Hammacher Schlemmer has introduced a very powerful and advanced telescope to its online catalogue. The telescope incorporates a design similar to the Ritchey-Chrétien, used by the U.S. Naval Observatory’s telescope in Flagstaff, Arizona, and NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. It uses a coma-free optical system that eliminates aberrations to provide a flat and crisp field of view.
The optical performance of this is unmatched and adheres to the standards demanded by the world’s leading astronomical research institutions. The main tube with a diameter of 20 inches is made out of carbon fiber, and its exceptional optics is ideal for observing the effects of stellar winds within the Orion Nebula, marveling at the counter-rotating cloud bands of Jupiter, or gazing at the one-trillion stars of the Andromeda Galaxy.
The onboard computer uses the in-built GPS to track 144,000 celestial bodies stored in the unit’s memory. It can also take pictures of the celestial objects remotely using a large format CCD camera which is not included in the package. The massive telescope weighs 640 lbs and measures 104″ H x 76″ W x 42″ L. The telescope is priced at $35,000.
[Via – Hammacher-Schlemmer]