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Do you Feather Touch your Takahashi?

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#76 Paul G

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Posted 19 November 2020 - 10:17 AM

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Because I could always feel some flexure in the thin aluminum plate on the bottom. I could also see that it caused the two small screws to work loose. The screws could have been easily remedied with purple or blue Loctite, But, given my personal taste, I thought the FT MPA looks far better than the Tak MEF.

Wow. The MEF looks like it was designed and made in a high school shop class.


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Posted 19 November 2020 - 12:58 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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What kind of tripod is that? Berlebach Planet? I like the dark hardwood waytogo.gif


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Posted 19 November 2020 - 01:00 PM

Wow. The MEF looks like it was designed and made in a high school shop class.

It does look rather utilitarian.. 


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Posted 19 November 2020 - 01:19 PM

Not just Taks, three out of four Apos prefer Feathertouch.lol.gif

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Posted 19 November 2020 - 04:15 PM

On my TSA-102.

 

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Posted 19 November 2020 - 04:26 PM

On my TSA-102.

 

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I think it was you who mentioned the silver fine focus knob on the FT Micro-Pinion Assembly grin.gif I wouldn't have known about it otherwise.. It sure does make a difference ubetcha.gif


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Posted 19 November 2020 - 04:30 PM

Might have been as I have communicated this to others before.  I personally do not like the aesthetics of the gold FF knob because there is nothing else of that color on the scope so makes it look way out of place.  Plus at night the odd color is of no use either.  So when I got the FT it came with the gold knob and I asked them if they would flip it for a silver one and they were more than happy to.  If I had other gold accent on the scope the gold would have probably tied into the overall aesthetic, but I do not.


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Posted 19 November 2020 - 06:27 PM

Red would be nice to go with Primaluce rings etc. 



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Posted 19 November 2020 - 07:44 PM

Might have been as I have communicated this to others before.  I personally do not like the aesthetics of the gold FF knob because there is nothing else of that color on the scope so makes it look way out of place.  Plus at night the odd color is of no use either.  So when I got the FT it came with the gold knob and I asked them if they would flip it for a silver one and they were more than happy to.  If I had other gold accent on the scope the gold would have probably tied into the overall aesthetic, but I do not.

Must admit Bill put me on to the silver knob conversion.  All my TAK128 stuff was either black or silver so it seemed to me that a silver knob would look a lot better.  Was able to swap it out.  Let's face it, we all like looking at our stuff.  Bill calls it aesthetics; I call it Bling lol.gif .

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Posted 19 November 2020 - 08:41 PM

Now that looks goooood waytogo.gif



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Posted 19 November 2020 - 11:27 PM

What kind of tripod is that? Berlebach Planet? I like the dark hardwood ubetcha.gif


That is the Avalon T-Pod 130. Aluminum and can hold 220 pounds of weight. Kept the tripod for my FS102NSV.

Many people Just. Don’t. Get it! A solid tripod rated well above what is necessary, contributes a lot more to stability than the mount...
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Posted 20 November 2020 - 12:33 AM

That is the Avalon T-Pod 130. Aluminum and can hold 220 pounds of weight. Kept the tripod for my FS102NSV.

Many people Just. Don’t. Get it! A solid tripod rated well above what is necessary, contributes a lot more to stability than the mount...

Yup, that's why I know use an HD tripod. Claimed 400lbs but I like it with about 40lbs-50lbs of scope and mount head. Rock solid.


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Posted 20 November 2020 - 12:36 AM

Most vibrations are because of the tripod, not the mount. Sort out the tripod situation and your Takahashi is guaranteed to be rock solid smile.gif

 

 

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Posted 20 November 2020 - 07:05 AM

Most vibrations are because of the tripod, not the mount. Sort out the tripod situation and your Takahashi is guaranteed to be rock solid smile.gif

Can't find one high enough. Nobody makes stilts for tripods.



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Posted 20 November 2020 - 07:26 AM

The T-Pod 130 is 130mm. I had the AYO DIGI II for my FS-128 and between that and the mount, another extension made for my by AOK Swiss.

 

Or you can stack 8" extensions (Losmandy AZ or Diskmounts DM extensions).

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Posted 20 November 2020 - 08:02 AM

Can't find one high enough. Nobody makes stilts for tripods.

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How high do you want the altitude axis to be? My 4" has it's axis at about eye level. This works when combined with an observing chair. (If it matters, I'm 190cm / 6'3' &  use a CatsPerch Pro which I built fro a kit.)



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Posted 20 November 2020 - 06:23 PM

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How high do you want the altitude axis to be? My 4" has it's axis at about eye level. This works when combined with an observing chair. (If it matters, I'm 190cm / 6'3' &  use a CatsPerch Pro which I built fro a kit.)

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Posted 20 November 2020 - 07:08 PM

Do you Feather touch, why yes, yes I do!

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Posted 20 November 2020 - 07:09 PM

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Posted 20 November 2020 - 08:51 PM

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How high do you want the altitude axis to be? My 4" has it's axis at about eye level. This works when combined with an observing chair. (If it matters, I'm 190cm / 6'3' &  use a CatsPerch Pro which I built fro a kit.)

It depends on the refractor.  From about 66 inches to about 72 inches for mine.


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Posted 22 November 2020 - 09:47 AM

Do you Feather touch, why yes, yes I do!

Nice set up, G!  waytogo.gif

 

Cheers,

 

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Posted 22 November 2020 - 12:47 PM

Do you Feather touch, why yes, yes I do!

Beautiful scopes. Takahashi TSA optics are some of the best offered to the amateur community.

 

At some point, I was hoping Takahashi would offer a TSA 90mm, maybe F6.5 or so.

 

A 90mm would make a great companion to my TSA 120 and get Takahashi into the 90mm triplet category, which seems to be a popular size with Astro-Physics and CFF owners.

 

Enjoy those TSAs!

 

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Posted 22 November 2020 - 02:55 PM

I have not, yet, but I am interested. I also like the silver fine focus knob better than the gold.  I have a fc-100dz and assume I would need this one: https://starlightins...&product_id=124

How difficult is it to put one on?



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Posted 22 November 2020 - 02:58 PM

Beautiful scopes. Takahashi TSA optics are some of the best offered to the amateur community.

 

At some point, I was hoping Takahashi would offer a TSA 90mm, maybe F6.5 or so.

 

A 90mm would make a great companion to my TSA 120 and get Takahashi into the 90mm triplet category, which seems to be a popular size with Astro-Physics and CFF owners.

 

Enjoy those TSAs!

 

Bob

A FOA 90 perhaps?



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Posted 22 November 2020 - 03:18 PM

I have not, yet, but I am interested. I also like the silver fine focus knob better than the gold.  I have a fc-100dz and assume I would need this one: https://starlightins...&product_id=124

How difficult is it to put one on?

I think you'll need the 2.5 MPA for your DZ. I originally purchased the 2.7 MPA for my DF but found it to be too large. The 2.7 was very difficult to get leveled & centered, and there was some sagging in the front once I got it assembled. 

The 2.5 MPA was much easier to install, and it fit perfectly. It is a bit of a learning curve to assemble, but it's not too difficult. The hardest part was getting it level so the pinion would be in line with the rack. If it's not level, you will get a 'cork-screw' motion from the focuser tube.

 

Here are a couple photos of the 2.7 MPA installed on my DF. You can see how it was sagging and a bit too large.

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