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Takahashi Mewlon 210 Reflecting Telescope OTA
Takahashi Mewlon 210 Reflecting Telescope

Takahashi Mewlon 210 Reflecting Telescope OTA

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Takahashi Mewlon 210 Reflecting Telescope OTA

The Mewlon Series of Dall-Kirkham Telescopes by Takahashi combines refractor-like performance in a larger folded optic reflector design. The standard EM-200 or optional NJP mounts provide a stable, accurate platform for the M-210. The integral polar alignment telescope and R.A. axis level make accurate polar alignment to within 2 arc minutes of the celestial pole quick and easy. The reticle is designed to be used in either Hemisphere until the year 2030. No other manufacturer uses such a highly accurate polar telescope. The Mewlon series of Dall-Kirkham Cassegrain telescopes from Takahashi offer the experienced observer a level of performance and portability not found in other Cassegrain telescopes mass produced for amateurs. The classical Cassegrain telescope offers excellent performance, but they are extremely expensive to produce at large apertures. By concentrating on the Dall-Kirkham Cassegrains, the Mewlon telescope offers a professional level of performance within reach of most amateurs. 

The Takahashi Mewlon employs an ellipsoidal figure on the primary mirror and a spherical figure on the secondary. By focusing on very tight tolerances for these surfaces, Takahashi is able to deliver a compact telescope with reasonable aperture and high resolution. Where fast F/ratios are not required, the F/12 Mewlons provide excellent contrast by utilizing a smaller secondary mirror than comparable Cassegrain designs. Secondary obstruction as a percentage of diameter is 29-31% on the Mewlons. Classical Cassegrain telescopes usually have secondary obstruction of 32% or greater. Commercial Schmidt-Cassegrains have secondary obstructions of approximately 38% for F/10 systems. Ritchey-Chretien Cassegrains have even more secondary obstruction making them less suitable for visual, high contrast applications. 

Takahashi uses extensive knife-edge baffling to minimize stray reflections as well as a specially designed tube that also acts as a light baffle. The result is an instrument that rivals an excellent long-focus Newtonian or refractor for contrast and sharpness. Some opticians have criticized the Dall-Kirkham design as having unacceptable coma. With most eyepieces (including Panoptics and Naglers) the coma is negligible and well outside the field of view. Stars are much smaller and sharper than in commercial Schmidt-Cassegrains. Coma may be a problem for wide-field astro-imaging, but these instruments were not designed for such tasks. With Takahashi's field flattener/reducer, these instruments offer superb off-axis images at F/9. 

Takahashi produces precision optical surfaces capable of delivering an airy disc of 20. Because the Mewlon primary mirror is larger than the effective aperture, its cell installation engineering helps to eliminate mirror stress which can cause astigmatism. The focuser mechanism has also been carefully designed to reduce shifting and maintain consistency. Both the Mewlon 250mm and 300mm models come standard a secondary mirror translating focuser that's accomplished with the electronic hand controller. With a wide range of both visual and photographic accessories available to the Takahashi Mewlon series, there is no reason why you shouldn't be able to achieve any astronomy project you have in mind using this fine telescope. 

The 250mm and 300mm Takahashi Mewlon electronic focusing is accomplished by moving the secondary mirror. This eliminates the image-shift problem inherent to commercial Schmidt-Cassegrains with moving primary mirrors. Because of the loose tolerances required in moving large and heavy mirrors on a baffle tube, most SCT's will not maintain perfect collimation. Image quality is then compromised in such optical systems. The large Mewlons also have removable covers for their primary mirror cells, this facilitates rapid mirror cooling so that the observer can take advantage of favorable seeing conditions more quickly. These features make the large Mewlons ideal for high-resolution CCD imagery. 

With the Mewlon series, it isn't necessary to sacrifice optical performance for ease of use and portability. When it comes time to place your Takahashi Mewlon telescope on a mount, it's as easy as simply connecting the dovetail plates. The high quality finderscope not only lends itself to the packages as an excellent instrument for alignment, but is also designed as a convenient "grab handle" to assist in mounting and transport. It's rigid construction means help in handling the optical tube without fear of bending or breaking. On larger models, the Mewlon also includes a counterweight against the body to help balance the optical tube. Just these small considerations in Takahashi's Mewlon design mean quality in engineering that sets it apart. 

The 8.3" Mewlon 210 weighs just 18lbs (8.2kg) with a 7x50 finder attached. The Mewlon 250 weighs only 28lbs (12.7kg) and is remarkably compact for a 10" Cassegrain. Both of these instruments are highly portable and offer deep sky views that are exceptional. On the planets, many observers have reported seeing details they thought impossible with telescopes of this aperture. With the exception of a few diffraction spikes around bright stars, on might believe they were observing with a large apochromatic refractor. The advantage, though, is a greater amount of light grasp and resolution than a comparably priced refractor. Indeed, the Mewlons offer an exceptional value in their aperture class.

So if you desire a professional grade instrument in a compact, lightweight package or are tired of compromising light grasp for crisp detail and contrast, check out the Mewlon Cassegrains by Takahashi. You will be pleasantly surprised by their performance. For further analysis of the Takahashi Mewlon Series of Dall-Kirkham Cassegrains, please read Jean Dragesco's review in his book High Resolution Astrophotography, Cambridge University Press, 1995. 



SPECIFICATIONS

Effective aperture 210mm
Focal length (prime focus) 2415mm/1961mm w/reducer
Focal ratio (prime focus) F/11.5-F/9.3 w/reducer
Resolution 0.55"
Limiting magnitude 13.4
Light grasp 900x
Image circle 18mm/39mm w/reducer
Photographic field 1.2 w/reducer
Total length of main tube 700mm
Diameter of main tube 244mm
Primary mirror 220mm F/2.9
Secondary mirror 65mm /X4
Secondary Obstruction 31%
Finder scope 7x50 6.3
Gross wt. of main tube assembly 8kg (17.6lbs)






What I liked about the 180 Mewlon:
  • Excellent fit and finish, true to the Takahashi pedigree.
  • Crisp, high contrast views and dark sky backgrounds.
  • An excellent finder.
  • The minor mirror movement when focusing.
  • The light weight and ease of balance.
  • Excellent portability.
  • The relative ease of collimation and the stability of the secondary mirror.
  • No worries about dew.
  • The cost - in comparison to a larger APO.

What I disliked:
  • The diffraction spikes.
  • The higher cost of TAK accessories.
  • A focuser that is a bit too tight.
  • Limited back focus.

Takahashi Mewlon 210 Review.

Two years ago I regarded myself as a refractor nut. Selling my TMB apo was bordering on the traumatic, I am still surprised I did it. But I am now DELIGHTED that I did. The Takahashi Mewlon is a real performance telescope, but you will only get the best from it if you take cool down seriously, as you should with all larger mirror based scopes. THEN IT IS BRILLIANT, showing way more detail than my old 4.5 inch apo on all targets, for about the same cost!

If you want to learn more about the importance of cooling down your scope I recommend you go to Cats & Casses in the CN forum, click on Links of interest and the Best of Cats & Casses, and select How to get the best from your CAT (cooling issues).

So now the toughest test of any telescope, after having it for 20 months am I hankering after another scope or am I finally satisfied? As much as I love my Mewlon 210, I do want to change it; I now want a Mewlon 250! Unfortunately my bank manager won’t let me!

Clear sky’s.

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