Takahashi TOA-150B 5.9" F/7.33 Ortho-Apochromat Triplet Refractor OTA


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This big Takahashi 5.9" ED triplet refractor is optically too good to be called simply an apochromatic scope. Only the term ortho-apochromatic is good enough to describe its optical excellence . . .
Our Product #: TOA150
Takahashi Product #: TOK15110
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Product Description

This Takahashi refractor optical tube has:

• 150mm f/7.33 Ortho-Apochromat triplet optics with dual ED elements 
• 4" rack and pinion focuser with camera angle adjuster and 10:1 fine focus
• retractable dew shield
• state-of-the-art optical performance, exceeding even fluorite scopes
• 5-year warranty

    The Takahashi TOA-150 refractor provides exceptionally high optical and mechanical quality for the serious visual observer and astrophotographer. The TOA-150 is exceptional for observing and imaging within the solar system. Its images of subtle lunar and planetary details are sharp, with realistic and highly saturated color. They are totally free from chromatic aberration's violet haze of spurious color, thanks to the scope's ED triplet optics. The latest antireflection multicoatings and numerous knife-edge internal baffles assure the maximum image contrast possible.

The 5.9" aperture of the TOA-150 provides a visual limiting magnitude of 13.4, and a photographic limiting magnitude of well over 15, making it excellent for deep space observing as well. The brighter nebulas and galaxies stand out crisply against a very dark sky background. Binary stars and globular star clusters are particularly well-resolved, thanks to its diffraction-free images, and its freedom from spurious color vividly shows the contrasting colors present in many binary systems.

The TOA-150's f/7.33 focal ratio and 1100mm focal length is long enough, using a 3mm eyepiece to provide 367x, for very high magnification observations of the Moon and planets. It is equally capable of producing a huge 2.27° field at 22x, with a bright 6.8mm exit pupil, using a 2" Takahashi 50mm eyepiece.

This Telescope's Optical System . . .

  • apochromatic triplet ED refractor optics: 5.9" (150mm) aperture, 1100mm focal length, f/7.33 Ortho-Apochromatic triplet lens using two FPL-53 ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass element flanking a crown glass element for pinpoint stars and images that are free from spurious color (chromatic aberration).

  • Multicoated optics: Fully coated on all surfaces with multiple layers of antireflection materials for high light transmission and good contrast.

This Telescope's Mechanical System . . .

  • Retractable dew shield: Slows the formation of dew on the lens to extend your undisturbed observing time. Also improves visual and photographic contrast by shielding the lens from off-axis ambient light (the neighbor's yard light, moonlight, etc.) For transport, the retractable lens shade keeps the overall length of the optical tube to a manageable 38" when it is retracted and the visual extension tube removed.

  • Carry handle: A carry handle at the rear of the tube, just before the focuser, allows easy transport of the optical tube.

  • Quick release for optional finderscope: A quick release bracket on the focuser body holds an optional 7x50mm Takahashi finder and mounting bracket, allowing easy removal of the finder for travel and storage.

  • Rack and pinion focuser: 4" focuser, with a 2" eyepiece/accessory holder that threads into the focuser drawtube. A 1.25" compression ring eyepiece/star diagonal holder is also supplied. The non-marring soft nylon compression rings of the 2" and 1.25" eyepiece holders won't scratch the barrels of your accessories or star diagonal, as ordinary thumbscrews can. Dual focusing knobs provide precise image control with either hand. The large focus knobs are easy to operate, even while wearing gloves or mittens in cold weather. There is a 10:1 ratio micro-fine focuser on one knob as standard equipment. This provides ultra-precise focusing for critical high magnification visual use and astrophotography. A large thumbscrew locks the focuser tube in place without image shift at the correct photographic focus.

  • Long back focus: Back focus is a very good 225mm, allowing the stacking of a wide variety of CCD cameras, color filter wheels, electric focusers, and film cameras.

  • Optional photographic accessories: Three accessories are available to provide a variety of image scales and sky coverage: two focal reducers and an extender.
    The small focal reducer (#TAK130RE) effectively cuts the focal length to 860mm and the focal ratio to f/5.73. The photographic field is now 3.33°, spread over a 50mm image circle for non-vignetted 35mm photography.
    The large focal reducer (#TAK150RE) is designed for medium format photography. It also effectively cuts the focal length to 860mm and the focal ratio to f/5.73. The photographic field is now 6°, spread over a 90mm image circle for medium format (6x7) photography.
    A 1.6x extender (#XTND-T) effectively increases the focal length to 1760mm and the focal ratio to f/11.7. The photographic magnification (compared to a 50mm camera lens) is 35.2x with this extender in use and the field is 1.3°, making it excellent for lunar photography. The extender can also be used visually.
    A variety of photographic coupling attachments and eyepiece projection photography adapters are also available.

Tech Details

Aperture 5.9"
Binary and Star Cluster Observation Great
Focal Length 1100mm
Focal Ratio f/7.33
Galaxy and Nebula Observation Good
Highest Useful Magnification 367x
Lunar Observation Great
Weight 32 lbs.
Planetary Observation Great
Resolution 0.77 arc seconds
Visual Limiting Magnitude 13.4
Warranty 5 years


Review by:
This is the best viewing refractor I own but don't use it very often because it is large, heavy, and takes time to cool. (Posted on 10/24/2019)
Review by:
I have owned this scope for 5 years and it always just amazes me in it's mechanical & optical quality. The only caveat is that it is heavy, almost 50 pounds with rings and tube counter weight. It is very lens/cell heavy so balancing on your mount is a must. It comes to focus with all my different eyepieces and is great with a binoviewer too! This is the last refractor you would ever want! (Posted on 11/5/2018)
Review by:
I have the TOA 150, TOA 130, TSA 120, FSQ-85. I have these because I want the best available APO refractors on the market and available without a long wait time or a need to buy them used. There are a lot of great scopes out there but Takahahsi is in the top three best scopes out there. The other two being Astro Physics and TEC. And the TOA series is the only one on the market to use two ED elements instead of just one.

The TOA 150 with its double ED FPL-53 elements mean the most crisp, clear, true colored views out there in any scope. I used to own a Astro Physics 155 and TEC 140 as well. I don't now because when I compared the views between the AP 155 and TOA 150 as well as the views in the TEC 140 and TOA 130 the TOA scopes won. The views were very good in both the AP/TEC and the Tak's but the Tak's provided more of what I call a true color of the stars. In the AP and the TEC the stars were a warmer color especially in the red/orange range. Too warm to me. Where as the Tak's captured the true color of the stars. The stars are tack sharp to the edge of the field without a field flattener either.

Visually in the 6" class of APO DSO begin to really come alive. Even small DSO like Globulars and Planetary Nebulae are well resolved in these scopes. Especially with the quality of the TOA series. And large DSO like open clusters are truly amazing in their color and pinpoint stars to the edge of the field.

For imaging you will want a flattener if your sensor size is over an APS-C/KAF-8300 sensor. Below that the flattener is optional. Also important to note is that TEC corrects for visual not AP. So if you are using a Sony sensor then you may get bloated stars in the blue channel. This is a known problem with TEC and Yuri may have addressed it but you will not have any bloat with a TOA.

Bottom line is if you are looking for a top shelf incredibly well corrected 6" APO refractor then the TOA 150 is the best choice on the market today. And one that you can get right now. (Posted on 10/26/2018)
Review by:
I purchased this scope brand new along with an EM-400 mount. The overall build quality is second to none. This will be a family heirloom that I will pass down to my grandchildren. I noticed Meade Instruments has a sale on the SolarMax II 30mm BF double stack. I may have to take the plunge. Also looking for a smaller fast refractor for super wide field. Great new website Mike! (Posted on 10/7/2018)
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