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Telescopes > Pro RC > Omegon Ritchey-Chretien Pro RC 304/2432 Truss OTA
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Ritchey-Chretien Pro RC 304/2432 Truss OTA

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Product description

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Omegon RC carbon-fibre truss-tube telescope - professional astrophotography for your observatory
If astrophotography is your passion and you are looking for exactly the right telescope for your observatory, then a Richey-Chretien telescopes is ideal. Their large mirror optics produce a nearly perfect image. The two hyperbolic mirrors provide a large, well-illuminated and coma-free image from the compact design. The result - perfect stellar images right out to the edge of the field of view. That is also the reason why countless professional observatories and institutes swear by this system.

Now you can use this professional technology for your own observatory too! Omegon RC telescopes are so well-balanced that they can be accommodated in even smaller observatories.


The advantages in a nutshell

  • hyperbolic mirrors - extremely sharp image, large field of view without need of a corrector
  • quartz mirrors - for stable focus without the need to refocus, as the image remains sharp
  • suitable for large-format CCD cameras - approx. 60mm of illumination
  • stiffened carbon-fibre truss tube system
  • high reflection - 92-94% dielectric reflective coating for bright, high-contrast observing and astronomy photos
  • rapid cool-down thanks to open design
  • high-performance electric fans - minimize tube currents and accelerate cool-down of the optics

Hyperbolic mirror for a better image
RC telescopes have hyperbolic main and secondary mirrors. They do not use spherical mirrors, such as in Schmidt-Cassegrain systems. As a result, the RC design is clearly superior - the optics provide a significantly wider image field with considerably less imaging aberrations.

A very high image quality over a wide field of view - that is the purpose of these telescopes. That is why they are always the first choice for astrophotography. This is the reason why RC systems are the right choice for large CCD cameras. This means that your photos are sharp right out to the edge of the field of view, even without using a corrector, to create beautiful photos of the night sky.

More usable in an extended spectral range
RC telescopes have no lenses in the beam path. This is a big advantage! As a result, problems with refraction effects - such as chromatic aberration or dispersion - do not arise. The usable range of the spectrum beyond the visible light is greater, allowing you to also use your camera to penetrate the UV and infrared ranges - which are often very interesting.

Quartz main mirror
You have probably experienced this yourself if you are an experienced astrophotographer - focus drift during long exposures. This is extremely annoying! The advantage with this model is its two quartz mirrors - these undergo virtually no thermal expansion and so provide not just a fantastic image but, once focused, will remain focused for the entire night.

Both mirrors on the telescope have 92-94% reflection coating. This means high-contrast and bright images. Compared to a 'normal' telescope mirror with around an 88% reflective coating, it reflects up to 17% more light.

Get started observing faster - main mirror fan
Just a quiet, unobtrusive hum, but what an effect! - the built-in 12V fan means 50% faster cool-down of your main mirror. This allows your telescope to reach optimum image quality more rapidly, so you do not have to wait for so long.

Carbon-fibre truss-tube design OTA
Most professional telescopes use a truss-tube design and this telescope enjoys exactly the same advantages. The carbon-fibre tubes are stiff, light and especially thermally stable - another reason why there is no focus drift. Natural ventilation is better with a truss-tube design and prevents the system from developing its own microclimate.

Large unobstructed aperture: 3” focuser

The back end is especially important: the bearing-mounted 3” Linear Crayford Focuser gives you enough space to illuminate even large format image fields without vignetting.

A hybrid of Crayford and guide rail offers you the effortlessness of a Crayford focuser with the stability of a good rack and pinion focuser.

  • Always the perfect object alignment: focuser is completely rotatable
  • Reducer from 2” to 1.25” with integrated compression ring
  • Fine adjustment for the perfect focus: 1:10 reduction for minimal focus setting
  • Setting scale so you can quickly find your focus again
  • Highly stable: no movement so the camera remains perfectly aligned to the optical axis and the picture remains sharp

Focuser can be independently aligned
Six collimating screws allow you to precisely align the 3" focuser with respect to the mirror optics, thus ensuring the following - no slipping, the eyepiece or your camera sits on the optical axis. The focuser even has a genuine 3" diameter - this should not to be taken for granted, as many similar focusers taper off toward the eyepiece end.

A better image than an SC telescope
To start with, an RC telescope is completely different to the classic SC or Maksutov design. It has no corrector plate and is hence an open system that adapts faster to the ambient temperature than an SC telescope. The absence of a front corrector plate also means that the telescope provides brighter images with no risk of internal reflections. Ritchey-Chretien systems are the most highly corrected two-mirror telescopes available. Their edge-to-edge image sharpness is impressive, so it is no wonder that practically all large research telescopes use this design of telescope in their professional observatories.

Now affordable
Making hyperbolic mirrors is both a science and an art. Up to only a few years ago, RC telescopes were among the most expensive telescopes in the world - only international institutions used them for research. But this technology is also now also affordable for experienced amateur astronomers.

Included in delivery

  • Omegon RC truss-tube OTA
  • 3" mounting rail
  • fan with battery box
  • 3" focuser
  • 3x extension tubes

Specifications

Optics


Type
Reflector
Type of build
Ritchey-Chretien
Aperture (mm)
304
Focal length (mm)
2432
Aperture ratio (f/)
8
Resolving capacity
0,38
Limit value (mag)
14,9
Light gathering capacity
1886
Max. useful magnification
600
Tube weight (kg)
24
Tube length (mm)
855
Tube material
Carbon
tube diameter (mm)
440
Tube construction
Truss Tube

Reflector


Main mirror´s construction
hyperbolic
Secondary mirror material
Quartz
Secondary mirror obstruction
49
Primary mirror - Material
Quartz
Secondary mirror diameter (mm)
150
reflectivity
94

Focuser


Type of build
Monorail
Connection ( to eyepiece)
3
Gear reduction
1:10 Fine movement

Mount


Mounting type
no mount
Type of build
OTA
GoTo control
no

Included accessories


Prism rail
Losmandy-Style
Extension tubes
yes

General


Series
Pro RC

Area of application


Moon & Planets
no
Nebulae & galaxies
yes
Nature Observation
no
Astrophotography
yes
Sun
not recommended (Only with appropriate Sun filter)

Recommended for


Beginners
no
Advanced
yes
Observatories
yes

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Omegon Ritchey-Chretien Pro RC 304/2432 Truss OTA
This is how the Omegon RC truss-tube looks on a stable mount

Omegon Ritchey-Chretien Pro RC 304/2432 Truss OTA
View from the back - the 3" focuser and three powerful fans

Omegon Ritchey-Chretien Pro RC 304/2432 Truss OTA

6" Losmandy-style mounting plate

Safely attach telescope optical accessories with Farpoint Bread Board Style Dovetail Plate. Machined of sturdy aluminum with a black anodized finish, this bread board style dovetail plate is a 6″ long multi-purpose “D” size dovetail. 1/4-20 tapped holes and 1/4-20 through holes. Losmandy compatible.

Omegon Ritchey-Chretien Pro RC 304/2432 Truss OTA
Three extension tubes - 2x 25mm and 1x 50mm, plus a battery holder for the fan

Omegon Ritchey-Chretien Pro RC 304/2432 Truss OTA
Table providing quick overview of Omegon RC truss-tube telescopes

Omegon Ritchey-Chretien Pro RC 304/2432 Truss OTA
The Crab Nebula, M1, in the constellation of Taurus - taken using an Omegon RC telescope

Omegon Ritchey-Chretien Pro RC 304/2432 Truss OTA
NGC 3077 - taken with an Omegon RC telescope

Omegon Ritchey-Chretien Pro RC 304/2432 Truss OTA
Planetary nebula NGC 1501 - taken using an Omegon RC telescope

Omegon Ritchey-Chretien Pro RC 304/2432 Truss OTA
M57 - Carlos Malagon
Omegon Ritchey-Chretien Pro RC 304/2432 Truss OTA
10 mirror supports prevent over-tensioning and tilting of the main mirror

Omegon Ritchey-Chretien Pro RC 304/2432 Truss OTA
NGC891 - Carlos Malagon

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