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#4101 Tyson M

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Posted 24 June 2020 - 01:03 PM

TOA-130 next?


Yea ill be saving my pennies for something nice. I am 34 going on 35 so I'll be in the hobby for awhile. I am thinking about large a premium apo for sure in the long run.
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Posted 24 June 2020 - 07:43 PM

Yea ill be saving my pennies for something nice. I am 34 going on 35 so I'll be in the hobby for awhile. I am thinking about large a premium apo for sure in the long run.

Tyson,

 

The TOA 130 is a beast. Built like a tank and needs a sizable mount to hold it. It’s also one of the best looking scopes I have ever owned. The gentleman I sold it to here on CN got the scope and he told me  he and his wife thought it was the most beautiful thing in their home.  I told him I couldn’t argue however I said to him when you two said that you did tell your wife it was the second most beautiful thing in the house. He replied yeah I’ll have to tell her that.

 

anyway great scope.


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Posted 24 June 2020 - 07:56 PM

Would match a DM6 fine I imagine.


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Posted 24 June 2020 - 08:45 PM

 

The TOA 130 is a beast. Built like a tank and needs a sizable mount to hold it. It’s also one of the best looking scopes I have ever owned. 

I do agree. I sold my TSA 120 and got TOA 130.  5" is my upper limit to have comfortable viewing positions. Even though the AYOMaster mount can handle heavier, I am content with 5", especially with my new night vision. 

 

My scopes , first time on Takitis.

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#4105 Tyson M

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Posted 24 June 2020 - 08:50 PM

Everyone says the TOA130 is the finest scope they have ever looked through.

I just might go down that route some day. It would be excellent on my DM6.
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Posted 25 June 2020 - 05:54 AM

My TOA130 is the most pure telescope I've used, as are all the TOA scopes I've seen. The DM6 is a great match for that scope.

 

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Posted 25 June 2020 - 07:14 AM

My TOA130 is the most pure telescope I've used, as are all the TOA scopes I've seen. The DM6 is a great match for that scope.

 

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Posted 25 June 2020 - 10:50 AM

I was observing the moon at 300X last night with my Tak FC76DCUCQ and the views were tack sharp and highly detailed. I focused my attention on the Mare Crisium region and observed no trace of false color whatsoever, especially near the terminator!! This 3" F12.75 Fluorite Apo is superb optically and super easy to set up and use!! Seeing conditions were about average at the time of observation. Also cleanly split Epsilon Lyrae with big, wide, black spaces between the components!!


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Posted 25 June 2020 - 10:58 AM

Tyson

 

You should get one just like me. There are a couple of used TOA130 showing up recently. What I did is selling all my other stuff, and adding a little bit to exchange for a used 130. It is never too late to get one. Like AP mount, it is a life-time scope.  smile.gif

 

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Everyone says the TOA130 is the finest scope they have ever looked through.

I just might go down that route some day. It would be excellent on my DM6.


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#4110 Tyson M

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Posted 25 June 2020 - 01:07 PM

My TOA130 is the most pure telescope I've used, as are all the TOA scopes I've seen. The DM6 is a great match for that scope.

 

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I likely will have a very similar set up here.

 

Love it!  


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Posted 25 June 2020 - 02:52 PM

I was observing the moon at 300X last night with my Tak FC76DCUCQ and the views were tack sharp and highly detailed. I focused my attention on the Mare Crisium region and observed no trace of false color whatsoever, especially near the terminator!! This 3" F12.75 Fluorite Apo is superb optically and super easy to set up and use!! Seeing conditions were about average at the time of observation. Also cleanly split Epsilon Lyrae with big, wide, black spaces between the components!!


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Posted 25 June 2020 - 05:45 PM

I likely will have a very similar set up here.

 

Love it!  

That’s why I thought I would tease you with a photo. 


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Posted 25 June 2020 - 05:47 PM

What eyepieces were you using ?

Vixen HR 3.4mm and Tak TOE 3.3mm.



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Posted 25 June 2020 - 06:39 PM

My TOA130 is the most pure telescope I've used, as are all the TOA scopes I've seen. The DM6 is a great match for that scope.

 

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Especially if paired to those great Losmandy heavy duty tripod legs. I had the same set-up with TOA130 and DM-6 but with a Berlebach tripod (UNI model) that was not up to the job.  I'm sure a Planet would be fine but a DM-6 seems almost designed for the Losmandy legs.  Nice set-up Allan.


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#4115 Tyson M

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Posted 25 June 2020 - 09:21 PM

Tyson

 

You should get one just like me. There are a couple of used TOA130 showing up recently. What I did is selling all my other stuff, and adding a little bit to exchange for a used 130. It is never too late to get one. Like AP mount, it is a life-time scope.  smile.gif

 

Yuexiao

Yea I know exactly what you mean. I can already tell the DM6 with nexus and  encoders will be a lifetime mount.  


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Posted 28 June 2020 - 09:04 AM

I saw you have taken the action:) Hope you can find a good deallol.gif

Yea I know exactly what you mean. I can already tell the DM6 with nexus and  encoders will be a lifetime mount.  

 


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Posted 28 June 2020 - 09:11 AM

Yea I know exactly what you mean. I can already tell the DM6 with nexus and  encoders will be a lifetime mount.  

Good thing to have. A Rowan AZ100 with Nexus may well be my equivalent. 



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Posted 29 June 2020 - 10:27 AM

Yea I know exactly what you mean. I can already tell the DM6 with nexus and  encoders will be a lifetime mount.  

I’ve never read a negative comment about a DM6, or a DM4, for that matter, but have no experience with either. I have the Astrosystems encoders on my Z-12 Dob, and my Stellarvue M2C, and can drive my AZ/EQ-6 in Alt/Az mode with the Nexus DSC system if I choose to. The Nexus DSC’s are incredible.



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Posted 29 June 2020 - 11:08 AM

I’ve never read a negative comment about a DM6, or a DM4, for that matter, but have no experience with either. I have the Astrosystems encoders on my Z-12 Dob, and my Stellarvue M2C, and can drive my AZ/EQ-6 in Alt/Az mode with the Nexus DSC system if I choose to. The Nexus DSC’s are incredible.

I am just experiencing the joys of the Nexus DSC + DM6 combo.

 

With a 2 star alignment then connect SS6 pro, it appears I can now finally find all the obscure hard-to-find smaller targets with starhopping/push to. 

 

I havent had a decent observing night out with it (2 trial nights sorting things out and actually reading the instructions), but last outing was extremely promising and has got me excited.

 

The DM6 is robust and begs for a large scope.  With a smaller scope attached it seems to almost have too much stiction, like I found with the TSA120.  I had to back off almost all tension from RA knob completely.

 

The DM6 was not cheap with Nexus and 311K tic encorders, but now I wont have to upgrade my mount ever.  

 

I will post more thoughts on it in a different thread once I sort everything out and use it more.


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Posted 29 June 2020 - 11:15 AM

I saw you have taken the action:) Hope you can find a good deallol.gif

I got a concerning PM and pulled my ad.  I will wait until a reputable member/seller lists one or buy one new eventually.



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Posted 30 June 2020 - 01:37 AM

My first Tak is a 180 Mewlon and so when a FS 102 came up for sale I could not resist, what do you think of putting the FS 102 on a Ioptron AZ cube? I might be able to get them both on the same mount.

 

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Posted 30 June 2020 - 03:02 PM

I have my FS-102 on an Evoltuin and it's the cat's meow. I have had a couple different iOptron's and do not trust them in terms of reliability.  I do have the Evolution however on their tri-pier and that is an excellent combination.



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Posted Yesterday, 12:51 AM

Arrived in dark skies for a clear evening in hopes of capturing some imaging data. Sadly, clouds arrived followed by a storm warning. Thanks to breaks in the clouds, I at least got to use the Mewlon 210 for the first time in dark skies. 

 

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Posted Yesterday, 03:18 AM

That's very cute Baby Q setup, Phil ! smile.gif How well does the stock focuser handle that heavy astrophoto rig ?



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Posted Yesterday, 11:58 AM

That's very cute Baby Q setup, Phil ! smile.gif How well does the stock focuser handle that heavy astrophoto rig ?

Thanks! I did a test run in my backyard last week...shot narrowband with long exposures. Stars were pinpoint. Focuser held it fine. My only issue is the filterwheel hit the mount. I ordered PrimaLuce 20mm spacers to set the rings higher and that solved the problem.


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