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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
  • 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.

     

     

    FAST F/4.5 FOCAL RATIO WITH SUPERIOR CORRECTION

    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.

     

     

    MADE FOR ASTROPHOTOGRAPHERS, BY ASTROPHOTOGRAPHERS

    • 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.

     

     

    RINGS: REBORN

    • 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. 

     

     

    MOUNTING & WEIGHT

    • 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.

     

     

     

    ADDITIONAL FEATURES

    • 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.

     

     

    TAKE IT ANYWHERE

    • 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:

     

    Watch AstroBackyard's Video on the Radian 61:

     

  • specifications

    Aperture61mm
    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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DP
05/10/2021
Dan P.
United States United States
Solid system for beginners

Overall, this is a fine device. The optics are top notch and tack sharp no matter what camera you attach to it. Its wide field is forgiving of rookie errors in polar alignment and retains just enough complexity to push beginners to learn about fundamental concepts. I especially like having such a lightweight, fast option for travel or for when I just don't want to lug around the EQ-6. During the wait time for fulfillment from the manufacturer, I learned to deal with most of the "newbie challenges" that this product is intended to solve, but that hasn't detracted from it in the slightest. This is a keeper, regardless of skill level. That said, I'm going to parrot some of the complaints of other reviewers as well as add in one or two of my own. I'd like to preface this with the statement that I have zero regrets about purchasing the Raptor package, enjoy it greatly, and would recommend it to anyone who is just starting out, but feel it's more helpful to know what pitfalls await than it is to focus on gushing positives. The included dovetail plates are frustrating. When using the universal D-style dovetail, the positioning of the focuser forces you to either A. mount it so far back that it's significantly back-heavy (dec balance could be problematic for lighter mounts) or B. rotate the scope to any orientation besides having the focuser underneath the scope. In my case, I opted to deal with the imbalance since rotating the scope places the focuser in the way of my other hardware. This issue is actually called out in the Radian documentation and setup videos, so I'm doubtful the package will be altered to include better dovetails anytime soon. As others have commented, the smaller, *****-style dovetail is particularly short, which poses challenges for novices and experts alike for myriad reasons. For the price and marketing points, the mounting hardware component of this package could have been much better. The hexagonal rings offer some cool factor, and each of the three attachments points on each face of the ring is threaded and sized for various standard bolts/screws. Handy for mounting things like off-brand small guide scope saddles or some such. The cable management component seems a little gimicky for an OTA of this size, and I have a difficult time visualizing any cable scenario where they would serve better than regular Velcro cable ties. The filter vault is unwieldy, as other reviews state. Unless you have smaller, nimble fingers, you might want to get used to cleaning skin oil off your filter glass. That said, once the filter is in the vault, I feel like it's a little better protected from accidental knicks and scratches than some other systems, so it's a tradeoff I find acceptable. When installing or removing a filter, I just use a clean lens cloth as a barrier and go over it with a lens pen if I need to. Nikon mirrorless shooters: if you are using a native Z-mount T-ring you will need at least 15mm of extra spacers to get proper backfocus. The 16.5mm M42 male to M48 female adapter that comes with most ZWO cameras works a treat. You can also use the FTZ adapter + an F-mount T-ring with your Z, but may get some vignette. Nikon F-mount DSLR's do not need extra spacers with this package. Cameras I've used with this scope: Nikon Z7 (full frame), Nikon D3400 (APS-C), ZWO ASI183MC Pro (micro 4/3). TL;DR - This is a good package and offers a variety of options for both beginner and veteran astrophotographers. It is not perfect, but it is competitive in its weight class and covers enough to make it worth the price tag.

A
05/10/2021
Anonymous
United States United States
System seems good but focus motor integration weak number of details

Shopping was fine. Delivery a bit slower than others. The device just showed with tracking stalled at various spots. Details however on the focus motor are weak. I purchased the focuser same time as the scope. Windows wasn’t to bad but I have yet to get it working w the Rpi

JC
05/10/2021
James C.
United States United States
Enjoying my new Radian Raptor 61

Just started using my Raptor. Took some really nice images! Nice flat field with pinpoint stars!

JG
05/08/2021
Justin G.
United States United States
Well worth the investment.

Great results the first night out. I use a Canon 60D camera and the quality of the images are far better than the telephoto lenses I have been using up till now. If you are making the jump from lenses to a telescope I would definitely consider the Radian Raptor 61.

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05/07/2021
Tim S.
United States United States
Good optics, one fitment issue

I've only been able to get first light, I'm still fine tuning backspacing which seems to be a bit fiddly. The one immediately obvious thing that disappointed me is the fitment of the dew shield. It's sloppy and loose. The dew shield on my much cheaper AstroTech AT65EDQ is worlds better. That's what I was expecting for a smaller scope that cost twice as much.

GD
05/05/2021
Gerry D.
United States United States
Good Scope, BUT

This is a very well built telescope and functions great, BUT the supplied ***** plate leaves a lot to be desired. It is way too short and balancing is almost impossible. I will have to purchase a longer ***** plate in order to properly balance my rig. Very sad when you consider the price you pay for this telescope. Other than that, its a excelled scope and your pictures come out great. I would recommend this product, but keep in mind the short ***** plate.