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Astronomics sent an email to customers earlier today announcing a new line of Refractor telescopes coming in about 90 days time (view the email here). This is exciting because Astro-tech refractors (recent experiences with the AT65EDQ aside) have a very solid reputation for quality and value.
Three new scopes were announced, at very competitive pricing:
- 80mm f/6 with a focal length of 480mm priced at $749
- 115mm f/7 with a focal length of 805mm priced at $1299
- 130mm f/7 with a focal length of 910mm priced at $1799
The email also mentions a new 0.8x field flattener/reducer for these scopes, priced between $125-$149, which would also represent very good value.
Note: Astro-Tech is Astronomics store brand. Astro-Tech products, like many brands, are sourced from various OEMs, so similar telescopes will often show up under different names, often with slightly different accessories. As pure speculation on my part, it appears that these new telescopes may be sourced from United Optics.
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