The Explore Scientific AR Series telescopes are classic air-spaced, crown-and-flint, doublet achromatic f/6.5 refractors with a superior-class optical figure. Whether you choose the AR102 (4"), AR127 (5") or AR152 (6") model, you will be impressed by the stunning images revealed to you at the eyepiece, and all at a small fraction of the price you'd pay for a comparably sized apochromat refractor.
Designed to handle the rigors of public star parties and educational outreach, the Explore Scientific AR Series telescopes come with heavy-duty, high quality components, including a 2" dual-speed Crayford-style focuser, a one-piece 2" diagonal with 99% dielectric coatings, an 8 X 50 non-illuminated straight -thru finderscope and quick release bracket, and a cradle ring assembly with Vixen-style dovetail mount.This fantastically priced viewing package also includes the Twilight I Mount!
The Twilight I is a light-to-medium-duty alt-azimuth mount and tripod designed to quickly and easily accept small to medium sized refractors, such as the AR102 or ED102mm, and of course, the ED80mm. Lightweight, fast Newtonians will also match up nicely with the Explore Scientific Twilight I mount. As long as your telescope does not exceed 18 pounds and has a Vixen-Style Universal Dovetail bar for mounting the telescope to the mount head, you are good to go.
The Twilight I alt-azimuth mount head is made of powder-coated aluminum and there are worm gears on both axes. The adjustable angle head can be tilted forward or back at a 45° angle to allow more clearance for your telescope so you can point it straight up for viewing at the zenith.
Slow-motion control cables are attached on the vertical and horizontal axes, and are easy to turn during the night, even with gloves on, due to the over-sized knurled knobs that are attached to the end of each cable. They can be attached to either side of each axis to accommodate right or left-handed users, or different types of telescopes (e.g. refractors vs. Newtonian reflectors) for ease of adjustment.
Interferometic data on your newly purchased and registered Explore achromatic refractor is available upon request after 120 days of ownership. Please contact Customer Service for more information.
Explore Scientific Aluminum 102mm Doublet w/Twilight I mount
Tube Length w/ Dew Shield
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Extensive Manufacturer Warranty
All of our manufacturers offer very generous warranty coverage of the products sold through our store. Based upon which brand is purchased that item is also covered from defects in workmanship and quality.
Explore FirstLight Branded Products: Limited USA One Year Warranty.
Explore Scientific Branded Telescopes: Limited* USA One Year Warranty, Extendable to Unlimited Lifetime Warranty
Explore Scientific Branded Eyepieces: Limited* USA One Year Warranty, Extendable to Unlimited Lifetime Warranty
Explore Scientific Branded Non-Electronic Telescope Accessories: Limited* USA One Year Warranty, Extendable to Unlimited Lifetime Warranty
Levenhuk: All Levenhuk telescopes, microscopes, binoculars and other optical products, except for accessories, carry a lifetime warranty against defects in materials and workmanship; all accessories have a 6-month warranty. This warranty does not cover consumable parts, such as bulbs (incandescent, LED, halogen, energy-saving and other types of bulbs), batteries (rechargeable and non-rechargeable), electrical consumables, etc.
Vixen Optics:Every Vixen telescope, astronomical binocular, and mount is warranted by Vixen Optics to be free of defects in materials and workmanship for a period of 5 years from the date of original purchase in the U.S.A. and Canada. Five year warranty covers all non-electrical/mechanical parts. Electrical parts are warranted for 1 year from date of purchase.