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Reviews for Takahashi TOA-130NFB Ortho-Apochromatic 130mm Triplet Refractor OTA Only - 4

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TOA 130 An AWESOME night

By Bruce Karbal on October, 16th 2009

I received my TOA 130 on time for night after Mars closest approach. Thanx to ATWB fast service ! The fit and finish were absolutely georgeous, the 4 focuser silky smooth, and the cam angle adjuster terrific. I star tested the TOA with various Clave eyepieces, and a Panoptic, and can only say WOW.ZERO spurious color on any stars anywhere during the 5 hour test. Mars was simply stunning, Mons Olympus looked like an impact crater with central markings visible, the polar ice cap, like a splash of ice cream on the limb....The TOA is definately a winner and in my 20 plus years of observing....Ive looked thru many telescopes. KUDOS to Takahashi for an exemplary 5 refractor

What a View!!!

By sergio figuera on October, 16th 2009

Ive had my TOA-130F for a little bit over a month now and I have is nothing but praise for this scope. It is an optical and mechanical marvel that is a joy to use. Saturn looks oh so sweet, M42, marvelous. I can get all of M45 using a 41 Panoptic!!! The sky, even in super light polluted Miami, Fl, is blackened out and the stars are little pinpoints of light using an Ethos 13mm. I only do visual astronomy and this instrument lends itself magnificantly to this application. I went ahead with the 4 focuser model because eventually I plan to try my hand at serious astrophotography and because I like the whole beefy-ness of it. Make sure that you have a very sturdy mount and high quality eyepieces as this will allow you to get the most out of this scope.