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RedCat William Optics 51 250mm F/4.9 Petzval Refracting Telescope - Upgraded Version - L-RC51LX

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Note: For DSLRs, it's highly recommended to use a William Optics T mount adapter in order to achieve focus.

From the beginning, the goal was to create the best possible design for an affordable, small, lightweight and fast Apochromatic refractor for astrophotography needs.

The unique optical design includes the highest quality glass for the best possible color correction and flat-field. The result is a 51mm objective lens, in a sleek Petzval design, for a full frame flat field image.

The optical quality provides for exceptional performance at a fast focal ratio of f/4.9.

The lens tube includes a specially-designed base that provides light but solid mounting options, including a reversible base plate for either Vixen style or Arca-Swiss mounting.



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You may return most new, unopened items within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. We'll also pay the return shipping costs if the return is a result of our error (you received an incorrect or defective item, etc.).

Items that have been opened, damaged or are otherwise unsaleable will be subject to a minimum 10% restocking fee, to be assessed by Telescopes Canada upon receipt of the returned goods

You should expect to receive your refund within four weeks of giving your package to the return shipper, however, in many cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return from the shipper (5 to 10 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (3 to 5 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days).

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Client-initiated order cancellations are accepted prior to delivery of the equipment to the customer, thereafter it is a return.

Questions & Answers

  • Is this good for taking pictures of the moon?

    The RedCat is a short focal length scope (250mm F/4.9) which gives it a pretty wide view of the sky.  The moon would fill about 40 to 50% of the view if taken with an ASI224MC camera.  
    Please see the attached image for a simulation of what the moon would look like.
    To have more magnification, a scope with a longer focal length would be used.
    This site was used to generate the view simulation:

    The Moon with a RedCat and ASI224MC