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Ritchey-Chretien Telescope

A New Ritchey-Chrétien Telescope for Astrophotography

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I've been given the unique opportunity to review a new Ritchey-Chrétien Telescope, the iOptron Photron RC6. This telescope has a longer focal length than any of my refractors, which I plan on putting to good use. The impressive 1370mm focal length means that this stocky red Ritchey-Chrétien is a perfect choice for astrophotography during galaxy season. I'm looking forward to some large, high-resolution images of galaxies such as M101, the Pinwheel Galaxy. With this added "reach" also comes an increased demand for focus and tracking accuracy. Added challenges include a strong need for an e…

William Optics FLT 132

Capturing Orion with a Fluorostar 132

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I have recently had the incredible opportunity to try out an enormous 132mm refractor telescope for some deep sky astrophotography.  Connecting a DSLR camera to a telescope like this is something I never dreamed I would have the pleasure of doing. This is as good as it gets for fans of the apochromatic refractor telescope design. The William Optics Flourostar 132 is an F/7 triplet apochromatic refractor, designed to deliver superior deep-sky astrophotography performance.  The massive 132mm objective lens means that it collects light from objects in space at an impressive rate, which can t…

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Meade 70mm Quadruplet APO Review

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The Meade 70mm Quadruplet APO is high-quality imaging refractor for wide field astrophotography.  This compact telescope utilizes FPL-53 ED glass to produce images with impressive color correction.  The quadruplet lens system design results in an ultra flat-field, without the need for an additional field flattener. In November, I was given a chance to test the Meade 70mm Astrograph in my backyard.  My excitement for this telescope should come as no surprise, considering my love for apochromatic refractors.  The biggest question on my mind was just how flat the field be when using my DS…