ED Air-Spaced Triplet APO Refracting Telescopes

Apochromatic (APO) lenses are designed to bring three wavelengths of light (red, green, and blue) into focus in the same plane. In contrast, achromatic lenses are corrected to bring two wavelengths into focus in the same plane.

Achromatic Doublet Lens Diagram. Image source: Wikipedia

The classic achromatic doublet made from optical crown and flint glasses bring two colors of light to a common focus. This diagram shows the image forming lens in the front and the correcting lens in the back. 

Apochromat optics were first developed by Peter Dolland in 1763. His air-spaced triplet design ushered forth many optical improvements but lacked the use of ED glass that we see in most apochromatic optical designs today. ED glass enhances apochromatic lens design by producing extra-low dispersion of the wavelengths of light passing through it thereby giving an even better apochromatic performance.  For more specifications and information on the different types of glass used in Explore Scientific apochromatic triplets, please click here.

Example of Apochromatic Optical Performance. Image source: Wikipedia

Explore Scientific true apochromatic telescopes utilize three air-spaced elements with the ED element in the middle to bring the light of three different frequencies to a common focus, thus mitigating the effects of chromatic aberration.

  • ED140 FPL53 140mm f/6.5 Air-Spaced Triplet ED APO Refractor in Carbon Fiber with 3" HEX Focuser
    ED140 FPL53 140mm f/6.5 Air-Spaced Triplet ED APO Refractor in Carbon Fiber with 3" HEX Focuser
    $ 5,999.99

    ED140 FPL53 140mm f/6.5 Air-Spaced Triplet ED APO Refractor in Carbon Fiber with 3" HEX Focuser

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    Description Reveal celestial wonders like the desolate beauty of the lunar terrain, the serene structure of Saturn’s rings or the brightest deep s...

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  • ED115 FPL53 115mm f/5.5 Air-Spaced Triplet ED APO Refractor in Carbon Fiber with 3" HEX Focuser
    ED115 FPL53 115mm f/5.5 Air-Spaced Triplet ED APO Refractor in Carbon Fiber with 3" HEX Focuser
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    ED115 FPL53 115mm f/5.5 Air-Spaced Triplet ED APO Refractor in Carbon Fiber with 3" HEX Focuser

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    Description Reveal celestial wonders like the desolate beauty of the lunar terrain, the serene structure of Saturn’s rings or the brightest deep s...

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  • Explore Scientific FCD100 Series 127mm f/7.5 Carbon Fiber Triplet ED APO Refractor Telescope with 2.5" HEX Focuser
    Explore Scientific FCD100 Series 127mm f/7.5 Carbon Fiber Triplet ED APO Refractor Telescope with 2.5" HEX Focuser
    $ 2,999.99

    Explore Scientific FCD100 Series 127mm f/7.5 Carbon Fiber Triplet ED APO Refractor Telescope with 2.5" HEX Focuser

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    Description Reveal celestial wonders like the desolate beauty of the lunar terrain, the serene structure of Saturn’s rings or the brightest deep s...

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    $ 2,999.99
  • Explore Scientific ED152 Air-Spaced Triplet in Carbon Fiber - TED15208CF-HEXDD3
    Explore Scientific ED152 Air-Spaced Triplet in Carbon Fiber - TED15208CF-HEXDD3
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    Explore Scientific ED152 Air-Spaced Triplet in Carbon Fiber - TED15208CF-HEXDD3

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    Description Observing with the ED152 Air-Spaced Triplet FCD1 Series Apochromatic Refractor in Carbon Fiber with genuine HOYA FCD1 ED Glass: Seriou...

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