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Celestron RASA Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt 8" astrograph with Losmandy bar

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Celestron RASA Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt 8" astrograph with Losmandy bar is the portable 203mm f2 astrograph that allows you to capture spectacular wide-field deep sky astrophotography images with short expositions. This incredibly fast f/2.0 system is the perfect companion to today’s color astronomical CMOS cameras, smaller CCD cameras, and mirrorless cameras. Thanks to its fast focal ratio and patented optical design, you can produce sharp, detailed images and, in many cases, skip the autoguider completely. Weighing in at just 7,7 kg, it’s easy to transport your 8” RASA to the most remote dark sky locations.

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RASA Performance Made for Everyone

The 8” RASA is an imaging telescope that delivers a flat field without optical aberrations for razor sharp stars across a wide field of view. It can capture stunning deep-sky astronomical images without the challenges typically presented by longer focal length instruments at a fraction of the cost of those systems. The latest addition to the RASA family, this 8” version is a much more portable and affordable version of the heralded RASA 11, which was introduced to much acclaim in 2014. With the 8” RASA joining the lineup, a wider range of astroimagers can enjoy the benefits of the RASA design. It has many of the same thoughtfully designed features as its “big brother” RASA 11, including the integrated air-cooling system, internal filter mount, and sturdy CGE dovetail mounting bar. Purely designed for imaging, the 8” RASA cannot be used visually. The prime focus focal plane is located at the front of the optical system, so it cannot accommodate a traditional eyepiece.

Celestron RASA Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt 8

Shorter Exposure Times and Virtual “Real-Time” Observing

Since it is an F/2.0 optical system, imagers can use shorter exposure times to capture detail in faint objects. When combined with sensitive cameras and the proper “live stacking” software, the 8” RASA can provide an almost real-time observing experience. View images on a computer instantly that are brighter and more detailed than can be seen in much bigger telescopes with the naked eye. Because shorter exposure times are possible, your equatorial mount won’t need to accurately track over extended periods. The 8” RASA’s relatively short 400mm focal length also lessens equatorial tracking demands. In many cases, autoguiding will not be required. Weighing only 7,7 kg, this optical tube pairs perfectly with a wide variety of mounts.

Celestron RASA Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt 8

Ultra-Stable Focus System

With the launch of the 8” RASA, Celestron is unveiling a new focuser design that mitigates lateral movement of the primary mirror when focusing, slewing, or tracking with the astrograph. Focusing is easier, more accurate, and more stable than ever. The key to the Ultra-Stable Focus System is two sets of precision bearings that are precisely aligned and tested during assembly to ensure optimal results.

Celestron RASA Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt 8

Built for Today’s Latest Cameras

Unlike the larger RASAs that work with DSLR and large CCD cameras, the 8” model was designed with color astronomical CMOS cameras, smaller CCD cameras, and mirrorless cameras in mind. The telescope does not work with standard DSLR cameras. It is optimized for sensors with up to a 22mm diagonal, but performs well with sensors up to 32mm diagonal. The micro 4/3 or APS-C sized sensors used in many mirrorless cameras are a good choice. FullFrame sensors will also work, but performance will be poor at the edges of the sensor and field illumination will be reduced. Additionally, we do not recommend pairing RASA 8 with any camera body more than 4” in diameter. See the chart below to determine if your camera is compatible with RASA 8.

Camera Compatible with RASA 8? Adapter required
Astronomical CMOS/CCD camera with C-mount Yes C-mount adapter (included)
Astronomical CMOS/CCD camera with M42-thread mount Yes M42 adapter (included) with M42 extension tubes (not included)
Astronomical CMOS/CCD camera with other mount Yes Custom camera adapter
Canon mirrorless with APS-C sensor Yes

Canon mirrorless adapter (sold separately)

Sony mirrorless with APS-C sensor Yes

Sony mirrorless adapter  (sold separately)

Canon mirrorless with full frame (42mm) sensor Yes, but not optimized across the full sensor

Canon mirrorless adapter (sold separately)

Sony mirrorless with full frame (42mm) sensor Yes, but not optimized across the full sensor

Sony mirrorless adapter  (sold separately)

DSLR No --

Celestron RASA Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt 8

 

Celestron RASA Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt 8" astrograph with Losmandy bar: scope of delivery

- Celestron Rowe-Ackermann 8" optical tube

- Ultra-Stable Focus System – six precision sealed ball bearings virtually eliminate image shift.

- Integrated air cooling system –12V DC MagLev fan reduces cooldown time and provides optimal air flow while filtering out dust.

- Internal filter mount – seamlessly accommodates a Light Pollution Imaging Filter into the optical path.

- Adapter for C-thread camera

- Adapter for T2-thread camera

- Losmandy style Losmandy bar

Technical specifications

Optical Design Rowe-Ackermann
Optics Primario sferico, con lastra correttrice e gruppo spianatore
Diameter (mm) 203mm
Focal Length (mm) 400mm
Focal Ratio f/2
Field flattener/corrector Included and not removable
Optical Tube Aluminium
Obstruction 46%
Focuser Interno (spostamento del primario)
Eyepiece holder No
Weight 7,7 Kg
Hard/soft case No

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