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Takahashi FS-152, what model do you have?

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#1 doctordub

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 09:59 AM

I am curious, so I thought I would start another survey thread. If you presently own or formerly owned a Takahashi FS 152 list the five data points and any others of interest. Post a picture if you have one.

 

1. Model year

2. Normal or short version

3. Focuser  2.7" or 4"

4. kept standard, added micropinion, or replaced focuser.

5. Present or Former owner

 

I will start this off:

 

1. 2004

2. new short version

3. 2.7" focuser

4. FT 2 speed microfocuser

5. Present owner

 

CS

Jonathan

 

 

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 12:01 PM

Here is mine.

 

TAK FS-152 manufactured in 1999

Standard length tube

4" focuser

Tak 10:1 MEF

Present owner (2nd)

 

The Tak 10:1 MEF slipps when using heavy eyepiece. For example a 2" diagonal plus Ethos, it almost always cannot move the focuser forward using the fine focusing knob. I have to use the coarse knob to move forward passing the focal plane, then use the fine knob to move backward to adjust focus.

 

By exam the MEF mechanical construction, I found that basically it uses about 4 to 5 metal balls surrounding a thin metal shaft. When you turn the fine focusing knob, it rotates the metal balls that then twist the metal shaft by friction. It almost guarantees slippery with heavy load. Thus, I am thinking replacing the whole focuser, which is nearly a grand!!!

 

Nontherless, its optics is fantastic.

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#3 Erik Bakker

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 04:33 PM

Beautiful scopes guys  :bow:  :bow:


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#4 Daniel Mounsey

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Posted 28 January 2016 - 12:24 AM

I'll try to get back with some info on mine.


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Posted 28 January 2016 - 07:40 AM

Hey Jonathan...how do you use your setup, what is your technique for locating DSO's? Does the tablet app get you close to the object you are after then you search around for it, or does it guide you right into the fov of an eyepiece? What app (SkySafari)? I have considered the alt/az route with a refractor, but always thought I needed DSC's to find objects...apparently you do it with just the tablet?!?! Interesting...

Edited by t.r., 28 January 2016 - 07:54 AM.


#6 doctordub

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Posted 28 January 2016 - 08:27 AM

Hi t.r.,

I use SkySafari Plus on an Android tablet. The Astro Devices BETI, a bluetooth connected to the Discmounts encoders gives dead on accuracy with two star alignment. The DM6 is so smooth that I have tracked Jupiter at over 300X by nudging it with the bridge of my nose!.

CS

Jonathan


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#7 doctordub

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Posted 28 January 2016 - 08:29 AM

BNCGreyCat that is a beautiful setup, and thanks Erik.

CS

Jonathan



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Posted 28 January 2016 - 08:29 AM

Ah, so you do use encoders...thought you might not be.

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Posted 28 January 2016 - 08:31 AM

Dr D, hope to see you at NEAF this year!

CS

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Posted 28 January 2016 - 09:00 AM

t.r.,

The encoders in the DM6 are internal.

CS

Jonathan



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Posted 28 January 2016 - 10:02 PM

Wish I had one. 



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Posted 29 January 2016 - 03:38 AM

Jonathan, do you like your Starlight MPA? I am thinking of getting one for my Tak.



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Posted 29 January 2016 - 09:15 AM

Hi Allan,

I really like the Starlight MPA, it allows you to adjust the exact "feel" of the focuser.

CS

Jonathan



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Posted 29 January 2016 - 09:35 AM

Sorry if this is a little OT, but I put a full FeatherTouch (the FTF3035, 3" R&P version) on both my FS-102 and FS-128.  If I had a FS-152, I'd probably put a FT 3545 (3.5" R&P) on it.  Not to demean the FT MPAs, as they're very nice, but that's just how much I like the full FT focusers.  Plus it's a testimony to how much I like the optics in Tak's FS series.  If I didn't think so highly of their optics, I wouldn't think of installing such nice focusers on them. :grin:


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Posted 29 January 2016 - 05:32 PM

Sorry if this is a little OT, but I put a full FeatherTouch (the FTF3035, 3" R&P version) on both my FS-102 and FS-128.  If I had a FS-152, I'd probably put a FT 3545 (3.5" R&P) on it.  Not to demean the FT MPAs, as they're very nice, but that's just how much I like the full FT focusers.  Plus it's a testimony to how much I like the optics in Tak's FS series.  If I didn't think so highly of their optics, I wouldn't think of installing such nice focusers on them. :grin:

 

Indeed. Having owned a couple of FS-128s and FC/FS-100/102s, it makes perfect sense why you'd want a top-of-the-line focuser on these. I really miss my old Taks and wish I would have had the opportunity to purchase a 152.


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Posted 30 January 2016 - 09:02 PM

I know there are more than three FS 152 out there, where is 20+ members that have this Tak recently?

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Jonathan



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Posted 31 January 2016 - 05:56 AM

Sorry if this is a little OT, but I put a full FeatherTouch (the FTF3035, 3" R&P version) on both my FS-102 and FS-128.  If I had a FS-152, I'd probably put a FT 3545 (3.5" R&P) on it.  Not to demean the FT MPAs, as they're very nice, but that's just how much I like the full FT focusers.  Plus it's a testimony to how much I like the optics in Tak's FS series.  If I didn't think so highly of their optics, I wouldn't think of installing such nice focusers on them. :grin:

I was considering the full blown FT focuser, but then I saw a photo of one on a TOA130. The all black focuser kinda spoiled the look of the TOA, the Tak green focuser looks a million bucks on that scope. I've seen the FT on other Tak scopes where it suits it better. All personal opinions I guess.


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Posted 09 February 2016 - 10:17 AM

Don't tell me nobody else has a picture of their Tak FS 152

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#19 Peter Besenbruch

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Posted 09 February 2016 - 01:15 PM

Don't tell me nobody else has a picture of their Tak FS 152

 

​I lost mine. I know I put it somewhere. I've looked everywhere, in the car port, under my sofa cushions; I just can't find it.



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Posted 09 February 2016 - 02:41 PM

:funny:



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Posted 02 February 2017 - 12:47 PM

I have seen alot of new FS-152 purchases lets see some pics and stats.

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Posted 02 February 2017 - 08:24 PM

1. 2005

2. SV

3. 4" focuser

4. standard/original focuser

5. Present owner

 

 

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Posted 02 February 2017 - 09:17 PM

1. 2005

2. SV

3. 4" focuser

4. standard/original focuser

5. Present owner

I see you're single.....    Just kidding!


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Posted 02 February 2017 - 09:25 PM

 

1. 2005

2. SV

3. 4" focuser

4. standard/original focuser

5. Present owner

I see you're single.....    Just kidding!

 

Nope, I just have an awesome wife who is extremely tolerant of me :-)



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Posted 03 February 2017 - 12:01 AM

I just saw this, had not noticed it before.

 

1. 2004

2. Short version

3. 4" Focuser

4. Replaced with a FT 3545 (love it!!!)

5. Present owner

 

 

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