Explore Scientific 152mm Carbon Fiber Apochromatic Refractor w/Starlight 3
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Explore Scientific 152mm Carbon Fiber Apochromatic Refractor w/Starlight 3" Focuser

The Explore Scientific ED152 Carbon Fiber Edition is the absolute price leader in the six-inch apochromatic triplet market.

The Explore Scientific ED152 Carbon Fiber Edition is one of only a handful of six-inch apochromatic refractors available today. The other samples tend to be produced by some of the most exclusive names in the industry and can cost as much as a small car. If you find yourself torn between owning a six-inch APO and having enough left over to pay for your health insurance, this may just be the only telescope for you.

About Explore Scientific Air-Spaced Triplet Apochromatic Refractors

When the designers at Explore Scientific set their sights on creating a top-quality apochromatic refractor that anyone would be proud to own, they decided on a traditional air-spaced triplet optical design in a rugged, adjustable lens cell. All materials had to be top-notch, so genuine Hoya extra-low dispersion (ED) Dense Fluor Crown (FCD1) glass was chosen, and then experienced craftsmen shaped and polished the elements that would form the foundation of a high-quality, true APO refractor.

All Explore Scientific Air-Spaced Triplet APO Refractors are diffraction-limited at 1/4 wave or better. Special EMD enhanced multi-layer coatings are deposited on all optical surfaces, and the result is bright, high contrast images with virtually no light scatter. Interferometic data on your newly purchased and registered Explore apochromatic refractor is available upon request. Time restrictions apply; please contact Customer Service at Explore Scientific for more information.

While optics are definitely the most important component of any telescope, other features, like the focuser, the finder, and the optical tube, play a crucial role in the design. Below you will find highlights on all of the ingredients used to create Explore Scientific Triplet APO refractors, including a very liberal warranty that speaks volumes about the confidence that Explore Scientific has in these telescopes telescopes!

Explore Air-Spaced Triplet APO Refractor Highlights

  • Available in 80mm, 102mm, 127mm & 152mm apertures
  • Tube assemblies are available in aluminum (Essential) or Carbon Fiber editions
  • Air-Spaced Apochromatic Triplets with true APO optics
  • Diffraction limited at .25PV or better
  • Genuine ED glass from Hoya Japan
  • Enhanced Multi-Layer Coatings (EMD) are deposited on optical elements to boost contrast and eliminate light scatter.
  • Contrast is further enhanced with the installation of matte black knife-edge baffles in the optical tube assembly.
  • While refractors seldom require additional collimation after initial factory adjustment, the lens cell design allows for consumer collimation. Sending off to the factory is an option, but is not required.
  • 80mm - 127mm models come with a heavy-duty 2" Crayford-style dual-speed 10:1 focuser
  • The 152mm model comes with a special edition 3" rack & pinion dual-speed 10:1 focuser, made for Explore Scientific by Starlight Instruments. A 2" compression ring adapter is included.
  • Included 2" diagonal has a precision-polished mirror with enhanced 99% dielectric coatings. A 1.25" compression ring adapter is part of this package.
  • To attach your Explore Scientific Air-Spaced Triplet telescope to a variety of mounts, we have included the Universal Adjustable Mounting Plate. The "Vixen-style" plate fits mounts made by Explore, Meade, Celestron, Vixen & others.

Explore STAR Warranty

All Explore Scientific Products sold within North America are covered by a standard one year limited warranty; however, when the new product is registered within 60 days of purchase, it is covered under the Explore STAR Transferable North America Unlimited Lifetime Product Warranty program. The full details of this extended warranty are available here (PDF, opens in separate window.)

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SKUTED15208-CF(T)
Telescope Type Apochromatic Refractor
Aperture (in.) 6 inches
Aperture (mm) 152 mm
Focal Ratio f/8
Focal Length 1216 mm
Limiting Visual Magnitude 13.5
Accepts 2-inch Eyepieces Yes
Focuser Type Dual-speed rack and pinion
Focuser Size 3-inch
Star Diagonal 2-inch dielectric mirror
Optical Tube Weight 20.5 lbs.
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