EXPLORE SCIENTIFIC 3" 0.7x Reducer/corrector

3" 0.7x Reducer/corrector

  • Reducer and Field Flattener
  • Reduces the focal length by 0.7x
  • Flattens the field for astrophotography
  • Developed for ED127 and ED152 APO telescopes
  • Free aperture of 65mm for large sensors
  • Works very well with most coma free systems: apochromats, RCs, Meade ACF

€419.00*

Available, delivery time: 1-3 days

Product number: 0510360
GTIN/EAN: 4007922002903

Explore Scientific ED 127 CF – FCD01 compared to FCD-100

A product test: two models in direct comparison. Von J.S. Schlimmer

1. Introduction

2 Explore Scientific ED 127 CF Explore Scientific ED 127 CF

Figure 1: Explore Scientific ED 127 CF models under test

Since April 2016 I own the apochromatic one Refractor ED 127 CF, Model FCD01 by Explore Scientific and I use it for moon and planetary observation as well as for the photography of extended nebulas, open star clusters and galaxy clusters. In addition to the very good look, the possibility for photographic use with the help of a focal reducer, also the low weight of the telescope has influenced my purchase decision. Therefore, I could continue to use my old mount and invest the existing budget in optical accessories. The telescope is still transportable and thus suitable for mobile use outside the light-polluted cities. Explore Scientific is listed as a Bresser brand. The technical support I approached initially for some questions was very friendly, accommodating and very helpful.

2. Description

The ED 127 CF has a three-lens lens. Between the lenses there is an air gap. The tube is made of carbon fiber and processed to high quality. The ED 127 CF has a three-lens objective. There is an air gap between the lenses. The tube is made of carbon fiber and processed to high quality. Thanks to its low weight of only 7 kg, it can still be carried by a GP-DX or comparable mount.

Since November 2016, the improved FCD-100 model is on the market, which is advertised with high color purity and a perfect optical design. What’s the difference between these two models? To test this, Bresser has kindly provided me with an ED 127 FCD-100.

At first glance, both models resemble each other like twins, as my older model also has the 2.5-inch Hexafoc extract. In addition to the stable construction, it can also be rotated as a whole. In astrophotography this offers the advantage of preserving the focal position, even if the camera needs to be realigned for another object. The 1:10 reduction allows an exact focus. A scale applied on the pullout facilitates the presetting (Figure 2). In the case of visual observation the zenith mirror can of course be adjusted independently of the focuser.

Focal Reducer

Figure 2: Camera, 0.7x Focal Reducer and Hexafoc Extract

Both models have an aperture of 127 mm and a focal length of 952 mm. In lens labeling, the new model differs only in the additionally printed model designation. Only by closer inspection you can see that the tube of the new model FCD-100 is 15mm shorter. This is a great advantage, because my intrafocal area is very short on my own model. Therefore, in my model, orthoscopic eyepieces (e.g. measuring eyepieces) cannot be used if the extension is provided with an extension sleeve. With my wide-angle eyepieces the extension sleeve always comes to commitment.

3. Objective lenses

For observation I prefer to use wide-angle eyepieces. For almost 2 years my Nagler range has also been supplemented by eyepieces in the 82° series by Explore Scientific. For the telescope comparison the Explore Scientific 2-inch eyepiece with 24 mm focal length, as well as two Explore Scientific 1 ¼ inch eyepieces, with 8.8 and 4.7 mm focal length were used.

4. Explore Scientific 0.7 focal reducer and corrector

of 64 mm (2.5 inches). To connect to Canon cameras, a special T2 adapter must be used. The adapter ring is only 1 mm thick and therefore made of steel. He has a free opening of 36.7 mm.

5. Visual tests

Explore Scientific Okulare der 82° Serie

Figure 3: Explore Scientific 82 ° Series Eyepieces

In particular, moon and planets are suitable as test objects for the visual comparison, while in the deep sky range the Orion comes into question with its richness of detail. Open star clusters, on the other hand, offer a very good opportunity to assess the edge imaging at low magnifications.

For the tests, the objects should be as high as possible in the sky, where the influence of astronomical seeing is significantly lower. Because the planets only reached a height of 23° at the meridian passage at the time of the tests, they were out of the question for the tests. For better temperature adaptation, the telescopes were brought to the open air 1-2 hours before the tests.

 

Aldebaranbedeckung

At dusk on the 23rd of February In 2018, Aldebaran was covered by the moon. The picture above shows the moon a few seconds before covering on the bright Sky. The small image inside shows the entire image field during the covering. The picture below shows the moon for one hour at the end of the Aldebaran covering. ES 127 FCD-100 and Focal Reducer, Canon 1100D

a) The moon

With the 2-inch 24 mm eyepieces, the moon fits comfortably in the field of vision. While the FCD01 showed a light, yellow color fringe around the bright edge of the crescent, the image of the successor model FCD-100 was without any color aberrations. The higher the magnification the more details revealed on the lunar surface. The sight became really fascinating at 200x magnification with the 4.7 mm eyepiece. In the Apennine Mountains were already single, larger rock formations to recognize. In the south, on the edge of the Mare Nubium, the Long Wall was just visible, an approximately 100 km long embankment. The crater Thebit could be easily observed on one side of the long wall and Birt and the side crater Birt A on the other side. On closer inspection you could see further small craters such as e.g. Thebit D at the end of the long wall. Also Rima Birt, a groove that runs almost parallel to the Long Wall, but only as half long, was easy to see. Below are some pictures of the Aldebaran covering from 23rd February 2018. The beginning was still in the clear sky, so that Aldebaran was difficult to locate. At the exit one hour later the sky was already dark.

b) Open star cluster: Pleiades and NGC 1647

For the observation of the Pleiades also the 2-inch 24 mm eyepieces was used. With this eyepiece, the Pleiades are a breathtaking sight, because they fit completely into the field of view. In both telescopes, the stars were as fine as needle points and point-shaped to the edge. Visually, no color errors were noticeable. It was such a perfect sight.

NGC 1647 is a very loose open star cluster nearby 97 Tau. Because it is very extensive, it is best seen at low magnification. Approximately 20 stars with a brightness of 8 mag can be captured well with the 2-inch 24-mm eyepiece. Again, the sight is fantastic, as the entire field of view is sharply displayed.

c) Stars and binary stars

Intra- und extrafokale Beugungsscheibchen

AFigure 5: Intrafocal and extrafocal diffraction disks

What about the comparison at high magnifications? Inadequate color correction of refractors is shown by blue color fringes around bright stars. To test this, the choice fell on Bellatrix, the "warrior" in Orion. This star is 1.6 mag bright, bluish giant star of the spectral class B2. At moderate magnification with the 8.8 mm eyepiece (108x), neither the CD01 nor the successor FCD-100 showed any fringing. At high magnification with the 4.7 mm eyepiece (203x), diffraction rings around Bellatrix were clearly visible, but no fringing. However, at this magnification already the atmospheric dispersion was noticeable, as Bellatrix only reaches a height of 46 ° in the meridional passage. The atmospheric dispersion is shown by blue color in the upper area and red color in the lower area of the star. However, it is an atmospheric effect and not due to the telescope optics.

In the constellation Orion there are also numerous binary stars, which can be used to test the resolution. For example, 32 Ori (STF 728) could not be resolved at a distance of about 1.2 arcseconds. For 52 Ori (STF 795), which has a spacing of only 1.0 arcseconds, both components could be detected but not completely separated. The reason for this is in different contrast: the components of 32 Ori have a brightness difference of 1.3 magnitudes, while the components of 52 Ori are equally bright. The observation of Alnitak (STF 774), the eastern belt star of Orion was also interesting. With a distance of at least 4.7 arc seconds, this double star should be easy to separate, despite its brightness difference of 1.8 magnitudes. At 203x magnification Alnitak was also clearly to separate, however the B-component could only be seen at second glance in the diffraction rings. With the 8.8 mm eyepiece Alnitak was inseparable. Of course, with this type of observation, astronomical seeing plays a crucial role. Unfortunately, lunar observation was only possible with good astronomical seeing. At all other tests the astronomical seeing was not very good. In conclusion, the difference between the two models FCD01 and FCD-100 is hardly noticeable in visual observations.

6. Photographic tests

a) Diffraction slices in the primary focus

To get a better overview of the color difference between the two models, the defocused diffraction discs were first used recorded in the primary focus at 952 mm focal length (Figure 5). For this a QHY 5L II-C color CMOS camera was used. The images were taken at a distance of -2.2, -1.1, 0, +1.1 and + 2.2 mm from the focus. The light source was Bellatrix.

Overall, my model FCD01 showed slightly more color differences between the intra- and extra-focal diffraction slices. In the intrafocal area it appears slightly greenish, while in the extrafocal area it shines reddish. The successor model FCD-100 shows no color differences between the intra- and extra-focal diffraction disks.

Orionnebel

Figure 6: Orion Nebula 16 x 30 seconds, 800 ASA, ED127 CF FCD-100, 0.7 x Focal Reducer

a) Astrophotography with the Explore Scientific 0.7x focal reducer

Bellatrix und Beteigeuze

Figure 7: Bellatrix and Betelgeuse, 5x30 seconds, 800 ASA

Beteigeuze

Figure 8: Complete picture of Betelgeuse, the inlays show the Star illustrations in the corners on the lower left and upper right

The photos in this review were taken with a modified Canon EOS 1100D. It can also be used for the absorption of hydrogen regions due to the lack of red filter. For the recordings, the camera was connected directly to a laptop via a USB cable and operated exclusively via the Canon "long-distance shot" menu. The focus was set on the live image in 10x zoom mode. Exposure time and sensitivity were also controlled via the laptop. The pictures could be viewed directly after the picture was taken on the screen. The pictures were taken with an exposure time of 30 seconds at 800 ASA. To reduce noise, flat and dark images were also created.

With my FCD01 model, the sharpness can be easily adjusted by the color of the diffraction disk. As soon as the color becomes minimal, or changes from a slight green cast to reddish, the perfect focus is found. This method always worked well and led to quick results. In which Successor model FCD-100, this method could not be applied due to the color purity. Therefore it took some practice to find the right focus. A self-made focusing aid has proven to be helpful. The focusing aid consisted of a ring that was placed on the dew cap. Attached to the ring was a thin ridge that ran through the center, creating a one-dimensional diffraction pattern in the image. Based on the diffraction image was the adjustment of sharpness.

The focusing aid was removed again for photography and bright stars in Orion were once again chosen as test objects. Figure 7 shows Bellatrix (spectral type B2) and Betelgeuse (spectral type M2) taken with the FCD01 and the FCD-100. Exposing time was 5 × 30 seconds and corresponding flat pictures were taken. The different colors are shown very nice in both models. Due to the red sensitivity of the camera, a correspondingly large halo appears around Betelgeuse.

Für For deep sky shots of extended objects not only the color but also the marginal image is of interest. Figure 8 therefore shows the complete picture of Betelgeuse taken with the FCD-100. The inlays show the star pictures in two opposite corners. The 0.7x Focal Reducer levels the image over the entire APS-C format of the camera. Very red stars in the border area are no longer 100% displayed due to dispersion phenomena. The strength of this effect depends on the spectral type of the star and of course on the red sensitivity of the camera and can be observed only at full image resolution (here 4273 pixels x 2848 pixels).

On the basis of the flat images, the vignetting of the two telescopes could also be determined very easily. The vignetting is shown by the edge darkening of the image field. In both models, the brightness drops to around 77% of the center brightness in the outermost corners. This corresponds to about half an aperture. Figure 6 shows another shot of the Orion Nebula taken with the FCD-100. At the time of shooting, the sky was already lit by the half moon. The colors of the stars are rendered beautifully. There was no color correction during the image process, only the tonal values have been changed. In the predecessor model FCD01, the stars appear on deep sky shots usually with a slight green tint, which is easy to correct in subsequent image editing.

7. Conclusion

In all tests, the FCD-100 has shown no color errors, while the previous model FCD01 still has low color errors. With the improved look of the FCD-100, Explore Scientific / Bresser has reached the limits of color purity in imaging. Bei der Fotografie ist es beim FCD-100 schwieriger den exakten Fokus zu finden wie beim Vorgängermodell FCD01. Eine Fokussierhilfe und etwas Übung verhelfen aber auch hier zum gewünschten Ergebnis. In photography, the FCD-100 is harder to find the exact focus like the previous model FCD01. A focus aid and a little bit of practice help to achieve the desired result. The border image on both models is in conjunction with the Explore Scientific 0.7 x Focal Reducer APS-C format punctiform. The image field illumination is very uniform and shows only slight vignetting. The 2.5-inch Hexafoc extract is built mechanically very stable and can be rotated as a whole. This allows a camera to be arbitrarily aligned with the focus position almost preserved. Due to the 15 mm shorter tube on the FCD-100 compared to the FCD01, the intrafocal area of the hexafoc is significantly larger. This also means that orthoscopic Eyepieces (for example, measuring eyepieces) can be used without removing the extension sleeve. Overall, the Explore Scientific 127 FCD-100 is a fantastic 5-inch telescope that impresses visually and photographically. In addition, it is transportable with a weight of just under 7 kg and is also carried by a GP-DX or comparable mount.
Product information "EXPLORE SCIENTIFIC 3" 0.7x Reducer/corrector"
The EXPLORE SCIENTIFIC 3" 0.7x Reducer/corrector, reduces a compatible telescope's focal length by a factor of 0.7x (for around f/8) and 0.8x (for around f/10) respectively. The reducer/corrector not only reduces the focal length but also flattens the field. Although originally developed for the Explore Scientific ED-APOs 127mm and 152mm, the reducer can be used with many systems - for example with the Explore Scientific ED-APOs 102mm and 165mm (please note, this will not work on the Explore Scientific 80mm ED Apo refractors though). With certain telescope focal lengths, a slight restriction of the correction at the edge of the image field can be expected when using full-frame sensors. This unit comes with 3" barrel adaptor for direct focuser thread M54x0.75 (the standard focuser thread of the Explore Scientific Essential series of ED Apos) and T2 camera adaptor. This reducer/corrector features a free aperture of 65mm, so that it can be used even with cameras that have a large sensor - if the telescope allows for this.

Note: As previously mentioned, this Reducer/corrector comes with a screw on ring, which fits the standard focuser thread of the Explore Scientific Essential series of ED Apos. For telescopes which are equipped with the 2.5" HEX Focuser, the optional screw-on adapter part no: 0510366 is needed. Other telescopes, not in the Explore Scientific range, with standard 2" push-fit focusers will need the Explore Scientific 2" Adaptor for 3" Corrector - part no: 0510364 to get this reducer correctly fitted.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Reduces the focal length by 0.7x at f/8
  • Flattens the field for astrophotography
  • Developed for ED127 und ED152 APO telescopes
  • Also fits Explore Scientific ED102 and ED165 telescopes - and others
  • Free aperture: 65mm
  • Inner thread for telescope adaption: M76x0.75mm
  • Outer thread for camera adaption: M72x0.75mm
  • 3" focuser barrel adaptor included
  • Adaptor for Explore Scientific focuser M54x0.75mm included
  • T2 camera adaptor M42x0.75mm included
  • Diameter: 78.5mm; length: 100mm
  • Length without adaptors: 52mm
  • Weight without adaptors: 530g

What's Included

  • Reducer/Flattener
  • 3" focuser barrel adaptor
  • Adaptor for Focuser M54x0.75mm
  • T2 camera adaptor M42x0.75mm
  • Dust caps
Colour: black
Material: Plastic

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After three years of testing and refining we are extremely proud to present the new Explore Scientific High Resolution (HR) Coma Corrector. This corrector is a class of it´s own - it is fully functional for visual use and expands the focal length by only 6%! The Explore Scientific Coma Correktor is delivered as a complete set together with a rotating helical focuser with laser-etched scale, so you get a full package: corrector, adaptor to T2 (M42x0.75mm), adaptor to M48 (M48x0.75) and the helical focuser for visual fun. This coma corrector really is "high resolution" - it deliveres a visual polystrehl performance of 0,98 at f/4 and 0,96 at f/3! So it can stay in the telescope - and you will not only enjoy a tack-sharp Jupiter, but aslo sharp and defined moons in the future! What this means in terms of performance is shown in the three pictures with the graphs - the sharpness increase in those comparisons with and without corrector are stunning (examples are 400mm f/4, f/3,5 and f/3). Please notice: These graphs are for FLAT FIELD! You will get this performance without refocussing! Diameter of the field is 30mm - it doesn´t make sense to increase this with 2" and fast optical systems. Length of the 2" corrector barrel is approx. 85mm and it can be used with almost all 2" focusers on the market. To use the HR Coma Corrector visually, you need to have at least 32mm spare inward travel at your focuser, while the focus is on the same plane as the focusers end. Photographically there is no problem - the HR Coma Corrector shifts the focus outward by about 35mm, so that you will have no problem in achieving focus, when you are able to focus your camera without the HR Coma Corrector. FEATURESEliminates coma, field-curvature and astigmatism in newtonians Diffraction limited performance on axis and in the field Flattens the field Works for very fast systems down to f/3 Four-lens construction Can be used with almost all 2" focusers on the market SCOPE OF DELIVERY High Resolution (HR) Coma Corrector Adaptor to T2 (M42x0.75mm) Adaptor to M48 (M48x0.75) Helical focuser

€349.00*
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EXPLORE SCIENTIFIC Hexafoc 2.5 adaptor for 3" 0.7x Corrector
This adaptor enables you to connect the 0510360 0.7x focal reducer/field flattner to telescopes that feature the 2.5" Hexafoc. The big inner diameter of the 2.5" Hexafoc is fully utilised with this adaptor to avoid vignetting.What's Included1x Hexafoc 2.5 adaptor for 3" 0.7x Corrector ring

€50.40* €56.00* (10% saved)
EXPLORE SCIENTIFIC Teleextender 5x 31,7mm/1.25"
With teleextenders it is possible to extend the effective focal length of a telescope system, resulting in higher magnification for the observation of the moon, the planets or small Deep-Sky objects with the same eyepieces. So you can use the advantages of eyepieces with longer focal length - such as the bigger eye distance and the more relaxed observing comfort - at high magnifications also.These teleextenders incorporate a telecentric optical design that deliveres a excellent image sharpness over the whole field of view and are premium choices for visual observations and astrophotography. The combination of excellent fully multicoating with superior optical design makes the Focal Extenders superior to classic Barlow lenses.Features: Suitable for visual observations and astrophotographyExtending the effective total focal length of the telescope by a factor of 5xFour lens telecentric design Fully multicoatedFilter thread for color or nebula filters

€129.00*
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EXPLORE SCIENTIFIC Special T2-Ring Canon 3" Reducer
Allows the use of the 510360 EXPLORE SCIENTIFIC 0,7x Reducer/corrector straight with a Canon DSLR

€46.80* €52.00* (10% saved)
EXPLORE SCIENTIFIC Extension Ring Set M48x0.75 - 5 pieces (30, 20, 15, 10 and 5 mm)
Five extension tubes from 30 to 5mm length with thread connection M48x0,75mm in a set. For adjusting different distances of the camera to the focal plane of the telescope or the corrector/field flattener. There is an M48.0,75 internal and external thread in each individual tube. The M48x0.75 thread is also called large T2 photo thread or 2.0 inch filter thread. Camera specific bayonet adapters or color and nebula filters can be used. Included are 5 different tubes with the steps 30, 20, 15, 10 and 5 mm. The larger free inner diameter of 45.0 mm effectively prevents undesired vignetting of the camera sensor. The outer diameter of the sleeves is exactly 50.65 mm and can therefore be mounted directly in any 2 inch diameter eyepiece adapter. FEATURES Extension sleeves M48x0,75 in set Five extension sleeves: 30, 20, 15, 10, 5 mm Use with correctors and field flatteners Distance adjustment from camera to focal plane Suitable for camera-specific bayonet adapters Also suitable for 2.0 inch colour and nebular filters Internal and external thread M48x0.75 mm (large T2 thread) Large inner diameter of 45.0 mm Outer diameter is 50.65 mm (2 inches) Black matt anodized aluminium Total weight 85 grams SCOPE OF DELIVERY Extension sleeves M48x0.75 (5 pieces)

€55.00*
EXPLORE SCIENTIFIC Teleextender 2x 31.7mm/1.25"
With teleextenders it is possible to extend the effective focal length of a telescope system, resulting in higher magnification for the observation of the moon, the planets or small Deep-Sky objects with the same eyepieces. So you can use the advantages of eyepieces with longer focal length - such as the bigger eye distance and the more relaxed observing comfort - at high magnifications also.These teleextenders incorporate a telecentric optical design that deliveres a excellent image sharpness over the whole field of view and are premium choices for visual observations and astrophotography. The combination of excellent fully multicoating with superior optical design makes the Focal Extenders superior to classic Barlow lenses.Features: Suitable for visual observations and astrophotographyDoubling the effective total focal length of the telescopeFour lens telecentric design Fully multicoatedFilter thread for color or nebula filters

€119.00*
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BRESSER Achromatic 3x (1.25") Barlow Lens
The magnification of your telescope can be trippled with the use of this achromatic BRESSER Barlow Lens 3x 31.7 mm (1.25'').

€22.00* €32.00* (31.25% saved)
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EXPLORE SCIENTIFIC MPCC Field Flatt.ED APO+NikonT2
The image plane of many telescopes is not plane, but curved. This results in a picture that has its optimal focus only in the center of the field of view - the edge of the field is out of focus and thus unsharp. The human eye is able to accomodate most of this but a camera will show stars that get increasingly unsharp towards the edge of the field. The Explore Scientific Multi Purpose Curvature Corrector eliminates field curvature in a variety of telescopes - Explore Scientific Apos and many other refractors and cassegrain telescopes. This increases the edge sharpness in the image drastically. Improves edge sharpness not only with Explore Scientific Apos, but also with many other refractor and cassegrain telescopes. This image field leveller fits all Nikon DSLR cameras, but can also be used for other camera types due to the universal T2 thread connection. This requires an optional camera-specific T2 ring. SPECIFICATIONSImage flattener for Nikon DSLR cameras Eliminates the field curvature of ED APO telescopes Can also be used for various cassegrains The image sharpness at the edge is drastically increased 2 inch/50.8mm push-in connector with filter thread T2 threaded connection (M42x0,75mm) Full multi-coating on all lens surfacesStainless steel housing Adapter for Nikon F bayonet included DELIVERY SCOPE Bildfeldebner Nikon (1 piece)

€79.00* €145.00* (45.52% saved)
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BRESSER Barlow Lens 5x (1.25")
With the usage of barlow lenses, you can extend the focal distance of telescopes and enhence the magnification of your observated deep sky objects. Thus, you can use the advantages of eyepieces with greater focal distance like the long eye relief as well as a more convenient insight at higher magnifications. Due to their 3-element air-spaced lens design with ED glass, these Barlow lenses provide a brilliant image quality for the whole visual field and are suitable for observations and photography.FEATURESsuitable for observations and photographyincrease fivefold the focal distance3-element air-spaced lens design with ED glassfully multi-coated brass eyepiece clamping ringSCOPE OF DELIVERYBarlow lens (1pc)

€44.90* €49.90* (10.02% saved)
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BRESSER Erecting Lens 1.5x (1.25")
The BRESSER Erecting Lens creates an upright and right reading image. Furthermore, it increases the magnification by the factor 1.5. The erecting lens serves as a helpful accessory for nature observation or for astronomy beginners and is used for refractors (lens telescopes). Not recommeded to use with reflectors (newtonian telescopes). FEATURESEyepiece connection diameter: 31.7mm (1.25")Magnification: 1.5xSCOPE OF DELIVERYErecting Lens 1.5x (1.25")

€11.00* €21.90* (49.77% saved)
Vixen Flattener HD Kit für FL55SS Telescopes
Converts the FL55SS into a high-performance astrograph The kit consists of a high-performance flattener lens, a reducer and the EX TUBE 66 connection ring, which was developed for the FL55SS Fluorite Apochromatic Refractor and improves photographic performance by dramatically flattening the surface. Ultra-sharp image over the entire field of view of the DSLR full-frame sensor The Flattener HD for the FL55SS reduces the change in the focal length of the FL55SS to a minimum and improves the evenness of the surface for prime-focus photography. The 44 mm image circle covers the entire field of view of a full-frame DSLR camera. When used in combination with the HD5.5 Reducer, the focal length is reduced by 0.79x (from f5.5 to f4.3) and the image circle retains a diameter of 44 mm, which significantly improves the sharpness across the entire field of view of DSLR cameras with a full-frame sensor. 96% light volume to the edge of the field of view The Flattener HD was specially developed for the FL55SS refractor to reduce loss of light to a minimum across the entire 44 mm image circle of full-frame DSLR cameras. Exceptionally high contrast The same anti-reflective AS coatings used on our high-end VSD 100 f/3.8 astrograph are used to provide an outstanding light transmission of 99.9% per lens surface. Thanks to the matte black surface of the Reducer HD kit, loss of light, ghosting and scattered light and largely prevented. FEATURES Ultra-sharp image over the entire field of view Designed for full-frame cameras Illuminates 44 mm image circle Cutting-edge AS coating DELIVERY CONTENT Flattener HD kit for FL55SS 66 mm extension tube Dust caps

€409.00*

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EXPLORE SCIENTIFIC Zero X Field Flattener 2''/M48 for ED80, ED102 and ED127 APO
Field flattener without reduction factor for Explore Scientific ED80 , ED102 and ED127 APO Refractors The imaging plane of many telescopes is not flat but curved. This means that only the area in the centre is perfectly focused - the edge becomes blurred. The human eye can usually compensate for this image property, but a camera shows increasing blurriness towards the edge of the image field. The Explore Scientific Zero X field flattener eliminates the field curvature in many telescopes with a focal length of approx. 480 to 952 mm. The Zero X field flattener was calculated and developed for Explore Scientific ED80, ED102 and ED127 apochromats with focal ratios of F=6.0 and F=7.5. The image sharpness at the edge is dramatically increased. The stars appear round and no longer distorted - a clear benefit for the whole image aesthetics. The Zero X image flattener can be used not only with Explore Scientific Apos, but also with many other Apos. This flattener does not change the focal length of the telescope. Correction for up to full-frame camera sensors (24x36mm) The Explore Scientific Zero X image flattener has been developed due to the rapid development of ever larger camera sensors. With it, there is finally a field flattener available that illuminates and corrects the field of view for full-frame camera sensors up to 24x36 mm. How to use the Zero X field flattener with M48 thread connection This field flattener has a 2 inch (50.8 mm) plug-in connection on the telescope side, with which it is inserted into the telescope instead of an eyepiece or star diagonal mirror. On the camera side, there is a standardised M48 x 0.75 mm connection thread. This M48 connection thread offers a larger free inner diameter than the usual T2 (M42) thread and prevents vignetting when using large camera sensors. With an optionally available and camera-specific adapter ring, a DSLR camera can be connected to it. The working distance is already set at 55 mm. Of course, mirrorless cameras or special astro cameras can also be used with the M48 thread connection. For this, the appropriate M48 spacer sleeves or adapters are additionally required to set the right working distance of 55 mm. This must always be done with every corrector or field flattener so that the best possible field flattening is achieved.Filter thread on telescope side availableThe telescope-side 2.0 inch plug-in sleeve has an M48x0.75 filter thread (internal thread). Individual 2.0 inch colour or nebula filters can be inserted here to increase the contrast of the images.FEATURESField flattener for Explore Scientific ED80, ED102 and ED127 APO telescopesRemoves field curvature from telescopesProduces round stars even at the edge of the image fieldImage sharpness at the edge is drastically increasedA clear benefit for the whole image aestheticsCorrection of field curvature for up to full-frame camera sensors (24x36 mm)Image field flattener without reduction factorOn the telescope side with 2 inch (50.8 mm) plug-in connection and M48x0.75mm filter threadCamera side with large M48 threaded connectorWorking distance of 55 mm between field flattener and camera sensorFor telescopes with a focal length of approx. 480 to 952 mmOptimised for telescopes with focal ratios from F=6.0 to F=7.5Can also be used for various other APOsFully multi-coating on all lens surfacesHousing made of lightweight aluminium, black anodisedAluminium dust cap for M48 threadSCOPE OF DELIVERYZero X field flattener (1 piece)Dust caps

€129.00* €179.00* (27.93% saved)