So what gives here? They seem like the same telescope only years apart. They both have a 95mm tube and from what I know essentially the same focuser and the same lenses. Is one better than the other? Why did they change the design?
To the point of this inquiry I am looking to get a smaller grab-n-go telescope and the current Tak FC-76 looks appealing except for its endless variety of adapters to make it into a 2" focuser, visual-only telescope and the aforementioned question about the design change. I don't like the focuser. I don't like the clamshell mount. But I DO like the quality of Takahashi lenses!!! But again I don't like the weight of the scope although it won't be an overwhelming obstacle for my purposes.
I am sure that there are folks out there with lots of knowledge to share on this that they can convey to me prior to me plopping down my cash, so come forth and tell me what you know!