Compatibility of GSO Crayford Focusers with Refractor Telescopes
A. Important Information - Please Read
To help select a focuser for your telescope, please refer to the table below. If your telescope is not mentioned in this list, then we do not know which focuser will work for you. In such cases, please contact us with your tube dimensions (exact inner and outer diameter, preferably in mm) and we will work with you to find a solution.
This table is meant to be a general guide and not an authoritative reference. We cannot be responsible for any problems or fit issues. The only way to correctly determine which size focuser/adapter you need is by removing your existing focuser, measuring the inner diameter of your telescope tube, and then making a choice. Before ordering a new focuser, make sure you can remove your stock focuser. Some companies are known to have changed tube sizes and some OEM R&P focusers can be very hard to take off.
B. Focuser Compatibility Information
This table was compiled with the help of numerous Agena customers (Thank you!). If you have any additions, suggestions, or corrections, we'd love to hear from you.
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To make sense of the cryptic abbreviations in the table, see the Key below the table.
Focuser Connects To...
Original Screws OK?
Focusing Issues *
|Antares||1208/12012 127mm||GSO86||Antares J120 Adapter||Adapter||Yes||Focuser Bolts Inside Adapter||NR|
|Celestron||80mm f/5 ST||GSO86||-||Tube||Yes||FBIT||?|
|Celestron||NexStar 80 SLT||GSO86||-||Tube||No||FBIT||ETL||C8|
|Celestron||C80ED||GSO86||Agena C80ED Adapter||Adapter||N/A||ASOT||NR|
|Celestron||C100ED||GSO86||Agena C100ED Adapter||Adapter||N/A||ASOT||?|
|Celestron||C4R 102mm f/9.8||GSO96||-||Tube||Yes||FBIT||ETL|
|Celestron||C-102HD 102mm f/10||GSO96||-||Tube||Yes||FBIT||ETL|
|Celestron||Omni XLT 120||GSO112||-||Tube||Yes||FBIT||ETD|
|Celestron||C6R 150mm f/8||GSO96||-||Collar on Telescope Tube||Yes||FBIC||ETD|
|Discovery||90mm f/5.6 Short Tube||GSO86||-||Tube||Yes||FBIT||NR|
|Konus||Konusky 150mm f/8||GSO86||Antares A150 Adapter||Adapter||Yes||?||ETL|
|Meade||Model 390 90mm f/11||GSO86||-||Tube||Yes||FBIT||NR|
|Meade||Infinity 102 AZ||GSO96||-||Tube||Yes||FBIT||ETD|
|Meade||AR-5 127mm f/9||GSO86||Antares J120 Adapter||Adapter||Yes||Bolts Outside||NR||C1|
|Meade||AR-6||GSO86||Antares J150 Adapter||Adapter||Yes||Bolts Outside||?||C1|
|Orion||80mm f/11.4 OTA||GSO86||-||Tube||Yes||FBIT||NR|
|Orion||90mm f/5.6 Short Tube||GSO86||-||Tube||Yes||FBIT||NR|
|Orion||StarBlast 90mm f/6.7||GSO86||-||Tube||Yes||FBIT||NR|
|Orion||Astroview 100mm f/6||GSO96||-||Tube||Yes||FBIT||NR|
|Orion||Astroview 120ST EQ||GSO96 or GSO112||-||Collar or Tube||Yes||FBIC or FBIT||ETL||C9|
|Skywatcher (Synta)||120mm f/?||GSO96||-||Collar||Yes||FBIC||ETL|
|Stellarvue||AT1010 Classic||GSO86||-||Tube||Yes||FBIT||NR||C1, C3, C7|
|Synta||90mm f/5.6 Short Tube||GSO86||-||Tube||Yes||FBIT||NR|
C. Key for Compatibility Table Above
* - 'Focusing Issues' are as measured with a GSO single or standard dual speed focuser with a drawtube travel length of 80mm. If you are considering a GSO linear bearing focuser, then the drawtube is 30mm shorter.
GSO86 - GSO Crayford Focuser with 86.4mm Adapter (Single or Dual Speed)
GSO96 - GSO Crayford Focuser with 96.6mm Adapter
GSO112 - GSO Crayford Focuser with 112.6mm Adapter
The William Optics Synta Focuser with 96mm Flange can be used instead of the GSO96 focuser listed above, but the 'Focusing Issues' column data may not apply.
ASOT - Focuser bolts inside adapter; Adapter screws on outside the telescope tube
FBIC - Focuser bolts inside collar already on the telescope tube
FBIT - Focuser bolts directly to inside of telescope tube
ETD - An extension tube is definitely required for additional back-focus travel (need at least a 2" extension on the Celestron C6R).
ETL - It is possible that you might need an extension tube for additional back-focus travel. However, we don't have enough data to state this conclusively.
ETM - Most customers did not need an extension tube, although it is still possible that you might need one.
NR - No extension tube required.
C1 - OEM focuser can be hard to remove
C2 - 3 customers had tubes with ID = 96mm and could use the original screws. One customer reported an ID = 97.5mm and needed new screws
C3 - Holes don't line up perfectly, so screws are angled and don't go in all the way
C4 - Customers have reported different tube diameters for different year models
C7 - Customers have reported different tube diameters for different year models; One customer had no problems inserting the GSO Crayford. Another had to machine the flange down by about 1/16" to make it fit inside the AT1010 tube.
C8 - The original screws on this telescope are cheap sheet metal screws and need to be replaced by M4 screws
C9 - GSO96 connects to collar on tube; GSO112 can be connected directly to the tube without the collar