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TS-Optics APO refractor 96/576mm - FCD100 triple lens from Japan

TS PHOTOLINE 96mm f/6 triple apochromat with very good image: High quality triple lens made in Japan.

♦ 96mm aperture / 576mm focal length / f/6 focal ratio

♦ 3-element multi-coated lens with FCD100 APO element (similar to FPL53) from Hoya (Japan) for a very good image

♦ The lens including the mount is made in Japan

♦ Internal screens for greater contrast and against reflections

♦ 2.5" RAP focuser with improved draw tube mount and micro reduction - carries accessories up to 10kg without moving

♦ Connection for screw adaptations via M63x1 female thread, 2" and 1.25" receptacle

♦ Retractable spray shield for transport

♦ CNC clamps, Vixen/EQ5 style dovetail bars on both sides and seeker shoe included

♦ Each Apo is tested and optimized on our optical bench prior to shipment

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receive it in usually 7 to 9 working days

TS PHOTOLINE 96mm triplet apo for first-class astrophotography and observation

The new Photoline Apochromat with pure color premium triplet lens with glasses from Hoya (Japan) is the optimal solution for astrophotography and observation. The mount lens was entirely made in Japan. Thanks to the 3-element lens, the Apo convinces with strong contrast and a high-contrast image up to the highest magnification range. The apo was also developed for astrophotographers who value an optically and technically mature solution. Stars are displayed without disturbing color fringing and the moon and planets are not smoothed out even at the highest magnification range.

Astrophotography with the TS Photoline 96mm f/6 Apo:

The apo is already very fast with f/6. This eliminates the need to use a zoom reducer to improve the aperture. TS-Optics Photoline Corrector 1.0x #TSFLAT25G2 is our recommendation for photography. The concealer is ideal for the apo.

♦ Screw connection directly to the internal thread M63x1 on the focuser

♦ Achieving focus with ease

♦ Working distance 65 mm from the M48 connection thread of the corrector (TSVF210 - M48 extension sleeve required)

♦ 2" internal thread for 2" filters available

♦ Lighting and correction up to full format

As an alternative, we offer #TSRED94, a 0.92x corrector that was developed especially for the TS Photoline 96mm f/6 Apo. The focal length is shortened to 530mm and the aperture ratio is improved to f/5.52. The corrector is designed for sensors up to full format and has a working distance of 55mm. This corrector is also screwed directly to the focuser using the M63x1 thread.

2.5" hybrid focuser for maximum load

So that you can also attach heavy accessories to the focuser, the focuser is equipped with a special bearing. Ball bearings and a solid rail bearing in front of the adjustment keep the extension tube in position even under high loads.

The adjustment itself is decoupled and is achieved via a worm gear. This ensures a fine and consistent fit even with heavy accessories. The 1:10 micro reduction allows for even more precise focus. The focus position is fixed by locking the thumbwheel. No screw presses on the extraction tube.

In addition to the 2" and 1.25" barrel for visual observation, the focuser also offers the M63x1 internal thread for screw adaptations in astrophotography.

360° rotation for correct camera position and quick release

The focuser is permanently attached to the tube. The #TSROTM48 adapter offers a short rotation option. This rotation hits the TSFLAT25G2 corrector's M48 camera thread instead of the 10mm extension adapter. The adapter is only 8.5mm long, you can overcome the remaining 1.5mm with the M48 # M48Abstimmring2 tuning ring. This gives you the correct 55mm working distance again and you can even remove or rotate the concealer camera in just a few simple steps.

More information on the Hoya FCD100 APO element:

FCD100 is an ultra-low dispersion optical glass equivalent to fluorite (CaF2). With this glass, in combination with high refractive index optical lenses, excellent correction of chromatic aberration (color errors) can be achieved. The difference in the dispersion performance of the FPL53, for example, is less relevant than the difference in the polish of the optics. FCD100 is Hoya's designation for this special lens, just as FPL53 is Ohara's proprietary name.

This is how we give the apos to the friendly star:

Our goal is for you to have fun with this APO from the start. That's why we check every telescope before we ship it:

♦ Cosmetic inspection for dust and scratches

♦ Mechanical review, optimal adjustment of the focuser

♦ Collimation of the objective and subsequent optical check in our optical bench


Objective lens: 96 mm
Focal length: 576 mm
Focal ratio: f/6
Design: Air-spaced triplet objective
Special glass: FCD100 Hoya as APO element
Cell: Temperature compensated cell - adjustable
Tube material: CNC machined aluminum with internal baffles
Tube length: 51 cm with dew shield inserted
Tube weight: 5 kg incl. rings
Tube rings: CNC with 1/4" female thread - centered
Dew shield: 122 mm diameter with unscrewable cap
Focuser: 2.5" hybrid focuser with rack and pinion adjustment and ball bearings
Connections on focuser side: M63x1 female thread as well as 2" and 1.25"
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