Modular designed multipurpose telescope, both for observing the sun in the H-alpha wavelength, as well as for night sky observations. Easy conversion between the different applications with a few simple steps. 2-lens ED Apo telescope with FPL-53 glass, 80mm aperture and 560mm focal length - very good image quality for H-Alpha solar observation and also for observing the starry sky at night.
With innovative air pressure tuning system, 2 inch (50.8mm) Crayford focuser, and B1200 blocking filter.
Solar observing in H-alpha:
The LS80MT is a complete telescope for observing the sun in H-alpha light, with 80mm free aperture (no central obstruction) and 560mm focal length. The H-alpha wavelength is the most impressive way to observe the sun, showing protuberances at the sun's edge, filaments and flares on the surface, and much more. An internal Etalon filter achieves a bandwidth of <0.7 Angstrom with the innovative air pressure tuning system Pressure-Tuner. Tuning is done by slightly changing the air pressure in a pressure chamber inside the telescope. This changes the refractive index of the air, making it easy to tune to the H-alpha line. The pressure tuner guarantees a homogeneous image, without central obstruction, and a permanently protected Etalon without erosion. A set of collimating lenses installed in the telescope ensures best performance.
Fine adjustment is achieved with a either a 2 inch Crayford, 2 inch Rack&Pinion or 2 inch Feathertouch focuser with 10:1 reduction.
The B1200 is good for visual solar observing. Also solar imaging is possible by cameras with small CCD chip. We recommend a LS80MT with B1800 blocking-filter by using cameras with middle or large sized CCD chips. The B1800 is very good for visual solar observing, and also for solar imaging.
You can select a version of the LS80MT to be delivered without blocking filter. Therefore an additional blocking filter is required to use the telescope for solar observation in the H-alpha wavelength. You can choose from the wide range of Lunt Solar Systems blocking filters and decide for example if you want a blocking filter in a 90° star-diagonal housing or one in a straight extension tube.
The star diagonal in which the blocking filter is installed, is equipped as standard for 1.25 inch eyepieces and with a T2 camera connection.
Observing the starry night sky:
The H-Alpha Etalon system can be removed from the telescope in a few easy steps thanks to its modular design. With the additionally available conversion kit (item number 0551330) the 2-lens ED Apo refractor can then be used as a normal telescope with 80mm aperture and 560mm focal length for observation and photography of the night sky. The FPL-53 doublet lens offers an low colour aberration image. Common 2 inch star diagonals can be used at the high quality R&P focuser of the conversion kit 0551330.
Please note that the optionally available conversion kit 0551330 is absolutely necessary if the telescope should be used at night.
With additionally available accessories the LS80MT offers even more possibilities!
The LS80MT telescope can optionally be upgraded with the additionally available double-stack module DSII/SFPT (item number 0551395). The DSII system is a internal double-stack module. Thereby a bandwidth of <0.5 Angstrom is achieved for H-alpha solar observation. Therefore much more details on the solar surface will become visible.
- Solar observing in White-Light
If the H-alpha unit has been removed, of course either a sun filter to be installed in front of the objective, or a Herschel-wedge at the focuser can be used to observe the sunspots in White-Light.
- Solar observing in Ca-K wavelength
Certainly, the Ca-K filter modules from Lunt Solar Systems can also be used at the LS80MT to observe and photograph super-granulation and other effects visible in this wavelength on the sun.
This makes the LS80MT a completely universal usable ED Apo telescope of very good quality!
2-lens ED APO refractor, FPL-53
Aperture: 80mm (no central obstruction)
Focal length: 560mm
Bandwidth: internal Etalon with <0.7 Angstrom
Tuning: air pressure tuning system Pressure-Tuner
Blocking filter: B1200/B1800 with 1.25" and T2 connection. Also available with no blocking filter.
Focuser: Crayford/R&P/Feathertouch with 10:1 reduction
Two tube-ring with handle
Sol-Searcher installed inside handle
Dovetail bar at GP-level for astronomical mounts
Length with blocking filter and dew-shield: 62cm
Length without blocking filter and removed dew-shield: 50cm
SCOPE OF DELIVERY
LS80MT Multipurpose Telescope
Chosen blocking filter in star-diagonal housing
2 inch focuser with 10:1 reduction
Tube rings with dovetail bar and sol-searcher
Transport case (78x33x23cm)
Conversion kit for observation of the starry night sky (0551330) not included!