Explore Scientific 80mm f/6 ED Classic White Tube FCD100 Series APO Triplet Refractor


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This 80mm Explore Scientific FCD100 ED triplet apochromatic refractor is loaded with premium glass for outstanding viewing sessions night after night
Our Product #: ES80FCD
Explore Scientific Product #: FCD100-0806-01
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Product Description

This Explore Scientific ES80 Classic White FCD100 Series refractor has:
80mm f/6 fully multicoated triplet optics using a Hoya FCD100, an FPL53-equivalent ED element
Dual-speed 2.5" HEXagonal rack and pinion focuser with 10:1 ratio fine focusing
2" dielectric star diagonal with 2" and 1.25" brass compression ring eyepiece holders
Vixen-style dovetail mounting foot
Pre-mounted base for finderscope (finder not included)
Extended lifetime warranty

The Explore Scientific ES80 Classic White FCD100 refractor uses an ultra premium Hoya FCD100 ED glass element and state-of-the-art optical multicoatings in its apochromatic air-spaced ED triplet optics. The result is images that are free of the annoying halo of unfocused violet light (chromatic aberration) that mars the view of bright stars and solar system objects in lesser scopes, despite the fast focal ratio of the ES80, and even at very high magnifications.

At only 7 lbs, the Explore Scientific ES80FCD is a natural as a lightweight grab-and-go scope for spur-of-the-moment backyard astronomy. It also makes a top-notch travel scope to take across town or around the world. In addition, it's a nifty fast focal ratio astrograph to piggyback on a larger scope for serious wide field imaging, or you can even use it on a big altazimuth or equatorial mount as the heart of your observing system.

Considering its surprisingly low price for an apochromatic triplet, and in view of the great optical performance that comes as standard equipment, the 80mm Explore Scientific ES80 is a terrific buy!

Features of this telescope . . .

Air-spaced FCD100 ED apochromatic triplet refractor optics: 80mm (3.1") aperture, 480mm focal length, f/6 focal ratio three-lens air-spaced optical system. The optics use a center lens element of ultra premium Hoya FCD100 (Dense Fluor Crown) glass, the Hoya equivalent of FPL-53 ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass. This ED element produces superior sharpness and color correction by minimizing the chromatic aberration, the "false" color fringing seen around bright objects when light rays pass through standard crown-and-flint doublet objectives. The result is to get rid of spurious color halos and fringing.

Fully multicoated optics: The ES80 triplet objective lens has EMD™ (Enhanced Multilayer Deposition) antireflection multicoatings on all air-to-glass surfaces for high light transmission, minimal light scatter, and excellent contrast.

Internal light baffles: The aluminum tube has contrast-enhancing internal light baffles and a specially darkened tube interior to provide dark sky backgrounds and high terrestrial contrast.

Collimatable optics: One of the bonuses of owning a refractor is that, compared to standard reflector telescopes, they almost never require realigning of the optics (collimation). However, any air-spaced refractor telescope may require optical recentering if the lens elements are knocked out of alignment by a heavy blow during shipping or use. Removing the dew shield will give you access to the lens centering screws in the sides of the lens cell, which you can then adjust yourself by referring to the supplied instructions. You can also send your scope to Explore Scientific's Service Center for precision alignment. A standard service charge applies for factory realignment.

Dew shield: The supplied removable dew shield slows the formation of dew on the lens in cold weather to extend your undisturbed observing time. It also improves the contrast, similar to the effect of the lens shade on a camera lens, when observing during the day or when there is excessive ambient light at night, such as a neighbor's backyard security light. A single thumbscrew holds the dew shield in place, allowing the felt-lined dew shield to be removed from the scope, reversed, slid back onto the optical tube, and stored for transport in only a few seconds. The optical tube measures a compact 18.5" long, including the dew shield. A thread-in metal dust cap for the optical tube is standard.

Dual speed 2.5" HEXagonal rack and pinion focuser: The precision-made no-backlash focuser has dual-speed focusing. There are two coarse focusing knobs. The right knob also has a smaller concentric knob with a 10:1 reduction gear microfine focusing ratio. This provides exceptionally precise image control during high magnification visual observing and critical DSLR or CCD imaging. The large focus knobs have ribbed gripping surfaces so they are easy to operate, even while wearing gloves or mittens in cold weather.  The focuser is quite heavy duty and can hold up to 10 pounds of astronomical gear.

The focuser drawtube has a scale marked in centimeters and 1mm increments. This lets you note individual focuser positions for easy return to the correct focus when switching between visual use and photography. Two knobs underneath the focuser lets you adjust the tension on the drawtube to accommodate varying eyepiece/photo accessory loads, as well as firmly lock in a photographic focus. The focuser has a non-marring 2" brass compression ring equipment holder.

2" dielectric star diagonal and compression ring eyepiece holders: The supplied standard equipment 2" mirror star diagonal of the ES80CF slips into the focuser drawtube's 2" eyepiece/accessory holder. The 2" diagonal has 99% reflectivity dielectric mirror coatings for high light transmission. The star diagonal uses a non-marring soft brass compression ring to hold 2" eyepieces in place. The compression ring won't scratch the barrel of your 2" eyepieces as an ordinary thumbscrew can.

A supplied 1.25" accessory adapter slips into the 2" diagonal to let you use 1.25" eyepieces in the 2" diagonal. The 1.25" accessory adapter can also be inserted into the 2" accessory holder on the focuser drawtube to let you use a 1.25" image erecting diagonal, or 1.25" photographic accessories. Like the 2" eyepiece holder on the diagonal, the 1.25" adapter also uses a non-marring soft brass compression ring to hold 1.25" star diagonals and accessories in place.

Mounting foot: For serious astronomy and astrophotography, the ES80 has an L-shaped dovetail mounting foot that is shaped to fit directly into the Vixen-style dovetail slot on the head of many of the most popular light to medium capacity altazimuth mounts and Celestron VX Series go-to German equatorials, among others. In addition, the dovetail has both 1/4"-20 and 3/8" holes that allow you to mount the 7.5 pound scope (when including diagonal) directly onto any good photo tripod for casual astronomy or daytime terrestrial observing. A knob on the body of the scope allows you to rotate the tube assembly and focuser to line up a camera in either a landscape or portrait orientation (or any orientation in between), then temporarily lock the focuser in that position.

Extended lifetime warranty: This individually serial numbered Explore Scientific telescope is backed by a limited one year warranty, which will be extended to an Explore Scientific transferable Extended Life of the Product limited warranty when its warranty card is registered with Explore Scientific within 60 days of purchase.

Tech Details

Aperture 3.1"
Binary and Star Cluster Observation Very Good
Focal Length 480mm
Focal Ratio f/6
Galaxy and Nebula Observation Fair
Highest Useful Magnification 160x
Lunar Observation Great
Weight 7.5 lbs
Planetary Observation Very Good
Resolution 1.45 arc seconds
Telescope Type Refractor
Visual Limiting Magnitude 12.0
Warranty 1 year, extendable to lifetime


Review by:
Got this scope 2 years ago for wide field AP. Have been very impressed. Clean optics and with very good glass! (Posted on 7/30/2019)
Review by:
I do not own this scope, but I surely want one. I have a friend who DOES own one, and his astrophotography work, compared to mine, makes me want to carry my current setup down to the curb. Looking at the picture, I salivate like Pavlov's dog. (Posted on 7/24/2019)
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If you’re looking for a good 80mm APO triplet refractor than this is the best telescope for you at a somewhat low price when looking at other telescopes. There are lower priced options but most of those are doublet. I’ve used this telescope on my smaller Celestron AVX mount in a red/white zone and have been able to produce many spectacular images of deep sky objects with this telescope. (Posted on 1/1/2019)
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I have to say that I am very pleased with my acquisition of my ED80. Coming from a 10" Newtonian, I was happy to get something easier to handle and without the hassles of collimation and general unwieldiness of the 10". The ED80, which I use 95% for Astrophotography, has proven to be a jewel. The optics are bright, clear, troublefree and generally impressive, especially at this price. I did end up needing the ES field flattener to get the consistent images I was looking for. My only "complaint" is that the screw on the bottom of the focuser seem to get loose easily, leading to some temporary shifts in the image while focusing, Overall though, highly rated. (Posted on 11/28/2018)
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Supplied Accessories

  • Vixen-style dovetail mount
  • Rotating 2.5" dual speed HEXagonal rack and pinion focuser
  • Mounting shoe for optional finderscope
  • Dust covers.