Tele Vue 60 Refractor Telescope OTA


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    Tele Vue 60 Refractor Telescope OTA

    60mm, f/6, APO (Doublet) Refractor. This high performance, super-compact APO doublet, is a super-finder, day/night scope with great telephoto and imaging capability for digital cameras.

    Standard features of Tele Vue 60 OTA include a 2-stage 1.25″ focuser with quick-focus drawtube, plus fine-focus helical, exquisitely machined and anodized all-metal construction, and a sliding captive dew shield.  Offering wide field, pristine, color free views throughout a wide range of magnification.

    • 1.25″ focuser accept in-line Porro Prism, 45° erectors or 60° and 90° diagonals
    • Maximum True Field: 4.3° (great for terrestrial and astronomical use)
    • Maximum Power: 180x (with Nagler 2-4mm Zoom – for lunar/planetary viewing)
    • Adjustable dovetail balancing bar fits all camera tripods, Tele Vue Mounts and new mounting brackets for SCT’s

    It’s a super-finder, day/night scope with great telephoto and imaging capability for digital cameras. Optional padded carry bag available.


    Type APO (Doublet) Refractor
    (Elements/Groups: 2/1)
    Objective (mm) 60
    Focal Length (mm) 360
    Focal Ratio (f/#) 6
    Drawtube/Focuser 1¼-inch, helical
    Length OTA (inch) 10
    Length with diagonal (inch) 12  (with 1¼-inch diagonal)
    Weight OTA/Std. Config (lbs) 3 / 3.3
    Maximum Visual Field (deg.) 4.3° (with 1¼-inch 32mm Plössl)
    Maximum Recommended Power (x) 150
    Tele Vue 60 OTA

    Purchase Tele Vue TVP-1250 or TVP-6012  TV 60 Accessory Kit and save 20% of individual prices

    New Accessory Kit from Tele Vue includes the following items

    TVP-1250 Kit includes

    QBT-1006  Tele Vue Quik Point Basic

    DPC-1250  Tele Vue 1.25″ 90° Everbrite Diagonal

    TVB-2403  Tele Vue TV60 Carry Bag

    EAD-25.0   Tele Vue 25mm Plossl



    TVP-6012 Kit Includes

    QBT-1006  Tele Vue Quik Point Basic

    DPC-6012  Tele Vue 1.25″ 60° Everbrite Diagonal

    TVB-2403  Tele Vue TV60 Carry Bag

    EAD-25.0   Tele Vue 25mm Plossl


    Excerpt from Living Bird article by Dr. KenRosenberg, director of conservation science at Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology.

    TeleVue has introduced a new 60mm scope for birders, which includes the 45-degree prism, and when fitted with the same 8-24mm zoom provides powers from 15-45x. This scope is comparable in size, weight, and image quality to the best Swarovski or Kowa spotting scopes and may cost considerably less, …

    — Dr. Rosenberg, K. “Scope Quest 2008”. Living Bird (2008 Winter). 46 – 47.

    Excerpts from Dennis di Cicco review of the TV-60 in Sky & Telescope, December 2004

    Even at 120x, brilliant Vega, one of the most challenging stars for a refractor to image cleanly, appears as a blue-white Airy disk surrounded by several white diffraction rings and no perceptible color halo.

    — di Cicco, D. “Pint-Size Powerhouse: Tele Vue’s TV-60”. Sky & Telescope (Dec. 2004).

    Read what SmartMoney has to say about the TV-60

    SmartMoney magazine, The Wall Street Journal Magazine of Personal Business, is all about recommending the wisest buys for their readers. The ‘Smart Spending’ section of the November, 2004, issue features the article Stargazing; “Today’s telescopes are so high-tech they seek out stars themselves. But we wondered: What would the world’s top amateur astronomer think of them?” In this context, the Tele Vue-60 was chosen the winner by David Levy after checking out four other scopes and the Tele Vue-60.The article concludes: “Our winner gave us the best view of Jupiter, and without any gizmos. ‘This is a sweet instrument,’ Levy says.”

    — Light, J. “Stargazing”. Smart Money (Nov. 2004). 133-135.

    Excerpts from Raymond Shubinski’s review of the TV-60 in Astronomy magazine

    A note of caution: You may find yourself spending more time looking through the Tele Vue-60 than through your larger scope.

    — Shubinski, R. “The Tele Vue-60”. Astronomy (Nov. 2004).

    Excerpts from Randy Roy’s comments on Cloudy Nights Telescope Reviews website.

    If you want wide field, pristine, color free views throughout a wide range of magnification — if you want a scope that is a superfinder, a guidescope, a piggyback refractor, or an ultra-light travel scope — and if you demand the best in fit, finish and build quality — buy this. I’ve not seen anything else in its class that does so much.

    — Roy, R. “Televue-60 APO”. Cloudy Nights Telescope Reviews (Feb. 4, 2004).

    Excerpts from TV-60 review by Ed Ting, published on The Telescope Review Web Site

    • TeleVue’s newest telescope is a cute little 60mm f/6 apo. In a departure from their usual styling, the TV60 has a sleek, tapered black body that resembles a spotting scope. …. The construction is heavy-duty and very serious. There’s a sliding bar on the bottom that’s very similar to the one on the Ranger. Like the Ranger, it has a helical focuser and drawtube assembly. Unlike the Ranger, the TV60 adds a nice sliding dew shield.
    • The scope has impressive optics. …. No false color was noted. At only 15X (with a 24 mm Panoptic) Titan could be seen as a tiny pinpoint dot next to the planet. You can see Cassini’s Division on Saturn at 70x (with a 5 mm Type 6 Nagler.) …. The Trapezium was easily resolved, …. Castor is an easy split. Most impressively, the scope split Rigel, again at 70X. On deep sky, you have to make some allowances for the small aperture. M35 is just starting to resolve, but the other nearby clusters (M37, M36, M38) look like similar faint smudges in the eyepiece. Not exciting, but again, we’re only talking about a 60 mm telescope here.
    • I once heard small scopes like this described as “One-Hour Telescopes.” You get to see pretty much everything you want to see in about an hour. As such, the TV60 is a great quick peek or travel scope.
    • Update, 2/7/04: TeleVue informs me that they plan to offer an X-Y heavy duty version of their Starbeam mount, so that the TV60 can be mounted on a larger scope.

    — Ting, E. “Tele Vue-60”. The Telescope Review Web Site (Feb. 1, 2004).


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