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Explore Scientific ED80-FCD100 Series Air-Spaced Triplet Refractor Telescope with iEXOS-100-2 PMC-Eight Equatorial Tracker System with WiFi and Bluetooth, 2 Extra Counterweights, Field Flattener and Solar Filter

SKU FCD100-0806-02-SolarPhoto
Save $ 910.01 Save $ 910.01
Original price $ 2,409.96
Original price $ 2,409.96 - Original price $ 2,409.96
Original price $ 2,409.96
Current price $ 1,499.95
$ 1,499.95 - $ 1,499.95
Current price $ 1,499.95

All pricing in USD

Solar Photography Starter Package

The package is designed with solar photography in mind! Save 45% on the package while the sale lasts. Orders placed after March 20 are not guaranteed to ship in time for the solar eclipse -- SO ORDER NOW.

With the total eclipse of the sun in April, people have been asking about an easy way to get started in solar (as well as astro) photography. With the FCD100 80 mm triplet, the iEXOS-100 go-to tracker mount, a dedicated field flattener and a Sun Catcher solar filter you're ready to go. 

This package is also great for starting your nighttime photography -- called astrophotography. Why buy a triplet with genuine FCD100 Hoya glass? Because it has better transmission of red and infrared light -- making nebula show up better in your photographs. Simply remove the Sun Catcher solar filter and you're ready to start taking pictures of night-sky wonders.

The package includes:

DOB-CW (yellow counterweights that work with the iEXOS-100 system)


Reveal celestial wonders like the desolate beauty of the lunar terrain, the serene structure of Saturn’s rings or the brightest deep sky treasures of the Messier catalog with Explore Scientific’s 80mm FCD100 Apochromatic Refractor.

This is essentially the same scope as the ES-ED0806-02 but offering greater quality optics. We use Hoya FCD100 optics which is very similar in characteristics as Ohara FPL-53. Relying on technological innovation, we have successfully launched the mass production of high-performance optical glass at the apex of the FCD family. Combining it with optical glass of high refractive index allows us to achieve unprecedented advanced chromatic aberration correction. Hoya FCD100 is considered the best glass ever produced by Hoya.

Having a true diffraction-limited optical design and sized to encourage spontaneous stargazing sessions, this high-quality telescope is a perfect grab-and-go instrument for exploring the skies.

Featuring an air-spaced triplet optical design that virtually eliminates chromatic aberrations, this telescope generates brilliant high-contrast images by combining genuine HOYA FCD100 extra-low dispersion (ED) glass and proprietary EMD enhanced multi-layer coatings on all optical surfaces.

In addition, this amazing little scope also includes a 2.5" Hexagonal focuser with very rigid design and strong support. Up to 10 lbs of gear can be loaded onto this focuser.

Although it is a standout telescope on its own, the 80mm also is compact enough to mount on a larger telescope, which can add versatility to your astrophotography experience by separating the guiding and imaging duties. The telescope tube's outside diameter is 91 mm.

ED80 Classic White f/6 Air Spaced Triplet with Hoya FCD100 optics and Integrated Dew Shield; 480mm focal length; 2.5" HEX Focuser with 2 extension tubes; Integrated Vixen-Style Dovetail, Explore Scientific 2N1 Hybrid Finder Scope Base installed on scope; 99% Reflective 2" Diagonal. Weighs 7.5lbs. (Case and Finder Scope NOT Included)


Item Number FCD100-0806-02-SolarPhoto
Focal Length 480mm
Focal Ratio f/6
Limiting Magnitude 12
Resolution 1.45 arcsec
Tube Length w/ Dew Shield 18.5"; 475mm
Tube Length w/out Dew Shield 15"; 381mm
Diameter 85mm
Weight 7.5lb; 3.4kg
Dovetail Vixen


Limited Warranty is one year, which converts to the Explore STAR Transferable Extended Life of the Product Warranty when product is registered within 60 days of purchase. Click Here to register.


Recommended Accessories: Astrozap 3” Dew Heater Strap

CA Residents: Prop 65 WARNING(S)