Takahashi TOA-130


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Takahashi TOA-130
The Takahashi TOA 130 with the 2.7" focusser is best mounted on the Takahashi EM-200 mount for either visual or photographic use. Together the telescope and mount make an outstanding package. The scope is still reasonably portable at nearly 70 lbs. for the combination. The optics are the best I have ever had the opportunity to use!

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Mount:10 Ease of Use:10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.68.224)
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Takahashi TOA-130
My new Takahashi TOA 130 is mounted on a Takahashi EM-200 Temma 2 PC Jr. "go-to" mount.
The first impression of this telescope is that the fit and finish are exceptional , and completely in line with what one would expect from the manufacturer. There are no flaws in the paint of the beautifully finished tube , and the almost legendary focuser is buttery smooth. After the OTA is clamped into the cradle and the polar alignment accomplished ( a breeze!) , the telescope almost seems to disappear in use. User friendly is the commonly used term , I believe. The mount is rock solid and dampens vibration almost instantly , allowing the user to concentrate on observing. One could not find finer optics anywhere than those of this telescope. When coupled with a package of Televue Panoptic and Nagler eyepieces , the deep sky and planetary performance is truly outstanding. I am a completely satisfied owner!

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Mount:10 Ease of Use:10 Value:10
Weight: 5 (Veritable Vote)
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By: rodgerraubach
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Takahashi TOA-130
This scope rocks!It is by far the best piece of astronomy equipment that I have ever had the privelage of owning.The images are truly magnificent!The planets and stars just blossom with color and detail!There is not even a hint of false color on even the brightest of objects.I was bored and was cruising the surface of the moon at nearly 500x the other evening and the image quality was still remarkable.A drawback is the price!This is not a cheap APO,but if you want the best this Tak will deliver.I am a very proud owner!

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Mount:10 Ease of Use:10 Value:10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.212.226)
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Takahashi TOA-130
My TOA-130 gives excellent false color free images even at very high power as advertise. Weight is approx 22lbs without accessaries. Curiously some consider this too heavy for a 130mm scope but I find it easy to setup. The focuser is very smooth and since I added a microfocuser it's even better! Cool down time might take longer so plan on setting up an hour or 2 before dark. It has very good contrast and shows a darker background where as a TMB or AP scope of same size that gives a higher contrast but tends to washout the background around a target. The TOA-130 is built solid and looks cool! I highly recommend it.

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Ease of Use:10 Value:10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.228.12)
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Takahashi TOA-130
Great scope!There is something to be said about using an ultra high quality APO refractor!I use this on my CG-14 mount and tripod and it makes for a very solid setup.My Pentax and Televue eyepieces are an absolute perfect combo for this OTA.This scope with my Nagler 17 easily brings out the Merope nebula in M45 with the naked eye.It is ultra high quality,the machining,fit and finish and ease of use is second to none.I can't wait to study Saturn this winter with it!I keep it set up in my livingroom and it makes a superb decor! The refractor of a lifetime!

Overall Rating: 9
Optics:10 Ease of Use:9 Value:7
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.147.114)
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Takahashi TOA-130
The Tak TOA's give a new definition to "exceptional" optics. My 130 is by far the finest APO I have ever used. That is next to an AP155, TV101, Tak FS102, Tak FCT76, Tak FSQ, TMB105. The color correction is perfect. That isn't a statement. It is fact. This scope has PERFECT color correction. You will be hard pressed to find any other refractor, at any price, approaching what the TOA130 and 150 bring to the table.

As an aside. I am amazed when people rate the value a "7". This is a top of the line scope. Optics like this come at at PREMIUM price. As such, you get what you pay for. To me this means that even at $5K plus, this scope delivers the best optical value you can buy.

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Mount:10 Ease of Use:10 Value:10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.116.143)
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Takahashi TOA-130
This scope is quite simply the finest telescope that I have owned. I have the version with the 4" focuser and it is a work of art. It is so well put together, the finish is beautiful, the focuser is a joy to use, the camera angle adjuster (CAA) is awesome, it goes on and on. But enough about how it looks. The views through this baby are amazincredilicious!!! So good that I had to make up a word for it. I have it set up on a Discmounts DM-6 Alt Az mount which provides buttery smooth motion. When I use this scope with my AP/Baader Mark V binos with a pair of 10mm Zeiss Abbe IIs.... forget about it. It does not get any better. Pure astronomical bliss!!! Oh and that new 13mm Ethos thingy anit too shabby either!!! I have no complaints about this telescope whatsoever. Yes it costs a bundle but the views are well worth it. GO TAKAHASHI!!!!

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Mount:10 Ease of Use:10 Value:10
Weight: 5 (Veritable Vote)
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By: crazyqban67
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Takahashi TOA-130
Possiedo il toa 130s, il miglior telescopio mai posseduto.
Sono soddisfatto ampiamente, le immagini degli oggetti astronomici sono pulite se osservate da oltre trenta gradi di altezza dall'orizzonte.

Per chi e amante dei rifrattori e il telescopio di tutta una vita.

Michele. Italia Napoli

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:9 Ease of Use:8 Value:10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.90.154)
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Takahashi TOA-130
Possiedo un Toa 130s sono felice per la meccanica, robusto,e ben rifinito, e design del fuocheggiatore rispecchia un telescopio professionale, l'ottica eccellente colori puri a patto che i pianeti siano alti e non al di sotto dei 30/32 gradi perché si può confondere l'aberrazione cromatica provocata dall'atmosfera.

Uno strumento che rimane per tutta la vita da custodire e deliziarsi nelle osservazioni planetarie.

Michele D'Ippolito Napoli/ Italia

Overall Rating: 10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.190.109)
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Takahashi TOA-130
Absolutely brilliant!!!
Phaenomenal color correction (due to the fact that the triple optical system includes not one but two FPL-53 lenses), excellent contrast, sharpness, clarity. The fit and finish are superb, indicative of the fact that it is hand made from scratch!
The only downside is the weight. The Japanese have decided to house the lens cell in an oversized tube (so that they could make better baffles and also support the triple lens system) which means that in it's 5" class it is probably the heaviest refractor in the market (bare OTA almost 10kg).
In summary...a true work of art!!

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Ease of Use:9 Value:10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.212.208)
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