TS-Optics 8" f/8 Ritchey-Chretien PRO RC Astrograph with Metal Tube
TS-Optics 8" f/8 RC Ritchey-Chrétien Telescope
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Most large professional telescope are constructed according to the RC principle. Until recently, these telescopes were unaffordable for amateurs. RC telescopes from Teleskop-Service are primarily aimed to amateur astronomers with photographic interest. These telescopes are perfectly suited for high-resolution astrophotography. Of course, an RC can also be used for visual observing. Here, the large corrected field of view is noticeable, too. In total, the stars are sharper than, for example, in a Schmidt-Cassegrain.
The advantages of the TS-Optics RC Telescopes at a glance:
♦ Hyperbolic primary and secondary mirror for a large fully corrected field of view.
♦ Astrophotography with camera sensors up to 30 mm diameter possible without corrector. For larger sensors, like full-frame size, Teleskop-Service offers ready-to-use corrector solutions.
♦ 99% dielectric high-reflectivity coating on main and secondary mirror for an even brighter image.
♦ Significantly shorter cooling down time through open construction and active primary mirror ventilation.
♦ Internal baffles in the tube for even more contrast.
♦ High back focus for correctors, reducers and also binoviewers.
♦ High-quality 2" MONORAIL focuser with 2" and 1.25" receptacle.
Astrophotography with the TS-Optics 8" RC telescope:
Better and sharper astro images without corrector with shorter exposure times. Exactly that is made possible by using this RC telescope with astro cameras and SLR cameras up to APS-C sensors. As a pure mirror system, you can even use the infrared light. You can achieve up to 25% shorter exposure times and a sharper image than, for example, a comparable Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. With the focal reducer CCD47, you can even increase the focal ratio to fast f/5.36.
Spacers for the ideal back-focus are supplied. You don´t need extension tubes, thanks to the spacers, the focuser is always in an optimal position, whether you observe or photograph.
Even large camera sensors up to full-frame size can be used. Even without corrector, sharpness in the field is already very good. With the RC correctors, developed by Teleskop-Service, it becomes even better.
The 2" MONORAIL focuser - more than a Crayford:
The Monorail focuser combines the ease of movement of a Crayford focuser with the stiffness of a rack-and-pinion focuser. Thus astrophotography becomes a success.
♦ Massive stainless steel bar instead of small ball bearings for more stiffness.
♦ No tilting anymore when locking the drawtube.
♦ 360° rotation for optimal object alignment
♦ Female M69x1 thread for threaded adaptions
♦ 2" and 1.25" compression rings for push adaptions
♦ 1:10 dual speed for accurate focusing
♦ Motor focus can easily retrofitted
♦ Lined scale for quick retrieving of the focus.
♦ Easy operation
Astrophotography with the RC telescope:
Due to the large corrected field of view, you can, for example, use a DSLR up to APS-C format without corrector. Thus the RC is a pure mirror system for astrophotography. The images become ultrasharp.
The generous back-focus also allows attaching correctors which we recommend when using sensors of at least full-frame size. You can also attach a focal reducer, thus further increasing the speed of the RC.
♦ Using an SLR without focal reducer: you need a 50 mm and a 25 mm extension tube between focuser and telescope (item # GSRCV50 and GSRCV25).
♦ Using an SLR with focal reducer CCDT67 or CCD47: in this case, a 50 mm extension tube between focuer and telescope (item # GSRCV50) is sufficient.
SPECIAL OFFER 0.67x CCD reducer for astrophotography at a special price
The CCD47 improves the focal ratio from f/8 to f/5.36, thus reducing the exposure time to less than 50%. With this, you can capture dim nebulae and galaxies with moderate exposure times.
When purchasing this RC telescope and the CCD47 from TS at the same time, you get the reducer for a reduced price. Of course, the promotional article CCD47 is an absolutely new part with full warranty. More information about the CCD47
Primary and secondary mirror of quartz glass with 99% reflectivity and protective dielectrical quarz layer:
Quartz glass does not change its dimensions if temperature changes. When the temperature changes slowly during an exposure, other mirror substrates, like Pyrex, tend to a deformation of the mirror and thus to a shift of the focus. This problem does not exist for mirrors of quartz glass. Thus the focus is better maintained which is very important for long exposures. Both mirrors are coated with 99% reflectivity. The image is obviously brighter than the one of telescopes with only 90% or 94% reflection layer.
The advantages of TS RC telescopes for astrophotography:
The TS RC astrographs are true Ritchey-Chrétien telescopes. Maksutovs and Schmidt-Cassegrains have spherical mirrors and need correctors for making a large field usable. With Schmidt-Cassegrains, you can see the aberrations in the field even when working visually. Most times, Maksutov-Cassegrains are so slow that they are not suitable for astrophotography. RC telescopes have hyperbolical primary and secondary mirrors. They are more difficult to manufacture, but offer a significantly sharper field with less aberrations throughout the field.
Why is the RC Telescope superior to Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes with correctors:
Celestron EHD or Meade ACF telescopes need a corrector. Additionally, these telescopes have a Schmidt plate at the front side which is prone to dew. The RC is a pure reflection system without lenses in the light path. Thus you can use the complete light even in the infrared range. The image is brighter and the exposure times get shorter. The field of an RC telescope is coma-free by design and relatively flat.
No shifting problem with TS RC telescopes:
Telescopes with focusing via movable primary mirror often suffer from the "shifting problem". The image shifts while focusing or even jumps. By now, Meade and Celestron have the problem under control, but the effect is noticable nonetheless. TS RC telescopes do not have this problem, as their primary mirror is fixed. Focusing is done via a high-quality focuser. An additional advantage is the optimal distance from primary to secondary mirror. This gives you the guarantee of the best possible image. If the primary mirror moves relatively to the secondary, you will practically never have the optimal distance.
You would need a strong, medium sized mount to carry the weight of the tube: 7.5kg + focuser + camera equipment, therefore we suggest the following telescope mounts:
Skywatcher EQ5 or HEQ5 or AZ-EQ5
Celestron Advanced VX
Fornax 52 (only when the tube is mounted together with a large widefield APO)
What's in the box
♦ 8" f/8 RC Astrograph
♦ 2" Focuser with reduction from 2" to 1.25"
♦ 2x Dovetail - GP Level
♦ M90 extension tubes for easy reaching of the focus
♦ Collimation manual
|Optical Design:||True RC with a hyperbolic primary and secondary mirror.|
|Aperture:||203 mm / 8"|
|Focal length:||1624 mm|
|Reflectivity:||99% reflectivity non-tarnishing dielectric mirror coatings|
|Back focus:||254 mm from the tube's backside or 159 mm from the 2" receptacle of the focuser|
|Tube Diameter:||230 mm|
|Tube Length:||580 mm with focuser|
|Total Obstruction by Secondary:||85 mm|
|Focuser:||2" Crayford focuser|
|Dovetail Bars:||GP style (Vixen-style)|