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#101 MigL

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Posted 07 June 2020 - 12:33 PM

Lucky you !!



#102 Kunama

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Posted 07 June 2020 - 05:23 PM

Bought this FC76 DC during the week from Matt (Kunama) on this forum.This scope was last seen in post 12 on this thread.

Had two evenings to try it out, a couple of pics below. All I can say is I now know what all the fuss is about.  

Unfortunately for me, my wife thinks 8 scopes is enough when one only has two eyes to view with..... so to keep the peace the least used one had to leave the nest.  I will have to just enjoy the fact that the little Takker is getting out under the stars at last.....I knew you would enjoy it Ivan  waytogo.gif


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Posted 07 June 2020 - 08:31 PM

I have too many scopes as well, I got around this by telling her I needed a new( expensive) finder for the 18 inch scope.


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Posted 07 June 2020 - 09:19 PM

I have too many scopes as well, I got around this by telling her I needed a new( expensive) finder for the 18 inch scope.

My FOA is actually my finder for the TMB lol.gif


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Posted 07 June 2020 - 10:15 PM

The only thing better than an FC76 is two of them from different generations!!


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Posted 04 July 2020 - 07:54 PM

My Baader 2” amici prism astro grade diagonal arrived Thursday. Can’t wait to try it on my little Tak with the 31nagler. Should give 4.4 degrees erect.
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Posted 04 July 2020 - 08:31 PM

A friend recently lent me his 2" Baader Clicklock adapter. The 31mm Nagler should vignette, so I am curious how noticeable this is. Waiting for clear skies now...

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Posted 04 July 2020 - 09:50 PM

A friend recently lent me his 2" Baader Clicklock adapter. The 31mm Nagler should vignette, so I am curious how noticeable this is. Waiting for clear skies now...


You can always do daytime landscape. Vignetting should be obvious in daytime.

My wife is in the hospital so I won’t have time till next week.
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Posted 13 August 2020 - 07:39 PM

I forgot to post the results of the vignette test! The 31mm Nagler does vignette ~10%  from the edge. Completely unnoticeable at night.


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Posted 13 August 2020 - 07:41 PM

I have a question about the stock focuser. My focuser tube can rotate a little from left to right. I've the focus tension which helps but does not eliminate it. Has anyone else experienced this? If so, were you able to correct it?



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Posted 14 August 2020 - 08:46 PM

I enjoy a good three inch scope. While I was researching something like an 80mm ƒ10 ED for solar system use, I encountered some enthusiastic responses to the FC-76DCU with a CQ-1.7x extender. I decided to go this route and am very pleased with the performance of this combination... "exceeds expectations" as they say. The small Takahashis in the 80mm tube are capable of some interesting adaptations. Normally, I'm comfortable with the standard single speed focuser but this one will be used at higher magnifications so I've ordered a Feather Touch Micro-Pinion for a bit more precision.

 

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Posted 14 August 2020 - 09:10 PM

I've been extremely pleased with the performance of my FC76DCU+CQ extender as well!!  I've had some excellent views of the moon, planets and double stars with this instrument!! In fact, I enjoy this one even more than my previous Takahashi 4" F7.5 which I sold earlier this year to buy the FC76 DCU and extender CQ!! The views are simply marvelous and the scope isn't heavy and doesn't need a lot of counterweight so carrying its tracking EQ mount in and out of the house is simple and easy on my bad back and knees!!


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Posted 14 August 2020 - 09:17 PM

I enjoy a good three inch scope. While I was researching something like an 80mm ƒ10 ED for solar system use, I encountered some enthusiastic responses to the FC-76DCU with a CQ-1.7x extender. I decided to go this route and am very pleased with the performance of this combination... "exceeds expectations" as they say. The small Takahashis in the 80mm tube are capable of some interesting adaptations. Normally, I'm comfortable with the standard single speed focuser but this one will be used at higher magnifications so I've ordered a Feather Touch Micro-Pinion for a bit more precision.

 

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Pretty.  The blue dovetail is a nice touch.


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Posted 15 August 2020 - 07:21 PM

I had mine out just a few nights ago. It’s one of my most favorite telescopes. It never ceases to out a smile on my face. Here it is on my TeleVue Panoramic Mount one night last week. The other picture was taken the day of the recent transit of Mercury.

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Posted 18 August 2020 - 01:36 AM

Great classic, great beauty! Mine sleeping in his cradle.....

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Posted 18 August 2020 - 02:30 PM

My Takahashi FC76 DCU+CQ has been doing fantastically on the planets despite their low altitude in my sky. Jupiter and Saturn are especially superbly rendered using my Takahashi Abbe Orthroscopic and TOE oculars with more detail than I can sketch while observing, even on nights with average seeing and transparency!


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Posted 19 August 2020 - 02:02 AM

I have a question about the stock focuser. My focuser tube can rotate a little from left to right. I've the focus tension which helps but does not eliminate it. Has anyone else experienced this? If so, were you able to correct it?

Might be with the sheer amount of weight on such a small scope focuser.

 

There should be several adjustment bolts on top of the focuser(3x 0.2mm allen key I believe).  Those help with smoothness of the focuser action and drawtube.  They might help?

 

Other than that, buy an APM 30UFF at just over a pound.  I bought a 31nagler twice and sold it twice.  No regrets - now that I found the APM 30mm.

 

One of my favorite eyepieces (been through a lot).


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Posted 19 August 2020 - 08:42 AM

Thanks Tyson, the 31mm Nagler is a beast! It's rare that I use it in the 76dcu, I am typically in 1.25" mode when I use it. The APM 24mm and 30mm have intrigued me.

 

I see if this focuser has the adjustment bolts.


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Posted 20 August 2020 - 09:11 AM

I had a short session with my 76dcuQ. Seeing wasn't the best and there were clouds covering most of the sky, but Jupiter and Saturn were at the edge of the cloud bank so I was able to see them periodically. I wanted to test some new-to-me eyepieces, a 10mm and 8mm TMB Supermono. The 10mm gave me the best view of Jupiter that I had with this telescope. The equatorial bands showed lots of mottling and irregularity. The GRS really jumped out as a pink/salmon blotch. The darker polar regions were visible and I could even glimpse the northern temperate belt. I have had better nights with other telescope when seeing was 5/5...but this observation was really nice.

 

I moved on to Saturn and was able to see the Cassini division. I was also able to easily see the equatorial zone, northern equatorial belt, and shadow cast onto the rings. Dodging the clouds started to frustrate me, so I ended my session. I wished I could have observed Saturn for a little while longer. Oh well, there is always tomorrow night!


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Posted 17 October 2020 - 12:57 PM

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Posted 17 October 2020 - 02:13 PM

Fc-76 older than I am 😀

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Posted 17 October 2020 - 03:06 PM

I've decided my next scope will likely be a Takahashi; the problem is deciding which one. I like that the FC76 DCU is light, portable, and versatile, with the 1.7x screw-in extender option. This would be a great travel scope since it comes apart in the middle of the tube. But I also like the FC100 DF, as it's light and compact for a 4" refractor (my current 4" is good, but is heavy and bulky for its size, so it gets used less). The solution might be to eventually have both of them. I have never looked through either of these scopes, but owners and reviewers speak highly of their optical and build quality.


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Posted 18 October 2020 - 11:29 PM

I've decided my next scope will likely be a Takahashi; the problem is deciding which one. I like that the FC76 DCU is light, portable, and versatile, with the 1.7x screw-in extender option. This would be a great travel scope since it comes apart in the middle of the tube. But I also like the FC100 DF, as it's light and compact for a 4" refractor (my current 4" is good, but is heavy and bulky for its size, so it gets used less). The solution might be to eventually have both of them. I have never looked through either of these scopes, but owners and reviewers speak highly of their optical and build quality.


I love my DCU. Go for it.
I would suggest buying a 120mm tac instead of a 100.
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Posted 19 October 2020 - 01:30 PM

I've decided my next scope will likely be a Takahashi; the problem is deciding which one. I like that the FC76 DCU is light, portable, and versatile, with the 1.7x screw-in extender option. This would be a great travel scope since it comes apart in the middle of the tube. But I also like the FC100 DF, as it's light and compact for a 4" refractor (my current 4" is good, but is heavy and bulky for its size, so it gets used less). The solution might be to eventually have both of them. I have never looked through either of these scopes, but owners and reviewers speak highly of their optical and build quality.

You can’t go wrong with either. Get both.

I’d get the Tak 100 first as you will see more. You may actually decide it’s the only scope you need. 

if you can stretch to it, get the Tak FC 100 DZ. still portable, with its retracting dewcap




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