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Explore Scientific AR152 Air-Spaced Doublet Refractor - DAR152065-01

$949.99

Description

The AR152 (six-inch) model, is a classic air-spaced, crown-and-flint doublet achromatic refractor, and it provides the brightest images and highest resolution of the AR Series. Our goal was to provide an extreme value by providing true diffraction-limited optics at a price that will allow more people to explore the sky with a wide-field (f/6.5) large aperture refractor. Images of deep sky objects are stunning at low powers and all at a small fraction of the price you would pay for a similar aperture apochromat refractor.

At high power, the moon, planets, and double stars are revealed in sharp, high contrast. 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 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. Just add a few eyepieces and the alt-azimuth or equatorial mount of your choice and you’ll be ready to discover the Universe!

Specs

Item Number DAR152065–01
Focal Length 988 mm
Focal Ratio f/6.5
Limiting Magnitude 13.4
Resolution .77 arcsec
Tube Length w/ Dew Shield 41"; 1041mm
Diameter 152 mm
Weight 23 lb; 10.7 kg
Dovetail 45 mm Wide V-Block, Similar to Vixen Dovetail Style

Warranty

Limited Warranty is one year, which converts to the Explore STAR Transferable Extended Life of the Product Warranty when product is registered within 60 days of purchase. Click Here to register.

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Prism is my GoTo program for observatory control and imaging. Prism's many features make imaging taking a breeze.

I was concerned about giving Prism a try , especially as its quite expensive. So far Im very impressed and glad of my decision.
Im a beginner at all this so haven't tried other more recommended software, Prism appealed as it seems to do everything instead of using several programs 👍🏻

Great lightweight guide scope

This guide scope replaces a 400/80 that was waaay too heavy for what it did. The smaller 60mm scope does a great job guiding and I can RA balance with just one counter weight now - much better - and it looks like something Ferrari designed

Still learning Prism using Wireless links...

I have much of your software working at this time... I have it parked on my main computer, and a notebook... My main computer is a OverClock computer with 32 Gigs of RAM Clocking presently at 4400MHz with software parked on SSD drives... The rotation dome by NexDome is still not working... Most problems like this have to do with ASCOM Drivers... There is not very much detail information on how to use this software... I have to feel my way to a total operational staus... Second issue... The rain in the San Francisco Bay Area this year has limited my access to my larger telescope (12 inch SCT)... This rain has been so significant, I was force to weatherize my observatory... My goal here is,,, I am trying to remotely control my observatory totally. I have used Netgear Powerline 2000 to handle camera images and discover controlling rules to do that... High speed is vital for images with cameras over 3 Megs... I have both 12 Mega sensors and 24 Mega sensors... I am also using Netgear Nighthawk router and its mating extender to increase control signals to my observatory that is about 100 feet on the side of hill... I am also using Virtual Here software on a Raspberry Pi inside the observatory to solve the USB interface requirements... I started out using Model B and B+ on level 3 raspberry Pi's... I have moved to Level 4 Raspberry Pi to gain access to USB 3.0 technology... Big difference! I hope by early spring to have everything working... Bob Ritter MicTechS

A great program, even for beginners!

I have to admit, I was hesitant to invest in an “all in one” astrophotography program. Being a beginner, I thought the learning curve would be way too steep, but after talking with several friends I decided to give it a try. The first thing I noticed was the logical layout of the main screen. It was very intuitive and easy to navigate. Everything you could need for astrophotography is in this program! Setup of my equipment was quick and easy with no glitches or errors. Everything runs smoothly from capture to the final process. You will surely have questions and this brings me to the next point. Prism’s customer service is second to none! With on line tutorials, a Facebook group and email you will have instant access to knowledgeable users worldwide. My first question was answered directly by the US distributor within a matter of minuets! Take the next step and invest in your future in astrophotography! You’ll never look back!

Greg Hemmings