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#26 mich_al

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Posted 11 November 2020 - 07:49 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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and it doesn't cost much more than the micro pinion !    WHY does the micro pinion cost  SO much ?


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Posted 11 November 2020 - 08:41 PM

I've owned an FSQ85 and 2 FS60s (1 of which is still with me). I found the stock focusers perfectly fine. 

 

Given the price of the FTFs, I'd only replace it if I found issues with tilt on the stock. 


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Posted 11 November 2020 - 08:56 PM

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Posted 11 November 2020 - 09:09 PM

I've owned my Tak FC100-DL (1st run) for over 4 years now and I get on just fine with the stock focuser smile.gif

 

 

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Posted 11 November 2020 - 10:54 PM

I've owned an FSQ85 and 2 FS60s (1 of which is still with me). I found the stock focusers perfectly fine. 

 

Given the price of the FTFs, I'd only replace it if I found issues with tilt on the stock. 

I totally agree.  I’ve owned a FS-102, and still own a FS-152 and TSA-102, and all of their focusers are “buttery” smooth.


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Posted 12 November 2020 - 01:02 AM

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

Came like that, then I flipped it and then I replaced the focuser :)


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Posted 12 November 2020 - 01:05 AM

And here's my former FS-128 with the 3" FTF smile.gif

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Posted 12 November 2020 - 01:37 AM

Now THIS! This was a huge mistake. Should have never sold this one! The optics were sublime bawling.gif bawling.gif bawling.gif

 

 

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Posted 12 November 2020 - 04:15 AM

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Posted 12 November 2020 - 09:53 AM

Here is my Tak FC-100DC with an FTF 2025 focuser.  I used it a few times like this and it works as well as you would expect a FeatherTouch focuser to work (great!). 

 

But I eventually decided that I liked the classic look better and reinstalled the stock focuser after I located a Baader adapter that would let me use a 2-inch ClickLock visual back.

 

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Posted 12 November 2020 - 10:05 AM

Ron,

 

I would get the FTF micropinion for 2.7" Tak focusers, keep the classic look you want, but enjoy a better focusing experience!


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Posted 12 November 2020 - 10:11 AM

and it doesn't cost much more than the micro pinion !    WHY does the micro pinion cost  SO much ?

 

Say what?!  I'll admit the FT-MPA is not cheap - $385.00.  But to add the FT 3545 to an FS-128 is much more expensive.  The focuser is $885.00 by itself.  Add the adapter plus an endcap and you are above $1250.00.

 

As much as I loved the FT 3545 on many of my scopes - TMB 130 and TEC 140 to mention a couple - I didn't think I had to spend that much to enjoy decent focusing with my FS-128.  The FT-MPA has worked fine for me so far. YMMV.

 

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Posted 12 November 2020 - 10:15 AM

Ron, in retrospect, I should have stayed with the FT-MPA on my FS-128 as well. But, I decided to splurge on the FT 3545. When I sold the FS-128, I kept the FT 3545 and got the flange for the FS-102-NSV.

 

It looks nice, but again, if I did not have it, I would have been happy with the original FT-MPA my FS-102 came with.


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Posted 12 November 2020 - 10:15 AM

Ron,

 

I would get the FTF micropinion for 2.7" Tak focusers, keep the classic look you want, but enjoy a better focusing experience!

 

I would have preferred to do that, but the FC-100DC comes with the much smaller 2.2" focuser (FS-60 size). 

 

At that time, Starlight didn't offer the MPA in the smaller size, but now they do and I agree that is the way to go.  All of my current 2.7" focusers have the MPA.  cool.gif

 

Cheers,

 

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Posted 12 November 2020 - 10:18 AM

Well, then get the new FT-MPA for the smaller focuser man, why are we even wasting time here chatting and not spending your money????????????


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Posted 12 November 2020 - 10:22 AM

Well, then get the new FT-MPA for the smaller focuser man, why are we even wasting time here chatting and not spending your money????????????

Wait a minute!  I don't own that scope anymore!  My current FC-100 is a 1994 classic MC model and it does have the FT-MPA.

 

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... Now let's discuss your FS-128.  lol.gif

 

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Posted 12 November 2020 - 10:23 AM

Well, I sold my FS-128, but there is still plenty of Tak love in the house. That FS-102NSV is going....nowhere!!!!!!!!!!! cool.gif


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Posted 12 November 2020 - 10:25 AM

So... we don't get to spend your money... bawling.gif


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Posted 12 November 2020 - 10:30 AM

More photos of the kids smile.gif

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I have a FT one for my 85s, which is better than the OE stock micro, though that latter works very well.

 

But holding the FT screams quality. I bought brass/gold knobs for both sides to go with a symmetrical look. I like the Tak silver knobs, easier to see in the dark. 


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Posted 12 November 2020 - 10:30 AM

So... we don't get to spend your money... bawling.gif

It has already been spent.  tongue2.gif   

 

I just swapped the MEF-3 on my TSA-120 for the FT-MPA and yes, I do like it better.  I'll take some photos if I have a chance this weekend.

 

Cheers,

 

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Posted 12 November 2020 - 10:33 AM

Well, I sold my FS-128, but there is still plenty of Tak love in the house. That FS-102NSV is going....nowhere!!!!!!!!!!! cool.gif

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Posted 12 November 2020 - 10:52 AM

Owned this FS-152 recently. It arrived with the Feathertouch installed and the original Tak focuser. Both equally bulky and long. Thought I would re-install the original Tak unit but never did as the FT was such a great addition to the scope. 

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Posted 12 November 2020 - 02:26 PM

Say what?!  I'll admit the FT-MPA is not cheap - $385.00.  But to add the FT 3545 to an FS-128 is much more expensive.  The focuser is $885.00 by itself.  Add the adapter plus an endcap and you are above $1250.00.

 

As much as I loved the FT 3545 on many of my scopes - TMB 130 and TEC 140 to mention a couple - I didn't think I had to spend that much to enjoy decent focusing with my FS-128.  The FT-MPA has worked fine for me so far. YMMV.

 

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Well, I was looking at my particular situation ($385 vs $535).


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Posted 12 November 2020 - 02:57 PM

I had Takahashi "Feather Touch" my TSA-120.  Bought it new from them with the FT focuser.  I've since added a FT extender because I like to do straight-through viewing when I can and I don't do imaging, so I always use the extra distance.


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Posted 12 November 2020 - 03:47 PM

Well, I was looking at my particular situation ($385 vs $535).

 Sorry, I thought you were talking about the FT3545 on the FS-128 since you quoted that post.

 

Agree, your situation is much closer in cost.

 

Cheers,

 

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