Officina Stellare - Veloce Riccardi-Honders Mark II 200AT f/3 Carbon Fiber Astrograph w/ HD Tilt Tip Focuser

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  • A thermal version of the Officina Stellare RH200 Mark II Carbon Fiber Astrograph, perfect for those who needs the maximum focal point stability.  The OTA is made of carbon fiber.

  • This MK II-AT version uses an improved tip-tilt adjustment which is much more precise and easy to set also with heavy and complex image train.  It corrects 4 corners (one every 90°) and not 3 like in most diffused tip-tilt systems. This new tip-tilt plate can be also equipped with motors to allow a remote control of the feature with Officina Stellare software. This version is recommended for large size sensors and heavier camera systems.

  • Aperture 200 mm - focal length 600 mm - focal ratio f/3 with a fully corrected and illuminated field: 42 mm (full-frame size)

  • Working distance: Approximately 65 mm from the receptacle of the focuser

  • Maximum size of star images: max. 9.4 microns at the edge of the field of view.

SKU: OFF-VELRH200ATMK2
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Product Description

OFFICINA STELLARE RH VELOCE 200 MARK II-AT

The Officina Stellare RH200 Mark II,  is perfect for those who needs the maximum focal point stability with higher demands on the focusing system.  This carbon fiber optical tube uses a tip tilt system that corrects at 4 points rather than the typical 3 point focuser. This version is highly recommended to operate in conditions where there is a wide temperature range between day and night, such as desert locations. The improved tip-tilt plate can be also equipped with motors to allow a remote control of the feature with Officina Stellare software. This version is recommended for large size sensors and heavier camera systems.

You can now expect an even better large field photographic performance thanks to an innovative light baffles coating will give you a much better reduction of ghosts and scattered light.

Designing the RH Veloce 200 Mark II-AT, thanks also to the experience of our customers. Officina Stellare took hundreds of hours to find out some new solutions, to give a better performance to our RH200 MKII-AT. 
Optics has been improved and optimized for large field imaging and surveys, with a better image quality even on small pixels size cameras. Getting closer to perfection Officina now add an innovative Nano Coating (copyright) with a better transmission over a wider wavelength bandwidth range, a feature appreciated by professionals, and an amazing resistance to dust and moisture.
Officina definitively banned out stray lights from the RH200 Mark II-AT.

The RHVeloce is a really unique design and uses several unique solutions, created by Riccardi and Honders (from this the "RH" in the name).  You can now expect an even better large field photographic performance thanks to an innovative light baffles coating will give you a much better reduction of ghosts and scattered light. Provided with FF72 focuser, FFC focus controller optional. From the advanced astrophotographer to the professional, Veloce RH200  Series is the answer to every need.

The Officina Stellare Veloce RH 200 Mark II-AT (Riccardi-Honders) Astrograph offers a fast f/3 focal ratio combined with a very high image definition over the whole corrected field. Veloce in Italian means fast, to indicate its primary vocation: to be a great astrograph capable of stunning performance. It has 200mm of clear aperture and a focal length of 600mm.

The Veloce RH 200 Mark II-AT is a unique astrograph of its kind, thanks to its renewed optical design from the originally Honders design, made from our master optician Massimo Riccardi. The optical scheme uses a full aperture corrector lens and a Mangin primary mirror. Normally in other optical design, the front lens has about the same aperture of the primary mirror, but we decided to change rules. The large corrector lens is bigger respect the primary Mangin mirror, to provide a full illumination, avoiding vignetting over the full corrected field.

Near the focus we have 2 elements rear group, to provide the best definition and corrected field. Its position offers no chromatic aberration and a correction over the whole visible spectrum.

Going deep into details, the RH Veloce uses a big full aperture front lens that is weakly convergent, and the primary mirror is a "Mangin" mirror (from the name of its French inventor). A Mangin mirror is a mirror that is coated on the back surface, not on the front. The light passes through the glass, is reflected by the coating and then passes again through the glass. For this reason, a Mangin mirror is called a refractive-reflective optical element and opens exciting possibilities to optical engineers. This complex design includes also a corrector group before the focal plane, achieving performances impossible otherwise, with extraordinary "fast" photographic performances over wide focal planes.

A curiosity about the RH Veloce: since the full aperture (frontal lens) is convergent, the Mangin mirror is smaller than the "nominal" diameter of the scope, while the meniscus itself is bigger than the nominal diameter, to ensure a good illumination over the wide field of view of such scopes. For example, the 200 mm model has a 220 mm meniscus and a 190 mm primary mirror. The secondary mirror is a separated piece of glass, or it is made coating the middle of the meniscus, depending on model.

For this reason, we talk about "entry pupil" and not "primary mirror diameter", for this instruments.

 The RH 200 Mark II-AT is a real astrograph, designed to be the best companion of advanced amateurs and professional. A curiosity about the Mangin mirror: normally a primary mirror is front illuminated, but this is not our case. A Mangin mirror is back illuminated. This offers more design possibilities to optical designers.

We developed the Veloce RH 200 MKII-AT  without compromises both on mechanically and optical, using only premium materials (alluminium 6061/7075, titan, bronze, stainless steel, carbon fiber) and CNC machines to work parts from solid blocks. This offers the best precision available on the market today.

When we selected the materials for each Veloce RH 200 Mark II-AT component, we considered the derivated problems from thermic dilatation and environmental conditions. This makes our RH 200 MKII-AT stronger and capable to get the best performance every time it’s used, providing a stable focal plane, fundamental when operating with a so fast focal ratio.

Advanced amateurs uses the Veloce RH 200 Mark II-AT to get stunning deep sky images, professional to do surveys, for example, on:  variable stars, supernovae, asteroids, space debris, extrasolar planets.

The Veloce RH 200  Mark II-AT is extremely transportable with a weight of only 8.4kg (18.5 lbs) and convenient to use thanks to compact size and great mechanic. 3 fan primary mirror helps to reach the right working temperature.

The corrected and illuminated field is 42mm (1.6”, full frame camera size). Maximum stars spot size is 9.5 um at the edge of the field. If the user needs to compensate the small misalignment in the imaging train, is possible to adjust the planarity of the focal plane with the new tip tilt system, much more intuitive respect the classic ones. We offer our FF72 focuser, but is also possible to change it with an FLI Atlas (optional).

Collimation is not only stable but also intuitive: primary mirror cell has 3 points with large diameter preloaded cup springs (one for each point) operated from oversized bolts. What’s the advantage of this new solution? Well, you only have to rotate right/left each bolt to reach the collimation. No more difficult pull/push screws and locking screws as well.  Light scattering is avoided with a circular mask placed on mirror borders. Inside light shield we use micro baffles, combined with special opaque flocking and dark painting, nearly to zero the possibilities to get parasite stray light. If some special customizations are needed, we can evaluate them together. Our big staff is ready to find the best solution.

The Veloce RH 200 Mark II-AT offers an incredibly fast f/3 focal ration with a 42mm corrected field, small stars, great transportability, great optics and great mechanics: this is the best astrograph to reach new horizons!  

PROVIDED WITH:AVAILABLE ACCESSORIES:
FF72 focuser FFC focus controller
Rings Tip Tilt motors
Losmandy dovetail Adapters for any imaging train
Upper dovetail Deluxe Resin Case
Carbon dewshield Deluxe Soft Bag

Specifications

Name Officina Stellare - Veloce Riccardi-Honders Mark II 200AT f/3 Carbon Fiber Astrograph w/ HD Tilt Tip Focuser
Manufacturer Officina Stellare
Model OFF-VELRH200ATMK2
In The Box Optical Tube Assembly Manual Fine Focus D Plate
Dimensions LxHxW 248 (419 with light shield) L x 252 W x 282 H mm
Focal Length 600 mm
Focal Ratio f/3
Full Corrected Illuminated Field 42 mm (24x36 mm full format)
Linear Obstruction 55%
Optical Design Riccardi-Honders, flat field, improved design
Optical Tube Thermo compensated material
Primary Mirror 190 mm
RMS Polychromatic max 9 micron at field edge

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Optical Tube Assembly
Manual Fine Focus
D Plate

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