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130mm f6 StarFire EDFS 5.1" Aperture (130EDFS)

This webpage is a historical document. 130mm f6 StarFire EDFS refractors, with the specifications shown here, were shipped from January 1995 through December 2003. The information on this webpage is provided for present owners and those who are curious about its history. If you are one of the lucky owners, you may want to consider some of these accessories.

In June 2008, we will begin shipping the 130mm f6.3 StarFire EDF "Gran Turismo"; the newest generation of our 130 line.


130mm f6 StarFire EDFS, 600EGTO German Equatorial Mount, Adjustable Wood Tripod, Counterweights and other accessories
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At last, an easy-to-use amateur telescope that can produce exquisite astrophotos with almost no effort and show excellent planetary images as well. Versatility is the hall-mark of our refractors whether you wish to study the brush-stroke detail of sun spots or lunar crater detail; or enjoy wide-field deep-sky objects and CCD imaging with the fabulous cameras on the market today. Fast, high-transmission optics provide breathtaking wide-field views of your favorite deep-sky objects. Rich-field viewing at its best. Attach your favorite 35mm camera or Pentax 6x7 with our optional 2.7" field flatter for photos worthy of publication. With our telecompressor, you can photograph at a very fast f4.5! Or, attach our Convertible Barlow and enjoy views or photography with an f12 focal length. Enjoy the images taken with this scope as featured in our gallery. It was once described by a noted astronomy writer as a "Traveler on steroids"

This scope has 53 % more light grasp than a Traveler, yet it is still friendly and inviting to set up. The compact size and light weight ensure easy portability. It will pack easily into your car, even with your kids or other gear. Set up is a breeze whether in your backyard or favorite dark-sky site. You will use this scope often.

The 130 f6 StarFire is at home on the Mach1GTO German Equatorial or on either of these two older mounts that are no longer produced: our 400GTO or 600EGTO German Equatorial Mounts.

Specifications

Color correction

Less than 0.01% focus variation from 405nm to 706nm (r to h wavelengths). Color correction curves.

Clear aperture

130mm (5.12")

Focal length

780mm (30.7")

Resolution

0.87 arc seconds

Coatings

Multi-layer, overall transmission greater than 97% in peak visual wavelengths

Magnification range

22x to 500x

Tube assembly

White, 5.5" aluminum tube, baffled, flat black interior, engraved push-pull lens cell

Focuser type

2.7" I.D. Astro-Physics rack & pinion focuser, 4.15" travel; 2" and 1.25" adapters; 2.5" extension

Telescope length

724mm (28.5") w/ dewcap fully retracted

Weight with dewcap

15 lbs. (6.8 kg)

Carrying-case type

Wood case with grey vinyl covering and foam-lined interior

Case outside dimensions

31" x 9" x 9" (79cm x 23cm x 23cm)

Weight of case

14 lbs. (6.4 kg)


Photographic Field

35mm Photographic field at prime-focus

1.7 x 2.4 degrees @ f6

35mm Photographic field with telecompressor

2.3 x 3.3 degrees @ f4.5

35mm Photographic field with 2x Barlow

0.9 x 1.2 degrees @ f12

6x7cm Photographic field at prime focus

4.4 x 5.1 degrees @ f6 (vignetted)

Reviews and Related Articles

Gross, Todd. http://www.weatherman.com/scope.htm "Astrophysics 130mm EDF f/6", 1998.

Ting, Ed. http://www.scopereviews.com/page1s.html "Astro-Physics AP130 f/6", 02-01-02.

Recommended Accessories

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
AstroSolar Solar Filter Material

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