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#4401 StarAlert

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Posted 19 September 2020 - 12:38 AM

For those of you who might want to feed your Takitis addiction, good luck with that.

 

I just looked through Takahashi America's website to see what they have in stock. Nothing! Well... almost nothing. Every scope is "out of stock" except for the Mewlon 180C. 



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Posted 19 September 2020 - 02:48 AM

shocked.gif  it’s the end



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Posted 19 September 2020 - 04:05 AM

For UK Takaholics, UK Astro Buy & Sell has a TSA-120 & a FS-128 being advertised. Might be some others too.


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Posted 19 September 2020 - 07:22 AM

Is that the Sky 90II?

Yes, it’s a Sky-90II SV from 2005. 


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Posted 19 September 2020 - 09:49 AM

I feel the pain too.  I ordered a FC76dcu because it was indicated "in stock" with shipping in 5-7 days.  Delivery now due in December.  Bummer, but well worth the wait.

 

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Posted 19 September 2020 - 10:00 AM

I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see some price increases, soon. 



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Posted 19 September 2020 - 10:46 AM

Till now TakJap makes usually a year price revision in every march or april.

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Posted 19 September 2020 - 10:53 AM

You’re correct smile.gif And both are great performers!

So we can put to rest the myth that shipping the sky 90 causes it to lose collimation. I will tell you I have sellers remorse on that one. However it looks to have found a great home.



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Posted 19 September 2020 - 11:24 AM

Till now TakJap makes usually a year price revision in every march or april.

Hi Iñaki,

 

Does your comment mean that prices usually get increased in March or April, or that they will be lowered ?

 

Is that price change immediately moved to retailers ?

 

Thanks,

 

Miguel



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Posted 19 September 2020 - 12:10 PM

So we can put to rest the myth that shipping the sky 90 causes it to lose collimation. I will tell you I have sellers remorse on that one. However it looks to have found a great home

I owned my first Sky-90 about 15 years ago and it never had any collimation issues. After selling it I got the urge to own one again several years later so bought a second one. It was an earlier version without the lens centering screws around the lens cell. Unfortunately, it arrived out of collimation but was corrected by TNR.  Like my first scope I later regretted selling that one too.

 

Having always liked the Sky-90 form factor and performance I was determined one last time to hunt down an issue-free scope.  As luck would have it a late model Sky-90 in mint condition soon popped up for sale. It had been bench tested by a very experienced CN member and judged to be a particularly nice sample.  Having used it quite a bit since acquiring it I can confirm that; collimation has remained dead on and views are razor sharp with typical Tak fluorite contrast and saturated star colors. It’s a joy to use.

 

I’ve looked through a couple other later version Sky-90’s (e.g. Sky-90 II’s) owned by others and none had collimation issues.  My take on it is that the redesigned lens cell of the Sky-90 II virtually eliminated the earlier collimation issues sometimes found in the earlier version scopes.  I’d have no hesitation shipping or receiving a properly packed and well performing Sky-90 II out of fear collimation would be upset during transit.


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Posted 19 September 2020 - 02:19 PM

I wouldn’t say that my case of Takitis is bad (yet), but I have been bitten...

 

I started the hobby with a GSO Dob this past Christmas and have poured my non-working hours into the hobby ever since.  I heard that for my second scope, I should consider a 4” refractor. And I learned that I would need a decent mount and tripod; not undersized for the telescope.

 

But after picking up this Takahashi FS-102NSV from the original owner (via AM) recently, I knew that it needed not only all the period-correct colored bits, but also that the mount and tri-pod should highlight the scope, rather than overpower it.

 

Even through smoke-filled skies with poor transparency, my first views through it last night of Jupiter and her moons caused me to whisper, “Wow!” to myself.

 

I had to look through it before sharing with others to look at it.  I hope you enjoy the sight of this grab and go setup as much as I do.

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Posted 19 September 2020 - 03:06 PM

Ready for a night of observing...

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Posted 19 September 2020 - 03:13 PM

I wouldn’t say that my case of Takitis is bad (yet), but I have been bitten...

 

I started the hobby with a GSO Dob this past Christmas and have poured my non-working hours into the hobby ever since.  I heard that for my second scope, I should consider a 4” refractor. And I learned that I would need a decent mount and tripod; not undersized for the telescope.

 

But after picking up this Takahashi FS-102NSV from the original owner (via AM) recently, I knew that it needed not only all the period-correct colored bits, but also that the mount and tri-pod should highlight the scope, rather than overpower it.

 

Even through smoke-filled skies with poor transparency, my first views through it last night of Jupiter and her moons caused me to whisper, “Wow!” to myself.

 

I had to look through it before sharing with others to look at it.  I hope you enjoy the sight of this grab and go setup as much as I do.

Taka FS102 was the scope which brought about my takitis fever....try Saturn at 300x on a steady night, with an orthoscopic and you’ll be caught!


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Posted 19 September 2020 - 04:03 PM

Hi Iñaki,

 

Does your comment mean that prices usually get increased in March or April, or that they will be lowered ?

 

Is that price change immediately moved to retailers ?

 

Thanks,

 

Miguel

Hi Miguel, prices usually get increased. I also remember a decreased in some items.

 

Here 2019 announcement, revision was introduced from 1st april.

 

http://www.takahashi...05_info_rp.html


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Posted 19 September 2020 - 04:53 PM

Hi Miguel, prices usually get increased. I also remember a decreased in some items.

 

Here 2019 announcement, revision was introduced from 1st april.

 

http://www.takahashi...05_info_rp.html

There was a decrease in the 180 and 210 Mewlons a couple years ago.


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Posted 19 September 2020 - 09:58 PM

Out with this big boy tonight. Been taking in Ganymede transit and Saturn. Next up, Mars once it gets some altitude to it.

 

 

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Posted Yesterday, 08:06 AM

Out with this big boy tonight. Been taking in Ganymede transit and Saturn. Next up, Mars once it gets some altitude to it.

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My All-Time Dream Scope!  Oh, to be 10 years (or more) younger!

 

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Cheers,

 

Ron


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Posted Yesterday, 11:08 AM

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My All-Time Dream Scope!  Oh, to be 10 years (or more) younger!

 

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Cheers,

 

Ron

When I was 10 years younger I couldn’t afford to buy it.  Now I can’t afford to attempt lifting it.  Ah, the cruel irony of life! lol.gif


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Posted Yesterday, 12:18 PM

A 150 would have to be an Esprit for me. 


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Posted Yesterday, 03:39 PM

According to the Tak America website, the Tak 1.7x extender for the FOA60 increases the Strehl from 0.96 to over 0.99. Is that the case for using extenders with the other Taks? Would adding a Tak Extender Q1.6x similarly improve the optics of a DZ or DL? 



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Posted Yesterday, 06:45 PM

I know that adding the 1.7X extender to my FC76 DCU made an already outstanding optic to be absolutely SUPERB!!!


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Posted Yesterday, 08:58 PM

According to the Tak America website, the Tak 1.7x extender for the FOA60 increases the Strehl from 0.96 to over 0.99. Is that the case for using extenders with the other Taks? Would adding a Tak Extender Q1.6x similarly improve the optics of a DZ or DL? 

Yes, it appears so. If you dig around the Takahashi Japan website and Japanese astro web sites Takahashi says that the KA#36595 improves spot sizes particularly at the blue/violet end of the spectrum, flattens the field and improves Strehl for FC-100DL and FC-100DZ. It is only recomended for use on the FSQ106EDX4 and the FC-100DL/DZ scopes. But the Strehl improvement claimed for the FC-100DL/DZ seems impossible, the FC-100DL is already over .95% and the DZ is slightly higher. I bought one from TNR but the fires here in California have prevented any observation let alone serious comparisons. So I wait.  


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Posted Yesterday, 10:34 PM

Yes, it appears so. If you dig around the Takahashi Japan website and Japanese astro web sites Takahashi says that the KA#36595 improves spot sizes particularly at the blue/violet end of the spectrum, flattens the field and improves Strehl for FC-100DL and FC-100DZ. It is only recomended for use on the FSQ106EDX4 and the FC-100DL/DZ scopes. But the Strehl improvement claimed for the FC-100DL/DZ seems impossible, the FC-100DL is already over .95% and the DZ is slightly higher. I bought one from TNR but the fires here in California have prevented any observation let alone serious comparisons. So I wait.  

Thanks. That's very helpful. I think I might pick one up. 



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Posted Yesterday, 11:19 PM

Thanks. That's very helpful. I think I might pick one up. 

I bought an FS-60Q a wile ago and it is really an impressive little scope. The Q module makes a very noticeable improvement in the Takahashi FS-60CB's already solid CA and SA by stretching the f/ratio to f/10 and using complementary lenses to cancel out the remaining aberrations. then I came across little clues when the FC-100DL's recommended extender was changed to the newer Extender Q1.6X KA#36595 and comments showed up saying how much it improved the spot sizes and Strehl so after some digging I found the Takahashi comments on the Japanese Tak pages and I started looking for a use one. But I gave up as Mars was getting too close and I didn't want to end up without it for Mars this year. So I broke down and called TNR. 



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Posted Today, 12:49 AM

I bought an FS-60Q a wile ago and it is really an impressive little scope. The Q module makes a very noticeable improvement in the Takahashi FS-60CB's already solid CA and SA by stretching the f/ratio to f/10 and using complementary lenses to cancel out the remaining aberrations. then I came across little clues when the FC-100DL's recommended extender was changed to the newer Extender Q1.6X KA#36595 and comments showed up saying how much it improved the spot sizes and Strehl so after some digging I found the Takahashi comments on the Japanese Tak pages and I started looking for a use one. But I gave up as Mars was getting too close and I didn't want to end up without it for Mars this year. So I broke down and called TNR. 

There was an extender Q 1.6x on the other website recently for $400. 




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