So I’ve had this scope for a little over a week, and wanted to give you my first impressions.
Starting at the bottom, the tripod is nicely made. The legs below the height adjuster are 1 inch chromed steel, and 1 1/4 inch painted steel above that. They’re connected with metal connectors to the tripod head, which is painted the sublime lime green that Takahashi uses for their mounts. The tripod head is also all metal and painted the light green as well. There is an altitude lock and slow motion cables for both axes. Everything is all metal and well made. There are two tube rings that are light green, made of metal, and have a felt liner. They fit the tube very well. The OTA is well made too. I did get the finder though. The peep holes don’t really line up with small things like stars very well. You can probably get by with it, but I recommend the finder. The objective is MgFl coated. In the manual Tak says it has a “magenta” coating. The eyepieces were a real shock to me after getting the low quality eyepieces usually packed with new scopes. These appear to be very well made Orthos.. I detected no ghosting while using the 14mm, 9mm (purchased separately), and 6mm Orthos, and even though I have the others, I haven’t been able to use them yet. The three Orthos I used were razor sharp on the moon, Jupiter, and Saturn.
In use, there is a very slight amount of chromaticism around bright objects. There was a small violet ring around Jupiter, but nothing around Saturn. I looked at a star that was about 4th magnitude and close to Jupiter. It was completely white as well. I didn’t see any chromatic effects when looking at the waxing moon prior to first quarter. Luna’s surface was presented in sharp detail with bright whites and inky blacks. When it comes to chromatic effects, it looks very similar to my 80mm EON which is a FPL-53 doublet. It is a f/6.25. Not bad for an achromat.
I also did a quick star test on the 4th magnitude star mentioned above. Looked perfect.
Anyway, that’s my first impressions. It’s a great, well-made scope that easily meets Taks intent to provide a high quality entry level scope. It’s also quite affordable and comes with two high-quality eyepieces.
Thanks for taking the time to read this,
Edited by SandyHouTex, 05 October 2019 - 05:48 PM.