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Altair Wave Series 80mm F6 Super ED Triplet APO (80/480)

Altair Wave Series 80mm F6 Super ED Triplet APO (80/480)
Price:  £999.00(Inc. 20% VAT)

Product Code:  AA80-480EDT
Manufacturer:  Altair Astro
Telescope Type:  APO Triplet Refractor
Aperture (mm):  80 mm

Altair Astro

The Altair Astro 80mm ED Triplet APO refractor uses a 480mm focal length lens cell with Japanese FPL53 ED glass from Ohara. A rigid aluminium tube with two tube rings allows stable mounting for astro photography, and the rotating 2.5" Rack and Pinion dual speed focuser can handle heavy loads whilst keeping the telescope light. 

For visual observation, this telescope offers razor sharp, high contrast images, without any colour aberrations whatsoever in a very portable package.

For astro-photography, the Altair Planostar 1.0x Field Flattener (PLANOS-2-1.0-80-F6-M48) converts your Wave Series telescope into a flat-field astrograph at it's very fast F6 native focal length. DSLR and CCD adapters are available for attachment of various cameras (see associated products for more info).

What's included?

  • Altair 80mm Super 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 "free" foam filled transport case

The image shows a scope with the following optional accessories which are not included in this package, but highly recommended:

  • Altair Sabre mount with Vixen dovetail clamp
  • Altair 60mm deluxe finder scope & bracket
  • Altair 2" dielectric diagonal
  • Altair Lightwave eyepiece

NEW 2014 Version includes a lighter weight OTA and a light weight dual-speed "Rack 'n Pinion" focuser, Teflon-tipped adjustable rotator, CNC machined internal knife edge baffles, and a self centering 2" rear adapter, and even a 2" to 1.25" self centering adapter with brass compression ring (sold by some companies for ¶œ50 on it's own!). Optional Field flatteners can be attached directly by unscrewing the self centering rear assembly and removing it from the focuser.

Tube rings are provided with standard M6 hole patterns to fit most hardware mounting systems on the market, and are fully compatible with the Altair TMS Telescope Mounting System TM.

We recommend the Altair Astro 60mm Deluxe Finder Scope (see associated products below) which is a perfect fit and can double as an autoguider for imaging by adding the Altair Miniguider adapter.

As a portable wide field refractor for astro imaging or visual use, this is an extremely capable telescope in all areas. Colour correction is excellent, and contrast is very high, enabling faint and subtle details to be observed visually or in images. The optical tube assembly is perfect for the iOptron iEQ30 mount. The 3" focuser is compatible with the Altair-Rigel USB nStep motor focuser for perfect PC automated or manual focusing via the hand controller or USB port.

Above is a full frame image of a portion of the North America Nebula in Cygnus called "The Wall", taken with the Altair 80/480 Super ED Triplet APO and dedicated Planostar field flattener by Anton Enright in Cambridge. Click on the image to view the full resolution image in a new window. This will allow you to examine the edges of the field, to assess the quality of the specially designed Altair Planostar 1.0x field flattener.

Below, another full frame image taken by Anton Enright with the same setup:



Altair Astro 80mm F6 ED Triplet APO Features:

  • 80mm multi coated objective lens, 480mm focal length, FPL53 ED Optics from Ohara Japan
  • Highest practical magnification 150x, light grasp 131x human eye
  • 43cm length, approx. weight 2.85kg (without optional finder).
  • 1:10 ratio dual speed focuser with direct fit for optional 1.0x field flattener and 3x clamp compression ring for 2" accessories
  • 2" to 1.25" eyepiece adapter
  • 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 1.75" (44.5mm) Vixen-format dovetail bar included.
  • FREE Protective case with foam padding (note the case is designed to protect the telescope during shipping and is therefore offered as "free". We cannot provide replacement cases if marked or damaged, however the telescope itself is of course fully insured against any damage in transit).

Altair Wave Series optics: Your 80-480 Super ED Triplet APO optics are repeatedly tested and re-figured at the final stages of production, until signed off by the optician in charge of the production batch. The best quality Ohara SFPL-53 glass is used in the ED element, which is fully annealed and cooled over several days to relieve internal stresses, having an Abbe number of 94.94, plus or minus .01 per batch. SFPL-53 is referred to as Synthetic Fluorite or Super ED. (Fluorite crystal by comparison is 94.99 but with slightly more variation from batch-to-batch, and has less stable chemical, thermal and physical properties). Each lens cell has a serial number engraved on the front ring. Working closely with our optical technicians, we have introduced a second and unique quality assurance process for all Wave Series lenses, to ensure the highest quality and lowest chromatic aberration. These lenses are modified, and are far superior to the "normal" production quality lenses offered by most manufacturers. Star tests speak for themselves, and colour correction is superb, as can be seen from the various observing reports and images taken with Wave Series refractors. Blue stars show negligible bloat in long exposure images. During the production process, a laser interferometer image is acquired in 532nm green light, and imported into fringe analysis software to create an optical test report. Each image is a "snapshot in time" of the lens on the test bench. Vibration, air currents and other environmental factors can influence the image and the outcome of the report slightly, though are minimised during testing. Providing a test report is a useful way for us to assure that our our internal production quality is consistent from batch-to-batch. A paper report printout is included with your telescope, which corresponds to the serial number visible on the lens (an example report is shown in the thumbnail images below the main product image, with serial number deleted). 
Accessories: 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 below). Please note that this telescope does not come with a finder shoe bracket or finder scope as in the picture, however there are two holes on the focuser are compatible with most finder scopes.

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