130mm f6.3 Starfire EDF 5.12" aperture
with 2.7" Focuser

The 130mm f6.3 StarFire EDF "Gran Turismo", with optional accessories, sits regally atop a Mach1GTO Mount.

Astro-Physics introduced the prototype of this new triplet apochromatic refractor at the Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF) on April 28, 2007. Long-time followers will recall that we offered a 130mm f6 StarFire EDFS refractor from January 1995 through December 2003. We have designated this new 130mm f6.3 StarFire EDF as the "Gran Turismo" model to highlight its potential to travel to the four corners of the earth. The triplet lens is the same extraordinary quality that you have come to expect from Astro-Physics with a few new exciting features:

Several new accessories have been designed with the Gran Turismo in mind, however they are also appropriate for other instruments of similar size. Please click on the links below for additional information.

The Mach1GTO or 900GTO German Equatorial mounts are recommended for astrophotography, depending on your requirements for portability and the amount of wind you are likely to encounter at your photographic site.

As of this writing in early June 2008, production is well underway with the first deliveries hoped for by the end of the month. Since we anticipate that the Gran Turismo will be a very popular instrument, we have already scheduled glass deliveries for the second production run (the lead time for raw ED glass is presently 5-6 months from date of order!)

We plan to offer these instruments to people on our 130 f6 notification list. Please refer to our availability page for more information on our notification lists and backorder history. To get on the 130 StarFire EDF Notification List, please use our Online Notification Request Form.

Color correction Less than + - 0.006% focus variation from 706nm to 430nm (r to g wavelengths).
Clear aperture 130mm (5.12")
Focal length 819mm (32.25")
Photographic speed f6.3
Theoretical Resolution 0.87 arc seconds
Coatings Multi-layer, broadband, overall transmission greater than 97% in peak visual wavelengths
Magnification range 22x to 500x
Tube assembly White, 4.7" diameter, machined aluminum tube, fully baffled, flat black interior, push-pull lens cell, engraved retaining ring. Convertible for travel. Includes covers for all ends to protect the lens and tube when it is disassembled.
Focuser type 2.7" I.D. Focuser with rotating collar, rack and pinion with FeatherTouch Micro 9:1 dual-speed reduction, 4.4" travel; 2" and 1.25" adapters.
Telescope length 698mm (27.5") with dewcap fully retracted
Diameter of Dewcap 155mm (6.1") OD including paint thickness, retractable
Weight with dewcap 15 lbs. (6.8 kg)
Carrying-case type Wood case with grey vinyl covering and foam-lined interior. Case includes individual slots for the 4 covers.
Dimensions: 37" x 8.75" x 9.75"

Photographic Field
35mm Photographic field at prime-focus 1.6 x 2.3 degrees @ f6.3
35mm Photographic field with 2.7" telecompressor (27TVPH) 2.1 x 3.1 degrees @ f4.7
35mm Photographic field with 2x Barlow 0.6 x 0.85 degrees @ f12.6
6x7cm Photographic field at prime focus 4.2 x 5 degrees @ f6.3

This is the case that will be shipped with the 130 f6.3 StarFire EDF Gran Turismo. It is similar to cases that we have provided in the past and will allow you to leave the scope fully assembled with the extra covers stored in separate compartments.
Note: Components are shown somewhat elevated for clarity. The telescope and its covers all fit fully down inside the case.

As shown above, the 130 StarFire EDF Gran Turismo can be disassembled to fit into a case for airline transport. Custom covers are provided for all of the ends to protect the lens and other components. The prototype case shown above was made by Scopeguard.

Recommended Accessories and Options

There are many other accessories to consider. Please refer to these sections for additional recommendations:
Visual Accessories
Photographic and CCD Imaging Accessories
Baader Planetarium Filters
Mounting Plates - your choices will be determined by the mount you own.

Specifications subject to change without notice.

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