This latest v2-U version of the popular RedCat 51 has an improved helical focuser and updated tension adjustment.
Provides high-resolution images when used for astrophotography or wildlife photography.
Its fast f/4.9 focal ratio and compact size make it ideal for convenient wide-field astrophotography or piggybacking.
It incorporates a smooth helical focuser, a field rotator graduated by degree, a slot for 48mm filters and a reversible dovetail for either Vixen-style or Arca-Swiss mounting.
|Average Rating (21 Reviews): |
11 June 2023 | Kevin
What more can I say. Its a lovely small scope.
23 February 2023 | Andrew
This has been and is my first proper telescope and I have loved using it through my first full Astrophotography year. I have waited until now to post my review so that I could go into a bit of detail on my experience with it so far. I have found it a joy to work with and have been able to really get my footing and learn the ropes of the do's and don'ts relatively well. It is a very well put together piece of kit and you can feel the quality. The images I have been able to produce have been crisp and when linked with my guide camera and goto mount it's been so much fun hunting down targets. From someone wanting to learn Astrophotography to a seasoned professional I would say this is a beautiful piece of kit and is worthy to be in anyone's collection. Even now when I am starting to look to a longer focal length I plan to keep this to work on other projects in the future. When going through the process of purchasing my RedCat51 I contacted Alex of FLO many times, he was incredibly helpful and was able to give me great feedback and answers on everything I could come up with. I totally recommend this telescope to anyone starting out seriously in Astrophotography and I also completely recommend First Light Optics as a supplier. Before I used to jump between company's, but from the moment I started using them they have been flawless and I always put them forward as thee go to company for Astrophotography.
09 November 2022 | John
I've not had a chance to use this site to the current UK weather, but it seems very well made. I already have the matching WO spotter scope, just looking to get to use it out in the wild....
An excellent wide field scope
15 August 2022 | Francisco
As it is already know to everyone, this is an excellent astrograph, optic quality is really nice and the price is fair, you get even a little bit more than you are paying for. I have used it only a few times because of the weather but the ease of use and quality are evident. Without a doubt a telescope that will make anyone happy!
Cómo es sabido por todos, este es un astrografo excelente, la calidad óptica es realmente buena y el precio justo, recibes un poco más de lo que estás pagando. Lo he usado una pocas veces debido al clima pero la facilidad de uso y la calidad son evidentes. Sin duda, ¡un telescopio que hará feliz a cualquiera!
15 August 2022 | Ben
Easy to use, no complaints, worth the money. Just get it
16 May 2022 | Jonathan
The scope looks great, and the build quality is good. So far I haven't been able to test it as the clouds just won't go away. Taking some general test shots, the images look fine and focus is smooth and easy. Can't wait to use it in anger. Service from FLO was top notch as usual!!!
30 January 2022 | Sean
Absolutely excellent piece of kit. Build quality is fantastic and the built in bahtinov mask is amazing, very quick and easy to achieve perfect focus.
Literally the biggest complaint I can find is fine threads made of aluminium on the lens cap/bahtinov mask make squeaky sounds.
Granted, I'm using it on a crop sensor Canon but absolutely no vignetting to speak of and sharp, crisp stars across the whole field.
The usual stellar service from FLO is also nice, 15-20 working days delivery quoted at order, so naturally it was delivered in 14 working days
Totally newbie thrilled with red cat
05 January 2022 | Tracey
I’m really new to astrophotography and not had much luck so far mostly due to clouds and focusing. With a clear night last night I set this beautiful scope up and had a go not expecting much but omg it was fabulous and I got lots of photos of Orion Nebula that I only hoped to get and the detail was much more than I ever expected. Can’t wait to get out tonight to try another target
03 December 2021 | Marek
There is a serious reason why this tiny scope is so popular amongst astrophotographers.
It's truly a gem. Optically excellent, build quality is also excellent. If you're on the market for small astrograph - well you've found one
Delighted with my RedCat.
12 May 2021 | Adrian
I could not be more pleased with my RedCat purchase. This is an outstanding little scope which I have used alongside my Samyang 135mm for wide field imaging of larger nebula targets. I can find nothing to fault with the RedCat. The finish is superb and the optical performance with my ASI1600 meets all my expectations. I am delighted I don't need to purchase a dedicated reducer/flattener and that my parafocal filters are really parafocal after all - not the case when used with my Samyang. As noted by others I cannot see me ever selling the RedCat - it is definitely a keeper. As ever the service from FLO was second to none.
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