Thanks to Dave Trott i am now the very proud owner of a Takahashi TS-50. It arrived yesterday afternoon. Very well boxed and packaged.
I will not post any pictures since good pictures are available here that are much better than i can do.
And a Video is available here that starts with a swift 838 then brings out the ts-50 for comparison
I recently retired from the military and moved from Indiana to south central oregon. High, Dry and super dark sky! I had been off of cloudy nights since i have been super busy but the other day I got on and was really smitten by the TS-50 in the classifieds. I have a couple good F15 60s a 75 and an 80 but not a great 50! I have been spending a lot of time with my smaller scopes and guess i have gotten reverse aperture fever and love to push to see what i can get out of a certain aperture. The next day the Ad was gone i was bummed that i missed it but i didn't see it listed as sold so i emailed Dave and asked what happened? he said he took it down due to a lack of interested buyers. I emailed him back that i sure was! I am sure that i am preaching to the choir when i say that is was a real pleasure buying from Dave,You know exactly what you are getting, you get tons of communication and it is properly packed, he even included a picture inside to show how to properly stow it in the box.
First the box is heavy, i mean real heavy i thought Dave had accidentally sent me all of his old copies of Sky and telescope! I have several other scopes in the same size box that weigh half as much. Second, this is a beautiful scope and mount built to an very high standard. As luck would have it it was clear with a 50% moon. Cold yes but not going to stop me from getting a new scope out. I observed from 2100 to 0200 and the focuser, and EQ mount were a pleasure to use. The moon, double stars, messier objects flew by as did the time. now the business end, the objective. As an example i cleanly split Beta Monocerotis all three members with a 6mm Ortho at 116X B is 5.0 magnitude and C is 5.4 and separated by 2.8" i dropped in my 4mm Unitron ortho and split them wider at 175X in a 50mm telescope so that blew me away and tells you all you need to know about the performance of the glass. Didn't dawn on me how high i had gone on the magnification until i ducked back in the house and calculated the magnification and exit pupil. The quality of the EQ mount kept them smoothly in the eyepiece at all times and the very sturdy tripod made damp down times practically zero, i honestly don't remember a time where i had to wait on a view due to shaking even as i was changing from eyepiece to eyepiece to find the best magnification. I came in happy at 0200 the scope, eyepiece box, observing chair were completely covered in heavy frost. This is my first takahashi and the first one i have ever looked through. After my night in the cold i may have come down with Tak Fever!
Edited by rayden68, 15 March 2019 - 10:22 AM.