Explore Scientific’s 5-inch apochromatic refractor

High-quality optics and craftsmanship make this a telescope you'll be proud to own.
By | Published: December 30, 2009 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
Explore Scientific's 5-inch apochromatic refractor
Explore Scientific’s 127mm f/7.5 Air-Spaced Triplet ED APO features a well-thought-out design that includes a carrying handle.
Astronomy: William Zuback

This review, “Explore Scientific’s 5-inch APO combines power and portability,” appeared in the February 2010 issue of Astronomy magazine

I’ll admit it: I love apochromatic (APO) refractors. Although I grew up using reflectors, I have developed an appreciation for the image through a high-quality APO. So when a new one appears, it catches my interest.

Explore Scientific, based in Laguna Hills, California, introduced its APO series at the 2009 Winter Star Party. I was eager to look through them there, and when the opportunity to evaluate the 127mm (5-inch) f/7.5 Air-Spaced Triplet ED APO arose, I jumped at it.

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