This to me is probably the best 100mm refractor currently for sale on the market today, aside from cost. The very compact 95mm tube diameter and short focal length is now competitive with the excellent AstroTech 102ED and the Stellarvue Access 102.
The Camera angle adjuster is excellent on a German equatorial mount also.
I've never been a fan of the Takashasi stock focusers but with their microfocuser option, they become excellent focusers. I do not care for the bolt on Feathertouch focuser wheels and undercarrage. they are just too spongy during microfocusing and lack feel.
A complete feather touch replacement doesn't seem necessary because the Takahashi microfocuser works so well.
I also agree that 1.25" quality eyepieces adds tremendously to the compact nature of this scope. A sliding dew shield is definitely not necessary on these small refractors also.
Optically, these small Takahashi Flourites have excellent color correction regardless of the focal ratio.
Where did you get the white tube rings from. They compliment the scope well. I'll selling off on most of my small refractors and will probably end up with the same compact DF model soon.
Congratulations on an excellent little refractor.
I am very happy with my DC model. As delivered, they are more suitable for 1.25" eyepieces - but at 740mm focal length, a TV 24mm Panoptic gives me a 2.2 degree FOV at 31x and that is plenty wide for my needs. I am using a Baader T2 diagonal with my little Tak and could even put a 2-inch eyepiece holder on it to try for a wider view, but I haven't bothered.
I am mostly a double star/variable star observer and I have not seen any false color with my beautiful little fluorite gem. Yes, it looks a bit undermounted on the Mach 1, but I am working to correct that problem.
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