Stellarvue's SVX152T is our most popular apochromatic refractor. Each optic is carefully figured to the highest optical accuracy. Interest in this telescope continues to grow. Over the past year we have trained several opticians to meet this increased demand while maintaining the SVX standard, without any compromises. This has shortened the delivery time for new orders!
- The Stellarvue 3" focuser. This focuser has 4.5" of travel and 2" and 1.25" compression ring adapters. This is our brand focuser that is well known as a stable and smooth 3" focuser with a highly accurate 8 to 1 reduction that allows absolutely precise focusing. This is the same as used on our smaller aperture telescopes. Both Optec and ZWO motors attach directly to this focuser allowing even more precise focusing.
- The Starlight Instruments 3.5" focuser, with 4.5" of travel and 2" and 1.25" compression ring adapters. This is an American-made focuser that is equally smooth to the focuser above, but is larger. Both Optec and Starlight Instruments make motors for these focusers.
- The Moonlight Nightcrawler 3.5" focuser with various extension tubes and 2" and 1.25" adapters. This is an advanced, electronic, computerized focuser preferred by dedicated imagers. It is the most expensive upgrade, but for those who want perfection when it comes to imaging, this is considered one of the best. The downside is a very short focuser draw tube length which is great for imaging stability, but requires various extensions when converting to visual use. Since most high-end imagers rarely or never look through their instrument, this is usually no big deal.
*Please note that the default color for the Nitecrawler will be RED unless specified otherwise. For a full list of available color options visit ww.focuser.com.
Financing: Since this telescope is not immediately available it cannot be financed. However, when the telescope is ready to ship, financing for the balance can be arranged.
Rings: Our CNC machined rings are strong and stable, made of 6061-T6 aluminum. Cast rings can break; our rings never do.
Rail and Case: Each telescope comes with our Losmandy-Style 13" D plate and a heavy-duty, American-made, roadie-style case with wheels, a handle, and solid 3/8" plywood walls. This is a durable and strongly-padded hard case; it is not the typical cheap import case.
Optical Imaging Accessories
Field Flattener: To image with this telescope at 1200mm focal length, use the SFFX-2 if you are purchasing a 3.5" focuser and use the SFFX-1 if you are ordering the 3" focuser. The SFFX-2 is too large to fit focusers smaller than 3.5".
Reducer Flattener: To image at 900 mm f- 6, use the SFFR.72 photographic field flattener/reducer. It produces a full frame (42 mm) image circle.
"I just took delivery of SVX152T s/n 004, and it was well worth the wait. Contrary to the first law of new telescopes, we had a brief interlude of clear skies with outstanding seeing. There were intermittent clouds forming so there was no time to dwell on any one object. I tended to associate “pinpoint stars” with marketing hype, but damn! This scope is awesome. The Orion Nebula revealed fine detail and the Trapezium stars were tiny dots. The Double Cluster in Perseus had that pearls-on-black-velvet look and drew oohs and aahs from my wife and neighbors. Mars and Uranus presented well-defined disks when viewed through the Stellarvue 4.7mm Optimus eyepiece. M1 was another interesting item that stood out clearly with good definition. However, the most telling observation I made was when I turned the SVX152T on Rigel with with the 4.7 mm Optimus. The scope really set up well with my Astro-physics Mach 1 mount and even at this high magnification I was dropping objects right in the center of the eyepiece. I selected Rigel because I want to see how the scope handled a really bright star. As expected, there was no chromatic aberration or distortion. Almost all of the light energy was concentrated on a tight point with a faint airy disk. I wasn’t even thinking about Rigel B, and I was stunned to see it pop out so clearly. This truly is a great scope. My thanks to Vic Maris and the Stellarvue team for producing such a fine instrument."
Air-spaced 152 mm, 1200 mm focal length (f-7.9) fully multi-coated, apochromatic triplet using a combination of Ohara FPL-53 extra low-dispersion center element with a Lanthanum rear element.
All aluminum, Instrument White, fully baffled, 6 1/8" diameter tube. Telescope is 44 1/2" long with dew shield retracted and 52" long when extended.
Retracting aluminum dew shield with a 7.33" diameter and 11 3/4" total length. Instrument White color, laser logo engraving, and black anodized aluminum fittings.
Optical tube assembly is 23.2 pounds. With rings and TP-13 Losmandy style rail added, the total weight is 27 pounds.
Your choice of either the Feather Touch 3.5" focuser or the Moonlight Nightcrawler 3.5" focuser.
Very heavy duty CNC mounting rings, American-made using 6061 T6 aluminum plate. Five threaded 1/4-20 holes top and bottom spaced 1.5" and 60 mm apart with one in the center. 5 mm side hole for reflect finder mounting.
Heavy duty American-made hard case made of 3/8" plywood, durable hard cover, handle, and wheels. Outside dimensions are 51" X 13" X 13". The wheels stick out 2" from one end. The interior high quality foam cutout is 46" X 8" X 8".
Stellarvue F050W2 correct image optical finder with rings included.
Select the "Add Visual Accessories and Save" drop down above and save on all the visual accessories you will need. You can purchase our 2" quartz dielectric diagonal upgrade for only $199, and save big when you add our best Optimus eyepieces.
471.5 times that of the naked eye.
Color Correction (1-10):
10 Resolution:.76 Arc Seconds
Depends on seeing conditions. There is no reason a high-end, hand-crafted apochromat cannot be taken to 100X per inch under steady skies.
Click here for our online operator's manual: SVX152T
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I have had a chance now to use this on two targets, and am amazed at the quality of the optics. The images' FWHM are frequently in the 1.5" range, at the limits of my seeing. After working on tilt and back focus a bit, the corners are sharp, round, and minimal vignetting (with the SFFX-2 flattener) on a full frame camera. Everything is built like a tank, the nitecrawler is a great companion for the OTA, the rings are heavy duty, and the dew shield is a bit of a monster (which I need as I image in a swamp). I did replace the somewhat short dovetail with a longer one, but the short one worked fine in a couple weeks' of us (the longer gives more room to balance, e.g. switching from a long imaging train to visual). All in all it is an impressive work of art.
Stellarvue SVX152T, 2” Dielectric Star Diagonal, Feather Touch Focuser and complete set of Optimus Eyepieces with Case.
The scope & equipment came very nicely packed and in excellent condition, and on time. Superb quality and finish. Excellent communication. Vic ordered me a Losmandy G11G mount as well. Very pleased with it also.
At first light, I took it out and everyone was amazed at the views. The quality and superb optics of this scope beats my 12”SCT. Stellarvue has now become my official goto scope. I am overjoyed.
Thanks go to Vic and his entire Stellarvue team.
Thank you very much,
It took six months to polish and figure your objective and the entire team is very happy that you are enjoying your new world-class refractor. Thank you for your review. We are here if you need anything.
Clear, steady skies
Superb design ... flawless execution. This premium telescope is worth the wait and the cost! Images are free of chromatic aberration, rich in contrast and views of the Moon and planets are stunning. This instrument delivers textbook Airy disks and separates tight double stars with ease; under steady skies I have often used magnifications of 347x / 58 power per inch and the subtle colors of Almach, Rasalgethi and Izar are simply beautiful. Globular clusters sparkle with three dimensional effect. This telescope virtually steals the show at star gazes and garners rave reviews from experienced observers and novices alike.
The Stellarvue rack and pinion focuser is smooth as silk, with a full 100mm of precision travel. The 13" Losmandy-style D-plate and 1" thick tube rings provide rock solid stability on my G11 and Meade LX850 mounts. The travel case is a beast that securely cradles the telescope for extended road trips, but at 53" total length and given the weight of its robust construction, it's a two-person lift in and out of my SUV.
( I crafted my own padded tie-down pallet for local transport ).
The Stellarvue team has a winner with the SVX152T and I couldn't be happier with this gem of telescope!
This scope is exactly what you would expect from Stellarvue: a perfectly executed example of a refractor. The contrast on faint objects and on planetary detail is exquisite. Subtle shading differences are easy to pick out. On nights of good seeing, the scope can be pushed to high magnification and delivers beautiful pinpoint images.
I stepped up from a 102mm Stellarvue refractor to this and the jump in light gathering power is just what I wanted. There’s more detail on faint structures and I can reach much fainter stars when star hopping. There’s also a nice resolution boost on nights of good seeing as the airy disk is smaller than the on the 102. I love that I now have more aperture reach while also being able to observe while seated. I’ve found that seated observing makes a big difference in my ability to really study the images and let my eye pick out fine detail.
This scope ticked every box that I was hoping it would!