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#876 25585

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Posted 26 February 2020 - 12:29 PM

Just picked this up off of A-mart. What a stunner.  Views are textbook.  20mm Ethos on M42 was breathtaking.  

 

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Do you find the OE focuser copes with the 21's weight OK? 



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Posted 26 February 2020 - 01:48 PM

I use the Takahashi fc 100 dl with Nikon nav hw 17 and 2” diagonal without problem.

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Posted 26 February 2020 - 03:22 PM

Do you find the OE focuser copes with the 21's weight OK? 

Zero issue.  Rock solid.  No drift, no sag.  I am also using a Baader Clicklock on the focuser too.  The OE came with the micro-focuser. There is a tiny bit of image shift (maybe an arcsecond) visible at the highest magnifications.  Typical of rack and pinion mechanics.   It's an impressive combination with that Eyepiece.  High contrast, yet medium field of view. 

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Posted 27 February 2020 - 04:04 PM

The thick and thin of things.  Wow, I can't believe how the FSQ as escalated in price!   Casual FSQ comparison with the F/9 doublet under superb seeing conditions.   Resolution the same. 1.5 arc sec easily split. Beta Monocerotis just stunning in both instruments...   The doublet shows more light in the airy disk. 5th and 6th stars in the trapezium were easier in the doublet. To be expected considering all of the air to glass surfaces in the FSQ.  Still, the differences would go unnoticed by a casual observer.    The FSQ is highly versatile with the 1.8X Barlow for those high mag double star views and exquisite wide field views at f/5.    And yes, yes, the FSQ is an astrograph first.  

 

Baader BBHA Sitall diagonal, Delos 6 mm and 4.5 mm eyepieces.  Tak 1.8X extender for FSQ.

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Posted 27 February 2020 - 04:20 PM

Wow Gleason! Such a beautiful brace of Taks!


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Posted 27 February 2020 - 08:30 PM

Wow Gleason! Such a beautiful brace of Taks!

Thank you!  The DL is a sweet performer.  Great value, and wonderful views.  


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Posted 16 March 2020 - 10:06 PM

I’m enjoying first light with my FC-100DL tonight. Currently waiting on Orion to clear some trees, and taking a warm up break from the wind. I have it mounted in tandem on my AZ-EQ6 with my NP127.


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Posted 16 March 2020 - 10:10 PM

I’m enjoying first light with my FC-100DL tonight. Currently waiting on Orion to clear some trees, and taking a warm up break from the wind. I have it mounted in tandem on my AZ-EQ6 with my NP127.

please, I would like to have a comparison between the two scopes.

thank you so much



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Posted 17 March 2020 - 02:31 PM

Sunny, the two scopes compliment each other, but with the difference in aperture and optical design, to compare them would be like comparing apples to oranges, or 101 proof bourbon to 3.2 beer. They do both put up very fine images. With the weather warming up the snow is starting to melt away. I’ll soon have access to my much more open sky observing area instead of peeking through the trees in the door yard. Then I’ll be able to use the go to and tracking features of the mount to allow me to take good long looks at my targets.


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Posted 20 March 2020 - 04:01 PM

Sunny, the two scopes compliment each other, but with the difference in aperture and optical design, to compare them would be like comparing apples to oranges, or 101 proof bourbon to 3.2 beer. They do both put up very fine images. With the weather warming up the snow is starting to melt away. I’ll soon have access to my much more open sky observing area instead of peeking through the trees in the door yard. Then I’ll be able to use the go to and tracking features of the mount to allow me to take good long looks at my targets.

101 proof bourbon woukd definitely give me blurry images!


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Posted 22 March 2020 - 04:30 PM

Zero issue.  Rock solid.  No drift, no sag.  I am also using a Baader Clicklock on the focuser too.  The OE came with the micro-focuser. There is a tiny bit of image shift (maybe an arcsecond) visible at the highest magnifications.  Typical of rack and pinion mechanics.   It's an impressive combination with that Eyepiece.  High contrast, yet medium field of view. 

Gleason,

What mount are you using to attach the starbeam to your tak?



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Posted 23 March 2020 - 11:12 PM

takahashi provides manual for fc100dl, here are some snapshots:

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Posted 24 March 2020 - 07:36 AM

I would like to obtain a copy. 



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Posted 24 March 2020 - 07:52 AM

Is a PDF copy of the manual for FC100DF available in english language?



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Posted 24 March 2020 - 09:22 AM

Yes, never purchased any Takahashi telescope without the user's manual.



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Posted 24 March 2020 - 04:48 PM

Yes, never purchased any Takahashi telescope without the user's manual.

Surprisingly my first FOA60 arrived new, still factory packed and sealed but without  the certificate, manual or other bits.



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Posted 24 March 2020 - 08:04 PM

Really strange. Something happened there. I know Takahashi America opens their scopes to make sure everything checks out before shipping. If I didn't know that would have been impossible for me to think it had been opened since leaving Japan. Could have slipped out the supplier there does the same.



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Posted 24 March 2020 - 08:40 PM

I bought mine used. It came with no documentation, not a deal breaker. I bought a brand new Stellarvue a while back, only paperwork it came with was my invoice. I know the dew shield on my tak is removable to access the lens if it needs cleaning, I just don’t know if the white tube threads into the silver band or the whole assembly just threads on the optical tube.



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Posted 24 March 2020 - 08:57 PM

.. I just don’t know if the white tube threads into the silver band or the whole assembly just threads on the optical tube.

The silver "band" screws into the white tube. The dew cap screws onto the silver band.

 

The objective cell is long and the actual objective is positioned well up inside the dew shield.

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Posted 24 March 2020 - 09:09 PM

Thank you sir, for enlightening me.

Larry


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Posted 25 March 2020 - 04:27 PM

takahashi provides manual for fc100dl, here are some snapshots:

Just checked. My DL came with a manual, cleaning instructions, certificate/inspection sheet, inspect your scope notice and a Takahashi sticker.


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Posted 26 March 2020 - 03:29 AM

Yes, never purchased any Takahashi telescope without the user's manual.

I bought my scope from Japan, so that the manual in Japanese and I need pdf copy in english ( my scope is FC100DF )



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Posted 26 March 2020 - 08:40 AM

Hopefully someone can make a pdf for you. I don't have any of the FC-100D models.



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Posted 26 March 2020 - 10:17 AM

Some infirmation here http://www.trutekast...hi/fc100dc.html



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Posted 28 March 2020 - 03:11 PM

Just checked. My DL came with a manual, cleaning instructions, certificate/inspection sheet, inspect your scope notice and a Takahashi sticker.

All this inside a plastic zip-lock bag, and oh yeah, I forgot to mention, a 4mm Allen wrench. 




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