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Optical Tube Assemblies

Optical tube assemblies, commonly abbreviated by astronomers as OTAs are simply the tube of the telescope where the optics are internally located. OTAs can be helpful in a situation in which an observer has a compatible mount and doesn't want to buy a whole new telescope with a mount included. Optical Tube Assemblies can come in the form of Maksutov-Cassegrain, Astrographs, Reflectors, Refractors, Schmidt-Cassegrains and many others! With the right mounting connections and range of mount and tripod payload, OTAs are a great choice for changing optical type without changing the mount.

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  1. Celestron - Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph OTA

    Celestron - Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph OTA

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    Model#: Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph Optical Tube Assembly
    $3,499.00

  2. Bresser Messier AR-102/1000 Optical Tube Assembly

    Bresser - Messier AR-102/1000 Optical Tube Assembly

    The Bresser Messier AR-102/1000 Refractor OTA is capable of showing many details in celestial objects like Saturn's rings, Jupiter's cloud bands as well as craters on the moon.

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    Model#: BR-02100
    $369.00

  3. Bresser - Messier AR-80/900 Optical Tube with EQ Sky Mount and Tripod

    Bresser - Messier AR-80/900 Optical Tube with EQ Sky Mount and Tripod

    The Bresser Messsier AR-80/900 is an excellent scope for beginners due to its remarkable light gathering power for better detailed observation.

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    Model#: BR-80900
    $209.00

  4. Explore Scientific 210mm f/3.8 White Aluminum Photo Newtonian Reflector

    Explore Scientific - 210mm f/3.8 White Aluminum Tube Newtonian Reflector

    The Explore Scientific 210mm White Aluminum Photo Newtonian Reflector has a very fast focal ratio and large aperture making it suitable well for ... Learn More
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    Model#: PN21038-HRCC
    $499.99

  5. PlaneWave - Infrared Dall-Kirkham Optical Tube Assembly 20"

    PlaneWave - Infrared Dall-Kirkham Optical Tube Assembly 20"

    This is a Dall-Kirkham optical design with coatings that are optimized to transmit in infrared wavelengths.  It is diffraction limited across a 20mm image circle at the focal plane.

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    Model#: IR DK20
    $35,000.00

  6. PlaneWave - Infrared Dall-Kirkham Optical Tube Assembly 17"

    PlaneWave - Infrared Dall-Kirkham Optical Tube Assembly 17"

    This is a Dall-Kirkham optical design with coatings that are optimized to transmit in infrared wavelengths.  It is diffraction limited across a 20mm image circle at the focal plane.

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    Model#: IR DK17
    $24,000.00

  7. PlaneWave - Infrared Dall-Kirkham Optical Tube Assembly 12.5"

    PlaneWave - Infrared Dall-Kirkham Optical Tube Assembly 12.5"

    This is a Dall-Kirkham optical design with coatings that are optimized to transmit in infrared wavelengths.  It is diffraction limited across a 20mm image circle at the focal plane.

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    Model#: IR DK12.5
    $13,800.00

  8. Borg - Mini Borg 45EDII F7.2

    Borg - Mini Borg 45EDII F7.2

    Mini Borg scopes are compatible with a wide variety of standard Borg back-end accessories:

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    Model#: 6045
    $375.00

  9. Borg Series 45 Optical Tube Black

    Borg - Series 45 Optical Tube - Black

    The Borg Series 45 telescopes are based around a 45mm diameter tube and the 42mm/P1 thread used on the popular M42 photographic system.

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    Model#: 6037
    $335.00

  10. Borg Series 45 Optical Tube - White

    Borg - Series 45 Optical Tube - White

    The Borg Series 45 telescopes are based around a 45mm diameter tube and the 42mm/P1 thread used on the popular M42 photographic system.

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    Model#: 6036
    $315.00

  11. Takahashi Epsilon 130D Astrograph

    Takahashi - Epsilon 130D Astrograph

    Takahashi introduced their Epsilon Series flat-field hyperbolic astrographs in the middle 1980’s. The Epsilon-130 was the smallest aperture and most portable of the series. Now Takahashi is re-introducing the new ε-130D digital version of this astrograph.

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    Model#: TEK1300
    $2,995.00

  12. Opticstar Optimum One ED80S Gold OTA with PX-35C Planetary Camera - Color

    Opticstar - "Optimum One" Series - ED80S Gold + PX-35C Colour Planetary Camera

    The Opticstar ED80S short-tube refractor is ideal as a portable scope and can be used for observing, imaging or as a guide scope. It uses a high quality 80mm apochromatic doublet that is fully broad-band multicoated to ensure maximum light transmission.

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    Model#: ED80S + PX-35C

    Regular Price: $1,098.00

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  13. Opticstar - "Optimum One" Series - ED80S Gold + PL-131M Monochrome Planetary Camera

    Opticstar - "Optimum One" Series - ED80S Gold + PL-131M Monochrome Planetary Camera

    The Opticstar ED80S short-tube refractor is ideal as a portable scope and can be used for observing, imaging or as a guide scope. It uses a high quality 80mm apochromatic doublet that is fully broad-band multicoated to ensure maximum light transmission.

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    Model#: ED80S + PL-131M

    Regular Price: $1,148.00

    Special Price: $1,090.60

  14. Opticstar - "Optimum One" Series - ED80S Gold 80mm ED Fluorite Doublet Refractor with SL-131C Colour Planetary Camera

    Opticstar - "Optimum One" Series - ED80S Gold 80mm ED Fluorite Doublet Refractor with SL-131C Colour Planetary Camera

    The Opticstar ED80S short-tube refractor is ideal as a portable scope and can be used for observing, imaging or as a guide scope.

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    Model#: ED80S + SL-131C

    Regular Price: $998.00

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  15. Opticstar AR80S Gold DS 80mm f/5 Apochromat Refractor Guidescope

    Opticstar - AR80S Gold 80mm f/5 Achromatic Refractor Guidescope with Rings, Dovetail, and Crayford Focuser

    The AR80S Guidescope kit consists of the Opticstar AR80S telescope, set of collimating rings and Vixen type dovetail to mount the telescope to standard mount saddles as found on the Sky-Watchers, Celestron CG-5, Vixen and other mounts.

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    Model#: OSRAR80SGS

    Regular Price: $399.00

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  16. Opticstar AR80S Gold DS 80mm f/5 Apochromat Refractor Optical Tube Assembly

    Opticstar - AR80S Gold DS 80mm f/5 Apochromat Refractor Optical Tube Assembly

    The Opticstar AR80S Gold Dual Speed short-tube refractor is ideal as a portable scope and can be used for observing, imaging or as a guide scope. It uses a 80mm achromatic doublet that is fully broad-band multicoated to increase light transmission.

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    Model#: OSRAR80SGD

    Regular Price: $399.00

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  17. Opticstar AR90S Gold DS 90mm f/5.5 Apochromat Refractor OTA

    Opticstar - AR90S Gold DS 90mm f/5.5 Achromat Refractor Optical Tube Assembly

    The Opticstar AR90S Gold Dual Speed short-tube refractor is ideal as a portable scope and can be used for observing, imaging or as a guide scope. It uses a 90mm achromatic doublet that is fully broad-band multicoated to increase light transmission.

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    Model#: OSRAR90S5GD

    Regular Price: $459.00

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  18. Borg 50mm F5 Achromat

    Borg - 50mm F5 Achromat

    Mini Borg scopes may be mounted directly with a 1/4"-20 threaded screw into the standard mounting block (left), or in an available finder bracket.

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    Model#: 6150
    $215.00

  19. Borg - 60mm ED f/5.4 (325mm FL) Achromat

    Borg - 60mm ED f/5.4 (325mm FL) Achromat

    Mini Borg scopes may be mounted directly with a 1/4"-20 threaded screw into the standard mounting block (left), or in an available finder bracket.

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    Model#: 6161
    $299.00

  20. Borg - 60mm ED f/5.8 (350mm FL) Optical Tube

    Borg - 60mm ED f/5.8 (350mm FL) Optical Tube

    Mini Borg scopes may be mounted directly with a 1/4"-20 threaded screw into the standard mounting block (left), or in an available finder bracket.

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    Model#: 6260
    $575.00

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