Asked to check out the latest addition to Saxon's range of high end refractor telescopes which have been growing in popularity, their latest fleet of optical tubes are a deluxe grade air-spaced apochromatic refractor in apertures 80mm, a 102mm and 127mm offerings.
Relying on technological innovations, the manufacturers have successfully launched the high-performance optical glass at the apex of the FCD family and these lovely telescopes feature extremely high-grade Japanese Hoya FCD100 optics and thus combining it with optical glass of high refractive index allows them to achieve unprecedented advanced chromatic aberration correction. Hoya FCD100 is considered the best glass ever produced by Hoya and we can attest that the 102mm f/7 model we tested yielded beautiful colour free, super contrasty images at the eyepiece and is particularly well geared towards serious portrait astrophotography.
Straight out of the box, the optical tube unit is ready to fit directly to any Vixen, Sky-Watcher / Saxon and other Vixen style mount receiver head. Add the supplied and very handy 9 x 50 erect image right angle finderscope and 2 inch 90 degree dielectric mirror diagonal with carbon fibre sides and you're ready to go. Lovely white finish with solid black CNC machined component and non-marring compression ring interfaces at visual back and in the diagonal.
One interesting point to note is that the scope is optimised for astrophotography and thus requires use of one of the supplied thread on extension tubes to achieve focus when using the instrument visually with the 2 inch diagonal. The entire focuser can be rotated through 360 degrees if need be by simply loosening a knurled, chrome focus rotation locking screw.