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Hotech SCA Field Flattener

SKU : HT-SCA-FFT58

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  • The HoTech SCA Field Flattener is fully multi-coated on two-element lens allowing the most efficient light transmission without sacrificing the precious collected light from your telescope. It accommodates f/5 to f/8 refractor telescope. You will see bright and sharp image across the entire field. To capture great images from your telescope, it is essential to position your camera firmly in and on the optical axis of your drawtube/visual back. The SCA T-Adapter center loads your camera in the drawtube/visual back with a simple threading of a compression ring forcing the built-in rubber rings outward radially, thereby centering the camera in the drawtube/visual back for optimal installation. All drawtube/visual back have manufacturing tolerances. And it requires larger diameter to accept various eyepieces and adapters. When the camera adapter is inserted, the gap between the drawtube/visual back and the inserting device became a slop problem. The rubber rings in the SCA expand radially according to users own adjustment to fill the gaps. This makes your camera seats firmly in your drawtube/visual back becoming part of your telescope for a secure and repeatable installation. The optical axis is shifted when the inserting device is locked in by thumbscrew. In some cases, some poorly made unified compression ring can cause unstable tilt when locking in the drawtube due to loose tolerances between the compression ring, inner groove, and the uneven tip of the locking thumbscrew in a drawtube. The SCA T-Adapter adapts your camera without using the thumbscrew or the unified compression ring. (Note: Camera T-Ring not included.) Small imperfections inside the drawtube like dents and scratches, the rubber rings fill the gaps and faithfully centers your camera in the tube. In addition, even if the drawtube is slightly deformed in diameter, egg-shape, the rubber rings in the SCA will compensate the differences and faithfully centers your camera. Short profile design keeps the installed camera stable from low frequency oscillation transferred from the telescope in a windy environment. The back focus of a 2-inch SCA T-Adapter is 19 mm (0.75-inch) and 1.25-inch SCA T-Adapter is 18 mm (0.71-inch) measured from drawtube shoulder to the bottom T-Thread. The all-around adjustable tightness rubber contact damps unwanted vibrations from the telescope provides you a sturdy attachment on your telescope for a stable image capture.

    SCA Field Flattener has built-in standard 2/48 mm (M48 x 0.75) filter thread. T-ring thread accepts all kinds of 35 mm cameras. It is yet another dream come true for imagers! HoTech Product Number: SCA-FFT58

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    F
    02/12/2021
    Frank
    United States United States
    Do not use it on the Z61, it will not work!

    I should have been patient and waited until Opt got more dedicated field flatteners for their Williams Optics Z61 telescopes, because this field flattener will not work with the Z61. I tried it with 3 different cameras and tried it with and without spacer adapters. It claims to be directly screw it into the T ring , but that is as good as not even having it, because the stars continue to be elongated, like they are falling towards the center of the view. Adding 10 mm spacer ring helped, then adding more looked like helped more, then my focuser was all the way ******* in and couldn't find focus. So the 55mm (space between flattener glass and sensor) became 65mm then 75mm, each extra 10mm spacer ring helped more, but eventually didn't flatten much. As it turns out, Williams Optics is being clever with their cheap telescopes and their $450 61mm telescope is really $700, because you will need to buy their $220 field flattener directly designed (and probably cannot be used for other) for their telescope. Very Apple-ish move, if you ask me. The picture shows the upper right corner with the recommended 55mm spacing (canon 60D) directly ******* into the Camera's T ring. Extra ring spacer-adapters (another $30) marginally help but not enough to look substantially different.

    OPT Telescopes Hotech SCA Field Flattener Review
    RH
    06/28/2020
    Richard H.
    United States United States
    Hotech is #1...

    ...for my field flattener for my Explore Scientific 127mm FCD100 CF APO. I have two other flatteners including the ES designed for the 127mm and the Hotech beats them both hands down for flattening the field from corner to corner. Thanks to a well known YouTube astrophotographer I purchased this piece of glass not knowing what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised after using it for two nights. After reviewing my raw data the field was flat with round stars across the entire image corner to corner/edge to edge. Well worth the purchase.

    A OPT Telescopes Customer
    KW
    06/22/2020
    Kevin W.
    United States United States
    Sharp star points - edge to edge

    My primary purpose in purchasing this flattener was to reach the little extra back-focus needed on my ES ED102 that the 2 extender tubes didn't quite provide. In short, it solved my back-focus issue, provided a more stable image train connection to my focuser, with the added bonus of an exceptionally flat/sharp image edge to edge, all at an economical price.

    JS
    10/15/2019
    Jeffrey S.
    United States United States
    Quality Field Flattener

    Works perfectly. Removes 100% of all field flattening issues from imagery. Completely satisfied

    RK
    08/21/2018
    Ron K.
    price scared me

    Low price? can't be good!? I have a 229.00 one that isn't near as nice as this one. This is my favorite. What I really like is it's a FF but not a reducer. I'm using it with a 6" refractor. (F8) and a friend with a 127mm refractor recommended it. My stars are TACK sharp corner to corner. (not so with the other famous brand .8 FF reducer).

    JJ
    09/13/2015
    John J.
    Dirty Optics!

    I had high expectations from this flattener. It did make the field flat but the optic I recieved was quite dirty evidently reight out of the box. The flattener resides in the light path at just the right place so that even the smallest particle of dust shows up a a huge mote in the light frames. I counted over 18 motes in my subs! Very dissapointed. This thing is impossible to clean also. The optics lie deep in the SCA section and cannot be reached to clean.