Many people miss the Tak FC series scopes. Their performance is legendary. And arguably, it was the (then) affordable FC-76, introduced in 1983, that more than any other built Takahashi’s reputation in the USA. In 1994, largely to cut production costs, Tak introduced the FS-78, this time, with an easier to produce “outside” fluorite element (the FC series scopes have the fluorite element on the “inside”, where it is better protected). The FC’s were sold in tandem with the FS’s for a time, but soon were discontinued.
Then in 2000, is response to a large demand in the Japanese market, a very limited number of FC-76’s were made with the last remaining “inner element” fluorite blanks. They were only sold --and quickly sold out-- at “Starbase Tokyo”, the Takahashi owned outlet store in Tokyo. These special production scopes have the store’s logo on a sticker on the dewcap and have an "S" stamped in front of the 000xx serial number (the first two digits are the year of manufacture (00XXX = the XXXth one made in the year 2000).
You guessed it; this is one of those. It is in near mint condition (I can find no flaws but, I have used it). It is optically and mechanically superb. Is everything I’ve ever read about 76’s and then some. You will not find a better FC-76, period.
See the photo (mount and diagonal not included, clamshell and finder available below), check my feedback and feel free to E-mail for more info or photos.
The OTA includes the scope, an extension tube, the 1-1/4” compression ring back and the original box (though I will double box it for shipping).
$1200 shipped in the continental USA (via Priority Mail) for the Optical tube alone.
$95 additional for a matching Takahashi clamshell (or $185 for the clamshell shown in the photo, WITH the TeleVue Starbeam finder included!)
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