All prices are subject to change without notice.
Everything else remaining the same, price quotations will not
3) Advertised prices (including
will have to be re-adjusted in accordance with any substantial
variation between the rate of exchange on which the said prices
were based and the current rate of exchange. Possible
manufacturers' price rises will also affect some advertised
4) A minimum
of 25% deposit must be paid to 'lock-in' any
given quoted price. If a deposit has not been made, and
the Exchange Rate or Purchase Cost of the item changes
significantly before an item is paid-in-full,
then the final cost of the item in question may change without
5) Deposits on items ordered upon
customer's request are not refundable; however, they can go toward
the payment of any other item/s we sell.
6) As a
rule, cancellation of orders will be accepted only when the said
orders have not yet been sent to our suppliers, or the requested
items are no longer available from the manufacturer.
Items Return Policy
Items ordered upon customer's specific request may not be returned
to AEC, unless they are found to be faulty or have been damaged in
2) Customers who change their minds about
their purchases, may return them to AEC for substitution with
other items of similar value. The said items will have to be
returned within 30 working days from when they were forwarded to
the buyer. Items returned to AEC after this prescribed time will
attract 10% re-stocking charge. Naturally, they would have to be
in their original condition, working order, and packaging. (NB: As a
rule, Takahashi returned telescopes and/or mounts will be
substituted only with orders of the same brand and similar
3) Fully insured items, which have been
damaged in transit, may be returned to AEC for repair or substitution
free of any charges. In this case AEC will also pay for the cost
of freight and insurance from and to the customer's residence.
4) All new items sold by us are fully
covered by warranty for periods of time that vary from three months to two
years. (NB: The warranty of an item (or items) will become void
should the customer, or anybody else, have tampered with the said
item/s in any way!
5) Please notify AEC before
returning any item (or items) for repair or replacement by the
TAKAHASHI Warranty Information And Rules#
Astronomy And Electronics Centre
(AEC) is the only authorized distributor for Takahashi Seisakusho
Ltd. of Japan in Australia and New Zealand. We provide exclusive
warranty service on all Takahashi instruments authorized for sale by
Takahashi in these two countries. Any Takahashi product sold or
distributed by AEC. has a full 2-year warranty on all optical and
mechanical components and a 1-year warranty on electronic parts and
equipment for the original buyer.
Australia and New Zealand customers who need
to have their Takahashi product serviced or repaired should contact
The Takahashi warranty is
non-transferable and applies
only to the original customer of brand new Takahashi products
purchased through AEC.
warranty covers any defects in materials or workmanship but does not
cover misuse, abuse, acts of God, normal wear and tear, or service
by anyone other than Takahashi.
Faulty Takahashi instruments, which have been
tampered with by the customer or a third party, will NOT be serviced
or repaired by Takahashi free of charge. Repair and service charges
are determined by Takahashi
AEC is not required to honour any warranties stated or implied on grey
market Takahashi products (i.e. Takahashi products purchased
overseas or imported into Australia and New Zealand through any
organization, agent or individual other than AEC.)
customer is responsible for all International shipping charges (under
warranty and out-of-warranty). If these instruments have to be sent back to the Takahashi factory
in Japan, the customer
will have to pay for the cost of freight from AEC to the factory
and back, along with any others fees such as customs charges.
The 2% insurance
that AEC offers is to cover possible damage
or losses which occur in transit from A.E.C. to the customerís
"Acts of God" Events Outside
So far, we have
been fortunate - that is, we have never lost a shipment coming from
overseas because of flood, fire, ship sinking, air crash, and other
disasters involving our shipments. Here, we wish to make it clear
that, we do not hold ourselves financially responsible towards our
customers, should any of these events outside our control happen!
Likewise, we take no financial responsibility should any of our
overseas suppliers incur in bankruptcy!
cancellations are subject to the following:
1) Any paid
deposits may be transferred to another Takahashi product and
will not be refunded in cash.
Items that are required
to be ordered from the manufacturer (ie. not in stock at time of
order) are subject to a 20% cancellation fee because of the impossibility of
returning the said items to the manufacturer.
dates are an approximation only. Takahashi is quite reliable
(unlike some manufacturer's whose delivery times can be as high
as 2 or 3 years). However, unforseen factors can still delay
the delivery of ordered items. Cancellations based upon these
delivery delays will incur a 20% cancellation fee.
AEC uses both the Australian Postal service (for smaller items) and
a courier service. Should you arrange the freight and use a
different service, AEC's liability ceases when we deliver the
supplied items to the courier of your choice.
Insurance is not included
by default when placing orders - it is an optional
service which customers must request to be added to their order.
strongly suggest that customers ask for freight
insurance when placing orders to fully insure all items against
damage and loss in transit.
items which get damaged or lost in transit will not be
repaired or substituted free of charge. Customers will be required
to follow up lost-item retrieval with the transport service that
lost the item. If an item is damaged in transit it may be
returned to the manufacturer for repair-under-warranty - however
transport cost back to AEC will need to be covered by the
customer if freight-insurance was not purchased.
4) Freight Insurance
is 2% of the total value of the purchased goods. This fee
protects buyers against possible product damage or loss in
transit (cheaper insurance charges will only partially
protect you!), however damage caused by 'acts of god' as they are
known are not covered by insurance.
AEC and/or any of it's suppliers are not to be blamed for any kind
of faults, collimation problems, and/or damage caused during
transportation from AEC to their customers; nor are they to be
blamed for equipment malfunctioning caused by customer's
incorrect use - this includes any attempts at repair the
customer tries themselves, as tampering with the item would
actually void any remaining warranty.
All shipments are dispatched with fully printed address labels
in large bold font - these are unmistakable and cannot be
miss-read by anyone with a competent grasp of English. Shipments
are also marked with 'Fragile' , 'This Way Up' and 'Top Loading
Only' warning labels to ensure proper handling during
transportation. Therefore AEC can not be blamed for loss or
misdirection caused by the transport company, all shipments are
properly labelled to arrive at the correct destination.
Normally, when we receive an enquiry about a certain product,
or products, we are asked for technical information, availability,
price and delivery time. These may vary from one shipment to the
next, as well as from one product to another. For example, the
worldwide demand for professional-standard Takahashi telescopes
and mounts has become higher than the supply capacity. Therefore,
the delivery times of the said products are not as short as they
used to be. At AEC we do our best to give our customers a
reasonably accurate delivery time; however, we cannot be held
responsible for any delivery delays, as the cause/s are not of our
making! This applies, not only to Takahashi, but to all the other
brands of astronomical equipment we sell.
Having stipulated all the above, we would like to point out the following facts, which are especially true and relevant when it comes to the purchase and handling of top quality Takahashi astronomical equipment.
Fact One - Takahashi telescopes, mounts and accessories are solidly built and carefully tested before they leave the factory. Also, they are more than adequately packed for normal handling during transportation.
Items, which are found by the customer to have sustained visible optical and/or mechanical damage should be promptly returned to AEC for repair. Possible collimation problems should be tackled only by those who have the necessary technical knowledge and skill to solve them.
Any under-warranty, insured or damaged Takahashi items, will be
repaired FREE OF CHARGE but WILL NOT be replaced for a new item,
unless it cannot be properly repaired!
Fact Two - Most dealers have hardly the time to check every telescope, mount, or accessory they sell! Not to mention the fact that most customers expect to be the first to take their brand new telescopes, mounts, etc. out of the box, and test them. This is especially the case when they buy from mail order firms.
Fact Three - When testing the visual optical performance of any telescope, the following factors should be taken into consideration: eyepiece quality, seeing conditions, the elevation of the object under observation, and last, but not least, the visual acuity of the observer.
if you are not satisfied with items you have purchased from AEC,
please tell us promptly (not after months or even years!) But if
you are satisfied, we will be happy if you tell other
Thank you very much and clear skies