TEC 180mm f/7 APO Fluorite Refractor Telescope

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TEC 180mm f/7 APO Fluorite Refractor Telescope
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  • The TEC 180mm FL Refractor offers gigantic 7 inch optics without excessively weighing you down making it the most portable large refractor!
  • A mere 36.5 pounds and only 45 inches long, the 180mm can be easily set up by a single person in most instances.
  • Precision triplet design of the TEC 180mm FL Refractor uses Calcium Fluorite optical glass, an oil spaced design and BBar coatings for the most efficient use of light creating a high contrast image.
  • TEC 3.5" fine focuser with 2" collet style eyepiece holder included.
  • All components of the TEC 180mm FL Refractor are made and assembled in the USA.
  • TEC product carries a lifetime warranty!
  • Important Note: TEC produces telescopes in closely controlled batches. Please see the full description for more info. Orders are currently being taken for the next TEC 180 production run, expected in summer 2015. Don't let this opportunity pass you by!



TEC 180mm APO Fluorite Refractor

The 180mm FL is a giant 7 inch refractor with the same excellent quality optics, design and workmanship that TEC is known for. The images are crisp, bright and high in contrast!

The TEC 180mm APO ED is an excellent choice for the astrophotographer or visual observer. Beautifully clear, high contrast and crisp oil-spaced optics are only improved by the use of Calcium Fluorite internal optics and BBar high efficiency coatings on the outer surfaces. While you have an enormous 7 inches of aperture, the 180mm FL is still portable weighing only 36.5 pounds and 45 inches long making it easily set up by one person.

Paired with awesome optics, is the 3.5" rotating TEC focuser. Widely known and highly popular among both observing and imaging astronomers for precision and quality performance. The focuser is a new design by TEC with a specialized 9:1 focus reduction and features a coarse and fine focus adjustment. A 2" collet style eyepiece holder has been included to securely hold your eyepieces in place. The focuser also has a 10 pound load capacity to accomodate your imaging and viewing equipment.

TEC 180mm Features

  • Oiled triplet design for ultra efficient use of light combined with CaF2 lens elements and BBar coatings on all outer surfaces.
  • Retractable dew shield for ultra portability.
  • Round edged baffles reduce turbulence.
  • Clam shell with hex key closure and carry handle. Readily adaptable to standard dovetail adpaters.
  • 2" Rotating Collet style TEC focuser with a 10 pound capacity!
  • All telescope components are made and assembled in the USA.

TEC Optical Expertise and Professional Quality Refractors

Telescope Engineering Company was started in 1994 as an optical subcontracting company and after 6 years, many Maksutov, zero-expansion Sitall LZOS blanks, and several mammoth optical projects including a 1.4M system for an observatory the began to hone their expertise in on refractor systems.

Running their production in Golden, Colorado, TEC is operated by an adept team of optical engineers. Special attention is paid to every detail of their telescope design and every component is assembled and made in the USA.

Warranty Information: All TEC product carries a lifetime warranty! If TEC made it or if it came with your telescope, then TEC will guarantee that it is free from defect or fault under normal use. The warranty is also fully transferrable to all future owners.

Important Note: TEC produces all of their telescopes in very closely controlled batches which allows them to maintain a extreme level of quality control. Because they work on one model at a time and each run is done in predetermined quantities, they are able to accurately schedule deliveries. It is highly encouraged that customers put in their order as early as possible as runs often sell out and waiting to place an order could result in a longer waiting period. A 20% deposit is required for the 180mm however the deposit is only required when TEC tells OPT your optics are ready to be installed in a telescope. We will contact you at that time to finalize the order.

Image depicts optional accessories. This product is the OTA only.

Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU TC-180800
Manufacturer TEC
Telescope Series TEC APO Fluorite
Optical Design Refractor - Apochromatic
Mount Type None - Optical Tube Only
Warranty Lifetime Warranty
Telescope Aperture 7.08"
Telescope Focal Length 1260mm
Telescope Focal Ratio f/7
Optical Coatings Fully Multi-Coated
Limiting Stellar Magnitude 13.6
Highest Useful Magnification Not supplied by manufacturer
Tube Color or Finish Gloss White
Dew Shield Included? Yes
Optical Tube Outer Diameter 201mm
Length of Optical Tube 45"
Optical Tube Weight 36.5 lbs.
Total Telescope Weight N/A
Finder Included None
Eyepiece(s) Included None
Included Items

Included Items

  • TEC 180mm APO FL Refractor OTA
  • Tube Holders
  • 3.5" TEC Rotating Precision Focuser
  • Dust Covers
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