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Takahashi TOA-130NFB F/7.7 Triplet Ortho Apochromat Refractor OTA Package

Takahashi TOA-130NFB F/7.7 Triplet Ortho Apochromat Refractor OTA Package
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Price:  £8,450.00(Inc. 20% VAT)
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Model:  TOK13200
Brand:  Takahashi

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This version of the TOA-130N features the same high quality optical design but with a larger 4" focuser and in built camera angle adjuster. This package includes the TOA-130NFB tube assembly, plus the matching Tak 7 x 50, finder bracket, balancing cradle and tube holder. There is an OTA only version available too.






With its Ortho-Apochromat Triplet (TOA) concept, Takahashi gives a second youth to the refractors of large diameter, often confined with the planetary and lunar observation. Greatest accessibility with the imagery as well as the appearance of increasingly large and increasingly powerful numerical sensors obliges to make these telescopes much more general-purpose and compact, less restricted with planets and observatories.

The TOA-130 associates the extraordinary contrast of the images and the absence of chromatism of apochromatic refractors with a consequent diameter and a reasonable focal distance, allowing a general-purpose use as well for the planetary high-resolution as for deep sky imaging. In this last field, its optical design enables it to fully use the capacities of all imagers of the market (35mm SLR/DSLR or 6x7 cameras but also wide-field CCD imagers).

The TOA-130 is available in S version, with traditional rack-and-pinion focuser, and in F version, with oversized rack-and-pinion focuser (and camera angle adjuster), perfectly adapted to imaging. For this optical tube of 1015mm length, of 130mm of diameter and of almost 10kg, we recommend a heavy duty mount such as the Paramount for imaging.

The Triplet ED objective
The apochromatic objective with triplet ED of TOA-130 (D=130mm, F=1000mm, F/D 7,7) is assembled in an extremely neat and precise barrel mechanical, entirely adjustable. Collimation is easy to realize and makes it possible to adapt perfectly the optical stresses to the conditions of observation or imaging. The tube has a retractable dewshield.
The two versions S and F are equipped exactly with same optics. Only the rack-and-pinion focuser differs.

The TOA-130S rack-and-pinion focuser
The S version has a traditional rack-and-pinion focuser of 69mm of diameter. The back focus is important. To obtain the exit of the focal point, the refractor is equipped with a focuser extension tube, removable (see the system-charts) and with a 50.8mm traditional one. A balancing counterweight cradle is provided because of the important weight of the objective. For photography, the FL-35 flattener offers a consequent image circle of 40mm diameter.

The TOA-130F rack-and-pinion focuser
The balancing counterweight cradle and the removable extension tube for focuser are not necessary on the F version because the rack-and-pinion focuser, alike FSQ, is much more massive (102mm of diameter). A camera angle adjuster is delivered, included in the focuser. Thanks to this configuration, the F version is resolutely turned towards imaging. It allows more rigid imaging assemblies in particular with CCD cameras of big size, without generating mechanical stresses. Last but not least, this focuser enables it to accept some of the specific accessories of the TOA-150, such as the 645-RD reducer or the 67-FL flattener which offers an incredible image circle of 88mm diameter (60% not vignetted).

 

 

 

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Zygo Interferometer Testing For ED Refractor Telescopes!

We are extremely pleased to announce our Zygo Interferometer is now installed and ready for use! Our experienced staff can test refractor lenses up to 120mm aperture and provide a comprehensive 2 page report showing the optical quality and Strehl ratio, plus much more information. We are using the very latest Zygo MX software to provide a more detailed report compared to other standard reports.

 

The interferometer is essentially a measuring instrument. Within the interferometer is a calibrated laser that is pointed through the optical test surface, then onto a high quality reference sphere, then back through the test subject then to an internal camera which gives us the measurement on the screen. From this, we can adjust the position of the test optic and the reference sphere to obtain a perfectly calibrated system. The more central the laser to the test optic and then on return, the better and more accurate reading and measurement we can take. This takes a lot of adjustment to get the best results from the optical surface. Once the measurement has been taken, we are provided with a series of results that show the optical quality of the surface plus other information. Continue reading for an explanation of the individual values and you can also see a test report that was done on one of our RVO Horizon 60 OTAs. 

We are offering certain telescopes with a Zygo test at an extra cost. Mainly ED doublets and triplets. All available telescopes with a Zygo test report are listed here. Just select Zygo Test Report from the drop down box at the top of the listing and we will test the optics in house and provide a full 2 page report with your scope. This will show you the optical quality of your telescope optics. We can also offer this service on your refractor telescope. Please get in touch for more details about this. 

At Rother Valley Optics, one thing we pride ourselves on is customer service and quality of our equipment. When we test your telescope, we will ensure that it is of the highest quality otherwise, we will reject the scope under our strict quality control and test another model for your peace of mind. One of the main values to look at when testing a refractor is the Strehl ratio. The higher this number, the higher quality lens you have. At Rother Valley Optics, we will guarantee the highest possible Strehl ratio for your telescope.  We will aim to provide 0.95 Strehl or higher on Takahashi, RVO Horizon, William Optics and many more! Generally, the higher the Strehl ratio, the lower the Astigmatism and Coma meaning a better image quality from your instrument. 

Other measurements such as the PV and RMS are important too. With these measurements, the lower the number the better as it shows less curvature on the lens. The flatter an optical lens, the better it will perform. The PV rating (Peak To Valley) is a measurement from the highest point (Peak) to the lowest point (Valley). From this we get the RMS (Root, Mean, Square). This is a similar figure to the PV and measured exactly the same way. The RMS is basically an average height difference from the PV so again, the lower the better. As you can see form the example below, we measured an RMS of just 0.027 wave which is a very good value.

We also measure the Power with our systems which is essentially the error from the reference sphere to the test optic. The reference sphere we use on our system is a very high quality sphere so the closer to zero the Power, the less error between the 2 elements thus ensuring a higher quality optical surface. 

You will also see some more values such as Astigmatism and Coma. Again, these are measured by the interferometer when we take measurements of the optical surface after adjustment. These are values which ideally would be at 0 but as our test optics are all curved lenses, there will always be astigmatism and coma present. The lower the number, the less of these aberations you will effectively see but with most refractors, you can buy field flatteners which will compensate for the coma anyway. The astigmatisms value is explaining the error between the symmetrical curvature of the lens. Basically, no lens will be perfectly symmetrical, the lower the astigmatism, the more symmetrical the lens surface is. 

Once the Zygo test report has been completed, the optical alignment is thoroughly tested and tuned to ensure they are spot on before they leave us. 

All available telescopes are on the website at the link below and ones we've tested already that are available straight away are also listed.

https://www.rothervalleyoptics.co.uk/zygo-tested-refractors.html

Here is an example of the test what we provide. This was a test on one of our Horizon 60 ED OTA's.

For any questions about this amazing new service, please either call 01909774369 or email sales@rothervalleyoptics.co.uk.

 


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