TOA-150F 5.9" F/7.33 Ortho-Apochromat Triplet Refractor OTA

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This Takahashi refractor optical tube has:

• 150mm f/7.33 Ortho-Apochromat triplet optics with dual ED elements 
• 4” rack and pinion focuser with camera angle adjuster and 10:1 fine focus
• retractable dew shield
• state-of-the-art optical performance, exceeding even fluorite scopes
• 5-year warranty

    The Takahashi TOA-150 refractor provides exceptionally high optical and mechanical quality for the serious visual observer and astrophotographer. The TOA-150 is exceptional for observing and imaging within the solar system. Its images of subtle lunar and planetary details are sharp, with realistic and highly saturated color. They are totally free from chromatic aberration’s violet haze of spurious color, thanks to the scope’s ED triplet optics. The latest antireflection multicoatings and numerous knife-edge internal baffles assure the maximum image contrast possible.

The 5.9” aperture of the TOA-150 provides a visual limiting magnitude of 13.4, and a photographic limiting magnitude of well over 15, making it excellent for deep space observing as well. The brighter nebulas and galaxies stand out crisply against a very dark sky background. Binary stars and globular star clusters are particularly well-resolved, thanks to its diffraction-free images, and its freedom from spurious color vividly shows the contrasting colors present in many binary systems.

The TOA-150’s f/7.33 focal ratio and 1100mm focal length is long enough, using a 3mm eyepiece to provide 367x, for very high magnification observations of the Moon and planets. It is equally capable of producing a huge 2.27° field at 22x, with a bright 6.8mm exit pupil, using a 2” Takahashi 50mm eyepiece.

This Telescope’s Optical System . . .

  • apochromatic triplet ED refractor optics: 5.9” (150mm) aperture, 1100mm focal length, f/7.33 Ortho-Apochromatic triplet lens using two FPL-53 ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass element flanking a crown glass element for pinpoint stars and images that are free from spurious color (chromatic aberration).

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

This Telescope’s Mechanical System . . .

  • Retractable dew shield: Slows the formation of dew on the lens 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.) For transport, the retractable lens shade keeps the overall length of the optical tube to a manageable 38” when it is retracted and the visual extension tube removed.

  • Carry handle: A carry handle at the rear of the tube, just before the focuser, allows easy transport of the optical tube.

  • Quick release for optional finderscope: A quick release bracket on the focuser body holds an optional 7x50mm Takahashi finder and mounting bracket, allowing easy removal of the finder for travel and storage.

  • Rack and pinion focuser: 4” focuser, with a 2” eyepiece/accessory holder that threads into the focuser drawtube. A 1.25” compression ring eyepiece/star diagonal holder is also supplied. The non-marring soft nylon compression rings of the 2” and 1.25” eyepiece holders won’t scratch the barrels of your accessories or star diagonal, as ordinary thumbscrews can. Dual focusing knobs provide precise image control with either hand. The large focus knobs are easy to operate, even while wearing gloves or mittens in cold weather. There is a 10:1 ratio micro-fine focuser on one knob as standard equipment. This provides ultra-precise focusing for critical high magnification visual use and astrophotography. A large thumbscrew locks the focuser tube in place without image shift at the correct photographic focus.

  • Long back focus: Back focus is a very good 225mm, allowing the stacking of a wide variety of CCD cameras, color filter wheels, electric focusers, and film cameras.

  • Optional photographic accessories: Three accessories are available to provide a variety of image scales and sky coverage: two focal reducers and an extender.
    The small focal reducer (#TAK130RE) effectively cuts the focal length to 860mm and the focal ratio to f/5.73. The photographic field is now 3.33°, spread over a 50mm image circle for non-vignetted 35mm photography.
    The large focal reducer (#TAK150RE) is designed for medium format photography. It also effectively cuts the focal length to 860mm and the focal ratio to f/5.73. The photographic field is now 6°, spread over a 90mm image circle for medium format (6x7) photography.
    A 1.6x extender (#XTND-T) effectively increases the focal length to 1760mm and the focal ratio to f/11.7. The photographic magnification (compared to a 50mm camera lens) is 35.2x with this extender in use and the field is 1.3°, making it excellent for lunar photography. The extender can also be used visually.
    A variety of photographic coupling attachments and eyepiece projection photography adapters are also available.
Highest Useful Magnification:
This is the highest visual power a telescope can achieve before the image becomes too dim for useful observing (generally at about 50x to 60x per inch of telescope aperture). However, this power is very often unreachable due to turbulence in our atmosphere that makes the image too blurry and unstable to see any detail.

On nights of less-than-perfect seeing, medium to low power planetary, binary star, and globular cluster observing (at 25x to 30x per inch of aperture or less) is usually more enjoyable than fruitlessly attempting to push a telescope's magnification to its theoretical limits. Very high powers are generally best reserved for planetary observations and binary star splitting.

Small aperture telescopes can usually use more power per inch of aperture on any given night than larger telescopes, as they look through a smaller column of air and see less of the turbulence in our atmosphere. While some observers use up to 100x per inch of refractor aperture on Mars and Jupiter, the actual number of minutes they spend observing at such powers is small in relation to the number of hours they spend waiting for the atmosphere to stabilize enough for them to use such very high powers.
Focal Length:
This is the length of the effective optical path of a telescopeor eyepiece (the distance from the main mirror or lens where the lightis gathered to the point where the prime focus image is formed). Focallength is typically expressed in millimeters.

The longer the focallength, the higher the magnification and the narrower the field of viewwith any given eyepiece. The shorter the focal length, the lower themagnification and the wider the field of view with the same eyepiece.

Focal Ratio:
This is the ‘speed’ of a telescope’s optics, found by dividing the focal length by the aperture. The smaller the f/number, the lower the magnification, the wider the field, and the brighter the image with any given eyepiece or camera.

Fast f/4 to f/5 focal ratios are generally best for lower power wide field observing and deep space photography. Slow f/11 to f/15 focal ratios are usually better suited to higher power lunar, planetary, and binary star observing and high power photography. Medium f/6 to f/10 focal ratios work well with either.

An f/5 system can photograph a nebula or other faint extended deep space object in one-fourth the time of an f/10 system, but the image will be only one-half as large. Point sources, such as stars, are recorded based on the aperture, however, rather than the focal ratio – so that the larger the aperture, the fainter the star you can see or photograph, no matter what the focal ratio.

This is the ability of a telescope to separate closely-spaced binary stars into two distinct objects, measured in seconds of arc. One arc second equals 1/3600th of a degree and is about the width of a 25-cent coin at a distance of three miles! In essence, resolution is a measure of how much detail a telescope can reveal. The resolution values on our website are derived using the Dawes’ limit formula.

Dawes’ limit only applies to point sources of light (stars). Smaller separations can be resolved in extended objects, such as the planets. For example, Cassini’s Division in the rings of Saturn (0.5 arc seconds across), was discovered using a 2.5” telescope – which has a Dawes’ limit of 1.8 arc seconds!

The ability of a telescope to resolve to Dawes’ limit is usually much more affected by seeing conditions, by the difference in brightness between the binary star components, and by the observer’s visual acuity, than it is by the optical quality of the telescope.

0.77 arc seconds
Visual Limiting Magnitude:
This is the magnitude (or brightness) of the faintest star that can be seen with a telescope. The larger the number, the fainter the star that can be seen. An approximate formula for determining the visual limiting magnitude of a telescope is 7.5 + 5 log aperture (in cm).

This is the formula that we use with all of the telescopes we carry, so that our published specs will be consistent from aperture to aperture, from manufacturer to manufacturer. Some telescope makers may use other unspecified methods to determine the limiting magnitude, so their published figures may differ from ours.

Keep in mind that this formula does not take into account light loss within the scope, seeing conditions, the observer’s age (visual performance decreases as we get older), the telescope’s age (the reflectivity of telescope mirrors decreases as they get older), etc. The limiting magnitudes specified by manufacturers for their telescopes assume very dark skies, trained observers, and excellent atmospheric transparency – and are therefore rarely obtainable under average observing conditions. The photographic limiting magnitude is always greater than the visual (typically by two magnitudes).

This is the diameter of the light-gathering main mirror or objective lens of a telescope. In general, the larger the aperture, the better the resolution and the fainter the objects you can see.
The weight of this product.
32 lbs.
Based on Astronomy magazine’s telescope "report cards", scopes of this size and type generally perform as follows . . .
Terrestrial Observation:
Observing terrestrial objects (nature studies, birding, etc.) is usually possible only with refractor and catadioptric telescopes, and convenient only when the scope is on an altazimuth mount or photo tripod. Most reflectors cannot be used for terrestrial observing. Scopes with apertures under 5" to 6" are generally most useful for terrestrial observing due to atmospheric conditions (heat waves and mirage, dust, haze, etc.) that degrade the image quality in larger scopes. 
Lunar Observation:
Visual observation of the Moon is possible with any telescope. Larger aperture scopes will provide more detail than smaller scopes, thereby getting a higher score in this category, but may require an eyepiece filter to cut down the greater glare from the Moon's sunlit surface so small details can be seen more easily. Lunar observing is more rewarding when the Moon is waxing or waning as the changing sun angle casts constantly varying shadows to reveal craters and surface features by the hundreds.  
Planetary Observation:
Binary and Star Cluster Observation:
Galaxy and Nebula Observation:
Terrestrial Photography:
Photographing terrestrial objects (wildlife, scenery, etc.) is usually possible only with refractor and catadioptric telescopes, and convenient only when the scope is on an altazimuth mount or photo tripod. Most reflectors cannot be used for terrestrial photography. Scopes with focal ratios of f/10 and faster and apertures under 5" to 6" are generally the most useful for terrestrial photography due to atmospheric conditions (heat waves and mirage, dust, haze, etc.) that degrade the image quality in larger scopes.
Lunar Photography:
Photography of the Moon is possible with virtually any telescope, using a 35mm camera, DSLR, or CCD-based webcam (planetary imager). While an equatorial mount with a motor drive is not strictly essential, as the exposure times will be very short, such a mount would be helpful to improve image sharpness, particularly with webcam-type cameras that take a series of exposures over time and stack them together. Reflectors may require a Barlow lens to let the camera reach focus. 
Planetary Photography:
Star Cluster / Nebula / Galaxy Photography:
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5mm 1.25" long eye relief ED
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12.5mm 1.25" long eye relief
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24mm 1.25" long eye relief
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50mm 2" long eye relief
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7 X 50mm straight-through finder
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Mounting bracket for 7 x 50mm Takahashi finderscope
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1/10Th wave accuracy 2" compression ring mirror w/1.25" adapter
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