Explore Scientific AR102 f/6.5 Doublet Achromat Refractor

Manufactured by: Explore Scientific
Model: DAR102065-01

$529.99



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AR102 f/6.5 Air-Spaced Doublet AR Series™ Achromat Refractor

The latest addition to the Air-Spaced Doublet AR Series is the very portable, grab-and-go 102mm!
Like its two larger brothers, the AR127, and the AR152, these are classic air-spaced, crown-and-flint, doublet achromatic refractors with superior-class optical figure, in a short (f/6.5) focal length design. These optics are an extreme value, produce stunning images of deep sky objects, double stars, planets, and the moon that are a small fraction of the price of comparable aperture apochromat refractors. Finally one can own a diffraction-limited high quality refractor for a relatively modest investment.
Designed to handle the rigors of public star parties and educational outreach, the Explore Scientific AR Series has standard hardware which includes a precision two-speed focuser, a 99% Reflective 2-inch Diagonal Mirror, and an 8x50 Finder Scope. You can be confident that the quality and construction of these telescopes will allow heavy use for many years and are backed with the Explore STAR Transferrable Extended Life of the Product Warranty.

It's All About the Optics!
The optics in their collimatable lens cell are fully multi-coated to eliminate light scatter and maintain image contrast. We precision collimate every Explore Scientific telescope at our factory to give optimum performance. Although you may never need to adjust optical alignment, the AR Series allows for collimating the lens set should the telescope ever require it.

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

Deluxe Two-Speed Focuser

The Explore Scientific Air-Spaced Doublet AR Series telescopes include a precision 2-inch two-speed as standard equipment. The eyepiece holder uses a compression ring to prevent the eyepiece or camera barrel from scoring.

On those pristine nights of steady seeing, Saturn's Rings can forever affect the hearts and minds of almost anyone who lays eyes on them. It's nights like these that astronomers like to set up their refractors and push the magnification to the limits, not only to see the magnificence of the planet at greater scale but to really test the optical and mechanical quality of the telescope.

Many telescopes are only supplied with a standard single-speed 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 AR Series, a 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.

Universal Mounting Plate
The Universal Mounting Plate of the AR Series Telescopes The Universal Adjustable Mounting Plate of the AR 102 fits on many popular equatorial and Altaz mounts, including mounts supplied by Explore Scientific, Celestron, Vixen, and others.

Instead of using a cast metal part, Explore Scientific's Universal Mounting Plate is made from extruded aluminum for added strength, it is afterall what secures your telescope to the mount. We also include adjustment screws and locking bolts to allow adjustments to position the angle of the telescope when it is placed on its mount, an important feature when using an equatorial mount.

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

 

 

8x50 Finder Scope
The Explore Scientific 8x50 Finder Scope provides a true field of view of 6°. Its coated optics provide a bright high-resolution image so that many faint stars and nebulosity can be detected for precise aiming. 8x50 Finder Scope with its Six Point Adjustable Finder Bracket

The front objective can be custom focused to provide a sharp image every time.

 

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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