The new APM 152-1200 Doublet is a mold breaker in the 6" Refractor category. APM has painstakingly engineered an optical/tube solution to bring you a quality at an unprecedented price. The new 152-1200ED features a Doublet lens cell using ED glass of FPL-51 complimented by a Lanthanum coated element to maximize performance. Our innovative combination of materials and design has resulted in optical performance far beyond the normal for a telescope of this price. As with all APM telescopes consistency is assured and each telescope goes through an interferometrical test at the 532nm (green) wavelength before shipping.
With a generous 1200mm focal length, the 152-1200ED is an impressive all-rounder. From intricate double star observing to high contrast detailed planetary views, this new scope will introduce a whole new group of Astronomy enthusiasts to APM quality.
The new 152-1200ED is also supplied with extensive accessories. Inside the quality Aluminium transport case you will find not only a fantastic value telescope but also a newly designed 2.5" focuser, CNC tube rings incorporating a carrying handle, 330mm Losmandy style dovetail and finder bracket.
Traditional APM quality has been applied in all areas. The new 2.5" focuser is a Rack and Pinion type, with 1:10 focusing. It remains rigid under high loads making it suitable for imaging. The attention to detail extends to areas like the 2" and 1.25" eyepiece adapters. These use a new design of collar clamp, far superior to the common brass compression rings found on lesser designs. Of course, if you would like to use a Starlight Instruments Feather Touch (model FTF3035B-A) then this can be supplied as an option, for that reason the tube end has an thread M109 x 1 and M95 x 1 to accept a 3" or 2.5" Starlight focuser.
Imaging accessories for the 152-1200 include a 2.5" (Order Nr. TSFlat2,5) field flattener which maintains focal length. There is also a dedicated Massimo Riccardi designed APM Reducer (Order Nr. APM-RIRED152-1200S-2L or APM-RIRED152-1200-2L). This changes the focal length by a factor of x0.75, resulting in a 900mm focal length and fast f5.9 aperture.
With the new 152-1200ED we believe we have created an Apochromatic Refractor of incomparable performance and value in its category.
- Optical Tube
- 1 Pair of Tuberings
- 2,5" Focuser with 1:10 Microfocusing
- 3" Losmandy-Style Dovetail
- 2"/1,25" del. adapter
- Shoe for Finderbracket
- Carrying Case
|Type of Telescope||Doublet ED-Apochromat|
|Lens||Doublet ED Apo with FPL51 Element|
|Limit Value||12.7 mag|
|Max. Useful Visual Power||300x|
||2.5" Rack and Pinion Focuser with 1:10 Micro Focusing|
|Connection to Eyepiece||M68, 2" and 1.25"|
|Length During Observing||1220mm|
|Tube Weight||23.6 lb including Tuberings and 3" Dovetail, 18.6 lb Tube only without Caps|
|Case Weight||26.4 lbs|
|Total Weight||55.66 lbs|
|Eyepiece Adapter||to 2" and 1.25"|
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I got my scope in no time and had it set up in the backyard the first clear night to look at some deep sky objects and double stars. Stunning Detail!
It is well built, nicely finished, and it boasts very fine optical quality. In addition, its relatively light weight and short tube length allows the effective use of a mid-size equatorial or alt-azimuth mount. It has almost the punch of a 6-inch refractor in a package that is clearly more portable.