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Optical Aperture (Diameter): 18.00" This is a state of art, professional fabricated, 18" F/3.5, revolutionary lightweight sandwich primary parabolic telescope mirror made of the top quality precision annealed plate glass. The mirror structure has been optimized using the advanced Finite Element Analysis Modeling. It has very short thermal equilibrium time even without fan.
Coating: The standard aluminum coating, 88% reflective
The special upgrade offer for the coating upgrades:
92% semi-enhanced coating: $110
96% semi-enhanced coating: $190
If you would like to have these upgrades, please inform us right after winning the bid.
Radius of Curvature (ROC): 126.0"
Focal Length: 63.0"
PV (wavefront): 1/11.2
Strehl Ratio: 0.97
Total Thickness: ~49.3mm
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1: Is there any performance difference between mirrors made of Pyrex and mirrors made of Plate glass?
The short answer is, believe it or not, there is none. You may want to read Four Infamous Telescope Myths by Gary Seronik
2: What size secondary mirror should be used with this mirror?
The size of the secondary mirror depends on many factors. Here is the formula of the diameter of minor axis of the secondary:
A = d + (D-d)L / F
A=diameter of the minor axis of the secondary
F=focal length of the primary
d=fully illuminated fields desired
D=Diameter of the primary
L=distance from the secondary to focal plane
Normally, a secondary with 3.5" minor axis diameter is recommended for this mirror.
3: What kind of mirror cell is recommended?
A 18-point mirror cell with the sling lateral support is recommended for this mirror.
What our customers are saying:
Last night I had “first light” with the 12.5” f/6 mirror that you recently supplied. It is truly a magnificent optic! Ronchi, knife-edge, and star tests were straight out of a textbook, and the image of Saturn was breathtaking. Despite the thin substrate, there is no hint of astigmatism. Frankly, when I purchased a Hubble Optics mirror on eBay, I was skeptical of the advertised wavefront quality. For the low price, it just seemed too good to be true. In the future, I will not hesitate to recommend your firm’s optics to friends and acquaintances. ......
Contributing Editor, Sky & Telescope magazine (quoted by permission)
I’ve tried buying fast 8” mirrors twice through A-mart and both were dogs – terribly undercorrected, probably spherical. This mirror is way different. Stars are near pinpoints and there is no tendency to astigmatism (at least nothing that didn’t come from my eyes). I went out tonight and looked at Jupiter as soon as it became visible. Even so, it is getting pretty low in the sky and the air was pretty wavy. As near as I could tell, in the moments of stillness the images were as good as any scope I own.
Star testing showed even images that were very nearly the same inside and outside of focus. Using my EZ tester (ronchi eyepiece) showed nice straight lines and no hint of TDE.
As far as I can tell this mirror is a winner and will suit my needs very well. Whether or not it actually meets the specs listed on the box I can’t tell without getting it tested. But its a lot better than the other Ebay mirrors and I like it. I wouldn’t be afraid to buy another Hubbleoptics mirror...
I just tentatively assembled my 10" F4.7 1/17 PV wavefront mirror in my observatory and watched Jupiter and the moon last night. Although the air condition was terrible due to middle of rainy season, optical performance was exactly as I expected! The surface of Jupiter was amazing. Contrast of color was deep and details were very sharp, image edge was knife cutting, even through hazy bad seeing. The surface of the moon had an extra contrast; very very sharp edged landmark was attractive enough to keep watching hours. A hair splitting and breath taking experience, which reminded me of previous mirrors. I need to further tune up optical performance of this scope such as replacing with smaller high precision secondary mirror etc. Will report further progress.
NEVER LOOK AT OR HANDLE THE MIRROR UNDER THE SUN! THE REFLECTION OF THE SUN LIGHT MAY CAUSE BURNING OR INSTANT AND IRREVERSIBLE DAMAGE TO YOUR EYE. EYE DAMAGE IS OFTEN PAINLESS, SO THERE IS NO WARNING UNTIL IT IS TOO LATE. CHILDREN SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO HANDLE THE MIRROR.
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