The Astro-Physics 130EDT Starfire


After using an Astro-Physics 130EDFGT refractor for over 7 years, I decided it was time to acquire a different A-P refractor. I've always had an interest in Roland's classic EDT line of scopes. The EDT's were either f8 or f8.35 scopes that were produced from 1991 until 2003. This past summer, I discovered fellow astrophotographer Jerry Lodriguss was selling his 130EDT. Jerry used this scope for extensive film and DSLR imaging since he purchased it directly from A-P in 1992. In 2012, the objective (serial #SF58227) was sent to Roland where it was disassembled, cleaned, re-oiled, re-assembled, aligned and tested on a interferometer. In October 2015, it arrived at its new home, The Cape Cod Imaging Station, where it will continue to image the night sky for years to come. I also plan to use it visually to observe the planets including the upcoming May 2016 Mars opposition.

The 130EDT Starfire setup inside the observatory ready for imaging.

The objective lens. The coatings on the older A-P lenses are more purple compared to the green color found on the newer 130GT.

The 130EDT OTA with grey A-P case.

Another view of the front objective lens.

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