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Vixen Optics' AX103S Refractor 103mm f/8.0 Apo Refractor Telescope
is an ideal optic for both celestial observation and astrophotography.
Optically, it's designed with a fully multi-coated 3-lens apochromatic
extra low-dispersion (ED) lens system that corrects both spherical and
chromatic aberrations. This correction creates a wide flat field of view
without distortion and removes the blue-tinted "halo" affect for true
high-contrast color transmission. A rear Field Corrector lens further
corrects distortion at the edges of the lens so views remain crisp and
sharp from edge to edge.
The scope can be used for multiple
astrophotography techniques included prime-focus, afocal imaging, or
eyepiece projection. A traditional rack-and-pinion focuser, with adapter
rings, is employed to be able to handle heavier awkward loads of
astrophotography rigs, and can accept 2" eyepieces and accessories for
making visual observations. Vixen includes a flip-mirror diagonal that
allows the use of two different eyepieces for observational flexibility,
or an eyepiece and imaging system that lets users simply flip the
mirror to check alignment and tracking accuracy between exposures
without having to touch the imager. While the AX103S is offered here
without a mount or tripod, a Vixen-style dovetail plate that fits on
compatible saddles is included, along with a mounting ring assembly with
an integrated carrying handle to make set up and breakdown easier.