Explore Scientific 80mm f/6 Carbon Fiber Triplet OTA

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Explore Scientific 80mm f/6 Carbon Fiber Triplet OTA
Item # ES-EDT-0806-CF
  • The tube assembly of the ED80 Triplet is made of lightweight, yet strong carbon fiber
  • This telescope has true APO, or apochromatic, optics
  • Diffraction limited at .25PV or better
  • Genuine ED glass from Hoya Japan
  • Enhanced Multi-Layer Coatings (EMD) are deposited on optical elements to boost contrast and eliminate light scatter.
  • The contrast on the Explore ED80 is further enhanced with the installation of matte black knife-edge baffles in the optical tube assembly.
  • While refractors seldom require additional collimation after initial factory adjustment, the lens cell design allows for consumer collimation.
  • The ED80 APO Triplet comes with a heavy-duty 2" dual-speed rotatable focuser, included 2 draw tube extensions.
  • Included 2" diagonal has a precision-polished mirror with enhanced 99% dielectric coatings. A 1.25" compression ring adapter is part of this package.
  • To attach your Explore Scientific ED80 Air-Spaced Triplet telescope to a variety of mounts, included is the "Vixen-style" dovetail. The "Vixen-style" plate fits mounts made by Explore, Meade, Celestron, Vixen & others.



Explore Scientific 80mm f/6 Carbon Fiber Triplet OTA Highlights



Explore Scientific uses ED (Extra-low Dispersion) FCD1 (Dense Fluor Crown) glass developed and manufactured by Hoya Optical of Japan. Using the right glass with the appropriate properties enables the production of lenses that offer superior sharpness and color correction. The optics used in Explore Scientific ED Air-Spaced Triplet refractors are truly diffraction-limited at .25PV or better. 


2" 99% Reflective Dielectric-Coated 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 2", 99% Reflective, Dielectric-Coated Diagonal incorporates a light-weight, one-piece diagonal body that securely cradles the precision polished diagonal flat mirror, insuring precision alignment.


Deluxe Two-Speed Focuser

On 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 included as standard equipment, on all Explore Scientific ED Series, a Dual-speed focuser with tension adjustment and lock to obtain and hold perfect focus. 


EMD™ Coatings

EMD (Enhanced Multi-layer Deposition) Coatings eliminates light scatter and maintains high image contrast. This proprietary coating is applied to all Explore Scientific lenses in multiple layers for added durability. Contrast is further enhanced by the installation of multiple baffles in the optical tube that mask and deflect unwanted stray light.

Additional Information

Additional Information

UPC Code 812257013968
Manufacturer Explore Scientific
Telescope Series Explore Triplet ED
Optical Design Refractor - Achromatic with ED Glass
Mount Type None - Optical Tube Only
Warranty Lifetime Warranty
Telescope Aperture 3.15"
Telescope Focal Length 480mm
Telescope Focal Ratio f/6
Optical Coatings Explore EMD
Tube Color or Finish Carbon Fiber
Length of Optical Tube 432mm
Optical Tube Weight 5lb
Mount Weight N/A
Total Telescope Weight 5lb
Dew Shield Included? No, Sold Separately
OTA Mount Type N/A
Finder Included None
Diagonal Included? Yes - 2" Star Diagonal
Focuser Size 2"
Focuser Style Rack & Pinion
Manual or Electronic Focusing? Manual
Focusing Speeds Two-Speed
Case Included? Yes
Tripod Type Included None, Sold Separately

Customer Reviews 1 item(s)

Handsome and good quality
I received this OTA a few hours before the 10/23/14 solar eclipse. I decided to test it for photography. While I purchased it to do "night" astrophoto, and I have not tried it, the eclipse images I obtained are truly outstanding. Some screws and pieces required a little trimming, but I consider it whithin normal.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by alcorymizar / (Posted on 10/22/2014)
Included Items

Included Items

  • Explore Scientific 80mm f/6 Carbon Fiber Triplet OTA
  • 2" 99% Reflective Dielectric-Coated Diagonal
  • Deluxe two- Speed Focuser
  • Vixen Style Dovetail Mount
  • Deluxe Case
Questions & Answers

Product Questions

Can this scope also be used as a guidescope attached to a 6-8" SCT ? Thanks
Can the dovetail be removed In favor of a longer one, or replaced altogether with rings?
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