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#7651 JamesMStephens

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Posted 18 June 2022 - 09:46 PM

Makes perfect sense. I'll see if I can craft an Az circle to add to the mount. Thanks for clarifying Jim.

You can use the RA circle as an azimuth circle by doing this:

https://www.cloudyni...tup/?p=10051926

 

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Posted 18 June 2022 - 10:16 PM

Just ordered the SkyWatcher Az Eq6 mount to carry the TSA 120, which will be properly mounted now. Should work well with the C8 too. I may mount them both at the same time and do some comparisons. I like the fact that it has dual encoders so I can manually move the scope without losing alignment, brilliant engineering.

I don’t want to stray too far from the topic of Tak scopes, but do want to add that I think that you’ll love the Skywatcher AZ-EQ6 for visual use for your new TSA-120.  I just bought one a couple of weeks ago for my FS-128 (which is very similar to your TSA), and think it’s the perfect fit.  I’m looking forward to hearing what you think when you get it.


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Posted 18 June 2022 - 11:55 PM

You can use the RA circle as an azimuth circle by doing this:

https://www.cloudyni...tup/?p=10051926

 

Jim

Thanks Jim.


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Posted 19 June 2022 - 12:00 AM

I don’t want to stray too far from the topic of Tak scopes, but do want to add that I think that you’ll love the Skywatcher AZ-EQ6 for visual use for your new TSA-120.  I just bought one a couple of weeks ago for my FS-128 (which is very similar to your TSA), and think it’s the perfect fit.  I’m looking forward to hearing what you think when you get it.

Glad to hear that Scott, we'll for sure compare notes!

 

Back on topic (my bad), the FC76 collimation looked so good yesterday, I had to check it today just to see it again. Breathtaking to look at an airy disk so perfect.

 

Clear skies, Tim


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Posted 19 June 2022 - 09:57 AM

I decided to give the Sky-90 a spin last night as the weather was clear and the temps actually cool (52 degrees). It was in the 90's yesterday, so quite the swing. The seeing itself wasn't good, but for deep sky it's less of a factor. It was pretty windy out there though.

 

The view of the Milky Way with a 10mm Ethos was a beautiful sight! All of the galaxies and nebulas in the attached images were easily visible, no problem. My biggest issue was that it takes forever to get truly dark outside now. At 10:30 PM I still had sky glow. I think it looked best after 11:00 PM. Then I had to hurry due to the moon coming up at 12:45 AM. So, not really that big of a window. 

 

Anyway, love the form factor of the Sky-90. Feels perfect on the EM-10 too! Once you have it collimated, it sure is a fun scope to use!

 

All were done with a Sony A7S camera as jpegs,15 second exposures (ISO 3200) and stacks of 50. Deep Sky Stacker and Lightroom, then heavily cropped. 

 

Sky-90 and EM-10 mount

Eagle Nebula

Whirlpool Galaxy

Sombrero Galaxy

 

My processing skills are still rudimentary as you can see. However, I still like these as souvenirs of an evening under the starry sky.

 

V/R

 

Terry

 

 

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#7656 TerryWood

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Posted 19 June 2022 - 09:58 AM

And the Trifid Nebula...

 

V/R

 

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Posted 19 June 2022 - 10:42 AM

Spent some time with a Tak last night as wel... -120 on a SW EQ6-R Pro in the driveway.

 

Some more M81, following on from last week. Just 30 minutes at 100 Gain from the ASI183MC Pro. Manual focus.
 
M81 2022 06 19, 6x300L, EQMod Mount, ZWO ASI183MC Pro stacked
 
And then onto M51 and NGC5195. One hour and also at 100 Gain.
 
M51 And NGC5195, 2022 06 19, 12x300L, EQMod Mount, ZWO ASI183MC Pro stacked sith a TSA120 and UHC
 
Exactly one year ago with the RC51. Manual focus back at that time as well befoer the Balck Cat and EAF came into play with that rig.
 
M51, 2021 06 19, 10x180L, EQMod Mount, ZWO ASI183MC Pro stacked with a RC51 and IR Cut

 

Nice to have some decent weather for the galaxies again now...

 

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Posted 19 June 2022 - 11:46 AM

Another thread being turned into AP… 


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Posted 19 June 2022 - 01:10 PM

Spent some time with a Tak last night as wel... -120 on a SW EQ6-R Pro in the driveway.

 

Some more M81, following on from last week. Just 30 minutes at 100 Gain from the ASI183MC Pro. Manual focus.
 
 
 
And then onto M51 and NGC5195. One hour and also at 100 Gain.
 
 
 
Exactly one year ago with the RC51. Manual focus back at that time as well befoer the Balck Cat and EAF came into play with that rig.
 
 

 

Nice to have some decent weather for the galaxies again now...

 

SS

Nice images! A Tak-120 sure would be a great scope to own. Maybe one of these days. The only  drawback is that I would also need to upgrade the mount due to the increased weight.  I can't complain though. I feel fortunate as it is!

 

V/R

 

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Posted 19 June 2022 - 03:27 PM

I use my TSA-120 on a Rowan AZ100, looking forward to the drives for it Rowan are designing. Next is a Nexus for it. 


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#7661 TerryWood

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Posted 19 June 2022 - 05:58 PM

The Rowan is a really nice looking mount! Will the new drive system track in alt az?

V/R

Terry

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Posted 19 June 2022 - 07:28 PM

The Rowan is a really nice looking mount! Will the new drive system track in alt az?

V/R

Terry

It will.  Full on Go To, tracking, and WiFi for control by SkySafari, etc., with clutches so you can do push to & track.


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Posted 20 June 2022 - 09:38 AM

It will.  Full on Go To, tracking, and WiFi for control by SkySafari, etc., with clutches so you can do push to & track.

Wow, that sounds like it will be a fantastic pairing with a Tak scope (or two)! Thanks for the info!

 

V/R 

 

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Posted 20 June 2022 - 02:35 PM

I am visual only. Chose the Rowan as it has less to go wrong and is modular. I had considered an AZ EQ 6, but it was too complicated and more costly, though its got everything but a power supply when you buy.

 

GOTO does interest me to try out as an experience.


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Posted 20 June 2022 - 06:55 PM

I am visual only. Chose the Rowan as it has less to go wrong and is modular. I had considered an AZ EQ 6, but it was too complicated and more costly, though its got everything but a power supply when you buy.

 

GOTO does interest me to try out as an experience.

Yes, sometimes GOTO is nice to have. Can definitely save a lot of time when the weather is pressing. Though I haven't used it in years, I'm leaning heavily in that direction for the next mount. Anyway, if it can hold a TSA-120 or FS-128 it'll be just what I'm looking for. I don't have either of those scopes, but it's nice to dream about the next one! Maybe in the next year or two...unless Tak comes out with another super-duper scope in that size range.

 

V/R

 

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Posted 21 June 2022 - 04:57 AM

Yes, sometimes GOTO is nice to have. Can definitely save a lot of time when the weather is pressing. Though I haven't used it in years, I'm leaning heavily in that direction for the next mount. Anyway, if it can hold a TSA-120 or FS-128 it'll be just what I'm looking for. I don't have either of those scopes, but it's nice to dream about the next one! Maybe in the next year or two...unless Tak comes out with another super-duper scope in that size range.

 

V/R

 

Terry

AZ100s can take 6" doublets like the APM ED, and triplet Tak TOA-130, so you are future-proofed. The mount is solid and strong, has slo mo, and has Nexus if you want it.


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Posted 21 June 2022 - 05:14 PM

The Rowan looks terrific. But I found a nice, used AZ8 with encoders, so I decided to go that route for my TSA120. When the Rowan is available with tracking, I won't be able to resist.


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Posted 21 June 2022 - 05:35 PM

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Posted 21 June 2022 - 05:37 PM

Decent weather last night in Oregon so out went the TSA120.  (Forgot to get a picturefrown.gif)

 

Seeing and transparency were both Average.

 

The TSA120 was amazing; M27 (Dumbbell Nebula) was bright and large in a 7mm Nagler smoothie. For the first time ever the dumbbell shape was actually obvious. Even in my Nexstar 11 it just looks like a large, patchy spot. The superb contrast of the TSA120 allowed the handle shape and darker areas surrounding the handle to pop out at me. 

 

M57 was large, bright and well defined.

 

M11 was spectacular with more inky, black lanes and patches than I have ever seen. It was the jewel of the night.

 

M81/M82 was beautiful in an 11mm ES 82-degree eyepiece. Both galaxies in the same field of view.

 

I was not able to resolve M51 at all. Maybe tonight.

 

This fine instrument blew me away with its ability to bring out subtle shadings within deep sky objects. It is much better than I expected for DSO observing.

 

The amazing TSA120 waiting for another night of viewing.

June 21 2022

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Posted 21 June 2022 - 07:23 PM

Nice report—thanks for sharing! :waytogo:


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Posted 21 June 2022 - 08:07 PM

Nice report—thanks for sharing! waytogo.gif

Thanks Scott!

Clear skies, Tim



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Posted 21 June 2022 - 10:35 PM

For anyone with a serious case of Takitis, there’s an FS-152 available on the “other site”. Not mine!


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Posted 22 June 2022 - 11:09 AM

For anyone with a serious case of Takitis, there’s an FS-152 available on the “other site”. Not mine!

If I had the money I would make a Bino scope!

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Posted 22 June 2022 - 11:56 AM

For anyone with a serious case of Takitis, there’s an FS-152 available on the “other site”. Not mine!

I saw that and would really like it (especially with that nice FTF3545 focuser), but don’t have the funds available at the present time. Oh well. :(


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Posted 22 June 2022 - 12:08 PM

For anyone with a serious case of Takitis, there’s an FS-152 available on the “other site”. Not mine!

Yes, I saw the ad and immediately made plans to drive to New York to pick it up.  Then my wife came home and there was no way i could explain why I wanted to drive three hours to Brooklyn.  tongue2.gif

 

Plus, I don't have the money, nor do I have the strength to manage an FS-152 anymore.  But I still wanted it!  The Tak FS-152 has been my "Dream Scope" for 15 years, ever since I got my first FS-128, but I am afraid it will always remain just out of reach.

 

Oh well....

 

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