ASA 500mm F/8 Ritchey-Chretien Telescope - Open Truss Tube

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ASA 500mm F/8 Ritchey-Chretien Telescope - Open Truss Tube
$55,995.00
Item # A2-ASA500RC
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  • The ASA 500mm f/8 Ritchey-Chretien Telescope - Open Truss Tube is a telescope suitable for research or serious astrophotography.
  • It has a hyperbolic primary mirror and a hyperbolic secondary mirror, and both mirrors are fabricated by LOMO Optics from AstroSitall.
  • The optics of the 500mm f/8 R-C Telescope by ASA work in concert to provide diffraction-limited imaging.
  • Focused by moving the secondary mirror axially by a computerized electrical drive.
  • Combined with a focal reducer or a field flattener, also designed by Philipp Keller, the scope can be used with a CCD detector with a diagonal size of 150mm, producing pin-point stellar images out to the corners.
  • Open Truss Tube of high-grade aluminum and stable carbon fiber construction.
  • Features computer controlled cooling.
  • Aperture is 500mm (19.69").
  • Focal Length is 4000mm.
  • Field of view is 69arcmin.
  • Weighs only 187.4lbs (85kg).
  • This ASA 500mm f/8 Ritchey-Chretien Telescope is a special order item.
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ASA 500mm f/8 Ritchey-Chretien Telescope - Open Truss Tube

This product by ASA is a Ritchey-Chretien Telescope optical tube assembly (OTA), which is suitable for serious research or astrophotography. The ASA 500mm f/8 Ritchey-Chretien Telescope is a relatively fast (f/8) high quality optical system. The image is formed behind the primary mirror cell, using a perforated hyperbolic primary mirror and focusing is accomplished by moving the hyperbolic secondary mirror along its axis by a computerized electrical drive system. This Ritchey-Chretien scope is similar in functionality to a Cassegrain, except that the field correction in the absence of a field-flattener lens is slightly better than a classical Cassegrain scope would provide.

The ASA 500mm f/8 Ritchey-Chretien Telescope is constructed using a combination of high-grade aluminum components and high strength carbon fiber materials in the form of an open truss tube assembly. Both primary and secondary mirrors are fabricated from AstroSitall, an ultra-low-expansion crystalline glass-ceramic. The mirrors are figured and polished by LOMO Optics, Russia. ASA delivers this telescope with an optical test certificate and an interferogram, which verify the perfect performance of the optics set as built by LOMO. The telescope was designed by Philipp Keller, a German physicist and optical engineer. This scope is suitable for use in remote, automated observing programs, in research applications where high quality imagery is mandatory, or for the most serious astrophotographer.

The ASA 500mm f/8 Ritchey-Chretien (R-C) Telescope has an aperture of 500mm (19.69"), a focal ratio of f/8, for a focal length of 4000mm. It has a field of view of 69 arcminutes. This R-C scope will need a corrector lens when it is used with a large format CCD camera. In combination with a focal reducer or a field flattener, also designed by Philipp Keller, the scope can be used with a CCD detector with a diagonal size of 150mm and still produce pin-point stellar images out to the corners. Because your ASA R-C Telescope is designed and manufactured to perform at the diffraction limit, your imaging results will only be limited by the prevailing seeing conditions at your site during image capture and your CCD camera equipment.

Some Specifications for the 500mm Ritchey-Chretien Telescope by ASA:

  • Aperture: 500mm (19.69")
  • Focal Length: 4000mm
  • Focal Ratio: f/8
  • Back Focus: 365mm (recommended)
  • FOV: 69arcmin
  • Primary Mirror Performance: (Hyperbolic) - 1/8 wave P/V wavefront accuracy focused, 632nm
  • Primary Mirror Cell Support: 9-point-floating
  • Mirror Set Materials: AstroSitall (LOMO)
  • Mirror Set Coatings: Al + SiO2 with 91% reflectivity
  • Telescope Tube: Combination - aluminum and sandwiched carbon fiber
  • Weight: 187.4lbs (85kg)

This ASA 500mm f/8 Ritchey-Chretien Telescope is a special order item and requires a 20% deposit when you place your order, and the balance will be required before the telescope leaves Austria. This deposit is fully refundable as long as you cancel your order before the telescope is imported. Please email OPT or give one of our OPT telescope experts a call at 1-800-483-6287, if you have any questions about this product.

Customer Note: The images represent generic ASA R-C telescopes for illustration purposes. Your telescope might look somewhat different.

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SKU A2-ASA500RC
Manufacturer ASA
Telescope Series ASA Open Truss
Optical Design Ritchey-Chretien
Mount Type None - Optical Tube Only
Warranty 2 Year Warranty
Telescope Aperture 19.69"
Telescope Focal Length 4000mm
Telescope Focal Ratio f/8
Tube Color or Finish Carbon Fiber
Optical Tube Weight 187.4lbs
Dew Shield Included? No, Not Necessary
Finder Included None
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