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#1 rkelley8493

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Posted 10 November 2020 - 08:14 PM

Whether it be the Micro Pinion Assembly Retrofit or the entire FTF# Focuser Kit.. Let's see yours!


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Posted 10 November 2020 - 08:15 PM

Stock works fine for me


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Posted 10 November 2020 - 08:50 PM

Here's how mine came.

 

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Posted 10 November 2020 - 08:52 PM

I really dig the style of Feather Touch cool.gif ..  I just couldn't go without that fine focus knob gottahurt.gif

 

[I guess I got spoiled from the 3" FTF on my other scope.. ]

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Edited by rkelley8493, 11 November 2020 - 06:40 PM.

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#5 Tyson M

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Posted 10 November 2020 - 09:10 PM

The ft micro is a great upgrade to the original focuser. I had one and loved it

 

A full sized feathertouch elevates a scope to another level though. 

 

You silver on silver was a great choice and matches the scope perfectly well done


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#6 Jim Curry

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Posted 10 November 2020 - 09:23 PM

No, but I should (on my FS 102).


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Posted 10 November 2020 - 09:33 PM

I like the looks of the stock Tak focuser body, but I have always loved the functionality of the FeatherTouch focuser mechanism.  So I have FT Micro Pinion Assemblies on all of my Taks.  They work great, preserve the classic look of my Taks, and give me the best of both worlds.

 

This picture is of my old FS-128, back in 2009.

 

Cheers,

 

Ron

 

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Posted 10 November 2020 - 09:39 PM

Stock works fine for me.  I have two Takahashi refractors, an FC100DL that came stock with a dual speed focuser and an FC100DF that came with a single speed focuser.  Honestly, I don't really need the dual speed since the standard single speed stock focuser seems to snap to focus pretty easily.  Even on my DL with the dual speed focuser, I typically don't need the fine focus knob and half the time I use it I end up just going back to the big knob since it is easier for me to get a good focus with the big knob than the small knob.  Maybe if I had better seeing I might appreciate a fine focus knob more, but in my mediocre seeing, the fine focus knob adjusts focus too slowly for me to tell when I am at the right spot.

 

I have a Feathertough on my dob and its a great focuser but I haven't been tempted to "upgrade" either of my Taks.


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Posted 10 November 2020 - 10:11 PM

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The only reason I have one on my DZ is because I bought an FT3035 for my AR152. I only take the AR152 to my dark site once a month, and it sits otherwise. I thought why is that nice focuser not being used more, so I purchased a flange for the Tak 100. Now I swap the FT between the two and it gets a lot more use. It’s helpful for the binoviewer. 

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Posted 11 November 2020 - 12:07 AM

Stock works fine for me.  I have two Takahashi refractors, an FC100DL that came stock with a dual speed focuser and an FC100DF that came with a single speed focuser.  Honestly, I don't really need the dual speed since the standard single speed stock focuser seems to snap to focus pretty easily.  Even on my DL with the dual speed focuser, I typically don't need the fine focus knob and half the time I use it I end up just going back to the big knob since it is easier for me to get a good focus with the big knob than the small knob.  Maybe if I had better seeing I might appreciate a fine focus knob more, but in my mediocre seeing, the fine focus knob adjusts focus too slowly for me to tell when I am at the right spot.

 

I have a Feathertough on my dob and its a great focuser but I haven't been tempted to "upgrade" either of my Taks.

The snap to focus of course describes well figured and corrected lenses (or mirrors) that have a well defined narrow sweet spot where the wavelengths come together and the image snaps into focus. There is no play where one is hunting for point of best focus.


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Posted 11 November 2020 - 12:42 AM

3" FTF on my Takahashi FS-102 NSV and FFT micropinion on my Tele Vue Genesis smile.gif

 

Incoming Borg 90FL will be fitted with a 2" FTF (light weight version)

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Posted 11 November 2020 - 01:48 AM

The stock Takahashi focusers are actually quite good in terms of "action" and load handling. I still use a couple of them. But for planetary observing this year, I opted for a bit more precision. This scope has seen a couple of dozen sessions with Mars, Saturn and Jupiter in the past two months and the FT micro-pinion has been a pleasure to use.

 

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Posted 11 November 2020 - 03:44 AM

I added the Tak MEF-3 to my TSA102. It was a lot cheaper from our Oz dealer than getting the Feathertouch equivalent: although I notice in the US it isn't that much cheaper.

It works very well, and I find it better than the original r&p because you get that extra finesse of touch when focussing. However, there was a QC issue: I returned the first one as it was a bit rough in action, like it had sand in the bearings... 

 

If I was in the US I would definitely fork out the extra and get the Feathertouch. As well as the QC issue, the MEF-3 is just plain ugly in comparison: it really looks like an afterthought!  ;)

 

See a discussion on it here: https://www.cloudyni...g-expectations/

(I got mine well before this thread was published...)

 

All the best,

 

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Posted 11 November 2020 - 03:49 AM

Some more of my FS-102 when I received it a year ago. Originally came with the Micropinion assembly, but when I sold my FS-128 (don't kick me), I moved the full FTF to the 102.

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Posted 11 November 2020 - 04:19 AM

I don't have a FT on my Takahashi because I don't yet have a Takahashi  bawling.gif

 

More seriously, I have closed a deal on a used FC 76 DCU  to be received next week.  once it arrives I'll see if it needs an FT  focuserbounce.gif


Edited by ASTERON, 11 November 2020 - 04:22 AM.

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Posted 11 November 2020 - 07:23 AM



But I really dig the style of Feather Touch. I just couldn't go without that fine focus knob gottahurt.gif

 

[I guess I got spoiled from the 3" FTF on my other scope.. ]

You can get a larger size knob, same as the coarse focus one.

 

When I discovered the FT True 3" focuser was not made for my TSA-120, without an expensive custom adapter, I stayed with the OE, though may get a micro pinion sometime.


Edited by 25585, 11 November 2020 - 07:24 AM.

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Posted 11 November 2020 - 01:06 PM

The stock Takahashi focusers are actually quite good in terms of "action" and load handling. I still use a couple of them. But for planetary observing this year, I opted for a bit more precision. This scope has seen a couple of dozen sessions with Mars, Saturn and Jupiter in the past two months and the FT micro-pinion has been a pleasure to use.

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FC-76DCU + CQ-1.7x extender (ƒ12.75)


Love how you color match haha. This set up looks amazing too.
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Posted 11 November 2020 - 02:53 PM

My FC100DL is from the second run and has the two speed Takahashi focuser pinion. I've had no issues with it, so don't feel the need to replace it. My Televue NP127 came into my possession equipped with a Feather Touch pinion assembly, which I like very much, but I have never put the factory pinion back on the scope, to compare it to the FT. I've never used a telescope with an entire Feather Touch focuser assembly.



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Posted 11 November 2020 - 05:07 PM

I’ve owned three Tak’s so far (100DL, 100DC and 76DCU) and have installed the Tak MEF-3 duel speed focuser on all of them.  I like the look of trying to keep it “all Takahashi”.  The fine focus is nice to have for higher magnification planet and lunar viewing.  But the FT micro pinion focusers have a nice look as well.

 

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Posted 11 November 2020 - 05:48 PM

I just use the stock focuser on my DZ, which works perfectly without the additional cost of a feathertouch. However, when I decided to buy a 1.25" Baader Zeiss BBHS prism diagonal, I chose the helical focuser eyepiece holder rather than the usual click lock. It is simply wonderful, with zero image shift even at 500X when observing close doubles. 

The image below shows DZ draw tube and the helical focuser on the BBHS prism. The black attachments are the 1.6X extender-Q.

 

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Posted 11 November 2020 - 06:22 PM

Must admit the only complaint I had with my TAK128 was the focuser.  Unlike my TAK76FC, that was silky smooth 100%.  No amount of disassembling, adjustment, adding feather touch knob mechanism, oiling, and even sending it to Takahashi America could get it working right.  The lens was still superb but over the many years the focuser situation would interfere and disturb my viewing.  So I completely swapped it out and never looked back.  I realize many of you have never experienced this type of annoyance.  And for the most part TAKs are built well.  But every now and then something slips through the QA cracks.  For me Feathertouch was the answer.  The focuser is a mechanical work of art with the ability to carry any on my eyepieces smoothly.

 

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Posted 11 November 2020 - 06:27 PM

My Tak FS-102

 

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Posted 11 November 2020 - 06:29 PM

My former Tak Mewlon 210.  Yeah, I know it’s not a refractor, but since the topic was about Taks with FeatherTouches...

 

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Posted 11 November 2020 - 06:33 PM

My former FS-128.  You can just barely see the FTF 3035 3” focuser at the back end.  Sorry I don’t have a better image of the focuser handy.

 

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Posted 11 November 2020 - 06:33 PM

Some more of my FS-102 when I received it a year ago. Originally came with the Micropinion assembly, but when I sold my FS-128 (don't kick me), I moved the full FTF to the 102.

Did your's come left handed already? Or did you flip it to the left side?




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