This is our latest and best 70 mm telescope which is known for capturing wide field images of deep space objects. It features an extremely high Strehl objective hand figured in our optical shop in Auburn California. Why spend hours of imaging with questionable optics?
This is the Stellarvue 70 mm f-6 apo triplet comes with its .8X dedicated field flattener/focal reducer for an introductory price of $1299. It has a 2.5" dual speed, rack and pinion focuser (FSV-25B). Read Jon Talbot's review of the SV70T as it appeared in Astronomy Magazine. The focuser is threaded to accept the .8X photographic field flattener/reducer converting the telescope into a 336 mm f-4.8 astrograph. This telescope also comes with heavy duty dual rings and an airline carry-on sized travel case. This is not a mass-produced scope using inferior glass and sloppy mechanics. This is a truly premier 70 mm apochromat.
The Stellarvue SVX70T features a 70 mm f-6 (420 mm focal length) fully multi-coated, 3 element objective lens with a super ED objective.
Each lens focuses light precisely and in addition the extreme broadband coatings on each surface enhance it even further. Using it visually, the stars appear vivid and the background, velvet black. Since these coatings transmit more than 99% in the visual spectrum and far above and below it, reflections seen on CCD images are eliminated. The relatively fast speed and high Strehl optics make the 70 apo one of our widest field imaging telescope and the visual performance is simply stunning.
Tube and dew shield: The SVX70T 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" Stellarvue visual/photographic focuser: Many years in the making, our new smooth and stable dual speed, 2.5” focuser provides a full 2.875" of travel. This focuser is perfect for visual use and imaging. The 2.5" focuser 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. All of the features add up to one of the finest dual speed focusers available today.
Aluminum hinged rings: The SVX70T comes with two heavy duty, hinged aluminum mounting rings. Each ring has three screws top and bottom. Threaded holes are 1/4-20. There is one center hole, two holes spaced 1.5" apart. Purchase the rail that works for your purpose. If a camera will be attached you should also use our risers and a long rail in order to attain perfect balance. The image to the left shows the SVX70T with risers and a TP013 Losmandy rail. To learn more about risers, visit our risers page.
Case: The SVX70T comes with a thickly padded, C020, airline carry-on case. Outside dimensions: 22" x 9.5" X 7.5". Inside dimensions: 19.5" X 6" X 5".
Stellarvue Photographic field flattener/focal reducer: To use your telescope in taking astro-photos you will need our optional photographic field flattener/reducer. To attach it, unthread the 2" adapter from the rotator at the rear of the focuser and thread the SFFR-70APO in its place. The SFFR-70T is threaded with a standard camera attachment t-thread (M42 X .75) so it will work with a standard DSLR t-adapter. If you are using a ccd camera, our SFFR70APO is made to work with a camera that has a t-thread (M42 X .75) and has either a 66 mm or 55 mm backfocus. If your camera has a different backfocus, Stellarvue sells a variety of t ring extension tubes and spacer rings to make up the difference. We want to make this as easy as possible for you so please call us at (530) 823-7796 if you have any questions and we will assist you in getting the correct parts in order to attain the best images.
Light gathering and magnification power: A 70 mm refractor gathers 100 times the amount of light the naked eye does. Although Dawes limit states maximum power for telescopes under good conditions is about 165 power for a 70 mm telescope, you can exceed this power on a steady night. This is a true apo triplet capable of high power when conditions permit. The only real limiting factor under steady air is the light gathering limitation of this telescope. Check the Recommended Accessories section to make the best choice for eyepieces.
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.
Free shipping: Order now and when ready the telescope will ship free to the lower 48 states only. Shipping will be either UPS or Fed Ex whichever has the lowest rate.
Optical Test Report INCLUDED: This test report shows the optic in the telescope purchased is .98 Strehl or higher. This is our standard for all of our current production apo triplets.
OPTIONAL VISUAL ACCESSORIES
Save $50 when you choose the option at the top of this page to the right of the telescope picture. Learn more on our 2" Dielectric Star Diagonal page.
Eyepieces: We recommend a minimum of three different focal length eyepieces:
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.
Easy to use alt-azimuth mount. Use this with a heavy duty camera tripod such as Manfrotto 475. Mount and Tripod:
Computerized motor driven equatorial mount and tripod that is portable and economical
To use your telescope in taking astro-photos we recommend our dedicated focal reducer/field flattener. Please note: each camera (and even each t-ring) has different spacing. We want to make this as easy as possible for you so please call us at (530) 823-7796 if you have any questions and we will assist you in getting the correct parts in order to attain the best images.
OPTIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC ACCESSORIES
Optional Risers: When adding a camera and imaging, or when you have any heavy accessory attached to the focuser, our riser blocks and rail allow you to reach balance by moving the telescope forward. The riser blocks raise the telescope 1.5" above the rail. The riser blocks are also available with two different sized rails that are long enough to move the center of gravity to the rear. Learn more about Stellarvue Risers here.
Below: Images courtesy of Jon Talbot taken with a Stellarvue 70T at f-4.8. His comment, "This scope is like a 300mm camera lens but much better corrected. The short focal length really makes this scope easy and fun to use."
70 mm clear aperture, 420 mm focal length (F-6), apochromatic triplet with an FPL53 or equivalent super ED center element. Has a .98 Strehl minimum standard, Zygo test report taken at full aperture in the USA on an actual Zygo is included.
Machined aluminum tube painted Instrument white outside, ultra flat back inside.
The main tube is 82 mm in diameter. The complete telescope is about 14 3/4” long with dew shield extended and about 12” long when retracted.
Dew shield is 3.5" (88.6 mm) in diameter.
The optical tube assembly weighs 4.4 lbs. 5.6 pounds with dual rings and Vixen rail.
2.5" dual speed Stellarvue rack and pinion focuser with 2" and 1.25" compression ring adapters. Precision rack and pinion focusers has better stability and a higher lifting capacity than 2" import Crayford focusers.
Custom Stellarvue R70SET precision hinged rings. Each ring has three 1/4-20 holes top and bottom with one in the center and two spaced 1.5” apart.
Includes vixen style rail for visual use. To attain balance with a camera we recommend using a Riser Set System.
The SVX70T comes with a thickly padded, C20 airline carry-on case. Outside dimensions: 22" x 9.5" X 7.5". Inside dimensions: 19.5" X 6" X 5".
Optional. Please note, you can purchase our 2" Quartz Dielectric diagonal upgrade for only $199 above. The upgrade diagonal is the same as the D1040Q deluxe dielectric diagonal but it does not come with a 1.25" adapter since the telescope already has
Optional. We carry the F001 red dot finder and the F002 multi reticle finder.
FIELD FLATTENER/Reducer: Included. Converts your telescope into a 336 mm f-4.8 astrograph.
FIELD FLATTENER: Optional SFF4-70T. Coverts your telescope into a 420 mm f-6 astrograph creating a larger image scale as needed.
LIGHT GAIN: 100X (Human eye = 1)
RECOMMENDED SENSOR SIZE FOR MINIMAL VIGNETTING AND CLARITY: APS.