6" F/8 achromatic doublet refractor optical tube, CG5/AVX dovetail


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Here's a sensational value - a big 6" (150mm) achromatic refractor optical tube that's priced like other manufacturers' 80mm scopes . . .
Our Product #: C6ROTA
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Product Description

This Celestron optical tube has:

• big 6" aperture fully multicoated achromatic refractor optics
• collimatable objective lens cell for fine-tuning the images
• big 9 x 50mm finderscope
• 20mm Plössl eyepiece (60x)
• bright high contrast deep space views, plus excellent performance inside the solar system

This 6" achromatic refractor optical tube is a sensational value! It's the same optical tube that's used on Celestron's best selling Advanced Series go-to refractor. It has a 150mm (6") diameter multicoated doublet objective lens (1200mm focal length f/8). That's the equivalent of a 7" reflector in terms of the amount of light that reaches your eyepiece. With 459 times the light-gathering capacity of the human eye, the optics are sharp and well suited to serious deep space observing of binary stars, star clusters, and the brighter nebulas and galaxies, in addition to excellent high contrast planetary and lunar images. The objective lens cell is fully collimatable, using push/pull collimation screws, so you can optimize your image quality.

Some chromatic aberration is visible on stars and objects of 2nd or 3rd magnitude and brighter, as you would expect in an achromatic refractor of such large aperture and fast focal ratio. However, the spurious color is well controlled and not unreasonable, thanks to careful optical design, and has little effect on deep space observing. Most observers feel the relatively limited amount of chromatic aberration visible is a small price to pay for the scope's many other virtues of sharpness, contrast, and optical clarity.

For peak performance, some observers have found that upgrading the supplied star diagonal to a premium version, such as the Astronomy Technologies #AT1D dielectric diagonal, pays visible dividends in sharpness and contrast during high magnification observing.

Details About This Optical Tube . . .

Achromatic refractor optics: 6" (150mm) aperture, 1200mm focal length, f/8 air-spaced crown and flint glass doublet lens. The objective lens cell is fully collimatable for peak optical performance, via a series of push/pull collimating screws.

Multicoated optics: Fully coated on all surfaces with multiple layers of antireflection materials for high light transmission and good contrast.

Dew shield: Slows the formation of dew on the lens in cold weather to extend your undisturbed observing time. Also improves visual and photographic contrast by shielding the lens from off-axis ambient light (the neighbor's yard light, moonlight, etc.)

Dust cover: The 6" dust cover of the objective lens has a removable 4" diameter cap in the center. During lunar and planetary observing, it is often beneficial to leave the 6" dust cover in place, but with the 4" center cap removed. This effectively reduces the aperture to 4" and converts the telescope to an f/12 focal ratio. At this longer focal ratio, chromatic aberration is reduced, with only a modest loss in resolution. The same optical trick can be used to improve lunar and planetary image quality during nights of sub-par seeing by reducing the amount of unsteady air the scope has to look through.

Rack and pinion focuser: 2" focuser, with 1.25" eyepiece adapter. The 1.25" adapter has external T-threads that let you connect a 35mm camera to the scope for prime focus photography using an optional T-ring with no other camera adapter required. Dual focusing knobs with rubber gripping surfaces for precise image control with either hand. The large focus knobs are easy to operate, even while wearing gloves or mittens in cold weather.

Star diagonal: 90° viewing angle prism-type 1.25" star diagonal.

Eyepiece: Fully multicoated low power 1.25" 20mm (60x) Plössl eyepiece with a 0.83° field of view (over one and a half times the diameter of the full Moon).

Finderscope: 9 x 50mm straight-through achromatic design, with a wide 5.8° field of view. Spring-loaded bracket for fast no-tool alignment with the main scope optical tube. Focuses by loosening the trim ring behind the objective lens cell, screwing the lens cell in or out to focus, and tightening the trim ring to lock in the correct focus.

Dovetail tube mount: The optical tube comes with two split and hinged tube rings for installing the optical tube on your mount. The rings are connected to a dovetail mounting plate that slips into the standard dovetail groove on a Celestron Advanced VX Series go-to mount's equatorial head or any mount that has a Vixen Style Saddle Plate. 

Tech Details

Aperture 6"
Focal Length 1200mm
Focal Ratio f/8
Heaviest Single Component 19 lbs.
Highest Useful Magnification 300x
Weight 18 lbs.
Resolution 0.76 arc seconds
Visual Limiting Magnitude 13.5
Warranty 2 years


Review by:
I use the 150mm F8 achromatic doublet by Celestron for imaging in narrowband where it doesn't matter that it's not an APO or triplet class design. It's an inexpensive clear 150mm aperture and it's very sharp. I found that this instrument even performs great in short wavelength, which is not commonly found, as I image with this at 393nm and 430nm and it still produces sharp high contrast images, which is not common at all in a lot of instruments as they are designed for better figuring in green and red (500nm~656nm). So this is a great large aperture for narrowband solarimaging in calcium k and g-band if you're into solar. Visually mine has a "green" cast to the image when viewing through it. It does have some CA on bright subjects (planets, doubles, etc). However again I use mine for narrowband and it's excellent in narrowband. I use mine with a Quark to do high resolution solar imaging. (Posted on 8/3/2019)
Review by:
I have an older version, I'm not sure if there are any changes. But it's solid, gives nice views with minimal but definitely visible chromatic aberration on bright objects. Can't comment on the focuser as the one I bought second hand had a moonlight crayford. It's not light, but one person can mount it. And it can draw a crowd, looking like a cannon aimed at the sky. (Posted on 7/23/2019)
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Supplied Accessories

  • 9 x 50mm straight-through finder
  • 20mm 1.25" Plössl eyepiece (60x)
  • 2x 1.25" Barlow with built-in photo adapter
  • 2" rack and pinion focuser with 1.25" adapter
  • 1.25" prism-type 90° star diagonal
  • Multicoated 150mm aperture 1200mm focal length f/8 achromatic optics
  • Lens shade
  • Dust covers
  • Tube rings with dovetail