Price: The price for this hand-crafted refractor is only $18,995 with the 3.5" Feather Touch focuser. It may be upgraded to a 3.5" Moonlight NiteCrawler focuser for $2704 additional. We will ship the telescope in its thickly padded, heavy duty Roadie style travel case, triple boxed!
- Feather Touch #FTF3545B-A 3 1/2" focuser with 4 1/2" of drawtube travel, two-part rear adapter with M88.5 opening and M75 adapter, 2" and 1 1/4" compression ring adapters and finder-scope shoe for $18995 or a Moonlight computerized, rotating. 3.5" NiteCrawler focuser with extension tubes, M75 adapter, and temperature compensator for $2704 additional
- Finder scope dovetail mounting base
- CNC machined, heavy-duty mounting rings.
- Heavy-duty Roadie case made with 3/8" plywood, thickly padded with wheels and handle
- Stellarvue F050IW optical finderscope with R050DA dual mounting rings
Light gathering and magnification power: A 180mm refractor gathers 661 more times the amount of light than the naked eye. Although Dawes limit states maximum magnification power for telescopes under good conditions is about 420 power for a telescope of this size, this high-Strehl APO refractor can exceed this power on steady nights. Check the Recommended Accessories section to make the best choice for eyepieces.
Two year warranty and Stellarvue Service: We are friends 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.
180 mm clear aperture, 1,260mm focal length (F-7), apochromatic triplet using super low dispersion (SD) optical glass. This objective is precision figured in our optical shop to an accuracy of .99 Strehl or higher.
Machined, fully baffled, aluminum tube painted instrument white outside, ultra-flat back inside.
Tube Assembly Weight:
Under 38 lbs with caps in place. 44.5 pounds with mounting rings and TP013A Losmandy-style rail.
The main tube is about 7.95" in diameter. The complete telescope is 54” long with dew shield extended and focuser all the way in. With the dew shield retracted the length is reduced to 44 1/4".
About 9.1" diameter, fully retracting dew shield with threaded aluminum cap.
1. #FTF3545B-A 3 1/2" focuser with 4 1/2" of drawtube travel, two part rear adapter with M88.5 opening and M75 adapter, 2" and 1 1/4" compression ring adapters. Feather Touch 3.5" rack and pinion focuser with 2" and 1.25" compression ring adapters.
2. Moonlight Computerized NiteCrawler WR35 3.5" focuser with various extension tubes, adapters, 2" and 1.25" compression ring adapters. This is a $2704 upgrade.
R180 CNC-machined mounting ring set with five 1/4"-20 threaded holes top and bottom. Holes are spaced 1.5” and 60mm apart respectively, with one in the center.
C180 hard case made with 3/8" plywood, with latches, side handles and wheels. The heavy duty case is 52" long, 15 3/4" wide and 15 3/4" high.
Optical Imaging Accessories:
Field Flattener: To image with this telescope at 1260 mm f-7, use the new Stellarvue SFFX-2 photographic field flattener. This giant 4" diameter flattener will provide an enormous flat field with an image circle of about 90 mm! This massive flattener uses 100 mm diameter lenses and screws directly to the rear of the Feather Touch focuser (you will need an adapter to mount this flattener to the Moonlight focuser).
Reducer Flattener: To image at 945 mm f- 5.25, use the SFFR.72 photographic field flattener/reducer. It produces a full frame (43 mm) field. We are currently developing an even larger reducer/flattener for big chip cameras.
Save $200 when you order one of the above optical imaging accessories with the telescope. Order both and save $400. Merely select the items at the top of the page when you order. We will align them with your telescope prior to shipping and charge you only $499 each when the telescope ships.
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My 180 was delivered six days ago. I am still working on set up but did some viewing and limited imaging. Jupiter is awesome. I told my wife this is the best telescope I've ever looked through. Jovian moon shadows on the surface of the planet are really sharp. Great surface detail and contrast. I am very pleased.