Scope Diagram Astrocamera.Net - Astrophotography by Dave Kodama

Founder Optics Refractor

On this evening I had an opportunity to try out a new telescope which will be distributed by Hutech. The model is the Founder Optics FOT-106, a 106mm f/6 triplet refractor. The triplet is a design with widely spaced elements, similar to a Takahashi TOA refractor. It includes a flattener as well as a heavy-duty, smoothly operating 2-speed Crayford style focuser with a lock, so it's well suited for astrophotography out of the box.

Founder Optics FOT-106 (with green trim)

All photos are stacks of about 30 frames with 5-minute exposures at ISO 1600 on a Hutech-modified Canon RP + IDAS NGS (light-pollution) filter.

On this clear evening, the temperature held steady at about 55°F, with average winds of 10 MPH, gusting to 15MPH.

All processing included the use of flat and dark frames. Processing was done with Nebulosity and Lightroom.

Andromeda Galaxy (M31)

The Pleiades (M45)

The Rosette Nebula

M46 & M47 in Puppis