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Posts posted by Earl

  1. 18 hours ago, Ken82 said:

    The fsq 85 is a super scope but really needs the additional flattener for aps-c sensors and above. A bit disappointing when you consider it’s supposed to have a 42mm imaging circle. Kind of defeats the purpose of using a petzval ?? With the flattener it’s awesome, I have one 😀

    But pound for pound the 100 esprit is probably the better option. That being said, time to contradict myself,  I’d still buy the fsq 85. Just cause I love it ! 



    Yeah i did too and a 106 (both with flatteners) which was better once i replaced the focuser.

  2. On 25/04/2021 at 10:18, Jonny_H said:

    Hi all,

    As above - I am curious to get views on Taks and whether the additional premium over other brands that are highly regarded is 'worth it'.

    Appreciate that it is up to the buyer as to what they spend their money on - as with most premium/quality products, and for them to judge whether they are worth the premium or not.

    But take the FSQ-85 for example at circa £3.5k+ once accessories have been added. For 1/2 the price you can get a very well respected esprit 100ed. I know that's not a true 1-2-1 comparison but the point being you can get a very good quality and highly regarded triplet, larger aperture and focal length scope at 1/2 the price. The Esprit 80ed is almost 3 times less.

    I just wondered if the extra cost of the Tak in the example above gives you twice the quality and performance?

    THe  FSQ-85 is a killer imaging telescope and designed as such, the esprint is a very good telescope but not as good. is it worth the extra money? Debatable, the size of your wallet or how much of it you wish to use makes that decision.

  3. On 29/04/2021 at 09:57, Astro Noodles said:

    I have been attempting DSO astrophotography for a couple of months now but haven't yet produced an image I would be prepared to share on this forum. I understand that this is a difficult and complicated thing to do and there is an enormous amount to learn, and I don't yet really have the equipment or skills.

    I was just wondering how long it took you before you had produced an image you were satisfied with and prepared to share?

    IMO getting an image is just the last part, taming the gear so it behaves as it should is the tough bit, once that is down the imaging part is relatively easy.

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  4. 10 minutes ago, Leewfc said:

    Im thinking of buying one of these to put in my observatory. I don't leave my equipment in there due to security and the area I live in. Does the mount head attach and remove easily enough? Like on the tripod it just screws on with the accessories tray bolt. Or once its attached you need tools to remove it at the end of the night? Also anyone who has one can you tell me the length of the support legs please? Obviously with the tripod legs they stick out quite far. I need something solid but with a smaller footprint so can move round obsy with more ease and without tripping thanks. 

    you will need to unscrew 3 allen bolts to remove it.

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