An amazing Triplet, 10+ star rating!
Having been mostly a Cassegrain user, I elected to try a Refractor with a Meade 102ED as my first, then moving into the Takahashi scopes. Well, this is one magnificent refractor easily within the top size and lense type in the world. The images whether they be planetary, a general open or closed star cluster or when viewing deep sky looking at Nebula or galaxies the TOA-130 not only gives you superior images and detail, the rich real like background image will astound you. The fit, finish and overall machanical quality is unmistakenly Pure Takahashi, but it is the optical quality and performance of this refractor that you notice from your first view. I also use mine with the Tak 1.6x extender and this Amazing triplet only gets better. 10+ star rating!!!