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PrimaLuceLab AIRY ED72 refractor
PrimaLuceLab AIRY ED72 refractor

PrimaLuceLab AIRY ED72 refractor

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Your Price: CAD925.00
Retail Price:CAD962.00

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Part Number:AIRYED72

Choose Options or Accessories if Applicable

Various accessories - Eyepieces
Diagonals and Prisms
Various accessories - Optical finders
Photo accessories - Reducers and flatteners
Various accessories - Filters
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Various accessories - Eyepiece holders
Photo accessories - Guiding systems
Photo accessories - Extenders and Barlow lenses
Photo accessories - Photographic adapters
Dovetail bars and rings - Dovetail Bars
Dovetail bars and rings - Dovetail clamp
Various accessories - Focusers
AIRY ED72 apochromatic refractor, 70mm diameter, 430mm focal length (f6), FLP-51 apochromatic doublet, aluminum tube with 50,8mm Hybrid-Drive focuser with fine focus knob, 50,8mm OnAxisLock adapter, photographic tripod connection (mounts support rings available), rigid transport bag.

High-performance optics, highest level mechanics and great price all in a compact, lightweight and portable product that can be used both as travel telescope (even on photographic tripod) or as wide field astrophotography apochromatic telescope. Our comprehensive range of accessories allows you to customize it to suit your needs! Telescope collimation and optics test included in the price!

AIRY ED72 apochromatic refractor, 72mm diameter, 430mm focal length (f6), FLP-51 apochromatic doublet, aluminum tube with 50,8mm Hybrid-Drive focuser with fine focus knob, 50,8mm OnAxisLock adapter, photographic tripod connection (mounts support rings available), rigid transport bag.

The AIRY ED72 apochromatic refractor offers all this along with other first-class features:



FPL-51 72mm apochromatic lens

The AIRY ED72 apochromatic refractor uses a doublet lens with FPL-51 element fully multi-coated that offers superior correction of chromatic aberration, compared to the classic achromatic refractor, but at a lower price than the FPL-53 models. For this reason, the AIRY ED72 apochromatic refractor is perfect for those customers looking for a  large diameter instrument but at an affordable price, very good for long-exposure astrophotography. It's also perfect for those who use monochrome CCD cameras with narrow-band filters for color images (the use of such filters cancels the small residual chromatic aberration and makes perfect the final image).

The short focal length (430mm) and the fast focal ratio (6) make it perfect for wide field astrophotography of many extended objects, which will be shown in their full extent also with cameras equipped with not too large sensors (and therefore not too expensive). In order to maximize the quality of this apochromatic refractor using cameras with more than 15mm diagonal sensors (such as DSLRs), it can be used with the optional 1x field flattener which makes pinpoint stars up to image edges.



50,8mm Hybrid-Drive focuser

Often refractors are provided with Crayford focusers suitable for visual use but not for photo applications. In fact, during the long exposures required by astrophotography, this type of focuser can cause camera slippage moving the sensor out of focus. For this reason we have chosen to provide our AIRY ED72 telescopes with the new 50.8mm Hybrid-Drive focuser that adds, under the focuser tube, a rack and pinion thereby maintaining in position even heavy cameras (capacity of up 8 Kg). Below the focuser there's also a locking screw: closing it, you will be sure that your camera will not move any more! The focuser has a very long ride (95mm) to allow the use of both photographic instruments (cameras with accessories) and visual (eyepieces and diagonals). For visual use, we recommend our 50.8mm XP dielectric diagonal for the observation of the sky or our XP 45° erect image prism for the one of terrestrial objects (use as a spotting scope).

OnAxisLock 50,8mm adapter

Using heavy photographic accessories such as DSLR or cooled CCD (often with filter wheels) cameras, it is crucial to avoid flexions when we insert them into the telescope's focuser. This also applies also to visual use when we connect large diagonal and wide field eyepieces (which are often very heavy). For this reason, the AIRY ED72's focuser has the new OnAxisLock locking device instead of normal thumbscrews. This allows you to perfectly lock the inserted accessory by rotating the outer (red) ring: a special inner ring tightens accessories with a uniform pressure. The OnAxisLock device also helps keep perfectly aligned on axis the accessories inserted into the focuser: you'll be so sure that the camera's sensor will be perfectly centered in the telescope optical axis.



Precision mechanical construction and 360° quality

You will be amazed of the mechanical quality of our AIRY ED72: full aluminum intubation made with precision CNC machine is rugged yet lightweight. All the components are treated at the highest levels to provide an instrument with which is a real pleasure to photograph or watch the sky! The aluminum front dew shield can be closed to make the telescope more transportable. The front cap is completely aluminum made. The focuser can be rotated freely through 360 degrees (without changing the focus point) to position the camera with the right angle and perfectly frame the object you want to record.

Below the optical tube there's a metal plate which allows installation on photographic tripods (perfect for use as a terrestrial spotting scope). This plate has the shape of a Vixen dovetail bar then the telescope can also be installed directly on mounts with this connection. For long exposure astrophotography use we suggest our 87mm PLUS system support rings. The AIRY ED72 refractor is an optics and mechanics jewel, and to carry it or keep it protected at best, it comes with a beautiful hard case.


PLUS system support rings:

Forget about the uncomfortable and weak support rings that are often found in cheap telescopes! Our AIRY ED72 apochromatic refractor can be used (optional) with beautiful aluminum anodized support rings, made with high precision CNC machines, which are part of the PLUS (Prima Luce Universal System) system. This gives you maximum freedom in adapting the telescope to your request; at the same time, it has all the threaded holes, holes and slots suitable for connecting all the PLUS compatible elements, always with simple M6 screws.

For example, you can choose to install either a Losmandy or Vixen plate type, or you can use the holes in the upper part of the rings to install a telescope in parallel (through the guide rings PLUS compatible) or another dovetail plat equals to one located below the telescope (to position where you want guide rings or to allow the sliding Vixen + Losmandy dovetail clamp).

A complete line of dedicated accessories:

Our complete line of accessories for AIRY let you personalize your telescope according to your needs. Always with quality and operating certificated instruments!


4 years extended warranty and Q-certified controls

All our AIRY apochromatic refractors are equipped with extended warranty, 4 years (instead of 2 of the most telescopes)! This way you will be sure not only to have a great product but also with quality that lasts over time! Each telescope is identified by a unique serial number which is also listed in the manual provided with the package. But our innovation doesn't end there.

In fact we have developed Q-certified, a comprehensive control system that we work out in our laboratory prior to shipment and delivery of the product you ordered. In fact, before delivering the AIRY ED72 telescope, we test the collimation and the perfect functioning of all mechanical components.

In addition, we pay much attention and care to shipping, carrying a sturdy packaging and giving it to the courier service. We want to be sure that you will receive your new AIRY ED72 not only in the shortest possible time but also with utmost care.

Left: every AIRY telescope is identified by a unique serial number. Right: functional and collimation verification of optics on optical bench.

Name PrimaLuceLab - AIRY ED72 72mm Doublet Apochromatic Refractor
Manufacturer PrimaLuceLab
Custom Stock Status Ships in 1-2 Weeks
In The Box PrimaluceLab 72mm ED APO Refractor Optical Tube Tube Rings 2" Hybrid Drive Focuser 50.8mm OnAxisLock Adapter Hard Case
Case Hard case
Diameter 72mm
Eyepiece Holder 50,8mm with 31,8mm reducer
Field Flattener Not included (optional)
Focal Length 430mm
Focal Ratio f/6
Focuser 2" Rack & Pinion Hybrid–Drive, micrometric
Optical Design Apochromat
Optical Tube Aluminium
Secondary Mirror Obstruction No
Warranty 4 Years


AIRY ED72 apochromatic refractor - scope of delivery:

- Optical tube AIRY ED72 apochromatic refractor (D: 72mm F:430mm f/6)

Aluminum intubation

- 50,8mm Hybrid-Drive focuser with 1:11 fine focus

- 50,8mm OnAxisLock locking device

Retractable dew shield

- Bar for photographic tripods and Vixen type mount connection

- Hard case

Connection for "DX finder support for AIRY refractors"





Sir George Biddell Airy

Sir George Biddell Airy (27 July 1801 – 2 January 1892) was an English mathematician and astronomer, Astronomer Royal from 1835 to 1881. His many achievements include work on planetary orbits, measuring the mean density of the Earth, a method of solution of two-dimensional problems in solid mechanics and, in his role as Astronomer Royal, establishing Greenwich as the location of the prime meridian. 

from: Wikipedia

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