Jump to content

  •  

CNers have asked about a donation box for Cloudy Nights over the years, so here you go. Donation is not required by any means, so please enjoy your stay.

Photo

Show us your 1980 to mid1990 refractor

  • Please log in to reply
139 replies to this topic

#26 Bowlerhat

Bowlerhat

    Viking 1

  • -----
  • Posts: 627
  • Joined: 05 Jun 2019
  • Loc: Melbourne, Australia

Posted 08 September 2020 - 07:01 PM

Setup
16

 

What do you think of the older vixens though? the 1970s vixens have the black/white scheme, it's not that bad.


Edited by Bowlerhat, 08 September 2020 - 07:08 PM.

  • Paul Hyndman, stevew, Scott99 and 15 others like this

#27 Bomber Bob

Bomber Bob

    Hubble

  • *****
  • Posts: 17,969
  • Joined: 09 Jul 2013
  • Loc: The Swamp, USA

Posted 08 September 2020 - 07:04 PM

JW, I’m pretty sure the green trim FC-series Taks like your FC-50 and my FC-60 and FC-76 are from the 90s. The older ones from the 80s have grey trim.

Seller told me 1983, so that's what I go with.  A Tak Guru on CN said ~1986.



#28 Defenderslideguitar

Defenderslideguitar

    Mercury-Atlas

  • *****
  • Posts: 2,580
  • Joined: 05 Oct 2016
  • Loc: Connecticut

Posted 08 September 2020 - 07:15 PM

My 1990  Tak FC-100  has the light green

 

But gotta love the   Vixen 80fl  in white with Vixen green/gray trim

Attached Thumbnails

  • TALFC-100IMG_1034 (1).jpg
  • Vixenfl.jpg

  • Scott99, Astrojensen, R Botero and 14 others like this

#29 Defenderslideguitar

Defenderslideguitar

    Mercury-Atlas

  • *****
  • Posts: 2,580
  • Joined: 05 Oct 2016
  • Loc: Connecticut

Posted 08 September 2020 - 07:21 PM

And the TV Oracle (1990) while not up to modern glass optically   still has a certain old world TV charm and quality build

Attached Thumbnails

  • tvoraclediningroomtablepost-263399-0-40043600-1562209812.jpg
  • FullSizeRender (22).jpg

  • Jon Isaacs, stevew, astro140 and 8 others like this

#30 Bowlerhat

Bowlerhat

    Viking 1

  • -----
  • Posts: 627
  • Joined: 05 Jun 2019
  • Loc: Melbourne, Australia

Posted 08 September 2020 - 07:21 PM

My 1990  Tak FC-100  has the light green

 

But gotta love the   Vixen 80fl  in white with Vixen green/gray trim

I wish mine has that "fluorite" dewshield, I like that groovy font.

what kind of series has those?

 

h182178100.1.jpg


  • Astrojensen, R Botero, steve t and 5 others like this

#31 LDW47

LDW47

    Aurora

  • *****
  • Posts: 4,798
  • Joined: 04 Mar 2012
  • Loc: North Bay,Ontario,Canada

Posted 08 September 2020 - 07:27 PM

My mid 80’s 62mm Celestron Cometron C-62 and my 60mm Tasco 9vr, great views for their size !

 

0A1D9DF2-436C-4C11-8C93-1994E5485A7A.jpeg


  • mattyfatz, R Botero, steve t and 5 others like this

#32 Esso2112

Esso2112

    Apollo

  • *****
  • Posts: 1,184
  • Joined: 21 Apr 2017
  • Loc: Magnolia, TX

Posted 08 September 2020 - 07:31 PM

Seller told me 1983, so that's what I go with.  A Tak Guru on CN said ~1986.

Tak changed from grey to the green in 1988. 


  • Terra Nova and Defenderslideguitar like this

#33 Defenderslideguitar

Defenderslideguitar

    Mercury-Atlas

  • *****
  • Posts: 2,580
  • Joined: 05 Oct 2016
  • Loc: Connecticut

Posted 08 September 2020 - 07:36 PM

The Vixen fluorites    also sold as  Orion fluorites  and Vixen also made as I am sure you know  fluorites for Celestron      the fl models were / are special.....sure the FLUORITE written on the dew shield is cool and has a certain cache   but it is the fluorite lens inside that is the value

The vixen 80mm fl  is light and sweet and so sharp even as power increases   it is  so good  it is close to but  just short of the old Tak FC-76 we think....

 

 

Meanwhile      the big C-102   1986?  and the C-102 Fluorite 1990    paired well together  

the black beauties        Still have the fluorite 102  that lens is special

Attached Thumbnails

  • c-102sssIMG_4572.jpg
  • Black.Beauties2FullSizeRender (54).jpg

Edited by Defenderslideguitar, 08 September 2020 - 08:37 PM.

  • stevew, mattyfatz, Scott99 and 12 others like this

#34 LDW47

LDW47

    Aurora

  • *****
  • Posts: 4,798
  • Joined: 04 Mar 2012
  • Loc: North Bay,Ontario,Canada

Posted 08 September 2020 - 07:41 PM

The Vixen fluorites    also sold as  Orion fluorites  and Vixen also made as I am sure you know  fluorites for Celestron      the fl models were / are special..... The vixen 80mm fl  is light and sweet and so sharp even as power increases   it is  so good  it is close to but  just short of the old Tak FC-76 we think....

 

 

Meanwhile      the big C-102   1986?  and the C-102 Fluorite paired well together  

the black beauties       

I would love to own even a C-102, they are pretty scarce up here in Canada. It would look and perform great alongside my C-80. Wonderful pics !  PS:  Even if the 1st pic is blurry, lol !


Edited by LDW47, 08 September 2020 - 07:42 PM.

  • Defenderslideguitar likes this

#35 Bomber Bob

Bomber Bob

    Hubble

  • *****
  • Posts: 17,969
  • Joined: 09 Jul 2013
  • Loc: The Swamp, USA

Posted 08 September 2020 - 07:42 PM

Tak changed from grey to the green in 1988. 

Kurt, what is that date based on?  Tak documentation?  No offense, and my feelings aren't hurt, but if we're gonna re-date my scope, it should based on more than Seller says, but I say, but he/she says...


  • Esso2112 likes this

#36 starman876

starman876

    Nihon Seiko

  • *****
  • Vendors
  • Posts: 22,297
  • Joined: 28 Apr 2008
  • Loc: VA

Posted 08 September 2020 - 07:45 PM

got to love the vixen fluorite scopes

 

vixen 6.jpg


Edited by starman876, 08 September 2020 - 07:45 PM.

  • Scott99, Astrojensen, R Botero and 12 others like this

#37 Terra Nova

Terra Nova

    ISS

  • *****
  • Posts: 23,114
  • Joined: 29 May 2012
  • Loc: Northern Kentucky

Posted 08 September 2020 - 07:45 PM

1988 or later green trim series Takahashi FC76 (left) and FC60 (right):

Attached Thumbnails

  • 038EA70C-4B8A-4981-A83C-DA5F5929577A.jpeg

  • mattyfatz, R Botero, steve t and 11 others like this

#38 Defenderslideguitar

Defenderslideguitar

    Mercury-Atlas

  • *****
  • Posts: 2,580
  • Joined: 05 Oct 2016
  • Loc: Connecticut

Posted 08 September 2020 - 07:46 PM

Thanks   I should not have sold the C-102   it was  a great everyday 4 inch refractor   with some scratches on the body already  i got it for 150.00            I now know it could have been good to save for outreach.....but the new owner  likes it  and so I am happy she has it

. the fluorite is worth ten times the regular  C 102  and is   a keeper

 

the flourite  on the LX 70

 

 

sorry about the blurry pic      here's  a better c-102 pic   on the Vixen GP2    Al's Astro tripod  and my homemade dolly lol

Attached Thumbnails

  • c-102flwith apmIMG_2743.jpg
  • scopedollyc-102FullSizeRender.jpg

Edited by Defenderslideguitar, 08 September 2020 - 07:51 PM.

  • R Botero, steve t, Paul Morow and 7 others like this

#39 Defenderslideguitar

Defenderslideguitar

    Mercury-Atlas

  • *****
  • Posts: 2,580
  • Joined: 05 Oct 2016
  • Loc: Connecticut

Posted 08 September 2020 - 07:52 PM

1988 or later green trim series Takahashi FC76 (left) and FC60 (right):

Gotta love the twin Taks   there       and that is the original FC-76     sweet  and on a pedestal


Edited by Defenderslideguitar, 08 September 2020 - 07:54 PM.

  • Terra Nova likes this

#40 Terra Nova

Terra Nova

    ISS

  • *****
  • Posts: 23,114
  • Joined: 29 May 2012
  • Loc: Northern Kentucky

Posted 08 September 2020 - 07:57 PM

Mid 1990s TeleVue Genesis SDF (101mm, F5.4):

Attached Thumbnails

  • 7A49EE4C-EC8B-4BAD-BADD-91EECF499403.jpeg

  • Jon Isaacs, stevew, Astrojensen and 10 others like this

#41 Terra Nova

Terra Nova

    ISS

  • *****
  • Posts: 23,114
  • Joined: 29 May 2012
  • Loc: Northern Kentucky

Posted 08 September 2020 - 08:01 PM

 Vixen 120S F6.67 Triplet-Petzval (Japan, late ‘90s):

(On modern Meade LX70 GEM.)

Attached Thumbnails

  • 4DF4622A-2509-407E-B313-4D904CB93302.jpeg

Edited by Terra Nova, 08 September 2020 - 08:05 PM.

  • Astrojensen, steve t, RichA and 11 others like this

#42 Defenderslideguitar

Defenderslideguitar

    Mercury-Atlas

  • *****
  • Posts: 2,580
  • Joined: 05 Oct 2016
  • Loc: Connecticut

Posted 08 September 2020 - 08:04 PM

Mid 1990s TeleVue Genesis SDF (101mm, F5.4):

There;s the SDF Genesis      that's the one we want to have   

 

T      nice Gibraltar       mine does not have the side wing eyepiece holders    


  • Terra Nova and 25585 like this

#43 Terra Nova

Terra Nova

    ISS

  • *****
  • Posts: 23,114
  • Joined: 29 May 2012
  • Loc: Northern Kentucky

Posted 08 September 2020 - 08:11 PM

Vixen ED102SS (F6.5), late ‘90s:

(On modern Meade LX85 go-to GEM.)

Attached Thumbnails

  • 7FB02020-5A52-471B-9920-904C5F1322B3.jpeg

  • Astrojensen, R Botero, steve t and 8 others like this

#44 starman876

starman876

    Nihon Seiko

  • *****
  • Vendors
  • Posts: 22,297
  • Joined: 28 Apr 2008
  • Loc: VA

Posted 08 September 2020 - 08:37 PM

ap set up 1.JPG

 

the 6" AP on an early AP1200 mount


  • Scott99, astro140, Astrojensen and 9 others like this

#45 Don W

Don W

    Founding Member

  • *****
  • Posts: 24,530
  • Joined: 19 May 2003
  • Loc: Wisconsin, USA

Posted 08 September 2020 - 08:58 PM

Ahem........refractors? Questar and Tak 212? Don't think so.

 

 

Brandon 94

 

97844528_3272518216094204_1343287408786931712_n.jpg

 

TV Genesis SDF

 

IMG_0860.JPG


  • Scott99, R Botero, steve t and 6 others like this

#46 starman876

starman876

    Nihon Seiko

  • *****
  • Vendors
  • Posts: 22,297
  • Joined: 28 Apr 2008
  • Loc: VA

Posted 08 September 2020 - 09:20 PM

Ahem........refractors? Questar and Tak 212? Don't think so.

 

 

Brandon 94

 

attachicon.gif97844528_3272518216094204_1343287408786931712_n.jpg

 

TV Genesis SDF

 

attachicon.gifIMG_0860.JPG

good  point.  Thanks



#47 starman876

starman876

    Nihon Seiko

  • *****
  • Vendors
  • Posts: 22,297
  • Joined: 28 Apr 2008
  • Loc: VA

Posted 08 September 2020 - 09:22 PM

nikon 2.jpg

 

80mm Nikon


  • Astrojensen, Corcaroli78, steve t and 12 others like this

#48 icomet

icomet

    Mariner 2

  • *****
  • Posts: 226
  • Joined: 09 Apr 2010
  • Loc: Montana

Posted 08 September 2020 - 10:45 PM

1985 (?) Towa/Meade 60mm f/15 model 291 with R.A. drive and drive corrector model 43 (?). 

Corrector isn't marked, but it looks like one.

 

Only image of it, currently. Not a good one.  The 65# + counter weight pictured next to the lawn

tractor battery in the "Igloo cooler" is for use if needed in strong winds or if large eyepieces or a 

binoviewer is used.   lol.gif

 

Clear Skies.

Attached Thumbnails

  • Meade 291 and drive sm.jpg

  • Astrojensen, steve t, Paul Morow and 2 others like this

#49 nicknacknock

nicknacknock

    A man of many qualities, even if they are mostly bad ones

  • *****
  • Administrators
  • Posts: 14,350
  • Joined: 20 Feb 2012
  • Loc: Nicosia, Cyprus

Posted 09 September 2020 - 04:23 AM

My Tele Vue Genesis (Non-SDF) turns 30 in November. I so like the low power views with my Nagler 31mm, that the scope is now permanently paired with my Takahashi FS-102 NSV (not yet a classic, a mere child at 15 years of age) which I use with binoviewers at native magnifications. As a combo, I have both 5° TFOV with the Genesis at large exit pupil, and also 2°TFOV with the 26mm 62° AFOV ES eyepieces I use with the Takahashi.

 

Both scopes now aligned on my AYO DIGI II mount and in the field, the mount will be on an extension and I'll use my Avalon Tpod 130 tripod :)

 

[Note to self: take photo of setup in the field]

Attached Thumbnails

  • Genesis - 1990.jpg
  • TV and Tak.jpg

  • steve t, RichA, Paul Morow and 7 others like this

#50 Lucullus

Lucullus

    Viking 1

  • -----
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 878
  • Joined: 14 Feb 2012

Posted 09 September 2020 - 04:46 AM

 

 
 

 

What do you think of the older vixens though? the 1970s vixens have the black/white scheme, it's not that bad.

 

Are these pre-1980 Vixens? What models are they? The 102 and 80mm Fluorite you state in your telescope list?
 


Edited by Lucullus, 09 September 2020 - 04:47 AM.



CNers have asked about a donation box for Cloudy Nights over the years, so here you go. Donation is not required by any means, so please enjoy your stay.


Recent Topics






Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics