When artists want an image to scream “telescope,” all they need to do is draw a sleek tube, put it atop a tripod, and point it at the heavens. Refractors embody the idea of the telescope. And for observers, what’s not to like? Besides the fact that refractors are sleek and compact, they offer crisp images and fewer collimation
troubles compared to large reflectors.
If you yearn for a large-aperture refractor without having to take out a second mortgage, consider Meade’s LXD75-series AR-6 AT achromatic telescope. Like any achromatic refractor, the AR-6 AT’s objective lens — a 6-inch f/8 achromatic doublet — does not correct color distortions as well as pricier apochromatic telescopes. However, this scope, along with its popular LXD75-series equatorial mount, delivers solid performance at a price that won’t bust your equipment budget.
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