck I'd even go for an EM-2 which only has an RA drive. An EM-2 went for $400-ish last year on a-mart. I'm kicking myself for not jumping on it. That's Vixen GP-level pricing.

I'm on the lookout for the nicest small mount for portable use. And AP doesn't make anything smaller than the Mach1. I heard that Roland said it made no sense to make something smaller than the Mach1 because the cost wouldn't be much lower.

I think that's why the EM-11 costs so much ($4300) given its 25lb rating, compared to the EM200 ($6200 and 35lb) and Mach1 ($6350 and 45lb).

Now to throw out another curve ball - there is an AP400QMD languishing on the classifieds for $1350. That is a 20-25lb rated mount (so comparable to a P2Z or EM-10/11). Not GoTo though. And... based on my experience with my AP600QMD, it may disappoint (it would almost certainly be not up to Mach1 level).

My AP600QMD guides very well in RA (the RMS figures are in the same range as my Mach1) but in DEC it is very problematic due to stiction. Am not sure if the AP400 - which I believe is a newer design, it looks like a mini-Mach1 - still uses the sleeve bearing in DEC that the AP600 uses.


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Tim
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Re: NJP Takahashi Mount used or go new [Re: Alterf]
      #5965572 - 07/11/13 11:47 AM

Hi Val - I did download the Tak align for my phone and I was wondering if that was a viable option.. I dont know if diagram in the app is the same as what you see when you look in the polar finder. The app didnt give you very much choice in the settting perhaps the desktop version is different if you want to send me a link or the file that would be appreciated.

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