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  1. That is ingenious! I went the counterweight route and it's worked perfectly for me, but your spring setup takes less space and will be less heavy! I tested mine yesterday with my 77mm f1000 achro and it feels and looks promising too!
  2. That looks reassuringly similar, JeremyS! The FLO box was correct - it did also contain clouds. Ant
  3. So, here's what was in the box - an Extender Q 1.6x for the FC100. My f7.4 just grew into an f11.8! It all looked a bit complicated to put together, with conflicting diagrams online, so hopefully someone can tell me if this looks right? Drawtube connector - Extender Q 1.6x - VAri-tube (L) - Visual adapter - 1.25" eyepiece holder - diagonal. I have a vari-tube (L) and vari-tube (s) left over. Ant
  4. A nice Japanese box. More details later....
  5. I think my Tak FC100Df is "probably" my lifer. That doesn't mean I won't get another scope that will also be a lifer, though! I'd like a bigger Tak or maybe a Tec-140 or even a biggish Dob at some point, but there are other things to consider, like location, portability and ease of use, so there's no point in me splashing out on a scope like that unless I know that I'll be able to use it! For now, the FC100 is just perfect for me in that regard.
  6. I'm actually tempted by a FOA-60Q at the moment. It's in my brain now...
  7. Congratulations on your first Takahashi! They really are something rather special!
  8. Just a diagonal for me. Well, a Baader Zeiss prism (BBHS) T-2 diagonal body which I'll be using in all my refractors from now on. It arrived with mist as well as clouds! Ant
  9. I've had an Equinox ED120 on mine and that was plenty sturdy enough. Nothing larger/heavier than that though. I mean it didn't even notice a 6" f8 Newtonian, but refractors are heavier so... I hear tell that FS128s might be more of a challenge though.... (hope to find out one day!) Ant
  10. Indeed. AZ-3 mounts are ike that, so I added a counterweight system to mine which made it much better (completely removed the problem). I wondered if the new Tak model might have some kind of variable friction clutch arrangement, but haven't found anything out yet.
  11. Correction to earlier text - I've edited this to reflect that I actually found this picture on a Japanese seller's site through Zenmarket, and it has an FC76-DCU mounted on it. This mount is included and ... it looks nice! Does anybody here know anything about it, like will the mount be coming to the UK at all, or technical details? Ant
  12. You can get a decent adapter on Amazon just now. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08F9HQZ8N/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Ant
  13. Sorry, that's one I don't have a spare of I'm afraid.
  14. Yes. By undoing the two screws on the side, the base slackens off and different types can be inserted. I could have a look and see what different bases I have, if you're looking for a specific type? Ant
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