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Explore Scientific 127mm Carbon Fiber Refractor

Started by Mercury593065, 06/29/2020 03:33AM
Posted 06/29/2020 03:33AM Opening Post
I've been thinking of purchasing a Explore Scientific 127mm Carbon
fiber refractor.  Does anyone have any experience with this scope?
What tripod would you recommend?
Posted 07/26/2020 03:09PM #1
Mike,
I don't have a lot of experience as I just recently picked mine up. Everyone I talked to prior to the purchase agreed with going with the FCD 100 model for the higher quality glass. If you go used, and get the FCD 1 model insure you don't get one with the rings that have the clasps that lock it down as they are flimsy and get one with rings with the large bolts to clamp down the rings.
I purchased a "new" refurb directly from Explore Scientific at a great discount and am very pleased. It looks brand new, has a clean sharp look and feel to it and it is a very sturdy and well made. My looks through it at Comet Neowise were excellent. I have not imaged with it yet but plan to shortly. 
My iOptron iEQ30 Pro mount seems to be sufficient for it at least for relatively short exposure imaging but I would say that is the minimum class amount for it. Time will tell.
Tim
Good luck.

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