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  1. Thinking of getting: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/takahashi-fc-100-series-refractor-telescopes/takahashi-fc-100dc-f7-4-doublet-fluorite-apo-refractor.html Can it be configured somehow to work with an EQ5 mount? (using for visual only) Appreciate any advice!
  2. Hello and thanks for the add. I have recently acquired a TAK FC100DL (from the first production run, with the black focuser) that I have so far used only for visual with an occasional attempt at Lunar photography with a DSLR (canon 6D). The views are superb and I’ve been toying with the idea of trying it Out on deep sky objects (with the DSLR) by adding a focal reducer. However from what I can establish, the matched focal reducer for this scope is the TAK FC-35 which Carries a pretty hefty price tag. Has anyone tried this combination? Or able to offer advice on wether its worth the expense. TIA
  3. ITEM NOW SOLD My personal Takahashi FSQ-85ED telescope is for sale, with a FeatherTouch 3.0" Focuser (~37mm travel) fitted. It's packed in a Geoptik Carry Bag alongside the telescope's original focuser and a bunch of Takahashi adapters to mount many types of camera to it. I used to use the included Takahashi CA-35 adapter ring along with the included adapter to M42 to mount my CCD camera directly into the FeatherTouch focuser. You may also use M42 spacer rings if you need extra distance. The included FeatherTouch focuser is significantly more performant and stable than the focuser that originally comes with the telescope, hence the upgrade I made to it, having had a couple of issues with the original focuser. The telescope is ready to be mounted, with its original Takahashi tube holder and Losmandy dovetail bar. The telescope is in pristine condition except for a few scrapes on the outer side of the integrated dew shield, made by the motorised telescope cover metallic strap (the telescope has never been dropped or banged against anything). These scrapes are shown closely on the last photo attached below. The telescope has not been moved around much at all and has instead been placed in a remote observatory on a permanent pier in Spain for about two years straight. It is able to produce stunning astrophotographs of deep space. You may see some of my results here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lightvortexastronomy/29259850311 https://www.flickr.com/photos/lightvortexastronomy/30608284976 https://www.flickr.com/photos/lightvortexastronomy/38372589885 https://www.flickr.com/photos/lightvortexastronomy/35881314824 https://www.flickr.com/photos/lightvortexastronomy/31737474061 The new price for this telescope with the included accessories is just over £3,900 at present. Thank you for looking. Any questions or offers are welcome.
  4. I went to my family house in the countryside and was able to take some pictures during xmas eve. Total exposure: 6h H_Alpha: ~3h (730x15s) --> R, G Oxigen III: ~3h (710x15s) --> B, G I didn't have a view on Polaris and could not spend too much time drift aligning (it was xmas eve after all :D) hence the short exposures. Moreover I dont have the proper connection rings to put my flattener on my mono camera so all stars off center are a mess :_(.
  5. I am selling my Takahashi Mewlon 108B as I made a serious mistake – I started Electronically Assisted Astronomy and now I am after a flat field refractor. This Mewlon, being the B series, comes with the 7x50 Takahashi illuminated finderscope, factory front cover, factory dovetail and a 2” JMI motorized focuser which works both with or without power (you need to loosen up a tool-less screw to gain manual control). I purchased this scope from Italy and you can see an actual review of this particular scope here (Google translate is your friend): http://www.dark-star.it/astronomia-articoli-e-test/test-strumentali/takahashi-mewlon-180-b/ The ad from Cloudynights is here: https://www.cloudynights.com/classifieds/item/130008-takahashi-mewlon-180b/ The scope will be shipped in the original box, properly packed and the original case will be placed in a bigger box, again, properly packed, via courier service, fully insured with tracking. I tested the scope myself and there is no loss of illumination or mirror damage which would warrant a recoating of this scope any time soon. The photos I attach I took when I mounted the scope. For more photos, just see the ad above. I would be happy to part with it for £ 1,240 including shipping and delivery.
  6. Straight swap of my Takahashi 32mm Abbe for a Takahashi 28mm Erfle (not LE).
  7. Another day another Takahashi ......... when will I ever escape this vicious circle ??? Just when I had resolved not to buy any more astro gear, someone advertised this scope at a very, very tempting price.... here we go again, my dear wife just shook her head when I told her I would be away for a couple of days picking up another telescope. Enter the Takahashi FSQ106ED build # 89 of 2014, in immaculate condition with a genuine Takahashi FSQ case, Extender-Q 1.6X, Clamshell and a pair of LE eyepieces. How could I say no? To say that I was happy driving the 700 alms back home would be an understatement ..... Thanks for viewing
  8. Hi SGL, I started this galactic center project last year, but ended up changing objects due to time constraints. So far I have a lot more Lum data, but here are the bottom 2 rows of just RGB. Its 90mins of RGB data, with the Tak FSQ106N and the 11000 Atik. This is a 5x2 mosaic, and I hope to get more data next Summer to finish this and make it a 5x5 image. From B72 up to the Eagle, taken from Spain. This is my last picture from my adventures over there. Not fully processed, yet I want to wait until I have the entire RGB mosaic complete before I start the colour tweaks, balancing, micro curves etc... This just had a crop, curve push and some rough colour saturation applied. No real subtlety to the process on my end. I'll post the Lum data later when I have played with it a little more. Flick image here: http://www.flickr.co...N02/9152704948/ Thanks Tom. For some reason my enter button does nothing in the posting field so excuse the way this pic is attached.
  9. It's been ages - well the best part of a year since I sold my trusty OSC self-guiding SBIG camera and replaced it with a Mono (via Ian King) due to my increasing light pollution... I've become a part time beta tester in the process for Canada based Apple Mac astro software developer - Microprojects, whilst trying to sort out the new STF8300M imaging camera and the 'dog' of an ST-i guide camera (it would be nice if SBIG pulled their finger out and sorted new drivers considering it's advertised as Mac compatible - so 'be warned' any Mac purchasers at the moment as the thing does not appear to like PHD either), but, we are nearly there (well I have an image at least - although I very nearly jacked the imaging game in to go back to visual), as I have spent ages 'garage' testing software whilst everyone else has been imaging and improving...... most depressing ;-( Still the odd issue with the STF locking whilst downloading an exposure and more annoyingly, on/off guiding due to 'corrupting' guide stars (ST-i) we think due to fluctuating noise levels playing havoc with the auto dark subtraction....or it could all be driver related(!), but an image at last to show you! Still a work in progress - need more exposures and some shorter ones for the core - plus brushing up my processing skill again! Not sure if I'll go for RGB colour or try a full narrowband image at some stage.... At the moment though I may just stick with Ha and try to build up a decent 'core' library to add to in the future - and resolve the last software issues.... Details: M42 Orion Nebula - Ha, 11th Nov 2012 WIP - still to get 'core' data. Only 15 x 600 sec exposures Takahashi FSQ106-ED + dedicated F/R @f/3.6 SBIG STF8300M + Baader 7nm Ha filter. Guided with SBIG ST-i via ST-80 via MicroProjects Equinox Image (beta test) 'Scopebuggied' Takahashi EM400 mount - controlled via MicroProjects Equinox Pro (all on a 17" MacBook Pro) Preprocessed (Darks and Flat frames), aligned and stacked in Nebulosity 3. Processed in Adobe Photoshop CS5 Would appear that I'm not the only one who has suffered camera, mount, computer issues.... stupid game this imaging! Thanks for looking....
  10. Here is the North American Nebula in the Hubble pallet and HA. I'm still a relative novice to the Hubble pallet adjustment and didn't want to overcook it? Most probably it can be pushed a little further? The image was capture using the trusty ST10 and the BabyQ FSQ85 over the course of this month. I have been battling with the weather to complete this before my holidays start tomorrow!!! 12x 800sec HA 17x 600sec OIII (2x2binned) 15x 600sec SII (2x2binned) I binned the OIII and SII since these are very weak in the nebula and don't contribute much in the way of detail. The HA data has been used as the GREEN channel and also a Luminance channel for the final image. The HA data is a little wider since I have had some small alignment issues between sessions, still setting up and tearing down my kit each night / session This is the alternative colour schema, I suppose that there is no wrong or right colour schema its just down to your personal preference? Which one do you like?
  11. In the absence of any other EQ mounts currently, and with a desire to have a session on Jupiter without constant nudging of the scope, I thought I would give this a go. I found a dovetail with 1/4" hole in the centre, and took the two additional weights off my Vixen to achieve balance, which I managed. Even with the Leica Zoom in a x2.5 PowerMate it still balanced. The scope is an FC-100D which is around 2.8kg for the OTA but probably around 5kg fully loaded, possibly a little more. Now, I'm not claiming it is the steadiest when focusing or changing target, but it is tracking accurately enough for visual, and I'm enjoying the steady view. It takes a few seconds to settle down, and would be no good in a wind but it's fine for tonight's still conditions. Im actually a little confused where the flex comes from. The mount itself is very solid, as is the EQ6 tripod and pillar so it can only be the Wedge. Perhaps with a stronger alternative it would be more stable? Anyway, can't complain as it is pushing the weight and it is coping fine. Hoping for some fine views of GRS later.
  12. This was one from a backlog of images on my SD card ....4th Dec 2011 5" Takahashi Refractor Pentax K5 ISO 100 1/60th sec (single exposure) Moon by mikeyscope, on Flickr
  13. Bumped. A mint boxed Takahashi 32mm Abbe Orthoscopic (4 lenses in 2 groups). £150 incl tracked delivery. Paypal friends or cheque (posted when cleared).
  14. Hello all, I'm selling the original Takahashi TKA31580S Reducer/Flattener for TSA 102/TSA120/FS102/28/TOA130/150. Condition: Pristine, as NEW (and it was never cleaned, just blown) Reason to sell: I don't make astrophotography anymore! You can visit my ASTROBIN page (https://www.astrobin.com/users/paulobao/) or find me here . Price: 350 Euro.
  15. Gents, Ladies, please don't laugh (you can gloat of course), but I'm getting acquainted with a new FSQ106ED. At the same time, I'm testing a GM1000HPS (still...) Odd star shapes have occasionally come with the territory so far with this mount, but I had some very strange results with the 'new Q'. The long and short of this, is that I've discovered that slightly out of focus stars are elongated in one direction, and this direction swings thro 90 degrees when I go from intra to extra focal positions. The fully defocused star images look round enough, but this is really disappointing. I'm just hoping someone can reassure me that this is not normal, and that I should get it replaced rather than just refunded. I know Ian K will look after me, his service is always excellent, just want to make sure it's not just me that thinks this isn't good enough. Any advice welcome, Jack
  16. Here is my little report from SGL11, a bit of a combination of equipment commentary and observing report. Staying true to my current minimalist approach to observing (thanks guys ??), I just had my Tak FC-100 and 8" Portaball with me. Last year I was armed with a 16" Sumerian, so I was interested to compare just how much I could see under a dark sky with so much less aperture. I managed to do a fair bit of observing each day apart from Saturday night really when it was clouded out. During the days, I did a nice amount of solar observing using the Tak with a Herschel Wedge and my TS binoviewers. On the Vixen GP mount the sun was tracked quite well even without polar aligning, and being able to pan around the surface using the motor drives without touching the scope was an excellent benefit over a manual alt az. Having never really got on with binoviewers before (this is my fourth pair), I'm delighted to say that I found the TS ones excellent. The self centering eyepiece holders were easy to use, as was the individual focusing and I had no problems merging the images even at higher powers. The sun took on a richer tone than single eye viewing, and when the seeing allowed, the detail was wonderful both in and around the active regions and also the surface granulation. Nice regions of faculae were visible in several places near the limb. As usual it was interesting to watch the sun over a period of a few days to watch how the features developed. Areas of faculae on the first day began to show small sun spots on subsequent days. The other revelation with the binoviewers was the moon. My floaters were much better controlled, and I did find viewing more relaxing than normal. The whole thing had a 3D feel to it and I felt like I was able to access more detail. The terminator was particularly lovely, and the contrast very strong. No false colour that I could see. I was using 25mm Ortho eyepieces and an AP Barcon to give higher magnification. I've got a pair of 15mm Vixen SLVs on the way so hopefully that will give me comfortable high power viewing. I do feel like I've found a great setup now. I will use the GP mount whenever I'm doing high power Lunar, Solar and planetary viewing. For everything else I will most likely use the Giro-WR as I find star hopping much easier in alt az. Onto night time observing... Until Sunday, my main viewing was of Jupiter due to the conditions. I used both the Tak and the Portaball and it was interesting to compare the views. The Tak was reliably good all the time. The image was stable and sharp with good detail at all times which got better when the seeing stabilized. With the Portaball, the view was more variable with the seeing. When poor, the view was blurry and worse than the Tak, but when the seeing was excellent, the resolution was clearly higher and there was lovely colour and detail visible. GRS was visible on all three nights I observed and showed a lovely dark orange colour to it with separation from the SEB. Not quite as good as the views a few weeks back but none too shabby. Finally DSOs. On the previous nights I had a quick scoot around a few of the more obvious objects. M42 looked lovely but I was only able to get hints of the E star in the trapezium due to the variable seeing. I did use my 22x85 binos on it too, with UHC and OIII filters fitted, with very good results. On the Induro tripod they can be positioned very comfortably at all altitudes including at the zenith due to the height capability of the tripod. I'm now keeping this one! On Sunday night once the moon had gone down I managed to get stuck into quite a wide range of objects. The seeing was fairly average, and the transparency not the best I've seen, but at mag 21.3 at the zenith the sky was probably as dark as I've been under with a scope of any significant aperture. I've listed all the objects I noted in SkySafari at the end. It's not an exhaustive list as I saw quite a few more galaxies and open clusters than this but was not able to identify them all. I'll just comment on a few notables here. I mostly observed with the 24mm Panoptic which gave x46 with a 4.3mm exit pupil and a 1.4 degree field of view. For higher powers I used the zoom giving anything from x61 to x123. M51 looked surprisingly bright, nicely defined haloes around the central cores of the two galaxies, and signs of the bridge between the two. I would only say there were hints of structure, I wouldn't go as far as to say I could see the spiral arms but it was very nice none the less. M101 was plainly visible, easy to find but just appeared as a large oval glow with a bright centre. No structure unlike with the 16" last year. M97 and M108 looked lovely framed in the same field together. At higher powers M97 showed hints of structure but no clear 'eyes' which I assume was down to the transparency. M108 showed some nice mottling to it. NGC 457 was as fun as ever, very nice in the 8", whilst NGC 2169 (the 37 cluster) was also a delight. The tiny double in the corner of the '3' was nicely resolved, lovely to see. I did see the 'black eye' in M64 though not as obvious as I've seen before, and M63 was just a fairly featureless oval, no hints of structure. Likewise whilst I found all three parts to the Leo triplet, I could not say they were particularly bright. It's possible of course that my secondary was misting up/freezing for some of these targets. I tried to keep it clear but was not always successful. The Needle Galaxy was a very interesting comparison with the 16" last year. In the larger scope it was very bright, and the 'needles' extending out were very long and obvious, extending further with averted vision. In the 8", the galaxy itself and the arms were clear, but a shadow of the view in the 16". Still, it's nice to know I can be hitting these targets with a scope that is easily transportable on holiday and to dark sites. The last thing I'll ramble on about is Markarian's Chain. Again, I had spectacular views of this in the 16" last year so I was interested to see if I could find it in the 8". Of course, I could, and was pleasantly surprised by the views. Quite clear and I was able to trace the chain of galaxies all the way along. I hopped around the area identifying some galaxies by following it in SkySafari, then getting lost after a while and just panning around enjoying the view. I'm very pleased with the Portaball. Lovely views in a scope which is so easy to transport and assemble/break down. I've got some work to do checking out whether the secondary heater is working as the secondary was freezing up so frequently but aside from that it's all good. I was observing stars down to mag 14.47 (that I noted, probably beyond), and galaxies down to mag 12.07, again possibly beyond this in some of the unidentified galaxies. Last year I got a galaxy at mag 14.2 if I remember correctly which shows an indication of the differing capabilities of the scopes. An excellent four days, finishing with a pretty spectacular nights observing and a lovely full English breakfast in the morning before heading home ? List: SGL11 Owl Cluster - NGC 457 (Open Cluster in Cassiopeia) Double Cluster - NGC 869 (Open Cluster in Perseus) Chi Persei - NGC 884 (Open Cluster in Perseus) Polaris - Alpha UMi (Variable Double Star in Ursa Minor) Pleiades - M 45 (Open Cluster in Taurus) NGC 1502 (Open Cluster in Camelopardalis) Rigel - Beta Ori (Variable Double Star in Orion) NGC 1907 (Open Cluster in Auriga) Starfish Cluster - M 38 (Open Cluster in Auriga) Orion Nebula - M 42 (Bright Nebula in Orion) Messier 43 (Bright Nebula in Orion) Alnitak - Zeta Ori (Double Star in Orion) NGC 2169 (Open Cluster in Orion) Castor - Alpha Gem (Double Star in Gemini) Beehive Cluster - M 44 (Open Cluster in Cancer) Messier 67 (Open Cluster in Cancer) Bode's Nebulae - M 81 (Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major) Bode's Nebulae - M 82 (Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major) Algieba - Gamma1 Leo (Double Star in Leo) Messier 95 (Spiral Galaxy in Leo) Messier 96 (Spiral Galaxy in Leo) Messier 105 (Elliptical Galaxy in Leo) NGC 3384 (Elliptical Galaxy in Leo) NGC 3373 (Spiral Galaxy in Leo) Messier 108 (Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major) Owl Nebula - M 97 (Planetary Nebula in Ursa Major) Messier 65 (Spiral Galaxy in Leo) Messier 66 (Spiral Galaxy in Leo) NGC 3628 (Spiral Galaxy in Leo) NGC 3631 (Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major) NGC 3953 (Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major) Messier 109 (Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major) GSCII 984 (Star in Ursa Major) Markarian's Chain - M 84 (Elliptical Galaxy in Virgo) Melotte 111 (Open Cluster in Coma Berenices) NGC 4387 (Elliptical Galaxy in Virgo) NGC 4388 (Spiral Galaxy in Virgo) Markarian's Chain - M 86 (Elliptical Galaxy in Virgo) Eyes Galaxies - NGC 4435 (Spiral Galaxy in Virgo) Eyes Galaxies - NGC 4438 (Spiral Galaxy in Virgo) Markarian's Chain - NGC 4458 (Elliptical Galaxy in Virgo) NGC 4459 (Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices) Markarian's Chain - NGC 4461 (Spiral Galaxy in Virgo) Markarian's Chain - NGC 4473 (Elliptical Galaxy in Coma Berenices) NGC 4474 (Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices) Markarian's Chain - NGC 4477 (Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices) Messier 88 (Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices) Needle Galaxy - NGC 4565 (Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices) Whale Galaxy - NGC 4631 (Spiral Galaxy in Canes Venatici) NGC 4656 (Spiral Galaxy in Canes Venatici) Black Eye Galaxy - M 64 (Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices) Messier 53 (Globular Cluster in Coma Berenices) Sunflower Galaxy - M 63 (Spiral Galaxy in Canes Venatici) Whirlpool Galaxy - M 51 (Spiral Galaxy in Canes Venatici) NGC 5195 (Spiral Galaxy in Canes Venatici) Messier 3 (Globular Cluster in Canes Venatici) Izar - Epsilon Boo (Double Star in Bootes) Hercules Cluster - M 13 (Globular Cluster in Hercules) Messier 92 (Globular Cluster in Hercules) Vega - Alpha Lyr (Variable Double Star in Lyra) Double Double - Epsilon1 Lyr (Double Star in Lyra) Ring Nebula - M 57 (Planetary Nebula in Lyra)
  17. Comet ISON - Friday 15th November, over Bakewell, England. This is (roughly) 15x1 min subs in each of RGB and 7x1 mins Lum with my Takahashi FSQ85 / Atik 460. Tracking was done on the stars and the images processed separately - in DSS for the comet and Neb for the starfield. (DSS produced a disappointing result in it's 'stars and comet' mode). I then processed in CS5 using a layer mask technique to blend in the comet over the starfield. It took a fair amount of processing but am pleased with the outcome, and even managed a few Virgo faint fuzzies. Thanks for looking, Simon
  18. NigeB

    NGC 2683

    From the album: NigeB's Images

    Takahashi TOA-150 Refractor Takahashi 1.5 Extender Atik 460ex CCD +EFW2 Filter Wheel & Baader LRGB Filters L: 20 x 1200 sec + 2 x 600 sec R: 10 x 1200 sec G: 10 x 1200 sec B: 7 x 1200 sec
  19. The Heart Nebula - Ha, Oct/Nov 2012 WIP A mere 14x 600 sec exposures This was never intended to be a 'project' as such - I was using it to Beta test the cameras and software.... As I was using the Ha filter, I just happened upon this target as a rich source of Ha data. Taken on/off over three sessions it occurred to me later to try and process what I had - was pleasantly surprised at the results (despite stretching it to the limits!) Give it another 2-4 hours and it should be quite respectable.... pity that I did not take more care in the framing though over the sessions as I have had to crop the top and more noticeably the left edge, thereby loosing some of the subtle edge detail in the outer wall.... never mind though, two hours in, so might just as well add this to the library of ongoing projects! Takahashi FSQ106-ED + dedicated F/R @f/3.6 SBIG STF8300M + Baader 7nm Ha filter. Guided with SBIG ST-i via ST-80 via MicroProjects Equinox Image (beta test) 'Scopebuggied' Takahashi EM400 mount - controlled via MicroProjects Equinox Pro (all on a 17" MacBook Pro) Preprocessed (Darks and Flat frames), aligned and stacked in Nebulosity 3. Processed in Adobe Photoshop CS5 with 'Noel's Actions' The Heart Nebula, IC 1805, Sh2-190, lies some 7500 light years away from Earth and is located in the Perseus Arm of the Galaxy in the constellation Cassiopeia. This is an emission nebula showing glowing gas and darker dust lanes. The nebula is formed by plasma of ionized hydrogen and free electrons. The very brightest part of this nebula (the knot at the right) is separately classified as NGC 896, because it was the first part of this nebula to be discovered. The nebula's intense red output and its configuration are driven by the radiation emanating from a small group of stars near the nebula's center. This open cluster of stars known as Melotte 15 contains a few bright stars nearly 50 times the mass of our Sun, and many more dim stars that are only a fraction of our Sun's mass. The cluster used to contain a microquasar that was expelled millions of years ago. (Wili) Full Res picture here: http://astrob.in/full/24911/ Thanks for looking as always... Clear skies, Damian
  20. Hi, Where do I start? My dad was left a Takahashi Mewlon M-210 relector telscope, with a Losmandy GM8 mount with a Losmandy Gemini Systems controller V1. His good friend owned it and we used to go and visit to see the night sky and planets. He used to set it all up and control it using the slightly antiquated Gemini V1 controller. I understand that it's an an expensive setup, but it's not all working. The controller has an SRAM error when booting up, the unit had been left for nearly a year and the battery was flat. Replacing it only gives the error. I guess we have two options, one is to repair the Gemini controller or use something else to control the mount. I have contacted AstroEQ, but I've not had a reply yet. So could someone let me know of some options that would be available to us, ideally at present, only spending a small amount of money would be best to get it working. If we find it's too advanced in rookie hands then it might be best to trade it in for something smaller and easier... Cheers
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