Takahashi Seisakusho is a Japanese manufacturer of telescopes and related equipment, such as eyepieces and mounts.
Often known simply as 'Tak', the brand is especially noted amongst amateur astronomers for its range of apochromatic refractors, but also produces various types of reflectors, and instruments featuring compound optics.
Takahashi pioneered the use of fluorite crystal in place of one of the glass elements in the objective lens of an astronomical telescope, although this material had previously been used in other optical devices. The company's name would become synonymous with the use of this type of crystal.
High-performance glass that contains fluorine should not be confused with fluorite crystal, which is not glass.
Some other telescope manufacturers use Takahashi refractors as collimating instruments for larger telescopes.
- Takahashi Seisakusho website. (Japanese language only.)
- Takahashi America
- Takahashi Europe. (English and French language.)
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