Orion Apex 102mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope
Item #09823
4.7 / 5.0
$299.99
The compact yet powerful Orion Apex 102mm Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope is great for observers wanting to get fantastic views during the night or day. Small enough that you can tuck it into a daypack or store it on a bookshelf.
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  • More Info
    • Compact Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope provides great views during day or night
    • 102mm (4") aperture and 1300mm focal length telescope provides fantastic celestial views of the Moon, planets, and bright deep-sky objects, as well as terrestrial views of wildlife and scenery
    • A telescope small enough to store on a bookshelf but with the power of traditional scopes five times its size!
    • Includes a 25mm Sirius Plossl 1.25" eyepiece, 6x26 correct-image finder scope, 45-degree correct-image diagonal, soft carry case and more!
    • Does not include tripod or mount - either can be purchased separately

    Imagine a telescope so small you can tuck it into a daypack or store it on a bookshelf, yet so powerful that it has the magnification and light-gathering capability of traditional telescopes five times its size . . . Imagine a telescope equally at home looking an eagle in the eye or revealing the cloud bands of Jupiter . . . Imagine a telescope made the old-fashioned way, of enameled aluminum and precision optical glass, instead of plastic. And imagine that these telescopes are incredibly competitively priced. As you can imagine, we've got it. The Orion Apex 102mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope, only from Orion.

    One look at it and you immediately appreciate its abbreviated simplicity and quality details. But the proof of any great telescope is in the viewing. And one look through our Apex 102mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope will prove that it's as long on optical excellence as it is short in profile. A serious telescope only incredibly portable.

    Big Aperture Maksutov-Cassegrain Optics
    The secret is in the light-folding Maksutov-Cassegrain design. It permits large-diameter optics, 102mm, to be housed in an unusually compact, wonderfully portable tube. As a spotting scope, the Apex 102mm gathers more light than typical field telescopes (often costing several times more), serving up brighter, more highly resolved images even in the dimmest of lighting conditions. Multi-coatings applied to the curved front lens guarantee the highest possible light transmission. For astronomy, the Orion Apex 102mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope exhibits all the performance of classic long-tube 102mm refractors, and easily outperforms smaller refractors on views of the planets and Moon as well as on faint nebulas and star clusters. Its long focal length allows high-power study of Jupiter's cloud belts and Red Spot, and Saturn's rings, and provides long reach for capturing distant terrestrial targets. What's more, Apex telescopes accept standard 1.25" telescope eyepieces for nearly unlimited magnification options.

    Speaking of accessories, the Apex 102mm comes with a multi-coated 25mm Sirius Plossl telescope eyepiece (1.25") and a 45 diagonal that provides a correctly-oriented field of view. As does the correct-image finder scope (6x26 on Apex 102), which makes locating objects a cinch. The finder scope is held in a quick-release dovetail bracket for easy assembly and disassembly. And here's something special: we also include a rugged, fully padded carrying case to protect your telescope. It's got hand and shoulder straps and ample pockets for accessories.

    The telescope easily pops on and off a telescope mount or camera tripod with the built-in 1/4"-20 adapter plate. And it doubles as a high-power telephoto lens for photography, too. Just mount a 35mm camera body (with optional T-ring) to the T-threads on the telescope eyepiece holder and you're all set!

    Imagine, a telescope that's this versatile, this powerful, this portable. And on top of all that, this competitively priced! It's here, in the Orion Apex 102mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope. Take a look!

    Warranty

    Limited Warranty against defects in materials or workmanship for one year from date of purchase. This warranty is for the benefit of the original retail purchaser only. For complete warranty details contact us at 800-447-1001.

    Warning

    Please note this product was not designed or intended by the manufacturer for use by a child 12 years of age or younger.

    Product Support

    Visit our product support section for instruction manuals and more

  • Specs
    • Best for viewing:
      Lunar & planetary
    • Best for imaging:
      Lunar & planetary
    • User level:
      Beginner
    • Optical design:
      Maksutov-Cassegrain
    • Optical diameter:
      102mm
    • Finder scope lens diameter:
      26mm
    • Focal length:
      1300mm
    • Focal ratio:
      f/12.7
    • Eyepieces:
      Sirius Plossl 25.0mm (1.25")
    • Magnification with included eyepieces:
      52x
    • Resolving power:
      1.13arc*sec
    • Lowest useful magnification:
      15x
    • Highest useful magnification:
      204x
    • Highest theoretical magnification:
      204x
    • Limiting stellar magnitude:
      12.7
    • Optical quality:
      Diffraction limited
    • Finder scope:
      6x26 Correct-image
    • Focuser:
      Internal
    • Diagonal degrees:
      1.25" 45° Prism Correct-image
    • Secondary mirror obstruction:
      31mm
    • Secondary mirror obstruction by diameter:
      34%
    • Secondary mirror obstruction by area:
      12%
    • Mirror coatings/over-coatings:
      Aluminum & Silicon Dioxide
    • Mount type:
      Optical Tube without Mount
    • Astro-imaging capability:
      Lunar & planetary
    • Tube material:
      Aluminum
    • Length of optical tube:
      11.0 in.
    • Weight, optical tube:
      5.0 lbs.
    • Weight, fully assembled:
      5.0 lbs.
    • Additional included accessories:
      Optical tube carry case
    • Other features:
      2nds are covered by Orion's Satisfaction Guarantee
    • Warranty:
      One year
  • In The Box

    Orion 102mm f/12.7 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope optical tube assembly
    25mm Orion Sirius Plossl telescope eyepiece (1.25")
    45 correct-image diagonal (1.25")
    Orion 6x26 correct-image finder scope
    Finder scope bracket with O-ring
    Dust cap
    Soft carry case
    Starry Night Special Edition astronomy software

  • Important Shipping Information

    Orders received by 1pm Eastern Standard Time for in-stock items ship the same business day. Order received after noon will ship the next business day. When an item is not in-stock we will ship it as soon as it becomes available. Typically in-stock items will ship first and backordered items will follow as soon as they are available. You have the option in check out to request that your order ship complete, if you'd prefer.

    A per-item shipping charge (in addition to the standard shipping and handling charge) applies to this product due to its size and weight. This charge varies based on the shipping method.

    Standard Delivery: $0.00
    Standard Delivery to Canada: $10.00
    3 Day Delivery: $30.00
    2 Day Delivery: $30.00
    Next Day Delivery: $42.00

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