Optec Flat-Man XL-2 Series, 30” x 30”

Starting Price: $2,895.00
Price as Configured: $2,895.00
Brand: Optec / SKU: OP-19073

Re-designed and re-introduced in 2020, Optec's new Flat-Man XL-2 electroluminescent calibration panels make it easy to obtain your flat-field calibration images on demand, scaling to the largest telescopes. This product updates and replaces the Flat-Man XL which revolutionized the way flats are acquired at both professional and amateur observatories around the world.

Significantly improved lamps and combined inverter and power supply are coupled with Optec's DMX controller in an elegant USB interface.  Light levels can be varied in conjunction with camera exposure times to get the perfect ADU count.  With our proven Alnitak software and the new ASCOM Alpaca interface (coming soon), all the popular scripting software works great with the new XL-2 panels.

Our testing shows that the Flat-Man XL-2 provides an exceptionally evenly illuminated field when imaged by a camera mounted to a telescope focused at infinity. Image flatness is of utmost importance for both today's millimagnitude exoplanet photometry and the extensive stretching that is being done with aesthetic astronomical imaging. For the serious observer with a large observatory mounted telescope there is now a way to guarantee excellent flats on demand.

Optec's software lights and controls the Flat-Man XL2's brightness. The intensity of the light can be adjusted to one of 255 levels. Programs using Optec's provided library or AACmd can use the XL2 without any changes.

Optec offers Vesa mounting kits for television wall mounts, allowing for easy mounting of the panels in the observatory as well as tripod mounts.
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About This Product

The VESA mounting kits for the Optec XL-2 Flat-Fielding lamps provide an easy way to use most any television wall mount for attaching and positioning the larger XL-2 lamps within an observatory setting.  

The VESA kit consists of a pair of brackets with pre-threaded holes and hardware to conform to the VESA Flat Display Mounting Interface (FDMI) standard.  Fixed, tilting, or articulated TV wall mounts conforming to the VESA 200x200mm or 400x400mm standards can be used.  The TV Wall Mount must be purchased separately.  Many designs and styles are available at retail locations throughout the world.

Make sure you select the size that matches your Flat-Man XL-2.

$85.00 each
Price as Configured: $2,895.00

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  • Electroluminescent Lamp Type:    Split-Electrode with external inverter
  • Frame Material:    1"x1" square aluminum extrusion, anodized
  • Diffuser Material:    Plexiglas Type 2447 material
  • Lamp Diffuser Dimensions:
  • 18" x 18"
  • 24" x 24"
  • 30" x 30"
  • Frame Dimensions: Lamp Diffuser + 3"
  • Controller Dimensions: 9.3" x 7.3" x 2.9" (236 x 185 x 74mm)
  • Controller Weight: 3.8 lbs.  (1.7 kg)
  • Lamp Panel Weight: 18" x 18" size - 14 lb. (6.4 kg)
  •  Lamp Panel Weight:  24" x 24"size - 17 lbs. (7.7kg)
  •  Lamp Panel Weight: 30" x 30" size - 22 lbs. (10kg)
  • Power requirements: 100-240 VAC (100W) for illumination, 5VDC for control (USB provided)
  • Mounting Holes:  One top center and five along left and right sides
  • Package Weight: 24 pounds