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Posts Made By: Larry Thaxton

October 22, 2015 02:33 PM Forum: Refractors

October 22, 2015 02:39 PM Forum: Takahashi

A Takahashi Classic!

Posted By Larry Thaxton

One of the last FC-125 scopes made......

February 16, 2016 09:35 AM Forum: Home Observatories

Multiple telescope roll off question

Posted By Larry Thaxton

I am in the planning stages for a home observatory. While I like the look of the MAXPod, I have two or three telescopes I want to keep permanently set up and multiple domes gets expensive fast. So my question is whether anyone has built a roll-off to house multiple scopes, what dimensions you settled on and what issues you encountered due to the increased size?

Thank you so much in advance!

April 1, 2016 07:54 AM Forum: ASTRONOMY

Observing conditions in Bend Oregon?

Posted By Larry Thaxton

My guess is that there are a few Bend amateurs following the forums. I am interested in your evaluation of Bend in terms of planetary and deep sky visual observing. Nothing technical, just your experiences and suggestions.

Thank you in advance!

May 19, 2016 01:53 PM Forum: Takahashi

Takahashi FC-125 and FS-152 at informal star party

Posted By Larry Thaxton

Had a chance to gather a few friends to share an evening viewing with two great scopes.

October 7, 2016 06:51 AM Forum: Refractors

TEC200ED Owners

Posted By Larry Thaxton

I recently acquired one of these beautiful scopes and was wondering what other owners may have learned using theirs. My plan is to use it primarily as a visual scope and I intend to install it in a rolloff structure on a permanent pier and a Losmandy HGM-200. Any advice on pier height? I am leaning toward a 54" tall pier so there is adequate height for comfortable, seated observing.

In order to raise the tube in the saddle I plan to mount an auxiliary scope on a second set of tube rings via Losmandy guide scope rings. I have an FC-76 and a couple of 4" APOs but am curious what others have done, or how much weight was needed.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be much appreciated!

February 18, 2017 08:47 AM Forum: ASTRONOMY

Shipping question - not sure of the best place to

Posted By Larry Thaxton

Hi All,

I am trying to ship a scope to Eastern Europe but am having a heck of a time finding any shipper who is even half way reasonable. The scope as packed would be approximately 12"x12"x50" and weigh about 18 pounds. FedEx and UPS are quoting over $1100, USPS SAYS THE PACKAGE EXCEEDS THEIR SIZE LIMITS (the clerkat the PO said they changed their maximum dimension limit). Going to DHL shipper later today to see if they are any better. Any suggestions!


September 4, 2017 07:57 PM Forum: Takahashi

Any guesses?

Posted By Larry Thaxton

Any guesses as to what it is? Andy and Jill Sedlacek cannot play.......

September 7, 2017 07:15 AM Forum: Takahashi

Takahashi FCT-125

Posted By Larry Thaxton

A friend in Japan found this very rare Takahashi and it is now on its way to the States. I called TNR and spoke to Art who said there may have been as few as 10 made. Though I am definitely not a Takahashi collector, I have had the good fortune to have had several hard to find Taks pass through my hands. This one is the most interesting to me!

September 24, 2017 07:35 AM Forum: Takahashi

Takahashi FC-125 meets FCT-125

Posted By Larry Thaxton

The FCT-125 is not only very rare, at f/5.6 is very compact! The dewshields and tube diameters are the same but the length and massive focuses are very different.