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AP 178 f/9 STARFIRE APO For Sale

Price - $15,000.00

Ad Number: 202207

Posted: 25 Mar 2020

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AP 178 f/9 STARFIRE APO oil spaced mid 1988 in outstanding optical condition. Unit 23 of less than 200 made, series ran from 1987 to 1991. Image shows AP1200 mount carrying AP130 and the AP178, more photos available on request.

Oil Spaced, Two Special Dispersion Flints matched to Hard Crown front element. Less than +-.025% focus variation from 400nm to 700nm (U.V to IR Region). Razor sharp images as you would expect from Astro-Physics. Includes original 2.7" focuser and 2" reducer. New Aluminium lens cap, the original Polyvinyl cap is also included for historical accuracy. Comes with modern Moonlight motorised focuser.
In 2017 Roland at AP serviced the objective. Polished (refigured) the front element as this had been zealously cleaned ( by previous owner) to the detriment of the coating. The elements were separated, all 6 surfaces cleaned, re-oiled and sealed, reinstalled in the cell with new synthetic pads between objective glass and aluminium lens cell. Originally in 1988 these were built with cork pads that had deteriorated over time.
he scope will be export packed. Shipment at buyers expense and choice of carrier. Payment will be Bank Transfer against Airwaybill or Paypal at buyers cost for PP premium.


  • Condition optics excellent - body signs of paint wear
  • Location Australia

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