I just placed an order for FOA-60Q, I don't know if the pricing is right for a 60mm aperture compared to benchmark 100m FC100-DC/DF. When I compare A comparison between FC100-DL & FOA-60Q will tell if this scope is all marketing hype from Takahashi, unless someone already did this comparison.
I own a FOA-60 and I can tell you that it's a sublime little telescope. As many have pointed before, it is a perfect 60mm scope. Remember when Wolfgang Rohr tested a FOA-60 and got a 0.996 Strehl with an RMS of 1/95(!) I repeat 1/95 waves? Had he included the Q module, I suspect his testing equipment would run out of significant digits when evaluation the Strehl ratio .
With the Q module (which I don't have) it's the best corrected refracting telescope commercially available to amateurs period. That is quite a statement and it comes from Takahashi... So yes, it looks like this scope is the best telescope that money can buy in this aperture range, I wouldn't call this marketing hype.
That being said I don't see what would be the point of comparing it to a 100mm Tak. The scope is great but it still obeys the laws of physics.
You basically pay for a perfect 60mm and that's it (have you seen the spot diagrams?).
An FC100 is incredible, but I suspect that a FOA-100 (if Tak ever makes one) would be the perfect 100mm Tak.
Edited by RadioAstronomer, 27 May 2019 - 02:09 PM.