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

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

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

B&H # EXDAR1520650 MFR # DAR152065-01
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Product Highlights

  • 152mm Aperture
  • 988mm Focal Length, f/6.5 Focal Ratio
  • Achromatic Doublet Lens System
  • 2" Dual-Speed Crayford-Style Focuser
  • 2" Dielectric 90° Diagonal
  • Vixen-Style Dovetail Mounting Plate
  • Mounting Cradle-Ring with Handle
  • 8x50 Finderscope
  • OTA Only - Mount and Tripod Required
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The AR152 152mm Achromatic Refractor Telescope from Explore Scientific features a doublet achromatic lens system which virtually eliminates chromatic and spherical aberrations. This translates to a distortion-free viewing experience with true color rendition across the entire field of view.

The scope uses a heavy-duty 2" Crayford-style focuser. Unlike a traditional rack-and-pinion focuser, a Crayford-style uses a steel rod held tightly against the focus tube. This toothless friction system eliminates backlash and enables ultra-fine precision focusing. The combination of aberration-free optics, precision focusing and a fast f/6.5 focal ratio make this telescope ideally suited for wide-field astrophotography and astroimaging.

A mounting cradle-ring clamps over optical tube assembly (OTA), and lets the user adjust the orientation and position of the scope relative to the mount to optimize viewing comfort and balancing, while avoiding interference with other equipment. The scope is offered without a mount or tripod, but a Vixen-style dovetail plate makes it compatible with any mount head with a Vixen-style saddle.

Optical Performance
  • Aperture: 152mm
  • Focal ratio: f/6.5
  • Focal length: 988mm
  • Refractor-style optical design
  • Low dispersion achromatic doublet lens system
  • Achromatic lenses eliminate chromatic and spherical aberrations for true color rendition and without distortion across the entire field of view
  • 8x50 non-illuminated finderscope with quick-release bracket
Focuser
  • 2" diameter focuser
  • Dual-speed Crayford-style
  • Crayford focusers use a toothless friction system that allows for super-fine precision focusing without backlash
  • Large 2" drawtube prevents vignetting when using wide-field eyepieces for viewing, or large imaging sensors for astrophotography
  • 2"-to-1.25" reducer adapter allows the use of the more common 1.25" eyepieces and accessories
Mount
  • User-supplied mount and tripod required
  • Vixen-style dovetail plate included
  • Compatible with any alt-az or equatorial mount with a Vixen-style saddle
  • Cradle-ring assembly for plate allows the scope orientation to be changed based on mount configuration
  • Integrated carry handle on cradle-ring assembly
Diagonal
  • One-piece 90° star diagonal for more comfortable viewing, especially nearing the zenith
  • Diagonal mirror has highly-reflective dielectric coatings for up to 99% light transmission
UPC: 812257011032
In the Box
Explore Scientific AR152 152mm f/6.5 Achromatic Refractor Telescope (OTA only)
  • 8x50 Finderscope and Bracket
  • Mounting Cradle Ring
  • 90° Star Diagonal
  • 2"-to-1.25" Reducer Adapter
  • Objective Lens Cap
  • Focus Tube Cap
  • Limited 1-Year USA Warranty, Extendable to Transferrable Lifetime Warranty with Registration
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    Explore Scientific AR152 specs

    Optical Design Refractor
    Aperture 152 mm
    Focal Length 988mm
    Focal Ratio f/6.5
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 2", or 1.25" with included adapter
    Diagonal 90° star diagonal
    Finderscope 8 X 50, with quick-release bracket
    Tripod None
    Mount Type Vixen-style dovetail
    Optical Tube Dimensions 41.0 x 6.2" (104.1 x 15.8 cm)
    Weight 23 lb (10.4 kg)
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    Package Weight 32.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 50.5 x 12.0 x 10.5"

    Explore Scientific AR152 reviews

    AR152 152mm f/6.5 Achromatic Refractor Telescope (OTA only) is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this Telescope, BUT... EXP-SCI claims it,virtually eliminates chromatic and spherical aberrations. This is not always true. Some 2 lenses will have some. This may be due to the quality of the lenses you view with though. For the price of this 152mm scope, it is of little importance. The closest thing available in this size, that is better, will cost around $. For that cost you can buy this scope and two, three or more quality lenses. Or even a nice tripod.
    Date published: 2015-05-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Would buy scope again in heartbeat but NEVER from B&H Scope is a beauty ! Excellent product, extremely pleased. B&H photo is a joke, paid $40 for 2 day shipping and they send me the free water bottle with 2 day shipping and made me wait 7 days for the scope to get here. Didn't anybody have a clue that the $40 extra shipping was meant for the scope NOT the free water bottle ?
    Date published: 2016-06-14
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