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21st October 2016
Page Date: 13-5-2013
TO ALL PROSPECTIVE TAKAHASHI BUYERS
We thank the many customers who bought TAKAHASHI
equipment since the AUD/YEN Exchange Rate went up. However,
in the last few months, we have had to cope with quite a few
time-wasters! So, please, check our TAKAHASHI prices before
engaging us in long telephone conversations, and e-mails
unless, of course, you are TRULY SERIOUS about making a
After all, TAKAHASHI is the Rolls-Royce of astronomical
equipment. No wonders it is used by advanced amateur
observers and astro-photographers world-wide! Takahashi
refractors, in particular, are sharper, higher in contrast,
and perfectly colour-corrected. Also, inch-per-inch of
aperture they are brighter than other brands. And, when it
comes to astro-photography, the very best images we have
seen are the ones taken with the FSQ-85EDX, FSQ-106ED
(EDX), as well as the TSA and TOA Series. Therefore, there
is no need for us to debate these truths and facts! Just
read our Customer Feedback
Section, and find out what Takahashi owners
have to say about their equipment! Also, check the many
pictures and technical information we have available on
TAKAHASHI Telescopes, Mounts, Eyepieces, and many dedicated
Because we are very busy people, we cannot waste time everyday
talking on the phone to prospective customers, who get a lot
of information from us, and then buy nothing! Likewise,
lately, we wasted much time answering a large number of
e-mails about TAKAHASHI products, sent to us by
"prospective" customers, who obviously had no intention of
buying anything - or couldn't afford to do so. And these
e-mails weren't just one or two, or even three, but dozens!
Now, just suppose we received many of these e-mails on a
daily basis - if this happened, we would waste most of our
time answering e-mails from people who have no intention of
Of course, if you are an established customer (or you have just
bought a TAKAHASHI Telescope, Mount, or Accessory) you can
ring at any time, and/or send us as many e-mails as you
wish! But if you are just a prospective customer, please
make sure you are serious about buying TAKAHASHI equipment
when contacting us. Also, if you are thinking of buying a
TAKAHASHI set-up next month, or even next year, it isn't
necessary to contact us now, as
prices are likely to vary substantially from now to then! In
this case, just check the current prices to give you an idea
of the cost of the equipment you are thinking of buying
later on. However, just remember that almost the entire
range of TAKAHASHI Telescopes, Mounts, and Accessories are
professional standard! Therefore, they are still the best
astronomical equipment to buy, at any price!
When it comes to buying TAKAHASHI equipment, please revisit our website on
a regular basis, as it contains much information as well as
many astrophotographs taken using the said equipment.
Buying your first telescope?
When I first got interested in practical astronomy, I too
wasted many thousands of dollars on what US optical engineer
Phil Harrington, in his book Star Ware, refers to as "Jacks
of all trades and masters of none" - Yes, Schmidt-Cassegrains.
Here my free advice is that you should first buy an
apochromatic refractor, which is excellent, not only for
visual observation, but for astrophotography as well. (Just
have a good look at the spectacular images in this website,
taken with nothing larger than a 5" refractor!) The truth is
that the best astro-photographs we have ever seen were taken
using the Takahashi FSQ-85EDX, FSQ-106ED (EDX3), or the
Of course, for visual observation of faint astronomical
objects, an aperture of 12.5" or larger is needed. In this
case, a large-aperture Newtonian or Cassegrain is the best
(Please read advanced amateur astronomers Philip
Robustellini, Scott Dimmock, and Dean Davidson's comments in
our Customer Feedback Page.)
In conclusion, if you a prospective
customer, please follow the eight steps listed below:
Check Prices and make sure
you can afford the item/items before you contact us.
- When making price comparisons with
foreign dealers' prices, make sure you add the
difference in Exchange Rate, GST, Brokerage, and other
Fees to the said prices.
- Check the technical information,
pictures, system charts, etc of the item/s you wish to
buy; also, familiarize yourself with the characteristics
and use/s of the item/s you are interested in.
- If you decide to contact us, keep
your phone calls as short as possible and to the point.
- Don't send us long e-mails, asking
all sorts of information on various items before you
actually make a purchase.
- If it is at all possible, don't ask
for a detailed Pro-Forma Invoice unless you are serious
about making a purchase.
- Also, don't ask us to contact
TAKAHASHI about delivery times, special shipping
arrangements, and other information, unless you are sure
about making a purchase.
- For us gentlemen: Please make sure
you ask your wife's permission before buying expensive
Of course, the above conditions DO NOT
apply to established customers!
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