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Home Telescopes Altair Astro Telescopes Altair Wave Series 102mm F7 Super ED Triplet APO
The Altair Astro Wave Series 102mm f715mm Super ED Triplet APO is a highly specified refractor, offering premium class visual or imaging performance. This telescope is a natural choice for customers wanting the best possible optical performance in a portable package, and has attracted rave reviews from our customers, as well as a very positive review in Astronomy Now Magazine where it was thoroughly tested in visual observing mode and imaging mode, with the optional Planostar dedicated flatteners and focal reducers. With smaller dimensions than the famous Altair 115mm Triplet APO, the 102mm is slightly more practical, offering more portability and compactness. All Altair refractors are checked optically and tested and guaranteed to be in collimation - this assurance is provided at no cost to the customer. What's included?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)
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 eyepieceWhat makes the Wave Series different from other refractors of similar specification? Every single Wave Series scope has been tested individually and signed off on it's optical quality before shipping. A test report is provided with each scope and each scope as a serial number engraved on the lens cell corresponding to that test report. This teting is done by an optical lab employed by Altair, and the results are nothing short of spectacular, as witnessed by customers. Altair usually takes the top 10% of any glass production run from their suppliers, then tests each scope a second time before the lens cell is assembled and collimated with serial number engraved on the lens cell, and we pay extra for this service. That is why we are confident enough to provide an optical test report with each Wave Series telescope. Altair call this "grade 4 optics". Altair never source sub-standard or rejected optics, and any optics which do not meet criteria are sent back to the supplier without a serial number. Altair always purchase the highest grade of glass available for each production run, to differentiate their product in the market. What's more, Altair guarantees your Wave Series telescope will arrive in perfect collimation, and will always ship them using a fully insured professional courier service, so your telescope is guaranteed to arrive ready for you to enjoy. The Altair 102-715 EDT is the ideal multi-purpose telescope platform, suited for the amateur astronomer interested in both visual and imaging use, and offering excellent performance in both areas. It offers a wide-field or a high power view, and is therefore more than a reflector, enabling high contrast views of both planets and wide field deep sky objects.What performance improvement does the 102mm triplet ED lens offer? The Altair 102-715 APO sports a triplet air-spaced FPL-53 Super ED lens system for better colour correction than normal doublet or dual lens telescopes. This results in higher contrast, and a cleaner sharper image with no spurious colour visible at all in the image. Blue colour correction is particularly good and we rate this telescope as having the best colour correction in our current product range. The combination of a triplet ED lens system with very high surface accuracy, and the fact that this telescope does not have a central obstruction like a reflector telescope, means that it will deliver increased contrast compared to a reflector telescope such as a Schmidt Cassegrain or Newtonian of slightly more aperture, revealing more detail. Altair 102mm f715 EDT APO specification: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).