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Celestron 8'' Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph (RASA 8) OTA
Celestron 8'' Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph (RASA 8) OTA
Celestron 8'' Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph (RASA 8) OTA
Celestron 8'' Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph (RASA 8) OTA

Celestron 8" Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph (RASA 8) OTA

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Aperture (mm)
203 mm
Telescope Type
Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph (RASA)
Mount Type
OTA Only
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Description

Celestron 8" Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph (RASA 8) OTA

Capture spectacular wide-field deep sky images in seconds with Celestron’s new portable astrograph, the 8” Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph (RASA). This incredibly fast f/2.0 system is the perfect companion to today’s color astronomical CMOS cameras, smaller CCD cameras, and mirrorless cameras. Thanks to its fast focal ratio and patented optical design, you can produce sharp, detailed images and, in many cases, skip the autoguider completely. Weighing in at just 17 pounds, it’s easy to transport your 8” RASA to the most remote dark sky locations.

RASA Performance Made for Everyone

The 8” RASA is an imaging telescope that delivers a flat field without optical aberrations for razor sharp stars across a wide field of view. It can capture stunning deep-sky astronomical images without the challenges typically presented by longer focal length instruments at a fraction of the cost of those systems.

The latest addition to the RASA family, this 8” version is a much more portable and affordable version of the heralded RASA 11, which was introduced to much acclaim in 2014. With the 8” RASA joining the lineup, a wider range of astroimagers can enjoy the benefits of the RASA design. It has many of the same thoughtfully designed features as its “big brother” RASA 11, including the integrated air-cooling system, internal filter mount, and sturdy CGE dovetail mounting bar.

Purely designed for imaging, the 8” RASA cannot be used visually. The prime focus focal plane is located at the front of the optical system, so it cannot accommodate a traditional eyepiece.

Shorter Exposure Times and Virtual “Real-Time” Observing

Since it is an F/2.0 optical system, imagers can use shorter exposure times to capture detail in faint objects. When combined with sensitive cameras and the proper “live stacking” software, the 8” RASA can provide an almost real-time observing experience. View images on a computer instantly that are brighter and more detailed than can be seen in much bigger telescopes with the naked eye.

Because shorter exposure times are possible, your equatorial mount won’t need to accurately track over extended periods. The 8” RASA’s relatively short 400mm focal length also lessens equatorial tracking demands. In many cases, autoguiding will not be required. Weighing only 17 lb, this optical tube pairs perfectly with a wide variety of mounts.

Ultra-Stable Focus System

With the launch of the 8” RASA, Celestron is unveiling a new focuser design that mitigates lateral movement of the primary mirror when focusing, slewing, or tracking with the astrograph. Focusing is easier, more accurate, and more stable than ever. The key to the Ultra-Stable Focus System is two sets of precision bearings that are precisely aligned and tested during assembly to ensure optimal results.

Built for Today’s Latest Cameras

Unlike the larger RASAs that work with DSLR and large CCD cameras, the 8” model was designed with color astronomical CMOS cameras, smaller CCD cameras, and mirrorless cameras in mind. The telescope does not work with standard DSLR cameras. It is optimized for sensors with up to a 22mm diagonal, but performs well with sensors up to 32mm diagonal. The APS-C sized sensors used in many mirrorless cameras are a good choice. 42mm full frame sensors will also work, but performance will be poor at the edges of the sensor and field illumination will be reduced. Additionally, we do not recommend pairing RASA 8 with any camera body more than 4” in diameter. See the chart below to determine if your camera is compatible with RASA 8.

Unique Optical Design

RASA’s optical design is patented (US 2016/0299331 A1). The design consists of a Schmidt corrector, primary mirror, lens group, and optical window. The lens group contains 4 elements and utilizes rare-earth elements. Unlike many telescopes that only perform well over the visible spectrum (400-700nm), the 8” RASA’s optics are designed to perform over a wider spectral range, from 390-800nm. This allows more of the light emitted from the astronomical object to be sharply focused in the image.

With many imaging systems, adding an extra piece of flat glass such as a filter does not change optical performance. However, that is not the case with super-fast optical systems like the RASA. Our engineers addressed this by designing the RASA with a removeable optical window, so you can maintain peak optical performance if a filter is added or if a camera has its own optical window. Celestron offers a Light Pollution Imaging Filter designed specifically for the 8” RASA, which mounts in place of the optical window.

All refractive optical surfaces are coated with StarBright XLT coatings, while the primary mirror uses enhanced aluminum coatings. This maintains high light transmission through the entire optical system.

When compared with “Hyperstar SCT” systems, the RASA 8 provides better optical performance and field illumination.

CameraCompatible with RASA 8?Adapter required
Astronomical CMOS/CCD camera with C-mountYesC-mount adapter (included)
Astronomical CMOS/CCD camera with M42-thread mountYesM42 adapter (included) with M42 extension tubes (not included)
Astronomical CMOS/CCD camera with other mountYesCustom camera adapter
Canon mirrorless with APS-C sensorYes

Canon mirrorless adapter

(sold separately)

Sony mirrorless with APS-C sensorYes

Sony mirrorless adapter

(sold separately)

Canon mirrorless with full frame (42mm) sensorYes, but not optimized across the full sensor

Canon mirrorless adapter

(sold separately)

Sony mirrorless with full frame (42mm) sensorYes, but not optimized across the full sensor

Sony mirrorless adapter

(sold separately)

DSLRNo--
Specifications

Specifications: Celestron 8" Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph (RASA 8) OTA

Optical Design Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph
Aperture 203 mm (8")
Focal Length 400 mm (15.74")
Focal Ratio f/2.0
Central obstruction diameter 93 mm (3.66") (46% of aperture diameter)
Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye) 843x
Resolution (Rayleigh) 0.68 arc seconds
Resolution (Dawes) 0.57 arc seconds
Image Circle 22 mm (.86") Ø, 3.15°
Useable field 32 mm (1.26") Ø, 4.6°, only minimal performance loss at edge of FOV
Wavelength range 390 - 800 nm
Spot size < 4.6 μm RMS across image circle
Optical Coatings StarBright XLT
Off-axis Illumination 93% at 11 mm (.43") off-axis
Optical Window 46 mm (1.81") Ø
Back focus with included camera adapter 25 mm (.98")
Back focus from top of threaded collar 29 mm (1.14")
Optical Tube Aluminum
Optical Tube Length 628 mm (24.7") length | 235 mm (9.3") diameter
Focuser Ultra-Stable Focusing System
Finderscope Not included
Optical Tube Weight 17 lbs (7.7 kg)
Other Features Air-cooling system, integrated filter mount
Included items M42 camera adapter, C-thread camera adapter, fan battery pack
Dovetail CGE Dovetail Bar

What's in the Box

What's in the Box: Celestron 8" Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph (RASA 8) OTA

  • Celestron 8" RASA OTA
  • M42 Camera Adapter
  • C-Thread Camera Adapter
  • Fan Battery Pack
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