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    Default A new refractor has appeared at NEAF



    I was just looking around at one of the other astro sites and someone just posted this after visiting NEAF today.
    A 80mm f/10 that looks like a Takahashi but is not though it is offered by them! The refractor and mount are new.

    STARBASE80(スターベース エイティ) スターベース東京

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    Default Re: A new refractor has appeared at NEAF

    An interesting beast Gabby! It appears to have Vixen tube rings and a Zenith diagonal that looks similar to the earliest Taks made. I notice that this site: https://translate.google.com/transla...ml&prev=search suggests an upgrade once the happy owner is more experienced and wants a better scope to the Tak FC-76, which fits the same mount... or even screwing on the FC-76 lens unit that they also offer as an upgrade to their FC-60.

    One wonders if they have put it together from old parts that were taking up space in their warehouse, and decided to target the Japanese (now US) beginners market... It is not super cheap at over $US400

    All the best,

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    Default Re: A new refractor has appeared at NEAF

    The guys that have seen it at NEAF say it is a nice set up and the mount is very smooth.
    $600USD for the package though may be a slight deterrent for the average beginner.
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    Default Re: A new refractor has appeared at NEAF

    Looks like Starbase is a major distributor for Tak: Starbase - Akihabara, Japan - Members Recommended Retailers - Inside Astronomy.

    Wonder if Tak created a model or two for them?

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    Default Re: A new refractor has appeared at NEAF

    Check out this link for info on that model: STARBASE80(スターベース エイティ) スターベース東京

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    Default Re: A new refractor has appeared at NEAF

    Did you go to NEAF this year Dave?
    A first hand look at the telescope would be interesting.
    From what some of the people on CN have said about it, it seems a robust beginner/ expandable package.
    Refractors: Antares 105 f/15, Celestron 150 f/8, Stellarvue NHNG 80 f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, TS 102 f/11, UR 70 f/10, Vixen SD115s f/7.7
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    Default Re: A new refractor has appeared at NEAF

    So I just ordered this Starbase 80mm refractor, Takahashi says BACK ORDER so I'll see how long it takes for me to get it. If any more experienced forum members live near northern Baltimore County and want to give me tips or want to look through it just say so.
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    Default Re: A new refractor has appeared at NEAF

    Good luck with that, and make sure you post a review when it arrives!

    All the best,

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    Default Re: A new refractor has appeared at NEAF

    Quote Originally Posted by DeanD View Post
    Good luck with that, and make sure you post a review when it arrives!

    All the best,

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    So I cancelled the Starbase 80 model and ordered Tak FS60CB.
    Set it up for the first time last night.

    I wear approx a +9.50 diopter eyeglass prescription with about one-diopter astigmatisms OU - each eye. The eyeglass lenses are progressive bifocals mounted in a very small frame with I believe use a 1.67 high-index plastic lens.

    My main concern involved the ability for me to see clearly though a scope while wearing my eyeglasses.

    Fortunately the viewing is impressive. My scopes eyepiece is a Pentax XW-14, I think they refer to these things as 'grenades'. Anyway, I didn't run into any issues between my eyeglasses and the eyepiece, there appeared to be no chromatic aberration.

    A few weeks back I went to an astronomy meet and peered through a Celestron 12" Cassegrain and a custom self-built 20 some inch Newtonian, so those are the scopes I'm recently familiar with.

    Now I need to order a satisfactory mount and tripod, the 60 + year old compression bearing style mount on this tripod is not up to the task.
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    Default Re: A new refractor has appeared at NEAF

    the 60 + year old compression bearing style mount on this tripod is not up to the task.

    What mount are you talking about?
    Refractors: Antares 105 f/15, Celestron 150 f/8, Stellarvue NHNG 80 f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, TS 102 f/11, UR 70 f/10, Vixen SD115s f/7.7
    Mounts: Celestron SLT w/ pier mod & EQ-3 tripod, Celestron hypertuned CG-5 w/ tracking motor & Argo Navis, Manfrotto 028B w/ Stellarvue M2C, Manfrotto 055PRO w/ 128RC, TAL-1 HD EQ, Vixen SXP w/ HAL-130 SXG & half pier
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    Refractors kick arse precisely because they don't hide behind excuses. That is, they have no obstructions to hide behind. - Jon Isaacs (CN)

 

 
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