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Carbon fiber tube, rigid and lightweight
Newton OrionOpticsUK CT12 telescope is made of a carbon fiber tube, lighter and more rigid than the classic aluminum tubes. By reducing the weight of the optical tube, the mount on which it is installed can deliver more precise tracking (essential for astrophotography). The high rigidity of the construction allows to maintain perfect alignment of the optics while the very low thermal expansion coefficient of the carbon helps to maintain the position of the focal plane during long exposures.
Built with the utmost attention to detail, this optical tube features a beautiful glossy finish outside and matte finish inside, to minimize unwanted reflections.
Certificated optics lambda/10 Ultra Grade
Buying a Newton OrionOpticsUK CT12 telescope you are guaranted of the utmost optical quality. The optics are in fact made in England by OrionOptics and are supplied with a Zygo optical report that certifies the high quality. Compared to other similar telescopes of same diameter, Newton OrionOpticsUK CT12 offers higher brightness and contrast.
One of the parameters most commonly used to indicate the quality of a mirror is the correction in fractions of lambda (in simplified terms, the lower the value, the better the mirror quality): if cheap telescopes hardly reach lambda/4 and mid-range telescopes usually offer optics with lambda/5-6, Newton OrionOpticsUK CT12 telescope is equipped with OrionOptics Ultra Grade optics with with lambda/10 optical correction! Other important technical values (which the majority of manufacturers of telescopes does not provide because too difficult to reach) are a Strehl ratio with typical values around 99% and RMS values of the order of 0.02PV.
What does all this mean? Better pictures, more contrasted and rich in details that will allow you incredible performances.
Mirrors with 97% reflectivity for brighter images
Usually normal telescopes mirrors have a reflectivity that can hardly reach 90%. This means that, with a Newton telescope equipped with 2 mirrors, only some 80% of the light reaches the CCD camera or the eye of the user. Newton OrionOpticsUK CT12 telescope is equipped with HiLux optical coating that increases the reflectivity to at least 97% across the visible spectrum! This feature allows the Newton OrionOpticsUK CT12 telescope to provide brighter images than other similar instruments of the same diameter.
Further advantage of the HiLux coating is the duration in time: in fact, thanks to the incredible protection that this coating provides to optics, your telescope will not show the decrease of performance that is usually known in cheap instruments, even after several years!
Precison mechanics for mirrors support cells
The best optics require high mechanical precision to deliver maximum performance and maintain (or make it easier) collimation. In order to do this, Newton OrionOpticsUK CT12 telescope uses anodized aluminum primary cells made with high precision CNC machines. The 9 points mirror holder uniformly distributes the weight of the mirror throughout the cell. The cell is completely anodised not only to provide protection to the metal against corrosion but also to reduce the risk of scratches.
The primary cell has 3 fans (12V) which, when turned on, significantly reduce the risk of fogging and decrease the time of acclimatization of the primary mirror (the telescope provides the best performance when the mirrors temperature reaches the ambient temperature).
The precise collimation system allows to maintain the collimation longer compared to other telescopes. The collimation is also easier to perform thanks to the mechanical precision with which the cells are built.
Newton OrionOpticsUK CT12 reflector - equipment:
- Newton OrionOpticsUK CT12 optical tube (D: 300mm F:1200mm f/4)
- Carbon fiber tube
- 50,8mm focuser with 31,8mm reducer and 1:11 fine focus
- Aluminum support rings, CNC machined
- Finder support shoe
|Focal Length (mm)||1200mm|
|Field flattener/corrector||Not included (optional)|
|Focuser||50,8mm Crayford, micrometrico|
|Eyepiece holder||50,8mm with 31,8mm reducer|