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This 155mm f7 StarFire EDF (6.1" aperture) was designed to be the ultimate astrograph while providing uncompromising visual performance. Outstanding photographs published in Sky & Telescope, Astronomy and various international astronomy magazines can only hint at the detail of the original prints and negatives. The 30" x 40" prints of the Lagoon/ Trifid and Horsehead Nebulas that are on display in our showroom show incredible pinpoint star images from one side of the print to the other with no sign of image degradation. Truly amazing! Photographic spot diameters measure 15-20 microns over a 5 degree field (4" circle). The fast f7 focal ratio captures elusive and faint deep-sky objects easily with incredible detail. This lens has outperformed mirror type astrographs twice its size, as we had predicted.

The EDF is superb as a visual instrument as well. It is easily capable of high-power observations of the moon and planets. Secondary spectrum is nearly absent at any power. Deep-sky views are equally impressive due to the very high transmission of the three glass types.

In the astrographic configuration, the lens is a 5-element design in 2 groups (3 elements in front, 2 in rear). The heart of the front triplet apochromatic lens is an ED glass and 2 crowns. This combination totally eliminates all secondary spectrum, coma and spherical aberration. The rear lens is a 2ement field flattener that eliminates astigmatism and field curvature. In the visual configuration, the rear 2-element lens is removed and replaced with a standard visual adapter. This adapter allows all our usual accessories to be attached, as well as all standard 2" and 1.25" oculars.

The tube assembly comes fully baffled for a 5 degree 4" field. The giant 4" focuser is silky smooth and can be locked for long time-exposure astrophotography. Although it is possible to attach your own custom-made film holder, we have determined that the most practical camera back is the Pentax 6 x 7cm medium format camera. Field coverage is 3 x 3.5 degrees. After 4 years of field research, we've chosen this camera because it holds the film critically flat without the use of special vacuum attachments. This is not the case with other, less expensive film backs; the Pentax allows the user to critically focus directly on the ground glass with a high-power magnifier, assuring the highest possible resolution.

Another feature is the extra large opening and minimum back distance to the film plane which minimizes the inevitable vignetting of the light in the extreme corners of the format. All the important color and black/ white films are available in the 120 format, which is not the case with large formats. It is for these reasons that we have standardized on the Pentax 6 x 7 and offer all the attachments necessary to use with the 155mm EDF.

The Astro-Physics giant 4" focuser is truly versatile. The 4" ID of the drawtube will allow maximum coverage of the Pentax 6 x 7 cm negative for medium format photography. The inside of the drawtube has a series of knife-edge baffles for maximum contrast. When you wish to use your 35mm camera with the Astro-Physics telecompressor for even faster exposures (f5.2), you can attach the 2.7" reducer and you are ready to go. The 2" and 1.25" adapters will allow you to use all of our standard accessories to maximize your visual and photographic applications.

Color correction: Less than 0.01% focus variation from 405nm to 706nm (r to h wavelengths)
Clear aperture: 155mm (6.1")
Focal length: 1085mm (43") efl
Resolution: 0.74 arc second
Coatings: Multi-layer, overall transmission greater than 97% in peak visual wavelengths see table at right
Magnification range 20x to 600x
Tube assembly: White, 6.5" aluminum tube, baffled, flat black interior, engraved push-pull lens cell
Focuser type: 4.0" I.D. Astro-Physics rack & pinion focuser, 4.5" travel, 2.7", 2" and 1.25" adapters, 2.5" extension
Telescope length: 41" (1,040mm) with dewcap fully retracted
Tube weight: 27 lbs. (12.3 kg)
Field Flattener: 4" diameter 2-element with multi-coatings
Carrying Case: Foam-fitted, vinyl-covered plywood case
Carrying Case dimensions: 44-1/2 x 10.5 x 10.5 inches
Carrying Case weight: 15.5 lbs (7 kg)
35mm Photographic field at prime focus: 1.3 x 1.8 degrees @ f7
35mm Photographic field with Telecompressor: 1.7 x 2.4 degrees @ f5.2
35mm Photographic field with 2x Barlow: 0.6 x 0.9 degrees @ fl4
6 x 7 cm Photographic field at prime focus: 3.2 x 3.7 degrees @ f7
Maximum Photographic Field: 5 degrees, 4 inch circle

Astro-Physics 155 EDF Telescope lens transmission (69,285 bytes)

Left: Color correction of the Astro-Physics 155 mm EDF Apo telescope (69,285 bytes).
Click on image for higher quality, enlarged view (178,123 bytes).

  Astro-Physics 13cm f8 EDT in case (47,524 bytes)
  • Company Seven's ATA Transport/Shipping Case: the case provided by Astro-Physics with each optical tube assembly is a reasonable balance of economy and performance for routine storage of a telescope in a temperature and humidity controlled environment. However, if you plan for long term storage, or if you intend to ship the telescope by commercial carrier or transport it as check in baggage on an airliner (observing oversize and overweight restrictions) then your peace of mind and telescope will both be better served with a custom engineered solution - an ATA case by Company Seven.

    Right: Company Seven ATA Case custom fitted for a Astro-Physics 13cm EDT Apochromat Telescope with 2.7 inch Focuser (65,974 bytes).
    Click on image to see enlarged view (215,942 bytes).

    Features include:

      1. custom fit to accommodate the telescope optical tube with or without accessories (Rings, Focuser, etc.)
      2. hand fitted velour lining over foams of varying densities to deal with anticipated loads
      3. weather resistant construction
      4. combination lock and hasp
      5. Fedex/UPS label plate
      6. choice of interior and exterior hard shell material and colors

    Astro-Physics 900 Mount Declination Housing (left side shown), with GTO Keypad Controller, and Counterweight Shaft in optional Company Seven ATA case (94,326 bytes)

    Left: Astro-Physics Model 900 Mount in optional Company Seven ATA case.
    Case 1 of 2 shown here, with Declination housing (left side shown) with GTO Keypad Controller
    and Counterweight Shaft (94,326 bytes).

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