The Questar Standard 3.5 has long been regarded as the finest personal telescope in the world. In addition to the telescope's legendary resolution, flatness of field and contrast, the Standard has integrated features that are unavailable with other telescopes. The control box has two (2) viewing ports with flick knob selection. It provides three power changes per eyepiece, an internal finder and two telescopic powers. Included also are a star-diagonal prism, solar filter for finder lens, off-axis glass solar filter, and focusable eyepiece diopter. The barrel rotates for viewing height adjustment and is silk-screened with a functional Moon Map. The removable dewcap is a Star Chart. The equatorial fork mount is brushed cast aluminum, aircraft polyurethane painted, with friction drive alt-azimuth controls. It includes an AC powered synchronous clock drive motor and declination clamp. The setting circle for Right Ascension and Declination is fully functional. The RA circle is universal for northern and southern hemispheres.
TYPE: Maksutov Cassegrain Catadioptric. No coma, astigmatism or spherical aberrations. CLEAR APERTURE: 3.5 inches, 89mm (Center Obscuration, 27.9mm) FOCAL LENGTH: Basic Visual 50.5 inches, f/14.4, 1300mm FOCAL LENGTH: Camera close, 56 inches, f/16, 1400 mm FOCAL LENGTH: Camera with Ext. Tubes, 64 inches, f/18, 1600mm FINDER LENS: 4" Fl., 4x and 8x, Field 12° and 8° POWERS: Powers are eyepiece dependent and can range from 40x to 270x with Questar Brandon eyepieces POWERS LIMIT: Resolves 1 sec. Arc at 50feet EFL FIELD OF VIEW: Photographic model, 1°30min, visual field of view 1.1o to .16o LENS: BK7, MgFl2 coated, passes UV to 3300 A, IR to 1 micron, parfocal MIRROR: F2, Pyrex®, Zerodur® or Quartz. AlSiO coated 3.800" dia. (All Questars for UV or IR on special order) SPECIAL COATINGS: On special order, broad-band dielectric coating applied to the mirror, which increases its reflectivity. To both sides of front lens, a very low reflection coating is then applied which reduces the light loss at each surface to less than 1/10 of 1%. It transmits all frequencies of the visible spectrum and improves total light grasp by approximately 22% EYEPIECES: 24 mm Brandon, 45° ap. Field; 16 mm 4 lens Brandon, 45°Ap. Field, optional eyepieces of 8mm, 12mm, 32mm AMPLIFYING/BARLOW LENS: Minus 43.9 mm FL ERECTING SYSTEM: Star Diagonal type, 90° BK7, MgFL2 coated BARREL ASSEMBLY: Barrel: forged aluminum, machined full length LENS CELL: Aluminum 24S-T4, black anodized REAR CLOSURE PLATE: Stainless steel CENTRAL TUBE - precision machining and alignment after assembly. DEWCAP: Internally black-flocked Synthane seamless tube 1/32" thick, to which is bonded a pre-rolled aluminum sheet FOCUSING MECHANISM: Mirror thimble, stainless steel sliding tube. Slides on stainless, fixed, light-baffle tube, with front-end insert tube of .010" wall thickness. Conical ss spring-loaded. Focus rod ss 303, ground shaft, 56 T.P.I. precision ground threads KNOBS: Aluminum 24S-T4, corrosion-resistant, hand-turned on turret lathe, stainless steel shafts and levers Questar Standard 3.5" Telescope Specification Sheet EQUATORIAL MOUNT: Aluminum sand casting, virgin alloy 356-T6 heat treated. Toolroom hand-turned and polished. Highly corrosion-resistant. Jig-bored and precision threaded for legs. Bottom flange 7" o.d. Fits tripods with _-20 threads TURNTABLE OR LOWER FORK BASE: Sand casting same alloy, toolroom turned, jig-bored and precision-reamed, aircraft polyurethane painted LEGS: Aluminum 61 S-T3, centerless-ground and threaded, anodized. Center leg adjustable. Butyl rubber tips SYNCHRONOUS DRIVE MOTOR: _ R.P.M. 110V. 60 cycles, other cycles, voltages and direction of rotation available. Sealed, lubricated gear train, 2.7 watts RIGHT ASCENSION GEAR: Bronze, 4" diameter, and 4" diameter teflon-facing bearing surfaces SIDE ARMS, INNER FORK BRACKETS, CONTROL BOX: Die castings of corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy 13, toolroom turned, milled, jig-bored, tapped and reamed. Special painted aluminum and clear-urethane protected FINDER MIRROR CAGE: stainless steel, brushed satin finish ALTITUDE OR DECLINATION CIRCLE: 3-15/16" diameter, 301 s.s., cemented and riveted to bracket ring assembly, 1o divisions with etched and filled markings CLAMP: Bakelite padded s.s. stud clamps dec. circle to side arm AZIMUTH OR R. A. CIRCLE: 6" diameter, anodized aluminum, silk-screened, graduated to 1o and 4 min of time. May be set as celestial clock. Manual slow-motion independent of drive SLOW MOTIONS: Continuous 360o rotation, safety clutch held. Permits control to a few seconds of arc. Absolutely free of backlash, lag, or play. Ratio 31 to 1 DIMENSIONS: Height, upright, 14". With barrel horizontal, 11" high and long. Weight, 6.7 pounds