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#1 SkyRanger

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Posted 14 October 2021 - 09:51 AM

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Here is my TSA 120 ready for some lunar and planetary from my back yard ("garden" in the UK) last night.  It is really fun to be able to quickly compare the views from 4 DeLites.  Last night the best views of the moon were with the DL 5 (180x).  I was able to get a good view of Hadley Rill, for example; but I failed again to get a view of the "highway" down the Alpine Valley.

Gordon G

 

PS: It's the Tak turret.


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Posted 14 October 2021 - 09:57 AM

I have glimpsed the Alpine Valley Rill with my TSA 120 but the seeing needs to be very good to excellent so you can crank up the magnification and the moon needs to be high and the illumination has to be favorable. 

 

I also use Delites.

 

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Posted 14 October 2021 - 05:20 PM

I've seen the central rille numerous times both in my FS128, FC100DC, and FC100DZ, but the best ever view was through the DC while using a barlowed binoviewer and paired 15mm Vixen LV's. I think its ease of visibility depends partly on lighting and a steady atmosphere rather than aperture. 

I've often wondered about the Tak Turret as I love double stars, as changing eyepieces at very high power can be time consuming. I've also wondered how or if it would handle a binoviewer? It looks great!


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#4 SkyRanger

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Posted 14 October 2021 - 06:03 PM

The forecast is for clear but windy tonight.  I’ll try again tonight with the 120.  I was planning on bringing out the Teeter 250 newt as well, but I think I will wait for a calmer night.

I have never tried anything larger/ heavier than DeLites in the Tak turret, mostly because they are the best lunar/planetary EPs I have.

 

EPs are held in the turret by tightening (what I call) a collet, and they are very secure.  Some of you engineering types may know more correct nomenclature.  

 

Getting a permanently mounted scope in the POD was a 50 year journey for me, and one of my best investments.

 

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Posted 14 October 2021 - 06:18 PM

The Tak turret is by far one of the best investments I've made in quite a while.  I'm actually thinking of getting a second one soon soon...one for my Brandon EP's and one for my Taks. It just makes the whole viewing experience so much more fluid. 


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Posted 14 October 2021 - 06:56 PM

Just make sure it stays on. I saw one take a dunk on the cement once with heavy eyepieces.  Not a pretty sound.


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Posted 14 October 2021 - 07:06 PM

Yes, the Takahashi turret is a sweet piece of kit, especially for solar system and double star observers. 


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Posted 14 October 2021 - 07:49 PM

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Here is my TSA 120 ready for some lunar and planetary from my back yard ("garden" in the UK) last night.  It is really fun to be able to quickly compare the views from 4 DeLites.  Last night the best views of the moon were with the DL 5 (180x).  I was able to get a good view of Hadley Rill, for example; but I failed again to get a view of the "highway" down the Alpine Valley.

Gordon G

 

PS: It's the Tak turret.

enjoy it.


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Posted 14 October 2021 - 10:19 PM

Just make sure it stays on. I saw one take a dunk on the cement once with heavy eyepieces.  Not a pretty sound.

That's why I observe on the lawn!


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Posted 15 October 2021 - 07:36 AM

Like my turret. I use Baader Morpheus eyepieces in it mainly. A typical 4 is APM 24mm UFF, BM 17.5, 9 & 6.5. 


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