TS PHOTOLINE 60 mm f/5.5 Travel Apo with 2" rack-and-pinion focuser
The smallest telescope of the TS Photoline is an ultimative travel apo and offers all features of a professional apo refractor. The very successful chromatic correction, the high-quality mechanical equipment and the compact dimensions make the Photoline60 an ideal "grab & go" telescope for wide-field observations and astrophotography.
The advantages and features of the Photoline 60 mm apo:
♦ 60 mm f/5.5 FPL53 objective, free from chromatic errors - glass from Ohara - Japan.
♦ Retractable dew cap - the apo fits into any hand luggage - the transport length is only 230 mm!
♦ 2" R&P focuser with 1:10 reduction and 360° rotation - with reducer to 1.25" and, of course, compression ring.
♦ M54 connecting thread (M54x0.75 male) for screwed adaptions (for astrophotography)
♦ Detachable CNC tube - the back part can be screwed off for increasing back focus, for example if you use a 2" star diagonal and a 2" overview eyepiece.
♦ 2" star diagonal, corectors for astrophotography, binoviewers can be used without problems.
♦ Exceptional mechanics - the smallest Photoline Apo has all the advantages known from big professional APO telescopes. The travel apochromat offers all features, from the state-of-the-art focuser to different focus positions.
♦ The transport case is ideal for air travels and can also be taken as hand luggage. It protects the apo reliably against shocks and offers enough space also for accessories.
The Photoline 60 mm apo is a real multi-talent.
♦ Wide-field observing - with appropriate 2" eyepieces, a true field of view up to 7° can be achieved.
♦ Astrophotography of extended objects - with the Photoline 0.79 reducer and corrector, cameras with sensors up to APS-C can be used very well.
♦ Powerful spotting scope for ornithology, nature observing, astronomy.
♦ Super finder and guiding scope for astrophotography.
Apochromatic objective with FPL53 doublet - glass from Ohara (Japan)
Despite the high speed, the lens images almost free of false color. Even at 120x magnification, no chromatic error will affect the pleasure of viewing. The air-spaced doublet objective is fully multi-coated for a bright and contrasty image.
The 2" rack-and-pinion focuser of the Photoline60 apo
The 2" CNC focuser is optimized for photography and supports a load of up to 4 kg. The 2" receptacle can be screwed off. By using the M54 connection thread (M54x0.75 male), the TS photo corrector can be directly screwed in place, so the whole camera adaption is bolted together.
Drive and bearing of the focuser are separated. The drawtube is moved by a rack & pinion system. With this, slipping is impossible even at high load. The position of the drawtube can be fixed by a locking screw at the bottom side, thereby long exposure times are possible without shifting the sharpness.
Photography with the TS Photoline60 APO:
The Photoline 60 mm Apo offers all possibilities for astrophotography, landscape and animal photography. It can replace a very expensive telephoto lens.The TSRED279 Photoline Corrector is our recommendation.
The corrector reduces the focal length of the apo to 260 mm and increases speed to f/4.3! At the same time, the sharpness in the field is increased significantly. Impressive astro images and nature images are possible. Cameras sensor imaging areas up to 30 mm diameter are full illuminated and well corrected. Suggested working distance from the T2 thread of the reducer is 70 mm.Connect a DSLR camera - you need:
♦ TSRED279 Photoline Reducer
♦ TST2V15 - T2 extension with 15 mm length
♦ T2 Ring - T2 adaptor ring to your camera bajonet
♦ DSLR camera
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Photographic results with the PHOTOLINE 60mm APO:
TS Photoline 60mm with TSRED279 Reducer - Andrew Harrison
I am now experimenting with a short focal length 60mm refractor for wide field imaging having given up on camera lenses. This is the Telescope Service Photoline 60mm compact apochromatic refractor in combination with the matching Photoline 0.79x reducer.
The objective is a 60mm apochromatic ED doublet lens with a FPL-53 element by Ohara Japan. With a native focal length of 330mm the scope has a focal ratio of F/5.5. Using the Photoline 2 inch 0.79x 4-element reducer / corrector the focal length is reduced to 260mm and the scope is transformed into a F/4.2 astrograph.IC 1396 through TS Photoline 60mm with TSRED279 Reducer - Andrew Harrison
First light image from the scope of the relatively faint emission nebula IC1396 is shown left.
This is a total integration of 2 hours (6 x 20 min sub-exposures) which indicates the potential of this scope for capturing extended nebula regions at great depth with speed.
♦ Field correction: Photoline Reducer TSRED279
♦ Camera: QSI 583wsg
♦ Filter: Baader H-Alpha 7nm filter
♦ Exposure time: 6x 1200 secondsThe Photoline 60mm as telephoto lens
♦ The mountain side has a distance of about 1 km. Even single blades of grass are visible.
♦ Camera: Sony Alpha DSLR Camera
♦ Field correction: Photoline TSRED279 Reducer / Corrector
♦ The image is not cropped and not processed.IC405 Flaming Star Nebula - Matej Mihelcic
♦ Telescope: Photoline APO 60mm
♦ Field correction: Photoline Reducer TSRED279
♦ Camera: ASI174MM cooled
♦ Filter: H-alpha 6 nm filter
♦ Exposure time: 5 hours
" …Not a review, but I would like to tell you my first impressions. I received the new member of the family yesterday, and in the evening there were some stars visible through thick cirrus clouds, so I was able to do some observing.
The scope feels like a very solid build art of work, and what a nice focusser! No problem to light my heaviest eyepieces, even when looking at the zenit.
First the maximum FOV: your homepage says 7 degrees. With a 36 mm Hyperion on a 2” baader Amici the magnification = 9,17, so the FOV should be 72/9,17 = 7,85 degrees. In the attached image you see a circle of 7,85 degree around Lyra. Well, I could see the whole and even a little bit more space around Epsilon Lyrae, so you could add 0,1 and then it’s almost 8 degrees! Very good, that is what I was hoping for.
The outhermost 10-15% showed some comae or other problems, but the rest showed perfect starpoints. Other eyepieces did show the same or less image errors, some even almost zero.
My 32mm Widescan was spectacular with my glasses on. I couldn’t see the whole FOV, but with looking around what I saw was tacksharp. Can’t wait for a good dark night with the Milkyway overhead ....
With 16,7 mm Zeiss Diaskope (19x) and 9 mm 100-degree TMB (37x) M57 was already visible as an ellips (not a round circle!) through the cirrus. 6,7mm ES still had pinpoint stars, so the magnification can be much higher. Next time a 2x VIP Barlow will be used to see if the view deteriorates (or not!).
Balance was a problem. Due to the 2” Amici and the 36mm the weight on the eyepiece side is overrepresented. The dovetail can’t be pushed that way, and a longer one would have problems with the focusser knobs. But I just locked the axis of the mount. With this magnification stars drift very slowly and it’s no real problem for me. Maybe I could attach the extra tubering. I was so stupid not to record how much the focusser was turned outward. It was quit a bit, so maybe that will work and then the tube has more spacetravel within the mounting ring and the balance problem will be less.
Then I used it just in my hands with the 36mm. Apart from first magnitude stars nothing was visible anymore to the naked eye. But I turned it upwards and had Delphinus in view. I could held the scope very steady, and could easily hop to the location of the nova of last year. Then the sky completely clouded out.
So that were some very nice 15 minutes or so. I couldn’t be more happy. I think it will be a very nice adition to the family."