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#1 Im2bent

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 04:32 PM

Was perusing ebay and there's a new listing for a Swift TS-65-P for sale local pickup in Arizona. So I started searching through the forums to see whats up because its listed as a Takahashi swift. Seems theres a debate about the Swift Tak connections? Whats interesting is the label on this scope says Swift but on the bottom it says  Takahashi, Japan. Other Swift labels I  saw while researching did not say Takahashi Japan on the label . Seems like a nice scope. Oh and no I am not the seller do not know the seller and do not live in Arizona.



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Posted 11 January 2019 - 04:34 PM

It is a genuine Takahashi. 

 

 

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 04:51 PM

Swift was the importer 50 years ago for Takahashi, as Unitron was the USA importer for Nihon-Seiko.



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Posted 11 January 2019 - 05:27 PM

The scope in question is a Takahashi imported by Swift. These were mid-70’s to early 80’s. Somewhere I’ve seen an early 80’s ad in S&T with the notation Swift by Takahashi. Look in the classics forum, as there has been great debates on whether or not the early 60’s Swift telescopes are really Takahashi or not. 

 

The one one listed is only the second one I’ve seen for sale.  I have the other one..  it is a nice triplet scope, but does show some CA. I also have the 1000mm version (labeled Takahashi only) and that is an amazing scope for a 65mm objective. 


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Posted 11 January 2019 - 06:02 PM

good ole days....

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#6 Im2bent

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 09:19 PM

Excellent info. I suspect since there are 16 bids already and it was just listed that its going to go for some bucks since it has the original motorized mount and tripod included. So between that and the 7 hour drive one way to Phoenix I just pulled the trigger on an Astrotech AT115ETD that they just got in stock smile.gif


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#7 Im2bent

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 09:21 PM

Oh and Bomber Bob do you have to rent a warehouse to store your toys because ****.....color me seriously green.


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Posted 11 January 2019 - 09:31 PM

I've been thinning the herd...  In fact, my youngest grandson is getting my oldest Takahashi -- a 1960 Swift Model 838, 50mm F14 achromatic that's visually CA-free, and on a very small EQ mount.  And who knows, years from now, he may get my 1980s Tak FC-50 F8 fluorite...

 

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Takahashi FC-50 P03.jpg

 

Two different Taks, but with similar optical & build quality -- and simplicity.  No electronics, and no plastic, either.  The 838 could be around for another 60 years -- at least.

 

The things I remember most about Swift from my childhood are how rarely I saw one at stores, and how expensive they were compared to the ever-present Tasco refractors.


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Posted 12 January 2019 - 06:15 AM

Beautiful black and white scopes !!! love.gif




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