The is the photographic field flattener for our current model SV80ST-25 refractors. This field flattener is designed to work with 480 - 700 mm mm focal length optical systems. This includes our 80mm f-6 telescopes. This flattener threads into either the Stellarvue or Feather Touch 2.5" fiocuser. The camera attaches to the other end using a standard 42 mm photographic t-ring. CCD cameras will also work with this flattener, but a threaded extension may be required.
The importance of proper spacing: The photographic field flattener must be placed at a precise distance from the camera’s internal ccd sensor. If the spacing is incorrect, the performance will be compromised. Our stock flatteners are made to work with DSLR cameras. The distance from the t-ring to the internal ccd sensor on a DSLR camera is about 55 mm. This distance from the thread on the front of the camera to the sensor is also known as its “backfocus.”
Non DSLR (ccd astro cameras) are not made to the same specifications. The distance from the thread on the front of the camera to the chip varies and if often much less than 55 mm.
If the distance from the camera's chip to the front thread is less than 55 mm, you must purchase threaded extension tube(s) and/or spacer rings in order to maintain a distance of 55 mm from the back of the field flattener to the cameras sensor.
This field flattener has a standard M42 X .75 t-thread attachment. Our selection of 42 mm extension tubes may be viewed here.