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TeleVue 102 Renaissance f8.6 Brass Apochromat Refractor (4.0" aperture)

"A first-rate four inch aperture Apo that happens to be beautifully made in striking to look at as through"

TeleVue 102 Renaissance Apo Telescope
Above: 102 Renaissance telescope at Company Seven shown with lens shade retracted and with provided TeleVue
"Everbrite" 2 inch Mirror Diagonal, Mounting Collar, on optional Gibraltar Head and Wood Tripod Mount (45,316 bytes).
Click on image to see enlarged view (71,717 bytes).

In September 2001 TeleVue announced this new telescope that replaced their 101 Renaissance f/5.4 brass telescope. The 102 Renaissance is a limited-production brass variant of the "102" telescope. The 102 Renaissance is first-rate four inch aperture Apo that happens to be beautifully made in brass; it is as striking to look at as to look through but unlike most other brass telescopes this is foremost a high performance Apochromatic telescope that happens to be made in brass. As one strolls our showroom these are certainly among the most impressive-looking telescopes sold by Company Seven.

So now a fellow can buy this telescope, return home and announce to his questioning spouse:

"...look Honey, I just bought a gorgeous piece of furniture, of heirloom grade, that happens to be a telescope too!"


TeleVue 102 Renaissance Apo Telescope Compared to the other popular telescope designs (reflecting and Catadioptric) the well made refracting telescopes will offer the most natural, high contrast, three dimensional views of the brighter objects; these have certainly have been the choice of professional visual astronomers. The 4 and 5 inch aperture f5 to 5.5 telescopes pioneered by TeleVue proved the concept of using a refractor for deep sky observing and for imaging. If one could build a large enough mirror telescope to show what details a comparable refractor could show, then the field of view through the mirror systems would be relatively narrow. However, most refracting telescopes up to the early 1980's were relatively high magnification instruments affording relatively narrow fields of view. Recent optics innovations had resulted in relatively fast telescopes of f9 or so like this 102; compared to the previous common f12 to f15 ratio Achromat this affords wider fields of view better suited to deep sky observing. Since the best apochromatic refractors such as the 101 are the most difficult and costly in raw materials to make well consistently, these telescope will cost notably more than competing designs - but the waiting lists and high resale values testify to the confidence that the astronomy community has in telescopes such as these.

Right: 102 Renaissance telescope at Company Seven shown with lens shade extended and with provided TeleVue
"Everbrite" 2 inch Mirror Diagonal, Mounting Collar, on optional Gibraltar Head and Wood Tripod Mount (56,887 bytes).
Click on image to see enlarged view (242,474 bytes).

Most brass telescopes marketed today are rather simple novelties being no better optically or mechanically (if as good) as the 18th and 19th century Achromatic telescopes they mimic. These telescopes provide a user with little or no flexibility. Often being fixed at a single magnification, or provided with simple narrow field of view oculars which usually do not accommodate spectacle wearers, they lack the ability to accept camera adaptors, etc., are attached to modest if not spindly tripod - and are then priced at premium levels in order to support the high overhead of the "Mall" type retailers they are marketed by; often these simple telescope exceed the cost of a comparable size, modern high quality telescope.

The TeleVue "Renaissance" are a series of telescopes first introduced before the last visit of Comet Halley; the first generation and its successors have always been first and foremost a state of the art telescope based on conventional models including the "101" and "102" Apochromatic optical systems. These are conceived for those who people who appreciate an aesthetic appeal but also seek a high performance functional yet decorative, family heirloom grade of telescope - with even modest care the instrument will be appreciated by generations to come. The TeleVue Renaissance four inch telescopes and their smaller cousin the TeleVue 85 Brass are ideal instruments for use:

  • as a functional, decorative telescope to span generations
  • in the field employed as an astronomical telescope
  • at a home or office where there is a panoramic view of a city or waterfront
  • as a very sharp, and clear ultra telephoto lens
  • where appealing to the sense of sight is the only way one can get a telescope by the spouse!

The original "102" telescope was introduced with ivory finished optical aluminum tube in the Summer of 2000. The "102/102 Renaissance" telescopes lens design derived from the fifth generation TeleVue "101" and the previous "101 Renaissance" telescopes. The 101 systems are each a four element refractor design succeeding the original 5 inch "MPT" system introduced in 1982, the beautiful brass 4 inch aperture f5.5"Renaissance" telescope introduced in 1984, the "Genesis" 4 inch f 5 telescope of 1988, and the "SDF" 4 inch f5.4 of 1993. Al Naglers patented four element design is based on the "Petzval" concept where a two element air spaced objective lens at the front of the telescope passes the light through to a second doublet lens positioned at the rear of the telescope and before the focuser. The rear doublet lens group functions include 1) reduce the effective focal length, and 2) reduce or eliminate curvature of field.

The 102 telescope is similar to the 101 series in that it employs the large air gap SD apochromatic doublet (two lens) objective for very good control of chromatic and spherical aberration. However, the 102 does not incorporate the second doublet lens (telecompressor - focal reducer, and field flattener element) as does the 101 series, and so the resulting effective focal length of 880mm is longer in the 102 telescope than it is in 101 (540mm focal length) series. Practically speaking this means that the 102 telescope has some advantages over the 101, and some disadvantages:


  • The two element lens system is less costly to produce than the four element 101 design, therefore the 102 telescopes will sell at a lower cost.
  • The 102's simpler design is easier to produce in greater numbers since the telescope tube is easier to assemble and collimate - availability should be better than the 101.
  • With two less elements in the light path and a higher f ratio than the 101, the 102's contrast and overall transmission appear marginally better. This is particularly noticeable when looking for subdued details on the major Planets, and finding subtle features and craterlets along the Moon's terminator.
  • The higher effective focal ratio of f/8.6 lends itself better (with optional lenses) for use with optional Hydrogen-Alpha solar filters which prefer a nominal f/30 beam such as our DayStar series.
  • The 102 optical tube weighs about 1.5 lbs. (1 kg.) less in weight than the 101. This permits the telescope to be operated for limited uses on less expensive German mounts (including some relatively cheaply made imported mounts).


  • The 102 can attain a field of view of as much as 3.00 degrees (with a 6.38mm Exit Pupil). This is not as wide a field of view photographically, or visually as the 4.9 degrees possible with the 101. This may make the 101 a better choice for those who seek to observe the larger deep sky objects, of for some panoramic terrestrial applications.
  • The 101 incorporates a field flattening element which provides pinpoint imaging performance across the field of view. This is important for those who aspire to take the more perfect astronomical photographs on the 35mm format.

    There is however, an optional Focal Length Reducer/Field Flattener designed for the 102. Introduced in November 2000 this accessory will provide an effective focal length of about 704mm at f6.9.


TeleVue has taken the "modular" approach with this telescope; the only furnished accessories are the 2" to 1.25" reducer, and carrying case. Other items commonly provided with the TeleVue telescopes are optional including: eyepiece(s), mirror (or erecting prism) diagonal, and mounting hardware.

Company Seven applauds this decision on the part of TeleVue since we can now customize each 102 telescope to meet the needs of each particular observer without forcing them to pay for accessories such as those included with the other TeleVue telescopes which may be redundant or obsoleted by the customer's applications.

While at first glance the cost of the basic 102 telescope within several hundred dollars of the multipurpose TeleVue 85 telescope price, after considering the accessories one pays to complete the 102 to the level of the 101, then one pays about $250 less for the accessorized 102 than the 101. If however, one is moving up from a telescope such as the TeleVue 85 (assuming one has or will buy a suitable mount), or some other telescope which already is equipped with a premium quality 2" mirror diagonal, and eyepieces, then then only extra accessory needed will be the mounting hardware (TeleVue Collar, or third party mounting rings), and a mount. Many of our customers buying the 102 (and similar better telescopes) already own some of the accessories or a suitable mount for use on other telescopes, the 102 eliminates the requirement to duplicate some of these accessories.


Incorporating TeleVue's best air-spaced "SD" special dispersion doublet lens, and accepting 1-1/4" or 2" accessories including the highly regarded TeleVue Radian, Nagler and Panoptic eyepieces, magnifications as low as 16X and a field of view of as wide as 3.0 degrees are possible! A multi layer coating process of the lenses (as on all the TeleVue eyepieces) prevents light reflection off the surface of, or between the lenses; this process virtually eliminates ghost images and flare and it improves color rendition. All of this achieves a dramatic increase in image contrast and actual light transmission, with a corresponding reduction in flare caused by internal reflection. The result is a very versatile, and manageable system so well corrected that panoramic nature or star and planetary images are breathtaking. A collapsing lens shade aids portability. Its' uses include birding, video and film photography as well as astronomy.

The TeleVue "101" series telescopes introduced in 1998 are the first large TeleVue Apochromatic refractors which Company Seven found to be truly competitive in optical performance with the best 4 inch aperture Apos ever made; providing visually false color-free, sharp, clear and high contrast images. The TeleVue 101 remains the worlds fastest, flat field apochromatic 4 inch telescope - while the brass "Renaissance 101" also remains the world's most beautiful. The TeleVue 102 now means TeleVue has another scope, even better suited to those who seek uncompromised views of the brighter objects, and at a lower cost than most premium 4 inch Apochromats.

TeleVue 102 telescope cross section drawing (5,683 bytes)
Above: TeleVue "102" telescope optical arrangement; 1. air spaced doublet objective, 2. 2" focuser, 3. 2" to 1.25" reducer (5,683 bytes)

The objective lens of the 102 is of an SD air spaced doublet design where two lenses (crown and flint) are matched to work as one; the positive element is of a fluorocrown substitute with special dispersion glass. In fact this design allows excellent color correction without annoying purple fringes (secondary color) common to less sophisticated achromatic refractors. And it will perform better than a number of older triplet and modern doublet apochromat designs. There will be a barely perceptible false color in this design, and what there is may be visible only to the more discriminating observers when using the telescope at very high magnifications well in excess 300x on some of the very brightest starts. Spherical correction is very good also with the air gap objective contributing to this correction. Images of the stars and the planets are presented in their natural colors, daytime objects viewed at commonly used magnifications will appear quite three dimensional, sharp and high in contrast.

The objective's four air to glass surfaces multi-layer anti-reflection coatings improve overall light transmission across the visual wavelengths and from 400nm to well beyond 700nm. Overall the complete system provides about 202 times the light gathering power of the unaided human eye. On most nights, the settling down time for the lens is on the order of minutes: from room temperature to sub-freezing conditions it rarely requires more than 30 minutes to acclimate.

Company Seven's Q.C. testing of each telescope we receive has shown the lenses are well figured and the design so refined that the consistency between telescopes is quite good; each is capable of operating at very high magnification cleanly (even with optional "Barlow" or "Powermate" lenses). This telescope reaches the threshold necessary to routinely obtain meaningful views of the planets; showing several bands and their shades of color (beige, tan, browns) on Jupiter, observe the four largest moons of Jupiter and their shadows cast on the surface as distinct discs as they transit across the planet! Study the Cassini division and banding on Saturn, the polar cap and dark markings on a fiery red Mars. With an eyepiece that shows 1/2 degree field or so (such as an 8mm "Radian") take a walk on our apparently three dimensional Moon possibly resolving objects on the Moon as small as 4.4 km in diameter. Or follow its' terminator throughout the moon phases (optional neutral density filters suggested to attenuate the brightness). With an optional white light solar filter (such as our Baader AstroSolar film) one may view Faculae and Sunspots on the Sun! With optional Hydrogen Alpha filters (such as our DayStar ATM or University series) observe Faculae, Sunspots, the Peach-fuzz like photosphere on the Sun as well as the sheer curtain like Prominences as they erupt from the Sun out into the blackness of space!

Included with the telescope is the TeleVue 90 degree angled 2 inch diameter "Everbrite" Mirror (or "Zenith") Diagonal incorporating a high precision 1/10th wave P-V mirror. This accessory makes the observing of objects overhead more comfortable. The male 2 inch barrel is threaded to accept 48mm photo and visual filters. The interior is fully anti reflection ribbed and coated. A 2 inch to 1.25 inch reducer adapter is furnished to permit the use of 1.25 inch diameter accessories. This diagonal permits an observer to employ any of a broad selection of 2 or 1.25 inch diameter oculars. The lock screw with a knurled head that is at the proximal (to the operator) end of the female 2 inch barrel adjusts tension to retain accessories such as the 2 to 1.25 inch reducer or lenses; this set screw is captive and so it too will not easily come out. The "Everbrite" mirror was introduced in 1999, it features a very high-tech dielectric coating (developed originally for military optics used in hostile environments such as blowing desert sand) which provide optimum performance and years of use. This new TeleVue 2 inch diagonal has no aluminum or other reflective metal coating. Instead, the reflective surface consists of 52 layers of thin film oxides similar to those used in anti-reflection coatings. The coatings are deposited by an electron beam evaporator at a high temperature. The result is that reflectivity is above 99% over the entire 4000 to 7000 Å (Angstrom) photo-visual range. Thin film coatings have extremely low surface scatter compared to aluminum or enhanced aluminum coatings; examination with a laser source shows approximately a five fold improvement in surface scatter. The mirror diagonal provides a comfortable viewing position for the observer by diverting the image at the rear of the telescope off axis by 90 degrees to the side, with minimal degradation of image quality. The view when using the telescope as it is provided will appear to be right side up, and is reversed left to right; this is not usually a problem for astronomy or nature observing because the image quality provided by the high quality mirror and 2 inch diameters panoramic oculars is exceptional.

TeleVue 102 Renaissance Apo Telescope focuser with Astro-Physics Maxbright 2 inch Diagonal (54,505 bytes) TeleVue 102 Renaissance Apo Telescope focuser with Astro-Physics Maxbright 2 inch Diagonal (54,505 bytes)
Above: TeleVue 102 Renaissance telescope 2" Focuser with TeleVue engraved Everbrite 2 inch Mirror Diagonal (54,505 bytes),
and telescope with Company Seven's option of 2" Focuser with Astro-Physics Maxbright 2 inch Mirror Diagonal and brass fittings (54,505 bytes).
Telescope is shown with the optional Televue Starbeam sight installed atop its mounting collar.

With TeleVue's 2" focuser and a matched wide angle ocular the 102 reveals its very good wide field of view ability showing up to 3 degrees at 16X to reveal the entire Messier Catalog of deep sky wonders, or to be employed for panoramic viewing of a seashore or countryside. Imagine a telescope that at a dark sky site has the combination of resolving power and field of view to sweep the Milky Way, see the Double Cluster in Perseus (NGC-869), find the Andromeda galaxy (M-31) and see it's ellipsoid shape, and with no doubt see the distinct forms of large Nebulae such as the Veil and North American Nebulae! With a wide angle eyepiece the TeleVue 102 can reveal all three stars of Orion's belt, closer in it reveals the jewel like stars of the Trapezium - a birthplace of stars, with a sweeping wisps of greenish gas clouds surrounding it. With a higher magnification M13 (the Hercules star cluster) takes on a three dimensional "salt and pepper" appearance even from suburban skies on a clear night. By the time one finds a large enough aperture Catadioptric, reflecting, or achromatic refractor to see similar detail, then one can only see a fraction of their area due to the relatively high focal length of these competing telescopes; with other telescopes it would be something like trying to observe the night sky through a straw!

In fact, one of the finest advertisements ever published for a telescope concept is the book Deep-Sky Companions: The Messier Objects where the author Stephen O'Meara sought to keep the drawings relevant to the amateur. To produce the highly detailed drawings of these celestial objects Stephen chose to observe with the second generation TeleVue "Genesis" telescope (4" aperture, 500mm f5) which has since been replaced by the improved 101 and 102 apochromatic telescopes. This book has become one of our best advertisements for the versatile, readily transportable fast 4 inch (10cm) refracting telescopes. Similarly to keep things simple, and relate as much as possible to the average amateur observer Stephen chose to use the telescope on the simple but sturdy TeleVue "Gibraltar" alt-azimuth mount with Ash Wood tripod. He equipped the telescope with only a modest selection of accessories: TeleVue 22mm "Panoptic" eyepiece (providing 23X, 2.85 Degrees Actual Field of View), a 7mm Nagler eyepiece (71X, 1.08 AFOV), and a TeleVue Barlow lens to increase the magnification by 1.8X.

The 3 degrees provided by the 102 compares favorably against many telescopes in field of view:

  • 1.7 at 25X for a common 102mm f10 achromatic refractor,
  • 1.4 at 31X for a typical 8" f6 reflecting telescope,
  • 1.3 degrees at 32X for an 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain (operating with an optional telecompressor lens)
  • 1.3 degrees at 32X for an 3-1/2" Maksutov-Cassegrain.

In fairness, the cost the TeleVue 102 (equipped with either an optional Alt-Az or Equatorial mount) is positioned at a higher cost than most of the above telescopes. And as a practical matter for some applications in astronomy the nominal match of the "102" exit pupil to an average dark adapted human eye will be obtained at magnifications of between 20X and 16X. The best performance will be obtained at all magnifications if a wise choice of good quality oculars is made however, since the 102 telescope incorporates a focal ratio of 8.6 then it is compatible with most of the simpler eyepiece designs. Again consider that an optional good quality "Barlow" or "TeleVue Powermate" amplifying (negative) lens, or optional long eye relief TeleVue "Radian" ocular (introduced in 1999) will usually be put into use to attain the highest use able magnifications which are necessary for observing small bright objects including planets, and double stars.

The TeleVue 102 Renaissance can operate on any of a number of suitable optional German Equatorial or for extreme ease of use or portability consider our alt-azimuth mounts including:

Furthermore, this is a telescope one can grow with since most of the accessories that one would buy for this telescope are upwardly compatible with any larger telescope that one is likely to buy at Company Seven.


TeleVue 102 Renaissance Apo Telescope 2 inch focuser drawtube The 102 Renaissance has a fully machined aluminum front cell to house the objective lens and focuser housing with a captive retracting Dew Shield/Lens Shade, and a fully machined rear cell and 2 inch diameter rack and pinion style Focuser with brass drawtube. The interior of the optical tube assembly, including the focuser drawtube, are lined with an anti-reflective covering unique to TeleVue telescopes. This is then finished with anti reflective black paint. Also provided is a thread-on Lens Cover of machined aluminum resulting in a tube assembly that has an overall length of only about 33 inches even with it's 2 inch diagonal attached. The objective lens is permanently aligned to the barrel as is the focuser assembly. Unless subjected to gross abuse this telescope will provide many lifetimes of service with no need for any other than cleaning of the front surface of the objective lens using common camera lens cleaning techniques. Its construction is extremely rugged to allow it to withstand all the handling that is typical of airline travel. However, some caution should be practiced not to damage the focuser pinion of any telescope; our experience with this focuser is that with routine handling this will not happen and in its hard shell case is routinely transportable.

Above: TeleVue 102 Renaissance telescope at Company Seven showing open 2" Focuser Drawtube (53,288 bytes).
Click on image to see enlarged view (160,577 bytes).

The precision TeleVue 2 inch focuser is a rack and pinion design with a tension/lock screw which helps to lock focus for uses including photography; this is one of the smoothest focusers made. The 1-1/2 inch diameter machined aluminum hand knobs resemble model car brushed aluminum mag wheels. The knob hand grips are rubber covered to facilitate operation in all extremes; even when wearing gloves all the controls on the telescope are easy to manipulate. The set screw has an easy to grip knurled head, this permits one to adjust resistance of the focuser to its draw tube thereby compensating for heavy loads that might otherwise cause an unintended shift of focus. The lock screw that is in the draw tube ring at the proximal (to the operator) end of the draw tube adjusts tension to retain accessories such as the optional 1.25 or 2 inch diagonal, or a camera; this set screw is captive so it will not easily come out.

The objective (front) lens cell, focuser housing, mounting collar, and diagonal are anodized in a lustrous black finish. The barrel and focus drawtube are made of a seamless solid Brass that feels cool to the touch, and smooth with an almost slightly lubricated feel! Periodic cleaning with a Brass Polish (about once a year) will maintain the bright brass sheen, or if left over time it can develop a golden patina. The optical tube interior is lined with an anti-reflective covering unique to TeleVue telescopes, which is then finished with anti reflective black paint.

The TeleVue Mounting Collar is included with this telescope. This is a two piece machined aluminum bracket that permits the attachment of the telescope optical tube assembly onto an optional mount such as the TeleVue Gibraltar mount and tripod system or onto third party alt-azimuth or German equatorial mounts. On one side of the collar is an Allen head screw (wrench provided - but not necessary), while on the other side is a manually operated tension adjustment knob. This design permits one to adjust the grip on the barrel so that the telescope may be easily moved back and forth to compensate for changes of accessory loads that may affect the balance of the telescope on a mount. At the 10:30 and 1: 30 o'clock positions on the top of this collar there is a female dovetail platform to accommodate a variety of TeleVue options including the "Starbeam" sight, or a "Piggycam" piggyback photography mount for example. However, telescopes with the length and weight of the 102 require that this collar be snugged tight to reduce or eliminate undue wavering of the telescope in the collar. For those interested in applications such as astrophotography or CCD imaging, Company Seven can provide optional conventional mounting rings (by the pair) which will also accommodate options including photo guide telescopes. The fabric lined mounting collar has three 1/4"- 20 tpi threaded sockets in the base to facilitate mounting the telescope onto a variety of tripods and mounts. The Collar is relatively compact and can be left attached to the telescope in the carrying case, it is furthermore - attractive.

Included with the telescope is a die cut, foam lined hard shell carrying case with latch closures. This case is 38-1/2 x 10-1/2 x 9-1/2 inches in dimension, and it has extra space to accommodate several 1.25 and 2 inch oculars, a camera adapter, etc. And in a nice touch the case has a cutout provision for the optional Starbeam or Rigel QuikFinder sights. The case will fit into the overhead storage area of most commercial aircraft (one exception being the L-1011). However, many airlines do not permit such "oversize" packages on board; even if they do you will not be too popular with other passengers so you might ask a Flight Attendant to store the telescope for you - possibly in the garment bag storage area.

The telescope, in it's case is well padded and then packaged for delivery within one box, and then this is placed into another box. We suggest that telescopes such as this be sent by a priority air service (FedEx, UPS, U.S. Mail, etc.) to reduce risks of loss or damage in shipment. If you intend to ship the telescope regularly, or check in the telescope on airplanes then you should consider buying a Company Seven Airline Transport Assoc. Appoved transport/shipping case.


TeleVue 102 Renaissance Apo Telescope on Walnut Gibraltar stand
Clear aperture: 101.95mm (4")
Focal length: 880mm (34.6")
Resolution (visual): 1.15 arc seconds
Resolution (photo): 260 line pairs per mm
Coatings: Multi-layer
Magnification range: 16x to 360x
Tube assembly: Seamless brass tube; fully baffled, permanently aligned cell construction
Focuser type: 2 inch rack and pinion
Focuser Travel: 2-3/8 inches
Telescope length with diagonal: 33-11/16 inches (85.56cm) dew cap retracted
OTA with 2 to 1-1/3 Reducer Weight: 12 lbs. 8 oz. (5.68 kg kg)
Weight with Collar, Diagonal, Reducer: 15 lbs. 2 ounces (6.88 kg)
Shipping Weight: 33 lbs. (13.2 kg)
Shipping Dimensions: 40 x 13 x 10 inches
35mm prime-focus field: 2.28 x 1.6 x 2.8 degrees @ f8.7
35mm field with Focal Reducer: 2.9 x 2 x 3.5 degrees @ f6.9
35mm field with 2x Barlow: 1.1 x 0.8 x 1.4 degrees @ f17.4

Above Right: TeleVue 102 Renaissance telescope at Company Seven with optional Starbeam sight on Gibraltar Walnut finished stand (84,304 bytes).
Click on image to see enlarged view (205,107 bytes).

* Specifications are subject to change without notice.


  • Gibraltar Mount Head and Walnut-finished Ash Wood Tripod: An incredibly rigid and portable 17 lb. (7.7kg), simple to use mount that cradles a telescope at its center of gravity for ideal balance at any viewing position.

    TeleVue Gibraltar Mount with optional 101 telescope Right: TeleVue Ash Gibraltar Mount with optional telescope, Starbeam Sight, Eyepieces and SkyTour CPU on Accessory Tray.

    The mount head is made of fully machined of aluminum which is black anodized, with brass elevation bearings and azimuth nylon bearing providing smooth vertical travel from 10 degrees below the horizon up to 85 degrees overhead, and smooth full 360 degree rotation. Clutches on the elevation axis permits the operate to compensate for changing accessory loads, or with the Azimuth control to lock the telescope in place. The tripod is made of American ash, in a two section extension design providing a range of 3 feet up to 5 feet, with accessory tray/leg brace. The "Gibraltar" mount solved a problem of ease of use for those who are frustrated by the weight and relative complexity of equatorial mounts, and it provides a mount far better suited to terrestrial applications than an equatorial mount or common camera tripod would be. These mounts remain available with either a beautiful ash tripod in natural finish (Yes, ash is the hard wood used to make baseball bats)with black trim, or a in solid walnut. Since it's introduction the "Gibraltar" head has been engineered to accept optional encoders to feed a "Digital Setting Circle" CPU such as that offered by TeleVue and third party units; this helps one to navigate the sky and find objects that might be hard to find particularly from suburban settings.

  • The telescope can operate on any of a number of suitable optional German Equatorial mounts including:

  • Mounting Hardware:

      Mounting Rings: sold by the pair, each is a hexagonal split ring hinged bracket used to attach the telescope onto one of a number of available German Equatorial mounts. On one side of each ring is a knurled hand knob (wrench not necessary) so that one may loosen the grip of the rings and then adjust the the optical tube assembly back or forth (on the felt lining) to balance of the telescope on a mount. At the top and bottom of each ring there is a platform with threaded holes to accommodate a variety of TeleVue and third party options such as a photo-guide telescope. Most third party Mounting Rings are not compatible with the TeleVue Gibraltar mount and tripod system, nor will they readily fit into the provided telescope carrying case.

  • "Starbeam" Sight: A lightweight finder, beautifully machined and black anodized aluminum, on a quick release machined hardware. Battery powered illuminator is adjustable in brightness; it projects a 10 arc minute diameter red dot onto a transparent 40mm clear aperture window so that the dot appears to be over wherever the scope is pointed. Six arc minute accuracy make "star hopping" easy.

  • Camera Adapter: for film or video photography, the telescope (with our optional camera adapters) becomes a super sharp ultra telephoto lens. And for CCD imaging operations the telescope at prime focus can show about 0.5 degree across the diagonal of a common 2/3" detector such as that employed on some of our SBIG CCD systems and conventional video cameras. Optional techniques and hardware permit imaging of the planets, or of wildlife at much higher magnifications.

  • Extension Tube: with optional 2" and 3" long x 2" diameter extension tubes, it is possible to observe at close distances for use as a "long distance microscope".

  • Eyepieces: Plossl, Orthoscopic, traditional Erfle and wide angle eyepieces show sharp images only in the center of the field when employed with telescopes such as this. These are acceptable as long as you realize this limitation, and find this unobtrusive. If you object to less than perfect images at the edge of the field, then Company Seven recommends the TeleVue "Nagler", "Radian", or "Panoptic" eyepieces. These oculars provide the most clear, and flat field images and will bring out the most in your 102 telescope (and many other) telescopes. A 35mm to 55mm focal length eyepiece can also make the main telescope also serve as your finder. Please refer to the brochure and the test report/data generated by Company Seven enclosed with our telescopes for descriptions of these items and additional accessories.

  • Barlow or TeleVue "Powermate" Lens: Company Seven suggests you consider any of a number of 1.25 inch or 2 inch diameter Barlow lenses that we offer to double or more than triple your magnification. Contact us for suggestions on how to to best meet your goals.

  • TeleVue 1.25 Inch Prism Diagonal: 45 degree 1.25 inch diameter precision image erecting prism diagonal with high transmission coating. This is a good choice for those who must have an image erect and correct left to right view, and who do not intend to use the telescope at higher magnifications. While Company Seven does offer optional 45 degree inclined image erecting prisms, these prisms can only accommodate 1.25 inch diameter oculars. Furthermore, the erecting prisms will not provide image quality to equal that of a good mirror diagonal; this is particularly perceptible at higher magnifications. However, for moderate to medium magnification applications where one needs correct images (such as to read numbers, etc.) then the optional prism should be suitable.

  • 0.8X Focal reducer/Field Flattener: For photographic uses only, fits into 2" Focuser and accepts optional adapter rings to accommodate most common SLR cameras, Video C mount systems. Increases the field of view, and proportionately increases the apparent brightness of the image. A lens element flattens the field so that star images remain as pinpoints out to the edge of the field of view (with only some slight vignetting at the corners).

  • If a customer saves the packing boxes, then he might be able to actually ship the telescope ahead for a vacation in Hawaii, or some other paradise. But the card board boxes and the carrying case can not tolerate repeated abuse, travel as check in baggage, or shipment by common carriers. Company Seven does design and offer custom engineered Airline Transport Association approved transport cases for those telescopes and mounts which we sell; one who travels quite a bit would find these to be beautifully made, cost effective protection, and convenient as well.
Suggested options include either a 2X or 3X "Barlow" or 2.5X "Powermate" lens, and some of these oculars:

    Eyepiece Magnification Actual field of view Exit pupil
    55mm Plossl 16x 3.0 degrees 6.38mm
    35mm Panoptic 25x 2.52 degrees 4.06mm
    31mm Nagler Type 5 28x 2.71 degrees 3.59mm
    27mm Panoptic 33x 1.99 degrees 3.13mm
    22mm Nagler Type 4 40x 2.03 degrees 2.55mm
    22mm Panoptic 40x 1.62 degrees 2.55mm
    20mm Plossl 44x 1.11 degrees 2.32mm
    17mm Nagler Type 4 52x 1.58 degrees 1.97mm
    12mm Nagler Type 4 73x 1.11 degrees 1.39mm
    9mm Nagler 98x 0.80 degrees 1.04mm
    8mm Radian 110X 0.54 degrees 0.93mm
    6mm Radian 147x 0.41 degrees 0.70mm
    5mm Radian 176x 0.35 degrees 0.58mm
    Eyepiece Mag. w/2X 2 Inch Barlow Actual field of view Exit pupil
    35mm Panoptic 50x 1.26 degrees 2.03mm
    31mm Nagler Type 5 57x 1.36 degrees 1.80mm
    27mm Panoptic 65x 0.99 degrees 1.56mm
    22mm Nagler Type 4 80x 1.01 degrees 1.28mm
    22mm Panoptic 80x 0.81 degrees 1.28mm
    20mm Plossl 88x 0.56 degrees 1.16mm
    17mm Nagler Type 4 104x 0.79 degrees 0.99mm
    12mm Nagler Type 4 147x 0.56 degrees 0.70mm
    9mm Nagler 196x 0.40 degrees 0.52mm
    8mm Radian 220X 0.27 degrees 0.46mm
    6mm Radian 293x 0.21 degrees 0.35mm
    5mm Radian 352x 0.17 degrees 0.29mm

    * The telescope is capable of operating at magnifications greater than listed in this briefing above.
    Contact Company Seven for additional advice about outfitting the 102 for high magnification observing.

  • Company Seven's ATA Transport/Shipping Case: ship and protect your investment! The lightweight plastic shell case provided by TeleVue with each optical tube assembly is a reasonable balance of economy and performance for routine storage of a telescope in a temperature and humidity controlled environment. However, if you plan for long term storage, or if you intend to ship the telescope by commercial carrier or transport it as check in baggage on an airliner then your peace of mind and telescope will both be better served with a custom engineered solution - an ATA case by Company Seven.

    TeleVue NP101 telescope in optional Company Seven ATA case (138,840 bytes)

    Above: Company Seven ATA Case custom fitted for a TeleVue NP101 telescope and accessories (138,840 bytes).
    Click on image to see enlarged view (240,578 bytes).

    Features include:

    1. custom fit to accommodate the telescope optical tube with or without accessories (Rings, Focuser, etc.)
    2. hand fitted velour lining over foams of varying densities to deal with anticipated loads
    3. weather resistant construction - engineered by our expert craftsmen
    4. tamper resistant combination lock and hasp
    5. Fedex/UPS label plate
    6. choice of interior and exterior hard shell material and colors

Please contact Company Seven for additional information and pricing.


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