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Vaonis Vespera II Observation Station

Vaonis Vespera II Observation Station

B&H # VAVESPIIOS MFR # VE50-II
Key Features
  • Fully Automated Telescope/Camera
  • View Imagery on Tablet or Phone
  • GoTo Technology Finds/Tracks Objects
  • 8.3MP Resolution
$1,59000
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ZWO Seestar S50 50mm f/5 All-in-One Smart Telescope

ZWO Seestar S50 50mm f/5 All-in-One Smart Telescope

B&H # ZWSSS50 MFR # SS S50
Key Features
  • Fully Automated GoTo Telescope/Camera
  • View Imagery on Phone or Tablet
  • Air-Spaced Triplet Apochromatic Lens
  • Live Stacking Capability
$49900
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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
$38813
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Celestron Travel Scope 70mm f/5.7 AZ Refractor Telescope and EclipSmart Solar Filter Kit

B&H # CETS70SFK
Key Features
  • Use as Telescope or Spotting Scope
  • ISO Compliant Safe Solar Filter
  • Backpack Holds OTA, Tripod, Accessories
  • Aluminum Photo-Style Tripod
$12095
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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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Celestron Travel Scope DX 60mm f/6 AZ Refractor Telescope with EclipSmart Solar Filter Kit

B&H # CETS60RTKSFK
Key Features
  • Use as Telescope or Spotting Scope
  • Smartphone Digiscoping Adapter
  • ISO Compliant Safe Solar Filter
  • Backpack Holds OTA, Tripod, Accessories
$9595
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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
$13899
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Celestron AstroMaster 70AZ 70mm Alt-Az Refractor Telescope and EclipSmart Solar Filter Kit

B&H # CEAM70AZSFK
Key Features
  • 900mm Focal Length, f/13 Focal Ratio
  • Manual Alt-Azimuth Mount
  • Adjustable-Height Stainless Steel Tripod
  • ISO-Certified Safe Solar Filter
$17395
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Sky-Watcher Evolux 62 ED APO 62mm f/6.45 Refractor Telescope (OTA Only)

B&H # SK62EDAPOR MFR # S11305
Key Features
  • 62mm Doublet Apochromatic Refractor
  • Ideal for Wide Field Astrophotography
  • 400mm Focal Length, f/6.45 Focal Ratio
$31529
Reg. $461.29
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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
$2,49900
Reg. $3,210.00
Save $711.00
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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
$4799
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ExploreOne CF600 50mm f/12 Carbon Fiber AZ Refractor Telescope (White)

B&H # EXCF600 MFR # 88-10050-CF
Key Features
  • 50mm Refractor Design
  • 600mm Focal Length, f/12 Focal Ratio
  • Strong and Durable Carbon Fiber OTA
  • Manual Alt-Azimuth Mount with Pan Handle
$4999
Special Order
Expected availability: 2-4 weeks

Zhumell 60mm AZ Refractor Telescope

B&H # ZHUN0011 MFR # ZHUN001-1
Key Features
  • 60mm Refractor OTA
  • 700mm Focal Length, f/11.6 Focal Ratio
  • Red Dot Finderscope
  • 1.25" Rack-and-Pinion Focuser
$6999
Reg. $99.99
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Celestron Travel Scope DX 60mm f/6 AZ Refractor Telescope Digiscoping Kit

B&H # CETS60RTK MFR # 22007
Key Features
  • 60mm Achromatic Refractor
  • Anti-Reflection Fully Coated Optics
  • 1.25" Rack-and-Pinion Focuser
  • Smartphone Digiscoping Adapter
$7400
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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
$9900
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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
$12495
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Celestron StarSense Explorer LT 80AZ AZ Refractor Telescope with EclipSmart Solar Filter Kit

B&H # CESSELT80RFK
Key Features
  • 80mm f/11 Refractor Optical Tube
  • Smartphone App Guides Star Navigation
  • ISO-Certified for Safe Solar Viewing
  • Safety Screws & Touch-Fastening Straps
$23095
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Celestron AstroMaster 102AZ 102mm f/6.5 Alt-Az Refractor Telescope

B&H # CEAM102AZ MFR # 22065
Key Features
  • 102mm Aperture Refractor OTA
  • 660mm Focal Length, f/6.5 Focal Ratio
  • Fully Coated Optics
  • Manual Alt-Azimuth Mount
$29728
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Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 102AZ Refractor Telescope and EclipSmart Solar Filter Kit

B&H # CESSEDX102RF
Key Features
  • Use Smartphone App for Star Navigation
  • 102mm f/6.5 Refractor Optical Tube
  • Single Fork-Arm Manual Alt-Azimuth Mount
  • ISO-Certified Safe Solar Filter
$41363
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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
$41481
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Celestron Omni XLT 102 102mm f/9.8 Refractor EQ Telescope

B&H # CEOXLT102K MFR # 21088
Key Features
  • 102mm 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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Vixen Optics A80Mf 80mm f/11 Achro Refractor Telescope with Porta II Mount

B&H # VIA80MFP2M MFR # ES39952
Key Features
  • 80mmAchromatic Refractor OTA
  • 910mm Focal Length, f/11 Focal Ratio
  • Multi-Coated Optics
  • Porta II Manual Alt-Azimuth Mount
$72899
Special Order
Expected availability: 7-14 business days

Explore Scientific AR152 152mm f/6.5 Achromatic Refractor Telescope (OTA only)

B&H # EXDAR1520650 MFR # DAR152065-01
Key Features
  • 152mm Aperture
  • 988mm Focal Length, f/6.5 Focal Ratio
  • Achromatic Doublet Lens System
  • 2" Dual-Speed Crayford-Style Focuser
$97999
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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
$99900
Reg. $1,255.00
Save $256.00
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Vivitar TEL-30300 30mm Mini Telescope with Tripod

B&H # VIMTWT MFR # VIV-TEL-30300
Key Features
  • 30mm Refractor OTA
  • 300mm Focal Length
  • Fixed 15x Eyepiece
  • Slide Focuser
$1998
Special Order
Expected availability: 3-5 weeks

Polaroid 50mm f/12 Refractor Telescope

B&H # PO150RFRT MFR # IT-160X
Key Features
  • 50mm Refractor Optical Tube
  • 600mm Focal Length, f/12 Focal Ratio
  • Manual Alt-Az Mount with Control Handle
  • 150x and 75x Power Eyepieces
$2999
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ExploreOne CF350 50mm f/7 Carbon Fiber AZ Refractor Telescope (Silver)

B&H # EXCF350 MFR # 88-10052-CF
Key Features
  • 50mm Refractor Design
  • 350mm Focal Length, f/7 Focal Ratio
  • Strong and Durable Carbon Fiber OTA
  • Manual Alt-Azimuth Mount
$2999
Special Order
Expected availability: 2-4 weeks

ExploreOne Juno 50mm f/7.3 AZ Refractor Telescope

B&H # EX50MMAZJ MFR # 88-10051
Key Features
  • 50 Achromatic Refractor OTA
  • 360mm Focal Length, f/7.2 Focal Ratio
  • 0.965" Rack-and-Pinion Focuser
  • 18x and 29x Eyepieces; 90° Diagonal
$2999
Special Order
Expected availability: 7-14 business days
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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.