Altair Wave Series 80mm F6 Super ED Triplet APO (80/480)
- Optical tube with air-spaced 80mm F6 Triplet ED lens system (480mm focal length)
- Ohara S-FPL53 ED (SD) glass element and mating elements housed in a precision adjustable CNC machined lens cell with temperature compensation interleaving.
- Super-high transmission coating (STM Coating) on all air to glass surfaces.
- Resolving Power (Dawes’ Limit) 1.45 arc seconds
- Visual Limiting Magnitude 12.2 maximum
- Weight approx. 3kg, OTA length with dewshield retracted, 39cm.
- Precision CNC machined components and tube made from light, tough aluminium alloy with matte powder coat and hard anodising.
- Retractable lens shade / dew shield.
- 2.5" "Rack 'n Pinion" Geared dual speed focuser with 1:10 micro-focuser.
- Entire focuser rotates relative to the optical tube for easy photographic composition.
- Teflon tension-adjustment screws and Teflon collet ensure focuser rotates smoothly.
- Self-Centering 2" to 1.25" reducer with brass compression rings included.
- Front aluminium push-fit lens cap, rear plastic 1.25" dust plug.
- Standard 1.75" dovetail bar with stainless steel M6 cap-head screws included.
- Tube Rings with M6 threaded holes with 30mm spacing, compatible with Altair and most other mounting dovetail plates and bars.
- Hard Carry Case with foam insert, handle and keys. Case Dimensions 22cm Width x 45cm Length x 17.5cm Depth
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Author: Anton Enright
Thrilled with my Wave Series 80/480!
Well made telescope both optically and mechanically. It's lovely to use and has been solidly delivering results for me each time I've used it.
For imaging this scope is fantastic. The focuser is smooth and solid and the motor focus is excellent. Once the temperature has settled, it holds focus well even without locking. The all-threaded design of the field flattener gives me excellent flatness and sharp images.
I'm still astounded by the quality of the images I'm getting back from an 80mm scope, especially when compared to my f/5 6" Newtonian.
Author: Mark Deans
Recently got the wave series 80/480 APO and this scope outperforms my 85mm 4-element APO noticeably on color correction and the field is just as flat with the plano-star flattener. It's actually also a better telescope visually. It's quite a solid scope and heavy for an 80mm, because the mechanics are slightly over-engineered for imaging stability. Altair's advice is spot-on and I'm considering a larger version now. I have mounted it using the beefier TMS system with the 60mm guide scope side by side in the 100mm rings which I will leave feedback on too as they're great. Nothing but praise for this APO. Mark
Author: John Bunn
I'm a visual observer not an astro-photographer and this scope produces a wonderful image. The image is perfect even on the moon and bright stars with no colour fringes. I have the large "Light Wave" image erecting prism, for daytime birdwatching at the Broads and my wife has sewn a neoprene cover for the scope. I use a large Manfrotto tripod for astronomy and birdwatching with geared head. To put this in perspective, my spotter cost three times more, and the little Altair apo is visibly better, sharper and brighter. I'm impressed that a local company can come up with a product of this standard. When I visited their shop in Aylsham I could see they are enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Very happy with the support and advice. Keep it up, and thanks! JB
Author: Peter Cole
Recieved my 80mm Triplet yesterday. It took me a long while to decide what my first refractor would be, So after asking around and reading reviews, This was the scope for me.
I'm a visual astronomer, My other scope is a 12" F5.3 Newt.
What can i say, This is a beautifuly crafted optical telescope, It's not cheap in build quality like so many others, Every thing shouts craftmanship, Even down to the nylon tips on the locking screws and is simply stunning to look at.
The optics are amazing and very crisp from the views i have had so far with 40mm to 4 mm eyepieces. The focuser is silky smooth and big, I couldn't believe how big it was compaired to what i have previously been used to. Using the threaded options that this focuser has, I doubt there is an imaging camera that you can't use with it.
The supplied tube rings and dovetail are solidly built with large locking bolts, Much better than a 'L' foot mount that other makers use and then expect you to add decent rings as an addon, It's just another sign of attention to detail and quality.
So if your looking for a brilliant first scope or an imaging refractor, Get this one.
The blurb says the case it comes with is just for transport. Do not be under the impression it's cheap and nasty, Far from it. It's well made and lockable, Very solid and is perfect for transporting or just storing when your not using your scope.
Author: Peter Cole
Upgrade update on my previous review of the Wave series 80/480 Apo Triplet.
Its been just over 3 years in use now and I have loved every minute of owning it. Visually it is pin sharp and nothing has given me greater viewing pleasure.
Now however, I have been bitten by the Astrophotography bug or as my friends say, I have gone to the dark side.
As the 80mm stands with it's standard Crayford focuser, I have #0010, It is perfect with a OSC or DSLR. However if you wish to use a heavier system similar to mine, Field Flattener, SX filter wheel and a Sbig STF8300 CCD. The weigh and drag effect is a bit to much for the Crayford focuser version.
So how did I get around this, I added a Starlight Feathertouch 3" focuser with 3.5" drawtube. Yes you can fit them to the 80mm triplet.
All the superlatives you have heard are true and then some. It is a gorgeous focuser, It oozes quality and when you rack in and out it just flows, I have loaded my complete imaging setup onto it and stood the tube on its dust cap, Loosened off the drawtube locking screw and it didn't move a millimetre. Simply fantastic.
I must add that the FT drawtube is 55m shorter than the original Crayford. So to reach focus i spoke to Ian and he is having a 60mm extension tube threaded to take the FT end cap with M68x1 thread for the FF made up for me.
As an imaging telescope, The 80mm triplet is beautiful, My first attempts at imaging have been amazing with the detail and clarity of images i have taken. For me this is the best telescope i have ever bought and i do have a few of them.
So if your thinking of upgrading to a Feathertouch no matter which of the AA telescopes you own, Speak with Ian and he will make everything happen.
I have no affiliation with Altair Astro what so ever, I'm just a very happy customer
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