Altair Wave Series 130 F7 ED Triplet APO
A rigid aluminium tube gives the correct thermal properties for any large airspaced triplet refractor, allowing the use of Kendrick dew control heaters to conduct heat to the optics, and of course quick thermal equalisation and relative freedom from tube currents. This is unlike carbon fibre or other non-metal composite materials which not only get brittle with age and eventually crack, but often hinder thermal equalization because they do not conduct heat away from the optics. Two lightened CNC machined tube rings give a stable mounting platform for astro photography, and a large dewshield (with improved mechanism) delays the onset of dew and keeps dust and pollen away from the objective.
130mm F7 multi coated objective lens FPL51 ED Optics using top quality ED glass from Ohara Japan.
Highest practical magnification 250x, light grasp of 67% more than a 102mm (4") refractor.
OTA weight with rings 8kg (without the optional finder).
New 2014 Light Weight Rack 'n Pinion dual speed focuser with 1:10 ratio coarse and fine knobs, a Self Centering compression ring for 2" accessories.
2" to 1.25" Self-Centering eyepiece adapter
Tube rings with standard M6 hole pattern
A Standard Vixen-format 1.75" dovetail bar is included for visual use, though we recommend changing to the Altair TMS Vixen or Losmandy-format tube rings for imaging because they are CNC machined from a higher grade of aluminium ally and will flex less.
- 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).
We recommend the optional Altair Astro 60mm finder scope (shown in the image) or Altair MiniGuider 60 for autoguiding with this telescope. If you want to start observing and try imaging later, you can order the finder first, and the autoguider adapter later on to convert your finder into a Miniguider. (See associated products). Please note that this telescope does not come with a finder shoe bracket as in the picture, however there are two holes on the focuser are compatible with most finder scopes.
The optional Altair PLANOSTAR 3" Field Flattener (PLANOS-3-1.0-M48) for astro-imaging: This optional, dedicated large format field flattener is available separately with this telescope package for use with CCD imaging chips. The large format 3" field flattener screws into the rear of the focuser by means of a special adapter (PLANOS-3-1.0-M48-RP25-ADAPT) which replaces the rear self-centering adapter. These threaded connections reduce flex in the imaging train, resulting in tighter star images, and sharper images. A conical rear adapter with an M48 rear thread is included with the flattener, and the correct spacing for Nikon or Canon EOS DSLR cameras can be obtained with the special Altair Astro low profile Canon DLSR adapter (M48DSLR-EOS), or the standard Skywatcher Nikon M48 DSLR adapter. If you have a CCD camera, our variable M48 spacers can be used to get the right distance to the CDD chip. (See associated products below for the Altair Planostar 3" field flattener).The optional Altair Planostar 0.79x 3" Reducer Field Flattener (PLANOS-3-0.79X-M48) converts your Wave Series telescope into a fast F5.5 focal ratio astrograph. It attaches directly to the focuser when the 2" self centering assembly is unscrewed, and no adapter is required.
Availability: Availability: These optics are modified to achieve a higher quality level, and this process takes time. It is impossible to predict how long it will take to modify a particular lens cell to our standard, therefore these scopes are made in small production runs. Rather than manage a "wait-list", we have a simple "first come first served" policy. Please click on the "notify when in stock" button to receive an automatic email update when this product is ready for ordering. When the notification email has been sent, our system will automatically purge all record of your email address so it needs to be accurate. Please Note: The price and specification of this product is subject to change without notice.
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Author: Jim Morgan
I've been using my Altair 130 APO regularly for a year now. Jupiter, Mars, the Moon and just recently Saturn all show more detail than any other scope I've owned so far by a long margin. This is the largest refractor I've owned yet but it gives a much sharper view of planets compared to my previous 180mm Maksutov. The 3 month wait was frustratingly long but well worth it. First class in every way. This is a big scope and requires an EQ6 or larger mount.
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