I’m a visual only observer and have always assumed that the Tak fsq85 was only really for imagers. I’ve seen numerous discussions regarding how good the np101 and np127 are for visual, particularly widefield with their flat field to the edge of the field of view but rarely see any commentary on the Tak fsq85.
I really like the 85mm-95mm size range of refractors as perfect for airline travel and grab and go. And I have a number of scopes in that range - tv85, AP Stowaway 92, Baader travel companion 95mm. But I seem to be quite susceptible to noticing fc and I do see it with all the scopes to a certain extent when observing wide field.
Just over a month ago I decided to get a Tak fsq85 to see if the petzval design did give a noticeably improved star shapes at the edge of the fov on low mag widefield views. After about 10 sessions I can say that the answer is yes! I’m really impressed with the Tak and it’s become my most used scope currently due to the gorgeous aesthetic views. Even at higher mag with a 3.5mm eyepiece (130x) I have some fantastic views of Jupiter with lovely cloud banding and a fantastically clear GRS.
I just wanted to put this out there in case anyone is thinking about wanting a portable scope for widefield visual observing. The np101 is not as portable and needs a beefier mount so the Fsq85 hits my grab and go requirements on the button. Also the two speed focuser on the Tak is very good, much better imo than the one speed version I had on my fc100df and dl.
Also here are a links to a couple of observing sessions I’ve had with the Tak
Edited by Gavster, 11 October 2019 - 02:30 AM.