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TPO UltraWide 180 f/4.5 Astrophotography Lens & Guide Scope

SKU : OS-TPO-180

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  • The ultimate portable travel telescope/lens
  • Smallest dedicated astrophotography telescope on the market with a focal length of just 180mm at f/4.5
  • Weighs less than 1 lb (395 g) and easily fits in your hand
  • Extremely versatile: an imaging telescope, guide scope, finder scope, and visual spotting scope all in one
  • Can image with sensors as large as full frame
  • Seamless DSLR/Mirrorless camera connection with a standard size M42 T-ring

Product Details

  • TPO 180 Ultrawide Astrophotography Telescope & Guide Scope

    The TPO UltraWide 180 Astrophotography Lens & Guide Scope is the smallest dedicated astrophotography telescope on the market, but don't be fooled by its size — this telescope can produce spectacular images.

     

    Tiny, Yet Mighty

    Weighing in at less than a pound, the TPO UltraWide 180 is the ultimate portable astrophotography telescope/lens. With a 180mm focal length and a fast f/4.5 focal ratio, this scope can yield fantastic images that cover vast regions of the night sky. The tube itself weighs just 13.9 oz (395 g), meaning you can truly take it anywhere. With the TPO UltraWide 180, you can forget having to leave your telescope at home. It's the perfect imaging companion for going camping, backpacking, and on road trips. It can even tuck into your luggage bag for your next flight — no more wishing you could bring your telescope with you the next time you visit somewhere with dark skies.

     

     

    Astrophotography Optical Performer

    The TPO UltraWide 180 features an air-spaced triplet APO design with dual ED elements. When paired with the included three-element reducer, the telescope can provide superior correction that leads to pristine images free of chromatic aberration. Its large image circle can cover crop-sensor cameras with ease, and is even compatible with sensors as large as full frame, though there may be a slight drop-off in corner performance with these sensors.

     

     

    Not Your Average Lens

    With an aperture of just 40mm and an overall length of just 145mm, the TPO UltraWide 180 may look like a camera lens at first glance. Make no mistake, though — this small scope can outperform camera lenses designed for cameras in its class with ease. Camera lenses, which are designed for daytime photography, have aperture blades inside that cause diffraction spikes on bright stars, which can be an undesirable effect for astrophotography. The TPO UltraWide 180 is a fixed aperture with no aperture blades, meaning that stars remain round and tight for cleaner images.

     

     

    Next-Level Versatility

    Although the TPO UltraWide 180 was designed to be a deep sky astrophotography telescope, it can be used in a myriad of other ways as well. Also included in the box are two extension tubes, tube rings, a Vixen dovetail plate, an Arca-Swiss camera plate, and a 1.25" eyepiece/accessory adapter. This means you can use the TPO UltraWide 180 as a quality guide scope when paired with a mini guide camera, or even use it visually with 1.25" eyepieces as a main scope or finder scope. The three-element reducer unscrews for visual or autoguiding purposes, which turns the telescope into a 220mm f/5.5 system. The standard Vixen-style shoe will fit into both Vixen saddles and traditional finder shoes. The included Arca-Swiss camera plate allows the telescope to even be fitted directly to a compatible camera tripod. With the TPO UltraWide 180, the possibilities are truly endless.

     

    IC 1396 - the Elephant Trunk Nebula by Drew Evans with the TPO UltraWide 180, a ZWO ASI 1600MM, and Astronomik RGB + 6nm Ha filters

     

    Generous Back Focus for Astrophotographers

    The TPO UltraWide 180 features a standard back focus of 55mm, which allows for seamless attachment of your preferred camera. For DSLR/Mirrorless camera owners, just use the appropriate M42 T-ring for your camera lens mount and you're good to go. The telescope features 42mm rear threads, so be sure to use an M42 size T-ring. For astronomy-dedicated camera owners, the TPO UltraWide 180's generous back focus can accommodate small additions to the imaging train, such as a filter drawer to hold a multi-bandpass or narrowband filter. By removing the extension tube on the back of the reducer, up to 99mm of back focus spacing becomes available. Please note that with this telescope's fast focal ratio of f/4.5, we recommend getting back focus spacing as accurate as possible. See our back focus spacing guide for help.

     

  • specifications

    Aperture40mm
    Back Focus55mm (with Reducer Extension Tube)
    Back Focus99mm (without Reducer Extension Tube)
    Camera ConnectionM42 x 0.75
    Compatible Eyepieces/Accessories1.25"
    Focal Length180mm
    Focal Ratiof/4.5
    Optical DesignApochromatic Triplet with Dual ED Elements
    Optical DesignTriplet
    Tube Diameter52mm
    Tube Length145mm (with Reducer)
    Tube Weight13.9 oz (395 g)
  • included items

    • TPO UltraWide 180 Astrophotography Lens
    • Three-Element Reducer with Reducer Extension Tube
    • Extension Tube 1
    • Extension Tube 2
    • 1.25" Adapter
    • Tube Rings
    • Vixen/Finder Dovetail Plate
    • Arca-Swiss Dovetail Plate
    • Dovetail Stalk
    • Hex Key

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W
04/22/2021
Wade
United States United States
Great Little Scope

Took it out last night for the first time. Played around with it a little bit, but I didn't get too much experience with it yet. I must say, even with the scope straight out of the box I managed to get a pretty good picture of the Pinwheel Galaxy in Ursa Major. 20x 40 sec exposure at ISO 1600 with a crop sensor. Not a bad AND VERY LIGHT (got to go all caps there) scope! Happy with my purchase.

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KC
03/27/2021
Ken C.
United States United States
Great Lightweight Lens

Need more clear, moonless nights with this lens, but so far so good. Super easy to achieve pinpoint focus and also works as a terrestrial lens as well when it isn't too bright outside.

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RD
03/15/2021
Robert D.
United States United States
Excellent

This little scope is so easy to set up for DSLRs used it with a D750 and got great pictures! Mounted it with an Arca Swiss included and the rings. Awesome scope and Im happy I have it in my lineup!

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GW
03/14/2021
Gary W.
United States United States
Good Step Up for Me!

Overall a nice "step up" from the 80-200mm DSLR lens I was using. Stars are noticeably tighter, and can see more detail in my primary subjects (nebulae, clusters). I do see a slight amount of haloing around brighter stars, and a slight distortion of stars in the corners. All in all, though, a nice lightweight, portable piece!

AV
03/10/2021
Alexander V.
United States United States
TPO 18 f/4.5

Awesome (as always) experience. I'm thrilled with the capabilities of this little unit! Definitely glad I purchased it and would absolutely recommend it.

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M
03/06/2021
Marv
United States United States
Nice Triplet, good wide field views.

Since you can't edit previous reviews, I decided to write a new one. In my prior review I only gave this 3 stars due to the risers not being high enough. While that is still true in my opinion, I was able to work around that and finally get proper backfocus with my filter drawer in the image chain, without any spacing issues that I described previously. It however took a lot of trial and error. I had to get creative with how I am mounting this scope with my guide camera and scope but I will include photos of how I accomplished this. Focus is hard with no Bahtinov mask that fits this 40mm scope or auto focuser but it is doable with some patience and a live view mechanism. I love the small factor on this scope, so light and easy to travel with and the views are really good, probably every bit as good as my more expensive, larger, heavier triplet. I still am looking for the best way to mount this and make achieving focus easier but it is a great little scope.

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