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    Default Why so much?



    I've been looking to downsize from my current scope to something that would be easier to lug around. Then I saw a recent posting by Lowjiber who just got a ES AR152 and was very impressed by his report. During my search I came across this scope Shop at OPT - Takahashi TOA-150B Double ED Triplet Refractor Telescope w/ EM-500 Temma II Mount - OPT Telescopes

    I know you get what you pay for, but this is absurd. Are these that good that warrants such a price?

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    Default Re: Why so much?

    The Taks are "that good", especially if you are imaging. Probably an exorbitant price for visual use, and certainly no less "luggable" than your current gear.
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    Default Re: Why so much?

    Hello Cookie,

    when Tak does manage to make an orthoscopic (distortion free) APO scope for imaging across 6cmx6cm, then, well, o.k., somebody may need it.

    For that amount of money to spend on the hobby, I'd take this Leica APO-Telyt-R Module 280 / 400 / 560 / 800 mm , but I won't, for sure, even if I am a Leica fan.

    Thanks for sharing the link on Tak,

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    Default Re: Why so much?

    Pocket change for Microsoft's Bill Gates

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    Thanks guys, I just can't imagine paying that kind of money for anything except a car.
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    Default Re: Why so much?

    There are plenty of high priced scopes out there, and what a price point that high means to each of us would be different. For the price point of the Tak, I know I would prefer and could be getting a 32 inch dob!

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    I agree with you about that kind of outlay for a hobby. Of course some have the kind of money they could spend on a hobby at that level, whether they need to or not. That of course is a personal choice. I wouldn't even want to spend that much on a car as I am not a car nut. If it gets me from A to B, and I'm not leaving any parts or fluids in the road behind me, then I'm good.

    But in all seriousness, if you are wanting to downsize, you can certainly spend much less on a solid performing achro or APO scope for visual use. Just depends on what your goals would be for the scope, and just how portable you want it to be.
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    Default Re: Why so much?

    That's a bargain ... the mount is included

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkline View Post
    That's a bargain ... the mount is included

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    Good point Mike! But the mount is included in the dob I linked as well!
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    Default Re: Why so much?

    I have a friend that has the same scope and mount and paid a heck of a lot for it in Australian dollars but when you use it and image with it you certainly see the difference between my $4000 Meade LX200 10" (which I know is not a good comparison ) but his machine works flawlessly and the image quality is unreal let alone the view through the eyepiece .
    it is a hell of a lot of money but I guess its the old saying you get what you pay for if you want to pay that much that is .
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    Default Why so much?

    Taks are the telescope equivalent of high end audio kit... They're superlative performers, but squeezing the last possible bit of performance out doesn't come cheap .

    If you have a chance to look through a Tak, you'll see why people like them - though whether you can justify the hefty price premium is another question .

    Fortunately, the smaller OTAs, while still very expensive, are somewhat closer to affordable - especially if you can find one used. They really come into their own when you want the highest possible quality at a particular size - otherwise, you can get a bigger scope at similar or lower prices elsewhere, or a decent performer of the same size a lot cheaper. But sometimes quality is worth the price - though the original scope mentioned is likely to stay on the when I win the lottery list - a few K is one thing, if you're lucky enough to have the budget for it, but 30K+ is too steep for most of us (though it'd make a nice lifetime setup).
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