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Vixen SD81SII 81mm f/7.7 Super ED Apochromatic Refractor Telescope


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Vixen SD81SII 81mm f/7.7 Super ED Apochromatic Refractor Telescope



  • 81mm / 3.2" Apochromatic Refractor
  • 625mm Focal Length
  • f/7.7 Focal Ratio
  • FPL53 Super Extra-Low Dispersion Glass
  • Antireflection Multicoated Optics
  • 60mm and 42mm Adapter Threads
  • 1.25" Dual-Holder Flip-Mirror Diagonal
  • Red Dot Finderscope


Unleash the potential of your astronomical pursuits with the Vixen SD81SII 81mm f/7.7 Super ED Apochromatic Refractor Telescope – your gateway to the cosmos. 

Designed for amateur astronomers and photographers alike, this optical marvel lets you capture the moon, planets, and deep-sky objects with breathtaking precision and clarity.


Vixen's standard "photo-visual" SD apochromatic refractor with a handy focal length of 625mm.

Vixen SD apochromatic refractors feature "Super extra-low Dispersion" optical glass in its objective lens. The SD81SII has a ring spacer around the objective lens to make the diffraction pattern of stars visible equally for more refined star images in astrophotography. With the use of an SD reducer HD kit or SD Flattener HD kit, the image circle of 44 mm in diameter is obtained to be used for photography with DSLR cameras with full-frame imaging sensors.

A ring spacer placed around the objective lens refines star images beautifully in astrophotography.

In the previous SD81S model, a set of three tiny tin foils are placed around the objective lens as a spacer between the doublet lens. The end of the tin foils protruding over the objective lens obstruct the incoming light. As a result, the protruding tin foils make the light of diffraction of stars chipped radially. Exchanging the tin foils for the spacer ring makes the diffraction of the stars' light equal. It allows you to create more refined and beautiful star images in your astrophotography.

The SD lens suppresses residual chromatic aberration far below the threshold of visibility.

A lens of refracting telescopes has chromatic aberration which is caused by different wavelength of visible light (colors) focusing at different distances. The Vixen SD lenses, made of FPL53 super extra-low dispersion glass, allow for correcting the chromatic aberration over a wide spectrum of light.


The SD lenses focusvisible rays of light from the C-ray(red), d-ray(yellow), e-ray(green), F-ray(blue) to g-ray(violet) at nearly the very same position. As shown in the diagrams of spherical aberration, it verifies that the chromatic aberration is highly corrected over a wide spectrum of light with the SD lenses.

Especially the g-ray, which affects image contrast, is suppressed excellently. The SD81SII delivers outstandingly sharp images with high contrast for both visual and photographic applications. Moderately bright F7.7 images will satisfy the most demanding visual astronomer or astrophotographer.

A short optical tube in length is handy for not only visual observation but also astrophotography.

The ED81SII optical tube has a moderate short length to enable you to carry and set it up readily. Also, a lightweight optical tube allows you to balance it with fewer counterweights. The ED81S comes equipped with a metal carry handle and the Vixen standard dovetail slide bar M for quick attaching and detaching.
The provided Flip mirror diagonal switches incoming light to allow for using two eyepieces of different magnifications alternately. Also, you can install a camera on the straight side and view an image through an eyepiece on the right-angled side of the flip mirror diagonal.

Full-frame imaging with a DSLR camera.

Using an SD reducer HD kit or an SD Flattener SD kit, which are available optionally, the SD80SII provides an image circle of 44mm, adequate for taking photos with a DSLR camera. (Photo) M8, M20 nebulae taken with Vixen SD81SII with SD reducer HD kit (compound focus 496mm) and Pentax K-1 at ISO1600, 49 minutes exposure.

Optional accessories to expand your pleasure of taking astrophotography.

SD Reducer HD Kit: This kit includes a flattener lens to be combined with a reducer lens for a flat and wide imaging field when you use them with the SD81SII, SD103SII, or SD115SII optical tube. The reducer lens reduces a focal length by 0.7X. 
Direct Wide Photo Adapter 60DX: It is available for Nikon DSLR cameras. It is possible to change the orientation of a camera for a framing of the photographic field.


Embark on a celestial journey with the Vixen SD81SII 81mm f/7.7 Super ED Apochromatic Refractor Telescope – a telescope meticulously crafted for both visual wonders and stunning astrophotography.

  • Superior Optics: The SD81SII boasts FPL53 "super" extra-low dispersion (ED) glass, ensuring unparalleled image quality.
  • Advanced Correction: Corrects spherical and chromatic aberrations, astigmatism, and off-axis comas for a distortion-free, wide flat field of view.
  • High-Contrast Color Transmission: Say goodbye to blue-tinted halos – experience true color brilliance and contrast in your observations and astrophotography.
  • Versatile Eyepiece Compatibility: Accepts both 2" and 1.25" eyepieces and accessories, offering flexibility for visual exploration.
  • Seamless Astrophotography: Threads on the drawtube facilitate direct connection of T-rings and camera mounts for effortless imaging.
  • Flip-Mirror Diagonal: Included diagonal with dual 1.25" holders enhances visual observation and simplifies eyepiece changes.
  • Adaptable Light Path: Easily direct the light path to the upper or rear holder for optimal viewing or imaging configurations.
  • Convenient Mount Compatibility: Equipped with a mounting ring assembly and Vixen-style dovetail plate, making it compatible with various mounts.
  • User-Friendly Design: Integrated carry handle for safe and easy setup and breakdown, ensuring convenience in every stargazing endeavor.

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  • What kind of sun filter should I use so as not to damage the scope. Should I use a Herschel piece or is there a better piece to see maximum view of the sun during the eclipse

    The Sun Catcher Solar Filter can be used with this telescope and is safe for eclipse viewing. It uses advanced ‘Solarlite’ Film material manufactured by world-famous Thousand Oaks Optical.

Vixen SD81SII 81mm f/7.7 Super ED Apochromatic Refractor Telescope | ES26083-SO | 4955295260836

Vixen SD81SII 81mm f/7.7 Super ED Apochromatic Refractor Telescope





81 mm | 3.2"

Focal Length

625 mm

Focal Ratio


Field of View



1.43 arc seconds resolution

11.3 limiting magnitude

Fully multi-coated optics

Barrel Size



90mm dia. and 585mm long


7.9 lb | 3.6 kg
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