Focal Reducer/Field Flattener for former model 80 apo refractors with 2" focusers
This reducer flattener is optimized for our SV80ST triplet lens. The flattener inserts into the 2" focuser. 0.8X focal reduction converts the 80mm f-6 into an f-4.8!
This reducer flattener has a standard 48 mm filter thread. So standard 2" filters can be added to the reducer flattener when imaging. The backfocus of the unit is 55 mm. Since a DSLR with t-ring has a 55 mm backfocus, merely plug the reducer/flattener inti the focuser and then thread on the camera/tring to the flattener as shown below.
If you are using a CCD camera an additional set of extension tubes may be needed depending on the backfocus of the camera. So you need to know how much distance there is between the cameras T-thread and the ccd chip. It is important that the distance from the back of the field flattener to the chip be maintained at 55 mm. So if the ccd camera has a backfocus of only 35 mm, a 20 mm extension will be needed. See the example below. In this example the camera had a 35 mm backfocus so a 20 mm extension tube was needed. It threads in between the back of the field flattener/reducer and the camera as shown.
In this case the extension tube must be a standard t-thread (M42 X.75). Please note that our extension tubes are the larger 48 mm size and will not work for this. You can obtain 42 mm extension tubes at Edmund Optics.