Explore Scientific ED152-CF 6" f/7.5 ED APO

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Model: TED15208-CF

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Explore Scientific ED152-CF - 6" f/8 air spaced Triplet Refractor - Carbon Fiber

    The Explore Scientific 152mm f/8 Carbon Fiber Air-Spaced Triplet ED Apochromatic Refractor  includes a Feathertouch Two-speed 3" focuser, illuminated reticle finder scope, enhanced 99% Reflective 2" diagonal and a deluxe case.

Perfect instrument for demanding wide field observing and astrophotography.

Hoya ED Glass, is a critical element of the Explore Scientific 152mm f/8 Carbon Fiber Air-Spaced Triplet ED Apochromatic Refractor, minimizing chromatic aberration.

The Explore Scientific 152mm f/8 Carbon Fiber Air-Spaced Triplet ED Apochromatic Refractor allows for optical centering to collimate the lens elements should the telescope ever require it.



Hoya ED Glass from Japan

The designers of the Air Spaced Triplet ED Apo Series pursued to produce top-quality refractors with lasting value. The optical solution was to provide a traditional air-spaced design mounted in a rugged, adjustable lens cell. This design, shaped from experienced craftsmanship and polished from genuine HOYA™ FCD1 (Dense Fluor Crown) ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass, a critical element to produce images that refractor afficianados know can only be obtained with a high-quality true apochromat.

The owner of an Explore Scientific ED Apo will appreciate the attention to detail and the standard hardware which includes a precision two-speed focuser, a 2" 99% reflective dielectric diagonal, an 8x50 erect-image, illuminated-reticle viewfinder, and a deluxe case. You can be confident that the quality and construction of these telescopes will allow heavy use for many years and are backed with a transferrable Five Year USA Limited Warranty.

Enhanced Multilayer Deposition (EMD) Coatings
EMD™ (Enhanced Multilayer Deposition) Coatings eliminates light scatter and maintains image contrast.

Contrast is further enhanced with multiple baffles that mask and deflect unwanted stray light.

Cross-Section Drawing of the Explore Scientific ED127 Air-Spaced Triplet, showing off-axis rays and light baffles.
High Performance Optics Demand a High Precision Focuser
All Explore Scientific ED Apochromatic Refractor telescopes include a precision Ten-to-One, Dual-Speed Focuser as standard equipment. The eyepiece holder uses a compression ring to prevent the eyepiece or camera barrel from scoring. Perfect focus is easily achieved with the Explore Scientific Ten-to-One, Dual-Speed Focuser 

 
Exploring the fine features around the Moon's Hadley Rille will put to test observing skills of any astronomer as well as precision of telescope optics. Better optical quality dictates more precise focusing.

This is especially true when observing at high magnification or when making CCD images. With a standard focuser, you will find that a tiny nudge will throw out focus and turn your night into one of frustration.

So we included as standard equipment, on all Explore Scientific ED Apos, a ten-to-one, two-speed Crayford-style precision focuser with tension adjustment and lock to obtain and hold perfect focus. We think you'll agree that such precision is worth it.

Optical Alignment

Aligning the Optics of the 80 ED ApoWe precision collimate every Explore Scientific telescope at our factory to give optimum performance. Although you may never need to adjust optical alignment, our ED Apos allow for optical centering to collimate the lens elements should the telescope ever require it.
One of the bonuses of ownership of a refractor is that, compared to standard reflector telescopes, they almost never require re-aligning of the optics (collimation). However, any telescope that is subjected to shock may require optical alignment.

Removing the dew shield, you can access the alignment screws, which you can adjust yourself by referring to the instructions. You can also send it to Explore Scientific’s Service Center for alignment. A standard service charge applies.

Viewing Comfort and the Preservation of Precious Light
The Two Inch Dielectric Diagonal includes a 1.25" eyepiece holder adapter and dust covers to protect the mirror.Dielectric Coated 2-inch Precision Polished Diagonal
The purpose of a diagonal is to securely hold your eyepiece and to give you a comfortable viewing angle.

Provided as standard equipment, Explore Scientific's Two Inch Dielectric Diagonal incorporates a light-weight, one-piece diagonal body that securely cradles the precision polished diagonal flat mirror, insuring precision alignment. Ultra-high reflective coatings (99% reflective) composed of multiple thin layers of dielectric material delivers maximum light output.

Both 2" and 1.25" eyepiece holders use compression rings instead of a simple set-screw to more securely hold your valued eyepiece (or imaging device) and to minimize scoring of eyepiece barrels. You can thread standard 48mm filters into the barrel.

8x50 Erect Image Illuminated Reticle ViewfinderThe Explore Scientific 8x50 Erect-Image Viewfinder with Illuminated Reticle is standard equipment.
Many premium small refractors don't include some basic accessories like a viewfinder. This is often done to keep prices down. Those manufacturers rationalize that its owner simply will not need a viewfinder... wrong!

While it's true that ED Apos in this aperture usually have short focal lengths, it still is a challenge to successfully aim the telescope without a viewfinder. So we decided to offer a superior class 8x50 viewfinder as standard equipment.

The illuminated reticle of the 8x50 Viewfinder with its scale markings and open center not only helps you center objects precisely, but gives a reference of the exact field of view in degrees. The deep red illumination is continuously variable to provide the desired brightness.8x50 Erect Image Illuminated Reticle Viewfinder
The Explore Scientific 8x50 produces a wide 6° field of view and allows precision focus of both main objective and eyepiece illuminated reticle. A precision polished roof prism produces images that are right-side-up, left-to-right correct. In other words, things are not upside-down and backwards like most viewfinders. Our illuminated reticle is truly designed for finding objects with its open center (so you don't mask the object you are centering with cross hairs) and scale markings for 1.5°, 3°, and 4.5° (the edge of the field of view is the 6° boundary).

The 55° apparent field, long eye-relief eyepiece produces a bright 15.5mm exit pupil and will allow you to find faint galaxies, comets, and nebulae. All optics are fully-multicoated to insure maximum contrast.

Carbon Fiber Tube and Cradle Rings with Handle
The carbon fiber tube and cradle assembly

Although it cost more, we chose carbon fiber for the telescope tube and dew shield for its high strength-to-weight ratio and its low expansion characteristics when subjected to temperature variations. This helps to keep the instrument light in weight and keeps the instrument focused even if the temperature drops.

Even though this telescope uses a carbon fiber tube making it much lighter, we supply a handle to easily grip the telescope for mounting and placing it back in its case. In addition we slot the handle to accept a standard 1/4x20 bolt to attach a camera.

Universal Mounting Plate
The Universal Adjustable Mounting Plate of the ED 127 fits on mounts supplied by Explore Scientific, Vixen, and Meade LXD55/75. It also attaches to photo tripods with standard USA or European thread attaching knobs.

You can mount the ED 127 to many popular equatorial and Altaz mounts, including Explore Scientific mounts.

Explore STAR Warranty

In continuing our effort to be the best we can possibly be, Explore Scientific introduces the Explore STAR Warranty, an unprecedented program for complete customer satisfaction; exclusive Fully Transferrable Unlimited Lifetime Warranty;

Anytime Free Service; and for Repurposing Product from our trade-up program. Now, every new Explore Scientific branded product is eligible for the Explore STAR Transferrable North America Unlimited Lifetime Product Warranty program. All previously purchased Explore Scientific products require a re-certification. Simply contact Customer Service to make arrangements.

We take great pride in designing each of our products with the goal of providing you superior quality optical and mechanical astronomical equipment. In addition, we use high-quality parts and the latest assembly and quality control techniques to ensure the reliability and long life of our products.

Our reputation rests on our steadfast pursuit of this policy in the astronomy arena for the amateur, for the professional and for the educational markets. At Explore Scientific, we are committed to investing in research that continually gives rise to new technologies for improving our products.

When you purchase any product from Explore Scientific we encourage you to compare it, as we do, to competitive products for quality, performance, aesthetics and price. We believe that this process will enhance your appreciation of the product you select.

Coverage Details

ALL Explore Scientific Products: include Limited North America One Year Warranty. New products are eligible for extendable Explore STAR Transferrable North America Unlimited Lifetime Product Warranty when registered within the first 60 days. All previously purchased Explore Scientific products require a re-certification.

Third-Party Products: Warranty is provided by Third Party Manufacturers and is limited to their coverage.

Standard Explore Scientific North America Limited Warranty is ONE (1) year, however, when new product is registered within 60 days of purchase, it is covered under the Explore STAR Transferrable North America Unlimited Lifetime Product Warranty program. All Explore Scientific's warranties are limited to the original owner, unless said owner has registered the product with Explore Scientific and has successfully transferred the product registration to the new owner under the Explore STAR Transferrable North America Unlimited Lifetime Product Warranty program.

(Original owner may include person receiving brand new product as a gift). Previously purchased product may receive the Lifetime Warranty by going through a re-certification process. Contact Customer Service to make arrangements for this opportunity.

Anytime Free Service

Anytime an Explore Scientific branded product with the Explore STAR warranty needs adjustments, cleaning, or collimation, we will do this service for free, provided that the product is registered. Here's how: You drop it off and pick it up, or provide round-trip shipping and we will provide our professional service at no charge!

Repurposing: Our Exclusive Product Trade-Up Program

As an owner of an Explore Scientific product, you may find it is time to grow in your exploration and you would like to trade up for a higher performance product. This program is for Explore Scientific products purchased from authorized North America dealers or direct from us. If and when you are ready to trade-up, contact our Customer Service Team and we will get this process underway.

Register and transfer warranty at: http://explorescientific.com/customerservice/productregistration.php

For full details, please refer to http://explorescientific.com/about/explorestar.html.

If you discover that you have a problem with any Explore Scientific branded product, please contact Explore Scientific Customer Service at 1-866-252-3811. As long as the product is registered, your Explore Scientific branded product is covered.

We at Explore Scientific offer our best wishes for many years of enjoyable stargazing




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