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The Tak 76 is a handle, and I've not yet needed a handle for either of my FC100D's. They are so cute I can just cradle them in my arms. Takahashi do offer a handle though, which attaches to an optional accessory ring at the lower end of the tube. FLO sell the accessory ring for the FC100D's but I'm not sure about the handle or the finder bracket attachment. Perhaps special order?

 

 

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What a beautiful scope and a great photo! A good reminder to enjoy the scopes we have - I also tend to get a bit obsessive about chasing them. Meanwhile I have packed the Tak and its lightweight

This might give you an idea of how brighter DSO's appear through an FC100, when you get dark adapted and really soak up the subtle detail.

Oh look, wall to wall cloud!   Tak FC-76DCU, as new in triple box with clamshell, Feathertouch 2015 (not installed), RDF and 1.25" diagonal and EPs. This set up needed the 20mm(?) extension

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You can fit one of the Vixen handles onto the Tak clamp:

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The colour difference might upset some though.

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1 hour ago, John said:

You can fit one of the Vixen handles onto the Tak clamp:

 

The colour difference might upset some though.

I’m upset


 

🤣

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1 hour ago, mikeDnight said:

The Tak 76 is a handle, and I've not yet needed a handle for either of my FC100D's. They are so cute I can just cradle them in my arms. Takahashi do offer a handle though, which attaches to an optional accessory ring at the lower end of the tube. FLO sell the accessory ring for the FC100D's but I'm not sure about the handle or the fonder bracket attachment. Perhaps special order?

 

 

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I bought a handle from Astroshop a few years ago that I used on my FS 102

But it was red and the colour difference upset me so I took it off.

I agree that the FC 100 is in arm cuddle territory. So is the TSA, but not necessarily for carrying 🤣

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1 minute ago, dweller25 said:

That’s just not right John 😂😂😂

No, you are right. It does not cost enough for the Tak mob ! :lol:

I seem to be able to get by without handles on my refractors :dontknow:

Being OCD must be a pain to live with - I'm glad that I'm not bothered by that sort of thing.

 

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1 minute ago, John said:

Being OCD must be a pain to live with - I'm glad that I'm not bothered by that sort of thing.

Ive just ordered a second clamshell for the TSA120 🥴 I'm terryfied she'll fall off 😬

 

 

:grin:

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3 minutes ago, John said:

No, you are right. It does not cost enough for the Tak mob ! :lol:

I seem to be able to get by without handles on my refractors :dontknow:

Being OCD must be a pain to live with - I'm glad that I'm not bothered by that sort of thing.

 

OCD - Obsessive Cuddling Disorder ?  😂

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36 minutes ago, jetstream said:

Ive just ordered a second clamshell for the TSA120 🥴 I'm terryfied she'll fall off 😬

 

 

:grin:

You can fit a handle between those two clamshells 👍 😂

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53 minutes ago, jetstream said:

Ive just ordered a second clamshell for the TSA120 🥴 I'm terryfied she'll fall off 😬

 

 

:grin:

Gerry, please tell me we don’t need to change your forum name to 25585?? 😱😱😱

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Gerry, please tell me we don’t need to change your forum name to 25585?? 😱😱😱

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I was just thinking that. We gave him a really tough time over those arrangements :rolleyes2:

 

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23 minutes ago, Stu said:

Gerry, please tell me we don’t need to change your forum name to 25585?? 😱😱😱

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Occurred to me too, Stu 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣👍🏻

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26 minutes ago, John said:

I was just thinking that. We gave him a really tough time over those arrangements :rolleyes2:

 

Deservedly so I think John!!

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30 minutes ago, Stu said:

Gerry, please tell me we don’t need to change your forum name to 25585?? 😱😱

Call me what you want as long as you guys can convince the wife to let me have another Tak 😀

I'm looking to complete a Tak eyepiece set and have the mouse quivering over a 13mm Nagler right now...always wanted one of these.:thumbsup:

and yes, shes working right now :evil6:

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2 minutes ago, jetstream said:

Call me what you want as long as you guys can convince the wife to let me have another Tak 😀

I'm looking to complete a Tak eyepiece set and have the mouse quivering over a 13mm Nagler right now...always wanted one of these.:thumbsup:

and yes, shes working right now :evil6:

Which Tak are you wanting now Gerry? TOA150????

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Just now, Stu said:

Which Tak are you wanting now Gerry? TOA150????

I would love one of those...and a 180 Mew and a 100mm DF and for true widefield the 76mm DCU 😀

The 150mm has crossed my mind- many many times.

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48 minutes ago, Stu said:

Gerry, please tell me we don’t need to change your forum name to 25585?? 😱😱😱

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I want to make it very clear that I was definitely joking about putting a handle on two clamshells......

Not sure about Gerry though 😂😂

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5 minutes ago, dweller25 said:

I want to make it very clear that I was definitely joking about putting a handle on two clamshells......

Not sure about Gerry though 😂

:unsure: Wot!!

I've just ordered them both!!

:ph34r:

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I wonder if I can ask this on this thread- for the Taks @ 7.5 I wonder if the Pentax 40mm XW is good- whats the new "R" designation? I hope it means little field curvature.

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4 minutes ago, jetstream said:

I wonder if I can ask this on this thread- for the Taks @ 7.5 I wonder if the Pentax 40mm XW is good- whats the new "R" designation? I hope it means little field curvature.

That’s a question I would like to know the answer to too Gerry. FC has always put me off these long focal length Pentax eyepieces, but that may not need to be the case.

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1 hour ago, John said:

I was just thinking that. We gave him a really tough time over those arrangements :rolleyes2:

 

I think perhaps a little too much of a tough time. He's a really nice chap and loves his refractors, but I suspect SGL humour may not have been recieved as it was intended. 

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1 hour ago, jetstream said:

wonder if I can ask this on this thread- for the Taks @ 7.5 I wonder if the Pentax 40mm XW is good- whats the new "R" designation? I hope it means little field curvature.

 

1 hour ago, Stu said:

That’s a question I would like to know the answer to too Gerry. FC has always put me off these long focal length Pentax eyepieces, but that may not need to be the case.

I’ve got the Pentax XW30 and a Tak FC-76DCU, but haven’t yet tried them together and examined closely for FC. I’ll try next time I’m out, as I’m also considering the XW40 to complete the set again 👍

I can confirm there is noticeable FC on the this scope when using both the XW14 and XW20.

I do also have the Tak 1.04x Flattener, but I can only get this to focus with 1.25” diagonal and eyepieces, otherwise I’d check if that helped with FC too. It was really for photography but have tried it visually too on the FS-60CB, and works well.

 

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1 hour ago, jetstream said:

Eagerly waiting! :icon_bounce:

Ok, just popped out for 20mins to check this one thing...

Unfortunately, I can report that with the XW30 on my FC-76DCU, there is noticeable FC in about the outer 30% of the field. If I focussed on stars towards the edge and then moved those back to the centre, they would become blurry and vice versa.

I do also see astigmatism, but that’s because I have removed my Dioptrx to test on another eyepiece and have found my eyes have about 0.75 dioptre of astigmatism anyway.

When using the Panoptic 24, I see neither FC or astigmatism in this scope.

If I can find a way to get focus then I will try with my Tak Flattener, but given I’m already using a Baader T2 BBHS mirror diagonal, that might be tricky.

The only thing to bear in mind. Is that supposedly the XW40 has less FC than the XW30 🤔

Hope this helps.

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4 hours ago, JeremyS said:

I’m upset


 

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No need to be upset Jeremy.  You could just paint the whole scope white and then the handle will look fine 🙂.

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