ASA 10" F/3.6 10N Astrograph OTA
ASA's 10" F/3.6 Astrograph Newtonian is an excellent Optical Tube Assembly (OTA) to build a custom imaging system around. This astrograph OTA has an aperture of 10", a focal length of 950mm, a natural focal ratio of f/3.8 (3.6 W/ Included Wynne Corrector), a tube length of 790mm, a tube diameter of 300mm, a Newtonian output port compatible with 3" focusers, and weighs in at only 24.25lbs (11kg), remarkable for its size class. This 10" F/3.6 model-10N Astrograph OTA by ASA will accept the 3" AAF3 Focuser W/ Absolute Encoders.
This ASA astrograph tube assembly is manufactured of sandwiched carbon fiber. Carbon fiber technology adds to the astrograph's visual appeal, while making it approx. 60% lighter. Thanks to the thermal stability of carbon fiber, your focus remains stable over a long period of time. The tube assembly's stability means the optics remain collimated longer. Speaking of collimation, the primary mirror of the ASA 10N Astrograph includes a center triangle reference mark for ease of collimation. The internal surface of each tube assembly is also treated with black velvet, to reduce scattered light.
ASA astrographs all have a fast optical system (small f/#). You can achieve good signal-to-noise ratio with your CCD using short exposure times. The N-series astrographs all have a natural focal ratio of f/3.8. Their system f/# can be reduced or extended easily by the user, so the natural focal length of the device can be shortened by a factor of 0.75x or increased by a factor of 1.8x, while retaining the highest-quality imagery. You can enjoy all three telescope focal lengths, simply by using each of the three appropriate corrector lenses.
For example, by installing the 3" Wynne Corrector lens (standard with N-models) you achieve a focal ratio of f/3.6. With the 2" (or 3") Reducer, a focal ratio of f/2.75 results. The field corrector lenses will handle the largest CCD arrays currently popular, because all of the ASA correctors provide sufficient backfocus (flange focal distance). (Note to customer: Corrector lenses must be purchased separately. The A2-ASA10NO3 OTA product does not include a corrector!)
This ASA Newtonian Astrograph is a special order item and requires a 20% deposit when you place your order, and the balance will be required before the telescope leaves Austria. This deposit is fully refundable as long as you cancel your order before the telescope is imported. Please email OPT or give one of our Telescope experts a call at 1-800-483-6287.
Note to customer: The image shows an OTA with the two included tube rings. Also, the image shows an 8" OTA; the 10" 10N Astrograph will be slightly larger!
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Who makes this telescope?
All of the machined parts besides the mirrors are made in ASA's factory in Austria. The carbon fiber tube and the optics are sourced locally in Europe. All assembly and testing are done by ASA in their factory before shipment.