Altair Wave Series 102mm F7 Super ED Triplet APO (102/715)
- Altair 102 ED Triplet telescope optical tube with serial number engraved on the lens
- Optical test report corresponding to the serial number
- Telescope tube rings
- Vixen-format 1.75" dovetail bar
- New CNC machined dual speed "Rack 'n Pinion" focuser with self-centering 2" pushfit adapter and Teflon tipped rotator
- 2" to 1.25" Self centering adapter
- Front metal objective cap
- 1.25" plastic rear insert cap
- a foam filled case * (See note at bottom of page)
- Altair Sabre mount with Vixen dovetail clamp
- Altair 60mm deluxe finder scope & bracket
- Altair 2" dielectric diagonal
- Altair Lightwave eyepiece
- NEW Dual speed Rack and Pinion Focuser (360 degree rotation) with 1:10 ratio micro focuser knob.
- Aperture - 102mm, focal length f715mm
- Resolution - 1.01 arc seconds
- Limiting Visual Magnitude - 11.1
- Highest Useful Magnification - 230x (atmospheric conditions permitting)
- Air spaced ED triplet APO lens featuring an Ohara FPL-53 element
- Fully multi coated on all optical surfaces for high transmission
- Aluminium with white stardust paint
- Retractable, lockable dew shield
Optional 60mm Deluxe right angled finder scope with illuminated reticule
CNC machined tube rings compatible with Altair TMS
Vixen format dovetail plate
- 2" adapter with brass compression ring and two clamping screws
Tube Weight - approx. 5.0 kg (with new lighter focuser(
Length - with dew shield retracted approx. 615mm
- Case * Please note: The case is sold as "packaging only" and is provided with this telescope to protect it during shipping. The product guarantee does not extend to damage of the case during shipping, nor failure of the case, catches, zips, foam, or other fittings, and you are not being charged for the case when buying a telescope. If the case has absorbed damage, it is considered to have fulfilled it's function to protect the contents (which are of course guaranteed to arrive undamaged).
* Fluorite crystal has an Abbe 94.99 number by comparison and is more inconsistent, with slightly more variation from batch-to-batch, and less stable chemical, thermal and physical properties. Flourite manufacture is also a toxic process with considerable environmental impacts so we don't tend to use it.
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2015 PRODUCTION UPDATE - Production run ready approx. 16th Oct 2015. We have released the product now for ordering on a first come first served basis, because there isn't enough stock to satisfy demand. Once again, that's first come first served. If you have already placed a dealer order, you place in the queue will not be affected.
Author: Ben Caruthers
I've enjoyed the views of Jupiter so much with this 102 triplet. Moon valleys and mountain shadows are so dark and sharp. Haven't taken it out of the city yet but holidays soon. Much richer views than my old orange C6 and much darker sky. Will start imaging soon having bought the flattener. Since I ordered in june the price has gone up.
Author: Douglas Firman
I've been observing the Moon, Jupiter and recently Saturn on the outskirts of London with my Altair Wave 4" refractor. The optics are better than any telescope I've owned, including my 6" Maksutov reflector and its significantly sharper at the eyepiece with darker background near bright objects. Surface details on Jupiter are easier to see and whereas before only the main belts were visible I can see more between them. Saturn is also a treat with the Cassini division easily visible and very sharp.
This telescope is small and light and I use it with my Giro 2 mount, 2x Barlow, Pentax/Altair-lightwave eyepieces and 2" diagonal.
This has become my favourite planetary telescope, the best I've owned and its used every chance I get.
Author: Kevin Hill
Having ordered in early January and now used this scope a few times I agree with the other comments on optical quality, which is significantly better than my 8" Schmidt (which actually cost more). The image isn't as bright, but the sharpness and contrast are better for faint detail which is exactly what the Altair people explained. This telescope has a large flat field which I prefer for nebulae and clusters, especially with my Televue Delos super wide. There is no colour aberration in or outside focus and stars are perfectly white. This is the best buy I've made so far and I recommend the separate finder scope.
Author: Anthony Phelps
I've owned several refractors and after doing some research decided on the Altair 102 as my primary portable refractor for general observation.
The quality of this telescope really becomes apparent at high powers, especially when the seeing cooperates, and the star test is perfect as expected. I've had an someone in-the-know check over the provided test image and he confirmed the objective lens is essentially perfect.
This refractor visibly outdoes another ED Fluorite APO I own with only a few millimetres difference in aperture, which cost several hundred pounds more.
My suggestion would be to use premium eyepieces with this telescope. I'm not an astro-photographer and despite buying the flattener which is quite substantial, I haven't tried it.
My complements to Altair from a very satisfied owner.
Author: Mark Rixon
My comments are similar to the others when at the eyepiece this telescope cannot be faulted.
To add comments from an astro photography point of view I've started my first few sub frames and not only is the field completely flat (Atik 4000) but the colour correction is perfect to the edge of the field.
From an imaging users point of view this scope cant be faulted however you will need the stronger vixen plate Altair make for imaging because the included one is a little light which to be fair they did mention on the phone. You may need to increase the focuser pressure by tightening the large hex key underneath the focuser if you have a heavier camera and filter wheel. The focuser doesnt slip so there's no need for the focuser lock and I removed that because it sticks out the bottom of the focuser and can catch on things. In fact the scope came with it pushed into the foam separately from the scope so the packing dept must be aware of this.
The flattener screws into the focuser, and everything is screwed in after that which is a much cleverer system than using side-screws being much more stable. This and the focuser adapter are well designed for AP.
Triplets are very desirable equipment and this ones well worth it.
Author: Hugh meyer
The 102 wave was recommended to me by a fellow society member, and I had high expectations having read all the hype (!). Honestly, it's the best astronomy purchase I have ever made. I could go on but you really need to try this yourself. It's better than my 6 inch schmidt on everything, planets, the moon, deepsky the lot. The stars are like little diamonds compared to fuzzy balls. Every time I use it I see more. At our club this beats the views through quite a few larger scopes. Yes you pay for it but it's worth it. Yours truly, another refractor convert!
Author: fred Gilliam
Firstly this is a great scope and the reviews bear that out but what impressed me more was the service. I returned the first unit for checking because I couldn't get evenly shaped stars with the flattener. It was actually my Canon camera sensor which was at an angle. I had no idea this was possible but apparently it's quite common.
Thanks for Altair for diagnosing the problem quickly and for returning the scope to me for free even though I offered to pay for it.
The tilt adjuster solved the problem - even though it took a while to get things straight.
Altair staff are nice gentlemen who bent over backwards - even when they were right all along about the fault.
I'll be back for more excellent service. FG
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