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Saxon Pioneer 70/500 AZ3 Refractor Telescope

  • Short-tube Design
  • Achromatic Multi-Coated Lens
  • Compact and Portable
  • No-Tool Setup
  • Ideal for beginner for Both Sky and Land Viewing
  • 5 Years Limited Warranty
  • SKU: SXN-214107
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    Retail Price $349.00


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    Saxon Pioneer 705AZ3 Refractor Telescope

    The Saxon 705AZ3 Refractor Telescope is a quality refractor telescope from Saxon that comes with a 1 year Australian warranty.

    The Saxon 70mm (2.8") f/5 and 80mm (3.1") telescopes are two-element, air-spaced, fully multi- coated objective, refractors. The 80mm f5 is a well- proven performer which gives "rich- field" views of star fields, clusters, nebulae, bright galaxies, planets, the Moon and (with correct filtering or by projection) the Sun, as well as excellent terrestrial views. Both telescopes give images which are crisp and with very little chromatic aberration.

    One of the greatest assets of these solidly built telescopes is portability. The light-weight optical tubes (1.25kg; 2.8lbs for the 70mm and 1.5kg; 3.3lbs for the 80mm), and the compressed lengths of about 380mm (15") and 480mm (18") make them "take it with me" telescopes. Their optical tubes can be adapted to fit into an airline carry-on bag, or into a hiker's backpack. Whether they are to be used as a beginner's telescope, a "rich-field", a backup, a guide scope or a travelling telescope, the very reasonable prices make them choices to seriously consider.

    They are quick and easy to set up and the low- maintenance, enclosed optics come fully collimated from the factory. Alignment of the finderscope and polar alignment of the optional equatorial mount are all that are needed to start viewing. The optical tube assemblies are held firmly by hinged, felt-lined "tube mounting rings" which allow easy installation and optical tube rotation and balancing. Mounting one of these telescopes on the supplied aluminum alt-azimuth mount or a photographic tripod is quick and simple with the supplied "multi-function mount plate".

    Both telescopes perform well as a fixed aperture lenses for both astrophotography and terrestrial photography. The "fast" focal ratios, combined with today's high speed films, make them useful for capturing lunar and solar eclipses as well as nature photographs (yet for serious nature photographs we would recommend a spotting scope). With a suitable T-adapter, a camera can be connected directly to the T-mount thread on the eyepiece holder and a supplied 60mm (2.4") extension tube allows closer focussing for terrestrial photography.

    *Please note, the image through all finder scopes will be upside down.

    In the Box:
  • 6x30 Finder Scope
  • SR4, Super 10, Super 25
  • AZ3 Mount
  • Aluminium Tripod with Accessory Tray
  • Specification

    Additional Info

    Optical Design Achromatic Refractor
    Lens Material n/a
    Diameter 70mm
    Focal Length 500mm
    Scondary Mirror Diameter n/a
    F/ratio F/7
    Highest Practical Power 140x
    Faintest Steller Magnitude 11.9
    Resoving Power 1.65
    Finderscope 6x30 Finder
    Focuser diameter 1.25”
    Diagonal 45º Erecting Prism
    Eyepiece(s) 1.25” Super 25,12.5 & 4
    Barlow Lens 3x
    Mount Type Alt-Azimuth
    Slow-motion Control Vertical & Horizonta
    Counterweight(s) n/a
    Piggyback Bracket Yes
    Accessory Tray Wall-to-wall
    Ground Board Diameter n/a
    Ground Board Weight(s) n/a
    Motor Drive n/a
    Go-to n/a
    Tube Weight 1.05Kgs
    Tube Dimension(dia. x length) 7cm x 48cm
    Tripod Height 71-123cm
    Shipping Weight 12Kgs
    Shipping Carton Dimensions 95 x 37 x 24 cm3
    User Level For Beginners
    Telescope Type Refractor
    Aperture Size 70mm
    Focal Length 500mm
    Focal Ratio f/7.1
    Highest Practical Magnification 140x
    Finderscope 6x30
    Eyepieces Super 10, 25, SR4 & 3x Barlow Lens
    Mount Type Alt-Azimuth Mount
    Tripod Aluminium
    Warranty 5 Years Limited Warranty


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    This was my first short tube refractor and I couldn't be happier. When used with quality eyepieces this scope is the ultimate in portability at a low price. Great planetary views (visible cloud rings on Jupiter) and great detail on the moon. Fit a good quality glass solar filter and it opens up a new world.

    The only con is the focuser for fine adjustments but at the price you couldn't ask for more

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    Pros: light, easy to carry, portable
    Cons: focus mechanism

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    Good telescope:) - Review by
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    I am not a professional in telescopes, in fact that's my first telescope ever! It is not bad at all you get nice crisp sharp images of the moon and stars, did not see any planets or comets with it yet.

    I was wondering since there few lenses already supplied, can one purchase say a super magnifying lenses that can spot planets and far objects?


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    Cons: focus mechanism, Little bulky to wear

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    Im looking at purchasing a telescope for around 200-250. I am a beginner who has never owned one however have always had an interest in the sky. just wondering if you could recommend a great beginner scope ? i was looking at the SAXON 705AZ3 Refractor Telescope, it was a bit over budget however i really have no idea.
    If you're going to use the telescope mainly for astronomical purposes, then I would suggest getting the Celestron Powerseeker 114EQ for that budget instead: http://www.ozscopes.com.au/reflector-telescope-celestron-powerseeker-114eq.html This telescope has a bigger lens than the 705AZ3 (114 mm compared to 70mm), meaning the 114EQ would be able to gather more light, thus leading to better image clarity and brightness. This is a very popular telescope for beginners as it is easy to use. We are also selling it at a Christmas special price of $199 since it is a fast-moving item and we have plenty of stock. The reason why the 114EQ is cheaper than the 705AZ3 even though is has a bigger lens diameter is because the 114EQ is a reflector telescope which is not suitable for land viewing. Good-quality refractors also cost more per inch of aperture than any other kind of telescope.

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