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#1 Jose_Salcedo

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Posted 08 January 2021 - 09:11 AM

I could not resist the opportunity and just bought a TOA-150 (2007 model) from a seller who had urgency selling it, at a superb price. It now sits in the car as I drive it home, to later sit on a Tak EM-400 Temma 2M mount. The TOA-150 is in good shape. The metal parts need careful cleaning and some minor paint retouching, the optics seems perfect but I will also clean the front element and the focuser runs very smoothly.

 

I am a happy bird, as I start a long learning and practice process, benefitting from the experience of so many top and generous people in this Forum. Thank you in advance!

 

Clear skies to all.

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Posted 08 January 2021 - 09:50 AM

Congrats.  Be sure to take "Before 'n' After" pics If possible.


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Posted 08 January 2021 - 10:34 AM

Will do, Mike.



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Posted 08 January 2021 - 11:07 AM

Congrats with one of the best scopes out there, Jose ! I know a person who has TOA-150 for maybe 13 years or even more. He had other scopes as well, but sold everything and kept just TOA. He says that it provides everything he might ever need.


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Posted 08 January 2021 - 12:54 PM

Congrats! I would like to see more pics when you get your new scope up and running. Nice score!


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Posted 08 January 2021 - 04:34 PM

Just finished a 3 hour scope cleaning session:

 

- All metal parts were gently scrapped with a microfiber cloth with isopropyl alcohol (IPA 99%). As the scope had been in storage inside a car garage, all grit came out nicely and the whitish ceramic coating now looks practically new. Will fix a couple of tiny dents later with appropriate paint.

- Removed dew shield and vacuumed inside black coating with a long flat brush, gently. All exposed metal cleaned with IPA.

- Front lens element had plenty of scattered spots (dust, grit and fat-type substance) and a 1mm2 fungus was developing near the edge. Fortunately it was all superficial and the glass/coating were perfect. I blowed the lens with dry photo air, brushed all particles away with a very soft lens cleaning camel brush and cleaned the front lens with (1) B+W lens cleaning solution and a soft microfiber lens cleaning cloth, followed by (2) another wet cleaning with the solution that I normally use to clean my Leica lenses, basically the same that the Texas Tak people use, I believe, or quite similar.

- Focuser was carefully cleaned and rack just slightly lubricated with a tiny amount of Lithium paste.

 

The TOA-150 looks almost like new!!! The last 2 photos show the cleaned lens and scope.

 

Now follows the mounting on the EM-400 and the ordering of the needed parts to adapt it for visual and imaging, like flattener, tubes and adapters. I am sure that this scope will bring wonderful learning opportunities in this Forum and many years of pleasure.

 

Clear skies to all!

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Posted 08 January 2021 - 04:59 PM

Wonderful scope and a first class ticket to the stars bow.gif


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Posted 08 January 2021 - 10:18 PM

Congrats, i wish I have one
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Posted 09 January 2021 - 04:28 AM

Congrats, fantastic find !


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Posted 09 January 2021 - 05:18 AM

Congratulations - my TOA150 is a 2007 model too. It is a phenomenal scope.


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Posted 09 January 2021 - 09:06 AM

A little love was all it needed (and received!).

 

Enjoy!


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Posted 09 January 2021 - 02:27 PM

Congratulations! Looks great.
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Posted 09 January 2021 - 05:22 PM

Thank you all. It is a beautiful piece indeed and I am now preparing it to start using it. The EM-400 is perfect for it.


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Posted 09 January 2021 - 10:42 PM

If you have a 67 flattener, you will have the best spot size of almost all available refractors, covering ~90 mm image circle. lol.gif


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Posted 10 January 2021 - 09:20 AM

Jose

 

I had the exact same setup and I really liked the EM-400 too. Just a beautiful mount. The TOA is fantastic too!! Congrats


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Posted 10 January 2021 - 12:17 PM

One further question: for nebulae AP, I prefer a shorter focal length and using a reducer may make sense. Do you recommend using (1) the most recent TOA-35 0.7x reducer for the TOA-150, TKA32580B that includes the appropriate camera ring, just by itself, or (2) together with the 67-FL? Thanks!



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Posted 10 January 2021 - 04:53 PM

One further question: for nebulae AP, I prefer a shorter focal length and using a reducer may make sense. Do you recommend using (1) the most recent TOA-35 0.7x reducer for the TOA-150, TKA32580B that includes the appropriate camera ring, just by itself, or (2) together with the 67-FL? Thanks!

I believe the reducer also flattens the field. You should email Takahashi America and they will give you the best advice. 


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Posted 10 January 2021 - 05:00 PM

I believe the reducer also flattens the field. You should email Takahashi American and they will give you the best advice. 

Will do, thank you.



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Posted 10 January 2021 - 05:24 PM

35RD does not correct to the full frame on 130 (the max is APSH). However, i have not seen a case for 150 yet. According to the spot diagram, it may produce pinpoint and round stars on a full frame on your 150 as well.

 

67Fl has been proved without any questions.

 

What camera will you use on this beast APO?lol.gif

 

Yuexiao 

 

One further question: for nebulae AP, I prefer a shorter focal length and using a reducer may make sense. Do you recommend using (1) the most recent TOA-35 0.7x reducer for the TOA-150, TKA32580B that includes the appropriate camera ring, just by itself, or (2) together with the 67-FL? Thanks!


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Posted 11 January 2021 - 06:51 PM

35RD does not correct to the full frame on 130 (the max is APSH). However, i have not seen a case for 150 yet. According to the spot diagram, it may produce pinpoint and round stars on a full frame on your 150 as well.

 

67Fl has been proved without any questions.

 

What camera will you use on this beast APO?lol.gif

 

Yuexiao 

Hi Yuexiao,

 

I was planning to use a QHY600, one of the newer models.



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Posted 11 January 2021 - 11:55 PM

67 flattener, only choice and it will give you amazing results.

 

Yuexiao 

Hi Yuexiao,

 

I was planning to use a QHY600, one of the newer models.


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