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Radian 61 f/4.5 Imaging APO Telescope


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  • The ultimate portable astrophotography telescope
  • Comes with multiple upgraded components as standard for a complete, turnkey package
  • 61mm aperture, 275mm focal length, f/4.5 system
  • Premier apochromatic triplet optics for pristine image quality
  • Custom Radian Hex Rings with integrated cable management channels
  • Huge full frame image circle with the included Corrector for sharp stars across the image on DSLRs, mirrorless, and dedicated astronomy cameras
  • Comes with a 4" V-style dovetail & a Radian 6.5" universal D-style plate to ensure compatibility with any mount out of the box
  • Additional included accessories consist of a 10:1 factory-tuned rack & pinion focuser, a 2" Filter Vault, a 360º rotator, and more
  • For a limited time get the Universal Astro Spanner Wrench for 40% off with purchase of a Radian 61 Telescope!
  • Check out our Radian 61 Rundown to learn more!

Product Details

  • Radian Raptor 61 Imaging Telescope

    Introducing the Radian 61 Telescope: a premium, travel-friendly APO triplet imaging refractor with all the bells & whistles included for the modern astrophotographer.

    Here at Radian Telescopes, we believe in building gear that works seamlessly with any system, so you can focus on doing what you love — capturing awe-inspiring images of the cosmos — instead of wasting hours fussing with adapters, mounting, and other headaches. That's why we built the Radian 61: a portable, widefield 61mm f/4.5 apochromatic triplet refractor packed with features that any astrophotographer would want for turnkey imaging. Being astrophotographers ourselves, we know how frustrating it feels to have perfectly clear skies overhead but you waste the night trying to get your equipment to work the way it should. With the Radian 61, wasted nights can be a thing of the past. With its wide field of view, the Radian 61 is the ideal choice for producing stunning images of deep sky objects that cover wide swaths of the night sky.




    Radian Raptor 61 Aperture
    • Tack-Sharp, Fast Optics

      We know how agonizing it is to have to spend multiple nights capturing images when using a slow system. With its fast f/4.5 focal ratio, the Radian 61 allows for shorter exposures, making it possible to capture quality data on multiple targets in a single night.
    • High-Quality Glass

      The Radian 61 features an apochromatic triplet optical design with premium glass and multi-coatings to tackle chromatic aberration with ease, leading to an ultra-clean overall image without the nuisance of reflections.
    • Wide Field of View

      The 275mm focal length is simultaneously excellent for widefield imaging and highly forgiving, making it the perfect choice for both beginners and experts. Targets like the entire Veil Nebula and the Orion & Horsehead Nebula together can fit easily into frame on up to full frame sensors.
    • Dedicated Corrector

      With the Radian 61, there's no need to buy an additional reducer/flattener. The dedicated, factory-matched corrector that comes as standard is intended to be used as an always-on solution for imaging. The corrector's three-element design provides correction for sensors as large as full frame, so no matter which camera you use, pinpoint stars can be seen across the image.




    • Factory-Tuned Focuser

      You shouldn't need the world's steadiest hands to nail the focus on your telescope. To bypass this, we chose an ultra-sturdy 2.5" dual-speed rack & pinion focuser for the Radian 61 that's factory tuned to allow extreme levels of precision when focusing. The 10:1 gear ratio of the coarse and fine focus knobs makes nailing tack-sharp focus a breeze for anyone.
    • Upgradeable Automated Focusing

      For those who want to do away with the task of manually focusing altogether, we are pleased to offer the optional USA-made Radian Electronic Focuser as an immediate automation upgrade. We know some prefer not having to second-guess focus accuracy by hand, or would rather control their system from inside on colder nights. The Radian Electronic Focuser's high-resolution stepper motor allows you to adjust focus directly (without an additional focus controller) via software from your computer to ensure you get perfect focus automatically every time.
    • Integrated Filter Vault

      Adding filters to imaging rigs can make figuring out the correct backfocus challenging. The Filter Vault is integrated directly into the Radian 61's included adapters, so you can easily swap out your favorite 2" filters and never worry about spacing or backfocus. Unlike most other telescopes which require an additional filter drawer for an added cost, the Radian 61 has you covered out of the box.




    • Innovative Ring Design

      With a design that hasn't changed in over a century, traditional tube rings can cause you to lose precious hours of imaging time when a cable snags on one of the tightening screws. On top of that, many have wasted time trying to figure out how to attach additional accessories like a guide scope, power box, or other add-ons. To end these issues once and for all, we designed a brand new, innovative set of rings just for the Radian 61: the Radian Modular Hex Rings.
    • No More Snags

      The Modular Hex Rings feature a six-sided construction with mounting holes on all sides to attach any accessory you need, saving you headaches and trips to the hardware store. Cables can be routed through integrated cable channels in the rings for improved cable management. Unlike tightening screws that protrude off of the scope and get caught easily, the Modular Hex Rings have a quick-clamp design that eliminates the possibility of cable snags. 




    • Two Dovetails Included

      We know what it's like to buy a telescope and be ultra excited to receive it, only to find that the dovetail that came with the scope doesn't fit onto your existing mount. For that reason, we decided that the Radian 61 should come standard with both a 6.5" universal Losmandy D-style dovetail and a 4" Vixen V-style dovetail. Having both at your disposal means you can start using your new Radian 61 right away on any variety of mounts you already own.
    • Lightweight

      Forget having to haul your heavy equatorial mount far from home. At a total weight of just 4 lbs (1.8 kg), the Radian 61 can be carried on even the lightest travel mounts, including star trackers like the Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Pro or the iOptron Skyguider Pro, with weight to spare for a camera as well.





    • Defend from Dew

      Included dew shield helps fend off dew from forming on the objective on humid nights, and front and rear dust covers protect the telescope's optics when not in use.
    • Rotating Made Easy

      Rotating the camera to get the ideal framing has never been simple with many telescopes. On the Radian 61, we chose a built-in 360º rotator that makes it easy to frame your images to your ideal composition without having to rotate the entire telescope.
    • Simple Camera Attachment

      Some telescope manufacturers use proprietary thread sizes on the back, making it difficult to find the right adapters to attach your camera. We chose a simple, industry-standard M48 thread size with full frame sensors in mind for this very reason. Simply attach an M48 wide T-ring with any DSLR or Mirrorless camera and you're ready to image. The threads can also easily be sized down to smaller formats, such as M42, using the adapters that most manufacturers supply with dedicated astronomy cameras.




    • Case Included

      Say goodbye to pricey custom cases and plucking foam when trying to transport your telescope. The Radian 61 comes standard with a Radian travel backpack complete with padded inserts sized for carrying the telescope, a CMOS camera, and a number of other accessories safely when you head out to your favorite dark sky site.


    • Primed for Beginners

      The Radian 61 has features designed with beginners in mind, such as easy camera attachment, both dovetails included, and more. Are you new to astrophotography and need help picking out other gear? Head to our helpful Astrophotography Tips & Techniques page to find everything you need.

    The Heart & Soul Nebulae, captured by Trevor Jones of AstroBackyard with a Canon EOS Ra full frame camera on the Radian 61:


    The California Nebula, captured by Trevor Jones of AstroBackyard with a Canon EOS Ra full frame camera on the Radian 61:



  • specifications

    Back Focus Distance55mm from Rear Threads
    Case StyleRadian Padded Insert Backpack
    CorrectorIntegrated Corrector with three element design
    Dew ShieldIncluded
    Dust CoversBoth front and rear covers included
    Filter Attachment2" / M48 Filter Vault
    Focal Length275mm
    Focal Ratiof/4.5
    Focus Knobs10:1 Dual Speed with Locking Knob
    Image Circle44mm
    Included Dovetails6.5" universal Losmandy D Style and 4" Vixen V Style
    Optical DesignTriplet Refractor
    OTA Length (Dew Shield Retracted)235mm
    OTA Outer Diameter w/o Hex Rings80mm
    OTA Outer Diameter90mm with Dew Shield
    Rear Camera ConnectionM48x0.75 (wide T Ring compatible)
    Rotator360º with Locking Knob
    Tube RingsRadian Modular Hex Rings
    Weight4 lbs
  • included items

    • Radian 61 Telescope
    • Radian padded-insert travel backpack
    • Radian 6.5" universal D-style plate
    • 4" V-style dovetail
    • Radian Modular Hex Rings
    • Filter Vault


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Perfect simple scope

Imaging with the raptor 61 has been great. I also have an Edge HD 8 with hyperstar 4 that has a similar focal length, but the raptor is so much easier to deal with. Even with less resolution and a slower f/ ratio, I find myself using the raptor much more than the f/1.9 hyperstar. Especially since you gain the ability to image with a mono camera, filter wheel, and narrowband filters with the raptor. All of the attached images were taken with the raptor, an asi1600mm pro, and narrowband filters. I'm horrible with photoshop and still managed to get decent pics with it using relatively short itergration time and no darks, flats, or bias frames. The rings are good for mounting accessories. The rotator is great for framing your object. Set up was easy. No need for spacers to get correct backfocus with my camera and filterwheel. My only complaint was that when I got it a year ago, it had been dropped before being shipped to me. There were scuff marks/scratches on the tube and the dew shield had been knocked off the scope. As irritating as that was, the functionality doesn't seem to have been harmed. Returning it for a replacement was not an option due to none being in stock and half a year or more wait times. If you can get one shipped to you that hasn't been damaged, it's a great little scope.

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Ray M.
United States United States

Radian Raptor 61

Looks great. Haven’t used it yet. Once I get all the equipment and accessories I need I feel like I should be able to give it a great review.

Dan M.
United States United States

Great for beginners

I just started astrophotography and matched this with ZWP ASI294 MC pro camera controlled with ZWO ASIAIR pro.Still working on focusing with the filter in it but the pictures are getting better.

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William C.
United States United States

A Better Lens Cap!

William Optics 70 series Bahtinov Focusing Mask, with the aid of some felt makes a better lens cap that will stay on and is great for focusing on the stars!

Wayne K.
United States United States

Great Starter Astrophotography Telescope

I love the quailty of this telescope. Also it's great for a highly portable setup as I plan to visit some dark sky sites. Easy to set up with all of the connectors/spacers. I've paired it with a ZWO filter drawer and an L Enhance filter. I do wish it included a Saddle Bar for a guidescope.

Guillermo G.
United States United States

Primera luz del RADIAN. Simplemente impresionante

Primera fotografía realizada con el Radian 61mm y cámara Atik Horizon a color. El campo de visión es fenomenal, y la calidad de la imagen es fantástica, las estrellas sin aberración cromática y los colores de primera únicamente tiene tomas de calibración con Fats y Darks, así como calibración de color, ningún otro proceso. La imagen habla por si misma. Doctormemo

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