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Home > Classifieds > Astromart Classifieds > Telescope - Refractor > Classified #262559

For Sale: Takahashi FTC-76 triplet w/r&p focuser--sale pending

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This is the (in)famous <g> 3-inch scope with which I recently discovered McNeil's Nebula. Scope is in very good condition w/truly awesome optics and fully-rotating 2.7-inch rack & pinion focuser. Can be used natively at f/6.41 or with a Televue focal reducer as a superbly flat and fast f/5.1 astrograph. Even when reduced to f/5.1, this small wonder has no detectable secondary color--I actually never refocus between the standard SBIG RGB filter set--even when using 30 minute frames per color! I also noiticed that this scope does not exhibit the peculiar reflections often seen surrounding brighter stars during longer exposures with similar focal length flourite doublets. Also includes a nicely made threaded 2-inch visual adapter (made by Borg?), original dust caps, a new Tak clamshell for mounting, and the original Tak spacers/adapters for photo-visual use. I have plenty of pics of the scope, but I figured the one below says it all--this was merely my second night out with this scope attached to my ST-10XME using the Televue reducer--a 90 minute total exposure from my 4.5 mag(NELMZ) suburban backyard (and it's NOT a mosaic!) The ONLY reason for me selling this is that I have finally managed to convince my wife that I simply need a bigger Tak ;-)

Thanks for looking, and I'll take the best reasonable offer-will even include the essential Televue reducer/field flattener if one plans to do imaging,

Jay McNeil

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