* Shipped via Fedex, the exact cost depends on your specific address.
- A quantum leap in optical performance - the UL 18 Truss Dobsonian
telescope's huge 18" diameter primary mirror gathers over 5 times
more light than popular 8" reflectors or more than twice the light grasp
of a 12" telescope
- A Premium, Light, Compact and Portable Design - About half the
weight of traditional Dobsonian telescopes
- Outstanding Images - Premium quality, diffraction limited Newtonian
optical systems will deliver stunning views of the heavens from dark
- Light, Strong, Compact and Extremely Portable - The Hubble UL18
features a precision-machined all-metal construction. Fully assembled
the UL18 weighs at about 71 pounds. It has 8 rigid truss tubes and
extremely strong and portable folding ALT bearing structure. It
features a real mirror box for safe mirror protection, and convenient
storage and transportation
- Exclusive Optical Technology - The UL18 features Hubble lightweight
sandwich mirror with an optimized thermal design that cools up to 10
times faster than the regular solid mirrors
- Fast Optics - The UL18 fast optical system delivers bright images and
features a short tube keeping the eyepiece conveniently close to the
- Enhanced Coating - The state of the art Enhanced Coating on both
the primary and the secondary mirrors.
- Modular and Compact Design: The Hubble UL18 is delivered in
several preassembled modules. The entire systems can be
assembled easily and quickly, as little as a few minutes.
18" Premium Ultra Light Dobsonian
8 x 50 Straight Through Illuminated Finder Scope with Brackets and
A top quality 50mm achromatic finder offering an inverted and reversed image,
perfect for Newtonian Telescope. A deluxe quick release double-ring Finder
Bracket including a dovetail base is included. There will be $15 additional
charge for the surface delivery, or $25 additional charge the air delivery.
The scale markings and open center of the 8 X 50 Straight Through Finder
allows you to measure distances and easily center an object in the field of view.
The brightness of the reticle can be adjusted, which is nice when you are
searching for fainter objects.
The illuminator screws into the end of the finder and can be removed easily to
change batteries. The deep red illumination can be adjusted for brightness.
Truss Tube Grips
0.9m (35.5"), slid-on round cushioned grips, made of vinyl foam, they insulate,
cushion vibration and protect the truss tubes. Free shipping when ordered with
$120 + S&H
The strong stainless steel handles, two top quality 6" pneumatic tires with ball
bearing. The Shipping cost will be $70 for the surface delivery and $100 for
the air delivery, for US. The shipping cost might be different for other countries.
$85 (f/4), $100 (f/4.5)
Made from the top quality Nylon/Lycra blended materials, it is one of the options
you would really like to have.
Free shipping when ordered with the system.
Truss Tube Carry Bag
Made from the deluxe waterproof Nylon material with draw-string cord.
Free shipping when ordered with the system.
5-Star Artificial Star
$19.95 (free shipping if ordered with system)
It is really the time to have one, if you still don't have one yet!
Sorry, but It is not an option for UL18. You simply do not need one for our
Scope Storage Cover
$95 (free shipping when ordered with the system)
Made with nice and strong polyurethane coated nylon fabric; light reflecting,
water and dust resistant. A complete protection for your scope not only in the
storage but also in the field.
$50 (free shipping when ordered with the system)
A very nice and strong plastic mirror cover
$40 (free shipping when ordered and shipped with the system)
A very nice and strong baffle made by extremely durable US made Kydex.
Hubble SkyHub Wireless Digital Setting Circle System
$199 + $45 S&H (Special offer when ordered with UL18)
Breakthrough Wireless Digital Setting Circle with revolutionary high resolution,
low power consumption ball bearing encoders at an inconceivable special price!
More info here
Hubble SiTech and SkySafari based GOTO system
Special offer at $1995 only!
Simply the most powerful GOTO system at an extremely affordable price.
More info here
Which UL18, f/4 or f/4.5?
Advantages of f/4.5:
- Sharper images. It has about 40% less coma than UL18 f/4.0, no need
for a coma corrector at all.
- With the special introduction offer, you save $800 over UL f/4!
- Smaller central obstruction, 3.1” (f/4.5) v.s. 3.5” (f/4.0) secondary mirror
- Easier to achieve perfect collimation
Advantages of f/4:
- No ladder is needed for most people; while you may need one-step
ladder for an f/4.5 when close to zenith direction.
- Wider FOV.
Both f/4 and f/4.5 will provide you the excellent views. The f/4.5 provides the
perfect view for the most demanding observer, without coma corrector. A coma
corrector is strongly recommended for the UL18 f/4.
With our unique two-section truss tubes for UL18 f/4.5 (one section truss for
f/4), f/4.5 is just as portable and strong as f/4. At the end, it is really your
Please note that some counter weight (real and/or a virtual spring
counter weight) will be required for f/4.5 at the bottom, which is NOT
The Hubble UL18 Premium Dobsonian telescope is optimized to offer you
high-quality, large-aperture telescopes designed in a very light and compact
package for extreme portability. With a Hubble UL18, you are free to travel to
your favorite dark-sky sites anywhere in the world.
Why should you select a Hubble UL18?
UL18 is a telescope big enough to give satisfying views for a serious observer,
yet still easily transportable to dark sky locations by one person. The Hubble
UL18 not only delivers the premium optical experience you need to seriously
explore our universe, but tipping the scales at only about 72 lbs it's one third of
the weight of classical Dobsonian telescope and folded into a compact
package that will fit in any car.
The UL18 is a perfect balance between a telescope with huge light-gathering
capability and unbeatable portability. It will be the telescope that gets taken
out of the garage or from the back of a car to be used frequently. It will provide
stunning views of the heavens and a lifetime of observing enjoyment.
The UL18 has a parabolic primary with a full 18-inch diameter of optical
surface, a generous 18.4” overall diameter; not an 18-inch blank with a
beveled and much smaller optical surface, which is about 5% more optical
surface and light gathering than any other 18” scopes in the market.
Hubble UL series has been designed to be as light and compact as possible,
making the task of transport to your favorite dark-sky site as easy as possible.
The heaviest component of the UL18 is the primary mirror, which weighs in at
about 31 pounds, and the entire telescope is only about 72 pounds, which is
remarkably light for a 18-inch telescope. In addition, with its fast focal ratio
mirror, the Hubble UL18 telescope has an eyepiece location that can almost
always be reached when you are standing with both feet on the ground (only
68" from the ground when the UL18 is pointed at zenith).
With the Hubble UL18, most NGC objects can be easily found from a dark sky
site. The Hubble UL18 will reveal the hints of color in bright emission nebula
such as the Orion Nebula and some of the brighter planetary nebulae (The
Blue Snowball, The Saturn Nebula and others), incredible detail on Jupiter
and, using an H-beta filter, a very distinct Horsehead nebula. Results will vary
according to observing conditions and other factors. The Hubble UL18 is a
telescope that can provide a lifetime of satisfying observing experiences in a
Features of the UL18:
Exclusive Sandwich Mirror Technology: Our sandwich mirror
technology has been used to manufacture research-grade optical elements
and proven by over a half dozen years of successful applications at
research facilities such as NASA, California State Polytechnic University San
Luis Obispo, for the US Army, and in amateur telescopes around the world.
Hubble sandwich mirror’s open core and close back design not only allows
air to circulate through the mirror, but also provide the maximum structure
strength to allow a simpler mirror cell design. Our sandwich mirror will reach
thermal equilibrium up to 10 times faster than a traditional solid 18-inch
mirror and means the mirror can deliver great views even as the air around
the telescope is changing temperature.
Why is thermal equilibrium so critical? The main issue is "mirror seeing," the
turbulence seen through the eyepiece of the telescope when the air above
the mirror is different from the mirror itself. Since a sandwich mirror cools far
more rapidly than a solid mirror of the same thickness, this major source of
distortion is eliminated quickly, giving you sharp and stable views. With ever-
changing temperatures during observing or imaging, your thick and solid
mirror may never reach equilibrium, and never reach its full optical
potential. This is one of the major reasons why our lightweight-sandwich
mirror has superior optical performance in real world situations, even without
an active cooling system. (Active cooling systems, such as fans, introduce
their own problems, such as micro vibration, which may seriously degrade
the image quality.) Our sandwich mirrors reach equilibrium extremely fast,
and without any external disturbing aid.
Enhanced Optical Coatings: The Hubble UL18 primary mirror is coated
with the state of the art 96% Enhanced optical coatings to assure it collects
as many (while scattering as little) photons as possible to focus it into a
bright and contrast-rich image. The optimal 96% enhanced coating has
multiple over-coating of precision controlled dielectric layer to maximize the
reflectivity and provide excellent chemical and mechanical protection for the
A Real Mirror Cell In A Real Mirror Box: : The UL18 has an extensively
modeled and optimized 18-point flotation system that provides more than
adequate support for the sandwich mirror. The three-point Push-Pull
collimation system is completely independent from the sling lateral support.
It will totally eliminate the often-found potato chip astigmatism introduced by
sling belt when using the simple 3 pivoted bolts collimation system. In a
simple pivoted bolts collimation system, the collimation of the primary mirror
may cause the sling belt to pull the mirror axially on the mirror edge,
bending the mirror to a potato-chip shape, causing annoying astigmatism. It
also comes with a real mirror box for easy and safe mirror protection and
All Metal Construction: The UL18 mechanical structures have been
extensively modeled via 3D CAD and advanced FEA to provide the optimal
structure strength and stability. Machined with Computer Numerical Control
(CNC) technology and hand fitted to assure proper fit and finish. Super
strong T6063-T3 aluminum alloy truss tubes, structure steel mirror cell and
aluminum alloy OTA and mount structure. Completed with deluxe and
environmentally friendly black powder coating, it is such a pleasure to look
at, not to mention the enjoyment to look through.
Dual-Speed 2-inch Linear Drive Crayford Focuser: The Hubble UL18
comes with a precision dual-speed, 2-inch diameter focuser. It's a beautiful
piece of precision machining that enhances the viewing experience as well
as the overall impression of a premium quality instrument you'll have with
this telescope. This focuser is robust! It is a zero-backlash "Crayford-style"
design further enhanced with modern "linear bearings" meaning you get a
rock-solid, super smooth focusing experience that can handle the weight of
even the heaviest of modern eyepieces. Its tension, the pressure on the
drawtube, is preset to a very reasonable level, but adjustable to lock heavy
equipment in place if desired. The smaller stainless steel focus control
adjusts focus at a rate 8 times finer than the larger focus wheels. This fine
adjustment allows for critical focusing during high power visual observing or
for imaging applications. The focuser has 50mm of travel distance.
- Optical design : Reflector
- Optical diameter : 457.2mm
- Focal length : ~1860mm (f/4) / ~2058mm (f/4.5)
- Eyepiece height at zenith: ~1730mm, 68 in(f/4) or ~1930mm, 76 in
- Optics type : Parabolic
- Eyepieces: Not included
- Optical quality : Diffraction limited++ (Strehl 0.95+ for the primary
mirror, 1/10 lambada or better in PV for the secondary mirror)
- Finder scope : Not included
- Focuser : 2" dual-speed linear bearing Crayford
- Secondary mirror obstruction : 90 mm
- Secondary mirror obstruction by diameter : 19.7% (f/4), 17.2% (f/4.5)
- Secondary mirror obstruction by area : 3.9% (f/4), 3.0% (f/4.5)
- Mirror coatings/over-coatings : 96% Enhanced coating on both of
the primary and secondary mirrors
- Tube material : 6063-T6 Aluminum Alloy tubeswith black stainless
steel knob screws; Aluminum Alloy main structure (OTA and mount)
and structure steel mirror cell.
- Length of optical tube : ~72 in (f/4), ~79 in (f/4.5)
- Weight, optical tube : 62 lbs.
- Weight, fully assembled : 72 lbs.
- Additional, optional accessories : 8x50 Finder, Shroud,
Wheelbarrow, Vinyl foam Cushioned Grips
- Other features : Sling lateral support and deluxe push-pull brass
knob collimation screws
Shipping and Handling:
A real benefit of a our Ultra Light, Ultra Compact and Ultra Portable UL18 to
you, a very reasonable worldwide shipping cost (at least for most of the
countries) for the total system. Please understand the surface shipping is a
great value, but may take more than additional 10 weeks for the delivery.
UL18 will be shipped in 4 boxes: the main structure 1 & 2, the truss tubes
and the primary mirror.
All units will be shipped from Hong Kong!
$1897.50 (f4) or $1647.5 (f/4.5) deposit
at the order time, rest, including options
and shipping will be paid before the
delivery (about 60 days after the
deposit) via a Paypal invoice.
Please note that the above 60 days
delivery is the estimated production lead
time only which does not include
shipping transit time.
Please specify your requested options in
your payment for the deposit.
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