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mikeDnight

My TAKAHASHI SEISAKUSHO, instrument album.

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mikeDnight    4,026

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Over the years I've acquired a large photo album representing the evolution of Takahashi telescopes, refractors, reflectors and mounts. The images were in the main taken by other Tak enthusiasts, with the occasional pic of my own. The above image is from page one and shows a selection of Takahashi scopes in a large observatory. There are many more great images to come, which I would be happy to post over time, if this is the place to post them?!

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F15Rules    1,982

Mmm...nice aperitif Mike. What's on the main course??😁😁..

Dave

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mikeDnight    4,026

Savour the starter Dave. There are some mouthwatering dishes yet to come! :happy11: 🍷

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billyharris72    352

Is that Epsilon really £130, or am I misreading the ad? If so I'll take two!

Always wanted one of those.

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John    18,656
1 hour ago, billyharris72 said:

Is that Epsilon really £130, or am I misreading the ad? If so I'll take two!

Always wanted one of those.

I think the £ sign should be an epsilon symbol ie: ε-130D

Ian King have this optical tube at £2,251 - £130 = too good to be true :smiley:

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DirkSteele    1,219

So much eye candy!  And a great historical record of the development of Takahashi scopes.  I really want the FC-50!  And one of its far larger brothers.... :icon_biggrin:

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mikeDnight    4,026
8 hours ago, billyharris72 said:

Is that Epsilon really £130, or am I misreading the ad? If so I'll take two!

Always wanted one of those.

I'd suspect its a printing error. Although if you take it to the checkout, they may be obliged to sell it you at the price shown. :blob3:

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mikeDnight    4,026
Posted (edited)

Cheque books at the ready!!!......

 

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I think its on his foot! ⤵

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mikeDnight    4,026
Posted (edited)

TAKAHASHI FC100DC DOUBLET STEINHEIL FLUORITE APOCHROMAT.

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TAKAHASHI FC100DF / DC COMPARISON:  both the DC and DF are F=740mm

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AND FINALLY.....          F=900mm

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Please feel free to add images of your own Takahashi scopes and mounts etc, to this thread!

Thanks for looking Tak fans! :icon_biggrin:

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mikeDnight    4,026

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Above, a very happy paulastro with his FC100DL. :biggrin:

Below, a very happy mikeDnight with his FC100DC. :biggrin:

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Below, Derek Hartley with his beloved Takahashi Sky 90

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Below,  FS128. Transit of Venus June 2004 (mikeDnight with son Daniel, and Floppy Bear)

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Below, Mike's FS152 (2008)

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DirkSteele    1,219

I love that photo of the EM-3500 mount with the person next to it.  It provides context to how large that mount is which suddenly gives insight into how large some of those scopes are! Especially the FCT200 and 250.

 

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F15Rules    1,982
23 hours ago, mikeDnight said:

Please feel free to add images of your own Takahashi scopes and mounts etc, to this thread!

Mike, that FS152 is magnificent! I assume that you sold on your FS128 when you acquired the 152? How much of a step up is the 152 Vs the 128?

A couple of shots of my 128, my first ever Tak, complete with EM2 mount☺IMG_20170430_182210105.thumb.jpg.bdb57def71a49c2734d0a2d51a455163.jpg

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F15Rules    1,982

One more..

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mikeDnight    4,026

It may come as a surprise, but i regretted letting the 128 go. It was a great scope and we'd had some real adventures together! The 152 was a truly beautiful scope, but the EQ6 wasn't really adequate. I ended up mounting it on a Losmandy G11 which I attached to a pier in my garden. As far as planetary performance was concerned, the 152 offered little advantage over the 128, though its light grasp was greater of course. I found I used the FS152 much less often than the 128. One night as I was lifting the 152 onto its mount, (the G11 was at head height), my back gave way and I caught the scope as I slid in agony down the pier. To buy a new FS152 would have cost around £10,000.00, so you can imagine how upset I would have been had I actually dropped it. Grown men really can cry profusely! 😭

As a consequence of that night, I decided to downsize and get something I could use at a moment's notice. I made a big mistake going for the 152 and then made another mistake believing the Televue hype and going for an NP101. The 101image quality wasn't in the same league as the Taks, so I kept it for one year before selling it on. I then spent several years with a beautiful Equinox 120ED, which I bought because I wanted a doublet rather than a triplet, and Tak had ceased production of their fluorite FS apo's. 

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When I heard Takahashi has started making Fluorite refractors again, I had to have one, and so i bought the FC100DC which has proved to be my most used scope. It's truly superb optically, so after a lot of disappointment and expense, I finally found the perfect grab and go scope! 😊😊😊

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F15Rules    1,982

Great story Mike☺.

Thanks for sharing!

I had an ED120 for a short time, but didn't get on with it. I also had a DS Pro, and didn't fall in love with that either. It must be me, as I know there are loads of paid up fans of the ED120 on SGL:icon_scratch::icon_scratch:.

The Tak, Vixen and D&G are the ones that really got to me..

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Tubby Bear    134

Thanks for sharing all of these lovely scopes with us.

I would quite like a Takahashi some day.

They are a bit expensive though....

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