Ceravolo 300 Astrograph telescope

This telescope's dual optical configuration offers wide-field and close-up imaging.
By | Published: June 25, 2010 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
Ceravolo 300 Astrograph
The Ceravolo 300 Astrograph is a Dall-Kirkham Cassegrain reflector with an aperture of 11.8 inches (300 millimeters). Its carbon-fiber tube protects a fused-quartz primary mirror and an Astro-Sital secondary.
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This review, “The Ceravolo 300 Astrograph: two scopes in one,” appeared in the August 2010 issue of Astronomy magazine

The field of astroimaging has exploded with equipment choices. One recent entry is the Ceravolo 300 Astrograph. Veteran amateur astronomers will recognize the name Peter Ceravolo, renowned optical designer who has designed and built systems for more than 30 years. He began Ceravolo Optical Systems in 1994. The company built the optics for Canada’s Microvariability and Oscillations of Stars (MOST) space telescope. It also produced a line of Maksutov-Newtonian telescopes optimized for high-resolution visual work.

In 2003, Ceravolo saw a need for wide-field imaging that took advantage of large CCD chips. The first product of that work is the 300 Astrograph, and I jumped at the chance to test it.

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