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Opticstar ARC102 Optical Tube Assembly (OTA)
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Opticstar ARC102 Optical Tube Assembly
Opticstar ARC102 Optical Tube Assembly (OTA).
  • 102mm Refractor
  • Focal length: 1000mm
  • Focal ratio: F/9.8
  • 6x30mm Finder scope
  • Mounting tube rings and dovetail bar
  • 25mm Plossl eyepiece (1.25")
  • Star Diagonal (1.25")
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Opticstar ARC102 Optical Tube Assembly (OTA)
Package includes:
  • Opticstar ARC102 refractor optical tube assembly.
  • Mounting tube rings and dovetail bar.
  • 6x30mm Finder Scope.
  • 1.25" 25mm Plossl Eyepiece.
  • 1.25" Star Diagonal.
  • Free options (please select one):
    • FREE: Opticstar 1.25" Moon Filter with 25% light transmission. Reduces the glare of the Moon. (R.R.P.: £9.95).
    • FREE: Red LED Torch made of aluminium alloy. Helps to preserve your night vision. (R.R.P.: £9.95).
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Outline
The Opticstar ARC-102 is a 102mm aperture F9.8 achromatic refractor with high quality optics that is ideal for planetary, Lunar and Solar observing with an appropriate Solar filter. The ARC-102S can also be used for high power terrestrial observation.

Optical Design
The ARC-102 uses a high quality objective consisting of two Low Dispersion (LD) Crown/Flint lenses, the lenses are fully anti-reflection coated for increased contrast and sharpness. The LD objective in conjunction with a long focal ratio restrains chromatic aberrations making the telescope well suited for high powers.

Opticstar ARC102 Optical Tube Assembly
Opticstar ARC102.

Construction
The optical tube has been internally anti-reflection coated and benefits from knife-edge baffles in the focuser tube that reduce stray light from reaching the focal plane thus increasing image contrast and sharpness. The optical tube assembly has a dew shield that also protects the lenses from condensation forming on the objective when the telescope is used in unfavourable conditions.

The telescope’s 2" rack & pinion focuser has a millimetre scale to aid with focusing and repositioning, in addition the focuser has brass compression rings to better secure and not scratch accessories. It comes with a 1.25" eyepiece adapter so it will accommodate both 2" and 1.25" eyepieces and other accessories. In addition the 1.25" adapter has a T-thread on its end that will enable the use of T-threaded Accessories including DSLR cameras, filter-wheels etc. A high quality single–piece cradle with a carry-handle is used to lift and mount the telescope.

The telescope has a Vixen/Skywatcher type dovetail and will mount on most astronomical mounts including the Opticstar EQ700 and EQ13000 GT. The carry-handle has been designed so as to enable the user to attach a DSLR, guide-scope or other accessories without the need of side by side platforms or similar, thus reducing the total weight, cost and possibly the need for a heavier mount.

Accessories
The ARC-102 comes with a 6x30mm finder scope and bracket. A 1.25" diagonal, and 25mm Plossl eyepieces are also included. A 25% transparency Moon filter is recommended as is a 5mm-6mm eyepiece for higher power viewing. For terrestrial observation an optional prism diagonal is required.

Bundled accessories.
Bundled accessories.
Specification
Model Opticstar ARC102
Aperture 102mm
Focal ratio F/9.8
Focal length 1000mm
Objective Achromatic doublet
Optical coatings Anti-reflection coated
Optical tube Internally anti-reflection coated
Dew shield Yes
Finderscope saddle Yes
Focuser type Rack & Pinion with lock, baffled for increased contrast
Focuser 2" with 1.25" adapter (T-threaded for camera use)
Tube rings Dual rings with carrying handle and dovetail platform
Tube weight 4.5kg (inc. rings)
Tube length 1030mm
Eyepieces Plossl 1.25" 25mm
Magnification With bundled eyepiece:
  • w/25mm eyepiece x40.
With optional eyepieces:
  • w/9mm eyepiece x111;
  • w/6mm eyepiece x167; (maximum practical magnification)
Star diagonal 1.25"; 90°
Finderscope 6x30mm with bracket


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We are constantly checking the accuracy of the technical data. We are prepared to provide more detailed information on request. Technical data is subject to change without notice.

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