Astro-Tech AT60ED 60mm f/6 FPL-53 ED Doublet

$369.00

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Product Description

The Astro-Tech AT60ED might be just the compact high-quality grab-and-go or travel scope you have been searching for.  The optical tube measures 9.5" long with the dewshield retracted and 12.25" with it fully extended.  The scope weighs in at a light 3.25 pounds all together.  The dual speed 10:1 2" rack and pinion compression ring focuser is a dream to use and is buttery-smooth, making this an excellent choice for wide field astro-photography as well as visual work.  

The Astro-Tech AT60ED comes standard with a 2" to 1.25" eyepiece adapter that has a non-marring compression ring.  The AT60ED has a supplied ring/clamshell with the ability to attach to any mount, or dovetail, with a 1/4" 20 thread adapter or the ability to use a 1/4" 20 thread screw.  The ring/clamshell is hinged so you can remove it with ease and adapt it to your current rig as a guidescope or photographic instrument with the proper photo tripod and camera adapter.  The telescope achieves what all of our Astro-Tech products set out to do . . . outperform their price point.

Not only is the scope well built and great to look at, it is wonderful to look through.  The 60mm f/6 FPL-53 air-spaced doublet really shines.  We could not detect a hint of spurious color (chromatic aberration) in our evenings testing the AT60ED.  Stars are diamonds on a black velvet backdrop and every object we observed was tack sharp.  The AT60ED isn't just a great visual scope.  It is a fantastic astro-imaging platform as well.

With the optional field flattener, the AT60ED has a 41mm image circle.  This will provide great images with your full frame DSLR and CCD cameras.  You can also add the optional camera angle adjuster to help you position your camera no matter where the scope ends up pointing in the sky.

Tech Details

Aperture 60mm
Focal Length 360mm
Focal Ratio f/6
Heaviest Single Component 3.25 pounds
Weight 3.25 pounds
Telescope Type Refractor
Warranty 1 year

Reviews

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Phenomenal value brought to us by Astronomics. This is the perfect little scope to do some quick grab and go observing, both visual and astrophotography. It pairs perfectly with a SmartEQ Pro equatorial mount, the entire setup is under 20 lbs.

Visually, the views are what you would expect of a FPL53 doublet, no false color that I can discern.

Photographically, with my APS-C DSLR, the field of view is huge. perfect for nebula and larger galaxies. It is also a very forgiving F.L. for a new astrophotographer to learn on, and can be mounted on virtually any equatorial mount with an ST4 auto guide port and get satisfactory results due to its light weight. (Posted on 1/14/2019)
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Being a big fan of Astro-Tech, I would recommend this telescope to anyone that is looking for a small and lightweight telescope that is fairly good for astrophotography. Though it may not be the best choice because there are other Astro tech telescopes that are far better, you cannot beat the price of this 60mm AP telescope. I tested this out and got fairly sharp views of many nebulas and clusters even from a highly light polluted area by the city of Chicago (Filters were used). Once again I would highly recommend this telescope to people on a budget. (Posted on 1/12/2019)
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I got this scope as an addition to my telephoto lenses which were somewhat disappointing at long focal lengths. With the companion field flattener my images were much sharper and had more contrast. Additionally this small scope was the perfect size for my Sky adventurer tracker. This allowed me to grab wide field shots on the tracker while doing astrophotography with my larger setup. (Posted on 1/6/2019)
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I bought this scope as a more compact version of the wonderful AT72ED. I've used it on Vixen Porta and also on a Skywatcher AZ-GTi mount and it's great for birding and stargazing. It's compact enough to fit in a Harbor Freight 11" Canvas tool bag that I've lined with some closed cell foam with room to spare for eyepieces and a 1.25" diagonal. An accessory dovetail bar goes in the front pocket.

This AT60ED works great with AT2FF field flattener and eliminates the need for any additional extension tube. I converted a 1.25" diagonal to mount on T-thread and it gives a great visual view when attached directly to the AT2FF. I use a M43 format mirrorless camera and can fit the North American nebula within the field of this scope with sharp stars to the edge.

This scope is so much fun! (Posted on 1/3/2019)
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I bought this scope in early 2018. I did not know what to expect from a little APO refractor, but I was in for a surprise. It wasn't until late Spring that I was finally able to get out and use this little gem. I wanted to do wide field astro-imaging, with my them ASI385MC camera and ASI290MM camera that I just bought. I am limited to what I can by, since I am on SS Disability for Autism, so I have to pick and choose my toys wisely. At first, I was going to use this with the included vixen dovetail mount on my iOptron ZEQ25 mount and Nexstar Alt-Az mount, but I came up with a solution to use ADM Losmandy tube rings so I could mount it on top of my Nexstar C8 telescope while also mounted on my iOptron ZEQ25 mount. I then thought I wanted to use this alone, by itself, should I feel like just doing wide field astro-imaging. I then bought a Losmandy mount and attached the ADM mount to the Losmandy bar and Voila, I have an all purpose telescope.

The scope is so nice to use. The image that comes through is clean and sharp. Pin point stars and tack sharp nebula's and cluster are a delight to see, visually. Once I attach my ASI294MC camera, the whole night sky opens up and I am able to image some of the best wide field nebula possible. But I still wanted more. I was wondering if I could attach the Meade F/6.3 Reducer/Corrector to the scope and what my results would be. Lo and Behold, I got pinpoint stars across the field of view, from one edge to the other. The field flattener and reducer that Astronomics provides is a bit too expensive for me to buy. I guess I lucked out when I used the Meade Focal Reducer instead.

The focuser is smooth and the 10:1 dual focus is very precise. I don't like the three screws used to hold down the 1.25" reducer. It seems a bit awkward, especially out at night. However, when it calls for it, I use a WO Roto-Lock reducer to hold my 1.25" accessories, although now I am using mostly 2" accessories. I like the full extension of the focuser, but I have had to purchase a 2" 80mm extender to get to focus with my ASI294MC camera.

The Fit and finish of this scope is wonderful. The Red highlights is nice against a white tube. However, I have noticed the the black stenciling on the dew shield has a tendency to rub off if handled in the wrong way. The scope has a nice heft to it, but it won't feel that heavy once mounted on your mount. It has two spots on the focuser base for two finder scope dovetail holders. I chose a Red WO dovetail holder along with a WO Red finder scope tube rings. Adds a nice touch to the scope. I did buy a Harbor Freight Apache 3800 case to hold this scope, it was fairly cheap at $32 and it is water tight.

The first night out, with my then new ASI294MC camera, was like magic. I imaged at native resolution, the Lagoon and Trifid nebula's, in the same FOV. The same with the North American nebula and the whole Veil nebula complex. Recently, I have imaged M42, the Rosette, Christmas Tree cluster, Witch Head nebula,, The Jellyfish nebula and a whole lot more. I have taken some nice planetary nebula pics with this scope. I use the binning feature on the ASI294MC camera and I am able to zoom in on a smaller sized planetary nebula and later process it into a fairly decent pic.

This scope, despite its small size, has the potential to image a lot of deepsky objects, just given your time and patience to do so. I have yet to image the planets with this scope, but I am in the market to buy a 5X barlow, so I will see what it can do.

I would love to win the AT92 APO scope. I could not afford to buy such a wonderful instrument, based on my SSD checks and it would be used extensively with my planet imaging camera. (Posted on 1/1/2019)
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This scope, with the field flattener and a sky-watcher star adventurer is my grab and go setup! (Posted on 12/16/2018)
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I've had the 60mmED for a few months now. I'm a very experienced photographer, birds, portraits, landscapes...you name it. I've been having a blast with this scope! Living near Lake Overholser, OKC, where there are lot's of birds, the 60mmED is great as a manual focus telephoto lens. I've also used it for an Astro-imaging guide scope and Astro-imaging main scope! This little guy does it all, I love it. Hopefully, I can attach some daytime and astrophotos to this review. If I can't, just take my word and buy one! (Posted on 12/13/2018)
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I use this scope when I camp and hike. Its portability and excellent optics make visual viewing and photography easy. Its metal tube packs well in a backpack and makes it durable. The retractable dew shield when folded makes it compact. It can be mounted on a field tripod and it's great for wide field photography. It excels at lunar wide field shots. The 2 inch focuser is excellent and overall the scope is a winner. (Posted on 12/4/2018)
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Brought the scope mainly to use with my 40mm HA solar filter, made an adapter to mout the filter. Sets up easily. (Posted on 11/27/2018)
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An excellent little scope that oozes quality. Build and quality are amazing for $369 and optics have exceeded my expectations....great grab and go! (Posted on 11/20/2018)
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I got one of these when they first came out and I am very happy with the fit and finish and the amazing optical performance. This is a great "grab and go" scope for visual use and a very capable wide field imaging scope. It is a keeper. (Posted on 11/14/2018)
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What an awesome little scope, I love it, must have accessories= the AT60FF and the Camera Angle Adjuster, I use it with my ASI1600mm Pro. Round stars out to the edge of the 1600's frame . . . sharp. Can't say enough about it except "GET ONE" you wont regret it. Versatile and makes a great Solar scope with the proper filters of course. BTW the staff at Astronomics is TOP notch. (Posted on 11/14/2018)
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I purchased this scope as a grab and go scope. It is very compact and lightweight. I carry it in a basic camera backpack. It rides comfortably on nearly any tripod, though I mostly use an AT Voyager mount. It does not need a finder because the field of view is so wide with a low power eyepiece (I typically use a TV Panoptic 24). For high power, I use a 3-6 TV Nagler zoom. The fit and finish on the scope is excellent, and the focuser is very smooth. (Posted on 11/11/2018)
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When buying stuff I try to read as many reviews as possible. I am just a normal guy, not being paid by anyone to post this. I can promise you if you are considering this telescope you will not be disappointed. I've used this little guy for about six months and I have zero regrets. Stars are sharp, pin points. Focuser is so smooth. An all around unbelievable scope. (Posted on 11/10/2018)
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I took a bit of ribbing from some members of our astronomy group when I brought this small scope to a meeting. "My alignment scope is bigger . . ." and so forth. But this is certainly no alignment scope. It has superb optics for the price and a smooth, precise focuser. I've use my 100mm Celestron spotting scope for quick night views on occasion, but it doesn't compare with this little Astro Tech. With a field flattener, this would make a decent astrophotographic scope, especially for traveling and/or simplicity. The only problem is that I'm becoming less inclined to drag out my heavy mount and SCT for viewing. I love this thing. (Posted on 11/9/2018)
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I bought this as a travel scope this summer. I tried it out with a 20 mm swa eyepiece to scan the skies and it gave me really nice views with pinpoint stars. This scope isn't designed for planetary viewing but i tried it out with a Tellevue 3-6 zoom eyepiece. I was surprised how far I could push it. I could see the bands on Jupiter. This is a wonderful scope in all aspects. (Posted on 11/7/2018)
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I bought this new in October 2017. Optics are very sharp; well corrected and free of false color. The mechanics are very good, too. If there is a weaker spot, it's the focuser--the lock screw on mine seems to tilt the drawtube slightly--but it still gets the job done. (I'm not going to ding it a star because it doesn't come equipped with a Feathertouch which would cost more than the entire scope!)

I bought this primarily to piggyback on my larger refractor as a wide field imager/guidescope/super finder. It excels at all of those tasks, but is completely overkill for a guidescope. Other uses I have found for it: Travel? You betcha! Terrestrial telephoto lens/spotting scope? Why not?! Quick look backyard moon & planet (often through the sucker holes) scope? Yes (if you can live with the limitations of a 60mm aperture). Open Cluster Sweeper from dark skies? Check. Scope to work on those advanced observing projects; galaxy clusters, planetary nebulae, globs in M31, etc? Uh...not so much!

This is perhaps one of the most versatile _2nd_ telescopes out there, but you wouldn't want this to be your _only_ telescope. It complements a larger Newtonian very nicely, though (e.g., my 13"). I have actually ended up using this scope visually a lot more than I originally planned, just because it is so quick and easy and portable.

In summary, I have absolutely no regrets about buying this scope, and I can't wait to do some eclipse-chasing with it. The AT60ED is a keeper. (Posted on 11/6/2018)
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This little 60mm ED refractor is an amazing little performer. The quality of the materials and construction makes this a very high performance telescope. Yes it's only a 60mm, but it performs quite well. ..especially observing the moon.
If you're a planet and double star person, you may want to get something larger but this little scope is nice.
It's also a wonderful little birding scope. Highly recommended. (Posted on 11/6/2018)
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I hesitated to buy this scope since I already had a quite useful travel scope. However, attracted by the very modest price and neat appearance, I ordered one. From the moment I unpacked it I have been very happy with my purchase. Fit and finish are of the highest quality. The focuser is a delight to operate and is as smooth as any I have had. When I got out under the stars, I was even happier. The optics are as good as you could ever expect from an FPL-53 doublet. Stars are pinpoint and the detail on the Moon is fantastic. Big deep-sky objects like the Perseus Double Cluster are breathtaking. If you are thinking of getting one, don't hesitate. (Posted on 11/6/2018)
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Purchased this telescope from Astronomics a few months ago and have been loving every minute of using it. Great dual purpose instrument for both visual and astrophotography. Paired up with a .8x flattener reducer gives a very wide field with my DSLR for unique astrophotos. Great for comets! Have also used it for EAA purposes with great results live stacking. This scope is great when you need a quick setup for the night. Visually the scope can handle more power than you would think and its a sweetheart on large, bright open clusters. I will never get rid of this telescope. (Posted on 11/5/2018)
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I bought this because I was tired of waiting for the AT72ED II to be in stock, and I have to say, I’m happy that I was so impatient! This thing is super easy to set up, and provides incredible views of wide star fields, open clusters, double stars and more! Every time I pull it out I am amazed at its performance! (Posted on 11/4/2018)
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This scope is way better than I expected it to be. It's every bit on par with my Televue 60mm. The 2 inch focuser gives the capability to be super wide field of view. The fit and finish is above average! The images are super sharp. I'm very impressed. I suggest getting a Astrotech dovetail to help with mounting on normal astronomy mounts. But as is it would work nicely on a camera mount. (Posted on 11/1/2018)
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If you love grab and go on the smallest of mounts like the DSV-M, look no further! This scope was optically comparable with a TV60 but with a much better focuser (I despised that helical focuser on the TV60). Also, if you are imaging on a budget, it is hard to go wrong with this offering. A very good value product. 5 stars. (Posted on 10/27/2018)
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This new AT60ED is a beautiful instrument which will obviously last for several lifetimes. Over design is the rule of the day. In person, the scope instantly reminds me of a TMB refractor. The type of quality which gives the owner joy and satisfaction even as you pass it by on a rainy day. The dew shield design is remarkable, and purpose driven. The focuser by itself is worth the price of the entire scope. It is a rock solid 2" rack and pinion, that is simply laughing at my imaging train. The optics are fabulous, and I would have said this was a triplet APO, after using it. With a 2" AT diagonal, and a low power eyepiece, this scope looks like a beautiful little sledge hammer. The kind of instrument that just oozes satisfaction. (Posted on 10/26/2018)
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What a gem this scope is. It's hardly larger than a can of soda, but performs as well as Televue 60 that I had several years ago. I often use it with a 4.7mm Ethos eyepiece for 77x and an almost 1.5 degree FOV and everyone who has looked through it at star parties goes "Wow". I have it in a small Pelican case as my 'portable observatory' - including tripod, mount, eyepieces, diagonal - only an observing chair is missing(!). I can grab it quickly and know that I have everything necessary to be able to enjoy the night skies. (Posted on 10/7/2018)
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I got this scope because it is small enough to fit in my travel astronomy backpack, along with a sturdy tripod, eyepieces, finder, etc. I’ve taken it on a plane and it travels well. The optics are fantastic. It’s a solid, well made scope with smooth 2-speed focuser. It can accept 2” as well as 1-1/4” diagonals. I suggest using widefield eyepieces to really get the full benefit of the optics. (Posted on 10/7/2018)
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Great Product! I'm so happy with it. The image sharpness is superb! Mechanically this scope operates smoothly. This scope with its imaging and portability suits my needs. (Posted on 10/7/2018)
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It's been a great summer for planet viewing! My AT60ED has spent the past few months mounted on a Vixen Porta with TeleVue 7mm DeLite. (Posted on 10/7/2018)
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I love this tiny guy. Bought it to give me something to grab quickly and get outside on a starry night in the back yard without requiring a lot of fuss. Initially I used it on a camera tripod, both of which I could fit in a backpack. Literally seconds to set up. I've paired it with really wide TeleVue Panoptic 41, 24, Delos 10, and 4.5 eye pieces. On a clear night, the 4.5 really pushes the scope to its limit. But I'm able to make out rings of Saturn, and the red dot on Jupiter. With a really wide view of the 41mm eye piece, I can easily gaze small and large clusters and on a really dark night have no trouble spotting large nebula. Such an awesome scope, and at a great price. (Posted on 10/7/2018)
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In writing this review, I must give the caveat that I am writing about the AT 66, which I have used for long lens photography at graduations, as a guide telescope mounted on a Meade LX90 8" Classic and as a visual telescope for camping/hiking trips. All of the Astro Tech telescopes are superb instruments. I have observed through many of my astronomy club's members Astro Tech telescopes and believe that choosing any telescope is a match to observer and where he or she observes. Because of its high quality and light weight, my range for reaching dark skies has expanded. I have needed no field flattener with this telescope. I use it visually and photographically with great result! (Posted on 10/6/2018)
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I use my AT60ED for strictly visual purposes, and it's a wonderful telescope with high optical and mechanical quality. What a great value this scope is. It has become my most frequently used telescope (out of six that I currently own) simply because it can work well with a medium-duty photographic tripod, if so desired, and it's an easy chore to carry it so mounted out to the yard, ready for immediate use.

My only "complaint" about this telescope (and one which does *not* warrant penalizing it to something less that five stars) is that my eyes cannot accommodate the field curvature inherent to a refractor of this short focal length. (This means that a stars which lie near the edge of the field of view, especially with a low power eyepiece, may not be in focus when a star at the center of the field is in perfect focus.) By trial and error, I have found that strategic selection of eyepiece (possibly with a barlow lens) effectively mitigates the issue for me.

I'll be keeping this scope for a long time to come. I wish all clear skies and happy observing. (Posted on 10/6/2018)
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Got this scope to serve as a finder for my 6” SCT. But it is excellent in its own right as a wide field viewer and even on the planets and moon. Sharpness and contrast are excellent! Again this scope is an excellent purchase option for the price paid. (Posted on 10/6/2018)
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Great little scope! I use mine mainly for guiding and it works very well for that. However it is also a really good observational and photographic scope on its own. Excellent optics and build quality at a great price! (Posted on 10/6/2018)
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This an amazing performer for the price. I've matched it with the field flattener, and am hoping to use it as my astrophotography travel scope. The focuser is incredible at this price! (Posted on 10/6/2018)
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