I just learned this morning that Celestron has finally released the long awaited for focal reducers for the Edge HD optics. The focal reducers for the 11 inch HD and 14 inch HD OTA’s have been released. I know many people have been waiting a long time for these reducers. These new focal reducers are bit pricey listed at price of $599 each and show as being in stock. This is large piece of finally machined glass, I do understand the price on these. If they work great, which I am sure they will, homerun!
This is great news that Celestron came through on releasing the Focal Reducers, I am sure the wait will be worth it. Each ota will require a specially configured focal reducer due to the way the HD optics field flattener is internal to the ota. Many of us Edge 800HD owners and also the Edge HD 925 owners will be awaiting a release date for focal reducers for these fine OTA’s Fingers crossed!
I did recently stumble upon a quote from Celestron which was found in the questions section under the 800HD ota… This thought process makes me very happy!
A similar situation exists for the production and first availability of EdgeHD focal reducers. Celestron wants to assure that they will be the same high quality as the EdgeHD telescopes and won’t compromise this goal to rush them on to the market.
The specs say they will take the telescope down one full F stop (cutting photon gathering time by half) and increase FOV by approximately 43%. They are listed as .7x reducers.