Tele Vue TV76 APO Telescope - Evergreen - DISCONTINUED -
DISCONTINUED: The Televue-76 combines the Pronto's compact size with the APO optical performance of the Televue-85. The combination of the apochromatic doublet lens and the special dispersion glass come together in the genius of the Tele Vue design to provide a stunning 5.5 rich-field which will dazzle the vision with delicate jewel-like stars.
"When used as a rich-field scope for deep-sky viewing, the TV 76 excels. With a long focus eyepiece in the 2-inch diagonal, the scope offers impressive views of "showpiece" objects that are too large in angular diameter to fit into the smaller fields of view of larger telescopes. Under a dark Arizona sky, the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) shows its full 3??? extent, including its central dust lanes and two companion galaxies M32 and NGC 205. Dozens of stars in the Pleiades cluster look like sparkling diamonds scattered on black velvet." -- Astronomy Magazine, September 2002
The apochromatic performance of the new Nagler designed, fully multi-coated 2-element objective and 2" Everbrite diagonal produce natural stellar and planetary color rendition even at the highest useful powers. The diagonal itself is know for its legendary full 99% reflectivity properties and permitting the use of long focal length 2" eyepieces. Whether your pushing beyond the theoretical magnification limits of 160x or taking your breath away with incredible low power, picture window views of the heavens, the TV-76 is there to deliver.
"In-and-out-of-focus star tests, star diffraction patterns, and the ability to resolve various double stars reveal the TV 76's top-notch optical quality. If the atmospheric seeing permits, the TV 76 easily resolves doubles with a separation at the theoretical limit of a 76mm aperture scope of 1.6 arc-seconds. Planetary views in the TV 76 are best seen through the higher magnifications offered by the 3mm6mm Nagler Zoom eyepiece. Jupiter and Saturn reveal subtle color variations and both planets' retinues of moons are visible. When the seeing conditions are good, the TV 76 reveals atmospheric belts on Jupiter beyond the two prominent equatorial belts, as well as Cassini's division in the rings of Saturn." -- Astronomy Magazine, September 2002
But, the Televue-76 isn't only a night owl. You'll love this telescope for bird watching and nature studies, too. The included 20mm TeleVue Plossl eyepiece provides outstanding scenic views - from the nesting eagles to the sailing ships. The small size and light weight of the TV76 permit the use of lighter-duty tripods for easy field carrying and transportation, making it an ideal companion for nature hikes, vacation trips and travel. The padded shoulder bag provides protection and room for the scope and six eyepieces, and this true rich field telescope can even be considered "carry on" luggage.
As incredible as the Televue-76 performs, it the lasting qualities that count when it comes to making a serious scope investment. Not only is the TV76 a work of optical art - but mechanical as well. The 2" rack and pinion focuser was designed with a brass, non-marring clamp ring instead of a single set screw. Not only will this hold your accessories more securely in place, but it won't mar the barrel of your prized optics - and neither will the 1.25" adapter. The focuser glides smoothly and cleanly, with just enough tension to keep from making corrections too quickly - yet loose enough to keep from feeling "stiff" in cold weather. By including simple standard equipment such as split-ring tube holder and tripod adapter, you can easily mount it to an optional photo tripod or enjoy the optional lightweight and transportable Televue TelePod with your system.
"The Tele Vue 76 is a fine choice for observers who require both high quality and extreme portability." -- Astronomy Magazine, September 2002
By designing the tube with a split ring, photographers will love the Televue TV-76, because it can easily be moved in the adapter when balancing a camera and accessories. For those who are looking for an outstanding tele-photo lens, optional Televue adapters will quickly turn the TV76 into a 480mm (9.6x) f/6.3 performer worthy of your best nature and sky shots. If you demand high quality optics, then this is the scope for you.
Just look at all you get in the Televue TV76 Package....
- Included 20mm 1.25" TeleVue Plssl Eyepiece delivers 24X with a 3.2mm exit pupil.
- Soft foam-fitted Cordura-style nylon carrying case with cut-outs for scope and six eyepieces.
- Thread-in metal dust cap to protect optics from damage and dust during travel and storage.
- Retractable lens shade to protect against dew at night and provide better contrast during daylight viewing.
- 2" Everbrite dielectric coated mirror diagonal with outstanding 99% reflective properties.
- 1.25" adapter with a non-marring brass clamp rings.
- Ring mounts for easy adaptation to option mount and tripod, or photo tripod systems.
- Comes complete with specially manufactured 10:1 dual speed focuser for exceptional smoothness and focus sensitivity.
- Five Year Manufacturer Warranty
Televue Product Number: GXC-3063
All Televue products are available to ship world-wide from OPT, and effective July 1, 2008, are covered by a Five Year Worldwide Limited Product Warranty! Always be sure to save your original packaging materials should you need to return any Televue product for warranty or repair.
|Aperture||76 mm (2.99")|
|Dew Shield Included||Yes|
|Diagonal Included||2" Star Diagonal|
|Exterior Color||Televue Evergreen|
|Highest Useful Magnification||200x|
|Limiting Stellar Magnitude||Info|
|Mount Type||OTA Only|
|OTA Length||14.5 in.|
|OTA Outer Diameter||Info|
|OTA Weight||5 lbs. 1.3 oz.|
|Telescope Series||Tele Vue TV|
|Warranty||5 Year Warranty|
For those of you who were interested in the optical performance of the Tele Vue 85 reviewed in the last issue of BVD, but were put off by the size and weight, what if I were to tell you that you could get 99% of the daylight optical performance of the 85 in a package that is significantly smaller and lighter. Tele Vue has introduced a 76 mm APO scope. As you can see from the photo it is quite a bit smaller. What you can't see is the weight difference, which is just about three and a half pounds. What is the trade off? The 76, as equipped here for the field, won't take the massive 2 inch mount eyepieces like the Panoptic on the 85 in the photo (you can mount the 2 inch diagonal but it would add significantly to the weight. Still, with the 1.25 inch Radian eyepieces, or the Tele Vue zoom, the image in the 76 is hard to distinguish from the image in the 85, at least during terrestrial viewing (as in looking at birds anywhere from dawn to dusk. The 76 is still bigger and heavier than the largest conventional 80 mm scopes, but the view through it puts all the standard scopes in the shade. It is as bright, as sharp, as detailed as we have come to expect from Tele Vue products. I have had it out in field on a regular basis over the past few months and in never fails to provide an impressive view of the bird. It is a bit heavier than the Ranger (which was specifically designed for field work, but provides both better sharpness and brightness. Certainly, unless my primary use of the scope (or a strong secondary use was going to be astronomy, I would choose the 76 over the 85 for birding. A very impressive accomplishment, and a fine birding scope for those who dare to be different...and who are dedicated to the best view of the bird possible. -- Better View Desired Review