Orion Apex 102mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope

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Orion Apex 102mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope
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  • The Orion Apex 102mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope is small enough to store on a bookshelf but with the power of traditional scopes five times its size!
  • 102mm aperture and 1300mm focal length for fantastic celestial and terrestrial views.
  • The Orion Apex 102mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope includes one eyepiece, finder scope, diagonal, case, and FREE Starry Night astronomy software!


Orion Apex 102mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope

Imagine a telescope so small you can tuck it into a daypack or store it on a bookshelf, yet so powerful that it has the magnification and light-gathering capability of traditional telescopes five times its size . . . Imagine a telescope equally at home looking an eagle in the eye or revealing the cloud bands of Jupiter . . . Imagine a telescope made the old-fashioned way, of enameled aluminum and precision optical glass, instead of plastic. And imagine that these telescopes are incredibly competitively priced. As you can imagine, we've got it. The Orion Apex 102mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope, only from Orion.

One look at it and you immediately appreciate its abbreviated simplicity and quality details. But the proof of any great telescope is in the viewing. And one look through our Apex 102mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope will prove that it's as long on optical excellence as it is short in profile. A serious telescope only incredibly portable.

The secret is in the light-folding Maksutov-Cassegrain design. It permits large-diameter optics, 102mm, to be housed in an unusually compact, wonderfully portable tube. As a spotting scope, the Apex 102mm gathers more light than typical field telescopes (often costing several times more), serving up brighter, more highly resolved images even in the dimmest of lighting conditions. Multi-coatings applied to the curved front lens guarantee the highest possible light transmission. For astronomy, the Orion Apex 102mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope exhibits all the performance of classic long-tube 102mm refractors, and easily outperforms smaller refractors on views of the planets and Moon as well as on faint nebulas and star clusters. Its long focal length allows high-power study of Jupiter's cloud belts and Red Spot, and Saturn's rings, and provides long reach for capturing distant terrestrial targets. What's more, Apex telescopes accept standard 1.25" telescope eyepieces for nearly unlimited magnification options.

Speaking of accessories, the Apex 102mm comes with a multi-coated 25mm Sirius Plossl telescope eyepiece (1.25") and a 45° diagonal that provides a correctly-oriented field of view. As does the correct-image finder scope (6x26 on Apex 102), which makes locating objects a cinch. The finder scope is held in a quick-release dovetail bracket for easy assembly and disassembly. And here's something special: we also include a rugged, fully padded carrying case to protect your telescope. It's got hand and shoulder straps and ample pockets for accessories. The telescope easily pops on and off a telescope mount or camera tripod with the built-in 1/4"-20 adapter plate. And it doubles as a high-power telephoto lens for photography, too. Just mount a 35mm camera body (with optional T-ring) to the T-threads on the telescope eyepiece holder and you're all set!

Imagine, a telescope that's this versatile, this powerful, this portable. And on top of all that, this competitively priced! It's here, in the Orion Apex 102mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope. Take a look!

Orion Product Number: 9823
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Additional Information

SKU OR-9823
Manufacturer Orion
Telescope Series Orion Optical Tube Assemblies
Optical Design Maksutov-Cassegrain
Mount Type None - Optical Tube Only
Warranty 1 Year Warranty
Telescope Aperture 4"
Telescope Focal Length 1300mm
Telescope Focal Ratio f/12.7
Highest Useful Magnification 204x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude 12.7
Optical Coatings Multi-Coated
Tube Color or Finish Orion Maroon Pearl
OTA Mount Type Photo Tripod Adaptable
Optical Tube Outer Diameter Not provided by manufacturer
Length of Optical Tube 11"
Optical Tube Weight 5 lbs.
Mount Weight N/A
Total Telescope Weight 5 lbs.
Objects in Database N/A
Alignment Procedure N/A
Tripod Type Included None, Sold Separately
CD ROMs Included Starry Night SE
Eyepiece(s) Included 25mm
Case Included? Yes
Diagonal Included? Yes - 1.25" Erect Image Diagonal
Dew Shield Included? No, Sold Separately
Power Adapter Included None - Does Not Require Power
Counterweights Included N/A
Finder Included 6 x 26 Optical Finder
Included Items

Included Items

  • Maksutov-Cassegrain Optical Tube
  • 25mm Orion Sirius Plossl (1.25")
  • 45-deg correct-image diagonal (1.25")
  • 6x26 correct-image finder scope
  • Finder scope bracket with O-ring
  • Dust cap
  • Soft carry case
  • Starry Night special edition software
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