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#126 Bomber Bob

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 11:22 AM

True, but Takahashi has gone back to Flourite doublets in their 4” and smaller scopes.  

Tough to Beat a Tak.  IME, it's not all hype... once you use one, Tak Sharp has a new special meaning.


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#127 Terra Nova

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 11:32 AM

My FC-60 is my ultimate 60mm scope. My FC-76 is likewise, my ultimate 75-80mm scope. I look no farther in those aperture classes. Once you go Tak, I’d never go back!


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#128 Mike E.

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 11:55 AM

Photos of our Zeiss Telementors. The T1 model with its butter smooth helical focuser, and the T2 model with its revolving turret.

The second photo is of the T2 model in solar projection configuration. Love them both, lifetime keepers. smile.png

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#129 CHASLX200

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 05:57 PM

Tough to Beat a Tak.  IME, it's not all hype... once you use one, Tak Sharp has a new special meaning.

Once you go Tak ya never go back jack. All of mine were 100x per inch scopes easy...


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#130 CHASLX200

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 05:58 PM

My FC-60 is my ultimate 60mm scope. My FC-76 is likewise, my ultimate 75-80mm scope. I look no farther in those aperture classes. Once you go Tak, I’d never go back!

You got that right.


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#131 Lucullus

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Posted 16 September 2020 - 05:42 AM

Concerning old Vixen gear, I found this thread which is also interesting.


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Posted 16 September 2020 - 10:23 AM

A video for you Tak lovers (all of us actually).  Made me laugh at myself for some of these.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=hok8bVToZrg

 

Once you go Tak ya never go back jack. All of mine were 100x per inch scopes easy...


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#133 Scott99

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Posted 16 September 2020 - 11:37 AM

True, but Takahashi has gone back to Flourite doublets in their 4” and smaller scopes.  

TEC has a whole line of FL triplets as well



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Posted 18 September 2020 - 03:37 PM

Topic Reboot.

 

Nothing that special. Just another dime a dozen run of the mill SP-C80

The instruction manual is copyright 1991 and it has a swivel style pivot base finder

 

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This was a gift from my neighbor when he was moving.

He purchased it at Celestron when they were having a parking lot sale.

It was set up in his living room for a long time but I never saw him use it.

He didn't seem to know how to use it so one time he had me borrow it and set it up for him.

Later it was improperly stored in a poorly ventilated musty and moist shed for about 3-4 years. 

 

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It looks really good in this photo but it was in about the same condition as my Mizar.

The lens had fungus and all of the hardware was very rusty.

I cleaned it up, but it could use a bit more detailing and some paint touch ups.

 

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Truth in advertising: This side reveals the OTA's many scratches

 

While they are nothing exotic and fairly common, they are very nice telescopes.

Sometimes I think if you only had one telescope and on a budget...

it's the one to have.


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#135 Terra Nova

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Posted 18 September 2020 - 03:52 PM

My C80 was the best 80mm achro I ever had, including the Sears, Unitron, and Goto longies, and a really sweet Stellarvue 80-9D I once had. I only sold it after I got my Takahashi FC76.

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Posted 18 September 2020 - 05:59 PM

Here’s my recently acquired twenty-five y.o. Meade model 395 (Taiwan) 90mm. F11 achromat on my rebuilt 1” shaft Jaegers GEM.

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#137 Kasmos

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Posted 19 September 2020 - 10:53 PM

Here's a fairly rare 1983 C60. I only have the OTA and tube rings so it's being presented on the Super Polaris from my C80.

 

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These came on a Polaris mount with what people call the tube crusher mount so the rings really don't work correctly on this mount.

Here only the rear ring has a thumbscrew holding the tube while the other ring holds the tube loosely.

I've seen them without any thumbscrews so I really can't speak for it's intended function.

Perhaps for a small amount of pressure until the knobs below the tabs were tightened?

I'll have to come up with a better way to secure it. Perhaps tap the other ring for another thumbscrew.

 

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The finder is also not the original and should be orange, but it's the same type and the black looks pretty good.

 

It's a great performing 60mm and one of the rare ones that came standard with a 1.25" visual back.

One strange feature. The dew shield is not removable as it's cast as one piece with the cell.


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Posted 20 September 2020 - 12:44 AM

Here's a fairly rare 1983 C60. I only have the OTA and tube rings so it's being presented on the Super Polaris from my C80.

 

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These came on a Polaris mount with what people call the tube crusher mount so the rings really don't work correctly on this mount.

Here only the rear ring has a thumbscrew holding the tube while the other ring holds the tube loosely.

I've seen them without any thumbscrews so I really can't speak for it's intended function.

Perhaps for a small amount of pressure until the knobs below the tabs were tightened?

I'll have to come up with a better way to secure it. Perhaps tap the other ring for another thumbscrew.

 

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The finder is also not the original and should be orange, but it's the same type and the black looks pretty good.

 

It's a great performing 60mm and one of the rare ones that came standard with a 1.25" visual back.

One strange feature. The dew shield is not removable as it's cast as one piece with the cell.

This remind me of vixen's halley scheme with similar font.

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#139 Piggyback

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Posted 20 September 2020 - 05:53 AM

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I am late for this but here is my early 80's Unitron 60/900mm. Got this 3 years ago from the son of the deceased owner. His father had bought the nicely fitted achromat factory-new from the late german Unitron representative Manfred Wachter. Son told me, he hardly ever used it. Complete with Unihex,  Monochro40mm, R25mm, K18mm, K12,5mm, SYM9mm and SYM7mm. 4x19 Unitron finder, wooden box, sun projection screen. Great optics! Used it last night under clear and steady skies. Did a side by side with my trusty ETX 125 Autostar. Brighter image in ETX, yet surface detail on Jupiter and Saturn crisper with Unitron. 

 

 


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Posted 20 September 2020 - 08:28 AM

Unitron brass refractor

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