Takahashi FS-60C 60mm Refractor with Teegul Sky Patrol III Mount
Optical Tube Assembly
Takahashi has just introduced the latest addition to its FS Series fluorite apochromatic refractors. As with all other FS refractors the FS-60C has its hard multi-coated fluorite objective up front with a low dispersion hard multicoated rear element.
This compact short focus [f/5.9 - 355mm] apo refractor is the perfect eclipse telescope and with its triplet reducer [f/4.4 - 264mm] is a great little astro camera or spotting scope.
Takahashi Teegul Sky-Patrol III Equatorial Mount
This ingeniously designed equatorial mount is really lightweight and portable: It weighs only 7-3/4 lbs (3-1/2kg) and, with the 5-1/2" long counterweight shaft removed, will fit in a 7" X 8" X 3-3/4" space! Takahashi suggests a 5 pound load capacity, but I have read reviews (Sky & Telescope Test Report from August, 2000 by Johnny Horne) where loads were substantially heavier. Still, this mount is meant for a small refractor or camera set-up (medium-format is fine), and was created for the amateur astronomer who wished to travel lightly and still take a telescope with them.
The Sky Patrol III comes with a thin hand controller, with fast and slow buttons, a reversing switch (makes the mount usable in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere), and an illuminated power switch.
The mounting surface is threaded for two 5/16/18 screws, but if your equipment has 1/4-20 threads, you will need to purchase one of the optional adapters (see accessories tab for a selection.)
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