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Starlight Inst. Feather Touch Micro Focuser for Takahashi FS102


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  • This TRF (Takahashi Retro Fit) Micro Pinion Assembly can be used on the Takahashi FS102 refractors. This installation improves the performance of the telescopes' fine optics by allowing precision-focusing. The TRF 102 utilizes an aesthetically pleasing machined Pinion Assembly that can be retrofitted to the Takahashi FS102 to bring together form and function. Just imagine the rigidity of having an entire pinion assembly mated to these beautiful telescopes at a truly affordable price.

    These units use the existing Takahashi pinion with the Starlight Instruments Inc. 10:1 fine focus mechanism. This mechanism has been improved and perfected to allow greater precision, reliability and toughness. All materials are the best available and no short cuts are ever taken. The installation is easy and will allow you to now achieve the same level of performance with these telescopes as many Feather Touch?? focuser owners have experienced on theirs. These units utilize anodized aluminum for corrosion protection and are beautifully designed and laser engraved. All high load parts are made from hardened stainless steel for long life, reliability and toughness.


    • Ultra-smooth coarse/fine focus knobs (10:1 Ratio)


    • Composite anodized aluminum fine focus knob for superior inertial feel


    • Redesigned Hardened Stainless Steel reduction assembly for improved reliability and toughness


    • Anodized aluminum fine focus knob


    • Clear anodized aluminum Pinion Housing beautifully designed, machined and laser engraved


    • Ultra-Low backlash system for accurate control


    • Large coarse anodized aluminum focus knobs with machined knurled diameter for superior feel and gripping action


    • Easy to install and adjustable for reliable and optimum performance

    *Customer Note - The MPA-Tak2.7 fits the New Takahashi TSA-120, too! Just do an additional step to remove the existing MEF-3 focus knob. It is held to the shaft via two small allen set screws and two screws that attach it to a metal tab.

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    Lewis C.
    United States United States

    Dual Speed Focuser Retrofit

    I purchased the Starlight Instruments Feather-Touch Micro Focuser retro kit, MPA-TAK 2.7, for my Takahashi TSA-120. It has a 2.7-inch focuser. This kit should also fit other Taks equipped with a 2.7-inch focuser, like the Tak FS102, TSA-102 and the TOA-130 (the 2.7-inch version). The instructions on the retro-kit's CD disc were pretty straight forward, except for one thing. It assumed I was retrofitting a Tak single speed focuser when in fact I was retrofitting a Tak dual-speed focuser, which requires a very small metric hex wrench for installation and removal. The Feather Touch kit did not supply this wrench. Fortunately for me, I had saved this very wrench after installing a Tak dual speed kit on another Tak many moons ago. This is one instance when having a junk drawer paid off! Unfortunately for me, I won't be able to know if it was worth the expense in replacing the factory dual speed focuser with the Feather-Touch until next summer when it's safe to attend a star party. Until then, I can only admire the Feather-Touch's beautiful gold tone finish.