TAKE ADVANTAGE WHILE THEY LAST!
The last of our SV125 Access Telescopes are now on SALE for a limited time!
Stellarvue is eliminating its Access Series of refractors as we focus entirely on hand figuring our optics in house. These highly rated refractors are the last of our imports. We only have a limited number remaining - once they are gone, they are gone. So don't delay if you want an outstanding 125 mm Apo for only $1495 plus shipping! This telescope is fully covered by our 30 day money back guarantee and 2 year warranty.
Once you order we will align the objective, adjust the focuser and then collimate the focuser to the objective. Please allow a week or so for us to do this after you order.
The Stellarvue Access 125 mm telescope is your chance to own a 125 mm ED Apo at an affordable price! It uses a unique combination of materials to keep the cost down without sacrificing usability. The objective contains an apochromatic doublet using a combination of FCD100 and Lanthanum which will keep your image contrast high, and since every lens is aligned before shipment you can be sure that you’ll be getting color free visual performance, but without the higher price. With the 2.5 inch focuser you’ll be able to handle any combination of diagonal and eyepiece. Also, with the superior design of the rack and pinion focuser you can be assured of smooth yet stable draw tube travel.
What this is: The former Access series of imported telescopes were offered to provide people with access to a good telescope at a reasonable price. We discontinued this series in order to spend more time creating our premier line of Apochromatic triplet refractors. These former Access series telescopes are made entirely in China and the optics are figured there. We check each telescope to ensure the focuser operates according to spec and the optics are properly aligned. Objective Lens: 125mm clear aperture, 975 mm focal length (F-7.8), apochromatic doublet with FCD100 and Lanthanum.
What this is not: This is not a part of Stellarvue's premier line of apochromatic refractors with optics hand figured here in our shop in Auburn. We do not Zygo test Access series telescopes. These telescopes perform on par with other import telescopes within their range.
Tube and dew shield: The Stellarvue Access 125 comes with an aluminum tube and dew shield that is finished in Instrument White. Fittings are black anodized aluminum. The dew shield retracts reducing the length of the telescope when being stored. Extending the dew-shield minimizes dewing of the objective at night and serves as a glare shade during the daytime.
Internal tube treatment: The inside of the main tube assembly is painted "ultra flat black" and is baffled to eliminate tube wall reflections.
2.5" visual/photographic focuser: This is an imported dual speed, 2.5” focuser that provides a full 3.5" of travel. It is smooth and stable and we adjust them here before approving the telescope for sales. This focuser is perfect for visual use. The focuser on the SV125-Access is a fully rotating, heavy-duty rack and pinion unit designed to carry a higher capacity. It has an ultra-smooth (10:1 Ratio) fine focus control to attain perfect focus every time. An internal brake system allows the user to adjust capacity.
Aluminum hinged rings: The Access 125 comes with two lightweight, hinged, cast aluminum mounting rings. Each ring has three screws top and bottom. Threaded holes are 6 mm thread. There is one center hole and two holes spaced 38 mm (1.5") apart. Use the included rail for telescope mounts using the Vixen style rail or use the optional TP6 for mounts that use the larger Losmandy style rail.
Vixen Style Rail and Balance: The Access 125 comes with a Vixen style rail with a center 1/4-20 hole and several holes and a slot to permit positioning rings for the best balance.
Light gathering and magnification power: A 125 mm refractor gathers 319 times the amount of light the naked eye does. Boost the power to 300X on steady nights and view the planets and double stars larger than you see them in smaller refractors.
Two year warranty and Stellarvue Service: We are with you for life. Stellarvue telescopes and accessories are covered by a two year warranty. But it does not stop there. Since we are a telescope maker, we can repair your telescope for a very nominal fee years after it goes out of warranty, should you accidentally drop it on concrete or otherwise damage it. Buy a Stellarvue Telescope with confidence. Our customer care is legendary.
Low Power, Wide Field Eyepiece for larger extended objects, loosing yourself in the star fields of the Milky Way, etc. We recommend one of two options. If you are using a go-to computerized telescope mount the E7026R can serve a dual purpose. This eyepiece provides a wide 70 degree field of view and it has a crosshair reticle built in. This reticle will assist you in centering the three stars when you set up your telescope to operate in go-to mode. You can optionally purchase an illuminator for the eyepiece to make it easy to see the crosshair. Since this eyepiece is economical and has the crosshair, many of our customers like using it. For better overall correction and the widest field of view get the EOP 20.0.
Mount and Tripod:
Computerized motor driven equatorial mount and tripod that is portable and economical
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The scope arrived in perfect condition. I inspected it carefully and didn't notice any flaws. Views of Jupiter and Saturn were awesome. I am very pleased with this refractor. Thanks much - Ken F
My new scope arrived with numerous dust particles on the inside of the lens. Very disappointing from such a reputable company
A wonderful scope. I used to own a Tec 140. Comparing the two, the Sv has a superior rotating focused and superior color correction at least in the visible band. The Tec showed a slight violet blue around Vega but the Sv shows Vega as pure white. That is a surprise. The Tec had a near perfect star test. The Sv showed a distinct zonal irregularity. If a geometric interpretation of the ronchi test can be trusted, using a Barlow to increase the focal ratio to 24 a very narrow zone at 80% of the objective diameter was visible. I estimate the deviation was no greater than one sixth wave. The overall averaged correction probably one eight wave. A very sharp lens at about one quarter the price of a Tec.
To begin, I am in no way affiliated with Stellarvue except through ownership of this fine refractor. My background is that of a professional astrophysicist-turned optics systems engineering consulting company owner for space-based systems, and lifetime amateur astronomer as well.
(1) for visible: excellent build and very good optics make this a bargain at the closeout price. Star testing my scope reveals a P-V wavefront error at 0.63 um of lambda/7 or better (test was seeing-limited) with very sharp diffraction patterns and no discernible in-focus false color. The 2.5" 2-speed focuser is excellent and the dew shield is well-made and slides smoothly. The f/ratio is f/7.8 and not f/7, as has been incorrectly stated by several resellers (not Stellarvue).
(2) astrophotography: this is a very well-corrected 2-element "ED" refractor optimized for visual use. Expect minor color issues over the larger wavelength range of broadband A/P; i.e., "blue blur." This can be ameliorated with either a minus-violet filter or fixed in PixInsight or Photoshop. Note that a fully-corrected three-element APO would cost 3-4x the price of this scope so the modest trouble would be well worth it. Also note that imaging through filters, as generally preferred in light-polluted skies, would render this issue moot.
(3) Additional comments: the visual color correction is superb and derives either from the Ohara FPL53 or, equivalently, the Hoya FCD100 objective element. The manufacturer is reputed to be Kunming United Optical, in my opinion the best of the Chinese optics manufacturers, and the same company whose telescopes are imported for the highly regarded German APM company line. Kunming has a reputation for correcting a bit more for the red than the blue in their ED models. I REALLY appreciate that Vic et al. interferometrically test all the imported arrivals and promise at least a Strehl of 0.95; indeed, the scuttlebutt is that they reject optics of Strehl less than 0.97, crudely 1/6 wavefront error peak-to-valley at 0.63 um.
I have only two negative comments regarding the telescope itself. First, the rings appear Chinese-made and the two knobs are plastic with metal inserts instead of solid metal. They appear to be very similar if not identical to the rings supplied with many William Optics refractors. Second, the manual really needs a whole lot of elaboration. For example, you will not find the OTA weight (16.6 lbs with rings/dovetail bar). Nor will you find information on field size and vignetting with the 2.5" focuser for you astrophotographers.
I also purchased the 2" dielectric mirror diagonal, and it is excellent. My star testing included this diagonal in the optical train. Finally, Stellarvue offers a field flattener for astrophotography. Were I doing A/P, I would instead be looking at a flattener/reducer combo for an incoming f/7.8 (or f/8) light cone, and I would want to know what the field vignetting was with the 2.5" focuser.
I am pleased to recommend this telescope for visual use without reservation. Please pay heed to my comments on A/P however--it can be made to work and the money saved might be worth it to you.