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Takahashi - A History of Innovation  

   Takahashi began manufacturing telescopes in 1967 with their first model, the TS-65.  The TS80 built in April of 1972 was the first triplet apochromat Takahashi telescope built. Then in 1973 they produced their first equatorial mount with a polar telescope.

   In 1977 Takahashi introduced their second triplet fluorite apochromat the TS-90 and the famous JP mount in 1979. The NJP mount, as it is called today, can be converted to Takahashi’s Temma “go to” system. This is a testament to its timeless design.

   Takahashi developed the camera angle adjuster which is a bearing device that allows the camera or ocular to be rotated 360° without loss of focus. This rotator device is still used today for all Takahashi focuser from the 2” to 4” focusers and all astrographs. Takahashi also uses a compression ring ocular holder to provide precise centering of the ocular and optics of the telescope. 

   In 1983 Takahashi introduced their Epsilon Series of Hyperbolic flat field astrographs with the 130, 160, 200, 250 and 300. Takahashi was able to perfect the process for grinding hyperbolic mirrors for its current Epsilons, like the Epsilon 180ED, and corrected RC astrographs. This was also the year they introduced the prototype FCT-150 fluorite triplet apochromat and the revolutionary EM-200 mount which used electric clutches and had a direct read out of R.A. and Dec.

   In 1985, the Mewlon Series Dall-Kirkham Cassegrain telescopes was the next series in sizes of 180, Mewlon 210, Mewlon 250 and Mewlon 300mm were developed along with the CN-212, a convertible 212mm classical Cassegrain f/12 and corrected Newtonian convertible telescope.  Ever the innovator Takahashi produced the carbon fiber Epsilon-250 in 1992 closely followed by the carbon fiber  Epsilon-210 hyperbolic astrographs. 

The current line of Ortho Apochromatic refractors use a design that is absolutely color free, and include the TOA 130mm and TOA 150mm. Coming also is a line of Ortho Astrographs.

   Takahashi manufacturing facilities are located in Urii, Japan with their headquarters located in the Itabahsi prefecture of Tokyo. The facilities include the main assembly and design facility where Takahashi instruments and optics are designed, tested and assembled.  The facility where the observatory mounts EM-3500 and EM-2500 are assembled along with the machining shop next door to their warehouse facility. Next to that is the mirror grinding, polishing and testing building.


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Takahashi Tube Holder 125S with Plate (FSQ-106EDX4)

SKU: TKA29420S

Price: $469.00


Takahashi Clamshell (Long) for FC-100DF / FC-100DL / FC-100DC

SKU: TKA21420G

Price: $239.00


Takahashi Double Ring Tube Holder 232WM for the Epsilon 180

SKU: TKA68420M

Price: $690.00


Takahashi Tube Holder 125S w/ Offset Plate for FSQ-106EDX

SKU: TKA29429S

Price: $424.00


Takahashi Tube Holder 95S w/Offset Plate for FSQ-85EDX

SKU: TKA21420S

Price: $317.00


Takahashi Double Ring Tube Holder 125WS for FSQ-106EDX

SKU: TKA36420W

Price: $560.00


Takahashi Double Ring Tube Holder 324CW for Mewlon 300CRS

SKU: TKA85420

Price: $1,480.00


Takahashi Double Ring Tube Holder 232WS (E-180ED)

SKU: TKA68420S

Price: $680.00


Takahashi Tube Holder 68S-GT for FOA-60 / FOA-60Q

SKU: TKA02420G

Price: $215.00


Takahashi Double Ring Tube Holder 166WS for Epsilon 130D

SKU: TKA69429S

Price: $439.00


Takahashi Tube Holder 156S for TOA-130N/FSQ-130ED

SKU: TKA31420

Price: $463.00



SKU: TKA70420M

Price: $650.00


Takahashi Double Ring Tube Holder 280CW for Mewlon 250CRS

SKU: TKA84420

Price: $770.00


Takahashi Tube Holder 125S for TSA-120 / FSQ-106EDX

SKU: TKA36420

Price: $335.00