Stellarvue’s 6.3-inch refractor field-tested
Superb optics, high-quality mechanical design, and a top-notch focuser place this apochromat high on any observer’s want list.
January 28, 2013
Recently, I had the opportunity to review the largest telescope from Stellarvue, in Auburn, California — the SV160 triplet refractor.
According to company owner Vic Maris, the SV160’s initial design came
out six years ago. Since then, it has gone through several iterations to
Photo by Stellarvue’s SV160 APO Triplet is a 6.3-inch f/8 apochromatic refractor. The optical tube assembly comes in the company’s “Stardust White” finish and has a retracting dew shield. // Astronomy: William Zuback
Well, the latest version promises to be
another hit. And that statement holds true whether you are a visual
observer or an astroimager, and whether your taste runs to galaxies or
For example, the initial objective was an oil-spaced
triplet lens, but in 2008, the company replaced it with an air-spaced
one that optimizes imaging capabilities. Changes to the 2012 version
include a lens set made in the United States.
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