Takahashi FC-100


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Brand and Model:Takahashi FC-100
Price ($USD):+/- $2000 (no lo
Type:Apochromatic Refractor
Attributes: un-checked Go-To un-checked PEC
Aperture:100mm (3.9")
f Ratio:f/8
Focal Length:800mm
Finder:no
Electric Power:no
Mount:none
Tripod:none
Weight (lbs):10lb +/- lbs.
Dimensions (w/h/d):32 wide
Description:No Longer manufactured. Flourite element on the inside. Replaced by the FS series. Killer telescope. No false color at all.

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Takahashi FC-100
i have one, it's a really a goooood refractor: no false color, serious built, one of the best lenses i can see.

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:8 Ease of Use:9 Value:10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.104.5)
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Takahashi FC-100
I wanted an FC-100 since my first view through on 7 or 8 years ago. When I found one used I bought it and have had the opportunity to use this scope for well over a year. It is big and heavy for a 4 inch scope, but the construction is one of the strong points. Optically it is the best refractor I have ever looked through and that includes a very good number of top name APO refractors. When it snaps into focus the images are crisp and show a great deal of contrast. Open clusters and even the brighter globulars resolve into pinpoint dots. I have never detected a trace of false color when in focus with this scope. Saturn appears to be 3-D. I have compared it with the FS-102 and feel that the FC has a slight edge in overall performance. (The 102 is no slouch).

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Ease of Use:10 Value:10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.245.2)
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Takahashi FC-100
The Takahashi FC-100 is destined to be a classic. This scope is built like a tank with outstanding optics. Like many others, I cannot detect any in focus false color in my sample. Star test is the best I have ever seen. The 2.7in focuser although substantial in both construction and weight is very smooth and sure. The tube is of heavy construction with an excellent series of baffles. Pinpoint star images with outstanding contrast. Planetary details just seem to "be there". The FC-100 was replaced by the FS-102 and is only available in the secondary market. If you have an opportunity to try (or buy) one check it out. An outstanding performer often available at very reasonable prices (for a 4 in APO).

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Ease of Use:10 Value:10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.59.157)
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Takahashi FC-100
Although no longer produced, these fine instruments appear on the market from time to time. The FC-100 has been rated best in class by many critical observers and rightfully so.
I have not been able to detect any false color that I can attribute to the FC-100 optics. The construction of the unit is first rate, and the 2.7 in focuser is substantial and as smooth as it gets. Detail and contrast is outstanding allowing exceptional views of fine details in Jupiter and Saturn.
Like many of the "classic" scopes in the market this scope has a special optical "character" that can only be appreciated when you have had the opportunity to view with it. If you have an opportunity to view with an FC-100 or better yet buy one.....do so. You will be impressed.

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Ease of Use:10 Value:10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.120.13)
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Takahashi FC-100
Sound mechanics, excellent optics and reasonable package size make it a hard act to follow. Star tests show textbook diffraction pattern with no discernible color even on brighter objects. Drop on a 35 Panoptic and you'll never go back... The little scope that could and does.

Overall Rating: 10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.16.15)
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Takahashi FC-100
The most overachieving telescope I have ever looked through. Legendary Takahashi quality and contrast in a telescope that I dont go anywhere without. I keep it on a Gibralter mount and the whole package is wonderful. Perfect startest. Stars snap into focus. Focuser is second to none. Fit and finish is of utmost quality. A scope you will reach for whenever you observe. Flourite doublet cools down in no time at all. From a dark site, I have seen detail in M1, 5 stars in the trapezium, and detail in M33. Planets show detail that is generally imperceptable in scopes twice the aperture. I always take this scope out even when I am observing with my larger scopes because I just love the perfect images I see in it. If you can find one, give it serious consideration.
JD

Overall Rating: 10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.171.48)
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