Any one know about this TS-Optics 96mm x 576mm F6, FCD100 Triplet apo from Teleskop-Express?
I’ve been looking to possibly getting a 90ish mm short triplet apo for some time. An AP Stowaway ain’t gonna happen, the TMBs are super rare, and the AT92 triplets are no longer available, and may never be again. Anyway, I ran across this relatively new entry in that field and find it intriguing. The website advertisement states that the objective itself is produced in Japan, not that it merely uses Japanese glass. (It uses an element of Hoya FCD100 low dispersion glass). It would make an excellent travel scope as it weighs 5 kilograms and is less than half a meter long. The 2.5” rack and pinion focuser appeals to me as well. The cost is ~$1610 USD + VAT and a shipping fee. I’m a visual observer. I have no interest in AP.
PS: They also offer a 96mm F6 ED doublet that also uses a stated “objective from Japan” that is almost identical in construction and weighs 3kg. (2kg less):
It’s approximately $950 USD.
Edited by Terra Nova, 26 January 2022 - 04:36 PM.