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Explore Scientific David H Levy Comet Hunter 152mm Carbon Fibre Maksutov Newtonian


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The Explore Scientific David H Levy Comet Hunter 152mm Carbon Fibre Maksutov Newtonian Designed by Explore Scientific in conjunction with veteran Comet Hunter David H Levy, this remarkable 152mm Maksutov Newtonian offers stunningly wide fields of view and superior off axis images compared to conventional Newtonians of the same aperture and focal length. A commercially unique system for both imaging and observing alike, the Comet Hunter cements Explore Scientific's highly-regarded reputation as a telescope maker producing some of the most innovative, best thought-out and executed instruments available today.

  • Highly corrected Maksutov Newton

  • Aperture 152mm; Focal length 731mm

  • Carbon fiber tube for superior rigidity and low weight

  • Thermal focus shift very close to zero due to carbon tube

  • Excellent performance without additional corrector for visual and astrophotos up to APS-C

  • Handle with camera mounting feature

  • Universal 44mm Dovetail plate with stainless steel rail (fits Vixen SP/GP; Meade LXD75; Skywatcher EQ5; Bresser EXOS I/II)

  • Excellent straight through finder scope with illuminaton unit

  • Scope of delivery: Telescope, Manual, Tube rings, Handle, excellent 8x50 finder scope, 25mm eyepiece, focuser extension, 44mm universal dovetail plate, Reducer 2"/1,25", Carbon fiber dew shield


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The Explore Scientific David H Levy Comet Hunter 152mm Carbon Fibre Maksutov Newtonian

David Levy's reputation as a Comet and Asteroid Hunter needs little introduction in Astronomical circles: he has discovered 22 Comets and 41 Asteroids, many with the use of his beloved Minerva - a 6-inch f/4 Newtonian Reflector. Levy had mused that had he the opportunity to redesign the instrument that he'd opt for closer to an f/5 system, in order to improve off-axis star images. Explore Scientific decided to join forces with the veteran observer and help him develop this completely new instrument - the Explore Scientific David H Levy Comet Hunter 152mm Carbon Fibre Maksutov Newtonian. Plumping for an f/4.8 design, this instrument is capable of delivering huge fields of view - 2 degrees or more of the night sky. At such a short focal length, it lends itself particularly well to widefield astrophotography.

The Comet Hunter is constructed using thermally inert and extremely robust - yet very light - carbon fibre. The whole telescope weighs in at around 8kg, and being so light, puts very little strain on mounts compared to other instruments of similar aperture. The tube is heavily baffled and internally blackened, offering fantastic contrast and a 2" graduated 10:1 Crayford focuser comes as standard.

The Comet Hunter also comes with a great matching black finish 8x50 finder, two seats for the finder or additional piggybacked accessories and extension tubes.

Sky and Telescope's Dennis de Cicco wrote in his review of the instrument, "I found a lot to like about the David H Levy Comet Hunter… the scope offers first-class performance for observers and astrophotographers. And I'm particularly impressed with its quality of construction." A percentage of the profit from the sale of the Explore Scientific David H Levy Comet Hunter goes directly to David's own Sharing the Sky Foundation, a not-for-profit outreach organisation dedicated to Astronomy. A great technical telescope with an ethical edge too!


Optical Design: Maksutov-Newtonian

Clear Aperture: 152mm

Secondary Obstruction: 49mm; 32% Obstruction

Primary Mirror Diameter: 152mm

Secondary Mirror Diameter (M.A.): 46mm

Focal Length: 731mm

Focal Ratio: f/4.8

Resolving Power: .77 arc seconds

Coatings: EMD (Enhanced Multilayer Deposition) Coatings

Limiting Stellar Magnitude: 13.4

Maximum Practical Visual Power: 360x

Lowest Useful Visual Power: 22.8x

Focuser: Ten-to-One 2-Speed Crayford-Style, w/ Adjustable Tension and Lock

Viewfinder: 8x50 Straight; Illuminated Reticle; Dual-Ring, Six-Point, Bracket w/Quick Release Shoe

Cradle: Dual Clamp-Ring Style with Built-In Handle

Saddle Plate: One-Piece Machined Aluminum Extrusion; Fits Explore Scientific Mounts; Vixen Mounts; Meade LXD55/75 Mounts

Tube Diameter: 180mm

Tube Length: 825mm

Tube Construction: Carbon Fibre; Aluminum; Stainless Steel

Dewshield Inner Diameter: 6.875"

Optical Tube Assembly

Weight: 15.4 lbs.; 7 kgs.

Shipping Carton Dimensions: 95 x 40 x 49 cm; 37.5" x 19.5" x 16"

Shipping Weight: 54 lbs; 24.5 kg

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