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Orion Optics VX12 Newtonian OTA

Price:  £1,249.99 (Inc. 20% VAT)Earn 1,249 Loyalty Points
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Model:  VX12-S
Brand:  Orion Optics UK

Please be aware most Orion Optics telescopes are made to order and can take up to 6 weeks. Please contact us to find out availability.

Orion Optics VX12 Newtonian OTA
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To follow the trend of the description of the other, previous models in the VX range, the VX12 and VX12L have 400% more light gathering surface area and exactly double the amount of detail in the image of a VX6 or VX6L

We are now entering the area of large, very serious telescopes which, if used properly will give you both visual and photographic performance to dream of. The performance of the 1/6 PV wavefront optics guarantee you very good images indeed but, optical upgrades are available for each model and are featured in the ouying options above.
The VX12 is a very fast f4 system and is one of the most popular optical designs used in Astro Photography of Deep Sky objects. The views of wide field star groups will make you gasp, they are truly amazing. Planets are still well within the capabilities of this telescopes along with views of the moon. Being virtually identical length to the VX10 telescope (both 1200mm focal length) the tube fits comfortably across the back seat of a car.

For some of the best planetary views you will experience, second only to the CT range the VX12L will offer detail which seemingly is to good to be actually possible, but, it actually does offer detail at the top level of the aperture and accuracy of the optical design, a planetary observers dream telescope.

Our ACU-2S is a high quality 2” (50.8mm) Crayford focuser. Having said that, it is no ordinary focuser, far from it. The actual mechanism is ultra smooth and compares favourably with the much more expensive focusers on the market. We know the smoothness of the movement will astound you, both in its normal focusing speed and, in its lower geared 10:1 ratio micro adjustment for precise focusing with an eyepiece or camera. Our VX and CT ranges of telescopes use the ACU-2S and, it is also available as a separate item to purchase along with the included adaptor. For photography it is ideal for small to medium sized cameras, including DSLR and medium format CCD chips. Locking the knurled knob will tighten the draw tube in the chosen position and no movement is produced to offer, sharp, flawless images.

Featured here is one of our  mirror cells which shows the machined, anodised aluminium surfaces. All of our cells are CNC machined for super accuracy but, they are all then carefully hand finished to ensure no small irregularities in the machining or threading of holes restricts movement of the parts. Anodising adds a protective layer to the aluminium which not only gives the aluminium protection against corrosion, it also produces a harder surface which reduces the risk of scratches or wear in the threaded holes. These cells will last a lifetime if looked after and cleaned very occasionally. All cells have a cooling fan fitted which run off any 12 volt DC supply to reduce significantly the risk of dew and, to allow the mirror to reach observing site temperature.

You will see that we offer four grades of optics for customers of our VX range and customers wishing to buy optical sets as a separate product, our Standard range which has a guaranteed accuracy of 1/4 PV wavefront and will give excellent views of all astronomical subjects. Our Professional Grade which has a guaranteed wavefront accuracy of 1/6PV wavefront and our Research Grade which is 1/8th PV wavefront. Finally, our Ultra range has Strehl values typically around 99% with RMS values of the order of 0.02PV. Coupled with a guaranteed PV wavefront error so small, it often is less than 1/10PV wavefront. All these are based on a test wavelength of 632nm generated by our Zygo. Primary mirrors are Hilux coated for the highest possible aluminium protected reflective surfaces available.

Optical upgrades are available for both these models at a modest price to give you even better performance from the mirrors.

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