I’ve had this scope for a few months now and it is an amazing piece of equipment. Tack sharp stars and it’s actually a great little visual scope as well as an amazing scope for photography. This little thing has really sold me on the takahashi optics and I’m looking to purchase a larger aperture tak scope now. Worth every penny. It was between this and the ***** VDS100, entirely different scopes one costing almost twice as much, both with excellent optics and I’m glad I went with the TAK. Focuser has had no issues with a zwo1600mm with the wheel or a canon eos RA. Makes me wish I had a better mount to put this fantastic scope on.....
One of the best telescopes in its class
I owned this telescope for a couple of years, and I think anyone who plans on buying this telescope is aware of its reputation. Considering that it costs several times that of its counterparts in the aperture range, it isn't exactly a telescope for everyone. However, if you want the absolute best quality in a portable package, it doesn't really get better than this. One of the main reasons I purchased this telescope is speed. Few refractors go below f/6 at native, let alone f/3.x when reduced. At f/5.3, not only is it fast, but it delivers perfect star images from edge to edge, focused into tiny pinpricks. When reduced with the 0.73x reducer, the stars aren't as tight as at f/5.3, but still very small by conventional standards. The FOV when reduced is huge, especially when coupled with a chip that maximises its image circle. While there have been many complaints about Takahashi's focusers, I found the focuser on my FSQ85 to be sturdy and free of flexure. The camera angle adjuster, notorious for introducing tilt, worked perfectly on mine.