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GSO Parabolic Primary Mirror - 10" f/5

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Brand GSO
Part Number AD081
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Manufacturer Description

For years, GSO has made dobsonian telescopes sold under various labels. Users of these scopes know the excellent quality of the optics included, and they have a well-deserved reputation for being the finest mirrors in their price range. We are now pleased to offer virtually the entire line of GSO's Newtonian optics in the US market.

GSO's parabolic primary mirrors are perfect for those who want to build their own telescopes or replace mirrors in older ones. Ranging in aperture from 6” to 16” and offered in various f-ratios, these mirrors are made from optical grade BK-7 glass. All mirrors have a reflective aluminum coating with a reflectivity of 92-93%. The aluminum coating is protected by a silicon oxide (SiO2) over-coating.

GSO uses high-volume, state-of-the-art, high quality manufacturing and test lines. GSO guarantees diffraction limited performance, but their mirrors typically have a mirror surface quality of 1/16 wave RMS at least, and often better. This very smooth mirror surface results in excellent optical performance with practically no light scatter.

Besides parabolic primaries, we also offer matching GSO secondary elliptical mirrors, mirror cells, and spiders (all sold separately).

Please Note:

Most parabolic mirrors will have 2-4 minor uncoated areas along the edge of the mirror. See photo 2 above for an example. These are caused by the clips used to hold the mirrors in the coating chamber. Note that these are not defects. A couple of these uncoated edge strips will typically be covered up by the clips in your mirror cell anyway.

Additional Information:

Q. Is a test report included with each mirror?
A. No. GSO tests each mirror via laser interferometry before shipping, but does not provide individual test reports.

Q. Is the primary center-dotted?
A. Sometimes yes but mostly no. It just varies from batch to batch.

You can easily center-dot the primary yourself if the mirror you receive is not dotted. Instructions to do this are readily available on the internet. If you want a center-dotting sticker, just request one from us at the time you place your order.

If you want a mirror that does not have this center dot, please check with us before your purchase. Removing the center dot is not easy or recommended. If the mirror already has a center dot but you do not want it, we recommend that you not purchase this item.

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4.8 (Based on 6 Reviews) 100% of reviewers recommended this product.
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      Review by Dwight L.
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      Jun 30, 2019

      5.0 10 inch f5 mirror set

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      performance in in my homebuilt dob exceeded my expectations. Heavy but worth it!

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      Review by Daniel C.
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      Jun 21, 2019

      5.0 Good quality for the price.

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      Good quality for the price. Was exactly as spec'd.

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      Review by Jerry G.
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      Sep 2, 2018

      5.0 10” Mirror

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      The primary mirror and secondary arrived in two days and was well packaged. Both mirrors performed very well in my homemade dobsonian telescope. Highly recommend.

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      Review by John B.
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      Dec 5, 2017

      4.0 Telescope Maker

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      It's going to be a while before these mirrors reflect some starlight, but they look perfect and much cheaper than buying in UK.

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      Review by Dennis S.
      1511315981
      Nov 21, 2017

      5.0 A Great Mirror

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      This mirror tested by Nova Optical systems shows to be one of the best. Thanks for great product.

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      Review by Nima A.
      1510807226
      Nov 15, 2017

      5.0 10" and secondary combo

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      I'm a theoretical physicists and purchased the mirror for my astronomy hobby so I have not done any proper testing optical or mechanical on the build quality of the mirror. However I've completed my dobsonian build and managed get good quality viewing on clear nights with this ser-up. The item arrived on time and it was packaged well.

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