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#1 pcardinal42

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 07:30 AM

Movers broker my Takahashi fc100. They set it on the focus tube and now it's stuck inside, right now they are offering me $600 I appealed that and provided them links to what these telescopes are and how much they cost. I doubt I'll get a replacement or full value for the scope but hoping for at least $1200. That being said I have been using an Orion 80mm ED for imaging and want to step up to a triplet with a better focuser and a field flattener. Between the brands of Orion, Explorer Scientific, Sky watcher, and Meade or any other brand is there really much difference in an 80mm triplet outside of what size focuser or accessories they come with?

Also if they don't give me full refund and I keep the Takahashi, I'm planning on building my own refractor using the glass and maybe going pvc pipe route with the tube assembly. Any thoughts on a diy refractor would also be appreciated.

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 07:32 AM

Contact Takahashi and see if they can fix it.


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Posted 18 March 2020 - 07:55 AM

Takahashi will likely be able to fix this at a very reasonable price, well under the US $ 600 you were offered as compensation by the movers. Even a new focuser is less than that.

 

I strongly suggest you don't go the PVC pipe route with this scope wink.gif

 

In the US, contact TNR/Takahashi America, in Europe call Optique Unterlinden. Or an official dealer/distributor in your country. They will help you to solve this issue.


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Posted 18 March 2020 - 08:09 AM

Yes look into getting scope serviced. $600 might be fine.

Sorry can’t advise you on a 80mm triplet.

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 08:22 AM

Really hope you can get your Tak fixed. But because you aked, I have both the Esprit 80 and 120 and love them. The glass and function are outstanding. Both came with an assortment of accessories, including FF.



#6 pcardinal42

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 08:43 AM

Thanks for all the input I will definitely contact Takahashi USA and see what they say about repairing the tak as it did come with a field flattener/reducer. I'm not too fond of all the extensions that are needed to make the Tak viable and they seem very overpriced compared to others so I'm still looking for a triplet though.

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 06:10 PM

Sorry to hear about the damage. It does sound like something that can be fixed though.

 

I think you will find that the brands you mention for an 80mm triplet will all have Chinese optics made to a very similar spec, and all will give very good images. Depending on your budget though, if I was looking for one and living in the US I would be very tempted with the Stellarvue offering: https://www.stellarv...plet-refractor/ They are guaranteeing very high Strehls of 0.98+, and are supposedly hand-figured in-house.

 

And if you really want to go the whole hog with your Tak, the guy at Moonraker (http://www.moonraker...cope-range.html ) says he hasn't yet done his magic with a Tak...  ;)

 

Seriously though, I hope all goes well with the repair, and wishing you all the best for the 80mm.

 

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 07:00 PM

Thanks for all the input I will definitely contact Takahashi USA and see what they say about repairing the tak as it did come with a field flattener/reducer. I'm not too fond of all the extensions that are needed to make the Tak viable and they seem very overpriced compared to others so I'm still looking for a triplet though.

If your tube was damaged and you want to reduce the number of extensions (between the focuser and the flattener, not after the flattener) you may be able to get a slightly longer tube replacement. It will then be too long for visual with a diagonal though. If it's a dedicated imaging scope though, it would shorten the overhang and reduce droop flex in the focuser.

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 06:45 PM

Will your homeowners insurance cover some of the cost as well?

 

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 07:32 PM

Just buy a Moonlite with the $600. 


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Posted 25 March 2020 - 11:31 PM

Thanks for all the input I will definitely contact Takahashi USA and see what they say about repairing the tak as it did come with a field flattener/reducer. I'm not too fond of all the extensions that are needed to make the Tak viable and they seem very overpriced compared to others so I'm still looking for a triplet though.

My $0.02, get the Tak repaired.


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Posted 25 March 2020 - 11:33 PM

Sorry to hear about the damage. It does sound like something that can be fixed though.

 

I think you will find that the brands you mention for an 80mm triplet will all have Chinese optics made to a very similar spec, and all will give very good images. Depending on your budget though, if I was looking for one and living in the US I would be very tempted with the Stellarvue offering: https://www.stellarv...plet-refractor/ They are guaranteeing very high Strehls of 0.98+, and are supposedly hand-figured in-house.

 

And if you really want to go the whole hog with your Tak, the guy at Moonraker (http://www.moonraker...cope-range.html ) says he hasn't yet done his magic with a Tak...  wink.gif

 

Seriously though, I hope all goes well with the repair, and wishing you all the best for the 80mm.

 

- Dean

+1 for the 80mm triplet from Stellarvue

 

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Posted 27 March 2020 - 04:56 PM

Update. I contacted Takahashi USA and was informed that a 2.7" focuser from a TOA-130/FS-102 would be a great replacement. Has since came in and is installed. Working on getting everything aligned right now as my stars are really fuzzy. Got a cheshire and am attempting to collimate myself. I'm not sure the home insurance would cover any of it as it was damaged when the movers packed it up in Japan. Still wanting to get a triplet but there isn't a rush for anything right now. 



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Posted 27 March 2020 - 07:41 PM

Glad to hear that you had your scope repaired.

The last time I moved I loaded all of my astronomy gear and everything else that I valued into my own vehicle and moved it myself. 

I would never let a mover touch my telescopes..


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Posted 27 March 2020 - 08:49 PM

Glad to hear that you had your scope repaired.
The last time I moved I loaded all of my astronomy gear and everything else that I valued into my own vehicle and moved it myself.
I would never let a mover touch my telescopes..


Mine was a military move from Japan otherwise I usually do the same.
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Posted 29 March 2020 - 01:40 AM

Mine was a military move from Japan otherwise I usually do the same.

When I had military moves in the RAAF, they covered any damages. Have you checked with your Admin people?



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Posted 29 March 2020 - 09:22 AM

When I had military moves in the RAAF, they covered any damages. Have you checked with your Admin people?


I had planned on it but I'm also about to deploy (possibly) and the matter needed to be resolved before that happened so I already settled with the $600.


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