TPO 8" f/4 Newtonian Reflecting OTA TelescopeThe 203 mm (8-Inch) f/4 Imaging Newtonian Telescope by TPO:
If you are looking for a telescope that does a great job of imaging but doesn't come with the cost of a Ritchey-Chretien, check out the TPO (Third Planet Optics) Imaging Newtonian line of telescopes! All of their Imaging Newtonian optical tube assemblies, offered in apertures from 6-inches to 12-inches, have very fast optics for the widest fields possible. Image with a DSLR or small webcam all the way up to large sensor CCD cameras with these inexpensive yet effective Newtonians.
The optics on all TPO Imaging Newtonians consist of a parabolic primary mirror and an elliptical secondary, or diagonal. The mirrors are made from B270 white water optical crown glass, which is more thermally stable than glass traditionally used on other reflectors. A 91-percent aluminum coating is applied, and then over-coated with a layer of quartz for the ultimate in durability. The primary mirror cell is very sturdy, and has six collimation knobs that can be adjusted by hand with a push or pull of the knob. Collimation is made even easier due to the center spot marked on the primary mirror. The diagonal mirror is held in place with a thin four-vane spider.
The optical tube assembly on the TPO Imaging Newtonian telescope is made of rolled steel and painted white. The ends of the tube are die-cast aluminum, which contribute to the OTA's rigidity. Steel is a bit heavier than traditional aluminum, but since it has a lower coefficient of thermal expansion, your telescope will tend to hold its shape (and therefore, hold focus) as temperatures fluctuate throughout the night. The inside of the OTA is painted in a matte black finish, which stops stray light in its tracks.
A low vibration cooling fan is built into the primary mirror cell of the telescope to assist in cooling your optics down quickly. The fan is powered by a eight (8) AA batteries (not included) which are housed in an external battery pack.
A 2-inch dual-speed Crayford-style focuser rounds out this package. The ridged focusing knobs are easy to turn, even with gloves on, and the 10:1 microfocusing dial allows for very small changes, or tweaks, in focus. It takes ten turns of the microfocusing knob to equal just one turn of the larger knob. There is also a little knob on the bottom of the focuser that controls the tension, so that you can make adjustments depending on the weight or distribution of your load. You will also receive a 1.25-inch compression ring adapter for use with 1.25-inch eyepieces, and a 35 mm extension tube to help you match the back-focus requirements of your imaging equipment. The telescope comes with dual split-hinged mounting rings that are made of die-cast aluminum and felted on the inside to cradle the OTA without scratching. There are threaded holes on the underside of the rings that allow installation on either a Vixen-style (included) or Losmandy-style dovetail plate. The top of the rings is also drilled so that you can mount accessories.
All TPO Imaging Newtonians come with an 8x50 straight-through finder scope. The ocular has a non-illuminated cross hair and has 13 mm of eye relief. A quick-release mounting bracket is also included, and a dovetail foot is already installed on the OTA for easy on-off.
OPT Product Number: OS-8IN
- Aperture: 203 mm (8-inches)
- Focal Ratio: f/4
- Focal Length: 800 mm
- White rolled steel exterior, flat black interior for higher contrast
- Cooling Fan included
- Dual hinged rings with Vixen-style dovetail
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Does this telescope have internal light baffling rings?
Hello Rayo, It does not since baffling is not needed for imaging on Newtonians like it is on refractors since the conical light path of a Newtonian begins at the back where the primary mirror is & not the front like a refractor where with that kind of sy
I have the Orion Sky view Pro mount will the Vixen dove tail work on my existing mounting I know it meets weight specifications
Yes, The TPO 8" f/4 Imaging Newtonian has the Vixen style dovetail, the same as the Skyview Pro Moun
Is this telescope also acceptable for visual use?
This scope can be used visually, but only with a coma corrector like the MPCC or the TPO Coma Corrector. At f/4, the coma will be problematic in an eyepiece without a corrector of some type.
The primary mirror has 6 same shape/size knobs on the back (3 black and 3 white). Which are the locking knobs and which are the alignment knobs? Suggest a short instruction about the scope be available as a download or in the box.
The manufacturer does not specify which color of screws are the push (locking) screws and which are the pull (adjustment) screws, but it is relatively easy to spot the difference when you have the scope in front of you. The locking screws do not have sp
I plan to buy it for only visual use. Do I need a Barlow lens while looking through my TeleVue eyepieces?
You would not need a barlow. It would give you more magnification if you choose to use a barlow.
What is the total weight of the OTA and accessories attached?
The overall weight of the package with accessories is 21.6lbs with the heaviest comonent (the scope) at 18lbs.