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#1 grisnir

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 05:49 AM

Hey!

 

I'm looking for a tripod and German equatorial mount to go along with my Tak FS128. Would be nice if it were Takahashi products too.

 

I wonder if Tak wooden tripod and EM-11 mount would do the trick. I have some reservations though.

 

Max loading capacity of EM-11 is 9 kg, according to Takahashi official site. Tak FS128 itself weights 7,5 kg + binoviewers + Tak clamshell + Tak 11x70 finderscope = near or over the limit. Is it going to affect the funcionality of EM-11?

 

Another thing is that according to Takahashi official site in USA, it's "designed for use in latitudes between 20 and 50 degrees". I live at 59 degrees north. Once again, is it going to affect the funcionality of EM-11?  

 

Would it be a significant difference if I went for EM-200 (which is obviously more expensive)? EM-200 HL is supposed to go well along with higher latitudes, so that's a plus. 

 

Are there any other smart options out there? 

 

Thank you



#2 macdonjh

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 03:49 PM

Disclaimer: I don't have any first hand experience with Takahashi mounts.  That said,

 

The EM10 and EM-11 mounts are pretty small, and an FS-128 is a pretty large scope.  It seems like the EM-11 wouldn't be enough mount to hold that scope steady.  If you want to stay within the Takahashi family, then I think the EM-200 is a better choice.  If you are very careful about balancing, I'm sure the EM-11 would hold an FS-128, but I'll also bet the scope would shake a lot while you're trying to focus, or if the wind so much as "breathes" on your scope.  I think it would be frustrating.

 

Now, if you want to send your FS-128 to me and look for an FS-102...

 

Good luck with your mount search.


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#3 teashea

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 08:30 PM

Hey!

 

I'm looking for a tripod and German equatorial mount to go along with my Tak FS128. Would be nice if it were Takahashi products too.

 

I wonder if Tak wooden tripod and EM-11 mount would do the trick. I have some reservations though.

 

Max loading capacity of EM-11 is 9 kg, according to Takahashi official site. Tak FS128 itself weights 7,5 kg + binoviewers + Tak clamshell + Tak 11x70 finderscope = near or over the limit. Is it going to affect the funcionality of EM-11?

 

Another thing is that according to Takahashi official site in USA, it's "designed for use in latitudes between 20 and 50 degrees". I live at 59 degrees north. Once again, is it going to affect the funcionality of EM-11?  

 

Would it be a significant difference if I went for EM-200 (which is obviously more expensive)? EM-200 HL is supposed to go well along with higher latitudes, so that's a plus. 

 

Are there any other smart options out there? 

 

Thank you

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#4 Eric P

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Posted 12 June 2021 - 08:06 AM

Hello,

 

I have the FS-128 and have mounted it to an EM-2, EM-10, EM 200 and NJP.   The EM-10 does handle the FS-128 for visual and is more stable on the SE-L solid tripod than the adjustable FC-L tripod.  I'm not sure how the EM-11 Temma system will fair in terms of accuracy as my EM-10 is an older stepper system.

 

IMO you will be much better served with the EM-200 and an SE-L tripod.  

 

Regards



#5 orlyandico

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Posted 12 June 2021 - 08:48 AM

I don't have an FS-128, but I have an EM-11 and an AP130.  Granted, the AP130 is 2lb heavier than the FS-128 (18lb vs 16lb).  I would definitely not put the AP130 on the EM-11, even for visual.

 

When I had an Orion 100ED f/9 (similar form factor to an FS-102) it was OK but not great on a Vixen GP, which is quite comparable to an EM-11. I no longer have that scope, but I think it would be OK to good on the EM-11 for visual.

 

This EM-11 review indicates that it is great for visual (but not astrophotography) with a TSA-102 - https://www.wlcastle...sa102/index.htm

 

which tallies with my experience.



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Posted 12 June 2021 - 08:46 PM

I’ve have the AP GTX (24 lbs with rings and everything) on an EM 10 with the adjustable Tak tripod and a Berlebach Planet. The AP is heavier and shorter than the 128, so maybe they’re similar in stability.

I would say with the tak tripod it’s “passable” for visual. And with the Planet it’s “plenty good” for visual. The difference is pretty stark. Damping with the Planet is about a second. Either way, I wouldn’t recommend it for deep sky photography.

Good luck choosing and enjoy the Tak!

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