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Vaonis VE50 Vespera Exploration Station Digital Telescope with Tripod
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Vaonis VE50 Vespera Exploration Station Digital Telescope with Tripod

B&H # VAVE50 MFR # VE50
Key Features
  • Sets up in 5 Minutes
  • GoTo Technology Finds/Tracks Objects
  • Autofocus for Photography
$1,99999
Reg. $2,499.99
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Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 102AZ 102mm f/6.5 AZ Refractor Telescope

Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 102AZ 102mm f/6.5 AZ Refractor Telescope

B&H # CESSEDX102R MFR # 22460
Key Features
  • Use Smartphone App for Star Navigation
  • Follow Directions to Find Great Objects
  • Advanced Precise Alignment Algorithm
  • 102mm f/6.5 Refractor Optical Tube
$35995
Reg. $469.95
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Celestron AstroMaster LT 70AZ Telescope

B&H # CEAMLT70AZ MFR # 21074
Key Features
  • Achromatic Refractor
  • 70mm Aperture
  • 700mm f/10
  • Steel Leg Tripod
$15995
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Celestron StarSense Explorer LT 80AZ 80mm f/11 AZ Refractor Telescope

B&H # CESSELT80R MFR # 22451
Key Features
  • Use Smartphone App for Star Navigation
  • Follow Directions to Find Great Objects
  • Advanced Precise Alignment Algorithm
  • 80mm f/11 Refractor Optical Tube
$22995
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Celestron PowerSeeker 50 50mm f/12 AZ Refractor Telescope

B&H # CEP50 MFR # 21039
Key Features
  • 50mm Aperture
  • 600mm Focal Length, f/12 Focal Ratio
  • 0.96" Rack-and-Pinion Focuser
  • Manual Alt-Azimuth Mount
$6395
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Celestron AstroMaster 70AZ 70mm f/13 Alt-Az Refractor Telescope

B&H # CEAM70AZ MFR # 21061
Key Features
  • 70mm Refractor OTA
  • 900mm Focal Length, f/13 Focal Ratio
  • Anti-Reflection Fully Coated Optics
  • 1.25" Rack-and-Pinion Focuser
$13999
Reg. $169.99
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Celestron Travel Scope DX 70mm f/6 AZ Refractor Telescope

B&H # CETSDX70RTK MFR # 22035
Key Features
  • 70mm Achromatic Refractor
  • Anti-Reflection Fully Coated Optics
  • 1.25" Rack-and-Pinion Focuser
  • Smartphone Digiscoping Adapter
$10499
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Celestron PowerSeeker 60 60mm f/12 AZ Refractor Telescope

B&H # CEP60 MFR # 21041
Key Features
  • 60mm Aperture
  • 700mm Focal Length, f/12 Focal Ratio
  • 1.25" Rack-and-Pinion Focuser
  • Manual Alt-Azimuth Mount
$6999
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Sky-Watcher Evostar ED APO 72mm f/5.8 Refractor Guidescope (OTA Only)

B&H # SKS11180 MFR # S11180
Key Features
  • For Autoguiding, Imaging, Observation
  • 72mm Apochromatic Doublet Lens
  • 420mm Focal Length, f/5.8 Focal Ratio
  • Extra Low-Dispersion Lens Element
$44900
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Celestron Travel Scope 70mm f/5.7 AZ Refractor Telescope Kit

B&H # CETS70 MFR # 21035
Key Features
  • 70mm Achromatic Refractor
  • 400mm Focal Length, f/5.7 Focal Ratio
  • Anti-Reflection Fully Coated Optics
  • 1.25" Rack-and-Pinion Focuser
$9248
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Celestron PowerSeeker 80mm f/11 EQ Refractor Telescope

B&H # CEP80EQ MFR # 21048
Key Features
  • 80mm Aperture
  • 900mm Focal Length, f/11 Focal Ratio
  • 1.25" Rack-and-Pinion Focuser
  • Manual Equatorial Mount
$19995
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Celestron PowerSeeker 80AZ 80mm f/5 AZ Refractor Telescope

B&H # CEP80AZS MFR # 21087
Key Features
  • 80mm Aperture
  • 400mm Focal Length, f/5 Focal Ratio
  • Anti-Reflection Multi-Coated Optics
  • 1.25" Focuser and 20mm Eyepiece
$13999
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Sky-Watcher StarTravel 102mm f/4.9 AZ Refractor Telescope

B&H # SKS10100 MFR # S10100
Key Features
  • 102mm Achromatic Refractor OTA
  • 500mm Focal Length, f/4.9 Focal Ratio
  • Fully Multi-Coated Optics
  • 2" Focuser with Integrated T-2 Mount
$40000
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Sky-Watcher StarTravel 120mm f/5 AZ Refractor Telescope

B&H # SKS10105 MFR # S10105
Key Features
  • 120mm Achromatic Refractor OTA
  • 600mm Focal Length, f/5 Focal Ratio
  • Fully Multi-Coated Optics
  • 2" Focuser with Integrated T-2 Mount
$52500
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Sky-Watcher EvoStar 100mm f/9 Doublet APO Refractor (OTA only)

B&H # SKPRO100EDAP MFR # S11120
Key Features
  • 100mm Apochromatic Refractor
  • 900mm Focal Length, f/9 Focal Ratio
  • Proprietary MHC Multi-Coated Optics
  • Schott BK7 and FPL-53 ED Glass
$81700
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Explore Scientific ED80 80mm f/6 Essential Series Air-Spaced Triplet Refractor Telescope

B&H # EXESED080602 MFR # ES-ED0806-02
Key Features
  • 80mm Aperture
  • 480mm Focal Length, f/6 Focal Ratio
  • HOYA Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) Glass
  • Apochromatic Triplet Lens System
$89999
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Celestron PowerSeeker 70 70mm f/10 AZ Refractor Telescope

B&H # CEP70AZ MFR # 21036
Key Features
  • 70mm Aperture
  • 700mm Focal Length, f/10 Focal Ratio
  • 1.25" Rack-and-Pinion Focuser
  • Manual Alt-Azimuth Mount
$9999
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Explore Scientific FirstLight 90mm f/5.6 Achro Refractor Alt-Az Telescope

B&H # EXFLAR90RT MFR # FL-AR90500AZ
Key Features
  • 90mm Achromatic Refractor
  • 500mm Focal Length, f/5.6 Focal Ratio
  • Fully Multi-Coated Optics
  • 1.25" Rack-and-Pinion Focuser
$15999
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Celestron AstroMaster 90AZ 90mm f/11.1 Refractor Telescope

B&H # CEAM90AZ MFR # 21063
Key Features
  • 90mm Aperture Refractor OTA
  • 1000mm Focal Length, f/11.1 Focal Ratio
  • Fully Multi-Coated Optics
  • 1.25" Focuser, 10mm and 20mm Eyepieces
$26500
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Explore Scientific 102mm f/7 Essential Apochromatic ED Triplet Refractor Telescope (OTA Only)

B&H # EXESED102070 MFR # ES-ED10207-02
Key Features
  • 102mm Aperture
  • 714mm Focal Length, f/7 Focal Ratio
  • Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) Glass
  • Proprietary EMD Enhanced Multicoatings
$1,19999
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Sky-Watcher Esprit ED APO 100mm f/5.5 Refractor Telescope

B&H # SKE100EDAR MFR # S11410
Key Features
  • Aperture: 100mm
  • Focal Length: 550mm, f/5.5
  • Apochromatic Extra-Low Dispersion Glass
  • Fully Multicoated Optics
$3,21000
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Celestron Travel Scope 50mm f/7.2 AZ Refractor Telescope Kit

B&H # CETS50 MFR # 21038
Key Features
  • 50mm Achromatic Refractor
  • 360mm Focal Length, f/7.2 Focal Ratio
  • Anti-Reflection Fully Coated Optics
  • Sturdy Rack-and-Pinion Focuser
$6995
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Celestron Travel Scope 80mm f/5 AZ Refractor Telescope Kit

B&H # CETS80RTK MFR # 22030
Key Features
  • 80mm Refractor
  • 400mm Focal Length, f/5 Focal Ratio
  • Anti-Reflection Fully Coated Optics
  • 1.25" Rack-and-Pinion Focuser
$13995
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Celestron AstroMaster 80AZS 80mm f/5 Alt-Az Refractor Telescope

B&H # CEAM80AZ MFR # 21082
Key Features
  • 80mm Refractor Optical Tube Assembly
  • 400mm Focal Length, f/5 Focal Ratio
  • Anti-Reflection Fully Coated Optics
  • 1.25" Rack-and-Pinion Focuser
$20999
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Celestron 80LCM 80mm f/11.25 Computerized GoTo Refractor Telescope

B&H # CE80LCM MFR # 22051
Key Features
  • 80mm Refractor-Style OTA
  • 900mm Focal Length, f/11.25 Focal Ratio
  • Anti-Reflection Fully Coated Optics
  • 36x and 100x 1.25" Eyepieces
$31995
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Explore Scientific FirstLight 102mm f/6.5 Achro Refractor Telescope with Twilight Nano Alt-Az Mount

B&H # EXFLAR102RT MFR # FL-AR102600TN
Key Features
  • 102mm Achromatic Refractor
  • 660mm Focal Length, f/6.5 Focal Ratio
  • Fully Multi-Coated Optics
  • 40mm Rack-and-Pinion Focuser
$32999
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Sky-Watcher StarTravel 102 AZ-GTe 102mm f/5 Refractor GoTo AZ Telescope

B&H # SKAZGTE102T MFR # S21160
Key Features
  • 102mm Refractor Optical Tube
  • 500mm Focal Length, f/5 Focal Ratio
  • Anti-Reflection Multi-Coated Optics
  • Motorized Computer-Controlled AZ Mount
$61000
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Celestron Omni XLT 102 102mm f/9.8 Refractor EQ Telescope

B&H # CEOXLT102K MFR # 21088
Key Features
  • 120mm Achromatic Refractor OTA
  • 1000mm Focal Length, f/9.8 Focal Ratio
  • StarBright XLT Multicoated Optics
  • 1.25" 90° Diagonal and 40x Eyepiece
$65995
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Expected availability: 2-4 weeks

Sky-Watcher EvoStar 80mm f/7.5 Doublet APO Refractor (OTA only)

B&H # SKPRO80EDAPO MFR # S11100
Key Features
  • 80mm Apochromatic Refractor
  • 600mm Focal Length, f/7.5 Focal Ratio
  • Proprietary MHC Multi-Coated Optics
  • Schott BK7 and FPL-53 ED Glass
$99900
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Sky-Watcher EvoStar 120mm f/7.5 Doublet APO Refractor (OTA only)

B&H # SKPRO120EDAP MFR # S11130
Key Features
  • 120mm Apochromatic Refractor
  • 900mm Focal Length, f/7.5 Focal Ratio
  • Proprietary MHC Multi-Coated Optics
  • Schott BK7 and FPL-53 ED Glass
$2,29900
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Choosing the Best Refractor Telescope

A refractor telescope has a glass lens at the front that bends light as it passes through. The best refractor telescopes use a long-range focal length to minimize the chance of chromatic aberration. Achromatic telescopes are more prone to discoloration than apochromatic telescopes because the red and blue wavelengths are not in line with the green ones.


Difference Between Apochromatic and Achromatic Telescopes

Achromatic refractors bend light at slightly different angles as it passes through a glass lens. Color wavelengths in achromatic telescopes don’t all align due to the angles, which creates an opportunity for discoloration (chromatic aberration). The green wavelengths extend past the red and blue ones and focus on a different area at the back of the telescope. Achromatic telescopes are more suitable for star gazing as less light is present, so there’s a limited chance of discoloration taking place. Lenses created with three to four glass elements are apochromatic, and an apochromatic refractor produces high-resolution images with minimal chance of discoloration. Using solar telescopes with apochromatic lenses produces detailed views of the sun, and attachments like webcams for computerized telescopes provide high-resolution results for safe viewing.


Refractor and Reflector Telescopes

Some Vivitar refractor telescopes come with options for terrestrial and astrological viewing, microscope kits, and sun shields. With catadioptric (Cassegrain) telescopes, you can view true-to-life images day or night. Catadioptric telescopes come in two main types, Schmidt-Cassegrain and Maksutov. Most Celestron refractor telescopes come in both Catadioptic types, in 90mm options to give you a superior viewing experience. Maksutov telescopes are easier to set up and transport because they are lightweight, making them popular with hikers and campers. Telescopes that use reflector (Newtonian) lenses are an optimal choice if you enjoy star gazing or watching meteor showers. While reflector telescopes are bulkier than refractor telescopes, they provide you with a similar viewing experience in the right conditions.


Choosing Accessories for Your Telescope

Purchase additional telescope eyepieces to increase your telescope’s magnification ability, and choose from low or medium power eyepieces. Select an eyepiece with exit pupils no larger than 6mm for optimum results. Eyepieces are one of the most important parts of a telescope; using high-quality eyepieces will increase your telescope’s range and capability. Use adapters and remotes, get additional tubes and lenses, or pick mounting accessories to enhance your viewing experience. When it comes time to store your telescope, use a durable hard case to protect glass lenses and tubes from damage.


B&H Photo and Video carries Vivitar, Celestron, and Bushnell refractor telescopes for superior viewing with a low risk of color distortion. Browse through kits made to view specific planets, and find adjustable tripods and carrying bags to build the ultimate telescope system.