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Starwave 80ED-R Refractor Telescope NEW 2016 VERSION FPL53 Optics R&P Focuser

Starwave 80ED-R Refractor Telescope NEW 2016 VERSION FPL53 Optics R&P Focuser
Starwave 80ED-R V2 Image by Gary Palmer with Daystar Quark Starwave 80ED-R V2 Test Image by Gary Palmer with Canon DSLR Starwave 80ED-R V2 Test Image by Gary Palmer with Canon DSLR Starwave 80ED-R V2 with FPL53 Lens Rack n Pinion Focuser Starwave 80ED-R V2 with FPL53 Lens Rack n Pinion Focuser Starwave 80ED-R V2 with FPL53 Lens Rack n Pinion Focuser Starwave 80ED-R V2 with FPL53 Lens Rack n Pinion Focuser
Price: £599.00
Incl. VAT 20% ( £99.83 )
0.8X Reducer for astro imaging
Product code: SW80ED-R
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NEW 2016 Version with Ohara S-FPL-53 ED Lens
The Starwave 80ED-R is a more compact and refined version of the orginal Starwave 80ED. It has improved optics in the form of an S-FPL53 based doublet objective lens providing superior colour correction, and a lighter more compact tube with a "Rack and Pinion" geared focuser.
The now standard 2.5" Rack 'n Pinion focuser has full tension-adjustment to handle heavy loads, like a large eyepiece, CCD or DSLR camera.
The ED Doublet design offers very good colour correction while keeping the optical tube compact enough for transport compared to an Achromat refractor. The new S-FPL53 ED Doublet lens gives better colour correction in the blue regions of the spectrum. Optical smoothness, figuring and overall performance is very consistent and every lens has a unique serial number linked to the glass batch and optician in charge of the lens production. At F7 this telescope provides the best of both worlds for visual or imaging use, and the field is flat enough not to be distracting with wide field eyepieces or medium size camera sensors. A dedicated 0.8x focal reducer / field flattener is also available, for a faster F5.6 focal ratio.
As with most refractors, a brighter, higher contrast image is delivered at the eyepiece compared to a reflecting telescope of the same aperture, because there is no secondary mirror central obstruction. 
When it comes to astro imaging, the Starwave 80ED optical design has all the performance you need in a dual imaging and visual telescope, offering better colour correction than an achromatic telescope with the same focal length.
Tube rings have the standard M6 hole pattern to fit most hardware mounting systems on the market including the Altair Starwave and TMS ranges. A Vixen-style dovetail bar is included. 
You will need a mount, eyepieces and a star-diagonal to use this high quality telescope. 
A finder scope or RDF (Red Dot Finder) is a very good addition, making finding objects quick and easy. If you want a more accurate optical finder, we recommend the Altair 60mm RACI or Starwave 50mm Straight-through finder scopes, which can both be used for an auto-guiding with the Altair GPCAM for long exposure imaging.
The aluminium tube achieves thermal equilibrium very quickly, and the metal construction conducts heat easily to the front optics (essential for imaging).
- 80mm F7 ED Doublet with S-FPL53 ED Glass lens (555mm focal length).
- Dual Speed 1:10 ratio 2.5" Rack 'n Pinion (Geared) Focuser with brass rack gear and tension adjustment (ideal for imaging).
- Improved retractable dew shield with a tighter fitting than the V1 (tension adjustable with 3 nylon tipped grub screws).
- 2" to 1.25" eyepiece adapter with brass compression rings.
- 2x Tube rings with standard M6 30mm hole pattern (enabling the telescope to be balanced more easily for imaging, or dual-mounted as a guide scope).
- Standard "Vixen-format" dovetail bar.
- Push-fit lens cap and rear 1.25" dust plug.
Suggested accessories:
- iOptron CEM25 Mount (for visual or imaging).
- iOptron Minitower Mount (for visual nighttime and solar observing).
- 3/4" Dew Heater.
- 2" Dielectric Diagonal.
- Eyepieces.
- RDF finder / 60mm / 50mm optical finder scope.
- 0.8x Planostar Reducer for Starwave 80ED, gives a focal ratio of F5.6 for imaging.
- M48 DSLR adapter for Canon or Nikon.
- Pegasus USB Stepper Motor Focuser module to fit focuser.
- 80mm FPL53 ED Doublet Lens assembly, 555mm focal length, housed in a fully collimatable, CNC machined cell.
- Highest practical magnification 150x, light grasp approx. 131x human eye.
- 43cm length, dewshield retracted.
- approx. weight 2.6kg (without optional finder).

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Customer feedback

Customer Reviews

  • Author: Ron Clarke
    Very impressed with the build and the optics. Very versatile and easy to use. Would highly recommend this scope! (SW80 V1)
  • Author: mark fuller
    Very good build quality - built like a tank compared to other 80mm scopes I've owned with a much better focuser. Got this for visual and astro photographic use with my Canon 450D and it performs very well. Very good for solar observing with a very sharp image. (SW80 V1)
  • Author: Paul van Vuuren
    I was very happy with this purchase, and will be taking my first astro imaging steps next. So far daytime pics taken with my Nikon D700 have been excellent. My first visual session were the Moon, Pleiades cluster and Orion nebula before the clouds rolled in. I've not much to compare it to but my children and I were very impressed with what we saw before complaints about the cold! I'd like to thank Altair for some good advice and furnishing me with exactly what I needed from their large product range. This product is very reasonably priced for the build quality, and there was no sales pressure, just logical explanations of what I need. Thanks very much! PVV (SW80 V1)
  • Author: F Dawson
    Mine just arrived and I'm very impressed with the solid construction. This is like a product from the old days but in a good way, no skimping on materials and trying to do too much with too little, no plastic ANYWHERE. A rugged but very purposeful looking device. I've pointed it out of the window to align the finder scope so far (sod's law - cloudy!) and it certainly seems to work well, but will report back soon! Just so others are aware, you need a diagonal for this telescope for it to focus with the eyepieces, and so-on. The matching finder scope is useful but not mandatory, and I'm glad I ordered it. I felt I got an accurate description and useful advice from the gentleman at the shop and have everything I need for now. (SW80 V1)
  • Author: Mick Davies
    Been on the waiting list for a few months, but delivered promptly the day after ordering. It's a bit larger than expected and very solidly built. The case looks handy, and I gather more robust than previous. I'll be using it in anger this weekend what with the weather but so far quite happy thanks. (SW80 V1)

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