Explore Scientific ED102 102mm f/7 Carbon Fiber Apo Refractor Telescope (OTA only)

Explore Scientific ED102 102mm f/7 Carbon Fiber Apo Refractor Telescope (OTA only)

Explore Scientific ED102 102mm f/7 Carbon Fiber Apo Refractor Telescope (OTA only)

B&H # EXDT102F7APO MFR # EDT-10207-CF-01
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Product Highlights

  • 102mm Aperture Refractor OTA
  • 714mm Focal Length, f/7 Focal Ratio
  • Apochromatic Triplet Lens Configuration
  • HOYA Extra Low-Dispersion (ED) Glass
  • Proprietary EMD Enhanced Multi-Coatings
  • Vixen-Style Dovetail Plate
  • Lightweight Carbon Fiber Optical Tube
  • 2" Rack-and-Pinion Focuser
  • 90° Dielectric-Coated Star Diagonal
  • OTA Only: Mount and Tripod Required
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Focuser: 2" Conventional Rack-and-Pinion

2" Conventional Rack-and-Pinion 3" Starlight Feather Touch

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Aperture: 102mm f/7

102mm f/7 127mm f/7.5 80mm f/6

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  • 1Description

Explore Scientific's ED102 102mm f/7 Carbon Fiber Apo Refractor Telescope strikes a delicate balance between aperture and weight, making it ideal for lunar, planetary, and deep-sky viewing while still being highly portable. It has a relatively small form-factor that makes it perfect as a portable grab-and-go option, or set up on a dual-mount rig for astrophotography/astroimaging. Using HOYA extra low-dispersion (ED) glass in an apochromatic triplet lens configuration, with fully multicoated optics, produces images that are clear and bright without fringing, halos, or distortion across the entire field of view, with true color rendition and high-contrast.

Offered here as an OTA-only option for those with reliable support systems, the carbon fiber tube weighs just 7 pounds to be easily carried by even medium-sized mounts. The carbon fiber also resists the expansion and contraction common in metal tubes when moving between extreme temperatures, which can cause the internal lens elements to move out of collimation over time and affecting the scope's ability to achieve sharp focus and cause fringing and halos. Its sturdy rack-and-pinion focuser can handle heavier eyepieces and accessories without flexing, while the wide 2" drawtube ensures complete coverage of imaging sensors during astrophotography without vignetting the scene.

Optical Tube Assembly
  • 102mm aperture
  • f/7 focal ratio
  • 714mm focal length
  • Refractor-style optical design
  • Extra low-dispersion (ED) HOYA glass reduces chromatic aberration, which causes halos and fringing, for improved color rendition and contrast
  • Proprietary anti-reflection EMD (Enhanced Multi-coatings) on all optics improve light transmission, color rendition, clarity, and contrast
  • Apochromatic triplet optical design virtually eliminates chromatic aberrations
  • Resolution: 1.14 arcsec, Dawes Limit
  • Carbon fiber optical tube reduces weight without sacrificing strength, and resists the expansion/contraction caused by temperature fluctuations which can cause internal lenses to move out of alignment and affecting image quality and focusing ability
Mounting
  • Optical tube assembly (OTA) only: Mount and tripod required for proper use
  • Mounting ring assembly has an integrated handle provide more secure handling during setup and breakdown
  • OTA placement is adjustable on mounting ring assembly for precise balancing, and finderscope and focusing knob orientation
  • Vixen-style dovetail plate is compatible with a variety of mounts
  • Lightweight and durable carbon fiber optical tube weighs just 7 pounds
Observation Details
  • Sturdy rack-and-pinion focuser resists flexing when using heavy eyepieces or imaging rigs
  • Large 2" drawtube ensures complete coverage of imaging sensors to avoid vignetting for astrophotography/imaging
  • 2" 90° star diagonal places head in comfortable viewing position when OTA is aimed at or near the zenith, dielectric-coated mirror limits light-loss
  • Two 2" threaded extender-tubes provide additional back-focus range if required for astrophotography
  • 1.25" reducer adapter enables the use of smaller eyepieces and accessories
  • Pre-mounted bracket for user-supplied finderscope
UPC: 812257018703
In the Box
Explore Scientific ED102 102mm f/7 Carbon Fiber Apo Refractor Telescope (OTA only)
  • 2 x 2" Extension Collars
  • 2" 90° Star Diagonal
  • Eyepiece Reducer Adapter
  • Limited 1-Year USA Warranty, Extendable to Transferrable Lifetime Warranty with Registration
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    • 1Description
    Optical Design Apochromatic triplet refractor
    Aperture 102 mm
    Focal Length 714mm
    Focal Ratio f/7
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 2"
    1.25" with included adapter
    Diagonal 90° star
    2" snout and holder
    Finderscope None
    Tripod None
    Mount Type Vixen-style dovetail
    Optical Tube Dimensions Diameter: 4.7" / 12.0 cm
    Length: 26.0" / 66.0 cm, with dew shield
    Length: 23.8" / 60.4 cm, without dew shield
    Weight 7.0 lb / 3.2 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 15.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 26.5 x 11.0 x 11.0"
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