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Takahashi FS-152, what model do you have?

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#51 hottr6

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 02:08 PM

Should take possession of one over the weekend. Will report when I get back from the road trip! I already sold my FS-128 to help ease the sting.  dancey.gif

Did you buy the 152SV?

 

Whats the difference between the SV and the other models?



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Posted 19 April 2017 - 02:29 PM

Should take possession of one over the weekend. Will report when I get back from the road trip! I already sold my FS-128 to help ease the sting.  dancey.gif

Congratulations!


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Posted 19 April 2017 - 02:48 PM

 


 

Whats the difference between the SV and the other models?

 

NSV is the New Short Version with a 2.7" focuser

SV is the same thing but with a 4" focuser.

 

Both are about 2 inches shorter than the non SV or NSV versions. This was done to make them binoviewer friendly.


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Posted 19 April 2017 - 02:52 PM

Should take possession of one over the weekend. Will report when I get back from the road trip! I already sold my FS-128 to help ease the sting.  dancey.gif

Whoa!!! Great score!!! Congrats Steve, I guess you really enjoyed mine so much at WSP that you had to get one also. EXCELLENT!!! Next year we can make a binoscope out of them at the WSP, LOL. Enjoy it waytogo.gif


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Posted 19 April 2017 - 02:57 PM

You said it Sergio - That view of the trapezium was truly unforgettable and is one of the main reasons I jumped on this one. 

 

Will post some pics after I pick her up and we share a Philly cheese steak on the way home -lol!


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Posted 19 April 2017 - 03:06 PM

I am a big bino-viewing fan so I am really excited about the upcoming views. I have a Zeiss Binoviewer and will probably start out with a pair of Vernsonscope Brandons - 12.5mm's. This particular scope features an FT focuser so hopefully I will be able to optimize the views.

 

I have had many triplets and now appreciate minimal glass throughout the optical chain (bino-viewing not-withstanding). I guess I'm becoming a purist - fluorite doublet/plossl's/ortho's. Fast cool down is important up here in New England. Then again, that's not going to prevent me from looking into obtaining a few Ethoi either -lol. 


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 06:23 AM

Congrats Steve! It does cool very fast, and I am a bino fan as well. The short version allows binoviewing without an OCA.

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 02:35 PM

Thanks Doc - Yes, I am really looking forward to this. I enjoy being able to watch Jupiter for a couple of hours as she drifts by. The binoviewers make this possible as my eyes are relaxed and I am seated, just hanging out with the view. Talk about enjoying a little "planetary therapy"! I highly recommend the practice - especially during a Jovian satellite transit event.


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Posted 24 April 2017 - 10:33 AM

NSV and I retro focused this. 

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 03:26 PM

I'd sure love to see Tak do a limited run of the 152 with updated coatings like they did with the 100DL/DF. 

Wishful thinking I'm sure.


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Posted 25 April 2017 - 09:01 AM

I picked up the 152 this weekend - forecast says cloudy for the next two weeks!



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Posted 25 April 2017 - 10:57 AM

I picked up the 152 this weekend - forecast says cloudy for the next two weeks!

Picture! Picture!

 

Btw time to update your signature Steve!



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Posted 25 April 2017 - 03:03 PM

OK, I will update the signature and take a picture of the lonely scope sitting and waiting in my garage - IF I can bare to look at it! bawling.gif


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Posted 01 May 2017 - 11:37 AM

Congrats again Steve! Planets, open clusters, comets and the Moon will never be the same! Look into a ADC like ZWO for planets.

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 07:55 AM

My beauty.

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 07:28 AM

I just replaced my 4" FS-152 focuser with a TOA-130 2.7" focuser and it works well. I'll see whether I need to upgrade it to FT MPA 2.7 later.

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 07:29 AM

Another photo.

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 07:30 AM

Comparison between old 4" focuser and new TOA 2.7" focuser. Now I need to think about how to move the FS-152 serial number label to the new focuser.... confused1.gif

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 12:21 PM

That's quite a difference in size and I presume in weight laugh.gif



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Posted 15 May 2018 - 10:17 AM

Now I added FT MPA 2.7 micro pinion assembly to the focuser. It's even better.

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 10:21 AM

MPA 2.7

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 02:29 PM

Such beautiful scopes, I always wanted to have one! love.gif



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Posted 05 February 2019 - 05:51 PM

OTA is 8.9kg and my NJP can carry it like a baby.

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 12:37 AM

Great thread. Just found it so here is my contribution.

1 Year - Unknown will update 

2 - NSV

3 - 4 inch focuser

4 - Upgraded to FTF 3545 with Starlight inst. adapters for bino / mono viewing modes.

5 - Current owner

 

As the photos show, this scope has Parallax tube rings and sits on my EM200 EQ mount that I have synced via sky-wire cable to my IPad running SkySafari Pro for accurate GoTo. Love the above photos of this scope on the DM-6 mount however, looks like a great option for a more portable, almost grab-and-go as a 6” can be, system. Can see the need for another Astro purchase in the not to distant future...

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 06:14 AM

Talk about morning wood, I’d need a tarp under that rig. I’m afraid my drool would stain the deck. I can’t believe it only takes 1 counter weight to balance that.

 

 

Thanks for sharing!




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