EXPLORE SCIENTIFIC 127MM AIR-SPACED ED APO F/7.5 TRIPLET REFRACTING OTA TELESCOPE
Why chose a refractor telescope for astronomy? 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. But why worry? At Explore Telescopes, they precision collimate every Explore Scientific telescope at the factory to give optimum performance. Although you may never need to adjust optical alignment, their ED APOs allow for optical centering to collimate the lens elements should the telescope ever require it. That’s a bonus over fixed models.
The Explore Scientific 127mm f/7.5 ED APO Refractor Telescope is one of the most innovative ideas in high quality apochromatic designs. Beginning with a tube fashioned from aluminum and stainless steel, the difference begins with what goes inside – technology. Explore Scientific uses ED (Extra-low Dispersion) FCD1 (Dense Fluor Crown) glass developed by Hoya Optical of Japan to enable the production of lenses that offer superior sharpness and color correction by minimizing the color dispersion (chromatic aberration, or the “false” color fringing seen around bright objects that happens when light rays pass through standard crown-and-flint doublet objectives). This glass type offers a more durable and long lasting solution to produce an optic to minimize chromatic aberration over delicate fluorite crystal objectives that are prone to fracturing and absorbing moisture. What’s more, these true air-spaced apochromatic triplets have all the refinements like EMD (Enhanced Multilayer Deposition) coatings, which absolutely eliminates light scatter and maintains image contrast. Contrast is further enhanced with multiple baffles that mask and deflect unwanted stray light.
So, now we’ve set the scene… Here’s a mechanically perfected set of optics but the next step is how to hold them in place so they can be used. What’s Explore Telescope’s answer? Make it so chances are you already have what it takes to mount an Explore Scientific 127mm f/7.5 ED APO Refractor Telescope already in your fleet – or to offer a high quality mount which will become an asset to your hobby. You can mount the ED 127 to many popular equatorial and Altaz mounts, including Explore Scientific’s new TwiLight I and TwiLight II Altazimuth Mounts. Photographers, who are looking for super high resolution optics, can mount the optical tube assembly to their existing medium-duty camera tripod. A release knob allows the tube assembly to rotate so that the camera can be positioned at any angle. 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.