Home > Astronomical Telescopes > Altair Astro > Refractor Series
Model: AA60EDFBrand: Altair
Generally In Stock, Please Confirm Before Ordering
NEW 2017 Version with S-FPL-53 ED Lens, Optical Test Report, and rear Camera Angle Adjuster (CAA). The ULTIMATE travel scope, suitable for wide field imaging or visual use, day or night-time. The Altair 60 EDF is our most compact telescope so far, and a more refined version of the Lightwave 66 ED-R. It has improved optics in the form of an S-FPL53 based doublet objective lens providing superior colour correction, and a lighter more compact tube, CNC Rack n Pinion focuser with a rear camera rotator and triple thumbscrews to hold your camera or diagonal firmly in place. Better than FPL51. When it comes to astro imaging, the FPL53 optical design has all the performance you need in a dual imaging and visual telescope, offering better colour correction than an FPL51 based doublet telescope with the same focal length and aperture thanks to the "synthetic fluorite" S-FPL53 ED lens element. Optical quality. The telescope is guaranteed to arrive in perfect collimation. Every single optical tube comes with an optical test report and AtmosFringe analysis. Optical smoothness, figuring, and overall performance is very consistent and every lens has a unique serial number linked to the glass batch and test report. Altair Astro pioneered this approach and our customers always get the best quality. Oversized lens. The lens actually has a larger diameter than 60mm, however, to improve outer edge performance, it has been limited to 60mm. This improves the edge performance of the optics, and gives better "Bokeh" with an optimum focal ratio of F6.0. (350mm focal length). Performance is better than multi-element camera lenses costing many times the price, even when they are stopped down to give better star-images. Of course, being a telescope, and lacking a diaphragm/iris also improves the image. Rear Camera Angle Adjuster (CAA). The Altair 60EDF focuser has a rotating rear collar with locking screws allowing you to frame the object perfectly, without rotating the whole focuser, or the optical tube. This is a distinct advantage especially when mounting the telescope with other scopes, and motor focusers, to avoid the extra equipment fouling the mounting bars. Imaging friendly focuser. The micro CNC machined Rack 'n Pinion focuser has full tension-adjustment to handle heavy loads, like a large eyepiece, CCD or DSLR camera. The drawtube has 75mm travel and a graduated scale in mm. This is a straightforward focuser for imaging. There are no gimmicks - just remove the course focus knob and attach a Pegasus motor focuser coupler, mount the Pegasus motor unit on a dovetail bar under the focuser*, and you are ready to go. *Only possible with Camera Angle Adjuster! Astrophotography. The ED Doublet design offers very good colour correction, while keeping the optical tube extremely compact. The new S-FPL53 ED Doublet lens gives better colour correction in the blue regions of the spectrum than the earlier 66mm version with FPL51 optics. At F6, this telescope can be used with the optional 1.0x field flattener (code: FLAT-60) for wide field imaging, with a 41mm image circle. Optimum spacing is 54.8mm from the rear flange of the flattener to the image sensor, and spot size is particularly well matched to the Altair Hypercam 183C and 183M CMOS Astronomy Imaging cameras. Hinged mounting ring and tube. The single tube ring allows the whole tube to rotate, and can be locked with the stainless steel thumbscrew. Loosen the thumscrew and the telescope can be dismounted from the hinged for use with Altair Guide Scope Rings. The "mounting foot" terminates in a small dovetail plate with a flat base. The base has a standard 3-in-line hole pattern allowing attachment to most mounting systems on the market or to a camera tripod using M6 or 1/4" Photo Tripod Screws. The optional Starwave 200mm Vixen-style dovetail bar is recommended (SW-MINI-VBAR-200) for imaging with an equatorial mount - choose in the dropdown menu when ordering. Dew control. The aluminium tube achieves thermal equilibrium very quickly, and the metal construction conducts heat easily to and from the front optics (essential for imaging and dew control). Choose the Pegasus Dew Zap Dew Controller (PEG-DEWZAP) or the Pegasus DSLR Buddy (PEG-DB-DR-E5) if you have a DSLR. For a heater, choose the DewZapper 3-4" OD Dew Heater (DEWH-34). Attaching a finder scope. A finder scope or RDF (Red Dot Finder) is a very good addition, making finding objects quick and easy. Choose the Starwave RDF Finder Kit (SW-RDF-B1-UNIFBR) which includes a base for easy attachment to the focuser. If you want an optical finder, we recommend the Altair 60mm RACI or Starwave 50mm Straight-through finder scopes, which can both be used for an auto-guiding with the Altair GPCAM for long exposure imaging. Altair 50mm or 60mm finder scope or compact Red Dot Finders (RDF) can all be attached to the focuser by means of two screws and the included universal bases (UNIFBR). Visual Observation: For visual use, you will need a mount, eyepieces and a star-diagonal to use this high quality telescope. We suggest the Starwave Mini-AZ mount (SW-MINIAZ) in matching red. The Altair Astro range of eyepieces and diagonals are all good quality options. Talk to us or your dealer for advice about eyepiece and diagonals. Included: - 60mm F6 ED Doublet refactor optical tube with retractable dewshield.- Dual Speed 1:10 ratio 2.5" Rack 'n Pinion (Geared) Focuser with brass rack gear and tension adjustment (ideal for imaging).- Improved retractable dew shield with a tighter fitting than the V1 (tension adjustable with 3 nylon tipped grub screws).- 2" to 1.25" eyepiece adapter with brass compression rings.- Tube ring with 3 standard M6 / 1/4" inline holes enabling the telescope to be balanced more easily for imaging, or dual-mounted as a guide scope.- Push-fit lens cap and rear 1.25" dust plug. Suggested accessories:- iOptron SkyTracker PRO or iOptron SkyGuider Mount (for imaging).- iOptron Cube PRO Mount (for visual night-time and solar observing).- 3/4" Dew Heater.- 1.25" Dielectric Diagonal for night-time observation. For daytime use, get the 1.25" Image Erecting Prism.- Eyepieces.- RDF finder / 60mm / 50mm optical finder scope.- Altair Flat-60 1.0x field flattener.- M48 DSLR adapter for Canon or Nikon.- Altair CMOS Astronomy Camera.- Pegasus USB Stepper Motor Focuser module to fit focuser. Specification: - 60mm FPL53 ED Doublet Lens assembly, 360mm focal length, housed in a fully collimatable, CNC machined cell.- Full multicoatings on all optical surfaces.- Highest practical magnification 95x, Limiting magnitude 11.59.- Light grasp approx. 73x human eye.- 23cm length, dewshield retracted, 30cm extended.- approx. weight 1.5kg (including ring and rear camera-rotator).
Be the first to Write a Review for this item!
Some items that are showing as in stock are in stock at our holding warehouses, not at the shop. To double check the stock levels at the shop, please contact us on 01909774369 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The delivery times for most items is 1 - 2 days but again, please double check stock levels on important orders before placing an order via the website.
The delivery costs for courier next day are for mainland UK only. If you live in the Scottish Highlands/Islands, Channel Islands or Northern Ireland, then a shipping surchage will apply. please contact us for prices. Smaller items can still go 1st class via Royal Mail.
Please note that if you are wanting to take advantage of our Saturday and Sunday timed services or next day pre 12 or pre 10:30 services, you MUST check that the stock is here at the shop before placing orders. Also, orders using the Saturday and Sunday services must be placed before 2pm the previous working day. Also, please remember to check that the stock is here at the shop before placing orders. If the stock is not at the shop, we won't be able to ship on any of the timed services.
Please note International customers will need to contact us for a shipping price prior to ordering via the website. This all depends on the size and weight of the items. Please get in touch with us for any postage costs. Please note we do NOT ship telescopes or heavy items outside of the UK. This is due to massive postage costs and problems regarding returns.
If you have any questions regarding stock levels or delivery, please get in touch.
Rother Valley Optics now have a loyalty point scheme active on the website. As you can see from the products, every item has a point value. Each pound you spend with us, you will receive 1 loyalty point. 1 point is worth 1p. You can accumulate these points as you shop with us, then when you are over £5, you can spend them on the website! Easy as that.
Even if you collect most of your items from our shop, you can still order via the website and select the "shop collection" delivery option. Then you can come to our shop, collect your item and still get your points!
Please note this scheme is online only. Customers who order via the telephone can still be added to the scheme manually. Please ask for more details on this. Before placing orders online, please make sure you are registered with us first otherwise your points won't be allocated.
So happy shopping and if you have any questions about the scheme or any other queries, please get in touch.
Rother Valley Optics
Finance is now available on most products above £250! We offer 12, 24, 36 and 48 months with a fixed 15.9% typical APR. Please note this can't be done through the website at this moment in time. You will need to email us or drop into the shop to sort out finance. As long as the item is above £250, finance is generally available!
Please note some items are NOT eligible for finance. Please contact us for eligibility first.
Please get in touch with us today to find out if you're applicable.
You must be over 18 years to apply, live in the UK, have a valid UK bank account and not be bankrupt. Your credit file will be searched on application to see if you are eligible.
Rother Valley Optics Ltd is registered in England and Wales 04762707. Registered Office: 21 Station Road, Kiveton Park, Rotherham, S26 6QP. Rother Valley Optics Ltd acts as a credit broker only. Rother Valley Optics Ltd are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conducts Authority. Credit provided subject to age and status..
If you have any questions about this, simply give us a ring or drop into the shop for a chat.
- - - Rother Valley Optics Ltd
01909 774 email@example.com