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#3451 semej

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Posted 06 February 2020 - 04:39 AM

My little Tak Grab&Go setup finally complete:

The components:
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TalentCell 3000mA Lithium PowerPack


Kunama,

3000mA is not really much of capacity. 8 eneloops give 2500mA already.

Did you checked, how much longer holds the TalenCell 3000?

Sergey


Edited by semej, 06 February 2020 - 05:21 AM.


#3452 amys

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Posted 06 February 2020 - 06:53 AM

You will need a M72 to M68 adapter and then M68 to say M48 and a 2" Helical focuser.

 

Or the MEF or a Starlight Instruments Micropinion assembly like this one *.

 

* Assuming you have the Tak 2.7" focuser.

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Posted 06 February 2020 - 09:28 AM

Quick question: anyone know where I can purchase the plastic dew shield cover for a FS-152? I had one in addition to the "manhole" version and preferred its light weight. Tried a few searches and so far no dice!

Try TNR or Tokyo.  The dew shield for the TOA-130 is the same size as the FS-152, so the dust covers should fit either one.  A friend of mine purchased two of them and sent one to me.  I still hold out a faint hope that I will someday be able to use a TOA-130 again.  lol.gif

 

I have always considered the manhole cover to be dangerous for my toes!  When my refractor is mounted, the dust cover is above my eye level and after I dropped it once, I started looking for safer alternatives. tongue2.gif

 

Best of luck!

 

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#3454 ltha

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Posted 06 February 2020 - 12:48 PM

Actually I used the term plastic. The one I had years back may have been very light aluminum. But it was light, slipped over the dew shield instead of inside as the manhole cover does, never fell out while being moved and did not affect balancing the scope appreciably. 



#3455 RAKing

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Posted 06 February 2020 - 02:10 PM

Actually I used the term plastic. The one I had years back may have been very light aluminum. But it was light, slipped over the dew shield instead of inside as the manhole cover does, never fell out while being moved and did not affect balancing the scope appreciably. 

Mine is stored away, but I think it is lightweight metal.

 

Sorry, but I should not have said "plastic" in my first sentence.  The dew shields are the same diameter, so the dust covers should fit either one.  I will edit my post.

 

Cheers,

 

Ron

 

The cover on my TOA-130 (far left) is what I am writing about. cool.gif

 

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#3456 Kunama

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Posted 06 February 2020 - 03:57 PM

Kunama,

3000mA is not really much of capacity. 8 eneloops give 2500mA already.

Did you checked, how much longer holds the TalenCell 3000?

Sergey

This little Tak scope/mount combination is only used for short grab&go observing sessions and the mount only uses a tiny bit of current to track so I think the 3000mA will power several sessions before charging.

The Talent cell can also be charged while the mount is running....


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Posted 13 February 2020 - 07:50 AM

Hi Amy,

In for a penny, in for a kidney! You can use the MEF, or possibly a Starlight instruments micropinion assembly. Is it the 2.7" focuser that you have?



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Posted 13 February 2020 - 07:51 AM

Just ordered the micro pinion. Some of the members are going to help me install it at our next club meeting.
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Posted 13 February 2020 - 07:52 AM

Nothing much to it - a 5 minute job. It will however increase your enjoyment of the scope significantly!


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Posted 14 February 2020 - 08:41 AM

Nice.  I like your battery pack.  

 

I use 8 Enloop AAs and carry a backup pack.
 

You probably don’t need the mini pier.

 

Here is my version.  Gitzo Traveler.  I use it with a TV76.

Is the ADM saddle a modification? I’d like to have something like that for my Orion StarSeeker. 



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Posted 14 February 2020 - 12:47 PM

Looks like the same mount.  Give Anthony at ADM a call


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#3462 donadani

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Posted 15 February 2020 - 05:57 AM

What is the best thing about the new Tak DZ ???

 

right!

 

A lot of DC´s, DF´s and DL´s are flooding the market waytogo.gif

 

This little - only about one year old gem - now entangled in my net - too bad cool.gif

 

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Firstlight last night showed a (as far as I can say) perfect startest and a razor sharp moon - looking forward to compare it to some more classic fluorite scopes now smile.gif 

 

 


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Posted 15 February 2020 - 09:52 AM

Calling Dr. D, calling Dr. D., Emergency, Emergency, come right away!



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Posted 16 February 2020 - 07:54 AM

Last night it was clear and I put the DC up against a Vixen FL... well the Tak is tad better corrected spherical while the Vixen is a tad better corrected chromatic... - oh wonder... both great! staring to Orions trapezium both showed the same... no winner, no looser here. The real nice thing with the Tak is it´s size or better the lack of it. Hoped to get a view to the moon in the morning but unfortunately clouds rolled in...

 

...therefore sunrise was a real show smile.gif

 

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Posted 16 February 2020 - 12:54 PM

It's interesting you mention the FC was not as well colour corrected as the Vixen. I made a similar side by side comparison back in April 2015,  and after a night of observing the Moon and Jupiter, the three of us who were observing could only say the FC100DC seemed slightly warmer. There was no discernible colour fringing to the lunar limb and the detail in Jupiter's belts and zones was equal in detail. The DC's slightly warmer tone seemed to work to advantage on Jupiter, as it gave a real vibrance to the belts, almost making them stand out in 3D. 

The Vixen was exquisit and as visually perfect as it gets. The shorter Tak kept pace in every way, leaving us all almost speechless. All we could really say by the end of the evening was that either scope would keep us happy for the rest of our lives. Two of us felt the FC100DC had the advantage in that it was easier to use, being significantly shorter physically. To this day the FC100DC has never even hinted at CA around the lunar limb, and has wowed many with its stunning high power views well in excess of 400X.  We used XW eyepieces during the comparison in Cyclops mode. While in binoviewer mode we used orthoscopics.

 

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#3466 donadani

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Posted 16 February 2020 - 01:34 PM

Hi Mike,

 

that was no scientific analysis - just my first impression when aiming at Sirius... after changing the views several times I was no more sure that I can see any difference at all - but I think that´s normal wink.gif Real differences were not detectable - if one is looking for those a bench test with 400x in doublepass would be interesting. I subscribe 100% that this short Tak will fit all needs of a visual stargazer for a life long.

 

First I thought to go after a DL but because just one "long" FC is present, I prefered to go "short" smile.gif

 

next combatant:  1990 vs. 2018

 

- both FC´s

- both for visual use

- both Steinheil

- f/10 vs. f/7.4

 

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...interesting in the last pic: both lenses sit here around where the "N" has it´s blue stripe.


Edited by donadani, 16 February 2020 - 01:36 PM.

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#3467 Tyson M

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Posted 16 February 2020 - 02:10 PM

There's a bunch of beautiful taks on the classifieds. TOA130, 100DF and the DL all immaculate and good package deals. drool5.gif


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Posted 16 February 2020 - 02:33 PM

UK ABS likewise; FS102, FSQ85 & 106, TSA120 with FT, TOAs 130 & 150. FCs sell fastest.


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Posted 16 February 2020 - 02:36 PM

You all are making my Visa card twitch. Stop it!
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#3470 Tyson M

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Posted 16 February 2020 - 03:46 PM

I wouldve bought one of those three but I went another direction manufacturer-wise and will be taxed out in the astrobudget department starting at the beginning of March.


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Posted 16 February 2020 - 08:05 PM

You all are making my Visa card twitch. Stop it!

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Posted 17 February 2020 - 06:45 AM

Hi Mike,

 

that was no scientific analysis - just my first impression when aiming at Sirius... after changing the views several times I was no more sure that I can see any difference at all - but I think that´s normal wink.gif Real differences were not detectable - if one is looking for those a bench test with 400x in doublepass would be interesting. I subscribe 100% that this short Tak will fit all needs of a visual stargazer for a life long.

 

First I thought to go after a DL but because just one "long" FC is present, I prefered to go "short" smile.gif

 

next combatant:  1990 vs. 2018

 

- both FC´s

- both for visual use

- both Steinheil

- f/10 vs. f/7.4

 

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...interesting in the last pic: both lenses sit here around where the "N" has it´s blue stripe.

Those are two beautiful scopes! Cant wait to see what you make of the two during your comparison. And I really get the decision to go shorter for ease of use. It makes observing so much more pleasurable. waytogo.gif


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Posted 17 February 2020 - 09:00 AM

I wouldve bought one of those three but I went another direction manufacturer-wise and will be taxed out in the astrobudget department starting at the beginning of March.

Tyson, I can't wait to see what you've come up with. You're reviews and experiences are always worth reading.


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Posted 17 February 2020 - 11:51 AM

Tyson, I can't wait to see what you've come up with. You're reviews and experiences are always worth reading.

Thanks for the kind words!

 

Yea I have been quiet on the scope testing front.  I have been going through my dob and mak/mak newt journeys mostly for the last while and havent made write ups on them.  Another scope I have been reviewing and enjoying is the Coronado 60 II. 

 

I have went through a large number of refractors so I am trying to limit that going forward.  So I splurged for something I think matches my needs perfectly and will def share my thoughts on it in the refractor forum.


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Posted 17 February 2020 - 12:47 PM

FYI, for anyone who has an FS-102 and is wondering if any of the newer FC100 models would be an upgrade for visual observing only, I posed this question to Takahashi America this weekend. Their reply was that all of them are outstanding and any differences in visual optical performance between the older FS-102 and the new models are very minimal. This is good to know.
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