About the Celestron Rowe-Ackermann 11" Schmidt Astrograph...
Capturing impressive deep-sky astroimages is easier than ever with the Celestron Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph, the perfect companion to today's top DSLR or astronomical CCD cameras. This fast, wide-field f/2.2 Celestron Telescope system offers two huge advantages over traditional f/10 astroimaging: better apparent tracking and shorter exposures. That means you'll create better-looking astroimages in a fraction of the time, even without the use of an autoguider.
The Celestron Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph builds on the legacy of Celestron Telescope's Schmidt Camera, which allowed astrophotographers to produce images on film in the 1970s.
Today, with CCD sensor sizes as large as film - or larger - the Celestron Telescope Schmidt Astrograph offers a full 70 mm optimized image circle to capture pinpoint stars on the largest imaging chips. Combine this large image circle with a focal length of just 620 mm and you have an instrument suitable for wide-field imaging, creating huge mosaics of the night sky, surveying, and even comet hunting. Use with a Celestron CCD Camera and enjoy sharing the view of both planets and deep sky objects!
The Celestron Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph features newly designed optics with 4-element rare-earth glass for images free of false color and aberrations like coma and field curvature. The Celestron Telescope optical quality and spot size across the entire image circle is unprecedented for an astrograph in this price range - or even that of a much more expensive instrument. The design also provides minimal vignetting.
Advanced features of the Celestron Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph include a custom engineered linear brass focuser bearing and FeatherTouch Micro Focus Knob allow you to make the fine adjustments with this Celestron Telescope you'll need to capture the perfect shot. Meanwhile, a12V MagLev fan reduces cool down time and provides optimal airflow through the dust filtered optical tube.
Engineered as a complete astroimaging system, every component of the Celestron Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph is optimized for peak performance with DSLR and astronomical Celestron CCD Cameras. Down to the thickness of the glass used in the included fully-multicoated optical window or an optional imaging filter, every component of the Celestron Telescope system has been taken into careful consideration to work together seamlessly.
Celestron Rowe-Ackermann 11" Schmidt Astrograph Features...
- 11-inch f/2.2 optical design with rare-earth glass for images free of false color, coma, and field curvature
- 70 mm optimized image circle maintains pinpoint stars to the far corners of even the largest astroimaging sensors
- Custom engineered linear brass focuser bearing reduces image shift, while dual-speed 10:1 FeatherTouch Micro Focus Knob provides the most precise focusing
- Quiet, high-output 12V MagLev fan reduces cooldown time and blocks dust
- Common camera adapters (T-thread and M48) included for easy attachment to popular CCD and DSLR cameras
Celestron Rowe-Ackermann 11" Schmidt Astrograph Specifications...
Optical Design: Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt
Aperture: 279 mm
Focal Length: 620 mm
Focal Ratio: 2.22
Backfocus from front lens assembly: 69.26 mm
Backfocus from included camera adapters: 55 mm
Central obstruction diameter: 114 mm
Finderscope: Not included
Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye): 1588x
Optical Coatings: StarBright XLT
Total Telescope Kit Weight: 35 lbs
Included items: 11-inch optical tube assembly, 42 mm T-thread camera adapter, 48 mm camera adapter
Resolution (Rayleigh): 0.5 arc seconds
Resolution (Dawes): 0.41 arc seconds
Optical Tube Length: 33 in
Celestron Product Number: 91075