Tuesday, December 19, 2017

For Serious Amateur Astrophotographers Only...

One look at the William Optics Fluorostar 132 refractor telescope lets you know that this is some serious glass.  Not surprisingly, all of that aperture and performance comes with a hefty price tag.

William Optics FLT 132 

The FLT 132 is a triplet apochromatic refractor that William Optics describes as "simply put, a joy to use."  This telescope was designed with deep-sky astrophotography in mind, with promises of superior photography performance.

Based on the early images shared by Jerry Huang and AstroBackyard, I'd say that the statement above is likely true!

The Andromeda Galaxy by Jerry Huang

This photo was shared by William Optics on the description page for the Fluorostar 132 Twenty Years Anniversary Edition.

Specifications of the William Optics Fluorostar 132:

The FLT 132 is considered a wide-field imaging refractor.  The focal length of 925mm that many large targets such as the Andromeda Galaxy and Lagoon Nebula will fit into the field of view of a full-frame DSLR camera. (Such as the Nikon D10A)

  • Objective Lens: 132mm
  • Focal Length: 925mm
  • Focal Ratio: F/7
  • Tube Weight: 9kg
  • Focuser: 3-Inch Crayford Style (V-Power) 

This telescope is truly a apochromatic refractor lovers dream.  All of the benefits from the exotic FPL-53 glass are appreciated including superb color correction, and contrast.

The Orion Nebula by AstroBackyard - Instagram

Connecting a DSLR Camera

To use this telescope with a DSLR camera you will need some additional accessories. The William Optics Flattener 7 is a dedicated flattener/reducer (0.8X) for the Fluorostar.  This will thread directly between the telescope focuser drawtube and the 48mm t-ring mount on your camera.

The FLT 132 works tremendously when in harmony with the 50mm Guide Scope.  This way, autoguiding can be used for more accurate tracking on your telescope mount. Speaking of mounts, a robust german equatorial mount such as the iOptron CEM60 is recommended for a 'scope of this size.

Where to buy?

If you are lucky enough to consider purchasing this incredible astronomy instrument, you can order the FLT 132 from Ontario Telescope and Accessories

They have an excellent track record of providing amazing customer service, and ship world-wide.

Video by AstroBackyard (YouTube)